It’s Friday – Quick & Dirty Round Up

Round Up Time Again

It’s Friday, all the excuse to round up a few new tracks for you. Ten in all from Priory, Little May, The Lungs, Caddywhompus. Item 9 & The Mad Hatters, Saint Agnes, Sleepy Dreamers, The Yetis, Lazyeyes and Trans Upper Egypt. Just wish we had the time to put the words together to do them justice.

Treat it as a voyage of discovery…

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Kye Alfred Hillig

Mad Mackerel Recommends Kye Alfred Hillig

We’re a bit late to The Buddhist, the new album from Kye Alfred Hillig that saw a release around a month ago and is available as a free download via Bandcamp.

But better late than never, with song titles like Some Good Things Just Have To Die, We Buried A Cop (download it below), and stunning album opener My Young Love Was As Blind As Ray Charles And Half As Cold As Heat (that comes across like a mix of Sun Kil Moon and Damien Jurado) the record is a triumph of brilliant, acerbic, literate Americana.

We got together quick, like a dog plays fetch
She put my sticker on her car
And I gave her bad sex
And we moved in with my friends
We broke up quick, she showed up with her Mom
Her Mom said, “Sad day.”
And I asked her, “Which one?”
And life felt like a grave

The soundcloud streams are below, but forget those and go grab the album for free.

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New Video: Velvet Morning – Green Whale

Bringing an ever increasing hypnotism, to their layered, precisely thought out guitar sounds and smooth rhythm section grooves, long-standing MM faves Velvet Morning will release a new single Green Whale with b-side Pig Scene on the 28th September via RIP Records.

Watch the video below.

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Introducing >>> Bullybones

Introducing >>> Bullybones

The fabulously named Bullybones are a ferocious new sour sweat soaked garage-rock band (for the uninitiated, a bully bone can also mean a dog chew ‘treat’ made up of a shrivelled bull’s penis).

However this particular group on neer-do-wells are named after a Birthday Party song, and the band’s debut double a-side I Feel Sorry For You / Deadflower Girl (out on October 27th via Barnstormer) is wild deliciously evil guitar music.

That they hail from one of our favourite places, the good old Isle of Wight (though sadly no longer boasting Alvin’s Waffle Shack in Shanklin) is just the icing on the cake.

Take a listen to I Feel Sorry For You here.

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MM Shorts 613: The Hanged Man

Stockholm’s Rebecka Rolfart’s solo project The Hanged Man promises some aural gems with her creepy, Sonic Youth inflected track First Time Dreaming, which provides a head-trip through space, down a careening oceanic trench and into the dark woods, illuminated only by the stars.

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Wild Leaves – Hello Sunlight EP

Wild Leaves - Hello Sunlight EP

Hello Sunlight is the newest release from Brooklyn psych-folk band, Wild Leaves. This collection of four songs is a follow-up to last year’s excellent debut, Wind & Rain.

Here, the band’s characteristic sun-drenched harmonies and kaleidoscopic guitar lines take centre stage, ringing out with a sense of urgency. The soaring harmonies, assertive rhythm section, and shimmering electric guitars have understandably drawn comparisons to the west coast sounds of The Byrds, CSNY, and Jefferson Airplane.

Try on a couple of tunes for size, Forever Moonlight and wonderful closing track Black River.

Hello Sunlight is out on the 1st October.

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Introducing >>> Dream Police

Introducing >>> Dream Police

Having recently announced their debut LP, via Sacred Bones, as Dream Police, Mark Perro and Nick Chiericozzi (best known as the founding members of The Men) have shared the title track from Hypnotized with us today.

Hypnotized finds the duo delivering the psychedelic, and fuzzed out guitars that they are best known for. Perro’s monotone vocals lay even with the instrumentation in the mix so that the entire track washes over you in a cloud of future primitive psychedelia bursting with glimmering electronics and cinematic, vibrato storytelling.

Have a listen.

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New Video: Justin Townes Earle – Time Shows Fools

Justin Townes Earle has experienced more than most, both personally and professionally. Between releasing four full-length-critically-acclaimed albums, constant touring, multiple stints in rehab, a new found sobriety, being born Steve Earle’s son, amicable and not-so-amicable break-ups with record labels, and facing the trials and tribulations of everyday life, it’s safe to say he has quite the story to tell. His fifth album, Single Mothers serves as the perfect platform for such narrations.

It is a proper country music record. Watch the video for Time Shows Fools from it below.

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