Posts Tagged ‘Donkeys’

Once again our list of admirable musically inspired films to watch has grown exponentially and here is an initial selection of some of our favourites…













Mad Mackerel's Best of the Months: March to May (Part 1)

Previously we’ve just offered Best of the Month postings with downloads, but that excludes so many quality songs we’ve decided to just post our favourite tracks – irrespective of whether they are free to download or not. If you like them add them to your Spotify playlists or do the old fashioned thing and download them from iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever.

Anyway, with a bit of ground to make up here is the first part of March to May’s selections. Nearly forty tracks – enjoy!

Twin Berlin – Buzzkill
Heavy, slow burnin’ garage punk.


The Ukiah Drag – Dirt Trip
Wields a heavy creep-beat that cleans your dusty clock and takes you for a bourbon afterwards – self-conceited punk hypnosis.


La Sera – Losing To The Dark
Sounds like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag – in a good way.


Dan Baker – Pistol In My Pocket
Skeletal, tortured alt-country and folk delivered with Baker’s mix of wavering, unforgiving howls and whispered confessionals.


S. Carey – Crown The Pines
Glorious, delicately cascading folk.


Secret Colours – Heavy & Steady
Bass-heavy single showcases the quintet’s maturing psych-pop sensibilities.


Wooden Wand – Dambuilding
Beautifully judged slice of acoustic melancholy unhurriedly delivered with a slightly crestfallen air that imbues the narrative with a gorgeous poignancy.


Benjamin Shaw – Goodbye, Kagoul World
Ramshackle psychedelic folk with a healthy splash of darkly black humour.


WATERS – Got To My Head


Split Screens – Close My Eyes
Over a backdrop of lush vocal harmonies, meditative fingerpicking and expressive brush work, delves into the theme of escapism and the freedom of letting go.


Tele Novella – Trouble In Paradise
Charming, mellow indie psych-pop and subtle vocal harmonies.


Donkeys – Scissor Me Cigs
Laid back, easy-going, breezy country tinged rock.


Paradise – Born And Bound
Vintage-inspired, nuggets style garage-psych.


The Leaf Library – The Greater Good
Hypnotic, krautrock disco, which is reminiscent of Stereolab at their best.


Cate Le Bon – Sisters


Timber Timbre – Curtains?!
Insistent groove of disquieting Americana.


Creepoid – Wet Bread
Slow burn sonics from noise rockers.


Heart Beach – Hours
Sad, minimal, skuzz pop drone harmonies.


Amen Dunes – Lilac In Hand
Sweetly resigned vocals are carried along on a simple acoustic strum, piano and deft percussion.


Brian Jonestown Massacre – What You Isn’t
Grandfathers of modern-psych deliver again.


The Peach Kings – Be Around
Smooth and smoky vocals above bluesy guitar riffs


The Orwells – Southern Comfort
Swaggering, infectious lead off track from the much anticipated debut Disgraceland, out on the 3rd June.


The Delines – I Won’t Slip Up
Smooth, slow moving and sorrowful Americana.


Horse Thief – Little Dust
Relaxed, undulating slice of Americana that sets expansive, chiming guitars behind an rolling, easy-going vocal.


Strand Of Oaks – Goshen ’97
A superb full-on, incendiary, ballsy roots-rocker with screaming guitars and relentless percussion.


Clouder – Lost In Reverie
Romping rock track about a faceless female presence that’s propelled by antsy guitars that morph in and out of surf and psychedelic jangles.


Dune Rats – Funny Guy
Two and a half minutes of pumped up, guitar-fuelled stoned, garage rock that is impossible to resist.


Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Sealed Scene
Get locked into the space rock groove…


Free Swim – Meal For One
Brilliant track of catchy indie insouciance, scalpel sharp lyrical minutiae, and overall inventive quirkiness.


The Felice Brothers – Cherry Licorice
Classic ragged, uptempo rocker – no one does this stuff better than the Felices.


The Vacant Lots – Mad Mary Jones
A full on head rush of punked-up psychedelia.


CRUISING – You Made Me Do That
As lo-fi and DIY as it comes – grimy, distorted, brooding and depraved.


Old Smokey – Dead Man’s Pose
An upbeat scorcher with rolling, brushed drums, chanted group vocals, and a clarinet that brings to mind a New Orleans second line.


Tijuana Bibles – Toledo
Somewhere in between the nostalgic Americana of Tom Waits and the sludgy riffs of the grunge resurgence.


Triptides – Moonbeams
Dreamy, meandering slice of psych-rock with hints of surf.


And a couple of new ones to finish off…the new single Mainline from indie rockers Teleman, and the driving, hook-filled urgency of PUJOL’s Circles.


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The Donkeys Are Back

Posted: March 20, 2014 in Americana, Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock

The Donkeys Are Back

Returning with a new album, Ride The Black Wave, on a new label, Easy Sound Recording Co., and a new track, Scissor Me Cigs, for us to listen to are The Donkeys.

Tho’ many try, it is really difficult to do laid back, easy-going, breezy country tinged rock, without sounding formulaic, tired or clichéd, but these guys are naturals. Wonderful stuff.

The album is out on June 3rd.


New Video from the Donkeys

Posted: May 3, 2011 in Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock

Psychedelic barbecue anyone? Here is the new video from The Donkeys for one of our favourite songs of 2011 so far. If you don’t have it yet, grab it below.

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

Download The Donkeys – I Like The Way You Walk mp3 (from Born With Stripes)

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)

We missed these. They are all excellent and we missed them.

So just in case, (like us) you are late coming to them, then you’re in for a real treat – from the unwavering desolation of Josh T Pearson to the gung-ho garage riffs of Jeff The Brotherhood, all of these should (if we’d been doing our job properly) have been up on MM long before now.

We have failed.

We must try harder as our school report regularly used to say.

But enough of the self-pity and better late than never, Josh T Pearson’s album Last Of The Country Gentlemen has been gathering almost universally outstanding reviews – so we’ve managed to ignore it completely. Then we idly played Woman When I’ve Raised Hell and discovered seven heart wrenching minutes of (what must surely be) the most mournful ballad in a long, long time to document the relentless pain and suffering caused when a relationship passes from failing to broken.

Honestly, why can’t you just let it be

And let me quietly drink myself to sleep

Honestly, it’s not what it appears to be

But only memories that ain’t got shit to do with you


Woman when I’ve raised hell, heaven knows you’re gonna know it

There won’t be a shadow of doubt in your bright little mind

No pictures left hangin’, only lonely unpainted nails

Ah Honey you’ll connect those dots, read the writin’ on the walls

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

By contrast, Jeff The Brotherhood deal in the joys and spontaneity of youth – of big fat guitar riffs and even bigger choruses and remind us of The Ramones on skateboards. Try the non-stop exuberance of Bone Jam from debut Heavy Days or the equally excitable Mellow Out from new album We Are The Champions.

This latter song features on an excellent 12 track free digital sampler from label Infinity Cat that also includes Natural Child, Hell Beach and the brilliant White Death by Fielded. (just click here to go and get it).

Download Jeff The Brotherhood – Bone Jam mp3 (from Heavy Days)

Download Jeff The Brotherhood – Mellow Out mp3 (from We Are The Champions)

The track, Don’t Know Who We Are by The Donkeys has also been around for a while and is from forthcoming album Born With Stripes.

I think it was the name that put us off listening until now – fools that we are. It is a perfect slice of twangy relaxed sunshine rock, that is as catchy as hell and good enough not to become irritating after a short while.

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

Lastly Cloud Nothings recent self-titled album release has also been picking up many plaudits for its adrenalin fuelled sugary pop-punk that is as spiky as it is sweet.

This track has been doing the rounds for a good while too, but as Understand At All is just one of the many standout tracks on the record we felt we ought to post it even after all this time.

Download Cloud Nothings – Understand At All mp3 (from Cloud Nothings)