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.

The Ukiah Drag – Final Prayer

Ukiah Drag - Final Prayer

The Ukiah Drag probably make perfect bedfellows for our earlier post from The Girl Band.

Their debut long player In The Reaper’s Quarters will drop on the 9th September via Wharf Cat Records, an unholy alliance of drone, pummelling riffs, creepy gothica, and sinful piano that takes in everything from Link Wray to The Fall by way of the Stooges.

We’ve previously posted Her Royal Grip and now we have the eight unforgiving minutes of Final Prayer, a destructive one-way journey to musical ruination.

Marvellous.

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Girl Band Stream I Love You (Beat Happening Cover)

Girl Band Stream I Love You

Taking influences as disparate as Bad Brains, Neu, The Birthday Party and minimal techno, the visceral Girl Band were one of the best live shows from our trip to The Great Escape. We’ve already posted their new single De Bom Bom, and now we have the B-side for you, a crushing cover of Beat Happening’s I Love You.

Released on 7″ by Dublin’s Any Other City Records, De Bom Bom will be limited to 500 copies, each 100 wrapped in a different colour of card from Dark Blue to Dark Green. Pre-order from their Bandcamp page here.

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Catch them live in the UK and Europe

29th Aug – Electric Picnic Festival – Ireland
30th Aug – Shipping Forecast – Liverpool
31st Aug – The Dome (Raw Power Fest) – London

3rd Sep – Lilla Hotellbaren – Stockholm,
5th Sep – Bakken – Copenhagen
6th Sep – ACUD Macht Neu – Berlin
9th Sep – Dr Setltsam – Leipzig
10th Sep – Astra-Stube – Hamburg
11th Sep – Stroomhuisje – Eindhoven
12th Sep – Zeester Boat – Nijmegen
18th Sep – Clonakilty Int Guitar Fest – Ireland
19th Sep – Joe Lees – Tullamore, Ireland
26th Sep – Kasbah Social Club – Limerick, Ireland
27th Sep – The Button Factory – Dublin

2nd Oct – Waves Festival Vienna
3rd Oct – Waves Festival Bratislava
4th Oct – Final Club – Praha
5th Oct – Kino Šiška – Ljubljana
9th Oct – Roisin Dubh – Galway
10th Oct – Spirit Store – Dundalk
16th Oct – Shapes – London
17th Oct – Night and Day Café
18th Oct – Triskel Arts Centre

Four Thousand Posts On MM

According to the WordPress stats, this is our 4,000th post since we were removed from the internet by the Stalinesque Google Blogspot in April 2010, and forced to start MM all over again.

To celebrate we thought we would treat ourselves and post ten songs from prior to MM’s existence that helped shape our own musical landscape. A self-indulgent Desert Island discs if you will…from listening for the swearwords in the first Stiff Little Fingers album to following the Cropdusters all over the UK to an ill advised dalliance into the world of goths…

Here then are a special ten for MM…

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Stiff Little Fingers – Alternative Ulster

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Neil Young – After The Goldrush

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The Butthole Surfers – Human Cannonball

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The Clash – Armagideon Time

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The Cropdusters – Just Poppin Out To Fight A War

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The Doors – Cars Hiss By My Window

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The Woodentops – Well Well Well

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The Screaming Blue Messiahs – Sweet Water Pools

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Lou Reed – How Do You Think It Feels?

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The Mission – Deliverance

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New Single From Eula

New Single From Eula

Last year’s single I Collapse by Eula found much favour here at MM, grabbing a place in our favourite tracks of the year, and on first listen, latest 7″ release Orderly is destined to do the same.

It is a brilliantly discordant cacophony of angular, clashing rhythms, viscerally wailed vocals and industrial, skull numbing percussion.

Have a listen. Out on Bloodmoss Records on the 15th July (order here).

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Todo Muere Vol. 4

Todo Meure Vol. 4

Sacred Bones will present the fourth volume of their annual Record Store Day vinyl compilation, Todo Muere. It will be limited to 1,500 copies only.

This year’s edition features eight tracks from a wide variety of their artists, each one new or previously unreleased on any physical format. The first track is the brilliant Lonely Richard by Amen Dunes, a hazy cut from the band’s forthcoming LP, Love that we posted here. That song is followed by a recording of Zola Jesus’ Vessel taken from the sessions for last year’s Versions, the string quartet album she made with the composer J.G. Thirlwell (Foetus). Side A is rounded out by And Light Shines, a David Lynch song from The Big Dream sessions that was previously unavailable outside of Japan, and Marissa Nadler’s spare, haunting take on the Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds track The Kindness of Strangers.

Also featured on the compilation is Pop. 1280 with the newly recorded track Kingdom Come. Föllakzoid’s Domingo Garcia-Huidobro contributes a new minimal techno remix of his band’s Pulsar for the penultimate track on the collection, and Illume from Lust for Youth’s forthcoming LP shows the band moving completely out of coldwave into far warmer territory, even adding guitars to the mix.

Side B of Todo Muere, Vol. 4 kicks off with a bang though – two, in fact. Pharmakon’s cover of Bang Bang, the great song written by Sonny Bono for Cher and popularized by Nancy Sinatra, is a sharp cold-water shock that shows a side of Margaret Chardiet that may surprise fans of last year’s Abandon LP.

Todo Muere Vol. 4’s track listing is as eclectic as the Sacred Bones roster itself, and serves as a snapshot of where the label is in 2014.

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