Archive for October, 2011

MM Shorts 28: More From Carter Tanton. We’ve posted a couple of times about Carter Tanton and their excellent album Free Clouds. Here’s a third track from it, Fake Pretend, this time featuring the vocals of another MM fave, the enchanting Marissa Nadler.

Order the album here.

Download Carter Tanton – Fake Pretend mp3 (from Free Clouds)

Download Carter Tanton – Horrorscope mp3 (from Free Clouds)

Download Carter Tanton – Murderous Joy mp3 (from Free Clouds)

Introducing...Holy Names. Holy Names is the moniker of Seattle based Andy Vaughan and his coterie.

Holy Names’ Perpetual Beginner is an astral deviation from today’s standards, pulling taught the tightrope between space-rock and freak-folk. The record’s real stand-out, The American Crowbar Case, commences with a bobbing acoustic march, measured and determined, but as Vaughan croons things begin to zig zag. His rich voice gradually folds into layers of fluttering guitar, while traipsing bass and delightfully pounded piano riffs keep the cacophony alive.

Grab it and hear for yourself.

Free Halloween Mix 2011. While we’re not great ones for themed mixes on MM, Halloween is one of the exceptions we like to make. Here is a perfect mix for whatever ghoulish event you’ve got lined up today! Fifteen corking tunes, from the skewed new wave pop of XTC and off-kilter indie of the Mountain Goats to the trashy surf rock of The Cramps and from the folk-stomp of the Men They Couldn’t Hang and the gothic drive of Ghost Dance to the pounding blues rock of the Scissormen and 22-20s. Enjoy.

Download Ministry – Every Day Is Halloween mp3

Download Ghost Dance – The Grip Of Love mp3

Download Green On Red – Zombie For Love mp3

Download The Roadside Graves – Demons (Aquarium Drunkard Encore Session) mp3

Download The Scissormen – The Devil Is Laughing mp3

Download The 22-20s – Devil In Me mp3

Download Lonesome Wyatt & The Holy Spooks – Macabre Holy Pleasure mp3

Download Ghoultown – Killer In Texas mp3

Download The Men They Couldn’t Hang – Ghosts Of Cable Street mp3

Download The Seeds – Evil Hoodoo mp3

Download The Cramps – I Was A Teenage Werewolf mp3

Download The Bodeans – Pretty Ghost mp3

Download The Mountain Goats – Damn These Vampires mp3

Download The Skeleton Dead – Lock The Doors mp3

Download XTC – The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead mp3

And don’t forget our 2010 Halloween mix either – still available here.

MM Shorts 27: Kathleen Edwards New Single. Here’s a stream of Kathleen Edward’s next single Sidecar which is released on Nov 14th via Rounder Records.

The track was co-written with Jim Bryson and produced by Kathleen alongside Justin Vernon (aka Bon Iver) who also performs on the track. Kathleen Edwards will head back to the UK in February for a headline tour to follow the release of her new album Voyageur, out January 16th.

MM Shorts 26: Jack White Covers U2. The Q Magazine cover disk this month features a reworking of U2’s 1991 album Achtung Baby. Titled AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered it features interpretations of the original songs by artists such as Nine Inch Nails, Patti Smith, Garbage, Gavin Friday, and Glasvegas. While the original never had space on our CD shelves, this is one of those tribute disks that is worth a spin and here is Jack White’s version of Love Is Blindness.

Buy the magazine at any decent UK newsagents.

Download Jack White – Love Is Blindness mp3 (from AHK-toong BAY-bi Covered)

Free Mix From American Songwriter: The Muse. There is a nice free digital mix currently available from American Songwriter that features some of MM’s favourites including Deer Tick, The War On Drugs, Cass McCombs and Real Estate.

Here are a couple of our favourites from it – the sultry folk of the Smoke Fairies and Strand Of Oaks aka Timothy Showalter’s outrageous elegy for John Belushi from a certain Ghostbusters star.

Alternatively just click here to go and get the whole thing.

Download Strand Of Oaks – Daniel’s Blues mp3 (from The Muse, An American Songwriter Sampler)

Download The Smoke Fairies – Strange Moon Rising mp3 (from The Muse, An American Songwriter Sampler)

Introducing…Monument Valley

Posted: October 29, 2011 in Folk, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

Introducing...Monument Valley. Monument Valley is the musical world of London-born Ned Younger. Inspired by classic 1950s rock and roll, Postcard-era indie-pop and the modern poets of hip hop, Younger weaves all his musical touchstones into a passion for timeless story-telling and song-writing. His first release, the Tongues EP is due December 5 on Tritone/PIAS UK Records.

Despite the expansive moniker, it is under the Monument Valley alias that Younger has created an introspective and articulate EP. The seeds of this project had been unwittingly sewn some time ago, during the accumulation of an extensive collection of strangers’ ‘lost’ photographs, which Younger had gradually amassed from markets and car boot sales. It was whilst surveying the hundreds of anonymous faces of these ‘John Doe’ albums that Younger was struck by the thought which spawned Tongues – to narrate the imagined stories behind these images, and thus to articulate the silent and the unfamiliar.

Fittingly, the Tongues release format reflects its distinctive origins- the EP will be accompanied by a beautiful book comprised of lyrics to several of Younger’s ‘imagined’ songs, alongside the original photographs which inspired them and accompanying illustrations by Mikey Smith.

The EP resonates with a narrative ability not dissimilar to the tendencies made so compelling by the likes of Leonard Cohen, Chris Isaak and Elliott Smith. Elsewhere, the guitar intricacy of lead track Round and Round displays a childhood spent hooked into Buddy Holly records, and later tempered with the sardonic poetry of Bright Eyes and Belle & Sebastian.

Have a listen.

Hyde & Beast’s next single You Will Be Lonely is released on November 14th and you can watch the video now.

The video follows a giant teddy bear around a desolate landscape on what they’re calling, “a journey of self discovery, on a quest to find himself, with a purgatory metaphor, on the shore of a new beginning and ultimately taking the chance and swimming towards something better. Or maybe it’s just a guy in a bear suit. Either way – who isn’t going to love that?

This is bound sure to appeal to Mrs M, given her well documented love of people dressed up in full size animal costumes…Buy their excellent album Slow Down here.


Mrs Mackerel's TFI Friday (28th October).Arrogance is a wholly unpleasant characteristic. Confidence, yes; arrogance, get ye out of my bloody space. Despite the urge to strike back, I pay homage to the way of the Mackerel: bide your time, wait awhile, then just wait for the penny to drop.  As MM always says, much better to know, step back, remove from the payroll, metaphorical or otherwise. What goes around often does come around. Not always, but often enough not to ignore.

I know he’s right. But just sometimes… A fin in the face is worth two in the bush?

Go in peace, Friday Friends.

Mrs Mackerel

Download Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse – Revenge mp3 (from Dark Night Of The Soul)

Download Strange Hands – Revenge Of The Beggar mp3 (from Dead Frozen Deer EP)

MM Shorts 24: Active Set Video

Posted: October 28, 2011 in Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

Here’s a new video from the upcoming Active Set album 11.

The song was inspired by an old interview with L.A. songwriter Warren Zevon, who was said to have turned down a story in the New Yorker when he was dying of lung cancer, saying that they should have reached out when he was alive. The song was written as a dark tribute to him.

The video has a different take on the concept – it may be the best zombie music video since Thriller….


Bonus Download The Active Set – It Multiplies mp3 (from It Multiplies Single)