Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: October 2014

Mad Mackerel's Best Of October 2014

After a too long hiatus, we’ve resurrected our best of the month mix capturing our favourite tunes from October’s posts, plus a couple of new tracks too. So more than 25 songs to discover…dive in!

The September Girls – Veneer
Dark-hearted pop smothered in drenched feedback

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God Damn – Horus
A red-hot burning molten pot of pop hooks and grinding, bludgeoning riffs and rhythms.

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The Voyeurs – Stunners
Indie-psych rockers new single with nods to the tribal stomp of the Glitter Band and Iggy Pop to the colder, starker vignettes of Berlin era Lou Reed.

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Dirt Dress – Revelations
Cultivated racket of guitars, horns, and drums that mixes surf rock with synths in a curiously beguiling way.

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Amazing Snakeheads – Can’t Let You Go
More trashcan voodoo punk blues without parallel.

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Ultimate Painting – Ten Street
Excellent retro style, casually lacksadasical, take on jangly indie rock with echoes of Pavement and Lou Reed.

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The Wharves – The Grip
Gracefully minimal psych-rock with fuzzed out folk invoking the reverberated spook of 60s girl groups topped with crunchy guitar and thunderous drumming.

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Maggie Bjorklund – Fro Fro Heart
Brooding, profound and unforgettable standout from Danish pedal steeliest and singer’s new album.

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Gwyneth Moreland – Slaughterhouse Gulch
Perfect blend of authentic, classic country that feels as genuine as it does timeless.

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Menace Beach – Come On Give Up
Fuzzily insistent indie rock.

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Elijah Ocean – Bring It All In
Particularly fine example of classic backwoods, porch-rocking folk.

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The Brian Jonestown Massacre – Heat
Eastern tinged, gritty psychedelia.

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The Wave Pictures – Pea Green Boat
Dr Feelgood style blues riffs melded with typically quirky and literate vocals.

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Eaves – As Old As The Grave
Rich, tender, melancholia from new singer-songwriter.

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Elliott Brood – Nothing Left
Rollicking, infectious Americana cut through with bluegrass, folk-rock and a definite glam-rock flavour.

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Daddy Issues – Ugly When I Cry
Wonderful slab of downbeat grungy pop that drips with acerbic irony and a healthy dose of cynicism.

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The Don Darlings – If You Can’t Be Good
Masterpiece of southern gothic Americana

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Parkay Quarts – Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth
Townes Van Zandt, Warren Zevon, and Dylan are evident points of departure this lonesome tale about “two men tragically colliding in the deep south“.

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Viet Cong – Continental Shelf
Gloomy, brooding, ghostly, dissonant post-punk.

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Diarrhoea Planet – Bamboo Curtain
Catchy old-school style punk.

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Saint Agnes – Where The Lightning Strikes
Blues stomping, dirty rock n roll number with psychedelic organs, screaming guitars and haunting harmonica.

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Justin Townes Earle – Dreams (Fleetwood Mac cover)
Classic take on a classic track.

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Kyle Adem – I Go On
Haunting, satirical autobiography of loss and the person one becomes in solitude, sung with convincing desperation.

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Curtin – Big Blue Crown
Hazy track that creates a slow-burning and hypnotic soundscape.

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To finish we have new tracks from brilliant psych-rockers Pontiak, the burrowing, ominous Underneath Us Like A Snake, and Soft Fangs stunningly gorgeous and woozy Dog Park.

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New Video: Sharon Van Etten – Your Love Is Killing Me

With Are We There, Sharon Van Etten released an exceptional album this year, with a highlight (amongst many) being the dramatic Your Love Is Killing Me – a confessional that documents with unflinching honesty and intensity the final crumbling and disintegration of a relationship.

Already recognised as one of 2014’s most powerful songs we now have the long-awaited video directed by Sean Durkin (Martha Marcy May Marlene) and starring Carla Juri (Wetlands). More reminiscent of a short film than your typical music video, it is a striking visual accompaniment to one of the best songs of 2014.

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Introducing >>> My Old Dutch

Aussie duo My Old Dutch is an explosive two-piece lo-fi rock’n’roll outfit from Melbourne, bashing out 50s inspired tales of love lost, found and stolen.

First single Howlin’ Marilyn is a crankin’ two and a half minute ditty. Driven by a fuzzed-up, rocking riff soaked in magneto feedback, glued together with a thumping beat and some old school jukebox vocals. It tells the story of lust’n’love between a guy and his werewolf girlfriend.

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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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