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Mad Mackerel's Best of 2011.Scottish Kate is a great friend of this blog and has often offered her (sometimes pithy) opinions on the world of music – and very good taste she has too.

She also runs the always excellent (sometimes pithy), and often provocative blog A Burdz Eye View for all things Scottish (of course), political and musical. Here are her aural selections for 2011.

The Burd’s Best Songs of 2011

Well it doesn’t get any easier.  Though given that all my old schticks are in here aplenty – drums, noise, shoegaze, jingly jangly guitars, quirkiness, blues and reverb – it really should be a doddle.  This girl is forever stuck in her groove and that’s just the way I like it.

10. Cashier No9  – When Jackie Shone

Gosh, why do I like this?  It’s just got that whole throbbing bass line thing I like.  Layers of sound.  Odd vocals.  And drums.  Of course. Like it? Love it.  The louder the better.

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9. Other Lives – For 12

Nearly my choon of the year.  Deceptively simple, soaring, swooping and positively swoonsome.

Download Other Lives – For 12 mp3 (from Tamer Animals)

8. Josh Schroeder and Meredith Adelaide – Where Are You

It could so easily have been So it Goes, for both choons have been on a near constant loop at various times this year.  But seeing as I have to choose – and I must, I cannot have the ignominy of a twelve instead of a ten two years in a row – then this one wins out.  Not for nothing my Twitter bio suggests I’m not nearly as scary as I pretend to be.

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7. Secret Colours – Faust

A late contender but a worthy one.  This choon is the musical equivalent of a three course meal and therefore ticks all my bluesy-rock boxes.  So long as you like your meat and potatoes with no veg.

Download Secret Colours – Faust mp3 (from EP3)

6. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Barnes’ Yard

See?  Stomping, strummy, just a little shoogly and I’m sold.

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5. We were promised Jetpacks – Medicine

Ye cannae beat a wee jangly Scottish band, especially one that throws everything but the kitchen sink into their music.  It should be a mess but it so isn’t.  After a difficult year out, with this track they exploded back onto the music scene and it was like they’d never been away.

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4. Slow Club – Beginners

A knickerbocker glory offering of shoegaze.  With a big dollop of retro on the side and some reverb sprinklings up top for good measure.  Dreamy.

Download Slow Club – Beginners mp3 (from Paradise)

3. Team Genius – Home

Boy Wonder’s favourite moshing/air guitar choon of the year.  We have pogo-ed round the sitting room to this.  Oh yes.  For those who don’t know, he’s the eight year old, supposedly I’m the responsible adult.

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2. William Elliott Whitmore – Field Song

The man with the voice that sends shivers down my spine is at the peak of his powers.  Occasionally I have to lie in a darkened room to listen to this album – all the better to wallow y’see.  The title track is truly a thing of beauty.

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1. The Low Anthem – Matter of Time

They made it into 2009 and 2010’s list and here they are again.  The grandmasters of less is more, of making a symphony out of a three minute track.

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Favourite cover of the year

Barry-Sean and I share some bizarre commonalities.  There are Killie fans in his family too, and it would appear, the influence of Buddy Holly on our musical heritage. The standout cover version for me this year? Patti Smith doing Words of Love and making it all her own.

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Favourite discoveries of the year

Actually, this was a rediscovery.  In reprising the career of the late, great Jackie Leven, I found myself falling in love with Doll by Doll all over again.  Gypsy Blood is a great album, and only recently recognised as a modern rock masterpiece.  Aye but it’s the punkish tendencies that make it so.

Guilty pleasure

Diddy – Dirty Money Coming Home

Yes really.  The year I discovered what makes the young folk tick.  This far though and no further.

Close but no Cigar

O’Death – Bugs

This is a beautifully meaningful song on so many levels.  Especially when you know the back story.

Download O’Death – Bugs mp3 (from Outside)

FOUND – Anti Climb Paint

Just about my favourite track off one of my favourite albums of the year.

The Barettas – Touche

This is the kind of band I always wanted to be in.  Still do.

Download The Barettas – Touche mp3 (from Touche 7″)

Peggy Sue – Dumbo

Two albums in two years, both of them corkers.  Quirky and winsome.

A Classic Education – Forever Boy

It’s the drums innit?

Download A Classic Education – Forever Boy mp3 (from Call It Blazing)

Coke Weed – Not My Old Man

Or maybe it’s just the all-round oddness…

Download Coke Weed – Not My Old Man mp3 (from Volume 1)

The Kills – Future Starts Slow

Did I mention I like a bit of down and dirty?  And no one does like it Jamie and Alison. Should have married her, mate.

Lykke Li – Sadness is a Blessing

More shoegaze, quirkiness and downright pop genius.  Oh, and the best video of the year.

Butcher Boy – Helping Hands

The line that sold it to me was “on yellow grass and dirty pebble dash”.  Seemingly whimsical, masking a dark heart.

The Shivers – Kisses

There’s an acoustic and a blues version of this song.  Sometimes I play them one after the other.

Download The Shivers – Kisses mp3 (from Rob Da Bank Session)

MM wasn’t the only one snapping pictures from Truck Festival this year. Here are a selection from Moo, our own mini Mad Mackerel.

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Download Edwyn Collins – Losing Sleep mp3 (from Losing Sleep)

Download Caitlin Rose – Shotgun Wedding mp3 (from Dead Flowers EP)

Download Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues mp3 (from Harlem River Blues)

Download Sea of Bees – The Woods mp3 (from The Woods EP)

Download The Duke & The King – If You Ever Get Famous mp3 (from Nothing Gold Can Stay)

Download John Grant – I Wanna Go To Marz mp3 (from Queen Of Denmark)

Download Alessi’s Ark – Shovelling mp3 (from Soul Proprietor EP)

Download Chad Valley – Ensoniq Funk mp3 (from Chad Valley EP)

Download Admiral Fallow – Squealing Pigs mp3 (from Boots Met My Face)

Download Tunng – Don’t Look Down Or Back mp3 (from …And Then We Saw Land)

Download Jonquil – Get Up mp3 (from One Hundred Suns EP)

Download Johnny Flynn – Kentucky Pill mp3 (from Been Listening)

Download The Young Knives – Walking On The Autobahn mp3 (from The Young Knives…Are Dead)

Download Dry The River – New Ceremony mp3 (from New Ceremony Single)

Download Little Fish – Wonderful mp3

Download Nathaniel Rateliff – Early Spring Till mp3 (from In Memory Of Loss)

Download Trophy Wife – Microlite (Acoustic Version) mp3

Download Richmond Fontaine – The Boyfriends mp3 (from We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River)

Download Cashier No. 9 – Lost At Sea mp3 (from To The Death Of Fun)

Download Pete & The Pirates – Mr Understanding mp3 (from Little Death)

Download Lanterns On The Lake – You’re Almost There mp3 (from Gracious Tide, Take Me Home)

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The sun shone, the bands played, and, as ever, a good time was had by all. Roll on Truck Festival 2012.

Download Richmond Fontaine – The Boyfriends mp3 (from We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River)

Download Cashier No. 9 – Lost At Sea mp3 (from To The Death Of Fun)

Download Pete & The Pirates – Mr Understanding mp3 (from Little Death)

Download Lanterns On The Lake – You’re Almost There mp3 (from Gracious Tide, Take Me Home)

Download Caitlin Rose – Shotgun Wedding mp3 (from Dead Flowers EP)

Download Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues mp3 (from Harlem River Blues)

Download Sea of Bees – The Woods mp3 (from The Woods EP)

Download The Duke & The King – If You Ever Get Famous mp3 (from Nothing Gold Can Stay)

Download John Grant – I Wanna Go To Marz mp3 (from Queen Of Denmark)

Download Alessi’s Ark – Shovelling mp3 (from Soul Proprietor EP)

Download Chad Valley – Ensoniq Funk mp3 (from Chad Valley EP)

Download Admiral Fallow – Squealing Pigs mp3 (from Boots Met My Face)

Download Tunng – Don’t Look Down Or Back mp3 (from …And Then We Saw Land)

Download Jonquil – Get Up mp3 (from One Hundred Suns EP)

Download Johnny Flynn – Kentucky Pill mp3 (from Been Listening)

Download The Young Knives – Walking On The Autobahn mp3 (from The Young Knives…Are Dead)

Download Dry The River – New Ceremony mp3 (from New Ceremony Single)

Download Little Fish – Wonderful mp3

Download Nathaniel Rateliff – Early Spring Till mp3 (from In Memory Of Loss)

Download Trophy Wife – Microlite (Acoustic Version) mp3

Truck Festival - Free Download Mixtape. Tomorrow sees the start of the marvellous Truck Festival near Oxford. We went last year and had a brilliant time and are thoroughly looking forward to this year’s event where the line-up includes Gruff Rhys, Graham Coxon, Saint Etienne, John Grant, The Young Knives, Edwyn Collins, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, The Duke & The King, Tunng, Justin Townes Earle, Alessi’s Ark, Sea Of Bees, Pete & The Pirates, Caitlin Rose, Lanterns On The Lake, Cashier No. 9 and (as the cliché goes) many, many more.

There will also be another Truck America this year in New York state in September, featuring none less than The Felice Brothers, Vetiver, Wye Oak, The Hold Steady and the Low Anthem amongst others.

To celebrate the festival we’ve put together a mix-tape of 15 great tracks for you. Also look out for a couple more Truck related posts tomorrow and Saturday.

Tickets and information can still be got here – you won’t be disappointed!

For Truck America click here.

Enjoy the mix…

Download Cashier No. 9 – Lost At Sea mp3 (from To The Death Of Fun)

Download Lanterns On The Lake – You’re Almost There mp3 (from Gracious Tide, Take Me Home)

Download Caitlin Rose – Shotgun Wedding mp3 (from Dead Flowers EP)

Download Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues mp3 (from Harlem River Blues)

Download Sea of Bees – The Woods mp3 (from The Woods EP)

Download The Duke & The King – If You Ever Get Famous mp3 (from Nothing Gold Can Stay)

Download John Grant – I Wanna Go To Marz mp3 (from Queen Of Denmark)

Download Alessi’s Ark – Shovelling mp3 (from Soul Proprietor EP)

Download Chad Valley – Ensoniq Funk mp3 (from Chad Valley EP)

Download Admiral Fallow – Squealing Pigs mp3 (from Boots Met My Face)

Download Tunng – Don’t Look Down Or Back mp3 (from …And Then We Saw Land)

Download Jonquil – Get Up mp3 (from One Hundred Suns EP)

Download Johnny Flynn – Kentucky Pill mp3 (from Been Listening)

Download The Young Knives – Walking On The Autobahn mp3 (from The Young Knives…Are Dead)

Download Dry The River – New Ceremony mp3 (from New Ceremony Single)

Mad Mackerel's Round-up Another Round Up of the good, the very good and the exceptional tunes that have recently wormed their way in between our ears via our In-box or the internet and blogosphere. Let them do the same for you.

We have a few new tracks from artists we’ve previously posted about, some new bands and a couple of big names too.

First up, The Warped 45s follow the brilliant Grampa Carl with another track from new album Matador Sunset. Talk About Evil is more of a fiddle and bluegrass affair with a rousing chorus and a toe-tappin’ rhythm.

Download The Warped 45s – Talk About Evil mp3 (from Matador Sunset)

Download The Warped 45s – Grampa Carl mp3 (from Matador Sunset)

Likewise with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside who have a new offering from their album Dirty Radio – simply called Danger, it is another rollicking example of their retro 50s inspired harmonies and good time country twang.

Download Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Danger mp3 (from Dirty Radio)

Download Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – I Swear mp3 (from Dirty Radio)

We’ve also posted about melancholic singer-songwriter Luke Rathborne before too. To mark his forthcoming tour of the west coast he’s made a new track available for download. Nice chap! Get tour dates here.

Download Luke Rathborne – You Let Me In mp3 (from I Can Be One E.P. / Dog Years E.P.)

Download Luke Rathborne – Dog Years mp3 (from I Can Be One E.P. / Dog Years E.P.)

Download Luke Rathborne – I Can Be One mp3 (from I Can Be One E.P. / Dog Years E.P.)

More recently we gave you the excellent Hunger Song from the folk inflected Middle East’s album I Want That You Are Always Happy. Although authorised we got a DMCA takedown notice so here is another track from the album, Jesus Came To My Birthday Party – and if you’re the knob who thinks this isn’t authorised, think again. We have been given full permission to post the track, just like we had with the last one – get in touch with us direct if you’re worried!

Download The Middle East – Jesus Came To My Birthday Party mp3 (from I Want That You Are Always Happy)

Download The Middle East – Hunger Song mp3 (from I Want That You Are Always Happy)

Having previously posted Young Pros, Velvet Itch is another track of sleazy garage goodness from Bass Drum Of Death’s reverb heavy album GB City.

Download Bass Drum Of Death – Velvet Itch mp3 (from GB City)

Download Bass Drum Of Death – Young Pros mp3 (from GB City)

Madeline’s Black Velvet album is full of dark twisted pop and crooning psychedelia, we’re pleased to offer up Gather The Flowers, which is the second (equally good) single from it.

Download Madeline – Gather The Feathers mp3 (from Black Velvet)

Download Madeline – Hurry Up Pronto mp3 (from Black Velvet)

Little Horn (having been called any number of combinations of indie, folk, gothic, psychedelic, progressive and rock) have made a second track available from their new album 12, take a listen to Thief and decide for yourself.

Download Little Horn – Thief mp3 (from 12)

Download Little Horn – Bridges Break mp3 (from 12)

New to MM, and hailing from upstate NY, you might shrug your shoulders at a band named Cattle Drums but you would be remiss by doing so. Mixing post-punk, hardcore, shards of math rock and even traces of dark Americana into one glorious cacophony of sound, this track comes from their Boy Kisser Sessions +3 release, which can be got for free from their label Tiny Engines Bandcamp page here.

Download Cattle Drums – Sluts And Coconuts mp3 (from The Boy Kisser Sessions + 3)

Robert Ellis is a songwriter and a country singer in the old fashioned, traditional sense – think Willie Nelson or Lefty Frizell and a classic Nashville sound. What’s In It For Me? is taken from new album Photographs which was released a couple of days ago.

Download Robert Ellis – What’s In It For Me? mp3 (from Photographs)

By contrast, if there is anyone out there who can match Sun Araw for dubby, sun-baked, desert psych then we’ve yet to come across them. Although, thinking about it, collaborators on latest offering Night Gallery, Eternal Tapestry might well be contenders. Try Night Gallery III on for size.

Download Eternal Tapestry & Sun Araw – Night Gallery III mp3 (from Night Gallery)

The Heaven’s Jail Band plays distinctly American music. Twin guitars, drums and bass, harmonies and lyricism. Themes of love, loss, age, failure, freedom, beauty and redemption are dealt with in a deceptively casual blend of heroic and vulgar language. Classic rock, country and folk filtered through punk’s nihilism and heavy metal’s romanticism. Pretty Lady Blues comes from their self-titled debut on Heartbreakbeat Records.

Download The Heaven’s Jail Band – Pretty Lady Blues mp3 (from The Heaven’s Jail Band)

We were big fans of Grass Widows Past Time album last year and they have returned with a cracking new 7″ single titled Milo Minute. This is one of the two tracks on the b-side – a suitably jangly and messy cover of Wire’s classic Mannequin.

Download Grass Widow – Mannequin mp3 (from Milo Minute 7″)

Belfast’s Cashier No. 9 are picking up quite a bit of buzz over here in the UK and are signed to the excellent Bella Union label. Drawing influences (and comparisons) from the Byrds to The Stone Roses and from Pavement to The Flaming Lips, their rich vocal harmonies, bold guitar textures and supremely catchy melodies creates a sound that’s indeterminably none of these yet equally vibrant. This track comes from recently released debut To The Death Of Fun.

Download Cashier No. 9 – Lost At Sea mp3 (from To The Death Of Fun)

LA band Dunes have a new 7″ single, Tied Together just out. The vinyl is limited to 300 on Teenage Teardrops (order here) and is a nice smoky slice of sunshine inflected garage pop.

Download Dunes – Tied Together mp3 (from Tied Together 7″)

Lastly, The Happy Thoughts are a gem of a discovery via RSTB and deliver two and a half minutes of perfect, roughly hewn, garage style power pop in the shape of the hook laden Sweet Dirty Love from their self-titled debut album.

Download The Happy Thoughts – Sweet Dirty Love mp3 (from The Happy Thoughts)

As always please, please support the artists – buy the records, buy the merchandise, go and see them live.