Archive for the ‘Folk’ Category

Here is a second taste from the upcoming album Cruel Child from Viking Moses.

The dusty, wistful Kid For The Cattle can be filed under your Electro-Freak-Folk tab in iTunes… stream it here.

 

 

  1. Pet Shimmers – Feels Hz (featuring Goat Girl)
  2. Sleaford Mods – O.B.C.T.
  3. William The Conqueror – Thank Me Later
  4. Wye Oak – Evergreen
  5. The Regrettes – Pumpkin
  6. Weyes Blood – Everyday
  7. Sparrow Steeple – Roll Baby
  8. Tacocoat – Grains Of Salt
  9. Bench Press – Respite
  10. Hand Habits – what lovers do

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Cactus Blossoms are a Minneapolis-based brother duo and will release their forthcoming album Easy Way (out 1st March via Walkie Talkie Records).

This track is a co-write with Dan Auerbach and it is a gorgeous, mellow trip, tinged with a retro vibes and just about perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Stream it here.

 

Quite literally just last week I was talking to someone about what had happened to A.A.Bondy who was last heard of (musically at least) back in 2011 when he released the outstanding Believers, itself a follow-up to 2009’s equally brilliant When The Devil’s Loose album. Two fabulous records from a brilliant songwriter who then just seemed to disappear without trace. I was excited for a Felice Brothers gig in London a few years ago that he was named as support for, but he couldn’t make it and he remained one of those artists you long to see live, but begin to doubt you ever will.

Now eight long years later, we have news of a new album Enderness, that will see a release via Fat Possum Records on the 10th May, and he’s announced some UK live dates in June too.

The album was finished the day before a wildfire burned his house down.

He recorded and played everything himself.

The first single is Images Of Love.

It is great.

You can watch/stream it here, and check the live dates as well.

 

 

UK tour dates:

4 Jun – London @ St Matthias Church
6 Jun – Leeds @ The Brudenell Social Club
7 Jun – Manchester @ Gullivers
8 Jun – Edinburgh @ Summerhall

For more than two decades, Damien Jurado has sung folk songs brimming with prophetic imagination. Whether singing ballads about killers, wounded lovers, UFO cults, or the phantoms of departed friends, he’s populated his work with eerie foretelling, the sense that he’s divining something just on the verge of happening. He wrote his last record, 2018’s The Horizon Just Laughed as a goodbye letter to his home of Seattle, Washington, before he’d even decided to leave there for sunny Los Angeles. And while he recorded the ten songs featured on In the Shape of a Storm months before the passing of his longtime collaborator and close friend Richard Swift, it’s no coincidence that Swift’s death looms over the album. “His absence is very much felt on this record,” Jurado says.

Recorded over the course of just two hours one California afternoon, it’s Jurado’s sparsest album to date. Gone are the thundering drums and psychedelic arrangements that defined the trilogy of concept albums he made with Swift. Gone even is the atmospheric air that hovered above his early albums for Sub Pop. Here, there’s only his voice, acoustic guitar, and occasional accompaniment from Josh Gordon, playing a high-strung guitar tuned Nashville style, rendering its sound spooky and celestial. It will see a release on the 12th April via Loose here in the UK.

Check out the first track, the austerely brilliant South.

 

  1. Flat Worms – Surreal New Year
  2. The Uranium Club – Man Is The Loneliest Animal
  3. Ånge Teenage Angst – Ånge Teenage Angst
  4. A Merge Group Plays “Heroes” – V-2 Schneider  (David Bowie cover)
  5. Esther Rose – Don’t Blame It On The Moon
  6. W.H. Lung – Simpatico People
  7. MELTS – Echoes
  8. Wand – Scarecrow
  9. Sharon Van Etten – Never Grow Old  (James Cleveland Moore, Sr cover)
  10. Laura Stevenson – Living Room, NY
  11. Steve Earle & The Dukes – L.A. Freeway  (Guy Clarke cover)
  12. Adia Victoria – The Needle’s Eye
  13. Flying Fish Cove – Johnny Paper
  14. Charly Bliss – Capacity

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The day just keeps on getting better.

No sooner did we have the details of the new Felice Brothers album, than we discover a new single release from another long, long standing MM favourite, Dr. Dog in our Soundcloud feed.

Titled Critical, it consists of two tracks, Can’t Catch Me and Can She Dance. The former is an uptempo country tinged psych rocker that they are so damn good at, and the latter imbues itself with a big dash of hometown Philly soul groove.

Both are cracking tunes, and you can hear them below.

 

 

Happy days!

After three long years, we have an announcement of a new album from the Felice Brothers.

Undress was recorded in the late summer of 2018 in Germantown, New York. “Many of the songs on the new album are motivated by a shift from private to public concerns,” says songwriter Ian Felice. “It isn’t hard to find worthwhile things to write about these days, there are a lot of storms blooming on the horizon and a lot of chaos that permeates our lives. The hard part is finding simple and direct ways to address them.

Undress follows the band’s 2016 album Life In The Dark, and finds the group in a very different place three years later. Between personnel changes, families growing and the political landscape, the result is a tighter, more-paired down release. “Every song is a story,” said James Felice. “On this album everything was a bit more thoughtful, including the arrangements, the sonic quality and the harmonies.”

The Felice Brothers are long standing MM faves. Their wonderful blend of storytelling, lyrical genius and ramshackle Americana began in 2006, playing subway platforms and sidewalks in NYC and they have gone on to release nine albums of original songs and to tour extensively throughout the world. The new album is out on Yep Roc Records on the 3rd May.

For now, listen to the fabulous title track below.

 

 

 

Born out of the Rust Belt, and with influences that span decades and range from classic artists such as Dylan and the Stones, to grunge acts like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, and all the way to artists like Interpol and Cage The Elephant, five piece Eerie Point embodies a sound that twists alternative, indie, and blues into something fresh and contemporary.

The Americana flavoured Artificial Things is a live favourite, and the lead-off single from the band’s debut album Local Fame, which saw a release last month.

Stream it below and order the album via Bandcamp.

 

  1. Deer Tick – White City  (Pogues cover)
  2. Mekons – Lawrence of California
  3. Bear’s Den – Fuel On The Fire
  4. Ritual Howls – Alone Together
  5. JAWS – Do You Remember
  6. The Mountain Goats – Younger
  7. Interpol – Fine Mess
  8. Lucy Dacus – La Vie En Rose  (Edith Piaf cover)
  9. Sophie Morgan – Bloodbuzz Ohio  (The National cover)
  10. Martha – Love Keeps Kicking