Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Nine new, and excellent, songs from the past seven days neatly packaged for your listening pleasure.

1. Jeffrey Lewis – Train Song
2. The Sandwitches – Our Toast
3. Ultimate Painting – Break The Chain
4. John Vanderslice – Midnight Blue
5. Destroyer – Dream Lover
6. Heather Woods Broderick – Wyoming
7. DRINKS – Hermits On Holiday
8. Spoon – TV Set (Cramps cover)
9. Nots – Virgin Mary

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Video Premiere: Trance Farmers – Garbage Night

We’re not usually ones for premieres and all that stuff, but when the song is this good then we can sometimes be persuaded to rouse our lazy carcass off the sofa and head for the keyboard.

Trance Farmers (great name) specialise in psychobilly blues. Six track release Garbage Night is out April 28 on LEAVING Records with Stones Throw. You can also buy from Bandcamp here.

Watch the video for the title track, a fluorescent, garish animation with a slight Monty Python feel that fits this blast of unstoppable, distorted proto-garage punk perfectly. It’s like having a feral dog snapping at your genitals whilst an Elvis lookalike stomps on your face – and that in musical terms is a very good thing indeed.

Absolutely love this. Watch the video. Watch it again. Go mental.

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Introducing >>> Ethan Jano

Introducing >>> Ethan Jano

Ethan Jano is a young folk singer, whose guttural vocals and peculiar delivery feel akin to the dust bowl protest songs of the 30s and 50s which blended traditional folk with rhythm and blues and even a bit of rockabilly swagger.

It is a musical style inherited from a working class life that he has always known – raised in rural Pennsylvania, he was one of eight children born into a borderline blue-collar family. Some of his earliest memories involve listening to his Dad and great uncle pick out old tunes from the likes of Buddy Holly, Johnny Cash, Elvis and Bob Dylan. 

We have a couple of contrasting tracks from his debut album I’ll Be Fine (out on the 10th February) for your listening pleasure. Check out the joyful strum of Wildfire and the poignant, reflective How You Should Be below.

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Hanni El Khatib – Moonlight

Hanni El Khatib - Moonlight

Hanni El Khatib has been tickling the earbuds of Chris T Popper recently who was turned on to Moonlight, the title track of his forthcoming album.

A man of impeccably good taste (mostly), Mr Popper was quite right and proper with his recommendation, and so we’re pleased to share both that track and The Teeth and a final taster from the record before it is released next week with the brilliant Melt Me.

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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.