Posts Tagged ‘Criminal Hygiene’

LA-based garage rock band Criminal Hygiene have shared a new music video for Greetings From A Postcard, taken from the imminent release of their forthcoming Again EP, which is itself a companion piece to the band’s excellent studio album, Run It Again.

The clip for Greetings From A Postcard follows the United Run It Again Parcel Service as it spreads its message of dedicated – and very delicate – service all across the country, all while also being a touring rock band.

Watch it here. Order the EP here.

 

 

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Limited Fanfare Records Free Spring/Summer Sampler

Limited Fanfare’s Spring/Summer Sampler is available on a pay-what-you-want basis from Bandcamp.

It features ten tracks from such MM faves as Lil Daggers, Gringo Starr, Criminal Hygiene and Denney & The Jets. Check a couple of our favourites below or just head here to get the whole thing.

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Mad Mackerel's Best Of February 2013 Mixtape

Here is our selection of the best of our February downloads together with a few brand new tracks to dig into.

So go on. Knock yourself out.

Blank Realm – Cleaning Up My Mess
Sitting somewhere between the melancholic churn and burn of Mercury Rev and the noisy squall of Sonic Youth, the four-piece gleefully meld psychedelia with punk and pop and even a smattering of blues licks, all to fantastic effect. (Click through for a free download).

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Black Pus – 1000 Years
Slightly deranged, often furious – it is a cacophony of drums, loops and repeating phrases and rhythms, but with a pop heart. (Click through for a free download).

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Úlfur – So Very Strange
Ambient folk featuring enchanting vocals by Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man.

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Andrew Leahey & The Homestead – Summer Sleeves
The sound of the modern South: organ, harmonized guitar riffs, pedal steel, and three-part harmonies all in the mix.

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Express and Company – Gold In Your Pockets
Recalls the work of Whiskeytown and Uncle Tupelo.

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Vandaveer – Pretty Polly
First taste from their forthcoming collection of reinterpretations of age-old traditional folk songs and murder ballads.

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Charity Children – Elizabeth
Rousing folk anthem – their tribute to the bullied and downtrodden.

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Pure X – Things In My Head
Guitar jangle, but with added ominous sonic undertones.

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Burning Condors – Honey Trap
Blues-punk par excellence.

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Brave Baby – Lakeside Trust
Prime toe-tapping, head-bobbing example of infectious guitars and percussion.

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New Mexico – Alpha Male
Joy Division-esque rumbling bassline over which a compelling synth harmony and a muscular garage rock riff battle it out for supremacy. (Click through for a free download).

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LA Font – Onshore
Wry look at at a relationship in decay that is big on hooks, tipsy guitars and a windows-down groove.

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Fantasmas – No Soul
Brooklyn based four-piece that hold the Washington DC punk scene and the no-wave era of Sonic Youth close to their hearts.

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Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Party Kids
A retro swagger through rockabilly tinged rhythms and classic garage soul.

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Criminal Hygiene – Alan I’m In Love
Another bitter pill of noisy, visceral skater-punk that demands to be played at maximum volume. This is needle in the red territory, and all the better for it.

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Download The Futurebirds – Virginia Slims mp3 (from Baba Yaga)
Near-six minute pedal steel washed, country tinged, pure, unadulterated joy of southern fried rock.

Download JP Whipple – Home (Is Where I’m Leaving) mp3 (from Ghosts)
Gently plucked strings, scalpel sharp lyrics, black humour, sorrow, and not a little wisdom delivers something sitting somewhere between an (even more) stoned Arlo Guthrie, Damon Moon and Wooden Wand.

Download Thee Oh Sees – Minotaur mp3 (from Floating Coffin)
A more subdued (though still dark and brooding) take on their frenzied garage-psych.

Download Quiet Hollers – Road Song mp3 (from I Am The Morning)
While it clocks in at less than two minutes it is still as tale of extremes – of despair and woes, of worn boots on dusty highways, but of hope and redemption too.

To finish, we have new tracks of beguiling minimalism from Low, and Patrick Stickles from Titus Andronicus covering Free Energy’s Hey Tonight. Finally, from Uncut magazine’s Best of New Music free cover disk, a track of perfect dazed, paisley pop from The Holydrug Couple, and Mount Moriah’s countrified take on weird new/old America with White Sands from their second album, Miracle Temple.

Download Patrick Stickles – Hey Tonight mp3 (Free Energy cover)

Download The Holydrug Couple – Counting Sailboats mp3 (from Noctuary)

Download Mount Moriah – White Sands mp3 (from Miracle Temple)

More From Criminal Hygiene

Criminal Hygiene are releasing a third single, Alan, I’m In Love, off their debut LP, CRMNL HYGNE (buy it here via Small Smile Records).

The track (along with Grady Get Angry) may well be our favourite from the album. It is a self-loathing number that bass player and songwriter, James Pratley Watson explains, “is a song about thinking you’re in love with someone, and then realizing you’re not in love with anyone.

Needless to say if you checked out our previous post on Criminal Hygiene, you’ll anticipate it being another bitter pill of noisy, visceral skater-punk that demands to be played at maximum volume. This is needle in the red territory, and all the better for it.

Download it here. You can catch them at SxSW this year too.

Mad Mackerel's Best Of December 2012 Free Mix

As might be expected, slightly fewer tunes make up our final monthly mix of the best of the downloads from MM – no panic tho’, the quality of new tunes on offer more than makes up for it. And as always, some new ones for you too means a top banana mix of twenty cracking songs to play in the New Year.

The Cheatahs – The Swan
A swirling, smoking riff and a rough ‘n’ ready feel is mixed with 90s slacker indie influences and a bit of shoegaze – all to more than good effect.

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Beach Fossils – Careless
All sinewy jangle bouncing along on the back of hurtling, punk-ish drums.

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Criminal Hygiene – Rearrange Me
Skater-punk’s bitter ode to unhealthy relationships, full of rough and raspy vocals met with a charging bassline.

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Download Grave Babies – Over And Under Ground mp3 (from Crusher)
Catchy, but nevertheless slathered in their signature overdoses of distortion.

Split Screens – Deep Down
Pink Floyd style subtle psychedelia and Beck style emotion.

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Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo – Christmas Time Is Here
Sweetly harmonious festive version of a Christmas classic, also featuring Kristina Train, Rumer and Ren Harvieu.

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Download Fires – Untied mp3 (from Angels In The Dark EP)
Imagine the scuzz-rock blitzkrieg of Butthole Surfers, combined with the melody and songcraft of Urge Overkill.

Blackfeet Braves – Vicious Cycle
60s era psychedelia bathed in twangy reverb and infectious melody, resulting in lo-fi psych pop fitting for the most epic trip.

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Download Los Campesinos! – A Doe To A Deer mp3 (From A Doe To A Deer)
Indie popsters’ festive offering complete with alcoholic undertones.

Download Balto – Smokestacks mp3 (from Monuments EP)
Voices sail out in harmony over a dusty, spaghetti western guitar twang and heartfelt emotions are laid bare at your doorstep – tangled, delicate and rich.

James Yuill – Lost In California
New offering from folktronica master from as yet untitled new album.

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Download Tom Williams – Christmas (So Much Better When You’re Here) mp3 (from For Folk’s Sake It’s Christmas)
Another festive goody.

Jack Hardman – Plymouth
An ethereal and wintery song, filled with warm harmonies and covered in spring reverb – folk music with a psychedelic tint.

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American Royalty – Honey & Queen
Delivers a warm groove with a touch of Yeasayer / Little Dragon about it.

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Hero Jr. – Ann Boleyn
Indy-based foursome combine soaring vocals, stinging guitars and driving rhythms blurring the lines between ’70s classic rock, the angst of the Alternative Nation and modern indie-rock.

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And to finish off we have another raucous track from Criminal Hygiene. Next up is a new track from unique, otherworldly singger-songwriter Ólöf ArnaldsTreat Her Kindly is taken from the forthcoming album Sudden Elevation (out on One Little Indian US release 5th March, UK 4th February). We have Giant Giant Sand’s sage words and loungey rat-pack vibe on Not the End of the World with this track taken from the deluxe version of their excellent album Tucson. Then there is the Kinksian pop melancholy and Television Personalities wry punk disaffectedness of Campfires lo-fi weirdo musings – try the primitive pop of Fortune Teller from forthcoming album Tomorrow Tomorrow (just click through to download for free).

And lastly, hailing from Brooklyn, NY, Hawk and Dove is an indie rock band whose calm-before-the-storm sound has been described as the “loudest quiet band you have ever heard” and “the psychedelic country David Bowie never wrote.” On their forthcoming debut album, This Yesterday Will Never End, the band mixes hauntingly beautiful ballads with thunderous stoner grooves to create a sound quite unlike anything else. Download Things We Lost So Far.

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Round Up / Catch Up

We’re once again struggling with the in-box and a bunch of tunes that need sharing, but not the time to do them justice with the write-ups. Take our word for it though, these are all worth further investigation.

LA skater punks, Criminal Hygiene offer up their latest single, Rearrange Me, a bitter ode to unhealthy relationships, full of rough and raspy vocals met with a charging bassline, showcasing this trio’s array of sonic influences, as Michael Fiore croons,”you say I’m inconsistent/you have to admit, I’m fuckin’ consistent.

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Brass, woodwinds, organs and piano mix with haunting melodies and eerie guitar lines on California multi-instrumentalist Maston’s upcoming LP Shadows, out via Trouble in Mind on February 12. Listen to Young Hearts.

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Swami Records just announced the release of the sophomore album from The Night Marchers entitled Allez Allez, hitting streets January 22nd. The first track to be released is called All Hits, and just went up as a download off Soundcloud

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Singer-songwriter Aly Tadros’s new album The Fits hits shops early in 2013. Sweet on Me, the first single is raw and intimate, her flirtatious voice is a blushing initiation into the wax and wane that is this blossoming singer/songwriter’s sophomore release.

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The Stone Foxes will release their third record, Small Fires, in February of 2013. As a taster for those awaiting the release of the full record, they are offering up new single Everybody Knows from the forthcoming record as a free download from their website here or just listen here!

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With only an acoustic guitar and two drums, folk duo Maitland catches your ear with angelic melodies, slow anticipation, and energetic percussion. Embers is the lead track from recently released EP, From A Cabin In The Woods.

Download Maitland – Embers mp3 (from From A Cabin In The Woods)

Round the Corner is a mix of indie and gritty pop with a bit more grit than pop. Soaring vocals and clever lyrics whisk you away with their track Red Temptress.

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Over and Under Ground is the first single from Grave Babies’ new album Crusher (out February 26th via Hardly Art). Catchy, but nevertheless slathered in their signature overdoses of distortion.

Download Grave Babies – Over And Under Ground mp3 (from Crusher)

Low Culture is a scrappy, melodic garage punk band from Las Cruces, NM that features members of The Marked Men and Shang-A-Lang.  The band is giving away the title track to new album Screens.

Download Low Culture – Screens mp3 (from Screens)

The Bixby Knolls are set to release their full-length debut, Near & Undear, next week. On it the L.A.-based foursome offer up 11 tracks that blur the lines between indie rock, psychedelia, post-punk, pop and even soulful R&B. At times spastic, surreal and schizophrenic, this is guitar-driven rock’n’roll delivered with conviction, swagger and, above all, attitude.

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And finally we have another track for you from Split Screens self-titled debut EP of Pink Floyd style subtle psychedelia and Beck style emotion. This is Deep Down.