New From The Ukiah Drag

New From Ukiah Drag

The scorched, warped Americana and post-punk of The Ukiah Drag with its pulsating organs, flattening riffs and creep beats have long found favour here in the Mackerel abode.

Their new LP is titled In the Reaper’s Quarters and can be pre-ordered from Wharf Cat Records. This is Her Royal Grip from it, and a more remorseless and unsettling four and half minutes of music you’ll be hard pressed to find…

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New Single From The Wytches

New Single From The Wytches

Burn Out The Bruise is the new single from The Wytches, and comes from their forthcoming debut long-player Annabel Dream Reader, which comes out in the UK on Heavenly Records on the 25th August.

It is another top notch example of their reverb filled, doom rock that still carries a hint of a surf undertone.

Have a listen.

 

Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires – Born In The USA
2. DZ Deathrays – Less Out Of Sync
3. Bat For Lashes – Skin Song
4. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Terrified
5. Speedy Ortiz – Bigger Party

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Favourite Albums of 2014 (So Far)

MM's Best of 2014 So Far

The longest day has come and gone, and halfway through the year we are. It seemed a good point to reflect and share thirty of our favourite albums of 2014 so far, and so here they are, in strictly alphabetical order of course…

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The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads

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Amen Dunes – Love

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Avers – Empty Light

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Dan Baker – Pistol In My Pocket

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Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

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The Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans

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Dune Rats – Dune Rats

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Simone Felice – Strangers

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The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress

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First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

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Emil Friis – Sand In Your Eyes

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Micah P. Hinson & The Nothing – Micah P. Hinson & The Nothing

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Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

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Damien Jurado – Brothers & Sisters Of The Eternal Mind

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Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours

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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Chambers

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Jessica Lea Mayfield – Make My Head Sing

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Natural Child – Dancin With Wolves

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Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

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Orwells – Disgraceland

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Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

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Pink Mountaintops – Get Back

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Strand Of Oaks – Heal

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Sun Kil Moon – Benji

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Together Pangea – Badillac

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Vacant Lots – Departure

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Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

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The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

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Water Liars – Water Liars

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Wooden Wand – Farmers Corner

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MM Recommends… Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

MM Recommends Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas

Jessica Hernandez and her band the Deltas will release their debut album Secret Evil in August via Instant Records.

They draw on influences from cabaret and vaudeville to modern day indie rock via experimental folk and smoky jazz. The results are an intense and smouldering cauldron of songs that are just as notable for Hernandez’s sublime vocals that enchant and entreat in equal measure.

Have a listen to Tired Oak below.

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Video: Courtly Love – Mirage

Courtly Love are merging bluesy tones with psychedelic hazes; a brand-new quintet from East London and one of those rare musical collectives who appear to have arrived fully formed and armed with clutch of quite wonderful tunes. They produce a gorgeous smouldering psych blues fusion, mixing the dark gutter glamour of the Velvets & Nico with the cinematic doomed grandeur of Serge Gainsbourg.

Watch the video for Mirage.

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Time For A Friday Round Up

Round Up

Work has been more than hectic lately, but conversely that seems to have coincided with listening to more music too – maybe the extra time sat on the train or in the car? Who knows or cares, but it does mean a collection of mighty fine tunes for you to welcome home the weekend too…

We kick off with a brilliant track of hypnotic garage-psych from Wax Witches, Serotonin Syndrome comes from forthcoming long player Centre Of Your Universe. And while your ears are still ringing, dive into the charming, melodic indie-pop of Sleepyhead’s Wild Sometimes.

In a similar vein comes The Griswolds Beware The Dog, and Grand Cousin’s Better is a genre-defying fusion of psychedelia, indie pop and alternative rock reminiscent of Deerhunter and Young the Giant.

Fifth we have the urgent, lo-fi noise punk of Champion Lover, which because we were in a bad mood, we thought would be crap and turned out to be totally the opposite. Check out a couple of tracks from their self-titled debut and order from Bandcamp here.

Then we have a new single from London duo Big Deal who have been perfecting their gorgeous, effortlessly infectious melodies and sun dappled hooks wrapping around the bruised vocals and broken hearted lyricism of Alice Costelloe and KC Underwood. Listen to Always Boys from new 4-track EP Sakura.

Turning the volume up to 11 are Leeds based five-piece Autobahn, Ulcer is the closing track from new EP 2, it is a classic of post-punk intensity drawing on a metronomic krautrock synth line and a perfect companion piece to Dead Waves’ Oracles of the Grave, which manages to achieve levels of equally ominous and foreboding muscular power.

Next up is the folk-noir of Mumbledust’s Wishes which comes from their self-released EP Home Alone II and the melancholic psych-pop of Carroll and the beguiling Bad Water.

Lastly we finish with the simply gorgeous, pastoral psychedelic folk of Welsh singer-songwriter Dan Amor. The wonderful Sister Anne is the opening track from his forthcoming album Rainhill Trials (out on Monday), which recalls the best of Syd Barrett, Nick Drake and the freak folk of the early 70s. Gentle, sweetly fractured and thought-provoking, it is a perfect way to conclude a veritable smorgasbord of tunes for you. Enjoy!

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Mirel Wagner – Oak Tree

For one reason and another we were unable to create the time to see Mirel Wagner at the Great Escape, which was perhaps the single biggest disappointment for us of the whole weekend scheduling.

Even more so, now we’ve heard Oak Tree, the first taste from her forthcoming album for Sub Pop, the brilliantly and ominously titled When The Cellar Children See The Light Of Day.

Oak Tree is the tale of unsettling devastation, a tale told from the perspective of a buried corpse…and with some of the most stunning vocals you’ll hear this side of Christmas.

Listen and admire.

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Video: The Ghost Wolves – Gonna Live

The swampy, garage blues and glam-rock riffs of duo the Ghost Wolves joyfully traverses the habitat of such notable luminaries as The Cramps, The Stooges, Jeff The Brotherhood and The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion.

Watch their new video, taken from a recent Lost In Austin session, for the raw, dirty Gonna Live. It comes from their forthcoming long-player Man, Woman, Beast, out on 14th July.

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