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Mad Mackerel's Best Of January 2014 Free Downloads

Our first collection of free downloads from the new year taken from the best of our posts for January. Twenty tracks to tickle your fancy including, as always, a few new ones.

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The Woodgrains – Nobody Too
Lysergic folk-rock anchored by three part harmonies and an instinctive feel for classic songwriting.

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The Rebel Set – Monster
Vintage crash and snarl – a teenage rumble in the late night hours.

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Northern American – Record Forever
Effervescent, sun-dappled indie-pop with a hint of darkness.

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Black Manila – Keep Your Head On
Nigh on perfect mix of proto-garage punk, blues and psych rock.

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Girl Band – Lawman
Awesome six minute tribal stomp and slash that sits somewhere between Pissed Jeans, !!!, Butthole Surfers, Shellac and Liars.

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The Pinecones – That’s The Way I Wanna Do It
Classic psych tinged power pop.

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New Electric Ride – Lovers
Heady mix of catchy, lysergic fuelled psych-pop.


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NØMADS – In The Mend
Sonic intensity par excellence.

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Jitterbug Vipers – Stuff it
Vintage, ‘swingadelic’ heady bliss.

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Rainbow Jackson – Nightcrawler
Excellent prickly, edgy indie rock that has echoes of Deer Tick through to Speedy Ortiz.

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Stone Jack Jones – State I’m In
Unsettling, woozy Americana – reflective, languorous and spooky.


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Tacocat – Crimson Wave
Like riding a surf-pop wave of joyous power chords and fluorescent guitars.

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Jimmy Tait – All My Friends
Pleasingly unconventional, somewhat desolate, goth-tinged post-rock.

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Sun Blood Stories – The Mirage Descends
Primal, hypnotic garage rock and soul.

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Champ – Burnt Alive
Grungey punk that is as moody as it is punchy.

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Download TURCHI – Mind’s Eye mp3 (from My Time Ain’t Now EP)
Gem of a cover of Josh Ritter’s Mind’s Eye, all laid back guitars and gravelly vocals.

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And to finish off we have new tracks including free and loose country rock from D. Charles Speer & The Helix, dreamy indie-pop from The Honey Trees, the sludgy riffs of Abattoir Blues, and lastly, some power pop fused with Americana in a southern rock vein from Hillman Lighthouse.

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Free EP From Black Manila

Black Manila have returned with an new four track EP titled Beach Parade that is available on a Bandcamp name-your-price deal.

We have been longstanding fans of their mix of proto-garage punk, blues and psych rock, and all are showcased to good effect once more on this excellent collection.

You can watch the video for the surf-infused title track below and also stream/download the fantastic Keep Your Head On.

This really is a gem of a release and you should go get the whole EP from Bandcamp here. You can see our other Black Manila posts here.

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Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: May 2013

Here is our round-up of our favourite downloads from May’s posts together with a few newbies that, together, make a mix of twenty tracks that is as eclectic as it is perfect! Enjoy.

High Coast – Talvatis
Sweetly picked Americana.

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Landmarks – Cuscutta
Lovely, unhurried, slice of woozy, psych-pop in the grand traditions of Spiritualized or Mercury Rev.

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Black Manila – Père Lachaise
Addictive blend of classic west coast garage riffs, Detroit proto-punk and British charm.

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The Delta Routine – New York Avenue
Swaggering blues rock and roll.

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Graham MacRae – Game Changer
Those Bill Fay and Bill Callahan comparisons seem pretty much on the money.

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Blank Realm – Working On Love
Utterly seductive, completely irresistible, and totally infectious slacker psych-pop.

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Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Fakin’ NYC
Typically ragged and ramshackle anthem of wry observation.

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Mathew Sawyer – Feeeeling
Another excellent example of his unique/oddball/visitor from Mars perspective on the world.

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The Lawsuits – Onion
A beguiling and schizophrenic mix of modern Americana.

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Duquette Johnston – Cherry Blossom
A fretful, plaintive vocal and some wonderfully ominous fuzzy guitar lines are counterbalanced by lovely harmonies and robust percussion.


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Brendan Benson – Swallow You Whole
Infectiously jaunty piano led slice of indie rock.

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Estrangers – Cape Fear
Full of bombastic and romantic exuberance, part cinematic dreamscape and part Italian beach excursion.

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Therese Aune – Chameleon
Haunting amalgamation of sounds from accordion, to metallophone, to piano, paints a picture of an introvert, who is marooned on the outside looking in.

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No Kill – Sledding
Treasure of jangly guitars and sugar-sweet melodies expertly woven with a woozy, fuzzed up garage rock sensibility.

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Hunting Ulysses – Delicious Ice
Raw, lo-fi garage goodness.

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Vandaveer – Omie Wise
Another murder ballad reinvented by macabre folksters.

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And to finish off we have four new tunes. First from Dirty Streets, Stay Thirsty is heavy music bathed in blues, folk and psychedelia, with chops to spare and a working class point of view. Old Pretender namecheck influences as the Sex Pistols and the Jesus & Mary Chain on their new track I’m Alright while Hugo is the debut single by Kent indie rockers Moccasins. Lastly we have the lo-fi garage surf-pop of Silkies and Walk At Midnight which comes from their forthcoming EP released in June.

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Black Manila

How we missed this in our in-box (from way back in March) is beyond us, but miss it we did. We need to right that wrong!

Black Manila have featured a few times on MM with their blend of classic west coast garage riffs, Detroit proto-punk and British charm, that combined makes a heady and compelling marriage.

To celebrate the recent release of their debut single Shake That Thing, they are giving away the infectious and addictive Père Lachaise as a free download. For anyone enthralled by the recent success of Ty Segall, Mikal Cronin, The Allah Las et al, or a lover of the 60s sounds of the Sonics or the Seeds, you will find much to enjoy here. In fact we defy anyone with functioning ears not to be toe-tappin’ and head-bobbin’ before you’re halfway through this song.

MM Shorts 324: Black ManilaWe seem to have a bit of a ‘black’ theme going on with recent posts on Black Hay, the Black AngelsBlackbird & The Storm and Blackwater Fever.

Entirely appropriate then that we should bring you the video for the new single from South London’s Black Manila titled Shake That Thing.

The band have featured on MM a few times over the past year and there can be few bands who are so assuredly able to meld the garage riffs of the sunny west coast with a bit of British swagger and a whole lot of sonic rock ‘n’ roll.

Watch it here.

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Round Up Time Again

Yep, it is that time again. We’ve trawled back through all our e-mails, favourite blogs, and new music discoveries to bring you up to date with all that’s been good on the MM stereo recently. Because of the time of year it includes a few we missed from way back before Christmas, but which still more than deserve some ear-time – you may have missed them too.

Rummage around. Dig in. This is only Part 1 – more coming tomorrow…

The first offering is from Western Medication’s 7″ EP (released Jan 29th) is a song entitled Big City. Clocking in at about a minute long, the song packs frenzied amounts of energy into a short, guitar-fueled ride. It encompasses the emotions that an isolated, small-town farmer would probably feel if he were dropped in the middle of Times Square.

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Summer Aviation combine the fresh, supercharged sound of 60s pop arrangements with post-punk avant-garde: Think Burt Bacharach meets My Bloody Valentine. This is their version of the classic 60s song Love So Fine.

Download Summer Aviation – Love So Fine mp3 (from Love So Fine single)

Stuart Warwick, who first started creating music under the alias Jacob’s Stories back in 2003, returns this year with The Butcher’s Voice. The second album to be released under his married name, it is a collection of eleven lyrically provocative and spellbinding songs, perfectly showcasing the haunting purity of his voice, hushed musical delivery, and his dark tongue-in-cheek humour. Order here.

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Praetors is a psychedelic folk band hailing from San Diego, CA. Heavily influenced by bands such as Velvet Underground, Tame Impala, Grizzly Bear, and Donovan, their debut album, Creases and Flaws is available on a pay what you want basis via Bandcamp here.

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As well as his psych-pop band Crystal Shipsss, Danish songwriter Jacob Faurholt has released four solo albums between 2005 – 2012, his latest release is an EP title Geek Love is the Best Love and calls to mind the noir-ish folk of Will Oldham and the fractured individuality of Daniel Johnston. The title track, a freaked-out ballad somehow mixes strummed acoustics with detuned distortion to most gratifying effect. Currently you can get the EP free via Bandcamp here.

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Many times we meant to post about the new album, Stands Alone, from established MM faves Moses Luster & The Hollywood Lights – a chronicler of tales of the weary, the disenfranchised and the downtrodden par excellence. Somehow we failed. Available via his Bandcamp page here, again on a pay-what-you-want basis, it is a must-have! Try the murder-ballad Mary Winkler, who does away with her preacher husband and then arrives at an epiphany in jail.

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Starting off with an epic slow-burning guitar solo, Drunkest Man is a knuckle-dragging shredder that progresses from a softer riff to a head-banging voyage, while chronicling the mythological drunkest man who was born and raised on bourbon and gasoline. It is the first single from Linus Pauling Quartet’s epic triple-disc collection Assault on the Vault of the Ancient Bonglords.

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Similarly plundering the blues/garage/psychedelia/rock cauldron are Black Manila whose latest single is titled June ’95. Heavy.

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Girl Band are a four piece noise-rock band from Dublin. There are no girls in the band. They have a six track EP, France 98, available on Bandcamp for free and are described as “a smack around the head“. Nice.

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Malpas create a mixture of intimate folk songs and ambient electronica that is both dense and ambitious – imagine Beirut meets M83 and Aphex Twin, via Talk Talk, Nick Drake and the Beta Band. EP Where The River Runs is a free download via Killing Moon Records ahead of a whole album of material later this year.

Download Malpas – Where The River Runs mp3 (from Where The River Runs EP)

We are very late with Sin Fang’s first single Young Boys from his third solo album Flowers, which is released on February 19th. A heady mix of sonic delights including psych-pop, indie-rock and even a nod to stadium anthems…

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With a sound remeniscent of Galaxie 500, The Jesus and Mary Chain and This Mortal Coil, Honeyslide are a young band who combine warm distorted guitars, complex hooks and captivating melodies swathed in reverb to create piercing sonic landscapes. Draped in luscious boy/girl vocals, their sound wavers between an ethereal echo and a discordant slacker-inspired drone.

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The excellently named Eerie Deer is a one-man band from cold cold seaside town in Finland. Actually in July it’s quite hot. And there’s a beach. And the music is some sort of folk or pop. With little bit of gloom. Or quite a lot.

Download Eerie Deer – Fisherman’s Gone mp3

We have been loving this track for a good while – PRAVADA’s Campfire Song, is a catchy-as-hell tune filled with swirling guitars and sugary indie pop harmonies that will have you melting. For no good reason it reminds me of Pumped Up Kicks! It can be found on their latest release, the No! EP.

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Lastly (for now), the wonderfully folky Americana of Frontier Ruckus, who have made Dealerships from their much anticipated forthcoming album Eternity of Dimming available for free via Rolling Stone. If you missed it there, grab it here.

Download Frontier Ruckus – Dealerships mp3 (from Eternity of Dimming) via Rolling Stone

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Streaming Round Up.

Here are a few tasty streams for you to hit the play button on, and a couple to download too.

First, some new blissed-out, hypnotic psychedelia from White Fence who have a new three track single out titled Green Balloon via Sexbeat Records in Europe – limited to 500 vinyl copies, and we’ve just pre-ordered one of them…

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Next up is the altogether more aggressive and fractured punk beats of Death Grips. I’ve Seen Footage is another taste of critically acclaimed new album The Money Store which is released today.

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Much like Clockwork Era who create a bone-shaking noise all of their own, one that spits out bile through disillusioned post-punk sensibilities and jagged riff-laden buzz-saw guitars, crunching drums and incessant repetitive mantra-like vocals.  War, social commentary, lies and paranoia are all delivered with vitriol, resentment and anger. This is the title track from new EP Fear Inside, released yesterday. Marvellous!

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Los Angeles quartet Henry Clay People will release their new album Twenty-Five for the Rest of Our Lives on June 26th via TBD Records. A thrilling and sweaty thirty minutes of teenage restlessness, quarter-life malaise, and adult resignation. The new album sees not only the return of the band’s original line up, but the band rediscovering and redefining their punky roots, allowing them to craft their most urgent, bratty, and melancholic record to date. Have a listen to the title track.

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Resurrecting the licks and the gravely tones of America’s garage rock scene and uniting it with English raw appeal and psychedelic undertones, Black Manila are a new name to us, but one we’re liking a lot. They have an excellent new single Fiasco coming out on 30th April which you can listen to below and why not also download yourself a copy of Hazy Daze too.

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We posted about upstart rockers Broken Hands recently and If You Need To Lie, released on the 28th of May on 7″ & download, is their new single.

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Changing pace with the welcome return of Sonny & The Sunsets. This is Pretend You Love Me, a wonderfully sprawling country-tinged taster track of psych-pop from new album Longtime Companion.

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Indie-folk and pop princess Fiona Apple has a new album due in mid-June. It is the extremely lengthily titled The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than The Driver Of The Screw, And Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do and this track will be the first single from it, called Every Single Night.

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With a strong contender for artwork of the year so far, Black Seas are a mysterious band from South London with an impressively operatic and extravagant pop sound – take a listen to the aptly titled Trembling.

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And lastly, Fractures mine the same rich seam of indie rock as Oasis did, but thankfully without the ego and bluster – the result is the rather good debut single Ride.

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