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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Introducing >>> The Dough Rollers

Introducing >>> The Dough Rollers

Blues rocking, soul drenched four piece the Dough Rollers will be releasing a new five track EP, Gone Baby Gone via Third Man Records.

It is the follow up to last year’s Little Lily single and sacrifices nothing in the gritty, despairing wail of the vocals and the visceral guitar riffs.

Have a listen…

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Andrew St. James

Mad Mackerel Recommends...Andresw St James

Despite tender years, Andrew St James is just eighteen, the singer-songwriter’s soulful and rather epic track A Prayer For East Oakland is one that faces some pretty grim realties head on.

It is a song of murder, with lyrics formed around Psalms in the New Testament. It was originally a poem he wrote after a childhood friend was murdered during the summer of 2011 outside of his home in East Oakland. The song, despite its beautiful tune, takes a serious look at the rate of gun-related deaths in the bay area, specifically Oakland,

Talking about the song, St James says “There were 110 reported homicides in Oakland during 2011, rising to 131 in 2012. Almost every night of those two years, the first ten minutes of the nightly news would be attributed to reports of gun violence in Oakland. Reports of toddlers being shot and killed in random acts of violence were forgotten along with the weather report. The memory of those 241 people, the majority of them African-American, has been lost on the outside world, disregarded by people of privilege, and forgotten by people with power.

Powerful stuff indeed. Download it here.

Doldrums, the debut album by Andrew St. James, is out now via the Island Jar / Fortune label.

Round Up Time

Round Up

Following our Best of February mix post earlier, we have now rounded up a few tunes for the start of March for you too.

We can offer you ten cracking new tracks to listen to including post-folkies Peggy Sue, the heavy, slow burnin’ garage punk of Twin Berlin, some rootsy soul from Greyhounds, the first single of gritty Americana from Turchi’s forthcoming long-player, and a fabulous cover of Jason Molina’s Alone With The Owl by Sarah Jaffe from the forthcoming Molina tribute album Farewell Transmission.

There is also Fear Of Men’s excellent new single Luna, Dawn Landes’ heart-wrenching new single Try To Make A Fire Burn Again, some shoegazing style sludgy indie from Weed, and catchy pop-punk from BRONCHO. Lastly, we have another cover to finish, Lady Lamb The Beekeeper’s version of Kurt Vile’s Girl Called Alex.

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Introducing >>> Twin Caverns

Introducing >>> Twin Caverns

We have to confess to being completely caught from left-field by this track from Sydney two-piece Twin Caverns. After all this is not usually a blog for electronica, soul, or trip-hop (whatever that actually is), yet apparently this is what this is according to those much more qualified than us…

Around 99% of the time this type of stuff completely passes us by, but this track, Undiscover, has totally seduced and entranced us – it sounds more like a languid, seductive pop song to us…one with a sweetly hypnotic refrain and gorgeous vocals.

Simple as that. Have a listen.

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MM Shorts 511: Sun Blood Stories

MM Shorts 511: Sun Blood Stories

Sun Blood Stories are a psych-rock band from Boise, Idaho who embed a healthy dose of garage rock and soul into their music and put their line in the sand somewhere near the primal, hypnotic end of the spectrum.

We’ve previously featured them in one of our Videos of the Day posts and now we have a free download of a rather tasty track, Desert For Days for you.

Grab it via Bandcamp or listen below.

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MM Shorts 506: Brothers Lazaroff

MM Shorts 506: Brothers Lazaroff

Although Hope, Fear, Youth by Brothers Lazaroff was released back in the autumn of last year, we are only now truly appreciating its myriad charms. The album is a combination of new tunes and older songs reinvented with the current members. One of the older songs featured on the album is the lead track Battle Hymn which was recently covered by Doc Feldman & The LD50.

The album can be obtained from Bandcamp here.

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More From The Shallow End Divers

More From Shallow End Divers

Back at the beginning of the year we posted some tunes from the Shallow End Divers, and they have more recently released a six track EP titled Melting Skies.

It is another intriguing blend of rock ‘n’roll melding psychedelia, garage, soul, and blues to mighty good effect, and you can pick it up for a pay-what-you-want deal from Bandcamp here.

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