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Born (accidentally) in Canada, raised in Blackpool and now hiding in Melbourne, polarizing anti-genre artist Benjamin Shaw returns with a new long player Megadead.

Sitting somewhere between Smog and Four Tet, it is a wonderfully miserable album of disarmingly accessible songs filled with fuzz, brittle melodies, looping guitars, ‘80s synth, self-sabotage, self-doubt, violent fantasy and uncertain swagger.

The album will be released on the 31st August through Audio Antihero (US/UK) and Kirigirisu Recordings (Japan), it’s a wild amalgamation of his previous work, blurring burned-out lo-fi, electronic pop, glimmering keys, field recordings, aching words, layered noise and uncompromising experimentalism.

Check out first (free) single Terrible Feelings below.



Jamie at the ever wonderful Audio Antihero label has shared details of a new benefit compilation they’ve put together.

He says, “Because pretty much everybody in the world of politics right now is a totally evil scumbag, we’ve put together a wee compilation for Southern Poverty Law Center and the National Immigration Law Center.” – one sentence that pretty much sums things up…

It includes exclusive songs from Jeffrey Lewis, Yr Friends, Okin Osan, Pearl Crush, Magana, Benjamin Shaw, Cloud, Deerful, Tom from Frog and many others

They have set the minimum donation at an eminently reasonable £2.99 to hopefully make it affordable to everyone, but if you can pay a little more then you are encouraged to dig a little deeper. Buy it here.

Have a listen to a couple of tracks from it below, Jeffrey Lewis’ Dictator Seeks Reichstag Fire and long-standing MM fave Benjamin Shaw’s Hole.


New From Benjamin Shaw

Posted: September 23, 2014 in Alternative, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock

New Single From Benjamin Shaw

The oblique, dark humour of unique indie-pop outsider Benjamin Shaw has long found favour with us here at MM and he has followed up his recent long playing release Goodbye, Cagoule World with a new single from the album.

The You & Me EP also features covers of the same track from Cloud, Jack Hayter (ex-Hefner) and Broken Shoulder (ex-Fighting Kites) and can be purchased in a variety of formats from the Audio Antihero Bandcamp page here.

Save a moment for a sit down
Save a second for a sleep
Save a decade for a new leaf
and a hostile reception for you and me


Mad Mackerel's Best of the Months: March to May (Part 1)

Previously we’ve just offered Best of the Month postings with downloads, but that excludes so many quality songs we’ve decided to just post our favourite tracks – irrespective of whether they are free to download or not. If you like them add them to your Spotify playlists or do the old fashioned thing and download them from iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever.

Anyway, with a bit of ground to make up here is the first part of March to May’s selections. Nearly forty tracks – enjoy!

Twin Berlin – Buzzkill
Heavy, slow burnin’ garage punk.


The Ukiah Drag – Dirt Trip
Wields a heavy creep-beat that cleans your dusty clock and takes you for a bourbon afterwards – self-conceited punk hypnosis.


La Sera – Losing To The Dark
Sounds like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag – in a good way.


Dan Baker – Pistol In My Pocket
Skeletal, tortured alt-country and folk delivered with Baker’s mix of wavering, unforgiving howls and whispered confessionals.


S. Carey – Crown The Pines
Glorious, delicately cascading folk.


Secret Colours – Heavy & Steady
Bass-heavy single showcases the quintet’s maturing psych-pop sensibilities.


Wooden Wand – Dambuilding
Beautifully judged slice of acoustic melancholy unhurriedly delivered with a slightly crestfallen air that imbues the narrative with a gorgeous poignancy.


Benjamin Shaw – Goodbye, Kagoul World
Ramshackle psychedelic folk with a healthy splash of darkly black humour.


WATERS – Got To My Head


Split Screens – Close My Eyes
Over a backdrop of lush vocal harmonies, meditative fingerpicking and expressive brush work, delves into the theme of escapism and the freedom of letting go.


Tele Novella – Trouble In Paradise
Charming, mellow indie psych-pop and subtle vocal harmonies.


Donkeys – Scissor Me Cigs
Laid back, easy-going, breezy country tinged rock.


Paradise – Born And Bound
Vintage-inspired, nuggets style garage-psych.


The Leaf Library – The Greater Good
Hypnotic, krautrock disco, which is reminiscent of Stereolab at their best.


Cate Le Bon – Sisters


Timber Timbre – Curtains?!
Insistent groove of disquieting Americana.


Creepoid – Wet Bread
Slow burn sonics from noise rockers.


Heart Beach – Hours
Sad, minimal, skuzz pop drone harmonies.


Amen Dunes – Lilac In Hand
Sweetly resigned vocals are carried along on a simple acoustic strum, piano and deft percussion.


Brian Jonestown Massacre – What You Isn’t
Grandfathers of modern-psych deliver again.


The Peach Kings – Be Around
Smooth and smoky vocals above bluesy guitar riffs


The Orwells – Southern Comfort
Swaggering, infectious lead off track from the much anticipated debut Disgraceland, out on the 3rd June.


The Delines – I Won’t Slip Up
Smooth, slow moving and sorrowful Americana.


Horse Thief – Little Dust
Relaxed, undulating slice of Americana that sets expansive, chiming guitars behind an rolling, easy-going vocal.


Strand Of Oaks – Goshen ’97
A superb full-on, incendiary, ballsy roots-rocker with screaming guitars and relentless percussion.


Clouder – Lost In Reverie
Romping rock track about a faceless female presence that’s propelled by antsy guitars that morph in and out of surf and psychedelic jangles.


Dune Rats – Funny Guy
Two and a half minutes of pumped up, guitar-fuelled stoned, garage rock that is impossible to resist.


Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Sealed Scene
Get locked into the space rock groove…


Free Swim – Meal For One
Brilliant track of catchy indie insouciance, scalpel sharp lyrical minutiae, and overall inventive quirkiness.


The Felice Brothers – Cherry Licorice
Classic ragged, uptempo rocker – no one does this stuff better than the Felices.


The Vacant Lots – Mad Mary Jones
A full on head rush of punked-up psychedelia.


CRUISING – You Made Me Do That
As lo-fi and DIY as it comes – grimy, distorted, brooding and depraved.


Old Smokey – Dead Man’s Pose
An upbeat scorcher with rolling, brushed drums, chanted group vocals, and a clarinet that brings to mind a New Orleans second line.


Tijuana Bibles – Toledo
Somewhere in between the nostalgic Americana of Tom Waits and the sludgy riffs of the grunge resurgence.


Triptides – Moonbeams
Dreamy, meandering slice of psych-rock with hints of surf.


And a couple of new ones to finish off…the new single Mainline from indie rockers Teleman, and the driving, hook-filled urgency of PUJOL’s Circles.


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New From Benjamin Shaw

Following our post on Algernon Doll yesterday, we now have a new track hewn from an equally idiosyncratic and unusual world view – this time of maverick singer-songwriter Benjamin Shaw.

He channels the best of the worlds of those like Syd Barrett, Mathew Sawyer, and Damon Moon with ramshackle psychedelic folk and a healthy splash of darkly black humour into a wonderful new single, Goodbye, Kagoul World (“I haven’t the pollen to say it with flowers”).

It is taken from the album of (almost) the same name, due on Audio Antihero (pre-order here).

Watch the video, download the song, order the record, enter a new world.



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Benjamin Shaw & Fighting Kites Charity Single

The miserable, but brilliant, Benjamin Shaw and the instrumental Fighting Kites teamed up for this lo-Festive anthem last year and Audio Anti-hero are re-issuing it as a pay-what-you-want charity single to raise money for housing and homelessness non-profit Shelter.

Watch the video for This Christmas (I Just Want To Be Left Alone) and download now on Bandcamp. It’s a pay what you want deal, but bear in mind not paying anything kind of defeats the purpose of it being for charity….



Audio Antihero's The Husker Doo-wop EP for Hear it For New York.

One of our favourite labels, Audio Antihero have put together an EP of rarities and exclusives to raise money for the Hear It For New York Pop-Up Shop.

You can read up on the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy to the independent music scene out there (radio stations, record stores, rehearsal/art spaces) via the Hear It For New York tumblr/Facebook. Their release is entitled The Hüsker Doo-wop EP and it features material from Nosferatu D2, Benjamin Shaw, Jack Hayter, Superman Revenge Squad and Wartgore Hellsnicker.

You can stream/download the EP now via Bandcamp or visit the Hear It For NY Pop-Up Shop for more releases. Be quick though, the shop is only live for a month, so take this chance to grab yourself a piece of online rock history.


Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: February 2012.

Musically, the year is starting to really kick into gear now and February saw lots of top quality tunes hit the web. Here is our pick of the best of last month’s posts along with four brand, spanking new tracks for you to download, sample and treasure. All in all over thirty great songs in one great mix.

Download Hoots & Hellmouth – Why Would You Not Want To Go There? mp3 (from Salt)
Country rocker with a slow-burn intensity that builds in tandem with some expertly judged flourishes of piano and electric guitar.

Download Mirel Wagner – No Death mp3 (from Mirel Wagner)
World-weary, doom-laden, sparse and skeletal. Oh and stunning too.

Download Mark Lanegan – The Gravedigger’s Song (from Funeral Blues)
Brilliant electronica-style drum beat throughout, with the trademark ML growling vocal delivery.

Download Dr. Dog – That Old Black Hole mp3 (from Be The Void)
Classic vintage, ramshackle country rock from excellent new album.

Download Orpheum Bell – Poor Laetitia mp3 (from The Old Sisters’ Home)
Seductive, yet slightly mocking tale of a beautiful, but awkward girl with a haughty tango beat and muted trumpet.

Download Jesse Thomas – Fire mp3 (from War Dancer)
Raw, whiskey soaked folk.

Download The Pharmacy – Dig Your Grave mp3 (from Dig Your Grave)
As good an example of indie-pop-garage bliss as you’ll find.

Download Benjamin Shaw – Kick The Dog mp3 (from The Birds Chirp And The Sun Shines Single)
Idosyncratic, perverse folk ramblings.

Download The Chromatics – Into The Black mp3 (from Kill For Love)
Sublime chilled out cover of Neil Young’s classic.

Download Maps & Atlases – Winter mp3 (from Beware And Be Grateful)
Typically tight and dense, but still catchy indie-pop.

Download Shrouded Strangers – Featherbed mp3 (from Lost Forever)
Skuzzy slacker anthem – a glorious amalgam of surf guitars, krautrock rhythms and fuzzed up hillbilly stomp.

Download Moonface – Teary Eyes And Bloody Lips mp3 (from With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery)
A stormer – all buzzing guitars, massive keyboards and nailgun percussion.

Download Cheers Elephant – Doin’ It, Right mp3 (from Like Wind Blows Fire)
A sublime slice of upbeat sunshine pop that morphs into a brief kaleidoscopic freakout before settling back down again.

Download Black Mountain – Mary Lou mp3 (from Year Zero Original Soundtrack)
Almost eight minutes of perfect heavy riffage.

Download Horse Feathers – Fit Against The Country mp3 (from Cynic’s New Year)
Typically rustic folk from one of Portland’s finest.

Download  Guy Capecelatro III – Girlfriends mp3 (from North For The Winter)
Another slice of quirky folk with sly observation and mischievous lyrics.

Download Zulu – Sistine Chapel mp3 (from Wa Of The Zulu)
Clear the cobwebs with this brilliant tribal rumble and punk rock swagger.

Download Teitur – Let The Dog Drive Home mp3 (from Let The Dog Drive Home)
Gently upbeat, elegant, and expansive folk rumination.

Download Wooden Sky – Malibu Rum mp3 (from Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun)
A beautifully paced folk ballad tinged at the edges with the faint wisp of melancholy – lovely.

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams)
A downtempo slow burn of barely picked electric guitar washes over sighed vocals that gradually swell to an appropriately lugubrious and mournful climax.

Download Colleen Green – Worship You mp3 (from Milo Goes To Compton)
Throbbing garagey guitars over a sweetly saccharine vocal.

Download Band In Heaven – Sleazy Dreams mp3 (from Sleazy Dreams 7″)
Visceral, pulsating industrial punk riffing of the very best kind.

Download Drifterswift – Rule Of Twelfths mp3 (from The Rule Of Twelfths EP)
Spacey dream pop, slightly fuzzy and a 100% bona fide ear worm.

Download Ray Wylie Hubbard – Drunken Poet’s Dream mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)
Sublime version of standout track from country outlaw’s last album.

Download The Crocodiles – Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9) mp3 (from Endless Flowers)
Full on, catchy indie rock. Noisy.

Download Coke Weed – Magpie mp3 (from Nice Dreams)
Gently haunting and woozy-at-the-edges folk psychedelia.

Download Ceremony – Adult mp3 (from Zoo)
Loud, fast, uncompromising. This is searing punk rock.

And to finish off we have new tracks from These United States and their rambunctious melting pot of rock-and-roll, folk balladry, and outlaw country that went into taster track Dead And Gone as well as the psych rock influenced indie of Temporary from White Rabbits, one of the best things we’ve heard from them. Exitmusic have a new album scheduled and title track Passage is typically powerful and haunting with layered guitars and drums building to an extraordinary crescendo. Lastly it is the sonic guitar blast of Yellow Orchestra on their outstanding new track The Shakedown.

Download These United States – Dead And Gone mp3 (from These United States)

Download White Rabbits – Temporary mp3 (from Milk Famous)

Download Exitmusic – Passage mp3 (from  Passage)

Download Yellow Ostrich – The Shakedown mp3 (from Strange Land)

New Single From Benjamin Shaw

Posted: February 14, 2012 in Acoustic, Folk, Indie, Music

New Single From Benjamin Shaw.

We love the idosyncratic, perverse folk ramblings of Benjamin Shaw and his arsenic laced pathos. It is truly a unique delight.

The Birds Chirp & The Sun Shines is the second single from his excellent debut album There’s Always Hope, There’s Always Cabernet.

The song is perhaps one of the sonically lighter moments on the record but sees him threatening to “track him down, make him yell and make him weep…smash his pretty head”, lamenting that he “never wanted to stare into the abyss, Celebrate Good Times, Come On!” and asking that some charitable soul “fill my mouth with idiots and throw me in the lake”.

We have the B-Side for you to take away and get to know like an intimate friend. Kick the Dog is described as Neil Young & Crazy Horse with casio and drum machine (though not quite Trans), with a slow guitar dirge lifting his suggestion that “to be a diamond is not so hard in a sea of shit” up into the Blackpool lights. Quite.

Buy some of his music here because we need more folk like Benjamin Shaw. In a better world this chap would be a national treasure.

While you’re about it, watch his video for How To Test The Depth Of A Well from his recent Line Of Best Fit session.


Download Benjamin Shaw – Kick The Dog mp3 (from The Birds Chirp And The Sun Shines Single)

Introducing…Benjamin Shaw

Posted: September 14, 2011 in Folk, Indie, Music

Introducing...Benjamin Shaw. Benjamin Shaw is one of those people you immediately know really does see the world differently from just about everyone else. It is a rare gift to have and one I think many artists aspire to, or try hard to convince all and sundry that they possess, but a genuinely fresh take on the everyday is hard to fake all of the time. With Mr Shaw, it is clearly natural, an instinctive thing that turns his sparse, mumbled, cracked piano-led folkish tunes into something genuinely special and original.

We first became aware of him as the brilliantly distinctive sleeve artist for the latest release by Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences, which led us on to his EP I’ve Got The Pox, The Pox Is What I’ve Got and from there onto his back catalogue of singles and EPs.

The good news is that Benjamin Shaw’s debut album proper, There’s Always Hope, There’s Always Cabaret is out November 21st. Leading single Somewhere Over the M6 is quite a departure from the previous EP, and you can listen to it now as well as grab a gem or two from his earlier work below.

Pre-order the album via Bandcamp here.

Download Benjamin Shaw – When I Fell Over In The City mp3 (from I’ve Got The Pox, The Pox Is What I’ve Got EP)

Download Benjamin Shaw – Sometimes I Fear My Head Might Explode mp3 (from Rumfucker, available for “name your price” download here)