Crack Cloud – Ouster Stew

Anarchic Canadian music collective Crack Cloud will release their debut album Pain Olympics on the 17th July. The band have also shared an incendiary video for the record’s lead single Ouster Stew, a jittery slice of punk funk that nods to the Talking Heads and James Chance.     Catch them on tour Nov 17th | London – EARTH Nov 19th | Leeds – Brudenell … Continue reading Crack Cloud – Ouster Stew

Mad Mackerel Recommends… Harmonica Lewinski

First up – great name! Harmonica Lewinski, are a five piece band out of Rochester NY. They say their sound has been described as “Tropical trash, greasy garage, dirty disco and party punk“. They have a new album titled Human BBQ! consisting of nine tasty tracks slathered in a kind of twisted, lo-fi psych-surf-pop that is 100% guaranteed to put a smile on your face and … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends… Harmonica Lewinski

Baxter Dury – Slumlord

Slumlord is the brilliant first taste from Baxter Dury’s new album The Night Chancers, which will see a release in March next year. As one of the UK’s most interesting songwriters, he once again inhabits the song like a second skin, waxing lyrical in a literate and sharply observed way that very few can even hope to emulate let alone match. It is a tale … Continue reading Baxter Dury – Slumlord

Public Practice – Distance Is A Mirror EP

A Brooklyn DIY super group of sorts, Public Practice combines members of freshly-dead punk project WALL and local pop band Beverly. Their debut EP Distance is a Mirror, is a confident, juried testimony of love steeped in dark optimism. Dry, dead pan vocals chant over skittish guitar and danceable 70s grooves—songs snapping like rubber bands—see-sawing between post-punk and its insomniac twin sister disco. Check out Foundation … Continue reading Public Practice – Distance Is A Mirror EP

New Single From The Orielles

Halifax’s fast-rising The Orielles have announced details of the excellently titled Blue Suitcase (Disco Wrist), the latest track to be taken from their forthcoming debut album, Silver Dollar Moment which is released on the 16th February via Heavenly Recordings. Talking about the track, the band said: “Blue Suitcase is a track that was mostly written over the last few days of summer, inspired by events, discussions … Continue reading New Single From The Orielles

Best of the Year: Mrs Mackerel’s Top Twenty

Our penultimate offering comes in the shape of Mrs Mackerel’s favourite songs of 2014… …I think, being a fish of some advancing years now, I know what I like – but at least that ranges quite widely (she says, defiantly). As usual, though, I’m late to deadline, so without further pontification or procrastination, here are my favourite songs of 2014. 20. War On Drugs – … Continue reading Best of the Year: Mrs Mackerel’s Top Twenty

WIAIWYA-7777777 Singles Club

Now in its third year, wiaiwya-7777777 is a seven inch singles club, and a very ambitious seven inch singles club at that – it is a celebration of the format and all things seven… Subscribers to wiaiwya-7777777 2014 will get seven picture discs (released on the 7th of the month) that together form a fully illustrated seven step guide to releasing your own records – … Continue reading WIAIWYA-7777777 Singles Club

Burger Records Velvet Underground Tribute

Having only posted Natural Child’s new split 7″ single two days ago, they are back with their version of the Velvet Underground’s classic White Light/White Heat as part of Burger Records tribute to the Velvet’s album of the same name. Listen below – it’s pretty damn good –  and also check out Mozes and the Firstborn’s Lady Godiva’s Operation, The Memories taking on The Gift … Continue reading Burger Records Velvet Underground Tribute

Round-Up Time

So much to catch up on…here’s a few tracks to tickle the earbuds. Veteran noisemongering indie rockers Comet Gain have given us another track from their excellent album Howl Of The Lonely Crowd, this time it is the marvellously titled Clang Of The Concrete Swans. Download Comet Gain – Clang Of The Concrete Swans mp3 (from Howl Of The Lonely Crowd) Acid Baby Jesus deliver … Continue reading Round-Up Time