Archive for the ‘Jazz’ Category

MM Shorts 804: The Halfways

The Halfways are a psychedelic rock quartet from Austin, Texas that employs elements of various musical styles to create a unique mixture. Think folk rock with funk, baroque pop and jazz, and even some grunge in there too.

Have a listen to the spacey funk of Not All Are To Be Trusted, the first single taken from their forthcoming debut EP.

 

Nickel In The Jukebox

Our second collection of ten new tunes for you to spin and decide… hit or miss?

The Yawpers – Deacon Brodie (RIYL: Biker blues, MC5, Blue Cheer)

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Tedo Stone – By Your Side (RIYL: Fuzzy guitar rock, T Rex, Dinosaur Jr)

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Alberta Cross – Ghost Of Santa Fe (RIYL: Southern rock, My Morning Jacket, Crazy Horse)

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Flora Cash – This Breeze (RIYL: Folk, First Aid Kit, Angus & Julia Stone)

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Freedom Fry – Tropicana (RIYL: Indie pop, Vampire Weekend, Beirut)

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Landlines – Things Haven’t Been The Same (Since You Got back From Italy) (RIYL: Power pop, Weezer, Mikal Cronin)

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E B U – Dead Of Night (RIYL: Torch songs, Mirel Wagner, Billie Holiday)

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Grandparents – Kids In The Alley (RIYL: Psych-pop, The Flaming Lips, The Seeds)

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Outer Rooms (ft Terrorista) – Driver (RIYL: Punk, Japandroids, No Age)

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Silent Sleep – Everything I Own (RIYL: Singer-songwriters, Sufjan Stevens, Great Lake Swimmers)

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MM Shorts 762: Absinthe Rose

Boston based folk punk band Absinthe Rose have announced their upcoming full length Black Earth, set to release September 4th via Screech Owl Records and available digitally via Bandcamp.

Led by singer-songwriter Kimbo Rose, the album tackles themes of self discovery, social justice, and environmental issues with dense lyrical content matched with ever changing musical stylings. From traditional folk to alternative rock to gypsy jazz, Kimbo’s powerful vocals lead the album through it’s various twists and turns.

Listen to the headlong rush and barnyard stomp of Bread & Booze below.

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Stephanie Nilles - Uncle Stephanie's Murder Ballads

Jazz / punk / barrelhouse musician Stephanie Nilles will release her fifth full-length album, Uncle Stephanie’s Murder Ballads digitally via Attention Spaniel Records on July 31st with a physical autumn release (date TBD) via Tradition & Moderne.

Uncle Stephanie’s Murder Ballads blends original songs with covers of artists such as Jelly Roll Morton (The Murder Ballad) and MaxNormal.tv (Laf Nag). It is an album built on the dark humor and musicianship of the traditional murder ballad’s form, but driven by Nilles hard-hitting social commentary on topics including police brutality, immigration policy, cyber-terrorism and war.

Prior to the albums release, the single, Open Season, is available for free download via Bandcamp. The song takes place in the courtroom of 2012’s Trayvon Martin shooting case and is a critical assessment of gun policies and race in the United States.

It’s open season on old black joe
And open season on the poor
While death sits cleaning his revolver
On the steps outside my door

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New Album From Samantha Crain

Samantha Crain justifiably received much acclaim for last year’s excellent Kid Face album and will release the follow-up Under Branch & Thorn & Tree via Full Time Hobby on the 17th July.

As with previous releases, her smoky, sultry voice is a distinctive joy, set further apart from the norm with her use of jazz style vocal phrasing. The album is a sombre one with darkness tugging at its edges, but lifted by the striking arrangements that bring unexpected flashes of illumination and expansiveness to even the blackest of scenarios.

The first track from it is the exquisite Outside The Pale – have a listen below. You can pre-order the album here.

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Calexico have announced a new album, Edge of the Sun, their first studio release since Algiers in 2012. It is a collaborative affair with contributions from Sam Beam aka Iron & Wine, Ben Bridwell from Band of Horses, Nick Urata from DeVotchka, Neko Case and plenty more.

The first taste is the jaunty, latin tinged Cumbia de Donde.

Have a listen. The album is out in April.

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New From The Kings Of Lowertown

The mighty Kings Of Lowertown are about to release their first single of 2015.

New Orleans Woman is a bourbon soaked, blues shoutin’, Preservation Hall inspired song that checks in at a blazing 2 minutes and 36 second combination of dirt-blues and crazy jazz.

The track is the follow-up to Kings Of Lowertown’s brilliant, slide-guitar drenched Swamp King collaboration with bassist Mike Watt (The Minutemen, The Stooges). Also, the band will be releasing their digital 2014 Mississippi Flood/Blues Haul single as a double A-side single on vinyl in the early part of this year.

For now though, this is just the way we like it. Have a listen…

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MM Premiere Gwyneth Moreland

We are proud to be able to bring you the premiere of Gwyneth Moreland’s brilliant new single Slaughterhouse Gulch, taken from her forthcoming album Ceilings, Floors, and Open Doors, which is out on November 18th.

It is a perfect blend of authentic, classic country that feels as genuine as it does timeless, with songs that are steeped in the rural landscapes and the rugged coastline of Northern California. Boldly eschewing the unnecessary and the superfluous to strip things back to the essence of genuinely intimate songwriting means she has created a record of stunning simplicity and feeling, which is undeniably moving and affecting.

Slight jazzy undertones, rich, warm vocals and subtle instrumentation help deliver something of rare and fragile beauty. So, download and immerse yourself in the single below. Gorgeous.

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Easter Round Up

We are kicking off Easter with a massive Round-Up of lots of new music and bands that have been sat in our in-box patiently waiting to be heard. Some of these have been released already, some are about to be, but either way we have fifteen artists that are all well worth checking out.

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Let us begin with Josh Matthews whose work has been compared to Leonard Cohen as well as outcasts such as The Fugs and Captain Beefheart. His enigmatic album Co-Patriot drops April 19th, and this is A Good Life from it.

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Silver Arm’s latest release He of the Slow Creep EP is four tracks of riotous psych-punk. Try on the title track and Gunboat for size…

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We have another fuzzy little stomper of garage-pop from Dead Professional. Listen to I’m Not The One.

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Comrade Question’s second LP, Pepe Polo, is the first release on Superdreamer Records. It’s a psych/garage/pop gem with guy-girl vocals and genius simplicity. Opening track is the sweetly named Bastard.

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Ciara O’Neill is a singer songwriter from Northern Ireland and Dead, Black has a lovely folk noir feel, plaintive and fragile with haunting female vocals.

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Daisy Victoria’s influences are Captain Beefheart, Sonic Youth, Gang of Four, P J Harvey et al, and her debut single Heart Full Of Beef is a surrealist exploration of the creative process. It hosts a cast of characters who include a maternal vegetable, a lap-dancer with divine clientele, and a militant typewriter.

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Dizzy Bats use power chords over heavily-picked basslines as a vehicle for fun, energetic, power pop. Check out/download Girls.

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Meet the Betrayers, Edmonton’s new fuzzy psych/garage band. The five-piece recently released their debut album Let the Good Times Die and we have a couple of tracks from it, Spinnin’ Wheel and Cherry Beach here.

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Honeyfeet are a group of loosely affiliated scruff-bags mixing old folk forms, blues grooves and jazz chords to create a unique sound of their own. Latest single is Buried My Husband.

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Ciro Madd has penned a baroque pop tune for the first issue of Pug Records singles series. You and Me is a charming symphony of keyboards and vocals wrapped up in George Harrison-style riffs, recommended for fans of the Beach Boys and The Zombies.

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Cousin Marnie’s debut EP Is Sleeping, re-imagined four Carter Family tracks from the 1930s. The EP is a ticking collection of throbbing beats, synth drones and wistful country sentiment. Check out Cain which showcases her unique combination of country, hip hop and left-field pop.

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The River Monks are a Des Moines folk pop sextet with an organic interplay of instruments, rich lyrical imagery, and layered vocal harmonies that build on the foundation laid by artists like Sufjan Stevens and Good Old War. Beasts is the first single from new long-player Home Is The House.

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Former Backyard Tire Fire member Edward David Anderson will release his debut solo album Lies & Wishes on April 29 through The Royal Potato Family. It is a collection of ten songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots.

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Combining Brit-punk grit with a distinctive pop jangle, Cambridge five-piece 28 Boulevard recently released five-track EP, Sunclouds. The emerging young group expand on the raw, adolescent feel of their debut single, pushing their innovative spin on guitar pop to a spine-rattling, head-splitting climax. This is Electric Feet.

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Lastly, our favourite 50s throwback and rockabilly rebel Dan Sartain has a new album out at the end of this month called Dudesblood. We have no less than three tracks for you to dip into including the paranormal country and western of Marfa Lights, the anarcho-punk of Smash The Tesco and the late-night croon of Rawhide Moon.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends... Ryley Walker

We had an e-mail from a reader recommending we check out Ryley Walker. So we did. Turns out he is a little bit special.

While only 24 years old, on his debut album (released this very day) All Kinds Of You, he delves much further back than that to the fingerpicked style of classic British folk artists, American primitive guitar and classic pastoral psychedelia. The results are mesmerising – bluesy, jazzy, folky – fluid and meditative with expressive vocals edged with just enough grit and emotion.

Try a couple of tracks – Fonda and the gorgeous album closer Tanglewood Spaces, which he describes as “a jam to stub your joint out too”.

You can buy from Tomkins Square, or catch him supporting Cloud Nothings on their current tour.

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