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New Album From Blessed Feathers

Another of our longstanding favourite bands, Americana duo Blessed Feathers have announced details of their new album There Will Be No Sad Tomorrow. 

Two years in the making, the record is equal parts beauty and brutality, a transgressional road trip that stretches from the ghettos of Peru to the high plains of Wyoming, from the swamplands of Florida to the oceanic wilds of Big Sur.

Listen to a couple of tracks below, and you can pre-order the album via Bandcamp.

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New From Blessed Feathers

Blessed Feathers are one of our favourite bands who regularly appear on MM, so we’re delighted to share their new track Huaycan Song #2, released by Honeytone Records as part of their ‘Singles Series‘ project. The song was written partly on a concrete rooftop outside of Lima, Peru, and partly in the various bedrooms and basements of their friends across Wisconsin.

Needless to say it is a winner – have a listen.

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Videos of the Day

It’s Sunday, time to ease into the day with some sweet videos and easy-on-the-ears tunes…

We have the gently surrealistic Americana of Royal Forest, a live track from MM regulars Blessed Feathers, a comic book inspired video from singer-songwriter David Bronson and we finish off with brother and sister folk duo The Native Sibling.

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Mad Mackerel's Best of December downloads 2013

As you might expect, December is a quiet month for new releases, especially non-festive ones, but we’ve still managed to come up with a mix of 16 top-notch downloads for you from our monthly postings.

As always, we have a couple of new tracks too, and you can also check out our new monthly mix page here, that has every single monthly mix we’ve posted available to browse – over 1,000 songs to download should you so desire.

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This Frontier Needs Heroes – It’s A Lonely Kind Of Christmas
Melancholy, saxophone led festive Americana.

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The Breedings – Big Blue Christmas
Partisan based festivities for the Kentucky Wildcats!

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Simone Felice – Molly-O
Brilliant taste from forthcoming new album, includes guest vocals from the Lumineers.

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The Explorers Club – Christmas Must Be Tonight
A yuletide free download from indie rockers.

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Tiny Spiders – Nervy Hulk
Channels the aggression of classic noiseniks like Fugazi and the Jesus Lizard with the experimentation of Radiohead or Portishead.

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Ned Roberts – Blues #6
Gorgeous finger-picked tune featuring guest vocals from Sarabeth Tucek.

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Li-On Grevier – Cxristmas
Freaked-out festive psych.

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Adrianne Lenker – Lighthouse
Mix of sweet folk and acoustic pop.

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Brown Bird – Weathering
Welcome return of the gothic-folk duo.

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Porno Mags – Get On Top
No-holds-barred, take-no-prisoners  garage rock / proto-punk of a most pleasing kind.

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Shallow End Divers – Fuzzy Caterpillar
Intriguing blend of rock ‘n’roll melding psychedelia, garage, soul, and blues to mighty good effect.

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Blessed Feathers – Everyone I Love Is You
Pastoral folk with a sting in the tail.

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Gorgeous Bully – Sinking Feeling
Self aware, self inflicted ditty celebrating misery, loneliness and self-loathing, and all perfectly moulded into a three minute grungey pop song.


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And to finish off we have tracks from Dead Waves with the grungey-punk of Instead, more quirky indie-pop from Big Sun, and finally folkster Zachary Cale’s cover of Brian Eno’s Golden Hours.

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Blessed Feathers - Order Of The Arrow

The very wonderful Blessed Feathers have made their new album Order Of The Arrow available for free download from their Bandcamp page here.

We have previously posted two excellent tracks from the album, Ahbinreedis and Real Song For Emily (which made it into our favourite 100 tracks of the year) and so we can safely say that you won’t find a better end-of-year offer than this one.

Happy New Year!

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MM's Top Tracks of 2013: 100 - 76

It is that time of year again. The votes have been polled from our MM contributors, the results collated and without further ado, here are Mad Mackerel’s favourite hundred tracks of 2013.

Today, we’re counting down the first twenty five, from 100-76.

100 Woody Pines – Hobo And His Bride
Classic, ramblin’ country blues, where songs are filled with characters fighting to climb up or sliding their way back down – wandering broken hearts, swaggering pimps, crusty hobos – and all inhabiting rundown roadhouses, juke joints and the dusty backroads. Have a listen to the epic tale of young love, The Hobo And His Bride.

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99 The Dodos – Confidence
Warm and wiry indie rock.

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98 Blessed Feathers – Real Song For Emily
Fiercer harmonies and a tenser, more urgent feel than this duo usually give us. Despite being only two and a half minutes long, the song’s plaintive coda has a bitter air of finality.

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97 Bill Callahan – The Sing
Well the only words I said today are “beer” and “thank you” / Beer, thank you / Beer, thank you / Beer

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96 Best Coast – Fear Of My Own Identity
The best fuzzed up pop single of the year.

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95 Eula – I Collapse
Seething, fractured, post-punk blues.

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94 Torres – Honey
A single distorted guitar strum, unsupressed tension, and a raw, slow-burning payoff.

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93 Mark Mulcahy – Let The Fireflies Fly Away
Penguins, a hitch-hiking chicken, a donkey in a Chevrolet and a monkey family feud.

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92 Coke Weed – Sunseekers
A woozy, narcoleptic trip through the realms of psychedelia, indie rock and hazy Americana.

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91 Water Liars – Sucker
The first of three entries from Water Liars. Sucker is the buzzing opener to one of our albums of the year.

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90 The Oblivians – Run For Cover
Garage punks first album for 16 years didn’t disappoint. Run For Cover was a high octane highlight.

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89 Grass House – Spinning As We Turn
Cascading guitars and a hypnotic rhythm section that channels the spirits of Joe Meek and the Velvets.

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88 Ooga Boogas – Sex In The Chillzone
Featuring members of long time faves Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Sex In The Chillzone is an eight minute psych-rock lockdown into the year’s grooviest bass line that sounds like a blend of the Velvet Underground and Parliament.

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87 Of Montreal – Imbecile Rages
Your folks, they are such lovely people / I can’’t understand where you came from“, one of the best opening couplets of this or any other year.

 

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86 The Acquaintances – Paramounts
Tremolo’ed and reverby guitars and echoed out vocals wash over a top-notch rhythm section creating spaced-out garage-influenced rock with a melodic sensibility.

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85 Dim Peaks – Reason
Laid back, folk infused Americana.

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

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83 Shadows At Play – Into The Sun
Upbeat, ethereal folk song that alludes to the Greek mythology story of Icarus, exploring the notion that a man is free once he is defeated.

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82 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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81 Villagers – Nothing Arrived
I’m loving the piano this year and there’s a good bit of gutsy playing here. What were we hoping to get out of this boys? Nothing actually. People are so bloody disappointing aren’t they? (Mrs M)

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80 Phox – Noble Heart

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

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78 The Coathangers – Adderall
A propulsive, jittery, slice of post-punk agitation, borne in on the back of tribal drums and a perfect match for a commonly abused drug used to stimulate the central nervous system!

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77 Steve Mason – Lot Of Love
Love the piano on this song and the catchy, sing-a-long chorus – a guaranteed earworm if I had any (ears that is… being a fish, of course.) Steve Mason’s gentle vocals reflect on love lost and the hope of finding it again. (Mrs M)

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76 Jules Larson & AG – Bend Into The Break

Check back tomorrow for tracks 51-75.

More From Blessed Feathers

We are really looking forward to the new Blessed Feathers album Order of the Arrow, which is out on November 5th.

The first taste from it, Ahbinreedis was the perfect aperitif (see our post here), and the next taster from the record, Real Song For Emily is definitely meatier, faster of tempo and with fiercer harmonies and a tenser, more urgent feel. Despite being only two and a half minutes long, the song’s plaintive coda has a bitter air of finality.

“Nowhere to look at that horizon,
I can’t help, but feel nothing”

We love it. Download it here.

Mad Mackerel's Best of August 2013

Here (better late than never) are our favourite download picks from our August posts, together with a few new tunes. Altogether a genre-busting mix of nearly 20 great songs. Dive in!

Spook Houses – Living The Dream
Tempo-shifting, slacker pop.

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The Great American Canyon Band – Lost At Sea
Gorgeous, rural folk-pop.

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Vikesh Kapoor – I Dreamt Blues
A narrative about endless work and the apathy that can accompany it that has echoes of Dylan’s harmonica and the vocals of a disillusioned Donovan.

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WIDOWER – Oh Catherine, My Catherine
Borne from heartbreak, pure and simple.

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The Oyster Murders – Disaster Flowers Bloom
Typically disquieting and moody with brooding synths and eerie vocals.

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The Obits – Spun Out
Fabulous, scratchy, garage-surf-punk.


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Suntrapp – All The Seas
Softly picked acoustic guitar intro turns into the giddy rush of a warm buoyant rhythm section and exuberant percussion through to a celebratory conclusion.

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The Fire Tapes – Scarlet Cliffs
Nine minute reverb ridden epic of rolling distortion.

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Jeffertitti’s Nile – Mountain Jam
Ambient drones and narcotic gospel blues are as engaging as they are otherworldly, with each amplified whisper and riff hanging in the ether like freshly toked peyote smoke.


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Blessed Feathers – Ahbinreedis
Beautiful, understated, rural folk.

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Left Lane Cruiser – Juice To Get Loose
Swampy, distorted blues and junkyard punk that is raw, visceral and undeniably thrilling.

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Download Bad Sports – Let Me In mp3
Mix of Texan garage and New York heyday punk.

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Download Collisionville – The Ballad Of Herman P. Willis mp3
Bottleneck slide and pedal steel gives way to dirty, amplified harmonica and fuzzed out bass.

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Four cracking new downloads too, from the slacker infused garage punk of Mean Creek’s Cool Town and the furious guitar riffage of the Mourning Birds’ The Last Thing (I Need) to the classic 80’s influenced indie-pop of The Big Sun and their irresistible track Nightbus Topdeck and lastly, Emmett Drueding & the Cowboy Killa’s Iron Fist, a twangy excursion into soulful blues.

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New From Blessed Feathers

Blessed Feathers delivered one of our favourite sets of SXSW this year, an understated collection of beautiful, rural folk that was breathtaking in its simplicity and authenticity.

This is the first track from their forthcoming album and the somewhat oddly titled Ahbinreedis is another example of just how good this duo is – the song is simply lovely.

Download it below, and join us in looking forward to the album in the autumn.

Austin SXSW Day 2

Yesterday was not a great day.

It is the little things sometimes.

Things like when you wake up and realise that despite knowing I was away for 10 days in total, I had only bought clothes for 8 (except t-shirts which bizarrely could last me for 13) and the suncream tube is actually some kind of foaming face wash. Or all the eggs have gone at breakfast meaning as a non-meat eater the sausages and bacon are not great substitutes. And then some crappy news from work, and by the time all is sorted I am rushing for the bus with just enough time to get downtown to see Savages at the Brooklyn Vegan day party except the bus pulls into a stop and then just stops. For five, then ten, then fifteen minutes. And by the time it starts again and enters the slow crawl of traffic heading into the heart of the city there is no chance of getting there on time.

Akron Family

So I head for the Filter day party at the Clive Bar and do get there in time for The Guards who offer an energetic if somewhat formulaic take on muscular big-on-choruses-indie-rock. I manoeuvre my way to the front for the Akron Family who, despite starting late, good naturedly indulge in some of the loudest psych-folk freakout jams I have ever heard. They could have played twelve songs or two, but however many it was I enjoyed it. It is packed now for the party headliners Lord Huron, but they, or rather the sound guys, cannot get things set up properly. They hear one mic but not another, then no drums, then drums but no bass. It goes on and on and even the party going crowd start to get a bit fidgety in the sun. Eventually they start 35 minutes late and offer a tropically breezy set of folk that sounds at times uncomfortably close to Vampire Weekend for these ears. There is an absolutely majestic Time To Run which gets the crowd going, but the rest is a little bit of a disappointment. And of course they have to cut the set short because of the late start.

I head back into the mayhem of Sixth Street and the start of the evening showcases. Compared with my last visit in 2009, it seems twice as busy, twice as packed, twice as intense. My plan had been to aim for one of the two big hitting events, Nick Cave at Stubbs or Japandroids and Iggy Pop at Mohawk. They’re close to each other so it seemed reasonable to see which was easiest to get into. Being late from the Clive Bar meant the Stubbs line stretched at least a block and a half just for the wristband holders so on I went to the Mohawk. I found the back of the line, but that was for badge holders only, a nice SXSW volunteer cheerfully pointed me towards the wristband line…it writhed like a snake for what seemed miles. Pointless queuing.

Lord Huron

Plan B, head for Red 7 and see Blessed Feathers, surely that will be easier. But in complete contrast to my last visit, every single venue I pass en-route has enormous queues. I join the Red 7 queue and half an hour later I am in at the Patio Bar with a beer and waiting for the band. They come on. They are from Wisconsin and probably look like it; Donivan Berube’s garb makes him look wonderfully like the scarecrow from the Wizard of Oz. A partnership duo playing guitar and banjo they charm and delight for 25 minutes against the backdrop of chatter and the band next door with Hey All You Floridians and the wonderful Stinging Nettle, Honeysuckle particular stand outs.

A SXSW photographer tells me the queue is now even longer outside and they are at capacity inside, and it is much the same everywhere else. I abandon plans to try and go and see Murder By Death, Lily Hiatt or Salesman and decide to stay put to see up and coming English buzz band Peace.

I am glad I did. They come on stage, painfully skinny and good looking, a study in affected insouciance, and in attire that looks like a cross between Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’s Child Catcher, Alice In Wonderland and Richmal Compton’s Just William. Then they plug in and play a set of outstanding psychedelic indie rock that completely and utterly wins the crowd over and in California Daze and especially ten minute epic 1998 (Delicious) have songs that are destined to live long in the memory. For Peace the buzz is justified.

Outside it is busier than ever. The queues for the Black Angels at Buffalo Billiards and Phosphorescent at the Hype Hotel are ridiculous. I decide to call it quits and catch the last bus back towards my Interstate hotel and ask the driver to let me know when we get to my stop on Saint Elmo Road. “Sure” he says, so I am surprised a while later to see the bus fly past it without stopping. I ask him, he looks at me blankly and I get off at the next stop and start the walk back.

It is dark and no-one is around. A car stops. A police car. Politely they ask if I am OK, and slightly less politely, to see my ID. I show them my passport and they are satisfied. I explain I missed my stop and am walking back to the hotel. The policeman shakes his head, “bad luck sir” he says.