Mad Mackerel Recommends… Pinecones

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Pinecones

It’s tempting to simply categorise Georgia’s Pinecones alongside their punk, hardcore, and metal roots.

Really, though, it’s no use: no genre can claim them as one of its own. This is music that’s too melodic for the conventions of punk, but with vocals that are often shouted with hardcore’s guttural ferocity. It’s doom laden, meandering, punch-to-the-gut stuff that is as defiant as it is manic and as compelling as it is straight-forward.

New album Sings For You Now is out today via Arrowhawk Records. Here are three equally visceral and thrilling tracks from it.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Deer Run Drifters

Mad Mackerel Recommends... The Deer Run Drifters

With one half of the band influenced by the sounds and lyrics of Alt-Country, and the other half deeply rooted in a more modern folk, The Deer Run Drifters have quickly carved themselves out a perfect spot in Americana music.

Their latest album Restless Youth continues what the band is known for: themes of life, heartbreak, and of course drunken mishaps.  Utilising their trademark weathered and often heartbreaking lyrics fused with a “high and lonesome” twang to draw listeners in, there’s desperation in vocalist Chris Link’s voice that’s both alluring and bleeds honesty.

Give the title track a spin.

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Video: Fraser A. Gorman – Shiny Gun

With his beautifully offbeat, gloriously sun-baked debut LP Slow Gum hurtling our way just in time for summer, rapidly ascendant Australian troubadour Fraser A. Gorman has shared new single Shiny Gun.

Distilling the best elements of folk, blues and vintage Americana, with Shiny Gun Gorman delivers a warmly rousing anthem in waiting. His distinctly oddball wit and wry poetry courses through the song’s veins, culminating in a chorus that’s as heart-tugging as it’s uplifting.

Watch the brilliant video, which features label mate and close friend Courtney Barnett as a disaffected news anchorwoman, here:

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New Single From Velvet Morning

Velvet Morning are back with a new single of  dreamy psychedelia.

You’re Blue, I’m Blue is the first languid taste from their forthcoming debut long player Gorilla which is out at the end of June.

Stream it here and immerse yourself into four and a half minutes of swirling lush atmospherics anchored by mellow guitar and blissed out vocals. Lovely stuff.

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MM Shorts 715: Asylums

Asylums know intimately the tiny pleasures that can be found despite walking the poverty line. Their new single Joy In A Small Wage may as well be the band’s manifesto – a fierce DIY ethic with homemade videos and self-released records.

The single comes across like Orange Juice gene-spliced with Mudhoney, all pop hooks wrapped in barbed wire and wry social commentary.

Listen here.

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Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Nine new, and excellent, songs from the past seven days neatly packaged for your listening pleasure.

1. Jeffrey Lewis – Train Song
2. The Sandwitches – Our Toast
3. Ultimate Painting – Break The Chain
4. John Vanderslice – Midnight Blue
5. Destroyer – Dream Lover
6. Heather Woods Broderick – Wyoming
7. DRINKS – Hermits On Holiday
8. Spoon – TV Set (Cramps cover)
9. Nots – Virgin Mary

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Mad Mackerel Recommends: Austin Basham

Indie folk singer/songwriter, Austin Basham, recently released his new five track Linton//Oslo EP.

From Austin, Texas, his music draws influences from classic folksingers like Bob Dylan, but also shares a contemporary feel with artists such as Joe Pug and The Tallest Man On Earth. Recorded in Norway, the record is a culmination of warm southern nights and cool Norwegian atmosphere and showcases an imaginative range and combination of instruments and lyrics that fuse together into a gorgeous cohesive whole.

Check out a couple of tracks below.

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