Communist Daughter Return

It has been far too long since we last featured Minneapolis’ Communist Daughter on MM and happily we can remedy that today with two new tracks, Hold Back and Roll A Stone.

Hold Back opens new album The Cracks That Built the Wall (out October 21) and overflows with male-female harmonies, airy echoes, and a complex acoustic sound that meets reverberating rock.

Listen / watch below.

 

Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekAnd so as we head north to Mackem country here are 8 songs to keep you company over the weekend. All lovingly culled from the week’s new releases for you and including songs from Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions featuring Kurt Vile, Greys, MV & EE, Honeyblood, Luxury Death and the incomparable Leonard Cohen.

Enjoy.

  1. Greys – Fresh Hell
  2. Itasca – No Consequence
  3. Black Honey – Hello Today
  4. Honeyblood – Sea Hearts
  5. Hope Sandoval & The Warm Intentions featuring Kurt Vile – Let Me Get There
  6. Luxury Death – I Feel Your Pain
  7. Leonard Cohen – You Want It Darker
  8. MV & EE – Feel Alright

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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…

 

 

Eight Songs You Should Have Heard… Last Week

best of the weekThe trip to deposit our eldest at University meant we couldn’t get this ready in time at the weekend. So belatedly as he discovers the joys of student freedom, here are our quick picks from the rest of the best of the new releases last week.

Enjoy (nearly) new tracks from the likes of Kim Gordon, Purling Hiss, La Sera, Damaged Bug and a fine cover from The Dodos….

  1. Kim Gordon – Murdered Out
  2. Marching Church – Lion’s Den
  3. Purling Hiss – 3000 AD
  4. La Sera – Queens
  5. Damaged Bug – Smoggy Terminus
  6. Matt Kivel – The Water
  7. Joyce Manor – Last You Heard Of Me
  8. The Dodos – Never Meant (American Football cover)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekA cracking collection of nine brand new tunes gathered from this week for you.

We have the return of Grandaddy, a reverential cover of the Modern Lovers by Sunflower Bean, and tastes from new records by Weyes Blood, Howe Gelb, Marissa Nadler and TOY and, as they always say, much more besides.

All yours…

  1. Grandaddy – Way We Won’t
  2. Allah-Las – Terra Ignota
  3. TOY – I’m Still Believing
  4. Weyes Blood – Do You Need My Love
  5. Marissa Nadler – The Best You Ever Had
  6. Sunflower Bean – Old World  (Modern Lovers cover)
  7. Growlers – I’ll Be Around
  8. Howe Gelb – Terribly So
  9. Laish – Love On The Conditional

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Van William – Revolution (featuring First Aid Kit)

Revolution is the brilliant second single from Van William of WATERS and (previous MM faves) Port O’Brien fame.

It is much more reminiscent of the latter, and also features the glorious harmonies of Swedish duo First Aid Kit.

Listen below. An absolute gem.

 

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]

 

 

The Survivalists – Breakfast Is A Scam

Breakfast Is A Scam is the last single to be shared from The Survivalist’s new album Plagiarism is the Sincerest Form of Stealing.

It is another typically dark, and typically catchy number, laced through with mordant dark humour from the self-styled apocalyptic folk duo.

Stream/download it here.

 

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