Archive for the ‘Country’ Category

Wood Chickens come barrelling out of the roadhouse with a frazzled collection of lo-fi, country-punk that nods to everything from the Cramps to the Minutemen to Gun Club – deranged don’t come close.

Countrycide is their first ‘proper’ album – thirteen songs, twenty seven minutes or so – and you can check out a couple of tracks below, and click through to buy.




  1. Spray Paint with Ben Mackie – Friendly Moving Man
  2. Wavves – The Lung
  3. Destroyer – Tinseltown Swimming In Blood
  4. Nervous Dater – Bad Spanish
  5. Holiday Ghosts – Can’t Bear To Be Boring
  6. The Lemon Twigs – Why Didn’t You Say That
  7. Joana Serrat – Trapped In The Fog
  8. Pansies – Feels Like Yesterday










RiP Jessi Zazu

Posted: September 14, 2017 in Alternative, Country, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock

We were big fans of the countrified punk of Those Darlins and they graced the virtual pages of MM on many an occasion.

So, we were very sad to hear of the passing of singer Jessi Zazu on Tuesday at just 28 years old, after a long struggle with cervical cancer.

Those Darlins’ first EP Wild One was released in 2008 followed by their self-titled debut LP the following year. They went onto record two more albums, Screws Get Loose (2011) and Blur The Line (2013), along with several EPs and singles. The band’s music spanned many genres, often sounding on early recordings like a punk rock version of the Carter Family.

As the band’s drummer and close friend Linwood Regensburg eloquently says…

Shout-out to your contagious spirit that inspired all who crossed it. Shout-out to the creative dynamo who continued to flourish even against insurmountable odds. Shout-out to all the little triumphs over the last 16 months. Shout-out to the ridiculous van rides and the fights and to the fact that we never turned our backs on one another over the last decade. Shout-out to the dreams we made and the ones left to come. And shout-out to all of you who have supported her until the end.






Ten new songs for you collected from the week’s new releases. Lots to discover including two stunning covers by The Tallest Man On Earth and Marie Danielle, snotty punk done to perfection by Amyl & The Sniffers, tracks from Americana heavyweights Deer Tick and Blitzen Trapper and classic country from Margo Price. Plenty more besides… enjoy.

  1. The Tallest Man On Earth – Both Sides Now (Joni Mitchell cover)
  2. Deer Tick – Card House
  3. Daniele Luppi & Parquet Courts featuring Karen O – Talisa
  4. Margo Price – A Little Pain
  5. Gun Outfit – Strange Insistence
  6. The Dream Syndicate – Filter Me Through You
  7. Amyl & The Sniffers – I’m Not A Loser
  8. Marie Danielle – White Shoes  (Conor Oberst cover)
  9. Blitzen Trapper – Rebel
  10. Acid Tongue – Humpty Dumpty













MM Shorts 970: Wes Youssi

Posted: September 5, 2017 in Americana, Country, Folk, Music, Rock

The upcoming outlaw country album from Wes Youssi, Down Low, is a freight train speeding past an iconic stretch of Americana coastline. It is the product of bar room brawls, unexpected lay-offs, a marriage, raising children, moving across the country, and unknowingly purchasing a police cruiser.

The album, due out next January (19th), is being released on Never Lucky Records. The first single, High Time, is available to stream or as a free download below.


Longstanding MM faves, the Hamilton, Ontario-based folk/alt-country trio Elliott BROOD  have shared a new track from their sixth studio album Ghost Gardens, which will see a release on September 15, 2017 via Paper Bag Records.

The road to the new album began with the rediscovery of lost demo songs from early in the band’s career, nearly a decade and a half ago. The misplaced hard drive had long been forgotten in a garage sitting dormant in an old suitcase. The rediscovered recordings were demos and rough sketches of song lyrics and melody ideas. On Ghost Gardens, the fuzzed-up roots rockers get to relive their past through a lens that is that much more mature both musically and lyrically.

Dig A Little Hole is the latest track to hear – stream it below.


  1. Metz – Mess Of Wires
  2. Ornament – It Must Be The Season
  3. Jack Cooper – A Net
  4. S. Carey – Brassy Sun
  5. Weaves – Walkaway
  6. together PANGEA – Sippy Cup
  7. Public Access T.V. – Feeling It Out
  8. Chelsea Wolfe – Offering
  9. American Anymen – Flag Burner











We are completing a trio of Americana themed posts today with Bay Area bluesman Blind Lemon Pledge whose love of pre-WWII Country Blues imbues his compositions with an whimsical, old-time flavour.

Haunting, sombre tracks like The Hills Of West Virginia feel like a precursor to freewheeling-era Dylan / stripped down Springsteen.

Have a listen.


We’ve already shared tracks from Micah P. Hinson’s new album The Holy Strangers, but nothing that compares with this!

Micah Book One, is the centrepiece of the record and at almost 8 minutes long, finds our man reading from the chapter of the same name. A sparse, compelling and sometimes downright uncomfortable tale of gluttony and religion wrapped up in almost apocalyptic despondency.

Listen below and pre-order the album here.


Full of wild west thrills and chills, new EP The Phantom and The Black Crow is the journey of Wild the Coyote, a dark, folk-rock storyteller and performer from the small country town of Templeton, on California’s coast.

Check out a couple of tracks from it, The River and The Hollow Woods.