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

moondoggies

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 22)

Nickel In The Jukebox

Here is the latest instalment in our Nickel In The Jukebox series – simple proposition – ten songs, you decide… hit or miss.

Have at it.

Rue Snider – Blue Skies And Telephone Poles  [RIYL: Americana, Bright Eyes, Billy Bragg]

 

The Persian Leaps – See Me Unaware  [RIYL: Power-pop, Bob Mould, The Ramones]

 

Naked Giants – Ya Ya  [RIYL: Garage Rock, The Sonics, Ty Segall]

 

Lina Tullgren – Grace  [RIYL: Singer-Songwriters, Julien Baker, Eskimeaux]

 

Conquerors – Turned Me To Stone  [RIYL: Vintage Psych-pop, Kinks, Beatles]

 

Coot Wilson – 5 a.m. Fog  [RIYL: Folk, Gram Parsons, Townes Van Zandt]

 

Cigarette Bums – Strange  [RIYL: Garage-punk, The Stooges, The Black Lips]

 

Sat. Nite Duets – TAFKA Salieri  [RIYL: Indie Rock, Guided By Voices, Violent Femmes]

 

BJ Barham – Rockingham  [RIYL: Country-Folk, James McMurtry, Sturgill Simpson]

 

Bonfire Nights – Easy Touch  [RIYL: Post-punk, Jesus & Mary Chain, Lola Colts]

 

Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekHere are our selections from the week’s new releases. Tracks from UK indie royalty such as Jamie T, Slaves, and TOY, some brilliant Dylan-esque protest folk from Kyle Craft, three very different covers from Sam Beam & Jesca HoopSt. Vincent, and Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan, jerky, infectious punk rock from Sex Stains, and more raw country from Lydia Loveless.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend.

  1. Jamie T – Power Over Men
  2. TOY– Fast Silver
  3. Slaves – Spit It Out
  4. Katy Goodman & Greta Morgan – Where Eagles Dare  (Misfits cover)
  5. Kyle Craft – Before The Wall
  6. St. Vincent – Something On Your Mind  (Karen Dalton cover)
  7. Sex Stains – Land Of La LA
  8. Lydia Loveless – Same To You
  9. Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop – Love Is A Stranger  (Eurythmics cover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing >>> The Tumbling Wheels

Tumbling Wheels

The Tumbling Wheels formed in New Orleans about eighteen months ago out of a love for classic country sounds including clear melodies, lush vocal harmonies, and good storytelling.

They have an album, The Tumbling Wheels Play The No Counts, due out this September through United Bakery Records and have shared a couple of tracks from it.

With echoes of the Milk Carton Kids, Patsy Cline and Bessie Smith they blend genres together for a sound that abounds in rich vocal harmony, dynamic instrumentation, and colourful tales .

Lovely stuff – listen below.

 

 

 

MM Shorts 866: Elouise

Good old fashioned suicides, murders, and alcoholic depravity followed by church on Sunday—Welcome to Elouise— an eccentric collaboration of Los Angeles-based musicians who came together to create an ominous, raw and cinematic genre of music they identify as Blackgrass.

Debut album Deep Water is a mix of low end drone and virtuosic strings combined with sounds from traditional Bluegrass instrumentation.

Listen to a couple of tracks below…

 

 

Great American Canyon Band Deconstruct Crash

Anyone who has visited MM on more than an occasional basis is likely to know how much we liked Great American Canyon Band’s debut long-player release Only You Remain.

Crash is one of our favourite tracks on the record, and they have stripped the song down and let their 90s Mazzy Star, spaghetti western influence shine through.

Have a listen.

 

Another From The Handsome Family

Unseen (out on 16th September) the forthcoming album from Americana royalty The Handsome Family is already picking up some outstanding reviews and we are looking forward immensely to getting our greasy paws on a copy.

Until then though we have a second track from the album to share with you. Back In My Day is a wonderfully tongue in cheek celebration of years past and sees the band harking back to a time where we could “drink from the river“, had “mile-high glaciers“, when “the birds were always watching” and “there were monsters in the sea“.

Good times! Listen here.

 

Drive-By Truckers – What It Means

Drive-By Truckers have shared a new track, the powerful and poignant What It Means, from their much-anticipated new album, American Band, due out on 30th September via ATO Records.

Describing the song, Patterson Hood said “it’s a song I wrote a couple of years ago protesting the Ferguson decision and the Trayvon Martin killing. Unfortunately, the song is still timely today. I hope and pray that one day it won’t be.

Listen below.

 

MM Shorts 865: Cereus Bright

Belying it’s somewhat melancholy message, American Dream from Cereus Bright’s recently released debut album Excuses is a lovely example of their easy-going strummed Americana.

Similarly with second track, Claustrophobic which has a touch more urgency, but still features some lovely harmonies and guitar work.

Nice stuff. Listen to both below. Buy from Bandcamp here.