Alt rock old schoolers Cracker have a new album out today, but it may not be what you are expecting it to be. Entitled Countrysides, the album is a set of country covers and new material alike. The band does their own take on tracks that influenced them by artists like Bruce Springsteen, Merle Haggard and Ray Wylie Hubbard. They even toured on this material, under the mysterious name Ironic Mullet, playing biker bars and honky tonks. During the recording process, they were dropped by Virgin, but still wanted to see the project through. The 9-track CD, which dropped over the summer in the UK and is now out in iMusic in the States, even has a enhanced section with video footage of Ironic Mullet. Sounds like a good olí fashioned hoedown of a good time for all.