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New From Ezra Furman

Posted: August 18, 2016 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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Perfect pop polymath Ezra Furman is back with a powerful new song The Refugee, taken from his Big Fugitive Life EP out this Friday via Bella Union.

The song concerns Furman’s Jewish background and is dedicated to his grandfather who fled the Nazi’s, as well as current day refugees. Having just returned from a hugely moving and affecting visit to the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam this one has even more resonance for us at the moment.

We dedicate this record to refugees of all kinds, all over the world. May all the wanderers find the homes they seek, and and may those with power welcome them as fellow citizens of humanity.

best of the weekHere is this week’s round up of new tunes.

We have nine tracks for you from the kaleidoscopic pop of Ezra Furman to the fuzzy shambling pop of Fireworks by way of the infectious hooks of Dogbreth and the Mercury Rev inspired psych of Avers.

Enjoy.

  1. Cass McCombs – Run Sister Run
  2. Ezra Furman – Teddy I’m Ready
  3. Tacocat – I Live For The Sun (Sunrays cover)
  4. Tim Presley – Clue
  5. Public Access T.V. – Sudden Emotion
  6. Dogbreth – Hoarder House
  7. BLUSH – Wrng
  8. Fireworks – Bury Me
  9. Avers – Insects

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MM Best of 2015 no guitarOur Best of the Year posts are coming to a close and for the penultimate list we hand over to the ever fragrant Mrs Mackerel.

Over to you Mrs M…

Another year banked. As ever, I look at my list and think yes, there are some that are keepers and others that maybe were just a mirage. A little like life really.

 

20 The Tulips – Winter Winds

19 Hanni El Khatib – Moonlight

18 Jamie T – Marilyn Monroe

17 Amason – Moon as a Kite

16 Haunted Hearts – Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good

15 Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian at Best

It’s a blistering guitar-led onslaught that plays out against a searing vocal style. Lyrically, it’s very much a commentary on her new found fame: Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you. She’s learning fast, is Courtney.

 

14 Mutual Benefit – Not For Nothing

A very gentle tune with lulling melody and meaningful lyrics; throw in a bit of violin to the mix and it ticks all the boxes for me. The lyrics are sung very quietly, but if you listen hard, you can catch every word. Often the quietest people have the most to say.

 

13 The Decemberists – The Harrowed and the Haunted

Vintage Decemberists: lots of maritime imagery and a dark, sad tale of longing. Will you be there waiting/Or is your heartbeat fading?/ Fading from the time/ Still miles to go til I arrive.

 

12 Laura Marling – I Feel Your Love

You must let me go before I get old/I need to find someone who really wants to be mine/I feel your love. A change of musical style, but the sage words and usual lyrical dexterity remain a constant from the enigmatic Laura Marling, here in rock chick mode.

 

11 Harrison Storm – Sense of Storm

Storms, hurricanes, water: you sense a theme building in my top twenty this year. A really beautiful piece of acoustic folk about losing your sense of home from this talented Australian troubadour. Enough said.

 

10 Houndmouth – Sedona

A tribute to the city of Sedona, when it was known as ‘Arizona’s Little Hollywood’ and home to three decades of A-list movie making, before it all headed west (Hey little Hollywood/You’re gone but you’re not forgotten). The band’s four-part harmonies peppered throughout gives this bit of classic Americana an extra layer.

 

9 Fat White Family – Whitest Boy on the Beach

I like a heavy bass line I do, and this one sucks you in and pulls you along. I like it to steer me round the kitchen, dancing while I work. Rhythmically, Whitest Boy demands some sort of production line movement: mince pie making, possibly. Have another listen – get it now?

 

8 Du Blonde – Chips to Go

So BJH ditched the hooves, went blonde and hitched her wagon to a brand new edgier sound. Good for her, so it seems. Sold to the fish in the corner on the chorus alone, with it’s epic drum/guitar mash-up, she’s got one hell of a vocal range that wallops a whole range of emotions into orbit.

 

7 Marika Hackman – Drown

The unusual and subdued musical arrangement suits the hypnotic (almost lethargic) vocals, and floats around the brooding darkness of the lyrics. It’s easy to be swept away by the prevailing sense of emptiness and loss; guaranteed to send me into sad reflective mode, even if I’m high on sugar and caffeine.

 

6 Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin

So, it takes Kurt a little while to recognise himself as the “man in the mee-rah”. Wakey, wakey son. But after a minor identity crisis and a bit of a teeth mix-up, everything’s pretty pimpin. Finger-picking guitar, foot tapping rhythm and a rasping vocal drawl made this a very well-loved tune amongst Team Mackerel.

 

5 Ezra Furman – Haunted Head

A one-off original, Mr Furman. And if the youngest Sprat had written a top ten, Ezra would be there, one to ten. Here we meander downtown, with lyrics that evoke the mania of being bipolar, under the influence of Velvet Underground and a vocal nod to Bowie. Haunted head? Frankly, I know how he feels.

 

4 Calexico – Follow the River

Calexico has a special place in my heart, and the familiarity of a beloved old friend, albeit one who lives on the US/Mexico border. We sync well, Calexico and myself: Follow the River is a sad, wistful song that offers hope, despite itself. I’ll take that, thanks lads.

 

3 Tracey Thorn – Goodbye Joe

I just love this song; I go to bed listening and wake up humming this tune. Do I care that it was originally released in 1982, or that it’s a COVER? Zut allors, MM had a bit of a fishy fit. He is now lying on his side. I am, of course, a stroppy fish wife. And always right. Ahem.

 

2 Lord Huron – Hurricane (Johnnie’s Theme)

Oh little darling/don’t you look charming/here in the eye of a hurricane – well you know, with a good hat, soft lighting and the right amount of blusher, anything is possible. Upbeat, up-tempo, lots of gee-tar: my top twenty sort of needed this – and the album is an overlooked gem of 2015.

 

1 The Quiet Hollers – Côte d’Azur

And here with me lies my song for 2015, by a very long country mile: the unbearably poignant and dark tale of Côte d’Azur as my own private metaphor for everything from life and death, loss and yearning – and all that lies in between. About those memory markers that resurface in the depths of your dreams and the half way stage when the sun warms your face, and what’s real and what’s not – the journey and the destination – merges into one; always searching. This song breaks my heart at every single listen, so I turn up the white noise.

 

Best gig of 2015:

The Decemberists, O2 Academy, Bristol

En famille. Colin Meloy is a magnificent raconteur, in addition to his musical prowess and distinctive vocal style. I’d waited a long time to see the Decemberists and they did not disappoint, closing the set with a magnificent rendition of The Mariner’s Revenge Song. Again, please.

 

School Anthem:

The Decemberists – A Beginning Song

Played out the final primary school assembly for smallest Sprat. Anthemic and emotional, this builds to epic finale that despite the best efforts of the pantomime horses, played out a celebration of the joy, achievements and idiosyncrasies that all our bright lights gave to us.

 

New to me in 2015: Dr Dog – It

I loved this at first listen, meandering through a blistering heatwave in rural Spain. Such well observed lyrics, for really, it truly is all in how you look at it: It’s real and it’s a lie/It’s the answer and the question when you wonder why. Yeah; ain’t that so.

 

You can see our full countdown of our favourite 100 Tracks of the year here (100-76), (75-51), (50-26), (25-1) and favourite 30 Albums here (30-16), (15-1).

MM BEST OF 2015

Here we go then, our final countdown of our favourite tracks of 2015, with no fewer than three artists managing two entries in the top 25 this year! And don’t forget you can see the other 75 choices here (100-75), here (75-51) and here (50-26).

Enjoy.

25 Ghostpoet – Off Peak Dreams

 

24 Tracy Thorn – Goodbye Joe (2015 re-issue)

 

23 Calexico – Follow The River

 

22 Decemberists – Make You Better

 

21 Mikal Cronin – iv) Ready

 

20 Sleaford Mods – Tarantula Deadly Cargo

 

19 Ezra Furman – Haunted Head

 

18 Slaves – Feed The Manta Ray

 

17 Man Of Moon – The Road

 

16 Dan Mangan + Blacksmith – Mouthpiece

 

15 Free Weed – Later

 

14 Spray Paint – Day Of The Rope

 

13 Lord Huron – Hurricane (Johnnie’s Theme)

 

12 Low – What Part Of Me

 

11 Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best

 

10 Protomartyr – Pontiac 87

 

9 Spray Paint – Signal Master

 

8 This Is The Kit – Silver John

 

7 Decemberists – Carolina Low

 

6 Traams – Succulent Thunder Anthem

 

5 Girl Band – Pears For Lunch

 

4 Houndmouth – Sedona

 

3 Protomartyr – Why Does It Shake

 

2 Quiet Hollers – Cote D’Azur

 

1 Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin

 

MM BEST OF 2015

Here are our favourite albums of 2015.

15 Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle

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14 Joe Ely – Panhandle Rambler

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13 Low – Ones And Sixes

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12 James McMurtry – Complicated Game

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11 Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy

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10 Quiet Hollers – Quiet Hollers

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9 Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie

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8 Ezra Furman – Perpetual Motion

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7 The Decemberists – What A Terrible World, What A Beautiful World

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6 Kurt Vile – B’lieve I’m Goin Down…

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5 Slaves – Are You Satisfied

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4 Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts – Manhattan

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3 Houndmouth – Little Neon Limelight

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2 Courtney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit And Think And Sometimes I Just Sit

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1 Protomartyr – The Agent Intellect

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Check the list from 30-16 here, and our tracks of the year so far here and here.

best of the weekOur final round up in 2015 of all those newly fresh and minted tracks that we’ve gathered up from the past week is one of the best of the whole year. Here are twelve songs which you really need to hear..

  1. Kurt Vile – Pretty Boy
  2. Ezra Furman – The Prisoner
  3. Those Darlins – Female Trouble (Divine cover)
  4. Cian Nugent – Lost Your Way
  5. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Nobody Dies
  6. The Dirty Nil – Zombie Eyed
  7. Hiss Golden Messenger – Wish I Had Not Said That
  8. Fraser A. Gorman – Skyscraper Skyline Blues
  9. John Murry – Holocaust (Big Star cover)
  10. Jaill – Port Of Call
  11. Kal Marks – Dorothy
  12. Jehnny Beth + Julian Casablancas – Boy/Girl

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MM BEST OF 2015

Time for the MM countdown of our favourite tracks of the year to begin. Over the next few days we’ll be revealing our top 100 tracks and top 30 albums of 2015, with contributions from Mrs Mackerel, Chris T Popper, Polly Pocket and Franca. We’ll also share their personal choices with you next week.

So without further ado, here are numbers 100 through to 76.

100 Ultimate Painting – Woken By Noises

 

99 Samantha Crain – Elk City

 

98 Diet Cig – Dinner Date

 

97 Cruising – Safe Corridor

 

96 Gold Class – Life As A Gun

 

95 Beach Slang – Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas

 

94 Arborist – Twisted Arrow

 

93 Kodiak Deathbeds – Borderline

 

92 Summer Twins – Demons

 

91 Together PANGEA – Blue Mirror

 

90 Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home

 

89 Wilco – Random Name Generator

 

88 James McMurtry – South Dakota

 

87 J Fernandez – Between The Channels

 

86 Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang – I’ve Been A Long Time Leaving

 

85 Drenge – We Can Do What We Want

 

84 Spray Paint – Thrash Master

 

83 Bueno – Babyface

 

82 Slaves – Despair And Traffic

 

81 Ezra Furman – Ordinary Life

 

80 Table Scraps – Motorcycle (Straight To Hell)

 

79 Trance Farmers – Garbage Night

 

78 The Felice Brothers – Carriage

 

77 Wavves – My Head Hurts

 

76 Titus Andronicus – Into The Void (Filler)

 

Check back tomorrow for numbers 75 – 51.

Following yesterday’s collection of ten excellent new tracks from the past week, here are another ten for your listening pleasure including three more cracking cover versions.

  1. Kurt Vile – Life Like This
  2. Holly Miranda – Fourth Of July (Sufjan Stevens cover)
  3. White Fang – Bong Rip
  4. The Dead Weather – Cop And Go
  5. Wavves – My Head Hurts
  6. Radkey – Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode cover)
  7. Lucern Raze – Happy & Astray
  8. Frankie Lee – Buffalo
  9. Indian Handcrafts – The Divider
  10. Ezra Furman – Androgynous (Replacements cover)

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Time once again for the weekly collection of new releases in one convenient package for you. This week it is lucky eleven…

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1. Ezra Furman – I Can Change (LCD Soundsystem cover)
2. Potty Mouth – Cherry Picking
3. Israel Nash – Strangers
4. Beach Slang – Bad Art & Weirdo Ideas
5. Widowspeak – Dead Love (so Still)
6. The Ukiah Drag – Open Room In Hell
7. Yung – Blue Uniforms
8. Elijah Ocean – The Ice Machine
9. Martin Courtney – Vestiges
10. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – The Ballad Of Joe Buck
11. Mercury Rev – Are You Ready

 

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