Arborea Rework Bad Moon Rising

Our favourite ambient folkies Arborea have announced their only official release for 2014. It is a one-off digital single that is a acoustic-slide/vocal duet arrangement of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s classic choogler Bad Moon Rising.

Have a listen below and it is available via the usual digital suspects or can be ordered via Bandcamp here. Sales will help fund a new album so make sure you buy a copy!

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Virginia Wing To Release Measures Of Joy

Virginia Wing to release Measures Of Joy

We’ve featured South London’s Virginia Wing a few times on MM and Measures Of Joy will be their long-awaited debut album, due to be released on Fire Records in November.

Retaining the psychedelic majesty that marked them out in the first place, Measures Of Joy encompasses spoken-word passages, brooding electronics, avant pop, and plenty of sonic experimentation to create a collection both immediate and strange – imagine Mr Benn visiting the Wicker Man if you can…

Stream/download World Contact here.

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Video Round Up

We’ve had more than a few tasty videos for tasty tunes fly our way in the recent days and weeks. Here is a quick round-up of some of our favourites from the likes of Landlady, alansmithee, Handsome Jack, Hiss Golden Messenger, Split Screens, Stone Jack Jones, Yes I’m Leaving, Slaves, The Last Bison, The Ruminaters, Buffalo Stack and Chris Staples.

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PINS Cover The Belles

PINS will return with a limited edition cassette EP Come Back for Cassette Day on 27th September.

The Manchester four-piece have shared the title track, a cover of the The Belles song from 1966, which delivers a sound not unlike the mighty Rezillos put in a blender with We’ve Got A Fuzzbox. The EP also features two other covers of 1960s girls in the garage bands, with PINS making each track their own by adding their unique dark pop, post punk, fuzzed up garage sound and alluringly abrasive chant-like vocals.

Be sharp though, the EP is limited to just 100 cassettes.

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Ten Ton Man – Mary

Gritty Americana trio Ten Ton Man releases new single Mary, a song about a past drunken lover, which is taken from their as yet untitled upcoming album to release in early 2015.

An uptempo rootsy rock song, it carries plenty of grime under its fingernails, and certainly enough to distinguish itself from the more usual fare in this overcrowded genre.

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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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