Lots Of Free Samplers

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As well as Insound’s latest free Vinyl News Mixtape, Noisetrade have put up four free brilliant label samplers from Anti Records, ATO, Frenchkiss and Nettwerk Music.

The Insound sampler includes within its 10 tracks, offerings from FIDLAR, Memory Tapes, Teen Mom, The Analog Girl, and The Joy Formidable.

The eight track Anti Records sampler features, amongst others, Calexico, Jason Lytle, The Coup and Sean Rowe.

The ATO sampler has tracks from many MM faves including Patterson Hood, Old Crow Medicine Show, Alabama Shakes, Alberta Cross and plenty more.

Frenchkiss are offering up 24 free tracks including Fidlar, The Guards, Fuck Buttons, Slow Animal, Tall Firs and plenty more.

Nettwerk Music’s offering includes Great Lake Swimmers, Family Of The Year, Young Liars, Current Swell and nine more.

Click here to get the Insound mix, but hurry it is only up for a limited time. Click here for the Anti Records sampler. Click here for the ATO sampler. Click here for the Frenchkiss sampler and click here for the Nettwerk music sampler.

Alternatively dip your toe in the water with a sample of our favourites from each one.

Download Beaters – Fishage mp3 (from Insound Vinyl Mixtape – December 13, 2012)

Download Dr. Dog – These Days mp3 (from Anti-Winter EP)

Download Two Gallants – My Love Won’t Wait mp3 (from ATO Records Fall Sampler 2012)

Download Other Lives – Take Us Alive mp3 (from ATO Records Fall Sampler 2012)

Download Two Wounded Birds – If Only We Remain mp3 (from Frenchkiss Label Group Compilation)

Download Chelsea Wolfe – Tracks (Tall Bodies) mp3 (from Frenchkiss Label Group Compilation)

Download Admiral Fallow – Brother mp3 (from Nettwerk Fall Music Sampler 2012)

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: May 2012

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: May 2012.

Another crackerjack month of new tunes on MM, all lovingly compiled and packaged up for you in one sweet playlist ready to download.

Here are 33 of our favourite tracks from our May postings and 6 new songs too. No need to thank us.

Download Virals – Gloria mp3 (from Coming Up With The Sun EP)
Shines bright with an insanely hooky vocal and charged guitar riffs, taking cues from the sunny California coast yet retaining a suitably English feel.

Download Blasted Canyons – Holy Geometry mp3 (from 2nd Place 12″)
Infectiously driven by a brilliant needling guitar refrain that is guaranteed to stick with you long after the song has finished.

Download Michael J Epstein Memorial Library – Faith In Free Part 1 mp3 (from Faith In Free EP)
Military stomp that comes across like a brilliantly vicious hybrid of Siouxsie & The Banshees and Sparks.

Download Sun Kil Moon – That Bird Has A Broken Wing mp3 (from Among The Leaves)
More starkly beautiful folk.

The Wind-Up Birds – Cross Country

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Skilfully blends influences from folk to punk to create a restless, hybrid sound that has feet in many camps, but a home in none.

Beast make Bomb – Coney Island

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Shimmering slice of indie rock played out against a backdrop of old-school punk attitude.

Dog Moon Howl – Blues Like A Hammer

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Full on sleazy blues and desert rock – imagine if you will Mark Lanegan duelling with Howling Wolf

Download The Ruminaters – Timmy mp3 (from Timmy Digital Single)
Beatnik, barnyard, hillbilly swamp rock.

Download GravelRoad – Devil’s Eyes mp3 (from Psychedelta)
Sinewy, swamp inspired grooves with a rough and raw blues groan.

Download Marissa Nadler – The Wrecking Ball Company mp3 (from The Sister)
Haunting and ethereal folk that mixes melancholy with yearning in a wonderfully unique way.

Download Hunx – Let Me In mp3 (from Hairdresser Blues)
Flamboyant 60s inspired doo-wop garage-pop.

Download Lord Buffalo – Cold Bones mp3 (from Lord Buffalo EP)
Unsettling and haunting, a blend of darkly shrouded Americana as fiddles moan and guitars ominously brood and slash.

Download Old Bricks – Waves mp3 (from City Lights)
A night’s ride through a dark, sparkling desert.

Download The Doc Marshalls – Here They Come mp3 (from Look Out, Compadre)
Crooked, shimmering folk; evocative and nostalgic.

Download The Tallest Man On Earth – 1904 mp3 (from There’s No Leaving Now)
Characterised by his trademark strum and those wonderful Dylanesqe pipes, but there is a darker twist and turn to the lyrics than we’ve been used to.

Download Hallelujah The Hills – Hungry Ghost Extraordinaire mp3 (from No One Knows What Happens Next)
Wholly absorbing and lyrically scalpel sharp track.

Download Duquette Johnston & The Rebel Kings – Roll Baby Roll mp3 (from Communicating Vessels 7″ Series)
Driving boogie and infectious holler-along refrain.

Download Spacin’ – Sunshine No Shoes mp3 (from New Directions Home- Uncut 2012 07)
Mangled graft of Velvets chug and Stones insouciance.

Download The Agnostic-Phibes Rhythm & Blood Conspiracy – Neckin’ Party mp3 (from Campfire Tales)
Hypnotic swamp rock tale of teenage lust and voyeurism gone horribly awry.

Download The Crocodiles – Endless Flowers mp3 (from Endless Flowers)
Snaking, noise pop.

Download Purling Hiss – Lolita mp3 (from Shaking Through Volume 3)
Huge slab of fuzzed-up riffage.

Download Holograms – Chasing My Mind mp3 (from The Holograms)
Clattering, garage-punk.

Download Hurray For The Riff Raff – Ode To John And Yoko mp3 (from Look Out Mama)
Gorgeous bluesy folk with a slightly retro-feel.

Download Dubious Ranger – 1999 mp3 (from Found Recordings From The Panda Valley Mining Company c.1931)
Gloriously mournful and hypnotic Americana.

Two Wounded Birds – To Be Young

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Exquisitely crafted pop gem full of their trademark surf-twang and velvet vocals – it drips with vacation nostalgia.

Download The Broken Needles – Saltflat Baby mp3 (from Terra Nullius)
Mix of country balladry and spit ‘n’ snarl punk rock that is a little like Tom Waits fronting the Mekons.

Download Jaill –  Waste A Lot Of Things mp3 (from Traps)
Their signature slack yet tightly wound musical style and self-deprecating humor retains all its charm.

Download The Virgins – Venus In Chains mp3 (from Venus In Chains single)
Charmingly nonchalant slab of garage inspired rock oozing with glam undertones.

Download Stagnant Pools – Dead Sailor mp3 (from Temporary Room)
Heavy, distorted, squally and reverb heavy, pierced with shafts of melody; would probably be prime candidates to soundtrack the end of the world.

Download The Shrouded Strangers – Drinking The Spider Silk mp3 (from Lost Forever)
Masterclass in whiskey-soaked hillbilly stompers, fuzzed-up psych freak outs, and white-noise wigouts.

Download Rainer & Calexico – Be Prepared mp3 (from The Inner Flame: A Tribute To Rainer Ptacek)
Achingly gorgeous dusty Arizona blues and moanas elegant and moving as anything you’ll hear for a long, long time.

Red Cosmos – England’s Glory

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Tale of a mother visited in the middle of the night by the pale spectre of her son dying alone, somewhere far away on a battlefield.

Download Grave Babies – Nightmare mp3 (from Gothdammit EP)
Gloomy, drone-filled Goth that manages to keep its tongue firmly in its cheek.

And here are a few new ones to round off your day and set you up for the weekend nicely. First is another taste from the forthcoming Sonny & The Sunsets album, Longtime Companion in the shape of Be The Void. We also have two tracks from our new favourite band, Broken Water: Underground and Drown are good enough to strip the paint from the walls and come from just released new album Tempest.

We have the melodic indie pop dusted with notes of surf rock from Scotland’s The Imagineers and their track The Legend Of John The Terror (Notorious) and Home Groan, a new taste from Dent May’s much anticipated new album. Finally, we have a welcome reissue of some early Silver Jews recordings by Drag City Records to celebrate, from it comes this track Secret Knowledge of Back Roads. 

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Download Broken Water – Drown mp3 (from Tempest)

Download Broken Water – Underground mp3 (from Tempest)

Download Dent May – Home Groan mp3 (from Do Things)

Download The Imagineers – The Legend Of John The Terror (Notorious) mp3 (from The Legend Of John The Terror (Notorious))

Download The Silver Jews – Secret Knowledge Of Back Roads mp3 (from Early Times)

Don’t forget to check all our previous monthly Best Of mixes in the sidebar too.

New Single And Free Download From Two Wounded Birds

New Single And Free Download From Two Wounded Birds.

Two Wounded Birds arrive just in time for summer with a debut that blends new wave and punchy pop with sepia-toned beaches. The band will release their self-titled album on June 4th (UK) and in the USA on June 24th via Holiday Friends Recording Company, a newly minted member of the Frenchkiss Label Group.

You can check out and download the album’s first single To Be Young, an exquisitely crafted pop gem as reminiscent of Blondie, as it is The Ramones or even Elvis, and full of their trademark surf-twang and velvet vocals – it drips with vacation nostalgia.

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Video Round Up

A few videos worth checking out. From the twangy beach rock of MM faves Two Wounded Birds to the indie eccentricities of Peter Kernel, there is plenty to enjoy!

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Download The Parson Red Heads – Burning Up The Sky mp3 (from Yearling)

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Download Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Teenage Tide mp3 (from Paper Crush)

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Download Girls – Vomit mp3 (from Father, Son, Holy Ghost)

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Download Dawes – If I Wanted Someone mp3 (from Nothing Is Wrong)

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Download Icarus Himself – On Your Side mp3 (from Career Culture)

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Download We Cut Corners – The Leopard mp3 (from Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards)

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Download Peter Kernel – Panico! This Is Love mp3 (from White Death & Black Heart)

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Download Two Wounded Birds – Night Patrol mp3 (from Keep Dreaming Baby EP)

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Download Black Box Revelation – Shiver Of Joy mp3 (from Shiver Of Joy EP)

Video Round Up

Here are some recent music videos we’ve enjoyed. You might too.

Marissa Nadler will soon be on tour with Timber Timbre which is a double bill well worth catching. This is the video for Baby, I Will Leave You In The Morning.

Download Marissa Nadler – Baby I Will Leave You In The Morning mp3 (from Marissa Nadler)

MM faves Two Wounded Birds have this to accompany their song The Midnight Wave.

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This is the Death Notes with their video for new single Obsession.

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Likewise with the somewhat mental Trails and their debut single All The Other Humans.

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Somewhat calmer indie-pop from Overlord with their video for Keep It From The Baby, which comes from latest album In Soviet Russia My Heart Breaks You.

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Download Overlord – Keep It From The Baby mp3 (from Soviet Russia My Heart Breaks You)

Garage rockers Gardens have this offering for their song Teachers.

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Download Gardens – Maze Time mp3 (from Gardens)

And finally the glorious oddball-ness of Fishboy and their tune Alyson Revere from Classic Creeps.

Download Fishboy – Alyson Revere mp3 (from Classic Creeps)

New Video from Two Wounded Birds

Check out the new video for the new Two Wounded Birds track called All We Wanna Do being released on limited edition 7″ vinyl and digital download, April 18th via Moshi Moshi.

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Visit their MySpace here and grab the brilliant free track from their previous EP below.

Download Two Wounded Birds – Night Patrol mp3 (from Keep Dreaming Baby EP)

Just for Valentine’s Day

Here are a couple of treats for Valentine’s Day.

Firstly MM faves Two Wounded Birds who featured heavily in the MM Best of 2010 lists have made a new track available especially for Valentine’s Day. Treat Me Tender is a typically Spector-drenched track with a plaintive, pleading lyric and a vocal delivery Richard Hawley would be proud of. It will be up for a limited time only and can be downloaded free from the band’s website here.

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Secondly, gorgeous songstress Cheyenne Marie Mize has recorded a lush and spine-tingling cover of Bonnie Prince Billy’s I Called You Back from his 2006 release The Letting Go. It’s for Valentine’s Day, it’s free to download, and it’s quite lovely.

Download Cheyenne Marie Mize – I Called You Back mp3 (Bonnie Prince Billy cover)