Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums Of 2013 (Part 2: 30 -11)

Here is the second instalment of our favourite albums of 2013, counting down from 30 to 11.

30 Nick Cave – Push The Sky Away

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29 Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In

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28 Coke Weed – Back To Soft

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27 Georgia’s Horse – Weather Codes

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26 Alela Diane – About Farewell

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25 Foxygen - We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

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24 Quiet American – Wild Bill Jones

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23 The National – Trouble Will Find Me

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22 Torres – Torres

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21 Bill Callahan – Dream River

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20 Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt

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19 Wooden Wand & The World War IV – Wooden Wand & The World War IV

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18 Various Artists – Divided & United The Songs Of The Civil War

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17 Blitzen Trapper – VII

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16 Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle

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15 Mark Mulcahy – Dear Mark J Mulcahy, I Love You

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14 Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

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13 Cass McCombs – Big Wheel And Others

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12 Low – The Invisible Way

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11 Terry Malts – Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere

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See numbers 50 – 31 here.

Caitlin Rose Covers The National

Caitlin Rose Covers The National

Not much needs to be said about this.

Caitlin Rose is currently on a big UK tour and to mark her arrival on our shores she has unveiled a beautiful cover of The National’s Pink Rabbits, which comes from The National’s current 4AD album Trouble Will Find Me.

Listen below or click through to purchase from Amazon.com.

Remaining Tour Dates

Mon 9 Sep Glasgow ABC2 £12
Wed 11 Sep Gateshead The Sage £12.50
Thu 12 Sep London Shepherds Bush Empire £16.50
Fri 13 Sep Manchester Ritz £14
Sat 14 Sep Festival No6 Portmeirion £170

Caitlin Rose: New Single & UK Tour

Caitlin Rose: New Single & UK Tour

New country queen, Caitlin Rose is releasing the rollicking ‘done-you-wrong’ single Waitin’ next month, and she has added some extra dates to her current UK tour.

Have a listen and check out the tour venues below.

Tour Dates

Sun 1 Sep End of the Road festival
Mon 2 Sep Brighton Proud Cabaret
Tue 3 Sep Bristol Fleece
Wed 4 Sep Oxford Bullingdon
Thu 5 Sep Nottingham Glee
Sat 7 Sep Leeds Leeds College Of Music
Mon 9 Sep Glasgow ABC2
Wed 11 Sep Gateshead The Sage
Thu 12 Sep London Shepherds Bush Empire
Fri 13 Sep Manchester Ritz
Sat 14 Sep Festival No6 Portmeirion

Recommended Free Downloads From NoiseTrade

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A couple more excellent free downloads have recently appeared on NoiseTrade, and are well worth picking up for the cost of an e-mail address.

The first is a five track live EP from the rising queen of new Country, Caitlin Rose and marks NoiseTrade’s inaugural Eastside Manor Sessions. She re-imagines songs from her latest album, the excellent The Stand-In, dressing them up in a lounge-tinged, vintage country vibe.

anti records noisetradeThe second is a ten track label sampler from the superb Anti-Records (home of Dr. Dog – see our earlier post here) and features many MM stalwarts including Calexico, The Milk Carton Kids, Keaton Henson, Beth Orton and Neko Case as well as Mavis Staples and Tom Waits amongst others.

We’ve selected a couple of our favourites from each below.

Alternatively just click here for Caitlin Rose or click here for the Anti- sampler.

Download Caitlin Rose – Pink Champagne (live) mp3 from (The Eastside Manor Sessions)

Download Beth Orton – Dawn Chorus mp3 (from Anti- Records Summer Sampler)

American Songwriter’s Muse Sampler For May

American Songwriter's Muse Sampler For May

American Songwriter’s latest free Muse sampler is a gem featuring twelve tracks that includes such MM faves as Phosphorescent, Caitlin Rose, Water Liars, Cheyenne Marie Mize and Futurebirds alongside some Americana heavyweights like Son Volt and Will Johnson and the new-wave inspired indie rock of the Features.

Just head over to their Bandcamp page here and download it all for nothing.

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SXSW Day 4: Ladies Day In Texas

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Having now learnt from the previous two days of SXSW (fully creamed up for a start) and the seemingly vastly increased numbers from 2009, I headed straight for The Red Eyed Fly determined at the third attempt to get into a Phosphorescent show…only to be greeted by more lines that stretched way, way into the distance.

Having no further wish to baste in the midday sun, I implemented plan B and headed to the House of Spin; the party with free beer and cupcakes and a line up that included Wavves and The Pains of Being Pure At Heart. I arrived for the end of So So Glos and what would be (I guess) an absolutely stereotypical set of American skater punk, nonetheless I enjoyed it and it suited the cold can of cider I was given on arrival. The stage was cut into the side of the rock and offered no escape from the sun whatsoever, Wavves rattled through their set in a blur of breakneck guitars and machine gun drumming and it took The Pains of Being Pure At Heart to offer the first subtleties of the day with a polished set of shoegazey rock and jangly guitars that allowed the songs to take centre stage. A fine finish to the party.

And subtleties and grace and pure songwriting beauty is what you get with country legend Emmylou Harris. The long walk up to the packed stage at Waterloo Records was worth every step as she demonstrated exactly why she is one of the queens of her craft. A simply exquisite set that was followed by the finest, and largest, veggie burger and chips that I have ever seen at the diner next door.

I had picked one evening showcase and was determined to stick with it, not least because it looked about as eclectic and diverse as you could get in an evening, which I guess is the whole beauty of “South By” as the locals abbreviate it. Club De Ville has a great name, and for once I was at the head of its queue. First up were the Cheatahs, whose track The Swan made our Best of December mix, I don’t know what it was here though, but the guitar shapes and squalls of noise left me a bit flat and (again) seemed lacking in a touch of subtlety or a change of pace, or maybe I’ve just seen and heard it done better this week.

Up next came Aussies San Cisco who were new to me, but from the outset seemed to be offering more of the tropically tinged indie rock that has followed me around SXSW. This time though, despite all my expectations they completely won me over, not just the sunny guitar lines and bright, catchy hooks, but because of the fantastic tribal percussion offered up by drummer Scarlett Stevens. Tracks like Fred Astaire, Beach, Rocket Ship and finale Awkward were instantly memorable and was perhaps best summed up at the end by the chap next to me who simply said, “that drummer killed it, didn’t she”. Yes she did.

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It was another about turn sound wise for it was the turn of new country sensation Caitlin Rose and her six piece band. The last time I saw her, she sang solo in a tiny venue in Coventry and her songs were simple, gently persuasive acoustic numbers. Not tonight, with a band as tight as any I’ve seen all week, her new found confidence was right to the fore with a sassy, smart and enormously entertaining set. New album highlights came in the shape of Only A Clown, Silver Sings, Pink Champagne, a wonderful rendition of her cover of the Felice Brothers’ Dallas and No One To Call, before ramping up the tempo with a cover of Buck Owen And The Buckeroos’ Tiger By The Tail and finishing with a blistering Shanghai Cigarettes. Wonderful stuff.

Next up were all-female Brits The Savages, another band I had tried and failed to see three times this week already (and a firm favourite of our own Middle Sprat). As they came on, the lights went down, and dressed in uniform black, they were illuminated only in monochrome flashes from cameras. It suited them perfectly, haughty, disdainful and intense, it was completely and utterly compelling. Channeling spiky art rock and post punk into a sparse and ferocious set that recalled classic Siouxsie, Joy Division, John Lydon and PJ Harvey, lead singer Jehnny Beth was a hundred times more intimidating and menacing than anything I’d seen at the Spin House party and stalked the stage like a cat cruelly playing with a wounded bird. Behind her, drummer Fay Milton thrashed the skins in a mesmerising blur like the vicious, uncontrollable little sister of the Muppets’ Animal. Give Me A Gun, I Am Here, No Luck, and first single Flying To Berlin were stunning before an incendiary Husbands finished the set to loud acclaim. If there had been one, the roof would have come off.

A change of pace came with Youth Lagoon with a bubbling, squelchy set of electronic indie rock. “Mellow” is how the chap next to me described it, but I actually think the word he was looking for was “dirgelikedronethatsoundedliketheveryworstoftheFlamingLipsbutwithoutanyofthetalent“. The vocals such as they were sounded like they were emanating from a field of sheep being worried by dogs, so perhaps best to leave it there.

And so, finally, to the headline act and Britain’s newest hope to save the future of music in the shape of the Palma Violets. Fresh from a highly acclaimed debut album, a single of the year accolade from the NME for Best Of Friends, and with Step Up For The Cool Cats becoming an office fave, I was looking forward to one of their much talked about live shows. Fair to say it was as watchable as anything I ever seen at a gig as the band stormed the stage, whirling, strutting and posturing and being as provocative and inflammatory as the rules of maximum rock’n’roll demand. The unfortunate thing was that while it was great to watch, the sound was one massive blur of distortion with anything as (that word again) subtle as a tune buried way down beneath the white noise. I briefly made out snatches of the two singles but that, literally, was all. While their flame burns mighty fiercely, I fear it may not burn for very long.

Day three was over, and like our famed Ascot Races, it had been one for the ladies. Emmylou, Scarlett Stevens, Caitlin Rose, and Savages proving themselves to be Austin’s top cats (to steal a Ray Wylie Hubbard phrase) in every way.

Caitlin Rose Announces New Album

Caitlin Rose Announces New Album

Caitlin Rose has announced details of the follow-up to her stunning 2010 debut album Own Side Now.

The Stand-In will be released on the 25th February via Names Records. The opening track from the album, the warm and rousing No One To Call is streaming for your undoubted listening pleasure below.

To mark the release of The Stand-In, Caitlin will be playing four UK headline shows in late February/ early March 2013.

Tues, 26 February – Bristol, Fleece
Wed, 27 February – London, Dingwalls
Thurs, 28 February – Leeds, Brudenell
Fri, 1 March – Manchester, Ruby Lounge

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Videos of the Day: Nick Lowe Covers

Video of the Day

Lowe Country presents 13 artists–most of them up-and-coming and/or left-of-center–interpreting songs from Nick Lowe’s 4½-decade career. They are the leading lights of a new generation of artists who use classic country music as a springboard for their unique musical explorations. Have a watch…Buy here.

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