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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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Tuesday Means Eight of the Best!

Its been a good while since we’ve put up one of these type of posts, but a plethora of top notch releases meant it demanded to be temporarily resurrected!

So without further ado we have another taste of Laura Marling’s much anticipated new album in the shape of Once, and another taste from the rather weirder folk songstress Amanda Jo Williams and Holster, The Gun It Hangs In There, which is taken from her new album You’re The Father Of My Songs.

Cass McCombs will release a split single with Michael Hurley in the summer and his offering is the cheery shuffle of Three Men Sitting On A Hollow Log. Elsewhere, New Zealand band Surf City’s forthcoming album We Knew It Was Not Going To Be Like This continues their love affair with psychedelic, reverb-swathed guitar pop, drawing from their Flying Nun forefathers The Clean and The Chills, as well as the fuzzed-up dream pop of The Jesus and Mary Chain and the loopy noise of Animal Collective. Have a listen to It’s A Common Life.

Brendan Benson has a new single out titled Swallow You Whole, which is an infectiously jaunty piano led slice of indie rock and by contrast a slow burning, semi-intimidating cover of TLC’s  No Scrubs by Scout Niblett is a gem right out of left field – it comes from her critically acclaimed new album It’s Up To Emma.

Next, turn up the volume for another taste of White Mystery’s high octane garage-punk blues with their new single Telepathic from recent album of the same name, and finally we have the insouciant indie of Smith Westerns new single 3AM Spiritual which comes with a free, lightly sprinkled tinge of 60s psychedelia.


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Daytrotter Delights.

Daytrotter have posted up some absolutely top-notch sessions recently – although to be fair this is what they generally do pretty much 100% of the time – however, the last few days have seen some real gems.

Our friends at Rollo & Grady have already beaten us to the post with their Deer Tick session post, but it is so good we thought we’d cover it again anyway.

Elsewhere there has been a session from Brendan Benson and a wonderful session from Ponychase. Want more? Crystal Fighters, Kassidy, Mark Olson and O Children are all recent visitors too.

For $2 per month you’re getting some of the best value music on the web – if you haven’t go and sign up here. If you need proof listen to these three first…then go and do it.

Download Deer Tick – Bad Leroy Brown mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Brendan Benson – Cold Hands mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Ponychase – Running With The Pack mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

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