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MM Shorts 901: Wilderado

Posted: December 2, 2016 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock
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Following this year’s earlier two EP releases, Latigo and Misty Shrub, which both garnered much critical acclaim, LA band Wilderado have shared a new track, Talking About Love To A Cigarette.

It is lovely, unhurried, rolling Americana tinged with just the right amount of pathos and longing.

Stream it below.

 

New Album From Dr. Dog

Posted: November 30, 2016 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock
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Dr. Dog have given us an early Christmas present with a surprise new album, Abandoned Mansion released yesterday via Bandcamp.

The band did a song a day for two weeks and almost everything was tracked live – the results are classic soulful, Americana that the band are so good at and you can stream the record’s opening and closing tracks below.

As an added incentive, if you buy a download of the album between now and the end of January, 100% of proceeds will go to the Southern Poverty Law Center.

 

 

San Antonio’s We Leave At Midnight recently announced their new album The Holy Rolling Flower Band will be released on December 9th via Texas Is Funny Records.

Mixing together swirls of vivid psych, shimmering pop, indie rock, folk, upbeat power-pop, garage rock and alt-country, the band have created a sound that resides somewhere sonically between The Beach Boys and Of Montreal. It’s a headtrip with delicate melodies and soulful wonder.

Do You Get The Joke is one of the album’s undeniable stand out moments, a gorgeous psych pop nugget of lush orchestration, harmonized beauty, and avant folk charm. The song’s vibrant instrumentation and gentle vocals swirl together with a joyous wonder – have a listen.

 

Aaron Lee Tasjan is set to release his new album Silver Tears on January 6th via New West Records.

Like a modern day Cosmic Cowboy, Tasjan creates a heady blend of country-flecked rock-n-roll, veering from acoustic blues to garage-pop psych to smooth Nashville sounds to lush Laurel Canyon fare… bringing to mind the showmanship and humour of Father John Misty as well as Harry Nilsson and Tom Petty.

Watch the video for the gently romantic Roy Orbison-esque country tune Memphis Rain, which is half dream, half reality.

I had a dream that late, great Memphis musician, Jay Reatard was singing ‘In the Memphis rain’ on this motorcycle that was on fire. A few days later I played a show at Lafayette’s in Memphis and right before the gig, this lady at the bar was really tearing into me, said she was a jujitsu instructor, could sleep with her eyes open and a descendant of her family was pictured on the Indian head nickel, just really wild stuff. There was a big window looking out onto the street from the bar and during my whole set I watched her standing out in the pouring rain arguing with her boyfriend who kept his motorcycle running the entire time I played. It was a really beautiful and strange moment so I wrote it into the song.

Watch it below.

 

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Swampmeat is the project of Dan Finnemore, former co-frontman of US rock & roll act Low Cut Connie and the drummer from The Castillians, as well as a former member of Birmingham cult act Black Mekon.

Swampmeat’s official debut release Gin & Tonic is out on the 25th November 25 via PNKSLM Recordings (pre-order here or digital here). It is a collection of countrified rock and roll, straddling the edge between country, punk and rock and roll, but with nods to the Clash as much as Johnny Cash.

We’ve already shared the great Brand New Cadillac and now we have a second single, the equally good Sister Mary ready for your undoubted listening pleasure below.

 

Austin singer-songwriter Jess Williamson is set to release her second album Heart Song on the 4th Nov via Brutal Honest, and she will also be touring Europe with long-standing MM fave Marissa Nadler.

We loved her debut Native State which was a cracked, earthy and revealing collection of slow, unhurried folksongs. Now we have White Bed to share with you from the new album, which, if anything, is even better.

Stream it below.

 

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Much like their home base of New York City, A Valley Son (who take their name from the title of a Grandaddy song) is an anomaly, comprised of three Southern transplants that grew up on Stax and Motown, and one Yonkers-born Gospel drummer turned bassist.

Their debut EP Sunset Park is Southern gothic-inspired, harmony-laden, soulful rock & roll and is well worth checking out.

This is Lights In The Sky. Have a listen.

 

MM Shorts 889: Old Cabin

Posted: November 2, 2016 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock
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It’s been three years since we posted about Canadian band Old Cabin, but they are back with a new album Saturn Return released in the late summer.

Whilst most conveniently described as a folk band, there are echoes of the East Coast, influence of Montreal art-rock, and a lovely use of acoustic textures combined with an attention to lyrical songwriting. The whole package can be heard to good effect on Where Did You Go with its loping guitar figure and reverbed ambience.

Have a listen.

 

best of the weekNo less than ten songs for you this week including the return of The Shins, a brilliant new protest song from Kevin Morby as well as new tunes from The Orwells, Futurebirds,  Thee Oh Sees, Horse Thief and a tasty cover from Hinds. We also have our first official seasonal posting – slightly dubiously as it is still October – but it is She & Him so we’ll forgive them…

  1. The Shins – Dead Alive
  2. Kevin Morby – Stranger Things
  3. Hinds – Holograma  (Los Nastys cover)
  4. The Orwells – They Put A Body In The Bayou
  5. Thee Oh Sees – You Will Find It Here
  6. Futurebirds – Only Here For Your Love
  7. Corey Hanson – Replica
  8. Horse Thief – Another Youth
  9. Half Japanese – Attack Of The Giant Leeches
  10. She & Him – Happy Holiday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New From The Cave Singers

Posted: October 26, 2016 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock
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With very little fanfare (so it seems) the wonderful Cave Singers have shared a new song.

On their Facebook page, they simply describe You Don’t Know Me as a dreamy number.

Turns out they’re right. Have a listen.