Archive for March, 2012

MM Shorts 130: Insound Vinyl News Mixtape. Insound have made another of their free Vinyl News mixtape’s available – the March edition features eleven tracks from Denison Witmer, Food Pyramid, Glow Kit, Japandroids, Jennifer Castle, Julia Holter, The Larchmont Trash and more.

You can grab a couple of our own favourites from the selection below or just head here and swap a tweet, Facebook like or e-mail address to get the whole thing for free.

Download The Ketamines – Kill Me Now mp3 (from Insound Vinyl News Mixtape 3-29-12)

Download Communist Daughter – Speed Of Sound mp3 (from Insound Vinyl News Mixtape 3-29-12)

Through eight albums on Bloodshot, the Waco Brothers have blurred the line between country and punk with music brimming with grim romanticism, and joyous, near ecstatic, drunken stomps.

Paul Burch is a Nashville songwriting treasure.

It turns out that the rawness and rowdiness of the former, so at home in the blue collar and punk rock dives of Chicago, shares an emotional camaraderie with the traditionally minded and archetypal stories and songs that Burch has skillfully produced in his career, with both styles benefiting in surprising ways.

The result is a collaboration that will deliver a new album, Great Chicago Fire on 24th April via Bloodshot Records.

For now download the anthemic bluster of the Wacos, exemplified on the title song, with the whiff of T. Rex in its grooves

Download Paul Burch & His Waco Brothers – Great Chicago Fire mp3 (from Great Chicago Fire)


Bang on the money this week, arriving on fishy Friday, right on time. I even sit here sweetly sipping sparkling water, but then again the sun is not even in sight of the yard arm.

Nursing a spot of lower back pain having taken the dog (and myself) for a run this morning in the wrong trainers (a bit like Wallace really, except not trousers, and Monty’s not quite in the intellectual league of Gromit). Trainers without cushioning equals jarred back for old bones. Hence indulging in a new style of free form kitchen dancing – the wiggle-it-just-a-little-bit school of dance. Not quite Zou Bisou Bisou, or even the B side…

And so “it” arrived like an old friend visiting, having been abroad for a while. But now everyone’s crashed the party and the best kept secret is out of the bag. Still it was Madder than ever, and did not disappoint: Joanie in all her finery and Don playing the changed man. We’ll see. What lies ahead?

Zou bisou bisou.

Mrs Mackerel x

Well, what else could we post? A little kiss for a Friday evening.

Download Gillian Hills – Zou Bisou, Bisou mp3

Introducing...Virginia Wing. On Tuesday 2nd April Sexbeat will release the first offering from Virginia Wing (It’s Grace Slick’s mom’s name), featuring current members of Lets Wrestle.

The release will be limited to 50 on Gold Cassettes – you can hear the two tracks Divination and A Worn Path below. They are two tunes of cracking psych-rock that effortlessly weave in elements of chamber pop and pastoral folk harmonies, and will have you reaching for the incense before you can say Surrealistic Pillow.

To celebrate Virgina Wing will be playing a free show at The Waiting Room, with Virals backing band The Something Men and Bite Me, on the release date.

So give your ears a treat and then order online here.



MM Shorts 129: Another From Screaming Females.

We’ve already posted one pummeling track from New Jersey’s Screaming Females from forthcoming album, Ugly.

Here’s another, Expire.

Download Screaming Females – Expire mp3 (from Ugly)

Download Screaming Females – It All Means Nothing mp3 (from Ugly)

New Album From Johnny Bertram & The Golden Bicycles.

A Boise, Idaho transplant, Johnny Bertram sonically channels the influences of the Pacific Northwest’s musical forebears (think Pedro the Lion, The Decemberists, Built to Spill) in his acoustic-based songwriting. His songs are steeped in indie-rock and Americana and filtered through a Deep South lens that generates an interesting perspective and sound.

Bertram’s sophomore effort sees the Portland songwriter and his backing band, the Golden Bicycles, stepping away from the predominant acoustic/folk instrumentation of their debut record, Days That Passed, and plugging in their gear for a more rocking affair. Tracks like Out of the Darkness and Mistake show Bertram moving into moodier, more energetic material than the shiny, happy tunes that carried his debut.

Neon City will be released on April 24th via Esperanza Plantation.

Download Johnny Bertram & The Bicycles – Miracle mp3 (from Neon City)

The Babies Record Store Day Single.

Recorded back in the summer of 2009, My Name and The War were two of the first songs ever written and recorded by The Babies. With the 7 inch single due to be released on Record Store Day (April 21st), and digital single to follow on Monday 23rd April, this will be the first official release of these two songs.

Capturing the band’s raw energy and honest, direct sound, the single also marks the first 7 inch release for fledging UK label, Bad Paintings.

My Name is a paean to youth and growing up, and The War, a song about confusion and helplessness. It’s probably going to be a must-have for fans of The Babies, as well as related bands Woods and Vivian Girls.

Have a listen:



MM Shorts 128: Free Pontiak Track.

Vintage loving, stoner metalists, Pontiak are set to kick off a tour of the US and Canada next week. Their new album Echo Ono is out, and label Thrill Jockey have a bonus track from those sessions called Highest Echo that they’re sharing.

Download it here.


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!


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)

The Blood Arm Launch PledgeMusic Campaign.

After the release of last year’s critically acclaimed album Turn And Face Me, The Blood Arm are already plotting their next assault after relocating from LA to Berlin. They are launching a PledgeMusic campaign to raise funds for their next release Sister City.

Sister City will be the band’s fourth album release, completely self-funded on the band’s own imprint Pau! Records. With the money raised, they plan to record the album in June and release it early next year. The garage rocking four-piece are also giving away a free mp3 alongside the launch of their PledgeMusic campaign titled Over Your Head. 


They are promising the album will be somewhat of a departure from their previous direction, as they seek inspiration from the same city that so dramatically influenced Bowie, Eno and Iggy Pop – with themes of change, uncertainty and discovery reflected in their new, more experimental outlook.

Support the PledgeMusic campaign by clicking here – lots of goodies and incentives on offer plus a portion of the proceeds will go to the American Red Cross.

See our previous Blood Arm post here.