At Last…New From The Felice Brothers… MM Rejoices

New From The Felice Brothers

At last we have a first taste from the Felice Brothers forthcoming record Favorite Waitress. Appropriately enough it is called Cherry Licorice.

It is a classic ragged, uptempo rocker that is sure to become a guaranteed live sing-a-long as couplets like “all the lady and gents, are covered in excrement”, and “the teacher slit my wrists, for every class I missed” are destined for a roaring crowd encore.

Favorite Waitress is our most anticipated record of 2014, Cherry Licorice has just heightened that anticipation by a bigger margin than we could have ever imagined.

Pre-order the album here and get an immediate download of three new songs from the record.

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Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress Album Trailer

Favorite Waitress will be released by the Felice Brothers on June 9th in the UK and Europe and June 18th in North America. Here is a video trailer with song clips from our most anticipated record of the year…

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Here they are covering Harvest Moon…any excuse to post something!

 

Live Review: The Felice Brothers Deliver The Greatest Show On Earth

Felice Brothers Live Review

The Felice Brothers & Willy Mason | Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London | 30 May 2013

Afterwards, as I drove the motorway miles home from the capital, the Twitter feeds awash with “best gig ever” messages, I was thinking that, in many ways, The Felice Brothers remind me of The Clash.

Ian and Jimmy Felice, a rustic Strummer and Jones feeding from each other and the crowd’s energy, while ex travelling dice player Christmas Clapton sternly stalks the stage around them, bass slung low, a rustic Paul Simenon. The songs with their deep appreciation, fascination and dissection of the American Dream, then there are the political references, the showbiz references, the tales of corruption, of card sharps and loan sharks, chancers, grifters and desperadoes,  gangland encounters and brushes with the law, the ever present ghost of Woody Guthrie, and just like the Clash, the Felice Brothers can also be a brilliant covers band.

Not only that, but watching them perform on Thursday in west London (no coincidence that we were on established Clash home-territory), it was clear that when the stars align and the mood is right, then the Felice Brothers can be one of the most thrilling live music experiences you could ever hope for.

felice brothers posterPrior to the main event we had a solo show from Willy Mason. His easy-going, good natured bonhomie warmly reciprocated by the audience as he ran through some old favourites like Oxygen and some new ones, a slow as molasses Restless Fugitive and the rockabilly shuffle of I Got Gold. It was the perfect hors d’oeuvre, the appetite sharpened and anticipation heightened.

And so it was on to the main attraction – a homecoming of sorts for the band – Jimmy Felice affectionately reminiscing about one of the first gigs outside of the States that they ever played being in this exact same area of the city. Showcasing a handful of new songs from a forthcoming album, of which set opener Butch Cassidy and the sleazy blues licks of Some Say, are surely destined to become FB classics, the party mood was set early as sing-along anthem Whiskey In My Whiskey was second up on the menu, meeting with raucous and delighted approval.

It was a brilliantly judged set, mixing songs from their extensive and varied back catalogue to perfection. The ramshackle helter skelter of Run Chicken Run rubbing shoulders with the pathos of Wonderful Life and the carnival voodoo chant of Fire At The Pageant tempered by the small town despair of Dead Dog and the solo, sorrowful second coming of Mating Of The Doves.

Elsewhere The Ballad Of Lou The Welterweight and Cus’s Catskill Gym proved (if it needed proving) that the Felice Brothers have two of the best ever songs about boxing, and from pugilists to the 1,000 strong voices singing along word-for-word to Frankie’s Gun and the Woody Guthrie style cover of traditional fiddle folk tune Cumberland Gap. Finally, an hour and forty minutes later the band reluctantly exited stage left after an encore climaxing with the barn dance stomp of Sail Away Ladies and Penn Station.

The Felice Brothers – the greatest show on Earth? Reckon so. Upstairs, Joe Strummer will have approved.

Download The Felice Brothers – Fire At The Pageant mp3 (from Celebration, Florida)

Download The Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun mp3 (from The Felice Brothers)

Download The Felice Brothers – Run Chicken Run mp3 (from Yonder Is The Clock)

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums of 2012 Part 1: 30-16

To finish off our favourites of the year, here are numbers thirty to sixteen of the albums we have most enjoyed in 2012.

Don’t forget to check back for our 100 Favourite Tunes and the MM contributor’s best of lists too.

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30 Joe Pug – The Great Despiser

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29 David Cronenberg’s Wife – Don’t Wait To Be Hunted To Hide

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28 Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock

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27 Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams

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26 JBM – Stray Ashes

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25 Mama Rosin – Bye Bye Bayou

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24 Red River Dialect – Awellupontheway

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23 Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams)

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Loose Ends mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams)

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22 Diamond Rugs – Diamond Rugs

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21 Gravenhurst – The Ghost In Daylight

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20 Daughn Gibson – All Hell

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19 Waves Of Fury – Thirst

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18 The Felice Brothers – God Bless You Amigo

Download The Felice Brothers – Lincoln Continental mp3 (from God Bless You Amigo)

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17 Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny – Yours Truly Cellophane Nose

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16 Simone Felice – Simone Felice

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15 The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

2012 MAD MACKEREL’S 100 FAVOURITE SONGS PART 5: 20 – 1

MM's BEST OF 2012 Nos 20 - 1

And so the moment to reveal Mad Mackerel’s final favourites of 2012. Here are numbers 20 down to top spot. Dig in and enjoy.

20 OF MONSTERS AND MEN – LITTLE TALKS
Duelling male / female voices from Iceland’s finest and bitter sweet lyrics (only with igloos and saunas instead of pubs and football). They also shout “Hey!” a lot which can’t be a bad thing. (TS)

Anything from this lot always lifts my mood. However this one just edged it for the catchy nature of the chorus, and for the fact that I thought they were saying “shit will carry on” which I thought was a good point of view to have. (SB)

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19 RICHARD BUCKNER – WILLOW
This is a lying-in-a-daisy-meadow-looking-at-the-scudding-clouds sort of song. A gentle guitar arrangement coupled with some tender lyrics and softly sung vocals, all of which appeals to the latent hippy in me. Clippety clop: do you know Mr Buckner, I always remember. (Mrs M)

Download Richard Buckner – Willow mp3

18 BLACK MOTH – BLACKBIRDS FALL
Long live the guitar riff! Heavy but with a funky tune and words you can understand. With an album produced by Nick Cave, not surprising they are getting glowing reviews. Raw power describes them well. (SB)

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17 THE MACCABEES – PELICAN
This track bounces along at a pace in a confused ensemble of instruments that feel like they shouldn’t make sense … but do. It just works. But what’s the song about? It’s a 3 minute 45 second run through life. From being born to when we push up the daisies. Sounds miserable but it isn’t. If it doesn’t raise a smile, it’ll get your foot tapping. (BSF)

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16 GHOST WAVE – HIPPY
Unstoppably stomping, unrelentingly catchy, Hippy cranks up the riffage and was made for burning rubber on a sunburnt highway somewhere. (MM)

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15 MICHAEL AINSLEY – RAINY LONELY DAY
Despite the air of melancholy I found this a strangely uplifting song, reminiscent vocally of the great Ray Davies (although it does not suffer by comparison). Piano and guitar combine with the haunting voice of Michael Ainsley to produce the most heartfelt tune I’ve heard all year. I’m in awe of the lyrics – “yes I know you’ve got to go – from my group of friends, you’re the best one that I know”… I can’t think of a better way to demonstrate the wonderfully awkward nature of this song and to showcase the genuine talent of Mr Ainsley. (CP)

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14 WILLY MASON – CARRY ON
When I was much younger my dear old Pa used to say of classical music that it was music that spoke to him: this is a song that speaks to me. The poetic lyricism is felt; the metaphor carried is subtle and reflective; and the guitar, the guitar plays softly to my heart. A song of such fragile beauty for 2012: this is a song that speaks to me. (Mrs M)

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13 SIMONE FELICE – HEY BOBBY RAY
Yay! It’s another murder ballad. This time the perpetrator is young Bobby Ray. A young man born on 4th July who gets himself into a whole load of trouble when his ‘pick-up date’ doesn’t think too much of his advances. Bobby Ray doesn’t think too much of her refusal. So he kills her. This song is a lament. The fragile tones of Simone Felice complimented beautifully by a choir in the background of the chorus. A beautiful tune, intelligent lyrics and sung as only a Felice can. Hey Bobby Ray, you’re going to get yours, sunshine! (BSF)

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12 TOM WILLIAMS & THE BOAT – TEENAGE BLOOD
This is another dark look at life through the eyes of a young man who is obviously ahead of his years in so many ways. Who’d have ever thought that Tom’s hometown of Tunbridge Wells would ever give rise to such grim lyrics. Carrying some of the meaningful insanity of Nick Cave with the miserable wisdom of Morrissey, Tom Williams and his Boat crew have delivered another dark gem in Teenage Blood. (BSF)

A modern twist on a country classic. It is a catchy and memorable song with great harmonies, despite the slightly depressing theme. (SB)

A great recommendation from PP here and real foot stomping stuff. Plus, anything that counts you in with a 1-2-3-4 is always a winner. (TS)

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11 SHEARWATER – YOU AS YOU WERE
I only found Shearwater this year, and what a lovely band to find. Animal Joy is a very fine album and to me, You As You Were is the standout track. It a massive song, full of energy from start to finish. I kind of wish I’d had this song with me a decade or so ago, it would have suited me down to the ground. (PP)

Download Shearwater – You As You Were mp3

10 WE ARE AUGUSTINES – CHAPEL SONG
This song certainly stopped me in my tracks when I first heard it earlier in the year and continues to do so – always something new to ponder over in those heartbreaking lyrics. Thankfully I am normally left feeling more upbeat than melancholy but its a close call. A song of genius. (PP)

This is The Jam’s The Bitterest Pill brought bang up to date and made better. The song is from the view of a fella stood in a chapel whilst the love of his life walks down the aisle … with another bloke. Suffice to say, he’s not in a good place and the vocals lend to this feeling of impotent misery perfectly. Strained, angry and a little menacing, the lyrics match the tune perfectly which is … well … strained, angry and a little menacing. (BSF)

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9 TOM WILLIAMS & THE BOAT – TOO YOUNG
It has a guitar riff which burrows in to the brain like an old News of the World reporter in a celebrity’s wheelie bin. It took a while but now I understand that it’s utterly useless to resist any longer. Probably the most hummed tune of the year, which I think you’ll agree, is one hell of an accolade (CP)

For me, this tune has all the energy of being young with the class of being a little older! I have loved it for months and it does what a good song should – makes you smile, makes you get up and dance or certainly tap a foot. Lovely guitars and violins, with nice gentle vocals – great stuff. (PP)

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8 LAST AMERICAN BUFFALO – BABY I’M ALIVE
A lament to a lost love: “I swear I saw a ghost, I swear I saw his eyes, since when we fell in love on Mulholland Drive”. The riff is catchy and the vocals are perfect for the sentiment of the song. It’s a broken heart that will bleed all over you from the opening notes to the final chord. If you’re the lady with coffee-coloured skin who inspired this piece of art, thank you. Now go back to your lover and make him happy again. (BSF)

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DELTA SPIRIT – CALIFORNIA
How do you write such heartbroken lyrics and marry them to such upbeat music? You move to California, buy a drum machine a keyboard and off you jolly well go. Big emotion, high impact, fantastic tune. (Mrs M)

Download Delta Spirit – California mp3

KYLE ADEM – BROTHER FOLLOW
It’s a grower, this one. The momentum builds gradually, together with the tension, as it heads towards a passionate finale where the female vocal answers the male. A little bit of flute, banjo, bass drum – it’s quite a complex musical arrangement, while the lyrics hint at feudal times. Phew. It packs a punch. (Mrs M)

He really has created a brute of a song; it seems to throb with the wretchedness of the whole thing. I like music that takes you out of your comfort zone and it uses some alarmingly savage imagery to remind us just how nasty our society has become. Backed up with a fearsome delivery that makes this a real ‘sit bolt upright and ask what the hell was that’ on first listen, thankfully it doesn’t dilute with time. (CP)

Download Kyle Adem – Brother Follow mp3

5 WILLY MASON – RESTLESS FUGITIVE
From the opening beats and distinctive guitar I’m happy…  we’re in proper Chris T Popper territory here! Mason’s distinctive vocals compliment the somniferous atmosphere perfectly. (CP)

With rumbling percussion, echoing guitars and an almost reggae-like rhythm, Willy Mason announced his return after a five year hiatus with this outstanding tune, a dusty, world-weary hymn to moving on. (MM)

A slow and ominous beat that is undeniably contemporary Americana but reminds me a little of reggae and The Clash too. (BSF)

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THE FELICE BROTHERS – LINCOLN CONTINENTAL
School run anthem 2012: a fine country drawl, a fine country band. Learn the words, sing it loud; altogether now:  “I been missing you so listen/I liked to ask you can we drive through town”. (Mrs M)

A cheerful, rollicking, foot-tapper of a tune with a chorus as infectious as Chlamydia. If you’re ever feeling a bit down, stick this on and you’ll be as right as rain and imagining yourself leaving the Garden State with your soft top down. Unmistakeably Felice, understandably brilliant. (BSF)

Download The Felice Brothers – Lincoln Continental mp3

3 FIRST AID KIT – THE LION’S ROAR
Brilliant vocals – all pure and clean and I still marvel at the number of words you can get into one sentence and still sound melodic. Certainly one of the best of the year. (PP)

Incredible voices, perfect harmonies and a big slice of Americana from two Swedes (who would have thought it) which just keeps rolling along like a boat bobbing over the waves. It is made even better by what sounds like “every time it all shits one way or the other” at the end of the second verse, and it is also Mrs Toy’s favourite so it has to be high in the line-up. (TS)

There is something about this folk style that really appeals. It is a very profound and beautiful song. (SB)

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EMIL FRIIS – SAND IN YOUR EYES
Possesses a rhythmic simplicity that always manages to pick me up and transport me off somewhere else, and that’s a fairly big plus in my life. Throughout Friis effortlessly orchestrates all this with his lyrics resonating long after the song ends, which is usually when I stick it on again. Just a fantastic record full of little twists and turns with an occasional (friendly) cuff round the ear to keep your attention. (CP)

A very elegant tune, a quiet beginning and then the dark and brooding piano arrives slowly building before the lyrics kick in.  It feels like it should be the soundtrack to a very brilliant film (is it?) Any how, it’s worth several listens, especially with a glass of wine or a cocktail or two. (PP)

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WE ARE AUGUSTINES – JUAREZ
This might not be the first song written about the troubled Mexican border city but it’s the best by a country mile. From the outset, you’re sat beside the storyteller under a ferocious Mexican sun and the car you’re in is kicking up dust as it speeds away from Juarez. The lyrics are harsh and drip with regret and sadness but they paint a fantastic, brutal picture. The vocals are unmistakeable and the tune both memorable and uplifting. Beautiful in every way except for the sentiment. (BSF)

I have neither “a saint for a brother nor a drunk for Mother”…anyway, with a great tune, and amazing vocals – my favourite of the year! (MS)

Love this, love his distinctive voice. Best line for me “I got jukebox tears under turquoise skies”, no idea what it means though… (SB)

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So there we have it – 100 great tunes to soundtrack another brilliant year of music.Don’t forget to check all the other chosen tunes that we’ve posted all week too – just click for 100 – 8180 – 6160 – 41, and 40 – 21.

Extra special thanks to the MM contributors this year: Mrs Mackerel (Mrs M), Christy Popper (CP), Barry-Sean (BSF), Polly Pocket (PP), Dr Roddy (DR), Starbie (SB), Middle Sprat (MS) and Toy Steve (TS). Starting tomorrow, you can check their individual choices on MM too.

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (7th September)

Mrs Mackerel's TFI Friday (7th September).

Well she doesn’t dribble anymore, but perhaps that will start again with the advancement of teenage years after one shandy too many – who knows?! Daughter sprat swam to big school this week with a song in her heart (one from King Charles, actually) and a spring in her step, in her hugely positive and wholly optimistic way. I miss her already.

Little Sprat and I are left to sing our way to school on our lonesome – “When I was a child/My mother said to me/You can’t spend all your days alone/In the shade of a cherry tree” – who else but his beloved Felice Brothers? The School Run Anthem contest is hotting up for 2012…

A busy weekend for me, and one in which I need to take the most enormous run-up to get through. Thus I write this at six, with gin and a gimlet, not Dumfries style, for I wish to make it through the evening. Tomorrow sees the last of my old gang celebrate the passing of a certain age, so I’m off to a hut in the middle of nowhere to mourn the passing of time in the much honoured fashion, with a lovely bunch who saw me through my formative years and whom I love dearly.

Following that late night, I shall swim across the water with tall Jenny Wren to spend the day at Bestival just to see Sigur Ros. All hail our devotion to the cause. Shame we couldn’t be better at booking the ferry as we must swim back in the middle of the night, grab two hours sleep before getting up for the school run. Bring on the Lavazza, I will be delirious, giggly and probably dribbly.

I smelled autumn in the air this week: fresh and sharp and Donne.

But I have promises to keep
And miles to go before I sleep

Mrs Mackerel x

PS Dan Mangan: now in the pocket of Mrs Mackerel faves. I suggest you put him in your pocket too.

Download Dan Mangan – Oh Fortune mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download The Felice Brothers – Lincoln Continental mp3 (from God Bless You Amigo)

Download King Charles – Love Lust mp3 (from Mississippi Isabel EP)

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: July 2012

Mad Mackerel's Best Of July Mix.

You know the score. Some of our favourite downloads from the past month neatly parcelled up into one tasty mix and decorated with a few new tunes too. Nearly forty in all. Jump in!

Download Wye OakSpiral mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Series)
A change of approach and tempo from experimental folkies

Download Unnatural Helpers – Hate Your Teachers mp3 (from Land Grab)
Raging. Ferocious. Punk

Download Wake Up Lucid – Feel It mp3 (from Feel It)
Combines sex-drenched vocals, high octane guitar, and a glorious lo-fi sludge that is garage rock at its purest and most dangerous

Download Keston Cobblers’ Club – For Words mp3 (from One, For Words)
Sweetly harmonious, banjo led folk song

Download White Wires – All Night Long mp3 (from WWIII)
Fun, infectious, and recalls some of the very best of the power-pop tunes of the late 70s

Download Deep Time – Homebody mp3 (from Deep Time)
Densely melodic slice of restlessly minimalist indie pop

Download Sun Sister – Sore Eyes mp3 (from Sun Sister Single)
Lo-fi dreampop with warm melodies, gorgeous reverbed vocals and rough jangly guitars

Download The Black Cadillacs – Choke mp3 (from Run)
Pure rock -  strong guitar melodies that are matched with catchy lyrics

Download Crooked Cowboy & The Freshwater Indians – Annalog And Her Hopeful Diaries mp3 (from Annalog And Her Hopeful Diaries EP)
Psychedelic whirlwind tinged with an unattainable nostalgia for a western era of dusty corrals and one-horse towns

Download Talk Normal – Bad Date mp3 (from Sunshine)
Hypnotically brilliant blend of punk and krautrock

Download People’s Temple – Looter’s Game mp3 (from Looter’s Game 7″)
Keeping a groovy, 60s psych vibe going

Download Wobbly Lamps – Alice The Goon mp3 (from Wobbly Lamps)
Takes an intro that sounds like it has been dragged kicking and screaming from a sweaty Detroit basement club in the 60s, attaches it to a thrumming, hypnotic riff, and then slams a sleazy proto-punk chorus over the top

The Lovely Sparrows – While Sailing
Gorgeous, pastoral folk

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Download The Felice Brothers – Lincoln Continental mp3 (from God Bless You Amigo)
Classic ramshackle Americana. Just about as good as it gets!

Download Aaron Embry – Moon Of The Daylit Sky mp3 (from Tiny Prayers)
Spare, captivating, and beautifully simple folk

Download Cate Le Bon – What Is Worse mp3 (from CYRK II)
Beautifully reminiscent of The Velvet Underground at their weary, foggy best – an uncomplicated and unadorned slice of late night melancholic pop

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Ten Sleep, WY mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt & Dreams)
Fractured, unassailable beauty that begins with a sentiment any of us over a certain age can identify with, before it breaks out into a more expansive guitar showdown/meltdown

The Wilderness of Manitoba – The Ark
Beautiful slice of chamber-folk

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Download Grassfight – Nassau mp3 (from Icon EP 2)
With shades of Interpol in the hypnotic, propulsive percussion, echoes of Dinosaur Jr in the swirling guitar, and a classic indie deep, monotone vocal, the track successfully ticks all the necessary boxes for a post-punk extravaganza

Freedom Fry – Summer In The City (from Summer In The City single)
Infectious, sunshine indie-pop at its very best

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Download Two Gallants – My Love Won’t Wait mp3 (from The Bloom And The Blight)
Rollicking tune showcases the duo’s heavier side

Download Outer Minds – We Are All Stone mp3 (from Behind The Mirror)
Perfectly judged garage-psych voodoo rumble, with a reverential nod to the Doors

Download Lord Huron – Time To Run mp3 (from Lonesome Dreams)
Galloping, infectious dusty folk chime

Download Spook Houses – American mp3 (from Trying)
Lo-fi slacker indie rock loaded with the energy of the band’s rambunctious punk roots

Steakhouse – Spider Bite
Hear the sound of Johnny Cash’s electric guitar come floating in over the hypnotic, pulsing rhythm and be seduced by the strange blend of krautrock and C&W

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Download D.B. Rouse – Never Home Again mp3 (from The Good Land)
Another folky gem from travelling troubadour

Kalle Matson – The Shore (from Lives In Between EP)
Folk with an experimental edge that is equally at home dropping in a bit of punk distortion as it is with some funky basslines

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Download Delta Spirit – Tear It Up mp3 (from Delta Spirit)
Another brilliant uptempo cut from outstanding recent album

Download Denver – Reno mp3 (from Denver)
Perfect country twang from Blitzen Trapper led indie supergroup

Download The Mountain Goats – Cry For Judas mp3 (from Transcendental Youth)
New album cut from quirky indie-rock royalty

Download Chelsea Light Moving – Frank O’Hara Hit mp3
Trademark guitar squall and distortion from Thurston Moore’s new project

Download John Murry – Southern Sky mp3 (from The Graceless Age)
Emotive and soul-wrenching mix of Americana and electronica

Download The Wild Leaves – Sister mp3 (from Sister)
Evocative and poignant, the notes sweetly swirling around the room like dust mites in the sunlight, as though the story it tells could have been hummed on back porches for decades gone by

Last American Buffalo – That Woman (from Here She Comes)
Brilliant blues stomp and folk swagger

Download Woodpecker – Married To The Movies mp3 (from Thanks Anyway)
Indie folk and banjo ramble including occasional bloodcurdling zombie screams

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The Most Powerful Telescope In The Universe – Lectures On Quanta (from Lectures On Quanta)
A brilliant psych-pop nugget of mellotron led drone

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And to finish off, here is Pony Boy’s The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee, inspired by an actual teenage couple who gained notoriety during a cross-country crime spree in the late 1950s as well as a first taste of Hot Freak Nation. We have the beautifully crafted psych tinged rock of The Asteroid Shop and the melodically rich and compelling new track Fifty Fifty from The Luyas.

Download Pony Boy – The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee mp3 (from The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee single)

Download Hot Freak Nation – All The Right Things mp3 (from Lifetime To Lifetime)

Download The Luyas – Fifty Fifty mp3 (from Animator)

Download The Asteroid Shop – Alone mp3 (from Distant Luxury EP)

New Felice Brothers Record – $5 Download

Surprise New Felice Brothers Record.

At midnight last night, the wonderful Felice Brothers released God Bless You Amigo – a new ‘album’ of 20 songs (eight traditional folk songs and twelve originals the band have always liked “but never had a chance to put on record“) as a digital download from their website for a paltry $5 minimum purchase.

They are adamant it is not a follow up to Celebration Florida, describing it as “just a bunch of songs“. Irrespective, a bunch of songs from the Felice Brothers pretty much trumps a bunch of songs from anyone else as far as we’re concerned and for $5 this has to be the bargain of the day.

The proceeds are to be put towards a new tour vehicle following the demise of their “prized and seemingly immutable Winnebago was driven to the ground and mercy shot somewhere in Vermont (long may she stalk the golden highways of heaven).

Download Lincoln Continental from the record for free below or do what we’ve done and head here to purchase the whole thing. There will be no physical copies of the record for sale.

Download The Felice Brothers – Lincoln Continental mp3 (from God Bless You Amigo)

Daytrotter Reaches 2,000

Daytrotter Reaches 2,000 Sessions - Free Mix.

The wonderful Daytrotter recently announced their 2,000th session and managed to get none other than Country music legend Glen Campbell in to record it, followed swiftly by a new session from the brilliant Delta Spirit.

For those that don’t know Daytrotter sessions are typically four songs in length, recorded live to quarter-inch tape in a matter of a couple hours, with no overdubs. They are then made available for download and streaming on the site and its various apps. Since beginning in February of 2006, Daytrotter has given away tens of millions of downloads and countless many more streams. In addition to studios in Rock Island and London, Daytrotter sessions are also occasionally taped in San Francisco, CA, Asheville, NC, Nashville, TN and Montreal.

Accessing all these sessions plus all the upcoming ones by all the bands you know and love costs a paltry $2 per month. For your ongoing listening pleasure we can’t think of anything anywhere that will give you better value than that. Below are just a very few highlights from some of the sessions we have loved – listen (they should fit neatly onto a CD), and if you haven’t done it yet, go and sign up here.

Download We Are Augustines – Ballad Of A Patient Man mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download The Cave Singers – Cold Eye mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download The Felice Brothers – Marlboro Man mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Phosphorescent  - Cocaine Lights mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Father John Misty – I’m Writing A Novel mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download A.A. Bondy – Witness Blues mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Justin Townes Earle – Lone Pine Hill mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download The Tallest Man On Earth – Shallow Grave mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Gabriel & The Hounds –  When We Die In South America mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Jessica Lea Mayfield – Our Hearts Are Wrong mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Liars – Scarecrows On A Killer Slant mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download The Low Anthem – Ticket Taker mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Bill Callahan – Eid Ma Clack Shaw mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Middle Brother – Portland mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Arborea – Black Is The Colour mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Heartless Bastards – Got To Have Rock ‘n’ Roll mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Port O’Brien – A Bird Flies By mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download The Dutchess & The Duke – Scorpio mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download KaiserCartel – Carroll Street Station mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Ray Wylie Hubbard – Drunken Poet’s Dream mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Sandman The Rappin’ Cowboy – White Line Highway mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (4th May)

Mrs Mackerel's TFI Friday (4th May).

Last Saturday night way up yonder where the North wind doth blow, in an Italian restaurant (suppressing the urge to quote Billy Joel here for fear of reprisals), I had a little tête-à-tête with MON. My blushing was off the scale on the rouge-ometer but he was every bit as erudite, charming and utterly splendid as I thought he would be. Renounce your team and become a disciple of MON, tis the only way, dammit.

Party-party tomorrow and quite a glam one at that. Hoping desperately that my charity shop find, plus borrowed garb, comes together – and that I manage to keep my shoes on my feet for a change. Variously, over the years, they have been shut in toilets, left behind, travelled in their own taxi, and most recently, abandoned in favour of a wander home in the rain. Good job the High Priestess (with previous in shoe crimes too) is returned to civilisation this weekend to keep me on the high and narrow.

All was not bright in my Northern sky last weekend and I started the week with a heavy heart and teary eye. This week ends on a distinctly happier note: little Liberty is home after a four week stay in hospital (armed with diagnosis and medication) and my youngest sprat is eight years old today.

Joe is getting a guitar. The sort of guitar he nearly ended up with is another story (gullible fish with blancmange for brains versus canny shopkeeper with one eye on the till). Big thanks to troubadour Ned for his invaluable help at the eleventh hour.

So these songs are for my baby: his favourite band is The Felice Brothers and he wants to learn to play The Ramones. Happy birthday, little dude.

Mama Mackerel x

I’ve written far too much verbiage this week for MM (album review, gig review) and now it seems I can’t shut up.

Several things have rippled the blancmange today: firstly, Richard Hawley’s new album is out on Monday (wild waving of fins in excitement); secondly, Willy Mason is playing The Tabernacle on 30 May (Restless Fugitive being an office fave and sure-fire top ten contender) – recommended viewing; and thirdly, kindly troubadour Ned who helped me find my “lost” car on Tuesday night is himself a singer/songwriter and is playing at Proud Camden as part of Camden Crawl on Monday. Check him out at www.nedwalker.net.

Download The Ramones – Beat On The Brat mp3 (from The Ramones)

Download The Ramones – My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg) mp3 (from Animal Boy)

Download The Felice Brothers – Patty mp3 (from Poughkeepsie Princess EP)

Download The Felice Brothers – Fire At The Pageant mp3 (from Celebration, Florida)

Download The Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun mp3 (from The Felice Brothers)

Download The Felice Brothers – Run Chicken Run mp3 (from Yonder Is The Clock)

Download The Felice Brothers – Rockefeller Druglaw Blues mp3 (from Tonight At The Arizona)

Download The Felice Brothers - Behind That Locked Door mp3 (from Mojo Tribute To George Harrison)