Posts Tagged ‘Dune Rats’

Dune Rats – Rubber Arm

Posted: September 3, 2019 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock

Our favourite fucked-up Aussie muckers are back with a new record!

The mighty Dune Rats have shared Rubber Arm, and happily they have shown absolutely no musical progression at all, sticking with their tried and tested hyperactive, stoned punk rock with another mighty shout-a-long chorus.

Great video too. Welcome back boys.


Mad Mackerel has been around for ten years now.

We’ve come a long way.

Early days using Google’s blogspot where our posts were regularly and erroneously taken down through DMCA notices until the moment when Google just erased us completely, our move to WordPress in April 2010 where Kurt Vile, Beach Fossils, Johnny Flynn and Band of Horses were among our first posts. Those were the days of Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday posts, downloadable Best of the Month round-ups, and the early days of Soundcloud and Bandcamp. On we went with our MM Shorts series reaching one thousand posts, Best of the Month was replaced by Songs You Should Have Heard This Week, and a collection of 15-1 interviews with the likes of Blitzen Trapper, Simone Felice, Torres and Young Knives. And every year we published our collection of favourite tunes from some of our much loved and stalwart contributors – Mrs Mackerel (of course), Chris T Popper, Barry-Sean, The Italian Job, Polly Pocket, Dr Roddy, and even some Mackerel sprat contributions.

So to mark ten years of tunes, over a million hits, 6,174 posts on WordPress, 9,993 tracks listed on Hype Machine, 5,691 WordPress followers and even 1,113 likes on Facebook, we’ve asked our key contributors to share their favourite songs of the past ten years and compiled them into one lovely big list of 200 wonderful tunes for you.

Bit by bit, over the next few days we’ll be sharing them all for you – check through and see what you might have missed.

PART 1 (200-181)

200 Paul Hawkins & Thee Awkward Silences – The Evil Thoughts (2008)

The black humour, the self-deprecation, the slightly carnivalesque musical stylings and a story of self loathing. A wounded, nihilistic anthem with a wonderful, British oddball-ness about it.


199 PortisheadWe Carry On (2008)

Hypnotically oppressive and menacing. Built on a insistent two-note electro riff, We Carry On is as claustrophobic as music can get.


198 Dune Rats – Dalai Lama (2014)


Just about the dumbest stoner anthem ever written and that’s high praise given the competition, and definitely the best song with only one line and five words. Altogether now Dalai Lama Big Banana Marijuana


189 Dutchess & The Duke – The River (2009)

Stark, sparse campfire song, with a captivating, morose beauty.


196 T. Hardy Morris – OK Corral (2013)


Pure back-porch Americana, dark alt-country shot through with a touch of psychedelia.


195 together PANGEA – River (2014)


A hyperactive smear of ripcord riffs and sneering angst. Garage punk perfection.


194 Jessica Lea Mayfield – Kiss Me Again (2008)


Sultry, utterly gorgeous, and captivating opening track from her second album, recorded when she was only 19. Weary beyond her years.


193 Grasshouse – A Cockroach (2010)

Excellent, brooding indie rock. A malevolent and dark-hearted sonic delight.


192 Fat White Family – Bomb Disneyland (2013)


A Stooges style riff and sordid lyrics aligned to an irresistibly malignant rockabilly groove.


191 Father John Misty – Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings (2012)


Long before the Emperor’s new clothes of recent releases, Fear Fun was one of the finest albums of 2012 and this track with its nod to the Wall of Sound days and echoing guitars was one of the standouts.


190 Parquet Courts – Dust (2016)

Droning, danceable guitars brilliantly provide a backdrop to a jittery 50 word essay on the inherent grossness of dust and the futility of cleaning. “It follows, now swallow, You’re biting it now, Suffocate, suffocate, Breathe, Dust is everywhere, Sweep”.


189 Eagleowl – Motherfucker (2008)


Like a Scottish Low, Motherfucker is a devastating slow burner with an opening line to match, “Can I call you motherfucker, would your father be offended?


188 Elvis Perkins In Dearland – Doomsday (2009)

Brassy, infectious, sad but happy, New Orleans style folk.


187 No Age – Fever Dreaming (2010)


This song simply steams out of the traps like it has just been released from the punk heyday of 1977.


186 The Cave Singers – I Don’t Mind (2009)

The finger-picking guitar is a brilliant back-drop to the soaring vocals. Low lights, Friday night, bit of kitchen dancing. Irresistible.


185 Mazes – Skulking (2013)


A krautrock inspired, four to the floor drone classic that ends in a classic Velvets style fuzzed up breakdown.


184 Twilight Hotel – Mahogany Veneer (2011)


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


183 Greylag – Yours To Shake (2014)

A moody take on the nature of good vs evil told through the lens of muscular, gnarly folk-rock.


182 Last American Buffalo – Baby I’m Alive (2012)


Perfectly paced, mournfully traditional Americana.


181 Two Wounded Birds – Night Patrol (2011)


Stunning surf-rock twang with echoes of Link Wray and Roy Orbison.



Part 2 of our rundown of our favourite tracks of the year. Today we have tracks 75 through to 51.


75 The Julie Ruin – Mr. So And So


74 Beach – Donuts


73 exmagician – Job Done


72 W.H. Lung – Inspiration


71 Wilco – If I Ever Was A Child


70 Dune Rats – Bullshit


69 Meatbodies – Valley Girl


68 Conor Oberst – Gossamer Thin


67 Big Thief – Masterpiece


66 Elizabeth Cook – Tabitha Tuders’ Mama


65 Goat – Union Of Mind And Soul


64 Angel Olsen – Shut Up Kiss Me


63 Lucy Dacus – Strange Torpedo


62 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – People Vultures


61 Golden Suits – Is It Wrong


60 Cass McCombs – In A Chinese Alley


59 Wooden Indian Burial Ground – Spazz Pony


58 Kevin Morby – Dorothy


57 Las Kellies – Celebrate Life


56 Cold Pumas – Severed Estates


55 BRONCHO – Fantasy Boys


54 Parquet Courts – Berlin Got Blurry


53 The Felice Brothers – Triumph ’73


52 Gooch Palms – Ask Me Why


51  M. Ward – Girl From Conejo Valley


Check out tracks 100-76 here.

New From The Dune Rats

Posted: November 25, 2016 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock

The marvellously entertaining Dune Rats have shared a new track.

Scott Green is two minutes of wonderfully dumb-ass punk rock that hits the sweet spot.

Has anybody seen Scott Green? (Scott Green)
I been lookin for that fucker all week
He owes me twenty
And I can’t call the police
He blew it all away
And now there’s nothin left for me

Listen below.


The Dune Rats – Bullshit

Posted: October 22, 2016 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Punk


It has been far too long since we heard from Brisbane’s Dune Rats – and we’re ashamed to say we completely missed this when it was released back in May!

Anyway, here is Bullshit, a typically thoughtful and considered piece of work from the stoned surfer-punks.


Following our countdown of favourite songs of the year, here is part one of MM’s selection of the forty albums we most enjoyed throughout 2014.

40 The Orwells – Disgraceland

The Orwells - Southern Comfort


39 Iceage – Plowing Into The Field Of Love



38 The Cult Of Dom Keller – The Second Bardo

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37 Mark Lanegan Band – Phantom Radio

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36 Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours

Hamilton Leithauser Solo Album


35 Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds In Country Music

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34 Micah P Hinson & The Nothing – Micah P Hinson & The Nothing

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33 Temples – Sun Structures



32 Avers – Empty Light



31 Amen Dunes – Love

Amen Dunes - Love


30 Simone Felice – Strangers

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29 Natural Child – Dancing’ With Wolves

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28 Dead Fingers – Big Black Dog

Dead Fingers



27 Wooden Wand – Azag-Toth

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26 The Dune Rats – The Dune Rats

Dune Rats


25 Hookworms – The Hum

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24 The Wytches – Annabel Dream Reader



23 Ty Segall – Manipulator

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22 Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea

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21 First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

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MM's Best Of 2014 60-41

Day three of our countdown – tracks 60 through to 41 of our favourite songs of the year.

60 Cate Le Bon – He’s Leaving


59 Jamie T – The Prophet


58 Mark Lanegan Band – Sad Lover


57 The Districts – Funeral Beds


56 The Amazing Snakeheads – Here It Comes Again


55 Sleaford Mods – Routine Dean


54 Simone Felice – Running Through My Head


53 Sam Doores – Drifter’s Wife

52 The Wytches – Burn Out The Bruise


51 Sun Kil Moon – Jim Wise


50 Early Winters – A Thing For You


49 Smashing Pumpkins – Being Beige


48 Matt Kivel – Insignificance


47 Hamilton Leithauser – 11 O’Clock Friday Night


46 Together PANGEA – River


45 The Dune Rats – Dalai Lama, Big Banana, Marijuana


44 Chimes – Total Sunflower


43 Mac DeMarco – Salad Days


42 Shovels & Rope – Evil


41 First Aid Kit – Heaven Knows


Check out numbers 100 – 81 here, and 80 – 61 here.

The Dune Rats expose the cartoon-like existence of their day to day lives and take you on a lolloping, hairy ride through open spaces and cities on a quest to find and perhaps locate, their spiritual mecca. Their hazy soul-searching journey powered by marijuana, fed by bananas and reaffirmed by the Dalai Lama.

Of all the songs we have seen performed live this year, this track was, hands down, the most fun.


MM's Best of 2014 So Far

The longest day has come and gone, and halfway through the year we are. It seemed a good point to reflect and share thirty of our favourite albums of 2014 so far, and so here they are, in strictly alphabetical order of course…


The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads


Amen Dunes – Love


Avers – Empty Light


Dan Baker – Pistol In My Pocket


Mac DeMarco – Salad Days


The Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans


Dune Rats – Dune Rats


Simone Felice – Strangers


The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress


First Aid Kit – Stay Gold


Emil Friis – Sand In Your Eyes


Micah P. Hinson & The Nothing – Micah P. Hinson & The Nothing


Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes


Damien Jurado – Brothers & Sisters Of The Eternal Mind


Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours


Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Chambers


Jessica Lea Mayfield – Make My Head Sing


Natural Child – Dancin With Wolves


Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness


Orwells – Disgraceland


Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal


Pink Mountaintops – Get Back


Strand Of Oaks – Heal


Sun Kil Moon – Benji


Together Pangea – Badillac


Vacant Lots – Departure


Sharon Van Etten – Are We There


The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream


Water Liars – Water Liars


Wooden Wand – Farmers Corner


1. Avi Buffalo – So What
2. Greys – Pretty Grim
3. Traams – Giddy
4. Tennis – Never Work For Free
5. The Dune Rats – Dalai Lama Big Banana Marijuana