Mad Mackerel Recommends… Curtin

We Are Country Mice, later just Country Mice were well established MM faves and their demise was a sad day for us here. However better news is at hand as Curtin is a new band comprised of former Country Mice frontman Jason Rueger and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Austin Nelson. Their newly released album is titled One For The Doghearted, and is nine hazy tracks that create a slow-burning and hypnotic soundscape, lingering in delicate moments to great effect.

Have a listen to Big Blue Crown and I’m A Ghost.

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Video Round Up

A bunch of new(ish) videos to finish off the day for you. From Girlpool’s stripped back punk to Archie Bronson Outfit’s technicolour psych-rock by way of singer-songwriter Liam Finn’s plethora of celebrity impersonators for his track Helena Bonham Carter, Martha’s impassioned pop-punk, and the 60s garage inspired sound of The Electric Mess.

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Hearts of Oak – New England

Hearts of Oak New England

Shoegazer country act Hearts of Oak released their third album New England (via Deer Lodge Records) earlier this year. We meant to post about it then, but for some reason it never happened and it is a shame as it really is an album that deserves to be heard.

Fronted by singer-songwriter Nate Wallace, Hearts of Oak has been referred to as “a singer-songwriter with a druggy, psychedelic backing band,” which is more than evident on this release. Delivering a Jason Molina-inspired album, New England is a nine-track collection of songs that owe as much to the Americana forefathers as it does Crazy Horse, Velvet Underground, and even Spiritualized. Breaking free of the standard confines of traditional Alt. Country, New England adds a hazy, acid-laced trip to the songs found within the album.

Watch the video for the brilliant Tunnels and/or download it below. Order the album here.

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Download Hearts of Oak – Tunnels mp3 (from New England)

Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Justin Townes Earle – Dreams (Fleetwood Mac cover)
2. Grouper – Holding
3. Andrew Bird & Nora O’Connor – I’ll Trade You Money For Wine (Robbie Fulks cover)
4. Chumped – Name That Thing
5. John Moore – Smoking On The Cancer Ward

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Introducing >>> Mini Mansions

Gathering comparisons from 80s New Wave to dreamy psychedelic pop, Mini Mansions’ forthcoming new album, The Great Pretenders, is due in early 2015.

The fast-paced first single, Death Is A Girl plays out with a sense of urgency, daring you to stand still, while the reverse sees the band take on a cover of Sherlock Holmes originally by Sparks.

Have a listen to both below. You can also catch them supporting Royal Blood on a big European tour, also early next year.

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Tour Dates with Royal Blood

February 22 Glasgow Barrowlands
February 27 Plymouth Pavilions
February 28 Bridlington Spa
March 2 Portsmouth Guildhall
March 3 Newport Centre
March 5 Norwich UEA
March 6 Blackpool Empress Ballroom
March 8 Belfast Ulster Hall
March 9 Dublin, Ireland Olympia
March 11 Wolverhampton Civic Hall
March 13 London Brixton
March 14 Nottingham Rock City

 

MM Shorts 624: Magic Castles

Magic Castles’ new album Sky Sounds, was released yesterday through A Recordings Ltd, Anton Newcombe’s UK-based imprint. The Minneapolis 5-piece combine the hazy, hypnotic atmospherics of bands like Spacemen 3 and Galaxie 500 with the organ-drenched psych sound of the mid/late ’60s outfits – particularly American West Coast folk-rock -for an altogether otherworldly sound.

Have a listen to the laid back, reverb laden, title track.

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MM Shorts 623: Saint Agnes

A short while ago we posted the new single from cinematic psych outfit Saint Agnes, titled A Beautiful Day For Murder. Now we have the b-side Where The Lightning Strikes - a blues stomping, dirty rock n roll number with psychedelic organs, screaming guitars and haunting harmonica.

And we have the video for you, with a stream of both the a and the b-side for you.

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MM Recommends…Christian Bland & The Revelators

MM Recommends... Christian Bland & The Revelators

Christian Bland & The Revelators are led by the guitarist for longstanding MM faves, US psych-warriors The Black Angels.

New album The Unseen Green Obscene is a masterpiece of rolling, hypnotic, guitars that throughout manage to create a lovingly authentic homage to the classic kaleidoscopic psychedelia of the 60s.

Check out CB160 below, and order the record here.

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Another From Howard Enyon’s So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam

The upcoming Fire Records reissue of the frazzled, bejewelled, uniquely madcap tall tales of  Howard Enyon’s 1970s acid-folk masterpiece So What If Im Standing In Apricot Jam is certain to be one of our favourites of the year.

Until then, here is another track to treasure, the six minute album closer Shadows & Riff.

Out on the 17th November, you can pre-order the album here. Check our previous post here.

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