Mad Mackerel Recommends… Martyr Privates

Martyr Privates - Something To Sell

Martyr Privates are another fine example of the murky, outsider psych influenced indie and post punk currently spewing from down under.

Something to Sell takes a heavy base of percussion and ramshackle guitar, heaps a few ladles of fuzzy goodness into the pot, adds a dash of drone and couldn’t-give-a-shit vocals and stirs the whole lot into a throughly enjoyable serving that left us wanting more than mere seconds.

Have a listen, and check out You Can’t Stop Progress while you’re at it.

Signed to the ever reliable Fire Records here, they have a full length in the pipeline.

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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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Joe Jack Talcum – Home Recordings: 1993-1999

Joe Jack Talcum - Home Recordings: 1993-99

For most people the idea of an intimate evening with Joe Jack Talcum playing songs in their living room sounds terrifying given the reputation of his better-known band The Dead Milkmen, but the appearance in 2011 of Home Recordings: 1984-1990 revealed a sadder, more intimate side to a songwriter better known for his sense of humour.

Now via HHBTM Records, comes the second volume, from one of America’s great unheralded songwriters, pulled from an archive that makes you want to hear more, to wonder what else might be in there. Home Recordings: 1993-1999 contains a cosmos of emotion—from funeral marches to rave-ups, irreverence to lament—sometimes even in the same song. A solo album in every sense of the word, it’s like eavesdropping on a soliloquy.

Check out Madonna’s Weep with it’s tweaked-out 3am surreality that recalls Robyn Hitchock’s I Often Dream of Trains.

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Introducing >>> Ladada

Introducing >>> Ladada

Comets is the first taste from Ladada’s forthcoming debut EP.

It is a blissful slice of languid yet sunny, psych-drenched atmospheric pop that carries at its heart the good natured optimism of classic Motown. Take a ride and float away on the back of its slow-moving melodies.

Download it below.

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Green Man Rising

Green Man Rising

We were lucky enough to be invited to be part of the voting panel for the Green Man Rising event, a “competition” to find a new band to open the wonderful Green Man Festival on the Mountain Stage.

From a final short list of 31 artists, we picked our favourite six and we thought it would be good to share our choices with you as the standard was uniformly high, and making our choices became a highly fraught and difficult exercise.

The final is on Wednesday 23rd July at The Dublin Castle in Camden.

Here were our six picks…

Cherryshoes
There is something hypnotic and slightly eerie about Cherryshoes which we found utterly mesmerising – we could imagine Lisa M. casting a woozy spell over any audience that would be hard to shake off, and her off-kilter uniqueness seems a perfect fit for a Green man crowd.

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Velvet Morning
We’ve long been fans of Velvet Morning’s heady swirl of barely concealed unease and chemically induced delusions. They sound like a collision between one of Warhol’s 60s New York art parties and moody krautrock from the 70s German underground. Delighted they made the list.

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Charles Howl
May have been the most infectious track we heard – insistent, nagging riff over motorik percussion.

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Pastel Colours
Intriguing mix of pastel led psychedelia, indie and twangy surf rock that they meld into a unique concoction that had us hitting repeat immediately after the first listen to Hands Like Silk.

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Erin K
Brilliant contradiction of sweetly upbeat folk often underpinned with explicit lyrical detail, irreverent observation and black humour that recalls everything from Moldy Peaches to Syd Barrett by way of The Lovely Eggs. If she wins we personally request she open with the wonderful Jiggy Miggy!

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Fenne Lily
Gorgeous, fragile acoustics that have a rare purity and recall the very best of the 60s coffee-shop culture

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Another From Autobahn

We’ve previously posted about Autobahn’s 12″ EP 2, which was officially released today via Tough Love Records.

To celebrate the band are streaming another new track, this is Pale Skin, and it is our favourite yet: a nervy, propulsive, feral excursion into krautrock inspired punk.

Have a listen.

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Tour dates below, including a stint on the road with Eagulls in October.

July
10 Leeds Brudenell Social Club (EP launch show)
11 London The Victoria (EP launch show)
12 Brighton The Hope
26 Sheffield Tramlines (The Harley)
August
9 Skipton Beacons Festival
18 Manchester The Ruby Lounge w/ Protomartyr
20 Leeds Brudenell Social Club w/ Protomartyr
October
7 Cambridge Portland Arms w/ Eagulls
8 Hull Fruit w/ Eagulls
9 Newcastle The Cluny w/Eagulls
10 Edinburgh Sneaky Petes w/Eagulls
29 Nottingham Bodega Social w/Eagulls
30 London Scala w/Eagulls
31 Leeds Brudenell Social Club w/ Eagulls
November
1 Manchester Sound Control w/ Eagulls

MM Shorts 587: The Dead Heir

We’re thoroughly enjoying the new single from Aussie six-piece psych-garage groovers Dead Heir.

Cooked is layered with jangly guitars, subtle organ lines and a rolling rhythm section, draws its brooding pop flavour from a string of sordid affairs with late 60s tunes and the neo-psychedelica of the 90s alternative scene.

Far out man.

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MM Shorts 586: Firestations

Never Closer by Firestation is a genuine psych-pop delight delivering a more than addictive mix of sweetly fuzzy guitars and distorted drum machine with squeals of feedback and half spoken cryptic lyrics. It spirals into pop choruses and crashes to an abrupt halt in under three minutes.

Have a listen.

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