Mad Mackerel Recommends… Pinecones

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Pinecones

It’s tempting to simply categorise Georgia’s Pinecones alongside their punk, hardcore, and metal roots.

Really, though, it’s no use: no genre can claim them as one of its own. This is music that’s too melodic for the conventions of punk, but with vocals that are often shouted with hardcore’s guttural ferocity. It’s doom laden, meandering, punch-to-the-gut stuff that is as defiant as it is manic and as compelling as it is straight-forward.

New album Sings For You Now is out today via Arrowhawk Records. Here are three equally visceral and thrilling tracks from it.

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New Video: Vomitface – Never Make It

Vomitface, the Jersey City/Brooklyn punk trio have offered up their new music video for Never Make It.

The video captures the band playing to a yoga class, offering their own “meditative” expertise in the form of destructive, noisy sludge-pop.

The track comes from their just released sophomore EP, Another Bad Year, out via Boxing Clever Records.

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Video Round Up Time

Time for a collection of some of the great videos and songs we’ve had through lately. They range from the Cheatah’s excellent Murasaki video and Heater’s brilliant Mean Green through to the raw, fizzing noise rock of Reporters’ stripped back video by way of the tripped out campfire haze of Zuli’s Better All The Time.

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Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Another day, another week, another collection of ten excellent tunes from the past seven days collected for your listening pleasure and gratification.

1. Torres – Cowboy Guilt
2. Creepoid – Dried Out
3. Loop – Precession
4. Sweet Spirit & Britt Daniel – Have Mercy
5. Left Lane Cruiser – Tres Borrachos
6. Little Wings – Where
7. Thee Oh Sees – Withered Hand
8. PINS – Young Girls
9. Courtney Barnett – Close Watch (John Cale cover)
10. Father John Misty – Never Been A Woman

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MM Shorts 696: Vomitface

Ah Vomitface, let us count the ways we love your name.

And your new EP Another Bad Year, too – from which we have Never Make It, another satisfyingly sludgey slab of seething punk rock that manages to blast your eardrums into submission without losing any accessibility whatsoever.

Have a listen.

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Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It is the weekend and time for our regular round up of the songs from the past week that are well worth some listening time…

1. Torres – Sprinter
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Step Brother City
3. Nai Harvest – All The Time
4. Uniform – Perfect World
5. Shadow Age – Silaluk
6. Fight Like Apes – Pretty Keen On Centerfolds
7. Marshmallow Coast – Hash Out Cash Out
8. Elijah Ocean – Drunk Drummer

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MM Shorts 666: Culture Abuse

Obviously, we needed the right kind of track for our six hundredth and sixty sixth post in our “Shorts” series, and Bay Area quintet Culture Abuse’s delivery of scuzzy post-punk at it’s most primal seemed nigh on perfect, especially with Nicotine, the lead track to the band’s upcoming Spray Paint The Dog 7″.

So if chaotic noise rock, deviant garage punk, and elements of hardcore are your thing and if abrasive dissonance, crushing riffs and infectious hooks tickle your fancy then we suggest you hit play below….and check out the b-side Perfect Light too.

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Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014 – The Top Twenty

MM's Best of 2014: The Top Twenty

So here we are, the favourite twenty tunes of 2014 as voted for by the MM contributors.

Enjoy!

20 Sharon Van Etten – Tarifa

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19 Dan Amor – Sister Anne

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18 Sleaford Mods – Tied Up In Nottz

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17 Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me

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16 Pink Mountaintops – North Hollywood Microwaves

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15 Elijah Ocean – Ride It Out

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14 Royal Blood – Little Monster

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13 Sleaford Mods – Smithy

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12 Jamie T – Limits Lie

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11 Parquet Courts – Ducking & Dodging

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10 Eels – Mistakes Of My Youth

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9 Royal Blood – Figure It Out

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8 The War On Drugs – Red Eyes

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7 Girl Band – Lawman

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6 Houndmouth – For No One

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5 Dust From 1000 Yrs – Smoke Em Up

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4 Water Liars – Swannanoa

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3 The Amazing Snakeheads – Where Is My Knife

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2 Horse Thief – Little Dust

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1 Damien Jurado – Metallic Cloud

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Don’t forget to check out the rest of the countdown – 100 – 81 here, 80 – 61 here, 60 – 41 here, and 40 – 21 here.

Tomorrow sees our favourite albums of the year, and from Sunday the MM contributors individual best-of lists.