Free SEXBEAT Records Sampler 2012

Free Sexbeat Sampler

With Christmas and New Year fast approaching the excellent SEXBEAT label have compiled this free mix of songs from each band they’ve released each year. The download includes tracks from Virals, Fear Of Men, Virginia Wing, White Fence, Sharm El Shakes and Eagulls.

Click below to stream and download. Or just click here for the zip file of all six tracks.

A (Belated) Round Up

A (Belated) Round Up.

We missed these recently. You shouldn’t!

First up are three tracks from Castle Face’s new re-imagining of the Velvet Underground & Nico album to celebrate 45 years since that seminal release. It features previous MM alumni The Fresh & Onlys, Burnt Ones, and Thee Oh Sees amongst others – and is limited to just 1,000 copies, on banana yellow vinyl with original art by another MM fave David Shrigley – it is a pretty neat package. Download Ty Segall’s maniacal take on Femme Fatale and listen to White Fence doing Run Run Run and Kelly Stoltz tackling Sunday Morning.

We also have another hypnotically brilliant track from The Luyas new Animator album, together with the bizarre prospect of Kate Nash guesting on a Fidlar track from their forthcoming self-titled debut – and don’t worry it’s really good. Alternatively check out the psych-blues of American Royalty’s Matchstick or (in a similar vein) Leapling’s Seventeen. Elsewhere Deerhoof and Half Waif are the latest free download in the Less Artists More Condos singles series.

Honeymilk’s debut single It Might Be is as boisterous and as spiky a slab of indie rock as anything we’ve heard recently, and there is another very welcome taste from Outer Minds and their new album Behind The Mirror. By contrast Tamarin play a gentle blend of sweetly introspective folk, Seems A Laugh comes from recently released long player Shake The Ghost.

Weinland’s new album Los Processaur is out on the 6th November and there are echoes of the Decemberists in the literary tones of Another Dollar Rainy Day. Mini Dresses are a new dream pop band from Austin, Texas whose free download of Hot Sun sounds like the Cocteau Twins on meth amphetamine (in an entirely good way).

From Rollo & Grady’s excellent Best New Artists of 2012 feature we have Tashaki Miyaki’s brilliant cover of Father John Misty’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings and finally we also have Daniel Rossen’s stunningly gorgeous 2009 track Untitled, which is one of his demo tracks that has been “lying around”, and which he is now giving away for free.

Download Ty Segall – Femme Fatale mp3 (from The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castle Face and Friends)

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Download The Luyas – Your Name’s Mostly Water mp3 (from Animator)

Download Fidlar featuring Kate Nash – AWWWKWAARRRDDD mp3 (from Fidlar)

Download Outer Minds – Those Machines mp3 (from Behind The Mirror)

Download American Royalty – Matchstick mp3 (from Matchstick EP)

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Download Tashaki Miyaki – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (Father John Misty cover) mp3 (from Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings Cover)

Download Daniel Rossen – Untitled (December 2009) mp3

Streaming Round Up

Streaming Round Up.

Here are a few tasty streams for you to hit the play button on, and a couple to download too.

First, some new blissed-out, hypnotic psychedelia from White Fence who have a new three track single out titled Green Balloon via Sexbeat Records in Europe – limited to 500 vinyl copies, and we’ve just pre-ordered one of them…

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Next up is the altogether more aggressive and fractured punk beats of Death Grips. I’ve Seen Footage is another taste of critically acclaimed new album The Money Store which is released today.

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Much like Clockwork Era who create a bone-shaking noise all of their own, one that spits out bile through disillusioned post-punk sensibilities and jagged riff-laden buzz-saw guitars, crunching drums and incessant repetitive mantra-like vocals.  War, social commentary, lies and paranoia are all delivered with vitriol, resentment and anger. This is the title track from new EP Fear Inside, released yesterday. Marvellous!

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Los Angeles quartet Henry Clay People will release their new album Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives on June 26th via TBD Records. A thrilling and sweaty thirty minutes of teenage restlessness, quarter-life malaise, and adult resignation. The new album sees not only the return of the band’s original line up, but the band rediscovering and redefining their punky roots, allowing them to craft their most urgent, bratty, and melancholic record to date. Have a listen to the title track.

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Resurrecting the licks and the gravely tones of America’s garage rock scene and uniting it with English raw appeal and psychedelic undertones, Black Manila are a new name to us, but one we’re liking a lot. They have an excellent new single Fiasco coming out on 30th April which you can listen to below and why not also download yourself a copy of Hazy Daze too.

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We posted about upstart rockers Broken Hands recently and If You Need To Lie, released on the 28th of May on 7″ & download, is their new single.

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Changing pace with the welcome return of Sonny & The Sunsets. This is Pretend You Love Me, a wonderfully sprawling country-tinged taster track of psych-pop from new album Longtime Companion.

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Indie-folk and pop princess Fiona Apple has a new album due in mid-June. It is the extremely lengthily titled The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do and this track will be the first single from it, called Every Single Night.

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With a strong contender for artwork of the year so far, Black Seas are a mysterious band from South London with an impressively operatic and extravagant pop sound – take a listen to the aptly titled Trembling.

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And lastly, Fractures mine the same rich seam of indie rock as Oasis did, but thankfully without the ego and bluster – the result is the rather good debut single Ride.

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Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: March 2012

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: March 2012. Here is our cherry picked selection of our favourite downloads from March for you, together with a few new tracks to create a perfect end-of-month mix. Enjoy.

Download Thee Exciters – Dinosaur Traffic mp3 (from Perpetual Happening)
Psychedelia meets proto-punk

Download The Lonesome Savages – All Outta Love mp3 (from All Outta Love 7″)
50s inflected rock’n’roll revamped and updated with elements of the current garage punk sound – oozes from the speakers in a way that is raw, primal and downright dangerous

Download Lera Lynn – Ring Of Fire mp3 (from Ring Of Fire EP)
Dark interpretation on an upbeat classic

Download Einar Lind – Brother Don’t Steal My Wife mp3 (from Introducing Einar Lind)
Perfect late-at-night soundtrack where you cannot sleep and settle in an armchair with a whiskey to wait out the darkness, while the house creaks and ticks amidst the silence around you

Roomrunner – Super Vague

Pulverising punk rock

Download The Stammer – Follow The Leader mp3 (from The Stammer EP)
A sinewy guitar lead and military percussion over which gloomy tones prevail, provides a two minute rush of monochrome tinged adrenalin

Download Justin Farren – Broken Shit mp3 (from Songs From Spare Rooms)
Comes across like a speed-fuelled Loudon Wainwright III duelling with Arol Guthrie

Download AU – Get Alive mp3 (from Both Lights)
Experimental indie-rock

Download Beast Make Bomb – It Snowed Last Night mp3 (from Skinny Legs)
Combines the distorted punk attitude of the late 1970s with some classic fuzzed out pop melodies to deliver a sweetly addictive tune

Download Violens – Der Microarc mp3 (from True)
Excellent slice of psych-pop

Download Mirel Wagner – The Road mp3 (from Mirel Wagner)
Another cheery tale of death, sparsely plucked and whispered, and coming across like a Strange Fruit for the modern day.

Download The Hussy – Stab Me mp3 (from Weed Seizure)
Like a flick-knife in a crowded flophouse, comes out of the darkness at you with a ferocity and a viciousness that is impossible to avoid and pointless to deflect

Download Dinosaur Feathers – Beatcha mp3 (from Whistle Tips)
Satisfyingly crunchy guitars with infectious groove and jangle

Download Josh & Mer – Mind Control mp3 (from Planet Music)
Unsettling and eerie electro-folk

Download Owsley BrothersHot Mess mp3 (from Cobalt)
Crackerjack of experimental blues and rock

Download Roadkill Ghost ChoirIn The Lion’s Mouth mp3 (from In The Lion’s Mouth)
Spacey, folk rock

Download Ancient Whales – Everyone mp3 (from Birthing EP)
Insistently catchy, full of memorable guitar riffs, splashes of woozy reverb and hits a sweet spot or two with the cool doubled up vocals

Download Nu Sensae – Gumbo mp3 (from Tea Swamp Park EP)
Scrappy, tribal punk

Download Burnt Ones – Meet The Golden One mp3 (from Meet The Golden One 7″)
High octane garage glam

Download Wye Oak – Pocahontas mp3 (from Daytrotter Session, Neil Young Cover)
Top notch cover of classic

Download Guy Capecelatro III – Switch mp3 (from North For The Winter)
Tale of a killer who meets a woman who proves to be his undoing – with added pedal steel and Hammond organ

Download Titus Andronicus – Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With the Flood of Detritus (from split 7″ with Diarrhea Planet)
Typically raucous, literately sharp punk rock

Download Screaming Females – It All Means Nothing mp3 (from Ugly)
Suitably coruscating and pummeling cut from NJ punks

Download Orpheum Bell – Daddy’s Crying mp3 (from The Old Sister’s Home)
Intimate, waltzy vignette is another example of their elegant and organic sound

Download Chelle Rose – Browder Holler Boy mp3 (from Ghost of Browder Holler)
Ripe with mystery and passion, and sounds like it was plucked from the kudzu-scented air of her native Loudon County in East Tennessee

Download Johnny Bertram & The Bicycles – Miracle mp3 (from Neon City)
Steeped in indie-rock and Americana and filtered through a Deep South lens

Download Ty Segall & White Fence – I Am Not A Game mp3 (from Hair)
Twisty, insistent garage-psych with junkyard vocals

Download Tyburn Saints – Broken Bottles mp3 (from You And I In Heaven EP)
Dark and foreboding indie that feels almost cinematic in its purpose and delivery

Pontiak – Highest Echo

Vintage organic stoner rock

And to finish off we have a breezy new track of indie rock from Maps & Atlases new album, we have the frenetic bank robbing fantasy of Baby Baby’s Nothing To Lose and a welcome return from veteran catchy psych-rockers The Dandy Warhols. Finally, two tracks from Field Report’s much acclaimed and anticipated self-titled debut of fragile, heartfelt folk.

Download Maps & AtlasesFever mp3 (from Beware And Be Grateful)

Download The Dandy WarholsSad Vacation mp3 (from This Machine)

Download Field ReportFergus Falls mp3 (from Field Report)

Download Field ReportI Am Not Waiting Anymore mp3 (from Field Report)

Baby Baby – Nothing To Lose

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New Releases Round Up

New Releases Round Up.

Here are some ‘hot outta the in-box‘ new releases that are well worth exploring.

First up is a new track from the Forty Nineteens forthcoming debut No Expiration Date. Truckers Song is another slice of garage inflected pop-punk that sounds as though it were forged in the underground scene of late 80s Los Angeles.

Download The Forty Nineteens – Truckers Song mp3 (from No Expiration Date)

We have featured both Ty Segall and White Fence on more than one occasion on MM and so it is a treat to find them collaborating on new album Hair. This is the rather promising taster, I Am Not A Game.

Download Ty Segall & White Fence – I Am Not A Game mp3 (from Hair)

The Fresh & Onlys have also been MM regulars and Tim Cohen’s new side project is Magic Trick. The forthcoming album is called Ruler of the Night and if this track, Torture is anything to go by, we are (in directly inverse proportions to the song’s title and pained despairing delivery) in for a real treat.

Download Magic Trick – Torture mp3 (from Ruler Of The Night)

Back after a four year hiatus and still delivering trademark bittersweet pop jangle is Gentleman Jesse. This is Take It Easy On Me from scheduled new album Leaving Atlanta.

Download Gentleman Jesse – Take It Easy on Me mp3 (from Leaving Atlanta)

We’ve also featured folksinger Leland Sundries before when we were rather taken with his EP The Apothecary. He is back with a new EP titled The Foundry and this slow-paced cut is called Monitor Arms.

Download Leland Sundries – Monitor Arms mp3 (from The Foundry)

The Home of Easy Credit is the provocative eponymous debut recording from husband and wife team Louise Dam Eckardt Jensen and Tom Blancarte. It uses electronics to blend vocals, saxophone and flute with furious bass playing to create sonic soundscapes that are as bleak as they are screwed up!

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Finally, Sweden’s Theo Berndt is new to us, but new single Supersized is a bit of a distorted indie-pop monster with rolling bass lines and joyfully catchy guitar lines that can’t quite mask the song’s undertone of sadness.

Download Theo Berndt – Supersized mp3 (from Supersized Single)

Friday Means Eight Of The Best

Friday Means Eight of the Best!

We’ve got good stuff coming out of our ears – quite literally at the moment. So here is the latest in our somewhat ad-hoc “of the best” feature comprising a trawl of the in-box and favourite blogs to bring you eight corking tunes to help get your Friday night off to a suitably energetic start.

We have Swedish punks Holograms and the clattering b-side to new 7″ single ABC City and another from paisley garage band White Fence with a taste from forthcoming album Family Perfume Vol 2 called King Of The Decade. Meanwhile Beast Make Bomb expertly combine the distorted punk attitude of the late 1970s with some classic fuzzed out pop melodies to deliver some sweetly addictive tunes, It Snowed Last Night comes from new EP Skinny Legs.

We have a slow-burning, fuzzed up new track from Spectrals and a taste of experimental indie rock from AU’s scheduled new album Both Lights and another excellent slice of psych-pop from New York’s Violens with Der Microarc which will feature on their new album True.

The Plastic Traps are new to us, but they come from Philly, are a two-piece and they provide a most appetising selection of haunting, reverb soaked vocals mixed with hazily hypnotic guitars and primal drums. This track, Corridor, comes from debut album Find A Home (available for free via Bandcamp here). And lastly we tone things down nicely with another track from Jenny Gillespie’s new EP Belita in the shape of Sunshine Blood, another intoxicating and heady blend of indie, folk and pop.

Download Holograms – Hidden Structures mp3 (from ABC City 7″)

Download White Fence – King Of The Decade mp3 (from Family Perfume Vol 2)

Download Beast Make Bomb – It Snowed Last Night mp3 (from Skinny Legs)

Download Spectrals – Friend Zone mp3

Download AU – Get Alive mp3 (from Both Lights)

Download Violens – Der Microarc mp3 (from True)

Download The Plastic Traps – Corridor mp3 (from Find A Home)

Download Jenny Gillespie – Sunshine Blood mp3 (from Belita EP)

Sunday Means Eight Of The Best

Sunday Means Eight of the Best!Time for another swift round-up of some of the best tunes into our in-box and from around our favourite music blogs.

A little while ago we posted the video for Shrouded Strangers excellent track Featherbed, and now we have the mp3 for you as well. We also have the full-on power pop of Fort Lean and their new single Sunsick, some Swedish punk from new Captured Tracks signings Hologram, and some swaggering lo-fi underground psych from White Fence.

We have some lovely, woodsy folk from Portland duo Greylag and both sides of indie faves Beach Fossil’s new single, some searing, fuzzy garage rock from Outer Minds and lastly, in a similar vein some fizzing surf-pop from French Kissing and the title track from their new single.

Download Shrouded Strangers – Featherbed mp3 (from Lost Forever)

Download Fort Lean – Sunsick mp3 (from Sunsick 7″)

Download Hologram – ABC City mp3 (from ABC City 7″)

Download White Fence – Swagger Vets And Double Moon mp3 (from Family Perfume Vol 1)

Download Greylag – Black Crow mp3 (from The Only Way To Kill You EP)

Download Beach Fossils – Shallow mp3 (from Shallow/Lessons 7″)

Download Beach Fossils – Lessons mp3 (from Shallow/Lessons 7″)

Download Outer Minds – Gimmie A Reason mp3 (from Outer Minds 7″)

Download French Kissing – I Would Let You Know mp3 (from I Would Let You Know EP)