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Videos of the Day

Brighten the start of the working week by watching these excellent videos from Upset, from singer – songwriter Teitur, from As Elephants Are with the nagging melody and barbed wire rhythm of new single Crystal, and some excellent fuzzy garage rock from Aussie band New Regulars.






Videos of the Day

Videos today follow a bit of a natural history theme. We have a mesmerising film for the Yeah Yeah Yeahs Mosquito and feathers fly in Oracle O.’s video for excellent single Rosy Princess. We have Youth Blood, the exuberant indie single from As Elephants Are, and finally we have the sepia toned film for The Callen Sisters Light Bringer, an excursion into baroque pop and traditional folk.




MM Shorts 314: As Elephants Are

Having already provided a download of Lucifer, the rather epic, grandiose b-side to As Elephants Are’s new single of exuberant indie rock, Youth Blood, we are more than gratified to bring you a stream of the a-side now.

Listening pleasure guaranteed. Out 18th March via Once Upon A Time Records.

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: January 2013

So, all things considered January got off to a rip-roaring start where new tunes are concerned. Here is our selection of our best of the month’s downloads (27 in all) and a few new tunes too – more than 30 to pick from, so blow those January blues away with these babies.

Prissy Clerks – Bruise or Be Bruised
Mix of fuzzed up punk and slacker indie with garage pop undertones managing to balance a confused, dark isolation with some tender sweetness.

Download The Chaw – The Whole Night Through mp3 (from The Chaw)
Propulsive rhythms and guitar squalls drenched in reverb, referencing soundtracks of the classic spaghetti westerns, big open bar chords and barky low register guitar leads ala Dick Dale.

Download Water Liars – Fake Heat mp3 (from Wyoming)
Plaintive vocals building over the slowly increasing guitar distortion creates a real treat of a first taste from forthcoming album.

Big Harp – Waiting For Some Drunk
Literate Americana, with fuzzed-out, needle-sharp textures.

Download Indian Wars – Sweetheart Of The North mp3 (from Songs From The North)
First taste of new album is a cracker from countrified rockers.

Download Airstrip – Pleasure Center mp3 (from Willing)
Hypnotic and dark “nightmare pop”

Download Colleen Green – Time In The World mp3 (from Sock it to Me)
Showcases vintage synth tones alongside Green’s trademark multi-tracked harmonies, deep-fried guitar chords, and spartan drum machine beats.

Download Milo Greene – Parents mp3 (from Filter Presents: Milo Turns 50)
Eerily hushed and woozy version of the scathing 1982 classic Descendents track Parents. Cover of the month undoubtedly.

Lower Plenty – Strange Beast
Hazy, beautifully melancholy, suburban-country music. Click through to download for free.

Download Tom Morgan – Taste For Blood mp3 (from Orange Syringe)
Stripped back and laconic folk laced with self effacing black humour.

Download Swallows – The Winnowing mp3 (from Witching & Divining)
Rasping, gravelly vocals, sombre cello and chanted junkyard chorus call to mind Tom Waits and The Wicker Man in equal measure.

Wooden Wand – Outsider Blues
No description needed – best album of the month. Mellow, oak-aged, yet still oddly warped folk. Brilliant.

Download Summer Aviation – Love So Fine mp3 (from Love So Fine single)
Combine the fresh, supercharged sound of 60s pop arrangements with post-punk avant-garde: Think Burt Bacharach meets My Bloody Valentine.

Honeyslide – Sugar Routine
Warm distorted guitars, complex hooks and captivating melodies swathed in reverb to create piercing sonic landscapes.

PRAVADA – Campfire Song
Catchy-as-hell tune filled with swirling guitars and sugary indie pop harmonies.

Download Frontier Ruckus – Dealerships mp3 (from Eternity of Dimming)
Wonderfully folky Americana from much anticipated new album.

Harry George Johns – Hospital Blues
Raw personal folk, an incredibly personal diary of a dark and desperate time.

Download Cobalt Cranes – Head In The Clouds mp3 (from Head In The Clouds)
Blend elements of desert, psychedelic and shoegaze sounds, taking a modern approach to classic California rock.

Download The Lovely Bad Things – Fried Eggs mp3 (from The Late Great Whatever)
Garage-punk masterclass.

Download Torres – Mother Earth, Father God mp3 (from Torres)
Minimal, ragged, and raw folk from singer-songwriter’s debut release.

As Elephants Are – Lucifer
Another blistering slice of epic, widescreen indie rock.

Download Fletcher C Johnson – Happy Birthday mp3 (from Salutations)
A nostalgic paean to the 60s with a sweet melody and chorus. Perfect garage pop.

Download The Futurebirds – Man With No Knees (demo) mp3 (from Exhume)
Brilliantly ramshackle Americana and pedal-steel inspired psychedelia.

Download Little Wings – Sandy Babe mp3 (from LAST)
Little Wings at their warmest and most mellow.

Pickering Pick – Standing Stone
Warm, sensitive, thoughtful and restrained – perfect fare from singer-songwriter par-excellence.

Download Lazy Talkers – Killing Time mp3 (from Lazy Talkers)
Sweet, easy-going jangle from indie-folksters.

Jack James – Three Names
Brooding slice of dark folk (click through to download for free).

And to finish off, new tunes from Screaming Females with the sinewy and rickety Poison Arrow from their forthcoming tape release Chalk Tape, a second (brilliant) track from John Grant’s much anticipated new record Pale Green Ghosts, the excellent literate Americana tinged indie of Yellow Red Sparks and the song that gave them their name, and finally the mesmerising brilliance of Secret Mountains and their haunting track Coasting.

Download Screaming Females – Poison Arrow mp3 (from Chalk Tape)

Download John Grant – Black Belt mp3 (from Pale Green Ghosts)

Download Yellow Red Sparks – Yellow Red Sparks mp3 (from Yellow Red Sparks)

Download Secret Mountains – Coasting mp3 (from Rainer)

Round Up Time Again - Part 2

And so to the third instalment of our Round Up posts, catching up with our overflowing in-box, our favourite blogs and the internet at large. Today another 13 tracks to tickle your fancy.

First up is another track from the brilliant Australian Tom Morgan and his forthcoming album Orange Syringe which is due on Fire Records on 4th February. This is the wonderfully stripped back and laconic One True Love.


Sunshine do have an illuminating quality, but it is not the dim, florescent light of a lamp nor the warm, yellowed light of a summer afternoon; Instead, the fuzzy guitars and reverb-y vocals on their self-titled debut give off a bright white heat that cannot be ignored.

They have dropped two initial singles Arnprior and Two Hundred Grand, both giving a glimpse into their self-titled album to be released on February 26th.


As Elephants Are return with a new single Youth Blood/Lucifer, another blistering slice of epic, widescreen indie which will be available on March 8th via Once Upon A Time Records.


Cowboy Indian Bear, make both a reaffirmation and a grand leap forward with their second full-length album of ethereal indie-rock, Live Old, Die Young, out April 23rd via The Record MachineDoes Anybody See You Out?, plus three previously unreleased, non-album tracks are available for free download from the band’s website.


Lapland (aka songwriter Josh Mease) has an introspective tone. His self-titled debut weaves themes of separation and loss through different styles and genres from the electronic gallop of album opener Unwise to the classic soul of Aeroplane and the acoustic haze and layered harmonies of Overboard. The record is released on the 26th March.


The plaintive piano melody sets the tone for Golden Bloom’s latest single Deliver It For Me, a peaceful lament of a life remembered. It is taken from the recently released album No Day Like Today.


Fletcher C Johnson established his roots playing with King Tuff, but his own material truly reflects his rock ‘n roll pedigree. Happy Birthday (from Salutations) is a nostalgic paean to the 60s with a sweet melody and chorus. Perfect garage pop.

Download Fletcher C Johnson – Happy Birthday mp3 (from Salutations)

Coasts release their debut single Oceans on 25th February and it is a winning mix of danceable indie rock and soaring anthemic choruses that has enough about it to mark these out as ones to watch.


Ambivalence the new EP from Amber Oak is a journey through polarized zones of both pureness and filth. It begin in the ruins of a former glory, a southern Texas man on a Harley-Davidson, wishing for nothing more than a place to rest his bones. Next stop, a dirty hotel room where love hasn’t sat her foot for ages, a castle where lust forever will reign. Lastly a romanticized picture of haze and shoegaze. The stories told sprawl in different directions – have a listen to opening track Ol’Pa.


Daniel Pearson released his second album Mercury State earlier this week and has picked up a lot of positive reviews as the “recession generation Bob Dylan“. We have been enjoying it a lot so far – this is album opener, the redundancy blues and frustration of Factory Floor. Buy the album here.


And lastly listen to the excellent new single from classic psych-blues rockers Heavy Glow, their first new music in almost 2 years. Mine All Mine / Headhunter is released in a limited quantity of 300 on February 12th (pre-order here).