Torres Announces New Album Sprinter

Torres - Strange Hellos

Back in 2013, seeing Mackenzie Scott, otherwise known as Torres perform in the back room of a tiny bar at SXSW was a genuine, spine-tingling delight. Now, after the success of the fractured, disconnected Americana of her self-titled debut album of the same year, she is back with a new record, Sprinter, which will be out on Partisan Records in May.

Treading a surefooted path between the minimally sparse and noisy extremes, she describes Splinter as a “space cowboy” record, citing inspirations as diverse as Nirvana and Funkadelic, Ray Bradbury and Joan Didion. “I wanted something that very clearly stemmed from my Southern conservative roots but that sounded futuristic and space-y at the same time.”

While we wait for that, the first taste comes in the shape of the aggressive, bitter rage of Strange Hellos and its visceral, bloodcurdling screams…And she’ll be playing the always wonderful End of the Road festival in early September.

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Video Round-Up

Here is a selection of eight new music videos that have caught our eye, and ears, recently.

There’s some creepy and weird stuff in there too – freaky clowns, burning dolls houses, epileptic horses, sacrifices… So dig in to offerings from Circa Waves, Maryleigh Roohan, Alex G, Whistlejacket, Sean Grant & The Wolfgang, Guts Club, Steel Trees, and Green Gerry.

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Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums Of 2014 (Part 1)

Following our countdown of favourite songs of the year, here is part one of MM’s selection of the forty albums we most enjoyed throughout 2014.

40 The Orwells – Disgraceland

The Orwells - Southern Comfort

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39 Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love

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38 The Cult Of Dom Keller – The Second Bardo

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37 Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio

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36 Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours

Hamilton Leithauser Solo Album

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35 Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

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34 Micah P Hinson & The Nothing – Micah P Hinson & The Nothing

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33 Temples – Sun Structures

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32 Avers – Empty Light

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31 Amen Dunes – Love

Amen Dunes - Love

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30 Simone Felice – Strangers

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29 Natural Child – Dancing’ With Wolves

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28 Dead Fingers – Big Black Dog

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27 Wooden Wand – Azag-Toth

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26 The Dune Rats – The Dune Rats

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25 Hookworms – The Hum

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24 The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader

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23 Ty Segall – Manipulator

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22 Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea

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21 First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

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Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014: 60-41

MM's Best Of 2014 60-41

Day three of our countdown – tracks 60 through to 41 of our favourite songs of the year.

60 Cate Le Bon – He’s Leaving

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59 Jamie T – The Prophet

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58 Mark Lanegan Band – Sad Lover

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57 The Districts – Funeral Beds

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56 The Amazing Snakeheads – Here It Comes Again

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55 Sleaford Mods – Routine Dean

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54 Simone Felice – Running Through My Head

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53 Sam Doores – Drifter’s Wife

52 The Wytches – Burn Out The Bruise

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51 Sun Kil Moon – Jim Wise

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50 Early Winters – A Thing For You

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49 Smashing Pumpkins – Being Beige

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48 Matt Kivel – Insignificance

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47 Hamilton Leithauser – 11 O’Clock Friday Night

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46 Together PANGEA – River

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45 The Dune Rats – Dalai Lama, Big Banana, Marijuana

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44 Chimes – Total Sunflower

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43 Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

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42 Shovels & Rope – Evil

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41 First Aid Kit – Heaven Knows

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Check out numbers 100 – 81 here, and 80 – 61 here.

MM Shorts 635: Munroe – Bloodlet

Bloodlet is the first single from Munroe’s debut EP, set for release in February on Hidden Pony. It is a chilling folk-noir ballad steeped in Southern Gothic creepiness…listen to the most hypnotic, disconcerting, and compelling two minutes you’ll spend all day.

Right up MM’s street.

Stream/download it below.

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Party Of One – Watch While The Heads Roll

After an eleven year hiatus Eric Fifteen’s Party of One is back with a new album, Streetside Surprise, the follow up to their lone long-player Caught The Blast.

The first track from it is the darkly subdued, and slightly menacing post-punk of Watch While The Heads Roll.

Download it below – not too sure when the album will see the light of day….

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New Video: Rivertairs – Jack

Rivertairs are on a voyage of musical discovery, channeling influences from rock n’ roll through to psychedelia to create what they describe as “a soundscape of many colours”.

Latest single is Jack, a tongue in cheek look at the imagery around the infamous Victorian serial killer, who is now firmly embedded in pop culture as well the history books.

Watch it here.

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The New Southern Electrikk Cover The Gun Club

The New Southern Electrikk draw inspiration from psychedelia, krautrock and post-punk, crafting dark, mesmerisingly beautiful melodies driven by gritty, pulsating basslines.

They posted a demo cover of the Gun Club’s Mother of Earth and generated a whole shedload of interest.

Hear what all the fuss was about…

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It’s Halloween Music Time

Halloween Tunes

We’ve posted Halloween mixes in the past (see here) and here are a few random Halloween related tunes, streams and videos linked by nothing other than the time of the year and the fact they’re all pretty damn good.

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