Archive for September, 2012

Introducing >>> Legendary Wings.

Paper Roses comes from Michigan popsters Legendary Wings’ debut LP Making Paper Roses, which drops on 9th October via Dirtnap Records.

The band joined the Dirtnap ranks this year as one of only a few bands the label has ever signed from a random CD-R demo (it was just that good). Musically, the apple that is Legendary Wings doesn’t fall too far from the tree that is Dirtnap Records – think caffeinated, raw, fast pop.

Download Legendary Wings – Paper Roses mp3 (from Making Paper Roses)

MM Shorts 233: More From Dolfish

Posted: September 30, 2012 in Acoustic, Americana, Folk, Indie, Music

MM Shorts 233: More From Dolfish.

Eccentric, off-kilter folk troubadour Dolfish has made another track available from his first proper LP I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same.

More of his unique world view comes to the fore in Grown Ups, and his label Afternoon Records has announced that the digital release of the record will be “pay what you want” and the vinyl preorder is up now at the Afternoon Records shop.

Download Dolfish – Grown Ups mp3 (from I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same)

Download Dolfish – I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same mp3 (from I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same)

New Single From Cape Canaveral via Eardrums Pop.

Eardrums Pop have featured a few times on MM in the past as they continue to put out free singles of the very highest quality. Usually consisting of three tracks, one of which is a cover song selected by the artist, and coming with high quality digital artwork and a booklet, they have built up an enviable collection of releases that are well worth investigating.

The latest offering is from Cape Canaveral who are influenced by bands from the late eighties and nineties like Galaxie 500 and The Go-Betweens, but also newer artists like Bright Eyes and The Walkmen.

Check out Crazy Love below or go here to get the whole thing for free, including their cover of Galaxie 500’s Oblivion.


Video of the Day: Maia

Posted: September 30, 2012 in Acoustic, Folk, Indie, Music

Video of the Day: Maia.


MM Shorts 232: Chelsea Wolfe

Posted: September 29, 2012 in Acoustic, Americana, Folk, Music

MM Shorts 232: Chelsea Wolfe.

The new album from Chelsea Wolfe, Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, will be available everywhere October 16th, via Sargent House.

Listen to Flatlands. Lots of pre-order options here.


Nu Sensae & Useless Eaters Split 7".

This latest release from the Volcom Ent Vinyl Club features Vancouver’s Nü Sensae and Nashville’s Useless Eaters. City of Night might be the longest Useless Eaters song to date and it’s slower tempo shows off the class at the heart of Seth Sutton’s songwriting. Nü Sensae dish out the type of grungy punk particularly favored in the Pacific Northwest with their track, Sleeping Blouse.

The Nü Sensae / Useless Eaters split begs to be played loud…available for one time only with a limited pressing of 1,000 on bright blue vinyl. Order here.

Have a listen.



Video of the Day: The Love Dimension.


Download The Love Dimension – True Love Comes ‘Round Again mp3 (from Forget To Remember)

Mrs Mackerel has decided to take a short sabbatical and invite some friends, relatives and countrywomen to takeover her Friday night post, a Friday routine as regular in this household as a G&T with lime, or pizza Margherita for the sprats.

For week two, we hand over the reins to the High Priestess…

Guest Post: The High Priestess's TFI Friday (28th September).

After a rather merry dinner with friends (piscine and other) last weekend, which saw us on the sloe gin and sporting false moustaches, this week has been less cheery. I think I’ve got a nasty case of rising damp.

I know it sounds as if a visit to the Tena Lady shelf of the chemist might be in order, but there’s nothing wrong with my plumbing. It’s the weather. It has seeped into my bones. We seem to have skipped Autumn altogether and gone straight to Winter without passing Go. It’s dark and gloomy and cold and it hasn’t stopped raining for five days.

Actually, talking of waterworks, there is a leakage problem at The Temple. The boiler at St. Urt’s has gone on the blink, so we huddle round the gas fire in the evening and try to dry out. If that isn’t bad enough, I have been working all week on web copy for a tour company. Holidays in the sunshine. The stuff of summer dreams, while I have been wearing tights and an extra cardi.

There is still no sign of the plumber and the rain is set to continue indefinitely. Me’ cockles are in dire need of some warming. Bring me fun, bring me sunshine, bring me love. And hot water and working radiators.

With love,

From a chilly HP xx

You may also wish to investigate HP’s own, rather marvellous, blog How to be a Happy Housewife.

Download Creedence Clearwater Revival – Have You Ever Seen The Rain mp3 (from Pendulum)

Download Orba Squara – Raining Again mp3 (from The Trouble With Flying)

Download The Jesus & Mary Chain – Happy When It Rains mp3 (from Darklands)

Download Georgia’s Horse – As It Stops Raining mp3 (from The Mammoth Sessions)

Mad Mackerel Recommends…Peace

Posted: September 28, 2012 in Alternative, Indie, Metal, Music, Rock

Mad Mackerel Recommends...Peace. Suicide Squeeze Records is set to release The World Is Too Much With Us, the new LP from Vancouver-based band, Peace.

The band’s sound has been described as a “hypnotic thud”, which may owe much to the downpour that keeps Vancouver in wet and darkness for nine months of the year. Yet if Connor Mayer’s bass-lines are crushing and repetitive, then Mike Willock’s manic guitar melodies are like weird breaks in the clouds.

And so it is on the new record, bass-lines menace and hypnotize, guitar solos explode suddenly in wah-pedal freak-outs, tom-toms thud with a tribal intensity and lyrics alternate between images of defiant despair and love-sick yearning.

Grab a taste with the near seven minute epic build of Tattoo.

The World Is Too Much With Us will ship from the 8th October – pre-order a copy here.

Download Peace – Tattoo mp3 (from The World Is Too Much With Us)

Video of the Day: Houndmouth

Posted: September 28, 2012 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music

Video of the Day: Houndmouth.


Download Houndmouth – Penitentiary mp3 (from Houndmouth EP)
Please do not allege infringement of copyright – song posted with full authorisation and permission.