Posts Tagged ‘Coke Weed’

Just came across this on our Soundcloud feed – the woozily marvellous Coke Weed covering The Band’s Tears Of Rage from the 1967 classic Basement Tapes.

Enjoy. Good article about the song here as well.


best of the weekOur regular collection of the best of this week’s new releases for you including a couple of tasty cover versions.

  1. Freakwater – The Asp And The Albatross
  2. Quilt – Eliot St.
  3. The Brainstems – Simple Joys
  4. Freedom Fry – 1979 (Smashing Pumpkins cover)
  5. Coves – Stormy
  6. Coke Weed – Malocchio
  7. Noun – Loveblood
  8. Little May – Skeletons (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover)
  9. Kite Base – Miracle Waves











New From Coke Weed

Posted: September 30, 2015 in Alternative, Americana, Indie, Music, Psychedelic, Rock

We have already posted Dead Man Walking the first single from psych-tinged indie rockers Coke Weed’s forthcoming album Mary Weaver.

Now we have the follow-up for you in the shape of New Jive, which boasts a muscular central riff, some glam rock tendencies and a satisfyingly woozy undercurrent.

Have a listen here.


Three of our favourite bands have, by happy coincidence, all offered up new tracks so we thought we’d stick them altogether in one neat package for you.

First up are indie legends and slowcore stalwarts Low with another excellent tune from their forthcoming album Ones and Sixes, which is out in September. What Part Of Me, is a beauty of sparse harmonies and slightly fuzzy melody (see UK tour dates below).

Next, Coke Weed has announced the release of its fourth album, Mary Weaver, due out October 9th on Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records. The album features interweaving guitars, grooving rhythms, and smooth, haunting vocals, all while exploring dark themes of romantic and chemical alienation. Incorporating elements of Bolan’s boogie, the kraut/R&B hybrids of Bowie’s Station to Station, and the desperate romanticism of Roxy Music and Iggy Pop, for a first taste of the record, you can stream the lead single Dead Man Walking.

Finally, post punk trio TRAAMS have announced their return later this year with their second album, Modern Dancing, the follow up to their superb 2013 debut Grin. The first offering from the LP, due out 13th November through FatCat Records, is the wonderfully named Succulent Thunder Anthem.

Stream all three below.




Low Live Dates

04-06 September – End Of The Road Festival, Wiltshire
04-06 September – Electric Picnic Festival, Stradbally (Ireland)
07 October – Cathedral, Manchester
08 October – Art School, Glasgow
10 October – Roundhouse, London

Here is the second instalment of our favourite albums of 2013, counting down from 30 to 11.

30 Nick Cave – Push The Sky Away

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29 Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In

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28 Coke Weed – Back To Soft

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27 Georgia’s Horse – Weather Codes

Georgia's Horse Release Weather Codes


26 Alela Diane – About Farewell

MM Shorts 333: Alela Diane's New Album


25 Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

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24 Quiet American – Wild Bill Jones

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23 The National – Trouble Will Find Me

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22 Torres – Torres

MM Shorts 289: Torres


21 Bill Callahan – Dream River

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20 Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt

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19 Wooden Wand & The World War IV – Wooden Wand & The World War IV

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18 Various Artists – Divided & United The Songs Of The Civil War

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17 Blitzen Trapper – VII



16 Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle

New Album From Laura Marling


15 Mark Mulcahy – Dear Mark J Mulcahy, I Love You

More From Mark Mulcahy


14 Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

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13 Cass McCombs – Big Wheel And Others

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12 Low – The Invisible Way



11 Terry Malts – Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere

New Album From Terry Malts


See numbers 50 – 31 here.

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.


99 The Dodos – Confidence
Warm and wiry indie rock.


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.


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


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


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

Download Eula – I Collapse mp3


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


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


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


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.


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


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


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.


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.



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.


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


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


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.


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.


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)


80 Phox – Noble Heart


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


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!


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)


76 Jules Larson & AG – Bend Into The Break

Check back tomorrow for tracks 51-75.

Mad Mackerel 5:1 Coke Weed

Somehow we missed the release of Back To Soft this summer, the third long player from Bar Harbor’s Coke Weed.

It follows the release of two outstanding albums in Nice Dreams and Volume One. But, if anything, this one is even better – a woozy, narcoleptic trip through the realms of psychedelia, indie rock and hazy Americana. Reference points range from classic Velvets style underground to Smog and Galaxie 500’s languid slow burn. Underpinning it all is Nina D.’s gorgeous, off-kilter vocals that are as seductive as they are hypnotic.

Since we got our copy it has been if pretty constant rotation and tracks like Manchester and Sunseekers rank among the very best tunes they’ve given us. You can buy a copy (and the other two records) from their website here.

We asked Milan McAlevey from the band to take our Five to One Interview challenge. He did us proud.

Five words to describe your music:coke weed back to soft
Adult, Groover, Awesome guitars, Hypnotic, Sexy voice

One book you’d recommend to an alien:
The Wapshot Chronicle by John Cheever

Five bands (or albums) that have most influenced you:
There’s a Riot Going On by Sly and the Family Stone
Playing It Cool by Keith Hudson
Sticky Fingers by the Rolling Stones
Cowboy In Sweden by Lee Hazelwood
Conspicuous Only In Its Absence by the Great Society

One moment in time you’d like to have witnessed:
Well, I guess I’d like to have been at the Band’s Big Pink sessions because I could have played all the guitar better/cooler than Robbie Robertson

Five people (living or dead) you’d love to share a stage-jam with:
Brad Paisley
John Entwistle
Brian Eno
Drummer from ZZ Top cover band
Ian Curtis

One biggest regret in your career (to date):
Not working hard enough when I was younger

coke weedFive things on your perfect rider:
Ice cold fizzy water
Scarves or panchos
Makers Mark Bourbon
Little china town slippers, known colloquially as Mowglis or Gayrods

One hour to live – who would you spend it with, and why?:
Nina D. because she is the funniest person I know

Five Perfect Songs:
Grimly Forming by The Great Society
Got A Feeling by the Mamas and the Papas
N.I.B. by Black Sabbath
Hot and Cold Skulls by Royal Trux
Summer Wine by Nancy & Lee

One song of yours that you’d most like to be played in 50 years time:
One song from each Coke Weed album: Not My Old Man, Jimmy and Sunseekers



Check out the sidebar for previous 5:1 Interviews with Blitzen Trapper, Simone Felice, The Sparrow & The Workshop, John Murry and many more.

Mad Mackerel's Best of April 2012 - Free Mix. So we exit April, which true to form turned out to be wetter than a Mackerel’s handshake. No matter, banish the blues with this scorching mix of some of the best downloads we offered in the month, plus a few new ones to get to know and love too.

Download Alexander TuckerWindow Sill mp3 (from Third Mouth)
Minimalist string arrangements with electronic manipulations and drones to produce a doom chamber-pop song.

Download Amanda Jo WilliamsThe Bear Eats Me mp3 (from The Bear Eats Me)
Dusty jukebox rock that will wake the kids in the middle of the night for a boot-stomping, moon-invoking dance party on the back porch.

Download Kyle AdemBrother Follow mp3 (from Armour)
A tireless storyteller with a whole lot of questions who marries his own blend of orchestral and reflective folk, with a punk edginess.

Download Johnny Bertram & The Golden BicyclesMistake mp3 (from Neon City)
Robust, but still melodic indie rock with some folky undertones.

Download Dubious RangerThe New Eve mp3 (from Found Recordings From The Panda Valley Mining Company c.1931)
Sounding like a blend of Tom Waits and Beck, this is a peculiar brand of art-rock that defies definition.

Download Mathew Sawyer – Children In The City
One of the very best singer-songwriters around. Wonderfully skewed view of the world, obstinate refusal to conform, and exceptional wordplay.


Download The Flaming LipsGod Only Knows mp3 (from Pet Sounds Revisited)
Indie rock surrealists take on the Beach Boys.

Download Black CreekNot For The Faint Of Heart mp3 (from Not For The Faint Of Heart digital single)
Another muscular example of their ragged, raw take on Americana, a sound they describe as “riffs and revelations”.

Download Coke Weed – Jimmy
Chugs gently along, all woozy charm and gentle folky psychedelia behind which the occasional acerbic lyric hides in wait.


Download Hiss Golden MessengerJesus Shot Me In The Head mp3 (from Poor Moon)
Classic back-porch folk and country with echoes of gospel and blues, which is often accompanied by warm organic sound effects such as cicadas or the patter of rain.

Download Old BricksAnthem mp3 (from City Lights)
Earnest and pensive folk.

Download Wooden WandWither Away (demo version) mp3 (from Briarwood Deluxe Edition)
Gorgeous demo version of Briarwood album standout.

Download Diamond RugsCountry Mile mp3 (from Diamond Rugs)
Loose countrified rock from new indie ‘supergroup’.

Download Tiger HighDon’t Want To See You Till You Go mp3 (from Myth Is This)
Excellent garage-psych.

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering DriftersRestless Roads End mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt & Dreams)
Muscular Americana, a song that slowly stretches, flexes and simmers over five minutes while the band keep expertly keep a lid on the instrumentation and don’t allow it to escape its restraints completely.

Download MV & EEToo Far To See mp3 (from Space Homestead)
Off-kilter Americana. Plaintive, almost elegiac and builds up to some guitar histrionics than recall Neil Young in a most pleasing way.

Download The Fresh & OnlysDo What I Came To Do mp3 (from Stash Rituals)
High octane garage punk, thump and clatter.

Download The Plastic Pals – Leave It Til Tomorrow (from Leave it ‘Til Tomorrow Digital Single)
This is heroin disco chic in the style of the Velvet Underground and Berlin-era Bowie.


Download Young HinesCan’t Explode mp3 (from Give Me My Change)
Confrontational and trigger-happy punkish blues.

And no fewer than five new tracks to try out. We have the raw, early 70s punk vibe of The Dirty Fences, a brilliant track of chugging psych-rock from The Lead Stones (another discovery via Rollo & Grady), the uniquely catchy indie rock of The Wave Pictures, a visceral slab of slowed down garage rock from the Ty Segall Band and to finish a sweetly charming slice of Americana from Cowgill with its quiet, upbeat guitar and gorgeous violin.

Download The Dirty Fences – Sid mp3 (from Dirty Fences)

Download The Lead Stones – Heaven mp3 (from Heaven Digital Single)

Download The Wave Pictures –Stay Here And Take Care Of The Chickens mp3 (from Long Black Cars)

Download Ty Segall Band – Wave Goodbye mp3 (from Slaughterhouse)

Download Cowgill – Extra Gravity mp3 (from Side One Of Planted)

More From Coke Weed

Posted: April 18, 2012 in Americana, Folk, Indie, Music, Psychedelic, Rock

More From Coke Weed.

Coke Weed were one of our favourite discoveries of last year and their new album Nice Dreams has been seducing us further and further with each play – each track like tendrils of fog swirling round your head, elusive and smoky, but gradually revealing their irresistible delights.

They have made a video for new single, Jimmy which they are also giving away as a free download. It is one of our favourite songs on the record, chugging gently along, all woozy charm and gentle folky psychedelia behind which the occasional acerbic lyric hides in wait.

We met some strange dudes
People in bad moods
We thrashed them twice

Download the album from Amazon here. You can also catch them supporting the Walkmen on their North American tour in the autumn.



Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: February 2012.

Musically, the year is starting to really kick into gear now and February saw lots of top quality tunes hit the web. Here is our pick of the best of last month’s posts along with four brand, spanking new tracks for you to download, sample and treasure. All in all over thirty great songs in one great mix.

Download Hoots & Hellmouth – Why Would You Not Want To Go There? mp3 (from Salt)
Country rocker with a slow-burn intensity that builds in tandem with some expertly judged flourishes of piano and electric guitar.

Download Mirel Wagner – No Death mp3 (from Mirel Wagner)
World-weary, doom-laden, sparse and skeletal. Oh and stunning too.

Download Mark Lanegan – The Gravedigger’s Song (from Funeral Blues)
Brilliant electronica-style drum beat throughout, with the trademark ML growling vocal delivery.

Download Dr. Dog – That Old Black Hole mp3 (from Be The Void)
Classic vintage, ramshackle country rock from excellent new album.

Download Orpheum Bell – Poor Laetitia mp3 (from The Old Sisters’ Home)
Seductive, yet slightly mocking tale of a beautiful, but awkward girl with a haughty tango beat and muted trumpet.

Download Jesse Thomas – Fire mp3 (from War Dancer)
Raw, whiskey soaked folk.

Download The Pharmacy – Dig Your Grave mp3 (from Dig Your Grave)
As good an example of indie-pop-garage bliss as you’ll find.

Download Benjamin Shaw – Kick The Dog mp3 (from The Birds Chirp And The Sun Shines Single)
Idosyncratic, perverse folk ramblings.

Download The Chromatics – Into The Black mp3 (from Kill For Love)
Sublime chilled out cover of Neil Young’s classic.

Download Maps & Atlases – Winter mp3 (from Beware And Be Grateful)
Typically tight and dense, but still catchy indie-pop.

Download Shrouded Strangers – Featherbed mp3 (from Lost Forever)
Skuzzy slacker anthem – a glorious amalgam of surf guitars, krautrock rhythms and fuzzed up hillbilly stomp.

Download Moonface – Teary Eyes And Bloody Lips mp3 (from With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery)
A stormer – all buzzing guitars, massive keyboards and nailgun percussion.

Download Cheers Elephant – Doin’ It, Right mp3 (from Like Wind Blows Fire)
A sublime slice of upbeat sunshine pop that morphs into a brief kaleidoscopic freakout before settling back down again.

Download Black Mountain – Mary Lou mp3 (from Year Zero Original Soundtrack)
Almost eight minutes of perfect heavy riffage.

Download Horse Feathers – Fit Against The Country mp3 (from Cynic’s New Year)
Typically rustic folk from one of Portland’s finest.

Download  Guy Capecelatro III – Girlfriends mp3 (from North For The Winter)
Another slice of quirky folk with sly observation and mischievous lyrics.

Download Zulu – Sistine Chapel mp3 (from Wa Of The Zulu)
Clear the cobwebs with this brilliant tribal rumble and punk rock swagger.

Download Teitur – Let The Dog Drive Home mp3 (from Let The Dog Drive Home)
Gently upbeat, elegant, and expansive folk rumination.

Download Wooden Sky – Malibu Rum mp3 (from Every Child A Daughter, Every Moon A Sun)
A beautifully paced folk ballad tinged at the edges with the faint wisp of melancholy – lovely.

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams)
A downtempo slow burn of barely picked electric guitar washes over sighed vocals that gradually swell to an appropriately lugubrious and mournful climax.

Download Colleen Green – Worship You mp3 (from Milo Goes To Compton)
Throbbing garagey guitars over a sweetly saccharine vocal.

Download Band In Heaven – Sleazy Dreams mp3 (from Sleazy Dreams 7″)
Visceral, pulsating industrial punk riffing of the very best kind.

Download Drifterswift – Rule Of Twelfths mp3 (from The Rule Of Twelfths EP)
Spacey dream pop, slightly fuzzy and a 100% bona fide ear worm.

Download Ray Wylie Hubbard – Drunken Poet’s Dream mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)
Sublime version of standout track from country outlaw’s last album.

Download The Crocodiles – Sunday (Psychic Conversation #9) mp3 (from Endless Flowers)
Full on, catchy indie rock. Noisy.

Download Coke Weed – Magpie mp3 (from Nice Dreams)
Gently haunting and woozy-at-the-edges folk psychedelia.

Download Ceremony – Adult mp3 (from Zoo)
Loud, fast, uncompromising. This is searing punk rock.

And to finish off we have new tracks from These United States and their rambunctious melting pot of rock-and-roll, folk balladry, and outlaw country that went into taster track Dead And Gone as well as the psych rock influenced indie of Temporary from White Rabbits, one of the best things we’ve heard from them. Exitmusic have a new album scheduled and title track Passage is typically powerful and haunting with layered guitars and drums building to an extraordinary crescendo. Lastly it is the sonic guitar blast of Yellow Orchestra on their outstanding new track The Shakedown.

Download These United States – Dead And Gone mp3 (from These United States)

Download White Rabbits – Temporary mp3 (from Milk Famous)

Download Exitmusic – Passage mp3 (from  Passage)

Download Yellow Ostrich – The Shakedown mp3 (from Strange Land)