Archive for the ‘Folk’ Category

best of the weekHere we are again, but with lighter nights, spring flowers beginning to bloom and eight songs from the past week rounded up for your listening pleasure.

From a new benefit single for the Southern Poverty Law Center, we have wonderfully spectral folk from Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and some equally wonderful psych-folk from a re-issue of a long-lost 70s classic by Philip Lewin. There is a excellent video for Conor Oberst’s muzzy new drinking song and some rousing, full-on punk rock from Whips. We also have Speedy Ortiz’s contribution to the Our First 100 Days project, a blast of classic power-pop from veteran indie royalty Robyn Hitchcock, and classic indie rock from The New Pornographers. Rounding us off is a chugging new Bleached track with some enjoyably hefty power chords.

All yours.

  1. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Treasure Map
  2. Conor Oberst – Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out
  3. The New Pornographers – This Is The World Of The Theater
  4. Whips – Goldmine
  5. Philip Lewin – Watercolours
  6. Speedy Ortiz – In My Way
  7. Robyn Hitchcock – Mad Shelley’s Letterbox
  8. Bleached – Flipside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introducing >>> Beth // James

Posted: February 21, 2017 in Americana, Folk, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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The upcoming debut release from Austin duo Beth // James, All In Life, combines a shimmering mix of modern folk, mindful pop, and Americana charm.

We’re loving the first single Lion Eyes, a dark ballad spun from moody tumbleweed electric guitar and iridescent organ, and driven home with a raise-your-bourbon-to-the-sky chorus, lambasting “her lion eyes“, a rally cry against anyone who’s careless with other peoples’ hearts.

Stream it below.

 

Martha Tilston has announced details of her new album NOMAD released via Squiggly Records on 12th May.

It has subtle undertones of old country music flittering throughout, and suggestions of rock and pop, but it is primarily a record that pairs the intimacy of acoustic guitar and voice to expansive electric guitar, slide guitar, banjo and string arrangements.

NOMAD will be preceded by a double A-side single; Nomad Blood which invites the listener to make a fire outside and lie back, looking up at the stars around and embrace the environment in which we live, backed with Little Arrow, a song about loss and guidance.

Listen to both below – a perfect start for a Sunday morning.

 

 

best of the weekAfter last week’s bonanza of new tunes, we’re back with eleven more tracks gathered up from the past seven days. No reduction in quality either with another (and the best yet) taste from Laura Marling’s new record Semper Femina, a brand new instrumental track from pastoral psych rockers Allah Las and another ominous slice of brooding Americana from Timber Timbre.

We also have new singles from Hater, Luxury Death and WATERS, a Talking Heads cover from Japandroids and another entry from the Our First 100 Days Project – this time it is DRINKS and a hazy, 60’s inspired tune. We have another song from Adam Torres’ upcoming EP and an unbearably sad Mount Eerie track. Finally that rarest of sightings on MM, a remix of sorts with Parquet Courts’ Captive of the Sun brilliantly reworked in tandem with rapper Bun B.

Enjoy y’all.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Song By Toad Records have shared details of Volume 6 in their series of split 12″ releases, and this is a cracker, featuring no lesser lights than Willard Grant Conspiracy and Micah P. Hinson from over the water and Scotland’s own Tissø Lake and Kitchen Cynics.

It is a fabulous 12 track collection and will be released on the 6th March on limited edition clear orange vinyl. Pre-order here.

Listen to The Only Child by Willard Grant Conspiracy and Spaceman by Micah P. Hinson below.

 

 

MM Shorts 920: Moor Hound

Posted: February 15, 2017 in Americana, Folk, Music
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Moor Hound is a folk project from Bloomington, Indiana’s Steve Marino. He writes haunting and beautiful acoustic songs fit for summer nights and rainy days.

New EP Green is an intimate six song album – the tracks shine with the nostalgia, melancholy, and earnestness of living your 20s in a dusty Midwest college town.

Listen to I Went South from the EP.

 

best of the weekHere is Part 2 of our round up of the best of the week’s releases.

In this batch of gems we have a new single from prolific garage-punk Ty Segall, another taster from the Jesus & Mary Chain’s long awaited new record and a brilliant track from Mark Lanegan’s recently announced album Gargoyle. The Tablets offer up an excellent new wave inspired single and there is a first taste from effervescent indie rockers Charly Bliss’ forthcoming debut album Guppy.

We’re also eagerly awaiting Annie Hardy’s upcoming long player and Want shows why, and lastly Tom Williams is back with a rousing new single of orchestral Americana.

Enjoy, and check out Part 1 of the post from yesterday here.

  1. Ty Segall – Pan
  2. Mark Lanegan Band – Nocturne
  3. Jesus & Mary Chain – Always Sad
  4. Annie Hardy – Want
  5. Charly Bliss – Glitter
  6. The Tablets – Not A Sign
  7. Tom Williams – Everyone Needs A Home

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

best of the weekSo many good new tunes released this week – fourteen and counting – that we’ve had to split them into two posts.

Here are the first seven including a brilliant new single from the UK’s new saviour of indie guitar rock, Cabbage. Like a cross between Fat White Family, The Fall, and the Amazing Snakeheads. We have the new single from Samantha Crain’s upcoming album and three more excellent offerings from Secretly Canadian’s anti-Trump protest the First 100 Days project – Adam Torres, Jessica Lea Mayfield and a haunting solo performance from Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra.

Rounding off Part 1 is some crushing, nihilistic punk from RMBLR and the return of indie folk trio The Staves who are sounding seriously fed up.

Listen. Enjoy. Check Part 2 tomorrow.

  1. Cabbage – Gibraltar Ape
  2. Samantha Crain – Antiseptic Greeting
  3. RMBLR – Miracle
  4. The Staves – Tired As Fuck
  5. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Everybody Knows
  6. Jessica Lea Mayfield – The World Won’t Stop (Demo)
  7. Adam Torres – Dreamers In America

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nickel In The Jukebox

Here is volume 27 of Nickel in the Jukebox – a semi regular roundup of new (and some not so new) tunes for your listening pleasure. Within these ten tunes we have frantic noise punk, classic country, slow-burning folk, indie guitars and fuzzy pastoral psychedelia and plenty more besides. Listen and decide… hit or miss?

 

Tangerines – Peckham Boys  [RIYL: Art-punk, Television, Modern Lovers]

 

Steady Sun – Life At One Twenty Two  [RIYL: Psych-rock, Jefferson Airplane, Tame Impala]

 

Wild Pink – Broke On  [RIYL: Introspective indie rock, Dr. Dog, Tom Petty]

 

Fast Friends – I Don’t Wanna Die  [RIYL: Punk, Prawn, Into it. Over It]

 

Hayes Peebles – Home  [RIYL: Country-rock, Johnny Cash, The Sadies]

 

Wolf Girl – Moody  [RIYL: Garage pop, Speedy Ortiz, Tacocat]

 

Unveig Aas – What Hurts The Most (Is Knowing You Want To Leave)  [RIYL: Classic country, Caitlin Rose, Samantha Crain]

 

Tinnedfruit – Tattoo  [RIYL: Proto-punk, MC5, Devo]

 

 

Mara Simpson – Ghosts  [RIYL: Folk, Marissa Nadler, Beth Orton]

 

BOYTOY – Want  [RIYL: Fuzzy rock, Throwing Muses, Belly]

 

MM Shorts 919: Cat Meat

Posted: February 10, 2017 in Americana, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock
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It has been a while since we’ve heard from Americana four-piece Cat Meat and so it was a welcome surprise to get details of a new track, Caught By The Richochet in our in-box.

It is a mid-tempo slice of alt-Country with just the right amount of longing and regret.

I recalled you in these four walls
When pollen swelled my eyes
The morning light on ivory skin
The sun bathed your hair white

Listen below or get it on a name-your-price deal from Bandcamp.