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Round Up

Work has been more than hectic lately, but conversely that seems to have coincided with listening to more music too – maybe the extra time sat on the train or in the car? Who knows or cares, but it does mean a collection of mighty fine tunes for you to welcome home the weekend too…

We kick off with a brilliant track of hypnotic garage-psych from Wax Witches, Serotonin Syndrome comes from forthcoming long player Centre Of Your Universe. And while your ears are still ringing, dive into the charming, melodic indie-pop of Sleepyhead’s Wild Sometimes.

In a similar vein comes The Griswolds Beware The Dog, and Grand Cousin’s Better is a genre-defying fusion of psychedelia, indie pop and alternative rock reminiscent of Deerhunter and Young the Giant.

Fifth we have the urgent, lo-fi noise punk of Champion Lover, which because we were in a bad mood, we thought would be crap and turned out to be totally the opposite. Check out a couple of tracks from their self-titled debut and order from Bandcamp here.

Then we have a new single from London duo Big Deal who have been perfecting their gorgeous, effortlessly infectious melodies and sun dappled hooks wrapping around the bruised vocals and broken hearted lyricism of Alice Costelloe and KC Underwood. Listen to Always Boys from new 4-track EP Sakura.

Turning the volume up to 11 are Leeds based five-piece Autobahn, Ulcer is the closing track from new EP 2, it is a classic of post-punk intensity drawing on a metronomic krautrock synth line and a perfect companion piece to Dead Waves’ Oracles of the Grave, which manages to achieve levels of equally ominous and foreboding muscular power.

Next up is the folk-noir of Mumbledust’s Wishes which comes from their self-released EP Home Alone II and the melancholic psych-pop of Carroll and the beguiling Bad Water.

Lastly we finish with the simply gorgeous, pastoral psychedelic folk of Welsh singer-songwriter Dan Amor. The wonderful Sister Anne is the opening track from his forthcoming album Rainhill Trials (out on Monday), which recalls the best of Syd Barrett, Nick Drake and the freak folk of the early 70s. Gentle, sweetly fractured and thought-provoking, it is a perfect way to conclude a veritable smorgasbord of tunes for you. Enjoy!

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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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Mad Mackerel's Best Of September, October & November Mix

Here is the second part of our mammoth round-up of the best of our downloads from the past three months.

The Hunting Party – Bobby
Indie-folk reminiscent of smoky backwoods bars, songs of longing, nostalgia, and the uncertainty of both past and future.

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The Parson Red Heads – To The Sky
Trademark loose, country inflected folk-rock.

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The Reference Desk – Try Not/Try To
Three-piece drums-and-guitar outfit with a songwriting mission statement of simple, loud, and catchy.

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Beached Out – Tiny War
Reverb-drenched guitar, delicious harmonies, and a longing for the ocean.


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Banded Stilts – Out On The Sea
Sparse, folk inflected piano pop.

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Little Racer – Vanessa
Surf-indie-pop by way of Motown.

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Old Cabin – Lighthouse
Has an easygoing, rolling-with-the-punches kind of feel to it that calls to mind the best of Seawolf, or perhaps even the Roadside Graves.

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Running Red Lights – Mulberry Love
Almost six minutes of beautifully contrasting sweet folk, honeyed harmonies, and dark pop – like a musical equivalent of Snow White and that juicy, tempting red apple.


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Scott Barkan – Flightless Bird
Echoes with the restless, free spirit of jazz, but also firmly anchored by its Americana roots.

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Tyburn Saints – You And I In Heaven
Barely 30 seconds into the six minutes, frontman Johnny Gimenez’s orchestral, baritone rumble repeatedly intones “I choose death“, while guitars needle and chime in equal measure.

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Dead Waves – Over Me
Brilliant and brooding – distorted disillusionment never sounded so good or so cool!

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The Parmesans – Riddle Song
String trio specialising in complex, Doc Watsonesque guitar picking, harmonious mandolin lead, good ‘ol honky tonkin’ bass lines and all with an emphasis on tight three part vocal harmonies.

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Kings Of Lowertown – Mississippi Flood
Awesome sleazy, garage blues boogie.

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Pontiak – Innocence
Just over two minutes of anthemic sonic brilliance channeling classic MC5 riffing, stoned Sabbath grooves and thunderous percusssion.


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Malaena Cadiz – Bright Center Of Heaven
Atmospheric, melancholy, back-porch Americana.

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And to finish, why Tacocat’s breezy summer-surf punk and, by way of complete contrast, the unflinching and harrowing personal songs of Gloom Balloon – something for everyone then!

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Mad Mackerel Recommends… Dead Waves

New York trio Dead Waves will release their new EP Take Me Away on the 10th December and it will make the perfect Christmas gift for anyone still lamenting the glory days of grunge, of the Pixies, the Melvins, and Mudhoney.

Grab yourself the brilliant and brooding Over Me – distorted disillusionment never sounded so good or so cool!