Ten Bandcamp Treasures

Some Bandcamp Treasures.Trawling Bandcamp can from time to time reveal the most extraordinary treasures – more often than not they are free or a nominal ‘pay what you want deal’ and so here are ten of the bands that have been tickling the Mackerel’s fancy recently.

First up is uncompromising garage-punk noiseniks The Bats Pajamas who have featured on MM before and have a new EP called Totally now available here.

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Next are The Graveyard Kids who have recently released this really rather good single of lo-fi bluesy garage rock, The Raft Of The Medusa.

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We have also posted before about the somewhat mysterious Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt whose sweetly judged tales of folk melancholy are a perfect accompaniment to lonely late nights. Try Bits for free from forthcoming compilation of demos, outtakes and instrumentals called All I Ask Ya Alaska.

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On the face of it Cindy Lou Gooden’s EP Kitsch Tapes might be considered to be full of sweetly kooky and upbeat folk-pop, especially when you see the cover art. Not a bit of it, the six tracks contain lyrics that are so piercing and sharp you could probably shave with them…

So cut the crap and cut my tendons
Dice and poach them tenderly
And if my heart makes it to Monday
Put it on a plate to eat

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Thoroughly modern and unashamedly retro duo The Two Man Gentlemen Band channel the mod, swinging lifestyle of 1950s Palm Springs, with drinks in hand, white suits, slicked-back hair, and a new album titled Two At A Time (out next Wednesday). Mixing everything from pre-war jazz to back-alley hokum, jazz guitar pickin’ to jump blues, plus countless other influences, this is a taster from the record, album opener Pork Chops.

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Future History are an experimental, five-piece alternative rock band from Toronto, and will soon release their first full-length record, Loss:/self. They have made a free two-track sampler available – try it out.

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The Last Temptations have a nice solid six track EP of indie rock called Penny Dreadfuls available on a pay what you want deal. This is one of the standout tracks and check out the cover art too.

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The Dirty Feathers are a five-piece psychedelic garage rock band from Champaign, IL. Having already made their excellent album Midnight Snakes available via Bandcamp (here) they have also added this new track, a wonderful slab of fuzzed up mayhem, as a pay what you want deal.

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By contrast Oakland’s Trails And Ways inhabit an altogether more serene world of dream pop. Tereza is the charming first single off their forthcoming debut LP Trilingual and has echoes of a more energetic Beach House or even Wye Oak.

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And lastly High Diner have a jaunty indie-pop sound that is as much inspired by the Beatles as it is Hot Chip. This is new single c.k.f.

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Another From Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt

Another From Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt. Here is another track of lo-fi folky goodness from Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt’s album Tweaker In The Park - 11 tracks about crazy people, oceans, and murder.

Order the CD here.

Download Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt – The Down mp3 (from Tweaker In The Park)

Download Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt – The Town Crazies mp3 (from Tweaker In The Park)

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: August 2011

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month - August 2011. Our usual round up of the very best of our August posts and some new tracks too. Dip in – every one a winner as they say.

Download The Cabin Dogs – High Falls mp3 (from Midnight Trail)

Invites you to kick off your boots, pour a stiff one and sit on the porch to watch the sun go down – a song for when you’re busy doing nothing as they say.

Download Spectrals – Big Baby mp3 (from Big Baby 7″)

Spritely and upbeat that melds 60s girl group fizz with Elvis Costello in an entirely good way.

Download Waters – O Holy Break Of Day mp3 (from Out In The Light)

Delicate and almost hymn-like indie rock with a sparse, raw feel.

Download Male Bonding – Tame The Sun mp3 (from Endless Now)

Excellent slice of punky power pop.

Download Forest Fire – Future Shadows mp3 (from Staring At The X)

First taster from specialists in weirded out country folk and blues doesn’t disappoint.

Download The Coasts – Handshakers mp3 (from The Coasts)

Quirky anthem that’s equal parts gritty rockabilly and punching pop.

Download Peggy Sue – Cut My Teeth mp3 (from Acrobats)

A six minute, slow brooding burn with a heavier, more viscous feel than previously.

Download Howling Owls featuring WoolfCubb – Spirits To Lift My Spirits mp3 (from Purple On Purple EP)

MM faves return with slightly more upbeat track. And we stress the slightly…

Download Blitzen Trapper – Love The Way You Walk Away mp3 (from American Goldwing)

Another top-notch slice of loose, countrified rock.

Download Beirut – The Rip Tide mp3 (from The Rip Tide)

Superb title track from new album.

Download Ganglians – Drop The Act mp3 (from Still Living)

Smoother than usual garage-psych.

Download Little Gold – Sisters & Friends mp3 (from Weird Freedom)

Easy-breezy basslines, washed-out harmonies, and powerfully mellow drumming.

Download Amen Dunes – Bedroom Drum mp3 (from Through Donkey Jaw)

Another taste of the ominous, malevolent, unique folk stylings from new album.

Download The Ettes – The Pendulum mp3 (from Wicked Will)

Beat-punk and garage sleaze with a healthy dose back porch blues swagger and fuzzed up reverb.

Download Sick Figures – Graveyard Swagger mp3 (from Two Ghosts)

Raucous, saloonish type of rock and roll evoking a dark, eerie mood.

Download The Witch And The Robot – Houdini mp3 (from Fear Of Mountains)

Wonderful blend of peculiarly British pysch-pop and acid folk accompanied by appropriately surreal lyrics.

Download Deer Tick – Miss K. mp3 (from Divine Providence)

Classic slice of bluesy, bar-room Americana from forthcoming album.

Download Ducktails – Sit Around With Ya mp3 (from Killin The Vibe 12″)

Immerse yourself in a mellow hypnotic haze.

Download Luke Temple – Ophelia mp3 (from Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care)

Chugging twang, upbeat and cajun tinged.

Download The Fresh & Onlys – I Would Not Know The Devil mp3 (from I Would Not Know The Devil 7″)

A crackerjack of garage rumble, surf harmonies and guitar jangle.

Download Colossal Gospel – I Have A Heart, I Have A Heart mp3 (from Circles)

Sublime nine minutes of fragile folk beauty that reminded us of Lambchop at their best.

Download Guadalupe Plata – Pollo Podrio mp3 (from Guadalupe Plata)

Think of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion duelling with The Dirtbombs in the Castilla La Mancha…and, er, you’ll not even be close.

Download Beak> – Welcome To The Machine mp3 (from Wish You Were Here Again)

Rigid, pulsating version of Pink Floyd classic.

Download Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt – The Town Crazies mp3 (from Tweaker In The Park)

Personal, whimsical sometimes, slyly sinister at others, lyrically sharp lo-fi folk.

Download Woodsman – In Circles mp3 (from Mystic Places EP)

Swirling, spacey guitars, reverb washes, tribal drum patterns, vocal delays and ominous repetition mix into a mesmerising, pulsating whole.

Download The Barr Brothers – Beggar In The Morning mp3 (from The Barr Brothers)

Folky, harmony filled and gorgeous.

Download Blessed Feathers – Stinging Nettle, Honeysuckle mp3 (from From The Mouths Of The Middle Class)

A bitterly beautiful reminder of winter’s immediacy in the Midwest.

Download Something Men – Birdy Roof mp3 (from Something Men 7″)

Effortlessly channeling early Velvets rumble and the simple, but effective chord sequences of the Kingsmen into a classic garage sound.

Download Wavves – I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl mp3 (from Life Sux EP)

More lo-fi, slacker punk goodness.

And to finish off we have new tracks for you too – a chaotic, hook ridden pop gem from Oberhofer, an unsettling six minutes of astral pop from Atlas Sound, attractive indie jangle from Sweden’s Youngfuck, and the infectious pulsing rhythms and quirky imagery of Big Tree.

Download Atlas Sound – Terra Incognita mp3 (from Parallax)

Download Oberhofer – Gotta Go mp3 (from Gotta Go)

Download Youngfuck – Black Tulips mp3 (from Youngfuck 7″)

Download Big Tree – This Fall mp3 (from This New Year)

Introducing…Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt

Introducing...Hypocrite In A Hippy Crypt. Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt is a musical project spawned from craziness, pick-me-ups, and late nights. The result is an 11 track album about crazy people, oceans, and murder. Sounds good to us!

Created by a secretive and somewhat reclusive 19 year old Bloomington resident, most of the songs were written in his basement and bedroom in the late hours of the night. The style has been described as a lo-fi pop indie sound with a dash of folk – the songs are personal, whimsical sometimes, slyly sinister at others, lyrically sharp, and understandably have drawn comparisons to both John Lennon and Syd Barrett.

With a collection of over 300 songs, the album Tweaker in the Park was recorded and was picked up by Bloomington founded label Gulcher Records (Kurt Viles first label).

Take a listen to the rather marvellous The Town Crazies, and check out his Bandcamp page here for a few more tracks. Order the full CD here.

Download Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt – The Town Crazies mp3 (from Tweaker In The Park)