Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Dear friends, here is our weekly selection of fine new tunes you really should have already heard by now…

…but if not!

1. Steve Earle & The Dukes – You’re The Best Lover I Ever Had
2. Colleen Green – Pay Attention
3. A Place To Bury Strangers – Straight
4. Elvis Perkins – Hogus Pogus
5. Marissa Nadler – Pitseleh (Elliott Smith cover)
6. Mourn – Otitis
7. Sonny & The Sunsets – Cheap Extensions
8. Wilco – Blasting Fonda

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

1. Meatbodies – Tremmors
2. Foxygen – How Can You Really
3. J Mascis – Wide Awake
4. Marissa Nadler – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (Father John Misty cover)
5. Allo Darlin’ – I Wanna Be Sedated (Ramones cover)
6. Purling Hiss – Learning Slowly
7. Cymbals Eat Guitars – Warning

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Videos of the Day: Peggy Sue || Marissa Nadler || William Fitzsimmons || Nathaniel Rateliff

Videos of the Day

We’ve not posted any videos for a few days, so here are some high calibre musical films (and songs) from Peggy Sue, Marissa Nadler, William Fitzsimmons and Nathaniel Rateliff. Friday is folky Americana day…

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More From The You Be My Heart Compilation

You Be My Heart Compilation

The fabulous You Be My Heart compilation, which we featured last November and which was released in December, is an extended love affair with the nonprofit 826 National, which is dedicated to offering “a variety of inventive programs that provide under-resourced students, ages 6-18, with opportunities to explore their creativity and improve their writing skills.

San Francisco songwriter Devon Reed, who volunteers with 826, wrote all the songs which were presented to the bands, who each selected one that called to them and in turn gave it their own unique twist.  The result is a compilation featuring a who’s who in the indie rock scene with artists such as Bowerbirds, The Cloud Room, Maps & Atlases, and Mark Kozelek all participating to support the nonprofit’s aim.

The latest track to be shared is from Horse Feathers and is simply brilliant.

Listen below and connect with the You Be My Heart project on Facebook and Twitter.

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Round-Up Time Already…

Round Up

Now that the new year is slowly grinding into gear and starting to pick up some momentum, we are starting to see some really tasty new releases being promoted. Here is our pick of a few new tunes from new records that we are really looking forward to…

First up, we have another gorgeous track from Marissa Nadler’s new album July, and a live taster of the first new record in two years from We Were Promised Jetpacks. The near perfect indie rock of Portland, Oregon’s Rare Monk is well worth checking out, and we have the sonic intensity of Brooklyn two-piece NØMADS to contrast with the vintage, ‘swingadelic’ heady bliss of the brilliantly named Jitterbug Vipers.

Next up is the degenerate raucous rock of Fat White Family’s new single Touch The Leather, and finally (for now) the brilliant Kelley Stoltz has a new single of shimmering psych-pop titled Cross Your Mind backed with The Anarchist In Me – you can stream the latter below.

Dig in…

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Mad Mackerel’s Best Covers Of 2013

MM's Favourite Cover Songs of 2013

Here are our favourite covers of the year.

Marissa Nadler & Angel Olson – Frisco Depot
(Original by Mickey Newbury)

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Shearwater – Fucked Up Life
(Original by the Baptist Generals)

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Unknown Mortal Orchestra – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay
(Original by Otis Redding)

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Betse Ellis – Straight To Hell
(Original by The Clash)

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Jessica Lea Mayfield – I’m In A Hurry (And I Don’t Know Why)
(Original by Alabama)

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Shovels & Rope – Johnny 99
(Original by Bruce Springsteen)

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Benjamin Francis Leftwich – Swim Until You Can’t See Land
(Original by Frightened Rabbit)

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Milo Greene – Parents
(Original by The Descendents)

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Pickwick featuring Sharon Van Etten – Lady Luck
(Original by Richard Swift)

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Natural Child – White Light/White Heat
(Original by the Velvet Underground)

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Phosphorescent – Storms Never Last
(Original by Waylon Jennings)

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Phosphorescent – Ya Hey
(Original by Vampire Weekend)

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The Avett Brothers – Hammer Down
(Original by Jason Molina)

New Marissa Nadler Album

New Album From Marissa Nadler

Long time MM fave, Marissa Nadler has announced details of her sixth album July, coming, appropriately enough, next February 4th on on Sacred Bones (US) and February 11th on Bella Union (everywhere else).

The first taste is Dead City Emily, an almost six minute epic of eerie, haunting beauty where heartbreak is given an almost euphoric feel.

Listen below. Mesmerise yourself.

More Covers From Marissa Nadler

More Covers From Marissa Nadler

Marissa Nadler inhabits a musical world of many landscapes, wandering between dream-folk, noir Country, southern gothic, plaintive ballads and all touch points in-between. Variously haunting, ethereal, heartbroken, bitter, sombre, painful, uplifting and poignant, she has a voice that transcends all genres and makes discovering her back catalogue a true delight.

And throughout she has stamped her own mark on a range of different covers, even releasing a couple of albums reinterpreting artists from John Lennon to Kris Kristofferson and Radiohead.

Here are some  wonderful examples from the Lemonhead’s classic Drug Buddy to the aforementioned Radiohead and Kris Kristofferson and a version of Cat Stevens Trouble.