Posts Tagged ‘Black Angels’

The Black Angels have shared the second track from their upcoming album Death Song, out April 21st on Partisan Records.

I’d Kill For Her is a typically brilliant slab of hypnotic, heavyweight psych – one of the best things we’ve heard from them. And that’s high praise indeed.

Watch the video below.

 

 

 

 

Since we began MM on Google’s chronic Blogspot, we’ve been posting music by muscular psych-rockers Black Angels, which means getting on nine or ten years now.

After a too-long four year hiatus, the band have confirmed details for their upcoming album, Death Song, out on the 21st April.

Stream the scorching opening track Currency below. It is a cracker.

 

Fuzz Club Records have announced the next issue of their Split Single Series, a regular release of 10” vinyl limited edition, featuring exclusive tracks from some of MM’s favourite artists. This latest one is no different, following on from Alan Vega of Suicide and The Vacant Lots, the next issue will feature The Black Angels and Sonic Jesus.

The former offer up the nearly nine minute epic of hypnotic groove that is Molly Moves My Generation and the latter clock in just behind that with seven and a half minutes of their own swirling, somnolent psych with Lost Reprise.

Check them out below.

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The Black Angels have released a powerful new video for An Occurrence at 4507 South Third Street, which examines the suspension of time.

In the clip, a woman falls following a struggle; the result is an exploration of life and what can transpire within that final instant, as she sees the various ghouls of everyday life while spiraling down to her final breath. Inspiration was taken from both the song’s allusions to the Ambrose Bierce short story An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge, which deals with similar themes, as well as iconic psychedelic imagery.

The track is taken from the band’s new offering Clear Lake Forest, originally released for Record Store Day and out now via Blue Horizon.

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Here are some brand spanking new videos to enjoy from the Black Angels, Axxa/Abraxas and Rett Smith.

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The Black Angels Stream Sunday Evening

As the perfect companion to our earlier all-things-psych related post, we now have a brand new track for you from undeniable psych-titans The Black Angels.

Sunday Evening comes from the seven track collection Clear Lake Forest, which, having previously seen a limited release for this years Record Store Day, now gets a full release across all formats, due July 21st, via Blue Horizon (pre-order here).

Have a listen.

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Mad Mackerel Recommends... Brown Sabbath

Brown Sabbath is the alter ego of Austin-based psych-funk collective Brownout who delve deep into reinterpreting the catalogue of metal godfathers, Black Sabbath.

They remain true to the darkness, bombast and fuzz of Sabbath’s sound, while re-imagining the music with greasy Afro-Latin horns, hypnotic percussion and psyched-out, rare-groove improvisation.

Their debut single Hand Of Doom, featuring The Black Angels’ Alex Maas on vocals, is set to be released May 27 as limited edition, colored splattered 10-inch vinyl with The Wizard as the b-side on Ubiquity Records. The full-length album, Brownout Presents Brown Sabbath, is set to follow on June 24.

Have a listen.

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Black Angels - Diamond Eyes

Here is a first taste from the forthcoming Clear Lake Forest EP from The Black Angels. It features seven new songs and will be released on limited edition clear vinyl on Record Store Day (19th April).

Diamond Eyes is an hypnotic, insistent, peyote-fuelled crawl through a parched sonic landscape – the simple fact is these boys do this stuff better than just about everybody else at the moment.

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And to complete our Best of Year postings, we have our favourite ten albums from 2013. Every single one is superb…

10 Black Angels – Indigo Meadow

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9 Wooden Wand – Blood Oaths Of The New Blues

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8 Vandaveer – Oh, Willie, Please

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7 Jus Post Bellum – Oh, July

Another Track From Jus Post Bellum

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6 Wooden Shjips – Back To Land

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5 T. Hardy Morris – The Audition Tapes

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4 Water Liars – Wyoming

New Track, New Album From Water Liars

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3 Chelsea Light Moving – Chelsea Light Moving

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2 Jesse Woods – Get Your Burdens Lifted

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1 Phosphorescent – Muchacho

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Check out numbers 50 – 31 here, and 30 – 11 here.

Mad Mackerel's Top Songs Of 2013

As well as our Top 100 tunes of the year that we’ve posted over the past few days, each of the MM contributors have put together their own lists. The fifth and final instalment is our own.

20. Colleen Green – Heavy Shit
Totally infectious, stoned punk.

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19. Harmed Brothers – Love Song For The Assumed
Mixing folk and bluegrass with a wistful twist of poignant melancholy, Love Song For The Assumed was as sweet and as simple a song of heartbreak and longed for resolution as we heard in the whole year.

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18. Black Angels – Indigo Meadow
Tribal drumming, 60s Hammer-Horror organ, and reverb.

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17. Courtney Barnett – History Eraser
A late entry – deadpan, conversational, charming, funny, literal and literate – a drunken night’s tale told with an upbeat lo-fi jangle and amiable vocal delivery.

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16. Holograms – A Blaze On The Hillside
Most thrilling riff of the year?

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15. John Grant – GMF
One part waspish humour, one part resigned melancholy and one part bitter dislocation. Superb.

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14. Fuzz – Sleigh Ride
Heaviest riff of the year?

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13. Cass McCombs – Big Wheel
Hypnotic, rumbling, country-dirt travelogue.

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12. Dune Rats – Stoner Pop
In a parallel world somewhere, this was the smash hit of the summer.

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11. Blitzen Trapper – Feel The Chill
That old wreck of a shack buried in evergreen and murky darkness at the bend in the road up on Jackson Hill where we used to drink and never failed to give me a chill driving by in the old Impala for it’s implacable mystery.” That’s where Feel the Chill takes place.

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10. Public Service Broadcasting – Signal 30
Brilliant and mesmerising combination of high octane guitar riffage, retro public information film samples and electro beats.

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9. Parquet Courts – You’ve Got Me Wonderin’ Now
Stoned and Starving would have been our song of the year, but for its minor self-release in 2012. No matter scrappy, swaggering, nihilistic NY punks Parquet Courts gave us this gem instead. A highlight of their performance at the Green Man festival and our undoubted gig of the year.

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8. Foxygen – No Destruction
We may have lost Lou Reed this year, but his spirit lives on in No Destruction, a natural pretender to his throne, and this song has the best use of “weaseled” in any song we’ve heard.

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7. Wooden Shjips – Everybody Knows
Channeling Neil Young by way of Hawkwind, Wooden Shjips gave us this hypnotically evocative and brilliant slab of psych rock on latest album Back To Land

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6. Terry Malts – I Was Not There
To do simple, balls-to-the-floor, screw-you punk rock this brilliantly well takes real talent. Terry Malts have it.

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5. Big Haunt – Burn Me Up
We received an e-mail. It said, “We are a Portland, Oregon band called Big Haunt. We play spooky, gospel infused big beat indy folk. This is our first single, “Burn Me Up.”  It’s a song about ritualistic fire sacrifice and murder. We thought you might like it.“ We did. We liked it very much.

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4. Martha’s Vineyard Ferries – Blonde On Blood
Like the best ever Fall single played at 78rpm. This is, of course, a very good thing indeed.

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3. Low – Plastic Cup
One of those few songs that feels like it could have been written any time in the past 40 years. Timeless is over-used, but this really is that good.

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2. T. Hardy Morris – OK Corral
The sound of a ghost town set to song.

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1. Phosphorescent – Ride on/Right On
While I might be at odds with my shoalmates, this track from Phosphorescent’s peerless Muchacho album was my tune of the year. A little bit of funky rhythm and a whole lot of country grit combined to make the most compelling and enduring song of 2013.

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Best songs we heard this year, but released prior to 2013.

Parquet Courts – Stoned And Starving
A stonewall classic and worthy successors to the currently vacant slacker indie and resigned punk rockers crown.

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Edmund Wayne (with River Giant) – To The Bugs On My Ceiling

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Hank Williams III – Country Heroes

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And The Song We Wished We’d Heard Before We’d Compiled Our Top Twenty

Clara Berry & Wooldog – Hard Time Killing Floor Blues

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You can see our favourite cover songs of the year here.