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Round Up Time Again.

Time for another trawl through the in-box and round our favourite music sites to bring you a whole host of goodies to enjoy.

First up is a new free song from Bear Driver – layers of sound create a swooning dream pop song of chiming surfed up guitar lines, clattering drums, and melancholic synths. This newly built sound they have dubbed ‘patchwork-pop’!

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Widowspeak have a new album due via Captured Tracks and Ballad Of The Golden Hour is the first free single – the Mazzy Star style jangle and psych-folk has been given an uneasy twist that makes this a real gem.

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Guards are due to release their debut LP, In Guards We Trust, in the early part of 2013. Just the riff on new single Coming True means we are looking forward to February already.


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Melbourne’s Woollen Kits unashamedly immerse themselves in the proto-punk sounds of Detroit and classic garage rock, and new single Be You (taken from album Four Girls) is another top notch example of their prowess in this area.

Download Woollen Kits – Be You mp3 (from Four Girls)

Keeping the garage rock flag flying high are Philadelphia’s The Eeries and their debut full length Home Alone from which Should’ve Stayed Home is a mighty fine example of their seamless and infectious melding of 50s rock’n’roll and 60s pop.

Download The Eeries – Should’ve Stayed Home mp3 (from Home Alone)

Already perfectly described elsewhere as “like Dinosaur Jr. and Guided By Voices in an airplane explosion”, the minimally monikered Dirt have made their first single {Ø} (Empty Sets) available for free (head to their Bandcamp here to pick up the b-side Daggers for free too).

Download Dirt – {Ø} (Empty Sets) mp3 (from {Ø} (Empty Sets) Single)

The Money Go-Round also hail from Down Under, from Sydney to be precise, but their music is anchored in the no-frills swampy, sleazy blues and psychedelia that inspired everyone from The Kinks to the Black Keys. Check the energy and spark of Yayaya.

Download The Merry Go Round – Yayaya mp3 (from Yayaya)

Our Aussie hat-trick is completed by Adelaide band The Aves. More catchy garage pop in the shape of In Vogue from new EP Anywhere Else.

Download The Aves – In Vogue mp3 (from Anywhere Else EP)

Staying on a theme, The Dead Heads are Australian (of course) but play an eclectc mix of 60s hippie flip to 90s scrungy grunge with a bit of shoegazey pyrotechnics and a dab of drone too. Intrigued? Grab yourself When I’m Dead, the first single from their album Go Ape Shit!.

Download The Dead Heads – When I’m Dead mp3 (from Go Ape Shit!)

Bloomington’s LEGS have a sound that is best described as a distillation of krautrock and post-punk rhythms, new wave synth, garage guitar work, and vocals that fluctuate erratically between a kind of demented 50s rock, post-punk, no wave, and something like a country-and-western lounge croon. They recently issued their first self-titled EP via Bandcamp and this excellent track Voids has more than tickled our eardrums recently.

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We posted earlier this week about Joshua James as part of our Round Up of some great freebies via Noisetrade et al, and this is the first taste of his long-awaited new album From The Top Of Williamette Mountain.

Download Joshua James – Queen Of The City mp3 (from From The Top Of Williamette Mountain)

Being a dweller of Burlington, Vermont, Tyler Daniel Bean is well acquainted with cold and barren landscapes and that influence is evident on his new solo album Longing. Check out the gritty Heather Lane.

Download Tyler Daniel Bean – Heather Lane mp3 (from Longing)

The debut single from Wirral based twin-vocal five piece The Sundowners is a shimmering, melodic slice of indie-pop that is as dreamy as it is sweet.

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The solo debut from from singer, songwriter and former Girls frontman Christopher Owens has been confirmed for a January 14th release. Lysandre will be released on Turnstile Records. Here We Go is the first single to be taken from it.

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Our latest discovery in one of our favourite genres – spooked out Southern gothic – is Some Dark Holler and their fiery debut Hollow Chest. Combining equal parts Steve Earle, the Civil Wars, and Breaking Bad, straightforward, uncomplicated, and unpolished, these songs resonate like the old Appalachian ballads from which they are clearly inspired. Check out Pills And Kerosene.

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Portland, Oregon-based post-punk-indie-pop-dande act Pictorials are celebrating the release of their debut EP, Learning, on the band’s own Deja View Records. Inspired by the likes of XTC, the Wake, Felt, and Factory and Creation Records, we have Sense Of Vanity from the EP for your listening pleasure.

Download Pictorials – Sense Of Vanity mp3 (from Learning EP)

Eight Knives is a band from Chattanooga, TN. Their debut album Maiden Names sits somewhere between Jack White and Vampire Weekend.

Download Eight Knives – Levels And Lovers mp3 (from Maiden Names)

Rising indie rockers and janglemeisters Veronica Falls have a sweet new track streaming from forthcoming sophomore album Waiting For Something To Happen.

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Lo-fi outsiders, Noun Verb Adjective have a new digital single through Odd Box Records! It contains two tracks, Everything’s Not Perfect and Feynman Lectures on Physics: Vol. One. It is a crunchy, grimy lo-fi wall of sound, like Psychedelic Horseshit incorporating more of a Phil Spector influence. Listen below and both tracks can be downloaded for free through Odd Box’s website.

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Lastly Midway In Wake have made the excellently titled Urban Vermin available from new album We Will Remain Sedate available for free. It is introspective, minimalist bedroom pop!

Download Midway In Wake – Urban Vermin mp3 (from We Will Remain Sedate)

New Release Round Up. So many new releases, so little time. Here are a few guaranteed to brighten up a Friday.

Loving this new track, Yatton from Beak> in all its hypnotic, krautrock inspired glory. From a new album due in the summer.

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In a similar vein, Arc In Round’s self-titled debut LP, being released June 26, by La Société Expéditionnaire, reflects a sensibility garnered from endless hours of studio tracking and hypnotic experimentation – think Stereolab meets Broadcast with the addition of haunting vocals. Download Hallowed here.

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A couple of tracks from Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros eagerly awaited new record Here. Listen to That’s What’s Up and Fire.

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The new Bear Driver single is called Enemy and is probably one of the most accessibly poppy moments on their debut album. It still rocks most satisfyingly with some crunchy guitar mind you.

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Paws bash out infectious garage pop-rock and new EP Misled Youth is released as a limited edition tape with a run of 250. Download the exuberant title track and order from FatCat here.

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The Tough Shits forthcoming self-titled debut promises to deliver 29 minutes of ramshackle rock so purely balls-to-the-wall you won’t know what hit you. Download Birds (Don’t Get Tired of Flying) and hear the evidence for yourself.

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Kelley Stoltz has a new 7″ single on French label Les Disques Steak. Titled Two Imaginary Girls it features songs called Caroline and Marcy. Have a listen (via Finest Kiss).

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Blasted Canyons are releasing a 12″ called 2nd Place. Taster Holy Geometry is driven by a brilliant needling guitar refrain that is guaranteed to stick with you long after the song has finished.

Download Blasted Canyons – Holy Geometry mp3 (from 2nd Place 12″)

Sun Kil Moon has released another taste from forthcoming album Among The Leaves. That Bird Has A Broken Wing might be the best so far, starkly beautiful.

Download Sun Kil Moon – That Bird Has A Broken Wing mp3 (from Among The Leaves)

Finally, we’re loving the military stomp of Michael J Epstein Memorial Library’s new track Faith In Free Part 1 from their Faith In Free EP. It comes across like a brilliantly vicious hybrid of Siouxsie & The Banshees and Sparks.

Download Michael J Epstein Memorial Library – Faith In Free Part 1 mp3 (from Faith In Free EP)

New Singles Round Up.

Here are a few of the new singles that have come our way recently that are well worth a listen.

The Diamond Center are purveyors of very fine lush, shimmering neo-psychedelia. A new 7″, California / Bells will be out on the 13th March and you can listen to the woozy, pulsating goodness of the title track here.

http://official.fm/tracks/350063

Next up, and while a touch more raucous, Bear Driver are in a somewhat similar vein with their brilliant new single Big Love, which is a freewheeling nod to past love and teeters precariously atop a monster wash of Dinosaur Jr guitar fuzz….Self proclaimed sunny slacker pop, it is a perfect description. Out on March 26th.

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A short while ago we posted a superb track from London punks Zulu’s forthcoming debut cassette release Way Of The Zulu. This is another: Bloody And Rare. We’ve ordered our copy – get yours here.

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Roomrunner would make good roommates for Zulu. This is their pulverising title track from new EP Super Vague, which is out on May 15th. Download it here.

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In contrast to our first four offerings, The Family Machine provide a complete contrast with their gently pastoral new single Quiet As A Mouse. They are local to us and another example of Oxford’s brilliant local music scene. Watch it, then download it.

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Download The Family Machine – Quiet As A Mouse mp3 (from Quiet As A Mouse Single)

The Lighthouse And The Whaler have their own sweet line in melodic folk-pop and have announced a new track Burst Apart from upcoming EP Pioneers to coincide with their performances at SxSW.

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We featured London five piece Good Dangers in our recent video round up, and this is new single DFYF, a perfect example of energetic indie-pop bursting with hooks that recalls The Headlights in their pomp. There’s some sound advice to be had in the lyrics too…

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Broken Hands are a new band to us, but if second single Sorrow is anything to go by then that won’t be the case for long. It channels the best of classic rock in a way that is reminiscent of other MM faces Henry’s Funeral Shoe or Tweak Bird and even, dare whisper it, White Denim. Dust the air guitar off and shake those locks…

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Lastly we have new Glasgow band Quickbeam who release debut single Seven Hundred Birds on April 9th. It is mournful, majestic and orchestral all at once and tugs at the heartstrings with an insistence and fragile beauty that is impossible to resist.

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Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: November 2011. Despite the end of the year fast approaching, thankfully the quality of new music shows no signs of slowing. Here are the best of our November offerings, together with some tasty new tracks to round off the mix.Over thirty great songs – just right for the roaring fire and the cocoa!

Download SiskiyouTwigs And Stones mp3 (from Keep Away The Dead)

Brilliantly judged restless blend of country rock, folk, and grand orchestral rock.

Download The Cloud Nothings – No Future / No Past mp3 (from Attack On Memory)

Intense indie rock – their best yet?

Download The Morning Birds – Born To Be Alive mp3 (from Surrender To This EP)

Skips along on the back of a groove so funky that it sounds like it was kidnapped from a 1970s New York disco and dragged into the new Millennium.

Download A Place To Bury Strangers – So Far Away mp3 (from Onwards To The Wall EP)

This on the other hand is a storming slab of pulverising noisemongering!

Download D.B. Rouse – The Hungover Lowdown Beat Up Burnt Out Blues mp3 (from Repent EP)

Folk yes, but beautifully judged with poignancy and pathos, self-reflection, regrets and dreams.

Download New London Fire – The Dirt The Blood The Faith mp3 (from The Dirt The Blood The Faith)

Sumptuous folk-western that howls its defiance and stands righteous in its anger at injustices suffered.

Download Black Creek – The Mustang mp3 (from Ragged Shark)

Dirty country rock and barrelling bar-room boogie.

Download Wounded Lion – Roman Values mp3 (from IVXLCDM)

Two and a half minutes of insane garage punk that is driven along by a heavyweight riff, pulsating percussion and a classic shouted vocal.

Download The Whalers – Lighthouse mp3 (from Paddle Easy EP)

Hypnotic, surf-inspired indie rock.

Download Lissy Trullie – Madeleine mp3 (from Lissy Trullie)

Slow-burning indie with echoes of the Velvets, even a bit of shoegaze maybe, but all is anchored by a distorted groove and her brilliant voice.

Download The Great Lakes – Blood On My Tooth mp3

Country jam given a healthy injection of rockabilly rhythm.

Download Monument Valley – Dear John Letters mp3 (from Tongues EP)

Excellent slice of introspective, melancholia from new singer-songwriter.

Download Bear Driver – Never Never mp3

Woozy, four-minute slice of delicious fuzz-pop.

Download Sharon Van Etten – Serpents mp3 (from Tramp)

Stunning advance track from forthcoming new album.

Download Fairlamb – The Way It Goes mp3 (from People Change)

Waspish lyrics and gently strummed acoustics.

Download The Dodos – So Cold mp3 (Previously Unreleased)

More indie-folk par excellence.

Download Galaxy Sunrise – When Pigs Fly mp3 (from When Pigs Fly single)

Lovely excursion into hazy psych-pop.

Download The Boombox Hearts – Crank It Up mp3

Lo-fi melancholic folk from Denmark.

Download Electric Flowers – Circles mp3 (from Electric Circles EP)

A sonic epic. Nuff said.

Download The Quiet Americans – Be Alone mp3 (from Medicine EP)

Old fashioned, fuzzed-up rock’n’roll.

Download Joakim Fritzner – Thoughts On Us 23-3 mp3 (from It’s Not Me…)

Catchy, folkish strum and guaranteed earworm.

Download Wooden Wand – Winter In Kentucky mp3 (from Briarwood)

Masterful ramshackle countryish-rock.

Download The Dead Jerichos – Please Yourself mp3 (from Please Yourself EP)

Drenched, droney guitar lines and shattered fragments of disco, punk, and post hardcore rhythms.

Download The Royal Sea – This Summer mp3 (from The Royal Sea)

Surf-drums and sugar coated adrenalin rush – this should have been the woozy, feel good hit of the summer. Our pick of the month.

Download Pontiak – Lions Of Least mp3 (from Echo Ono)

Pulverising psych-rock.

Download Secret Colours – Faust mp3 (from EP3)

Channels the finest of the greats of late ’60s psychedelia, ’90s newgaze reverence, and a touch of driving, bucolic, no frills RnR straight from the greasiest of garages.

Download i am Love – Truest mp3 (from Truest 7″)

Rich, thoughtful folk with beautifully paced ebb and flow.

Download Rob St. John – Sargasso Sea mp3 (from Weald)

Simply stunning excursion into a shifting, twilight world that slowly builds on the back of a sparse, plucked guitar and almost spoken vocals into a swirling, epic peak of rhythmic guitars and cracked vocal harmonies.

And there’s more. To round off the mix we have a gorgeous new one from MM faves, the folky Bowerbirds who will release a new album in March on Dead Oceans, the first taste of individual bubblegum garage from Hunx (as in & His Punx) solo effort appropriately called Hairdresser Blues, the effortlessly sleazy Black Bananas (formerly RTX) and Rad Times from their forthcoming album Rad Times Xpress IV and lastly former Dawes member Alex Casnoff has a new band Harriet and a new EP Tell The Right Story. I Slept With All Your Mothers is the brilliantly named and gripping lead track.

As always…enjoy!

Download The Bowerbirds – Tuck The Darkness In mp3 (from The Clearing)

Download Hunx – Always Forever mp3 (from Hairdresser Blues)

Download Harriet – I Slept With All Your Mothers mp3 (from Tell The Right Story EP)

Download Black Bananas – Rad Times mp3 (from Rad Times Xpress IV)

MM Shorts 39: Bear Driver New Track. Bear Driver – London’s fine purveyors of sunny slacker pop – have just unveiled the first fruits of their forthcoming as-yet-untitled debut album in the form of Never Never, a woozy, four-minute slice of delicious fuzz-pop.

Download Bear Driver – Never Never mp3