Video: Emily Capell – Who Killed Smiley Culture?

We are loving this track, Who Killed Smiley Culture? by Emily Capell, a moody acoustic musing over the suspicious death of the pivotal rapper. Delivered with a memorably witty vocal line and matched perfectly with this curiously compelling monochrome video.

The single is out via Blang! tomorrow and can be downloaded via iTunes.

 

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Wooden Wand – Waveland

Wooden Wand - Waveland

Lightning have announced their first quarterly, part of a larger subscription series the label has put together with four quarterly gonzo style magazines and a 20 album series where artists have been asked to contribute a unique side project or edge creative statement.

Lightning quarterly one includes:
Five new albums by early Brooklyn infamous rock legends People of the North (Oneida), mythological songwriter and long standing MM fave Wooden Wand, Arizona desert outlaw (and another MM fave) Ohioan, primitive futurist guitar poet William Tyler, and rebel rocker and virtuoso guitar shredder Cy Dune.

Here is a track from Wooden Wand’s AZAG-TOTH, a record (apparently) exploring the musical idea of Metempsychosis and recorded at home onto his trusty Tascam 8 Track digital recorder without band or producer. Waveland is classic James Jackson Toth, deceptively simple, profound, intelligent and more proof (were it needed) of a songwriter who seemingly can effortlessly deliver what others strive for years to do, and fall short.

“the off season, it’s always hell,
you can tell each highway from the smell,
Mama’s borders they would scream and shout,
My half-brother kissed me on the mouth”

It doesn’t get much better than this. Treat yourself.

 

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Joe Jack Talcum – Home Recordings: 1993-1999

Joe Jack Talcum - Home Recordings: 1993-99

For most people the idea of an intimate evening with Joe Jack Talcum playing songs in their living room sounds terrifying given the reputation of his better-known band The Dead Milkmen, but the appearance in 2011 of Home Recordings: 1984-1990 revealed a sadder, more intimate side to a songwriter better known for his sense of humour.

Now via HHBTM Records, comes the second volume, from one of America’s great unheralded songwriters, pulled from an archive that makes you want to hear more, to wonder what else might be in there. Home Recordings: 1993-1999 contains a cosmos of emotion—from funeral marches to rave-ups, irreverence to lament—sometimes even in the same song. A solo album in every sense of the word, it’s like eavesdropping on a soliloquy.

Check out Madonna’s Weep with it’s tweaked-out 3am surreality that recalls Robyn Hitchock’s I Often Dream of Trains.

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Green Man Rising

Green Man Rising

We were lucky enough to be invited to be part of the voting panel for the Green Man Rising event, a “competition” to find a new band to open the wonderful Green Man Festival on the Mountain Stage.

From a final short list of 31 artists, we picked our favourite six and we thought it would be good to share our choices with you as the standard was uniformly high, and making our choices became a highly fraught and difficult exercise.

The final is on Wednesday 23rd July at The Dublin Castle in Camden.

Here were our six picks…

Cherryshoes
There is something hypnotic and slightly eerie about Cherryshoes which we found utterly mesmerising – we could imagine Lisa M. casting a woozy spell over any audience that would be hard to shake off, and her off-kilter uniqueness seems a perfect fit for a Green man crowd.

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Velvet Morning
We’ve long been fans of Velvet Morning’s heady swirl of barely concealed unease and chemically induced delusions. They sound like a collision between one of Warhol’s 60s New York art parties and moody krautrock from the 70s German underground. Delighted they made the list.

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Charles Howl
May have been the most infectious track we heard – insistent, nagging riff over motorik percussion.

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Pastel Colours
Intriguing mix of pastel led psychedelia, indie and twangy surf rock that they meld into a unique concoction that had us hitting repeat immediately after the first listen to Hands Like Silk.

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Erin K
Brilliant contradiction of sweetly upbeat folk often underpinned with explicit lyrical detail, irreverent observation and black humour that recalls everything from Moldy Peaches to Syd Barrett by way of The Lovely Eggs. If she wins we personally request she open with the wonderful Jiggy Miggy!

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Fenne Lily
Gorgeous, fragile acoustics that have a rare purity and recall the very best of the 60s coffee-shop culture

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New Album From The Barr Brothers

New Album From The Barr Brothers

Montreal’s The Barr Brothers have announced details of their new album, Sleeping Operator, out on October 6th, through Secret City Records.

The thirteen songs explore the far reaches of folk, laced with West African influences, hypnotic modernist pulsing and beyond. Yet while the record extends into cinematic and other-worldly territories, it still manages to maintain a campfire-like intimacy throughout.

Listen to the brisk, talking-blues influenced album track Even the Darkness Has Arms.

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MM Shorts 577: Lowpines

MM Shorts 377: Lowpines

Lowpines, the new solo project from Oli Deakin of fuzz-pop outfit Bear Driver, assimilates a love for the likes of Bill Callahan, Sparklehorse and Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy into crackling, featherlight confessionals.

This new track, Call Off The Hunt, is the latest single (out July 7). Have a listen to it and Talk Not, and download the full Avenue Blues EP for free from Bandcamp here.

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Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Months: March – May (Part 1)

Mad Mackerel's Best of the Months: March to May (Part 1)

Previously we’ve just offered Best of the Month postings with downloads, but that excludes so many quality songs we’ve decided to just post our favourite tracks – irrespective of whether they are free to download or not. If you like them add them to your Spotify playlists or do the old fashioned thing and download them from iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever.

Anyway, with a bit of ground to make up here is the first part of March to May’s selections. Nearly forty tracks – enjoy!

Twin Berlin – Buzzkill
Heavy, slow burnin’ garage punk.

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The Ukiah Drag – Dirt Trip
Wields a heavy creep-beat that cleans your dusty clock and takes you for a bourbon afterwards – self-conceited punk hypnosis.

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La Sera – Losing To The Dark
Sounds like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag – in a good way.

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Dan Baker – Pistol In My Pocket
Skeletal, tortured alt-country and folk delivered with Baker’s mix of wavering, unforgiving howls and whispered confessionals.

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S. Carey – Crown The Pines
Glorious, delicately cascading folk.

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Secret Colours – Heavy & Steady
Bass-heavy single showcases the quintet’s maturing psych-pop sensibilities.

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Wooden Wand – Dambuilding
Beautifully judged slice of acoustic melancholy unhurriedly delivered with a slightly crestfallen air that imbues the narrative with a gorgeous poignancy.

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Benjamin Shaw – Goodbye, Kagoul World
Ramshackle psychedelic folk with a healthy splash of darkly black humour.

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WATERS – Got To My Head

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Split Screens – Close My Eyes
Over a backdrop of lush vocal harmonies, meditative fingerpicking and expressive brush work, delves into the theme of escapism and the freedom of letting go.

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Tele Novella – Trouble In Paradise
Charming, mellow indie psych-pop and subtle vocal harmonies.

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Donkeys – Scissor Me Cigs
Laid back, easy-going, breezy country tinged rock.

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Paradise – Born And Bound
Vintage-inspired, nuggets style garage-psych.

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The Leaf Library – The Greater Good
Hypnotic, krautrock disco, which is reminiscent of Stereolab at their best.

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Cate Le Bon – Sisters

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Timber Timbre – Curtains?!
Insistent groove of disquieting Americana.

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Creepoid – Wet Bread
Slow burn sonics from noise rockers.

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Heart Beach – Hours
Sad, minimal, skuzz pop drone harmonies.

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Amen Dunes – Lilac In Hand
Sweetly resigned vocals are carried along on a simple acoustic strum, piano and deft percussion.

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Brian Jonestown Massacre – What You Isn’t
Grandfathers of modern-psych deliver again.

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The Peach Kings – Be Around
Smooth and smoky vocals above bluesy guitar riffs

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The Orwells – Southern Comfort
Swaggering, infectious lead off track from the much anticipated debut Disgraceland, out on the 3rd June.

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The Delines – I Won’t Slip Up
Smooth, slow moving and sorrowful Americana.

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Horse Thief – Little Dust
Relaxed, undulating slice of Americana that sets expansive, chiming guitars behind an rolling, easy-going vocal.

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Strand Of Oaks – Goshen ’97
A superb full-on, incendiary, ballsy roots-rocker with screaming guitars and relentless percussion.

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Clouder – Lost In Reverie
Romping rock track about a faceless female presence that’s propelled by antsy guitars that morph in and out of surf and psychedelic jangles.

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Dune Rats – Funny Guy
Two and a half minutes of pumped up, guitar-fuelled stoned, garage rock that is impossible to resist.

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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Sealed Scene
Get locked into the space rock groove…

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Free Swim – Meal For One
Brilliant track of catchy indie insouciance, scalpel sharp lyrical minutiae, and overall inventive quirkiness.

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The Felice Brothers – Cherry Licorice
Classic ragged, uptempo rocker – no one does this stuff better than the Felices.

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The Vacant Lots – Mad Mary Jones
A full on head rush of punked-up psychedelia.

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CRUISING – You Made Me Do That
As lo-fi and DIY as it comes – grimy, distorted, brooding and depraved.

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Old Smokey – Dead Man’s Pose
An upbeat scorcher with rolling, brushed drums, chanted group vocals, and a clarinet that brings to mind a New Orleans second line.

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Tijuana Bibles – Toledo
Somewhere in between the nostalgic Americana of Tom Waits and the sludgy riffs of the grunge resurgence.

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Triptides – Moonbeams
Dreamy, meandering slice of psych-rock with hints of surf.

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And a couple of new ones to finish off…the new single Mainline from indie rockers Teleman, and the driving, hook-filled urgency of PUJOL’s Circles.

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Video: SixToes – Hawthorns

Six years in the making, SixToes have announced their second album The Morning After.

They have also shared a new, brilliantly animated video for the track Hawthorns. It serves as the album’s harrowing peak, with the lyrics dealing with a female’s abusive relationship with first her father, and then spouse.

The album also features the single Low Guns, with vocals from Depeche Mode’s Dave Gahan.

Watch Hawthorns, stream Low Guns.

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