Posts Tagged ‘Elk Rhythms’

Mrs Mackerel's TFI Friday (14th December). Photo credit Alasdair Ross

Christmas is coming and the cat is getting fatter. Once again, copious amounts of music listened to, more Christmas cooking, and more trees knitted. On the tree front, I nearly have the requisite four for the sprats plus goddaughter. They will treasure my hand-made gifts, goddamit. By next Christmas, there will be a forest – but only for the lucky ones.

In my rather low key week, I’ve noticed a few things, namely to do with Christmas and my views about seasonal festivities. So, here we go: less is nearly always more; blingtastic crud is only enjoyable in a moving vehicle at some distance from my home; lights must twinkle, not flash – and again, less is more; blue neon lights are very, very bad and require a new category “shit” all of their own; I love deer, but not lightly braised in cocoa à la Masterchef – alive and kicking in Cornbury Park or in my growing number of deer memorabilia (I know, Bingley, I know); cranberries are over-rated; short, smiley empathetic chit-chat goes down well with sales assistants, as do free sweeties with me; I loathe tinsel; some Christmas songs are worse than others; I really love mushrooms (is that seasonal?); there’s nothing quite like watching a favourite black and white film with the home fires burning, particularly if you’re left alone to enjoy it…; the best things in life don’t cost much, but are very sparkly – most favourite friends included; stopping by woods on a solitary frosty morning with your dog is just heavenly.

You saw the crescent, but I saw the whole of the moon.

Jingle bells.

Mrs Mackerel x

Download Sera Cahoone – Deer Creek Canyon mp3 (from Insound Vinyl Mixtape – October 18, 2012)

Download Deer Tick – Cheap Sunglasses mp3 (ZZ Top Cover, live at the Laundromat)


(Photo: Deer in Cornbury Park. Credit: Alasdair Ross)

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: August 2012.

Our best of August mix is ready and even though it is typically a slightly quieter month for new releases, we can still offer you more than 20 cracking new tunes together with a few ‘hot off the press’ new ones. The result? A brilliant mix to keep you going as we enter autumn (aka the fall for our American friends).

Either way, just enjoy. Check the side bar for all our other monthly mixes too.

Download Imagination Head – Sand Castle mp3
An absolute gem of gently swelling prog-folk spun through with gentle psychedelia. RIYL Mercury Rev!

Download WALL – No Secrets mp3
Minimal, sparse soundscapes, with only muted bass lines and scattered keyboards to frame her haunting voice

Conner Youngblood – The Warpath
Imaginative blend of folk and electronics that combine into a genre-bending, ultra-smooth whole, topped off by his laid-back nonchalant vocal that fits the mood perfectly


Download Blessed Feathers – Hey! All You Floridians mp3 (from Peaceful Beasts In An Ocean Of Weeds)
Seductively earthy and spooky folk

Download Moon Duo – Sleepwalker mp3 (from Circles)
New album cut from reverb loving, fuzzed up, drone psych specialists

Download Wavves – Hippies Is Punks mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Programme)
New one from indie-punk darling

Download Thee Oh Sees – Flood’s New Light mp3 (from Putrifier II)
Two and a half minutes of sublime garage rock brilliance

Elk Rhythms – Concrete Kings
Upbeat strum and Simon & Garfunkel-ish harmonies


Download Vagabondage & The Sweet Trade – Henry Lee mp3
A combination of seductive vocals, ominous bass, lurching accordion, soulful guitar, angry fiddle, and the delicate hope of the ukulele

Well Hung Heart – Devil
Like the feral lovechild of Howling Wolf, Mick Jagger, Joan Jett and Suzi Quattro fronting a hybrid of Nirvana and the Black Keys


Download James Arlowe & The Ruffian Circus – Blue Bouquet mp3
Hard-edged psychedelic rock song, full of bluesy guitar riffs and an incessantly driven piano beat

Download Dolfish – I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same mp3
Short, sad, bitter and darkly humorous folk song

Download KalispellMarion, MT mp3
Tips its hat firmly in the direction of the Low Anthem’s creaky, organic traditions and is as mesmerising as anything we’ve heard in a good while

Download Spook Houses – Bad Sound mp3 (from Trying)
Thrashing angst-ridden single of scuzzy charred rock

To Kill A King – Wolves
Rousing blend of folk and orchestral pop


Silkies – Like One
Sweet blend of garage pop spanning a number of influences, especially riot grrrl bands, 60s girl groups and that surf-tinged garage stuff going on today


Download Dinowalrus – Grounded mp3
Tasty mid-tempo rocker from the synth-psychedelia specialists and also features some smokin’ harmonica

Greater Pacific – And You All Remain With Me
Perfect, laid-back Americana


The Jar Family – Getting Better
Frank and refreshing brand of typical rootsy English folk, tough, uncompromising, but still coloured by occasional lighter, whimsical touches


Download WHY? – Sod In The Seed mp3
Lyrical genius over indie rap hybrid

Download Railbird – Jump Ship mp3 (from Jump Ship Single)
Beguilingly jerky indie-electronica

Download The LollipopsBlack Tar Carpet Ride mp3
Stunning, woozy, heroin-pop brilliance

And the new ones? Why we have something from Jo Mango’s second album, Murmuration which is set for release on 5th November. This wonderfully wistful album draws upon Jo’s adventures whilst travelling the world as a member of Vashti Bunyan’s band. We have the new single of perfect indie-pop from Sweden’s Cajsa Siik, a haunting sad story driven by stomping rhythms and from her country counterparts we have EP’s Trailer Park’s easygoing country rock jangle of Another Sun. We have the perfectly judged, catchy indie rock of Darlings and their new single Pet The Ghost and finally, we have the melodic, but always visceral rock of the Ten Kens and the twangy, fuzzed up, glam tinged rock of The Sheepdogs with a track from their forthcoming self-titled album.

Download Jo Mango – Cordelia mp3 (from Murmaration)

Download The Ten Kens – Mousetrap mp3 (from Namesake)

Download The Sheepdogs – Feeling Good mp3 (from The Sheepdogs)

Download Darlings – Pet The Ghost mp3 (from Pet The Ghost 7″)



Introducing...Elk Rhythms.

Andy Ellison (a member of The Plastic Traps who we’ve featured before), dropped us a line to tell us he has a new folky, acoustic solo guitar/vocals project called Elk Rhythms (which clearly is a most excellent name!).

He has a couple of EPs up for free download on his Bandcamp page, both of which are well worth investigating. For proof, just listen/download the upbeat strum and Simon & Garfunkel-ish harmonies of Concrete Kings (from Elk Rhythms EP) or his version of Bon Iver’s Flume (from Covers EP).

Alternatively grab both EPs here.