Oldermost cover Graham Nash

Melding southern rock, gorgeous lap steel, and folk into their own heady and hazy brew of Americana, Oldermost’s cover of Graham Nash’s 1971 classic I Used To Be A King is well worth a listen.

It is the third and final song that Oldermost is releasing this year, following their two excellent previous singles, Honey With Tea and Finally Unsure.

Dive in…

 

 

Introducing >>> Swampmeat

Punk Slime Recordings have announced the official debut album from Birmingham’s wonderfully named Swampmeat.

Gin & Tonic will be released on November 25 and is a collection of countrified rock and roll, that recalls Creedence, The Clash and the man in black, confidently straddling the edge between country, punk and rock and roll.

Lead single Brand New Cadillac (not a cover!) serves as a perfect introduction to the world of Swampmeat for the uninitiated.

Listen below. Top banana.

 

New Drive-By Truckers Single

Drive-By Truckers have released a lyric video for their new song, Filthy and Fried, the third offering from the group’s soon-to-be released new album American Band.

Watch/listen below.

 

Debut Album From Arborist

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Home Burial is the debut album from Northern Ireland’s Arborist, aka songwriter Mark McCambridge, a long standing favourite of MM since the release of his marvellous debut single Twisted Arrow in 2015. The album will see a release on the 11th November.

Ranging from bleak Americana to melodic indie rock, the songs on the album deal with death, ageing and family. Blending layered harmonies, atmospheric guitars, luscious strings with occasional brass flourishes, the music speaks of stark truths and follows in the footsteps of some of the masters of this genre like Leonard Cohen, Bill Callahan, and Jason Molina.

The first taste from it is a tale from the female perspective I Heard Him Leaving, a subtle take on a first person narrative with an emphasis on the small, telling details.

Have a listen.

 

Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 23)

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Time for the latest post in our Nickel In The Jukebox series.

Ten new tracks, ten decisions to make. Hit or miss… over to you.

 

James Edge & The Mindstep – Four Two Four  [RIYL: Mutant folk, Gong, Frank Zappa]

 

John Alcabean – Fire  [RIYL: Riotous noise-rock, Drenge, Wolf Alice]

 

Moddi – A Matter Of Habit  [RIYL: Protest songs, Pete Seeger, Joan Baez]

 

Palm Honey – Bones  [RIYL: Hazy-psych, Vryll Society, Peace]

 

Francie Moon – Walked Away  [RIYL: Surf-pop, Best Coast, PJ Harvey]

 

Greg Halpin – Woman Of New York  [RIYL: Acoustic folk, Joe Pug, Elijah Ocean]

 

Cross Country – Grass Stain  [RIYL: Post-punk, Television, Deerhunter]

 

Catch Prichard – Eskota  [RIYL: Forlorn country, Townes Van Zandt, Leonard Cohen]

 

Dead Rabbits– Get Me Over There  [RIYL: Space Rock, Loop, Spacemen 3]

 

Teen Brains – Translucent  [RIYL: Shoegaze, Ride, The Cure]

 

 

Twelve Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

  1. NOTS – No Novelty
  2. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Commandment 7
  3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jesus Alone
  4. Las Kellies – I Don’t Care
  5. Wovenhand – Golden Blossom
  6. Kevin Devine – No History
  7. Cherry Glazerr – Told You I’d Be With The Guys
  8. Adam Torres – Juniper Arms
  9. Devendra Banhart – Saturday Night
  10. Public Access T.V. – End Of An Era
  11. John Murry – Intruder
  12. Ultimate Painting – Song For Brian Jones

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Devil Makes Three – I Am The Man, Thomas

The Devil Makes Three’ have shared the latest track off their upcoming album, a concept project, Redemption & Ruin.

It is a cover of Ralph Stanley’s classic I Am The Man, Thomas and is one of twelve hand-picked songs that shares the repertoire and legacy that have inspired The Devil Makes Three since before they even founded the band.

Listen below.

 

Another From The Handsome Family

The new Handsome Family album Unseen is rapidly becoming one of our most played, and is another fabulous addition to their catalogue of twisted, gothic tinged Americana.

The latest track to be shared is Tiny Tina, which tells “the tragic story of tiny-horse-meeting gone awry.

Rennie Spark describes it thus, “Every year at the state fair I went determined to see Tiny Tina the world’s smallest horse. Every year I came home without doing it. One year she just wasn’t there. Why didn’t I go see her when I had the chance? Maybe I was afraid of disappointment? Maybe I was afraid of not being disappointed? I did see a hypnotist at the state fair one year who was so terrifying that I felt like I was having a psychotic break. The devil himself may have been at the fair that year. Carnivals are always that way— teetering between joy and insanity. Is this why so many people are afraid of clowns? We hope you hear all these things in this song: joy, fear, heartbreak, awe— all the things the sight of a really tiny horse ought to make you feel.

 

Moondoggies Release Don’t Be A Stranger on Vinyl. Share Unheard B-Side.

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Ten years ago in the woodsy city of Everett, Washington, five friends banded together to form The Moondoggies.

A northwest Americana band whose 2008 debut full-length Don’t Be A Stranger was a much-loved fave of MM’s right back in the earliest days of Mad Mackerel.

On 7th October, the record will finally be made available on vinyl for the first time via Hardly Art (pre-order here). The double LP will also include five b-sides from the band’s early days, including the raw, rollicking Oh Now Honey, which you can stream / download below.

 

Video Time

Time for some new vids methinks.

So sit back and enjoy ten musical films from the likes of Slowcoaches, Freakwater, Dead Heavens, The Two Tracks, Dawes, Dan Michelson & The Coastguards, Hans Chew and Ed Harcourt amongst others.