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New Album From D.B. Rouse

Posted: October 4, 2015 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music
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New Album from D.B. Rouse

D.B. Rouse has a new release on another can’t lose, pay-what-you-want deal via Bandcamp. As he describes it, “It’s Americana with organs, it’s acoustic music with guts, it’s a topical album called Learn From Our Mistakes.

Recorded in a stuffy attic in Milwaukee over a few weeks in July, (globally the hottest month in recorded history), this album is a reflection of the world on a pool of discontent and optimistic hope.

Check the video and the stream for Best Self below.

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Make The Best Choices Free Compilation

Make The Best Choices is a completely free compilation from the Good Choices Music Collective that is available from Bandcamp here.

It follows on from last year’s excellent Make Better Choices compilation, and features our good friend D.B. Rouse alongside a whole host of top notch folk and Americana artists.

Check out a couple of choice cuts below and then do what you probably should have done in the first place and go grab the whole thing for free.

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Mad Mackerel's Best Of July 2013

A brilliant month for new music means a mix of more than 35 tracks compiled for you in our selection of our favourite downloads from July’s posts. And, as always, a few brand new tunes to round the collection off.

They’re all yours…and check out all the other Best of the Month mixes using the sidebar links too.

SNØFFELTØFFS – Pretty Girl
Storming garage punk.


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Dinosaur Bones – Sleepsick
Alluring, hooked out blend of dark pop and broody indie rock.


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Cat Meat – Goodnight Miss Belle
Sweeping mournful murder ballad telling the tale of a young drunk’s ill-fated dalliance with the town harlot.

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Fiver – Undertaker
Opening with a weaving organ that sounds like it was drawn from the soundtrack of an Italian horror film, the song is a macabre masterwork.

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Construction & Destruction – The Horse Returns
Opens with a single ominous guitar refrain before exploding into a frenzy of percussion and vocals that calls to mind PJ Harvey at her most tumultuous.

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Kings Of Lowertown – Shotgun Preacher
Takes a classic dirt-blues riff, and layers some distorted vocals over the top to provide just over two and a half minutes of visceral rock ‘n’ roll.


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This Frontier Needs Heroes – Hooky
More gorgeous Americana from duo’s forthcoming album of the same name.

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Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Lesbian Wife
Wryly original garage pop.


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Shark Week – Baby Maybe
Gravelly baritone, screeching guitar solos, jangly guitar leads, pulsating bass rhythms and pounding drums – a ramshackle, yet swaggering, joy to the ears.


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White Hills – In Your Room
Brilliant, persistently hypnotic psych-rock.


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FUZZ – Loose Sutres
Thrilling slab of slow burning distorted rock ‘n’ roll sleaze from Ty Segall’s side project.

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Shadows At Play – Into The Sun
Upbeat, ethereal folk song.

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Quiet Life – Devil’s Kin
Propulsive, galloping folk-rock that begs to be played loud on the open road, and sits somewhere between vintage Creedence, The Band and perhaps even a whiff of Buddy Holly.

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Black Tambourines – Bodies
Typically alluring of hook-filled, sunny garage-psych goodness.

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Dim Peaks – Reason
Sweetly melodic blend of Americana that is effortlessly evocative:

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Morning Smoke – DYWD
Roars in on pulsating drums and vocals echoing Joy Division before the song quickly unfolds with a statuesque controlled power.

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Cash Savage And The Last Drinks – Hypnotiser
Dark country blues that swings from emotion to emotion.

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Yuck – Rebirth
Sits somewhere between Beach House’s dream pop and some of the less histrionic and fragile soundscapes of MBV.

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Big Haunt – Burn Me Up
Spooky, gospel infused big beat indy folk and a song about ritualistic fire sacrifice and murder.

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D.B. Rouse – I-90
More outsider folk from roaming troubadour.

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Expwy – Scraping Blue Terra Cotta (Waterloo Cannibals)
Power pop gem and something that Mikal Cronin would be mighty proud of…

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Gross Relations – Cut The Final Scene
Plenty of fuzz and lackadaisically-delivered lyrics reeled in by insistent, irresistible riffs.


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Hollis Brown – Doghouse Blues
Combines raw rock sensibilities with sweet melodies and hearfelt lyrics to create a rich, warm sound.

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Dinosaur Feathers – Juror B37
Plaintive, evocative and obviously topical tune from indie psych-rockers.

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The Smoking Flowers – Something I Said
Begins as a sparsely arranged, folkish ballad that grows exponentially in intensity and feeling to a climax that is something more akin to the territory stalked by Radiohead.


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Ming City Rockers – She’s A Wrong ‘Un
Snarling, spitting bad boy rock’n’roll in the spirit of Eddie Cochran and the Stooges.

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Dream Boys – Born Yesterday
Brittle, swirling psychedelic pop music.

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Kyle Adem – After Jackson
Singer-songwriter exorcises demons of dealing with personal trauma.

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Chloë Sunshine – Want You
Wonderful blend of jangly, shoegazey pop with echoing vocals and Beach Boys style harmonies.

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Boho Dancer – Bohemian Child
Porcelain like vocals deliver atmospheric, haunting and picturesque lyrics, evoking a journey though the mountains, where the Nordic trio escape and dissolve into the landscape.

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Night Beats – Outta Mind
Reverb laden slab of psych-rock with echoes of blues and soul and a healthy nod to the mind-bending sonics of the sixties.

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Download The Mother Hips – Song For JB mp3
Classic cosmic country rock.

Download Jefferson Ross – Two Horses mp3
A unique acoustic guitar style and southern, soulful voice spin some of the finest story songs to come out of Deep Dixie in a long while.

And to finish off this mammoth post, four more great new tracks from infectious indie-popsters Potty Mouth, heavy sludge-psych rockers White Orange, noirish surf-pop from La Luz, and last, but by no means least, we have Atlantic, the catchy, jangly new single from Brooklyn based psych-surf rock collective Fishdoctor.


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New Album From D.B.Rouse

We’ve featured the roaming troubadour D.B.Rouse a few times on MM, and it is a pleasure to be able to post about an excellent new album, West Via East, which was released digitally at the beginning of July. It was recorded across the street from the hotel that Gram Parsons died in, and that on its own should tell you plenty about this record.

It is another wonderfully judged collection of outsider folk, country rockers, protest songs and rumbling rockabilly rhythms – topped with more than a little in the way of acerbic, lacerating lyrics. As usual it can be picked up on a name-your-price deal on Bandcamp here.

Check out the video for I-90 below and listen to another of our favourites, album opener Trainwreck, from the record too.

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Mad Mackerel's Best of November 2012

Even though Christmas is looming and the deluge of end-of-year best of lists are starting to appear on the horizon, November still gave us plenty of cracking new tunes to enjoy. Here are our pick of the best of the downloads from November’s posts, together with a few newbies to tickle the earbuds too. Dive in.

Download Crushed Out – Push Down & Twist mp3 (from Want To Give)
Primal surf-garage rock’n’roll.

Download Split Screens – Born mp3 (from Split Screens EP)
Subtle psychedelia with an expansive feel, dense layers and dream-like croon.

Download D.B. Rouse – Love Is A Mexican Wrestling Match mp3 (from Vaudeville Routine)
Beautifully judged folk melancholia with lyrics that mix the everyday with the surreal.

Download Harriet – No Way Out mp3
Straddles the line between classic Americana songs and the sonic experimentation of electronic music.

Space Wolves – 6th Street
Mix of garage, surf and pop in a similar vein as The Babies.

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Indian Jewelry – Eva Cherie
Taps into the primordial consciousness through dissonance and drone, with fractured melodies, white noise, and tribal energy.

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Linfinity – Red Nation Waltz
Uptempo blend of indie folk.

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Download Raymond Byron & The White Freighter – Little Death Shaker mp3 (from The Muse November Sampler)
Gauzy harmonies and sparse, buzzing guitar riffs that combine to create something dark, dreamy and imperfectly pretty.

Download Denison Witmer – In Your Hands mp3 (from Insound Digital Mixtape- November ’12)
As authentic a slice of dusty highway Americana as you’re likely to find anywhere.

Download The Winter Sounds – The Sun Also Rises mp3 (from Runner)
Frenetic, anthemic, catchy, and smart 80s inspired indie-pop.

Download Jacob Morris – Wet Cigarette mp3 (from Moths)
Jaunty, folk-inflected, psychedelic pop.

Widowspeak – Ballad Of The Golden Hour
Mazzy Star style jangle and psych-folk, given an uneasy twist that makes this a real gem

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Downloads Joshua James – Queen Of The City mp3 (from From The Top Of Williamette Mountain)
First taste of singer-songwriter’s much anticipated new album.

Download The Dead Heads – When I’m Dead mp3 (from Go Ape Shit!)
Eclectc mix of 60s hippie flip to 90s scrungy grunge with a bit of shoegazey pyrotechnics and a dab of drone too.

Download The Merry Go Round – Yayaya mp3 (from Yayaya)
Energetic, no-frills swampy, sleazy blues and psychedelia.

Download Woollen Kits – Be You mp3 (from Four Girls)
Effortlessly channels the proto-punk sounds of Detroit and classic garage rock.

Download Black Market Karma – Jingle mp3 (from Easy Listening)
Hypnotic and pulsating space rock.

Red River Dialect – Dawns Man
Muscular, rolling bass lines and echoes of classic footstomping British sea shanties, twisting sinewy guitars and the fluid, hypnotic rhythms of the African desert, rockabilly twang and shimmering indie-style guitars. Brilliant.

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Download Big Harp – You Can’t Save ‘Em All mp3 (from Chain Letters)
A song of pained apathy built on a foundation of crackling fuzz bass, angular electric guitars and keyboards.a

The Deadline Shakes – Don’t You Be Too Cool
New single from Glasgow based indie-rockers that ticks all the right boxes. Fizzy.

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Algernon Doll – Son Of A Gun, Brother To None
Another taste from an album of off-kilter, deeply personal folk.

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The Grand Prospect – Evelina
As good a slice of alt-country / Americana as you’re likely to come across in many a sunlit filled evening rocking on the back-porch.

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Jason Lytle & Ben Bridwell – Don’t You Take It Too Bad
Top notch Townes Van Zandt cover – click through to download for free.

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And to finish off we have The Longwalls stalking a line between noisy post-pop and twang with new tune Kowloon, which is the title track from a new 8 track EP. Then there is another taste from Theatre Royal’s forthcoming album At The End Of A River, The Sea… in the shape of prophetic track Will England Rain Itself Dry? The Pinery Boy is brilliant roadhouse honky-tonk inspired Americana from The Emperors Of Wyoming, and lastly Golden Void have offered up this free download of their cover of Jimi Hendrix’s 1983.


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New Album From D.B. Rouse.

Much like another MM fave Wooden Wand, wandering modern day minstrel D.B. Rouse seems capable of prolific output without suffering the usual accompanying decline in quality control. And so it is that he has released a new digital album Vaudeville Routine via his Bandcamp page where it can again be picked up for a “pay what you want deal”.

He told us “It’s a new album and it’s by far my best… it all came in a mad burst of energy….  I had a hard time picking out only two to send you… I’m very attached to all of them…  take a listen.”

We did, and now you can too. Here are the two D.B. picked out for you. Grab them first, or just go get the whole thing at Bandcamp.

Download D.B. Rouse – Love Is A Mexican Wrestling Match mp3 (from Vaudeville Routine)

Download D.B. Rouse – Bread Crumb Trail mp3 (from Vaudeville Routine)

Not only that, but we also noticed a further release on his Bandcamp called Blood Whiskey and or Whiskey Blood by Sickday Danger. The esteemed Mr Rouse played guitar in the band who in 2006, set upon the daunting task of making the best drinking album. Ever. The perfect soundtrack to the ‘college experience’. Only now is it seeing the light of day.

Anyway, it is a highly laudable inspiration for an album in our book and again it is available for free, but you can always check out the wonderfully titled Effigy Doll Blues (The Drinking Song) below.

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Mad Mackerel's Best Of July Mix.

You know the score. Some of our favourite downloads from the past month neatly parcelled up into one tasty mix and decorated with a few new tunes too. Nearly forty in all. Jump in!

Download Wye Oak – Spiral mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Series)
A change of approach and tempo from experimental folkies

Download Unnatural Helpers – Hate Your Teachers mp3 (from Land Grab)
Raging. Ferocious. Punk

Download Wake Up Lucid – Feel It mp3 (from Feel It)
Combines sex-drenched vocals, high octane guitar, and a glorious lo-fi sludge that is garage rock at its purest and most dangerous

Download Keston Cobblers’ Club – For Words mp3 (from One, For Words)
Sweetly harmonious, banjo led folk song

Download White Wires – All Night Long mp3 (from WWIII)
Fun, infectious, and recalls some of the very best of the power-pop tunes of the late 70s

Download Deep Time – Homebody mp3 (from Deep Time)
Densely melodic slice of restlessly minimalist indie pop

Download Sun Sister – Sore Eyes mp3 (from Sun Sister Single)
Lo-fi dreampop with warm melodies, gorgeous reverbed vocals and rough jangly guitars

Download The Black Cadillacs – Choke mp3 (from Run)
Pure rock –  strong guitar melodies that are matched with catchy lyrics

Download Crooked Cowboy & The Freshwater Indians – Annalog And Her Hopeful Diaries mp3 (from Annalog And Her Hopeful Diaries EP)
Psychedelic whirlwind tinged with an unattainable nostalgia for a western era of dusty corrals and one-horse towns

Download Talk Normal – Bad Date mp3 (from Sunshine)
Hypnotically brilliant blend of punk and krautrock

Download People’s Temple – Looter’s Game mp3 (from Looter’s Game 7″)
Keeping a groovy, 60s psych vibe going

Download Wobbly Lamps – Alice The Goon mp3 (from Wobbly Lamps)
Takes an intro that sounds like it has been dragged kicking and screaming from a sweaty Detroit basement club in the 60s, attaches it to a thrumming, hypnotic riff, and then slams a sleazy proto-punk chorus over the top

The Lovely Sparrows – While Sailing
Gorgeous, pastoral folk

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Download The Felice Brothers – Lincoln Continental mp3 (from God Bless You Amigo)
Classic ramshackle Americana. Just about as good as it gets!

Download Aaron Embry – Moon Of The Daylit Sky mp3 (from Tiny Prayers)
Spare, captivating, and beautifully simple folk

Download Cate Le Bon – What Is Worse mp3 (from CYRK II)
Beautifully reminiscent of The Velvet Underground at their weary, foggy best – an uncomplicated and unadorned slice of late night melancholic pop

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Ten Sleep, WY mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt & Dreams)
Fractured, unassailable beauty that begins with a sentiment any of us over a certain age can identify with, before it breaks out into a more expansive guitar showdown/meltdown

The Wilderness of Manitoba – The Ark
Beautiful slice of chamber-folk

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Download Grassfight – Nassau mp3 (from Icon EP 2)
With shades of Interpol in the hypnotic, propulsive percussion, echoes of Dinosaur Jr in the swirling guitar, and a classic indie deep, monotone vocal, the track successfully ticks all the necessary boxes for a post-punk extravaganza

Freedom Fry – Summer In The City (from Summer In The City single)
Infectious, sunshine indie-pop at its very best

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Download Two Gallants – My Love Won’t Wait mp3 (from The Bloom And The Blight)
Rollicking tune showcases the duo’s heavier side

Download Outer Minds – We Are All Stone mp3 (from Behind The Mirror)
Perfectly judged garage-psych voodoo rumble, with a reverential nod to the Doors

Download Lord Huron – Time To Run mp3 (from Lonesome Dreams)
Galloping, infectious dusty folk chime

Download Spook Houses – American mp3 (from Trying)
Lo-fi slacker indie rock loaded with the energy of the band’s rambunctious punk roots

Steakhouse – Spider Bite
Hear the sound of Johnny Cash’s electric guitar come floating in over the hypnotic, pulsing rhythm and be seduced by the strange blend of krautrock and C&W

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Download D.B. Rouse – Never Home Again mp3 (from The Good Land)
Another folky gem from travelling troubadour

Kalle Matson – The Shore (from Lives In Between EP)
Folk with an experimental edge that is equally at home dropping in a bit of punk distortion as it is with some funky basslines

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Download Delta Spirit – Tear It Up mp3 (from Delta Spirit)
Another brilliant uptempo cut from outstanding recent album

Download Denver – Reno mp3 (from Denver)
Perfect country twang from Blitzen Trapper led indie supergroup

Download The Mountain Goats – Cry For Judas mp3 (from Transcendental Youth)
New album cut from quirky indie-rock royalty

Download Chelsea Light Moving – Frank O’Hara Hit mp3
Trademark guitar squall and distortion from Thurston Moore’s new project

Download John Murry – Southern Sky mp3 (from The Graceless Age)
Emotive and soul-wrenching mix of Americana and electronica

Download The Wild Leaves – Sister mp3 (from Sister)
Evocative and poignant, the notes sweetly swirling around the room like dust mites in the sunlight, as though the story it tells could have been hummed on back porches for decades gone by

Last American Buffalo – That Woman (from Here She Comes)
Brilliant blues stomp and folk swagger

Download Woodpecker – Married To The Movies mp3 (from Thanks Anyway)
Indie folk and banjo ramble including occasional bloodcurdling zombie screams

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The Most Powerful Telescope In The Universe – Lectures On Quanta (from Lectures On Quanta)
A brilliant psych-pop nugget of mellotron led drone

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And to finish off, here is Pony Boy’s The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee, inspired by an actual teenage couple who gained notoriety during a cross-country crime spree in the late 1950s as well as a first taste of Hot Freak Nation. We have the beautifully crafted psych tinged rock of The Asteroid Shop and the melodically rich and compelling new track Fifty Fifty from The Luyas.

Download Pony Boy – The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee mp3 (from The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee single)

Download Hot Freak Nation – All The Right Things mp3 (from Lifetime To Lifetime)

Download The Luyas – Fifty Fifty mp3 (from Animator)

Download The Asteroid Shop – Alone mp3 (from Distant Luxury EP)

New Album From D.B. Rouse.

Ex Goat farmer, salmon packer, and pawn shop cashier D.B. Rouse has crossed the MM radar a few times in the past. For as well as all those things, he is a roaming, itinerant troubadour of the old-school, and of the best kind. Like another MM fave Wooden Wand, he also appears to have the rare ability to maintain quality whilst producing an output that would shame most musicians.

The latest release is an eight track album titled The Good Land and he describes it as “a kind of upbeat and dark thing that I threw myself into in Milwaukee, Wisconsin“. For the curious out there, the name Milwaukee finds its origins in the Potawatomi language, and roughly translates to ‘the good land‘.

So what’s not to like about that?

Try a couple of tracks below, or just go and get the whole of The Good Land for free from his Bandcamp page here.

Download D.B. Rouse – Never Home Again mp3 (from The Good Land)

Download D.B. Rouse – Saint In Penitentary mp3 (from The Good Land)

Check Out The Make Good Choices Free Digital Compilation.

D.B. Rouse who we have featured a couple of times on MM dropped us a line to tell us about Make Good Choices, a free digital compilation that features 15 different bands and musicians from across the US, the majority of whom were found in the Austin, TX area.

Of course it includes Mr Rouse himself, which should tell you something about the quality contained therein. Other artists include the excellently named Happy Horse Campfire Band, The Better Halves, Ditto Kiddo, Soulfoot Mombits and Decker.

You can download the whole thing for free from their Bandcamp page here, or if you are of a more cautious nature download a couple of samplers from it below – a crunching effort from Abnormal Cattle and the wonderfully titled Cold Beer Sara (one for our very own Big Sair surely) by The Sorrys and of course, any excuse to repost D.B. Rouse too.

Anyway, get these, listen…and then go and get it all.

Download The Sorrys – Cold Beer Sara mp3 (from Make Good Choices Free Digital Compilation)

Download Abnormal Cattle – Everything Is Happening Now mp3 (from Make Good Choices Free Digital Compilation)

Download D.B. Rouse – The Hungover Lowdown Beat Up Burnt Out Blues mp3 (from Make Good Choices Free Digital Compilation)