MM Shorts 885: The Inspired & The Sleep

The Inspired & The Sleep’s new single is an upbeat mix of psych flecked dream pop in the vein of Foster the People or Metronomy.

Listen to the insistent, bouncy  fizz of Getting Through below.


Video Tuesday: (2) Collapsing Scenery

We have too many good videos for too many good songs in our inbox and it would not be right not to share. So we will be dedicating the rest of today to video only posts…

Second off the blocks are fuzzy drone experimentalists Collapsing Scenery with the video for Common Cause, from recently released EP God’s Least Favorite.

Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekIt’s a big week of new releases in the Mad Mackerel world – new tunes from Foxygen, Cloud Nothings, the wonderful Traams and Blossoms to name but four.

Add to that songs from James McMurtryWeyes Blood, TOY, and long standing MM faves Trance Farmers and Estrons and we’ve had a bonanza seven days.

Nine songs for you. Enjoy.

  1. Cloud Nothings – Modern Act
  2. Foxygen – America
  3. Traams – Slipping
  4. Blossoms – Blown Rose
  5. James McMurtry – Screen Door  (Adam Carroll cover)
  6. Estrons – I’m Not Your Girl
  7. Trance Farmers – The Show
  8. Weyes Blood – Generation Why
  9. TOY – Clouds That Cover The Sun










Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 25)

Nickel In The Jukebox

The in-box overfloweth with new tunes, videos and music of every variety. Even once we’ve deleted the electro-trance-house-mash-up-rave-bangers and all the shitty remixes there are still far too many good tracks to share with you.

Here are ten of them – from baroque pop to slacker indie rock and from pastoral Americana to garage punk. An eclectic digital jukebox and something for anyone with a modicum of taste and an enquiring mind. You decide, hit or miss.


Jay Leo Phillips – (Do The) 20th Century  [RIYL: Post-punk, Wire, Elvis Costello]


Luke De-Sciscio – Vivid Love  [RIYL: Singer-songwriters, Jeff Buckley, Ben Howard]


Lower Plenty – Bondi’s Dead  [RIYL: Psych-folk, Blank Realm, Timber Timbre]


Michigan Rattlers – Last Week  [RIYL: Alt-country, Whiskeytown, Old 97’s]


Sam Kogon – Something’s Wrong  [RIYL: Baroque pop, Beach Boys, Coke Weed]


Magana – Inches Apart  [RIYL: Alternative pop, St Vincent, Scout Niblett]


Catch Prichard – Hometown  [RIYL: Pastoral Americana, Townes Van Zandt, A.A. Bondy]


Drakulas – Neon Town  [RIYL: Garage punk, Marked Men, Dickies]


Girl Ray – Trouble  [RIYL: Lo-fi pop, Cate le Bon, Veronica Falls ]


Golden Suits – Don’t Let Love Go By  [RIYL: Indie folk, Department of Eagles, Randy Newman]


Springtime Carnivore – Midnight Room

Following her recent collaboration with Katy Goodman of La Sera on an excellent covers album Take It, It’s Yours, LA singer/songwriter Greta Morgan aka Springtime Carnivore released her own second album Midnight Room last week.

It is a record borne of a relationship breakup and subsequent insomnia, and is in equal parts reflective, questioning, tender and heartbreaking.

There are echoes of Neko Case and Jenny Lewis, and excursions into folk, indie pop and electronica, but more than anything else, this is an assured and self-possessed record with a clear identity of its own.

Listen to the beautifully melancholic title track, the jaunty yet delicate  Raised By Wolves and the arrestingly cryptic Double Infinity.




Introducing >>> Hello Shark

Hello Shark began when a teenage Lincoln Halloran moved from his home of Massachusetts to Vermont in 2006. He quickly recorded an amateur but heartfelt debut called Book Lungs and began touring the Northeast, slowly building a community web that would stretch to include Owen Ashworth (of Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and Advance Base), Rochester’s Attic Abasement, and the members of Brooklyn collective the Epoch.

In July 2011 he released the album Break Arms – a confessional classic that manages to be melancholy, self-critical, and hopelessly sentimental without hardly ever rising above a quiet murmur. 2013’s follow up HS forgoes the folky fragility of its predecessor for a bolder, more electric sound.

With a knack for making the most crushing verses feel heartwarming, now we are fortunate enough to have his new album Delicate, which recalls both Nick Drake and Leon Russell.

Have a listen to Danny and New Jersey.



Eight Songs You Should Have Heard… Last Week

best of the weekThe trip to deposit our eldest at University meant we couldn’t get this ready in time at the weekend. So belatedly as he discovers the joys of student freedom, here are our quick picks from the rest of the best of the new releases last week.

Enjoy (nearly) new tracks from the likes of Kim Gordon, Purling Hiss, La Sera, Damaged Bug and a fine cover from The Dodos….

  1. Kim Gordon – Murdered Out
  2. Marching Church – Lion’s Den
  3. Purling Hiss – 3000 AD
  4. La Sera – Queens
  5. Damaged Bug – Smoggy Terminus
  6. Matt Kivel – The Water
  7. Joyce Manor – Last You Heard Of Me
  8. The Dodos – Never Meant (American Football cover)










Fat White Family’s New Single

fat white family

I know we’re late to it and I don’t quite know how we missed it, but Fat White Family’s single Breaking Into Aldi is a brilliantly sleazy slice of anarchic indie that manages to be both depraved and deprived. And all at the same time!

It is their first new material since their second album Songs For Our Mothers, and the single is backed by another excellent track, Connan Mockasin, so stream both below if you’ve not heard them yet.



Twelve Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

  1. NOTS – No Novelty
  2. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Commandment 7
  3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jesus Alone
  4. Las Kellies – I Don’t Care
  5. Wovenhand – Golden Blossom
  6. Kevin Devine – No History
  7. Cherry Glazerr – Told You I’d Be With The Guys
  8. Adam Torres – Juniper Arms
  9. Devendra Banhart – Saturday Night
  10. Public Access T.V. – End Of An Era
  11. John Murry – Intruder
  12. Ultimate Painting – Song For Brian Jones














Another From GOAT

Alarms is the latest offering from GOAT’s forthcoming album, Requiem, which is out on the 7th October.

This new track highlights the folk influence that runs through the album, with acoustic guitars and hand-percussion instruments driving the song, while retaining the hypnotic vocals and fuzz-drenched guitar leads the band is known for.

Stream it here.