It’s An Easter Round Up

Easter Round Up

We are kicking off Easter with a massive Round-Up of lots of new music and bands that have been sat in our in-box patiently waiting to be heard. Some of these have been released already, some are about to be, but either way we have fifteen artists that are all well worth checking out.

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Let us begin with Josh Matthews whose work has been compared to Leonard Cohen as well as outcasts such as The Fugs and Captain Beefheart. His enigmatic album Co-Patriot drops April 19th, and this is A Good Life from it.

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Silver Arm’s latest release He of the Slow Creep EP is four tracks of riotous psych-punk. Try on the title track and Gunboat for size…

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We have another fuzzy little stomper of garage-pop from Dead Professional. Listen to I’m Not The One.

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Comrade Question’s second LP, Pepe Polo, is the first release on Superdreamer Records. It’s a psych/garage/pop gem with guy-girl vocals and genius simplicity. Opening track is the sweetly named Bastard.

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Ciara O’Neill is a singer songwriter from Northern Ireland and Dead, Black has a lovely folk noir feel, plaintive and fragile with haunting female vocals.

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Daisy Victoria’s influences are Captain Beefheart, Sonic Youth, Gang of Four, P J Harvey et al, and her debut single Heart Full Of Beef is a surrealist exploration of the creative process. It hosts a cast of characters who include a maternal vegetable, a lap-dancer with divine clientele, and a militant typewriter.

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Dizzy Bats use power chords over heavily-picked basslines as a vehicle for fun, energetic, power pop. Check out/download Girls.

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Meet the Betrayers, Edmonton’s new fuzzy psych/garage band. The five-piece recently released their debut album Let the Good Times Die and we have a couple of tracks from it, Spinnin’ Wheel and Cherry Beach here.

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Honeyfeet are a group of loosely affiliated scruff-bags mixing old folk forms, blues grooves and jazz chords to create a unique sound of their own. Latest single is Buried My Husband.

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Ciro Madd has penned a baroque pop tune for the first issue of Pug Records singles series. You and Me is a charming symphony of keyboards and vocals wrapped up in George Harrison-style riffs, recommended for fans of the Beach Boys and The Zombies.

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Cousin Marnie’s debut EP Is Sleeping, re-imagined four Carter Family tracks from the 1930s. The EP is a ticking collection of throbbing beats, synth drones and wistful country sentiment. Check out Cain which showcases her unique combination of country, hip hop and left-field pop.

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The River Monks are a Des Moines folk pop sextet with an organic interplay of instruments, rich lyrical imagery, and layered vocal harmonies that build on the foundation laid by artists like Sufjan Stevens and Good Old War. Beasts is the first single from new long-player Home Is The House.

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Former Backyard Tire Fire member Edward David Anderson will release his debut solo album Lies & Wishes on April 29 through The Royal Potato Family. It is a collection of ten songs that embrace vulnerability, while remaining grounded in his working class roots.

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Combining Brit-punk grit with a distinctive pop jangle, Cambridge five-piece 28 Boulevard recently released five-track EP, Sunclouds. The emerging young group expand on the raw, adolescent feel of their debut single, pushing their innovative spin on guitar pop to a spine-rattling, head-splitting climax. This is Electric Feet.

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Lastly, our favourite 50s throwback and rockabilly rebel Dan Sartain has a new album out at the end of this month called Dudesblood. We have no less than three tracks for you to dip into including the paranormal country and western of Marfa Lights, the anarcho-punk of Smash The Tesco and the late-night croon of Rawhide Moon.

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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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Videos of the Day: Radical Face || Drowners || Mona & Maria || Reverend Horton Heat || Twin Rivers

Videos of the Day

We’re catching up with a backlog of excellent videos to accompany excellent songs. Today watch Radical Face, Drowners, Mona & Maria’s pretty and epic pastoral ode to 60s/70s psych, Reverend Horton Heat’s octane-fueled pyschobilly with a little help from burlesque star Michelle L’Amour, and finally Twin Rivers story of a praying mantis living in the perils of a modern world. The praying mantis in the film is called Florence.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends…The Rebel Set

Mad Mackerel Recommends… The Rebel Set

The Rebel Set have a vintage crash and snarl blended into their music that is reminiscent of guitar heroes from the 1950s like Link Wray and Gene Vincent at the peak of their thunder inducing years and pressure packed with the energy of 1960s garage bands like The Sonics and The Monks.

Influenced by his father’s stacks of rock n’ roll vinyl and the lo-fi garage rock craze of the 1990’s, Arizona native, Joe Zimmerman, decided to put together a band that encompasses the sounds and influences he’d been absorbing his entire life.

Now The Rebel Set will release a new long player, titled How To Make A Monster! on their own Silver Hornet Records on the 21st January and on one of our favourite labels Burger Records.

The Rebel Set’s music is a teenage rumble in the late night hours, a drag race that crosses the double yellow lines, a wild ride you don’t want to miss.

Download Monster here.

New Year Blast Off

New Year - New Bands

Happy New Year!

We’re kicking off 2014 with three bands that are perfect for blasting the morning after the night before’s hangover to smithereens.

First up are Eighteen Nightmares At The Lux, a debauched amalgam of surf rock, garage punk and psychobilly who have a four track EP, PIG out in February. Check out the deranged rhythms and sinister riffs of taster track 6ft 6.

Second we have punk rockers Autistic Youth and a couple of tracks from their recently released album Nonage.

And lastly bridging the gap nicely between the first two, are Australian surf-punks Doom Mountain with a couple of tracks including the appropriately titled (I’m So) Wiped out.

Enjoy!

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New Album From Reverend Horton Heat

New Album From Reverend Horton Heat

Over the course of ten studio albums Reverend Horton Heat has consistently delivered a blend of straight up rock’n’roll, fizzing country punk, and crazed rockabilly – all underpinned by huge handfuls of swaggering black humour.

Thankfully, as Spooky Boots the first taste of his eleventh album Rev, testifies, the band haven’t messed with a winning formula. The song itself tells of a friend’s hopeless search for a girlfriend (the Spooky Boots of the title) who has been searching the town square in Santa Fe every Saturday for her since she upped and left…in 1969.

The album is out on 21st January – pre-order it here.

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Free Halloween Mix 2013

Mad Mackerel's Halloween Mix 2013

Here is our traditional free Halloween Mix for 2013 – twenty five great tunes and the fourth year we’ve provided a soundtrack for one of the best nights of the year.

Download a perfect mix of ghouls, ghosts, spooks, and all manner of assorted monsters…from all genres and the past 40 years.

No trick, all treat!

Download Gene Vincent – Race With The Devil mp3

Download The Sonics – The Witch mp3

Download Atomic Rooster – Devil’s Answer mp3

Download Kris Kristofferson – The Silver-Tongued Devil And I mp3

Download Marianne Faithfull – Witches Song mp3

Download Warren Zevon – Werewolves Of London mp3

Download The Mob – Witch Hunt mp3

Download John Cooper Clarke – (I Married A) Monster From Outer Space mp3

Download The Cult – L’il Devil mp3

Download The Handsome Family – Winnebago Skeletons mp3

Download Sparklehorse – Ghost In The Sky mp3

Download Steve Earle – The Devil’s Right Hand mp3

Download The Eagles of Death Metal – Who’ll Love The Devil mp3

Download Eels – My Beloved Monster mp3

Download Ghoultown – Return Of The Living Dead mp3

Download Sons & Daughters – Monsters mp3

Download John Statz – Ghost Towns mp3

Download The Black Angels – Haunting At 1130 McKinley (Hear Ya Session) mp3

Download The Builders & The Butchers – Devil Town mp3

Download Those Poor Bastards – Phantom Pool mp3

Download Pink Mountaintops – Vampire mp3

Download The Sad Bastard Book Club – We Build Ghost Towns From The Ground Up

Download Brown Bird – Devil Dancing mp3

Download My Teenage Stride – Dance To The Skeleton Hand mp3

Download Graveyard Train – Even Witches Like To Go Out Dancing mp3

Check out our free Halloween mix downloads from previous years here.

Rounding Them Up Again

Round Up

Time to round up a few more of the releases that have tickled our ears from the inbox and round the web.

Ali Koehler has hitherto been best known as the drummer of the pop group Best Coast and the noisy girl punk trio Vivian Girls. After her departure from Best Coast, Koehler decided to step up from behind the kit to front a band of her own, embracing her melodic punk-spirited songwriting impulses with Upset. The new three-piece will release its hooky debut record of pop-punk, She’s Gone, this autumn. Take a listen to Oxfords and Wingtips from it.

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We posted Wake Up Lucid’s track I Want at the end of September and this is the ominous, jagged b-side, Let It Roll.

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Rural Ghosts recently released their debut long player City Of Elms. It is a fine record of folk tinged indie rock distinguished by driving rhythms and haunting lyrical content. Take a listen to a couple of tracks, Limbo and Eyes.

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Ten Ton Man’s Drinking Song comes from their self -titled debut album of minimal, gritty, Americana with a lyrically dark slant. The sinister undertones of this track perfectly encompass the feelings of someone who is down on their luck. With his signature baritone voice, frontman Paul Livornese sings the gloomy lyrics, “Sing along to the drinking song//When the booze is gone //You’ll be all alone.”  Something many of us can relate to at one time or another…

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Black Hearted Brother is the new band formed by Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3), Nick Holton (Coley Park, Holton’s Opulent Oog) and Mark Van Hoen (Locust, Seefeel). Listen to the excellent  (I Don’t Mean To) Wonder from the trio’s debut album Stars Are Our Home which is officially released tomorrow (order here).

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Foul Play is the excellent first track from all girl garage-pop trio Sharkmuffin’s second EP 1097 which is released next Wednesday.

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Buzzard Lope recently released their debut single East By East on their own label Lost Toys Records. The single blends frontman Roger Illingworth’s husky vocal – reminiscent of Mark Lanegan – with Adam Jarvis’ brooding double bass.

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Lem and The White Fire are a distinctive soul/pop/folk 11-piece collective who have released their catchy debut single Telephone – it features a memorable sing-a-long chorus and a rousing riff from the brass section of the collective.

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Haunting vocals stand at the forefront of La Guerre’s new EP, Violent, which is the solo project of Katlyn Conroy, a member of the band Cowboy Indian Bear. Listen to the lovely, sultry Sorrow Song.

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Huckleberry Binge are a whirl of fuzzed-out folk rock and murky pop anthems. They released their Tornado EP back at the end of the summer, but Fur Trapper from it is too good not to post – better late than never.

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We have another track from Lola Colt, Jackson is their second single (out 2nd December) and is another top notch track of fuzzy, blistered guitars and twangy psychedelia.

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Singer-songwriter James Vincent McMorrow built up a huge following after the release of his debut album Early In The Morning, and Cavalier is the evocative first single from January’s follow up album Post Tropical.

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The Witch Hunt return with the release of their debut EP Little Book of Hate on Dead Young Records, a collection of five songs showcasing a promising range and depth, with dark, twisted melodies and haunting vocals. The follow up to their second single Crawl, immerse yourself in the visceral and threatening Army Man from the EP.

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Lastly (for now) we have the new single from Melbourne indie-folk quartet Sleepy Dreamers. Titled Bike Song it features a catchy hook, four part vocal harmonies and a good dose of handclaps – pretty sure to evoke some foot-stomping action.