Jesse Malin Releases New York Live Album

Plus the storyteller is coming to the UK for some intimate gigs

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New York troubadour Jesse Malin is to release a new live album “Mercury Retrograde – Live in New York City”, recorded acoustically across two nights last December.

Having previously only sold an official live bootleg recorded in Liverpool and sold at his own shows in May 2004 (Messed Up Tonight), this is the first time Malin has put out a proper live album.

Out on December 15 via One Little Indian, the UK edition will also feature five unreleased studio tracks from the Glitter in The Gutter album sessions.


Speaking about Mercury Retrograde, the punk-poet has said: “Leaving the house and going out to see live shows is a ritual for me – a physical experience that I can’t get at home just listening to a studio album. For my first ever-live album, I wanted to record the songs differently by going back to the original essence of how they were written, on an acoustic guitar. Over the past couple years I’ve been touring with a full band, but for this album, I wanted to go back to the way it was in the beginning and just do a stripped down acoustic set.”

Malin will play a short UK tour at the end of the year to support the release, choosing small venues so as to recreate the setting the album was created in.

He will play:


Brighton Engine Room (December 8)

Leicester Musician (9)

Keighley The Gassienda (10)

Glasgow TBC (11)

London Water Rats (12)

Ireland, Dublin Whelan’s (13)

The Mercury Retrograde track listing is:

High Lonesome


Hotel Columbia



Cigarettes and Violets

Since You’re In Love



Broken Radio

Going Out West

Swingin Man


Studio tracks:

Leaving Babylon

Megan Don’t Know

It’s Not Enough

Lady From Baltimore

Fairytale of New York

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