Elephant Micah – Return To The Abandoned Observatory

Elephant Micah, the project of songwriter-producer Joseph O’Connell, has shared the new song Return To The Abandoned Observatory, the final advance single from the band’s new album, Vague Tidings, due out on the 9th April, via Western Vinyl. Of the track—a captivating, gently crooked waltz—O’Connell says, “In this song, a group of astronomers are having their last glimpse at the night sky. It’s bittersweet. The … Continue reading Elephant Micah – Return To The Abandoned Observatory

IDLES cover Sharon Van Etten’s Peace Signs for epic TEN

Longstanding MM fave Sharon Van Etten released her brilliant epic album in 2010. To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the album’s release, she asked fellow artists she admired to participate in an expanded reissue, where each artist would cover one different song from epic in their own style. The resulting epic Ten is a double LP featuring the original album plus the new album of … Continue reading IDLES cover Sharon Van Etten’s Peace Signs for epic TEN

Painted Shrines – Heaven And Holy

We recently shared the lovely, wistful track Gone from Painted Shrines new album Heaven And Holy. The record is a collaboration between Jeremy Earl (Woods) & Glenn Donaldson (Skygreen Leopards, The Reds, Pinks & Purples) who met sometime in the mid-aughts and bonded over a love of tambourines and DIY sounds. Back in 2018 over a week together they emerged with nearly an album’s worth of hazy … Continue reading Painted Shrines – Heaven And Holy

Elephant Micah – Vague Tidings

Elephant Micah has shared a new song, the spellbinding and fiddle-laced Eastern Callers, taken from his new album, Vague Tidings, due out on the 9th April via Western Vinyl. It follows on from the gorgeous, slow-burning first single Glacier Advisors. Vague Tidings is an album of stark uncanny Americana. In style, its eight songs follow a switchback path between foggy incantations and mountain anthems. Made with … Continue reading Elephant Micah – Vague Tidings

New Album From Damien Jurado

Damien Jurado has shared details of his third album in the past 12 months, The Monster Who Hated Pennsylvania, along with the news that he is also embarking on his first foray into label running with the aptly named Maraqopa Records. It will be out on the 14th May. The new album contains ten intense stories of people determined not to be broken by dire … Continue reading New Album From Damien Jurado

RIP Stefan Cush (of the Men They Couldn’t Hang)

For one reason or another, none particularly joyful, it has been a while since we’ve posted and it is sad to be dragged back to the keyboard to pay our own, insignificant tribute to the wonderful Stefan Cush of the Men They Couldn’t Hang who died of a sudden heart attack earlier this month. Folk-punk pioneers, TMTCH were a band I spent many happy times … Continue reading RIP Stefan Cush (of the Men They Couldn’t Hang)

Shovels & Rope Cover The Beach Boys

Busted Jukebox, Volume 3 from MM faves Shovels & Rope came out  digitally at the end of last weekend via Dualtone. Physical copies will see a release on the 30th April. Amongst the covers on the record is this beauty – the Beach Boys’ In My Room, for which the duo are joined by the wonderful Sharon Van Etten. Absolute gem of a cover. You … Continue reading Shovels & Rope Cover The Beach Boys

Joe Pug – Crescent Bridge

Singer-songwriter and all round good egg, Joe Pug will release a new album, The Diving Sun on the 19th March. The record began as a process of collecting archived session files for a B-sides album which morphed into an obsessive remix and finally became a full-on album process with entirely new songs. The Diving Sun brings together some lost gems from various studio sessions along … Continue reading Joe Pug – Crescent Bridge

The Underground Youth – For You Are The One

The Underground Youth, Manchester-born, Berlin-based group led by Craig Dyer have shared For You Are The One, the latest single to be lifted from their forthcoming album, The Falling due out 12th March on Fuzz Club Records. Their new record sees the band trade their visceral post-punk melancholy for a more refined and stripped-back sound that, instead, enters the world of romantic, shadowy folk-noir. Stream … Continue reading The Underground Youth – For You Are The One

Introducing >>> Painted Shrines

In 2018, longtime friends and collaborators Jeremy Earl of Woods and Glenn Donaldson of Skygreen Leopards met in Northern California to record an album under the name Painted Shrines. The album, titled Heaven and Holy, will finally see release this year, coming out on 5th March via Woodsist Records. Recorded in a week, it is a collection of hazy folk rock and drowsy psych-pop, which … Continue reading Introducing >>> Painted Shrines