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New Singles Round Up.

Here are a few of the new singles that have come our way recently that are well worth a listen.

The Diamond Center are purveyors of very fine lush, shimmering neo-psychedelia. A new 7″, California / Bells will be out on the 13th March and you can listen to the woozy, pulsating goodness of the title track here.

Next up, and while a touch more raucous, Bear Driver are in a somewhat similar vein with their brilliant new single Big Love, which is a freewheeling nod to past love and teeters precariously atop a monster wash of Dinosaur Jr guitar fuzz….Self proclaimed sunny slacker pop, it is a perfect description. Out on March 26th.


A short while ago we posted a superb track from London punks Zulu’s forthcoming debut cassette release Way Of The Zulu. This is another: Bloody And Rare. We’ve ordered our copy – get yours here.


Roomrunner would make good roommates for Zulu. This is their pulverising title track from new EP Super Vague, which is out on May 15th. Download it here.


In contrast to our first four offerings, The Family Machine provide a complete contrast with their gently pastoral new single Quiet As A Mouse. They are local to us and another example of Oxford’s brilliant local music scene. Watch it, then download it.


Download The Family Machine – Quiet As A Mouse mp3 (from Quiet As A Mouse Single)

The Lighthouse And The Whaler have their own sweet line in melodic folk-pop and have announced a new track Burst Apart from upcoming EP Pioneers to coincide with their performances at SxSW.


We featured London five piece Good Dangers in our recent video round up, and this is new single DFYF, a perfect example of energetic indie-pop bursting with hooks that recalls The Headlights in their pomp. There’s some sound advice to be had in the lyrics too…


Broken Hands are a new band to us, but if second single Sorrow is anything to go by then that won’t be the case for long. It channels the best of classic rock in a way that is reminiscent of other MM faces Henry’s Funeral Shoe or Tweak Bird and even, dare whisper it, White Denim. Dust the air guitar off and shake those locks…


Lastly we have new Glasgow band Quickbeam who release debut single Seven Hundred Birds on April 9th. It is mournful, majestic and orchestral all at once and tugs at the heartstrings with an insistence and fragile beauty that is impossible to resist.


Another bonanza month. Another round up of the very best tracks we posted in March. Another selection of new tunes to get your teeth into too.

So without further ado…

Download White Denim – Drug mp3 (from D)

First taste of rockers new album. Bodes well. Very well.

Download The Everymen – Ballad Of Sarin mp3 (from Hello, Nice Evening. We Are The Everymen)

Cocksure but not arrogant, intense without being overwhelming, and high on the sleaze factor as the shredded vocals of Sarin McHugh gleefully sit astride pounding drums and thunderous guitars.

Download Strand Of Oaks – Wolves mp3 (Phosphorescent Cover via Folkadelphia Session)

Cover song heaven?  (MM faves) Strand of Oaks covering the sublime Wolves by (MM faves) Phosphorescent.

Download The Rural Alberta Advantage – North Star mp3 (from Departing)

A perfectly pitched tale of longing and desperation.

Download Widowspeak – Harsh Realm mp3 (from Harsh Realm 7″)

A nicely hazy, dreamy pop nugget that makes those Mazzy Star comparisons completely understandable.

Download Tyburn Saints – You’ve Gone Stray mp3 (from For The Benefit Of Strangers)

The theme tune to a slasher film written by Nick Cave? It could well be the sexiest serial killer based love song ever written.

Download Cult of Youth – New West mp3 (from Cult of Youth)

The dramatically deep baritone of vocalist Sean Ragon is enough to create a palpable sense of menace and foreboding which we’re quite fond of here at MM.

Download Obits – Shift Operator mp3 (from Moody, Standard and Poor)

Surf influenced, stripped back, garage rock.

Download The Owsley Brothers – Under The Shade Of A Live Oak mp3 (from Separated At Birth)

A slow, pulsing blues riff and a plaintive vocal combine perfectly to give us a song so authentic that it sounds like it was made to be sung in the cottonfields and on backwoods porches throughout the South.

Download The Diamond Center – Caraway mp3 (from Caraway 7″)

A haunting, echoing melancholy feel that spreads over almost six and a half pulsing minutes and somehow manages to soothe and surprise in equal measure.

Download Generationals – Ten-Twenty-Ten mp3 (from Actor-Caster)

Hands down the catchiest slice of indie-rock we’ve posted in a good long while.

Download Mathew Sawyer & The Ghosts – Revenge of The Extra From Zulu mp3 (from How Snakes Eat)

Fragile folk gem married to caustic lyrical venom. Result: a winner.

Download Alela Diane – To Begin mp3 (from Alela Diane & Wild Devine)

Bold and self-assured with more of a countrified twang than her usual sparser, pastoral folk feel.

Download The Lumerians – Gaussian Castles mp3 (from Transmalinnia)

Meditative drones, murky ritualistic rhythms, and layered vocals populate and abound. Dive in!

Download Josh T Pearson – Woman When I’ve Raised Hell…(Alternative Version) mp3

Seven heart wrenching minutes of the most despairing ballad in a long, long time documenting the relentless pain and suffering caused when a relationship passes from failing to broken.

Download The Donkeys – Don’t Know Who We Are mp3 (from Born With Stripes)

A perfect slice of twangy relaxed sunshine rock.

Download Dead Gaze – Fishing With Robert mp3 (from Dead Gaze 7″)

A marvellous combination of fuzzy vocal dischord over a folkish guitar strum, and a side order of New Order poppiness.

Download Erland & The Carnival – Nightingale mp3 (from Nightingale)

The reinventing of old folklore into sinister modern day fairytales.

Download Arborea – Careless Love mp3 (from Red Planet)

Mixing folk, some floating, spacey drone and minimalist percussion with Shanti Curran’s gorgeous vocals to mesmerising effect, the spine tingling results are stark, but beautifully compelling.

Download Paleo – In The Movies mp3 (from Fruit Of The Spirit)

Two minutes of indie folk perfection with a melody so catchy you’ll be humming it for days.

Download James Leg – Drowning In Fire mp3 (from Solitary Pleasure)

Imagine if the Black Keys sold their souls to the devil – they’d probably end up playing like this.

Download Twilight Hotel – Mahogany Veneer mp3 (from When The Wolves Go Blind)

A brilliant combination of alt-country and spaghetti-western desert twang that moves languidly to conclusion via poignant, scalpel sharp lyrics.

Download Bill Callahan – Baby’s Breath mp3 (from Apocalypse)

First taste from new album. More classic singer-songwriting!

Download Thurston Moore – Benediction mp3 (from Demolished Thoughts)

Personal and slightly brooding piece of work from the quieter, more introspective end of his musical spectrum.

Download Psychedelic Horseshit – French Countryside mp3 (from Laced)

Bustling, uptempo, hook-laden, melted outsider pop song.

Download Marissa Nadler – Baby I Will Leave You In The Morning mp3 (from Marissa Nadler)

Ethereal songwriting, rich with imagery and beautiful textures.

Download Fucked Up! – The Other Shoe mp3 (from David Comes To Life)

Punk rockers find a mellower more introverted side.

Download The Limianas – AF3548 mp3 (from AF3548 7″)

More authentic garage rock’n’roll done to perfection.

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Heaven Was A Glass Of Wine mp3 (Merle Haggard Cover from Snowed In Sessions EP)

Gorgeously cracked and bleeding version of Merle Haggard’s despairing original.

Download James Irwin – Blue Dust mp3 (from Blue Dust Digital Single)

A fine example of indie-folk of the very best kind.

Download The Builders & The Butchers – Rotten To The Core mp3 (from Dead Reckoning)

Calls to mind the blood and thunder preachers in dusty pulpits, the hellfires and the brimstone, and the intense fury of both the righteous and the scorned.

Download Brown Bird – Bilgewater mp3 (from The Sound of Ghosts EP)

A mix of sparse, haunted folk, outlaw country and gypsy riot!

And to finish off, here is another Strand of Oaks cover, this time of Joe Pug’s wonderful Hymn 101, a rare remix (for us anyway) of Moon Duo, a wonderful new band in the shape of rootsy trio Cowboy And Indian, the title track from blistering blues-rock duo White Mystery’s new album Blood & Venom and in the krautrock rhythms and pyschedelia of Echo Lady, probably Wet Hair’s finest release to date.

Download Strand Of Oaks – Hymn 101 mp3 (Joe Pug cover)

Download Moon Duo – In The Sun (Purling Hiss Remix) mp3

Download Cowboy And Indian – Ledbellies (Hurt My Pride) mp3 (from Cowboy And Indian)

Download White Mystery – Blood & Venom mp3 (from Blood & Venom)

Download Wet Hair – Echo Lady mp3 (from In Vogue Spirit)

Virginia’s The Diamond Center take great joy in harnessing the wild beast of psych rock with some surf-ish reverb and a hint of spectral country noir and forcing them all together to submit for an epic joy ride of the senses.

New single, Caraway, has a haunting, echoing melancholy that spreads over almost six and a half pulsing minutes and somehow manages to soothe and surprise in equal measure. This is a song for all those who have ever owned and enjoyed a record by The Velvet Underground, by Espers or even by Neko Case!

Heading on tour down to Austin and back for SXSW this month Diamond Center will also play Houston, Harrisburg, Richmond, Somerville, and NYC throughout March in support of their 7-inch being released via Some Day This Will All Make Sense.

The band will return to Austin in late April/May for Austin Psych Fest, a smorgasbord of the finest psychedelic artists.

You can pre-order the 7″ here.

Download The Diamond Center – Caraway mp3 (from Caraway 7″)

Here is our usual end of the month round up of the very best tracks posted on Mad Mackerel, with a couple of new ones too. A perfect mixtape for May.

Wilderness of Manitoba – Hermit mp3

Intimate and gorgeous, with haunting guitar lines and beautiful harmonies.

Buffalo Moon – Beach Boy mp3

Summery pop, beach references, breezy beats and sweet lounge vocals.

Sun Kil Moon – Australian Winter mp3

Sparse, bleak and mesmerising.

Lille – Tall Shoulders mp3

Elegant and aching acoustic folk

Mountain Man – Soft Skin mp3

Ghostly, Appalachian folk with an old-timey feel

Boy & Bear – Mexican Mavis mp3

A glorious cacophony of joyous harmonies and devil-may-care attitude, like the Fleet Foxes on speed

Wooden Wand – The Fly mp3

MM fave delivers downbeat standout from limited edition new CD-R about buzzards, annoying flies, and baseball diamonds.

The Diamond Center – WTT mp3

Psychedelic folk-rockers who pair a wall of reverb and noise with an eerie gothic country creeper

Howling Owls – My World mp3

Ominous, forbidding, baleful, another standout track from our favourite discoveries of 2010 so far

Futurebirds – Johnnny Utah mp3

Off-kilter, psychedelic and slightly ramshackle country rock

Wild Nothing – Chinatown mp3

From Cure-like synths to the catchy ultra-hip rhythms of The Drums. Blissed out pop and classic indie melody

Delta Spirit – Bushwick Blues mp3

An anthemic stomper that brilliantly showcases their country rock roots and ear for a tasty lyric

Alejandro Escovedo – Street Songs mp3

Snake-hipped swagger and groove

The Streets On Fire – No Ones Fucking To The Radio mp3

Dirty riffs, pounding drums and howling vocals – furious and raw raggedy-assed rock and roll

Hearts And Daggers – Convict Blues mp3

Drips dust, sweat, blood and whiskey in equal measure

Wooden Shjips – Drunk Girls mp3

LCD Soundsystem given a truly cosmic makeover by the Californian stoners

The War Crimes – Stillness Beckons mp3

Wilfully down-tempo, unnerving, chamber pop

Felt Letters – 600,000 Bands mp3

Fall-like diatribe propelled by electro-Kraut repetition.

Le Sang Song – Gingerella mp3

Oppressive and skittery – underpinned by a hypnotic groove and a frugal, tense guitar line that determinedly burrows its way into your head.

And a couple of new ones for you to finish off:

Pontiak – Young mp3 (from Living)

Spare stripped back stoner groove and one mighty, mighty riff!

Julian Lynch – Just Enough mp3 (from Mare)

Psych pop with breezy sixties feel and sunshine instrumentation

There – don’t ever say we’re not good to you!

The Diamond CenterThe Diamond Center are psychedelic folk-rockers who pair a wall of reverb and noise with an eerie gothic country creeper, creating an unique blend that is hard to put a finger on. Influenced by albums spanning the musical spectrum, they hint of Phil Spector and Joe Meek’s experimental studio style, the live rawness of the Velvet Underground, as well as the nouveau psych-folk stylings of the Brian Jonestown Massacre and Espers.

Last year saw the release of their second full length, My Only Companion, which we confess we entirely missed out on. We’re making up for that now as it has been pretty much on iPod repeat since we got a copy this week.

It is an unsettling and eerie album, filled with melancholy bitterness and a hint of drone, all overlaid with haunting vocals, minimalist percussion and layers of reverb drenched, swirling guitars.

They are about to embark on a nation wide summer tour and have a Daytrotter date sandwiched in the middle. More than enough reason we think to share with you their quite outstanding first single from the album, WTT.

Visit their MySpace here. Buy the CD from cdbaby here. go see them live (dates below).

Download The Diamond Center – WTT mp3 (from My Only Companion)

For those lucky enough to be in the States, here are the tour dates:

5/27 – Wilmington, NC @ W.E. Fest

5/28 – Roanoke, Va. @ Bazaar w/ The Young Sinclairs

6/2 – Brooklyn, NY @ Goodbye Blue Monday

6/3 – NYC, NY @ Piano’s

6/5 – Columbus, Ohio @ TBD

6/6 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ TBD

6/7 – Chicago, Ill. @ Quenchers

6/8 – Rock Island, Ill. @ Daytrotter (DAYTROTTER SESSION!)

6/8 – Dekalb, Ill. @ House Cafe

6/9 – Lawrence, Kan. @ Replay Lounge

6/10 – Tulsa, Okla. @ TBD

6/11 – Denton, Texas @ Hailey’s

6/13 – Lubbock, Texas @ Bash’s

6/14 – Austin, Texas @ TBD

6/15 – Houston, Texas @ Walter’s on Washington

6/16 – New Orleans, La. @ TBD

6/17 – Birmingham, Ala. @ TBD

6/18 – Durham, NC @ Krankie’s

7/3 – Baltimore, Md. @ Farm Fest w/ the flying eyes