Mad Mackerel Recommends… Brown Sabbath

Mad Mackerel Recommends... Brown Sabbath

Brown Sabbath is the alter ego of Austin-based psych-funk collective Brownout who delve deep into reinterpreting the catalogue of metal godfathers, Black Sabbath.

They remain true to the darkness, bombast and fuzz of Sabbath’s sound, while re-imagining the music with greasy Afro-Latin horns, hypnotic percussion and psyched-out, rare-groove improvisation.

Their debut single Hand Of Doom, featuring The Black Angels’ Alex Maas on vocals, is set to be released May 27 as limited edition, colored splattered 10-inch vinyl with The Wizard as the b-side on Ubiquity Records. The full-length album, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, is set to follow on June 24.

Have a listen.

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Round Up Time

Round Up Time Again

Once again it is time to hurl in the lifesaving post of a Round Up, thrown boldly into the rising tide of cracking new tunes that are lapping against the very top of our inbox. Ten bands, thirteen tracks…dip in!

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First up is the raw, take-no-prisoners rock’n’roll of Scary People’s tracks Crush The Bug and Chicago - pure, unadulterated foot-stomping noise.

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Slow Club release their much anticipated new album Complete Surrender in July. The first single from it is the title track, utilizing sweeping strings, a galloping beat and the band’s rich and soaring vocals.

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The wonderful Timber Timbre will release their new album imminently and the insistent groove and disquieting Americana of Curtains?! is a real gem.

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Creepoid is one of our favourite names for a band and their planned Record Store Day release, an EP titled Wet is their debut on Graveface Records. A one sided 12”, it features 4 new songs and a B side etching. Check out the slow burn sonics of Wet Bread.

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The Los Angeles, via Detroit duo The Singles have given us a couple of singles of glammed-up, garage-pop from their upcoming full length Look How Fast A Heart Can Break, that crackle and hum with energy and

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The irrepresible jangling guitars of The Shilohs are showcased perfectly on their new track Palm Readers that comes from their forthcoming self-titled album.

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Fresh from supporting Cate Le Bon on her recent UK tour, Sweden’s Sea Lion is giving away a free download of the haunting Sanna’s Song, a mesmerising, slow-burning ballad built on finger-picked guitar and warm, analogue organ.

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The mighty Ming City Rockers are also back with a new single, the swaggering, primal rock’n’roll of Twist It.

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Powder Blue have just shared their track Run, and have been described as “a perfect storm of psychedelic rock, shoegaze and drone”. We’ll be catching them at the Great Escape in May!

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Lastly we have the spacey, mind melting electronica infused psychedelia of Hypnotized – listen to a couple of suitably sonically adventurous tracks from their new five track EP Telesto.

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Videos of the Day: Ruby The Rabbitfoot || Daddy Lion || Hounds || Made Violent || Together Pangea

Videos of the Day

Our five music films come today from Ruby the RabbitFoot and her beguiling track Ways, from Daddy Lion and their new video for No Solution But Resolution. Then we turn it up a bit with Hounds’ cover of the classic Ministry track Stigmata, the Strokes style swagger of Made Violent’s anthem of youthful decadence Wasted Days and lastly together PANGEA’s give us a glimpse into their world with the video for Offer.

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Formes – Lights

Formes - Lights

Lights is the latest single from West Yorkshire excellent progressive psych-rockers Formes.

Kicking off like a long-lost Pink Floyd classic, the track builds from a dreamlike, otherworldly introduction until it kicks into gear a minute or so in, ebbing and flowing on the back of a hypnotic guitar riff. Half-way through, the song takes off fully into space rock territory, driven by epic drums, synths and trance inducing vocals.

Have a listen. It will be released on iTunes and Spotify on the 14th April.

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Round Up Time

Round Up Time Again

A few very choice tunes have come our way recently and which for one reason or another we’ve been slow to post them.

So here is a quick and dirty round up of some of them!

First up the very welcome return of the wonderful Pink Mountaintops and the first taste from their forthcoming album Get Back. We also have the brilliant Bass Drum Of Death and new single Black Don’t Glow, and very much in a similar vein we have more sonic mayhem from NØMADS.

We also have new tracks from two of our favourite songwriters; Richard Buckner in the form of Gauzy Dress In The Sun from the forthcoming expanded reissue of Bloomed and Chad VanGaalen’s Where Are You? from his new long player Shrink Dust. We have the spaced out punk of The Ketamines and the much anticipated new single from The Men, and Magic Bones’ excellent ode to Aussie punk rock, Round The Block.

Rounding off our rounding up are a track from the Woolen Men’s latest EP Quick Trips, and from Those Darlins, Why Can’t I,  one of the standout tracks from last year’s excellent Blur The Line album. Finally Let’s Wrestle’s new album is garnering lots of positive column inches and you can hear just why with Rain Ruins Revolution - witty, sarcastic indie rock at its best.

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Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: January 2014

Mad Mackerel's Best Of January 2014 Free Downloads

Our first collection of free downloads from the new year taken from the best of our posts for January. Twenty tracks to tickle your fancy including, as always, a few new ones.

Dig in.

The Woodgrains – Nobody Too
Lysergic folk-rock anchored by three part harmonies and an instinctive feel for classic songwriting.

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The Rebel Set – Monster
Vintage crash and snarl – a teenage rumble in the late night hours.

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Northern American – Record Forever
Effervescent, sun-dappled indie-pop with a hint of darkness.

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Black Manila – Keep Your Head On
Nigh on perfect mix of proto-garage punk, blues and psych rock.

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Girl Band – Lawman
Awesome six minute tribal stomp and slash that sits somewhere between Pissed Jeans, !!!, Butthole Surfers, Shellac and Liars.

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The Pinecones – That’s The Way I Wanna Do It
Classic psych tinged power pop.

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New Electric Ride – Lovers
Heady mix of catchy, lysergic fuelled psych-pop.


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NØMADS - In The Mend
Sonic intensity par excellence.

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Jitterbug Vipers – Stuff it
Vintage, ‘swingadelic’ heady bliss.

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Rainbow Jackson – Nightcrawler
Excellent prickly, edgy indie rock that has echoes of Deer Tick through to Speedy Ortiz.

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Stone Jack Jones – State I’m In
Unsettling, woozy Americana - reflective, languorous and spooky.


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Tacocat – Crimson Wave
Like riding a surf-pop wave of joyous power chords and fluorescent guitars.

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Jimmy Tait – All My Friends
Pleasingly unconventional, somewhat desolate, goth-tinged post-rock.

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Sun Blood Stories – The Mirage Descends
Primal, hypnotic garage rock and soul.

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Champ – Burnt Alive
Grungey punk that is as moody as it is punchy.

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Download TURCHI – Mind’s Eye mp3 (from My Time Ain’t Now EP)
Gem of a cover of Josh Ritter’s Mind’s Eye, all laid back guitars and gravelly vocals.

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And to finish off we have new tracks including free and loose country rock from D. Charles Speer & The Helix, dreamy indie-pop from The Honey Trees, the sludgy riffs of Abattoir Blues, and lastly, some power pop fused with Americana in a southern rock vein from Hillman Lighthouse.

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Jessica Lea Mayfield – Oblivious

Jessica Lea Mayfield - Oblivious

Jessica Lea Mayfield captured our attention with her brilliant, sultry 2008 debut With Blasphemy So Heartfelt (from which Kiss Me Again remains a playlist regular) and then captured our hearts with a fabulous solo set at the End of the Road Festival a couple of years later. She released the excellent Tell Me in 2011 and last year delivered one of the covers of the year with her version of Alabama’s I’m In A Hurry (And Don’t Know Why).

Possessed with the voice of an angel, her new ten-song album Make My Head Sing will be released on the 15th April. The first taste comes in the shape of the searing Oblivious - incendiary electric guitar, howling blues distortion, brutal percussion and all offset by those incredible country tinged vocals.

Just awesome!

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New From Dinosaur Pile-Up

New From Dinosaur Pile-Up

Leeds noiseniks Dinosaur Pile-Up have announced the release of Peninsula on limited transparent purple 7″ vinyl backed with a new track, Hanging By A Thread.

In anticipation of their biggest ever headline show, the single will be exclusively available at Scala, London on Tuesday February 18th on a strictly first come, first serve basis.

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Introducing >>> Slothrust

Introducing >>> Slothrust

The excellent Crockpot is the first single on Slothrust’s new record, Of Course You Do, which is out on Ba Da Bing! Records this February 18.

When a comment on the Soundcloud describes it as a cross between Total Eclipse Of The Heart and Smells Like Teen Spirit it has to be worth a listen doesn’t it? And it is a lot more the latter than the former…

Pre-order the album here.

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