Posts Tagged ‘Giant Sand’

1. Sharon Van Etten – Just Like Blood
2. Kid Wave – Best Friend
3. Ducktails – Headbanging In The Mirror
4. Giant Sand – Transponder
5. Moses Sumney – Seeds
6. Jason Isbell – 24 Frames
7. Kenny Knight – America

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Giant Sand, the iconic and influential band fronted by luminary Howe Gelb, celebrates 30 years of freewheeling and ever-evolving music making on new album, Heartbreak Pass, out on the 5th May via New West Records.

The album spans founder Gelb’s far-reaching career and mixes the rollicking nature of the band’s 1985 debut, Valley of Rain, with the dusty alt-folk, desert-rock and jazzy lounge-piano explorations of his most recent releases. It is a collaborative effort in every sense of the word with contributions from Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Steve Shelley of Sonic Youth, Grant-Lee Phillips, Croatian indie folk singer Lovely Quinces, Ilse DeLange and JB Meijers of Dutch Americana band The Common Linnets, and frequent PJ Harvey collaborator, John Parish, who also mixed the record.

Have a listen to Transponder featuring the aforementioned Jason Lytle.

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Friday Means Six Of The Best!

Here are another six tunes to try and cheer you up a little bit on another dank and dreary Friday in England…

First up is Hardly Art’s Unnatural Helpers and their raging first single, Hate Your Teachers, from upcoming album Land Grab. River City Tanlines keep the energy levels fizzing with their own garage-punk howl and shred of Stop My Heart taken from the forthcoming release Coast to Coast (out on 31st July).

We have Ranch Ghost who play a loose, raw brand of bluesy psych-rock and The Water comes from their most recent 7″, New News, while Wye Oak are the latest artist to be featured on the free Adult Swim singles series, their offering Spiral signals quite a change from last year’s excellent Civilian album. Next up, and changing pace somewhat, is the latest taste from Fire Records reissue of The Inner Flame: A Tribute to Rainer Ptacek. Released last week, this is the title track featuring Ptacek with Giant Sand.

Finally, And the Giraffe are a dream-pop band who have followed their recent debut EP Something For Someone (download here) with this beguiling, folkish cover of the Magic Man song Darling (Reprise). Check it out and as an extra bonus, compare with the original too.

Enjoy! Seven not six of the best really, but who cares. Happy Friday as Polly Pocket would say.

Download Unnatural Helpers – Hate Your Teachers mp3 (from Land Grab)

Download River City Tanlines – Stop My Heart mp3 (from Coast to Coast)

Download Ranch Ghost – The Water mp3 (from New News)

Download Wye Oak – Spiral mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Series)

Download Giant Sand & Rainer – The Inner Flame mp3 (from The Inner Flame: A Tribute To Rainer Ptacek)

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Bonus Download Magic Man – Darling (Reprise) mp3 (from Real Life Color)

Free Easter mixtape. It is Easter. I’m using it as an excuse to give you an entirely contrived and slightly spurious soundtrack for that Egg hunt. On the other hand, some cracking tunes to add to your iTunes library.

Download The Faith Brothers – The Easter Parade mp3 (from Eventide)

Download Easterhouse – Whistling In The Dark mp3 (from Whistling In The Dark 7″)

Download Brimstone Howl – Easter At The Lewises mp3 (from Big Deal, What’s He Done Lately?)

Download Loch Lomond – Egg Song (Daytrotter Session) mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Giant Sand – Temptation Of Egg mp3 (from Chore Of Enchantment)

Download Adam & The Ants – Never Trust A Man (With Egg On His Face) mp3 (from Dirk Wears White Sox)

Download Simone White – Bunny In A Bunny Suit mp3 (from Yakimo)

Download Girls – Honey Bunny mp3 (from Father, Son, Holy Ghost) Removed by order some uninformed halfwit – available everywhere else for free on the web

Download The Chesterfield Kings – Little Beach Bunny mp3 (from Surfin’ Rampage)

Download Uncle Tupelo – Chickamauga mp3 (from Anodyne)

Download Flight Brigade – Good Friday mp3 (from Flight Brigade EP)

Download Wooden Wand & The Sky High Band – Crucifixion, Pt. II mp3 (from Second Attention)

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: September 2011. Another bonanza month of top tunes, all rounded up for you in one perfect download mix. Here are the September highlights together, as always, with a couple of top-notch new tracks too.

Download The Migrant – The Hurricane mp3 (from Amerika)

Distinguished by a slow blues refrain, handclaps and a mournful vocal, it is one of those tunes that sounds like it has been around forever.

Download Diarrhea Planet – Warm Ridin’ mp3 (from Loose Jewels)

A magnificent cacophony of guitars, pounding bass, thundering drums and begs for an open road, a booming car stereo and a warm night.

Download Black Pussy – Marijuana mp3 (from On Blonde)

Another track crying out for the open road, beer, and a bag of weed. This one comes barrelling down the road a whoopin’ and a hollerin’, wearing a shit-eatin’ grin and its anthemic heart firmly on its sleeve.

Download Vanish Valley – The Bottom mp3 (from Get Good)

Perfectly blending elements of folk, country and psychedelia into a roll-your-window-down backcountry cruise.

Download Kurt Vile & The Violators – The Creature mp3 (from So Outta Reach EP)

Another cracking slice of woozy, indie rock.

Download Ha Ha Tonka – Made Example Of mp3 (from Death Of A Decade)

Country rock par excellence.

Download Brown Bird – Thunder And Lightning mp3 (from Salt for Salt)

Darkly dramatic folk.

Download Acid Baby Jesus – Oh, Aurelia mp3

Full throttle, scuzzy garage rock.

Download Sic Alps – Breadhead mp3 (from Breadhead 7″)

A lo-fi, garage gem of tambourine, guitar squall and hippy vocals.

Download Icarus Himself – On Your Side mp3 (from Career Culture)

Built on a loop of a drum machine hi-hat and a fuzzed-out Casio synth and recalling artists like Kurt Vile, Deerhunter, and David Bowie.

Download Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Dog Scratched Ear mp3 (from Donkey Jacket)

Raw blues boogie, and song of the month for us!

Download Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler mp3 (from Carrion Crawler / The Dream)

Loose, rattly garage with sneering vocals and a sinewy riff.

Download The Soft Moon – Total Decay mp3 (from Total Decay EP)

Ominous, swirling, bleak and nihilistic.

Download Acid Glasses – My Pale Garden mp3 (from My Pale Garden 7″)

Tripped out psychedelia in an outlandlishly hallucinogenic world.

Download Wooden Wand – Nails And Spikes mp3 (from Archives Vol 3)

Another gem of lo-fi folk genius from the most underrated lyricist around.

Download The Skeleton Dead – Keep Your Eyes To The Ground mp3 (from The Skeleton Dead)

Pure, mesmerising folk melancholia.

Download Woodsman – Specdrum mp3 (from Mystic Places EP)

Another cut of sublime spacey, psychedelia from their forthcoming Mystic Places EP.

Download The Felice Brothers – Behind That Locked Door mp3 (from Mojo Tribute To George Harrison)

The ramshackle Americana of The Felice Brothers take on George Harrison. Win.

Download Real Estate – Green Aisles mp3 (from Days)

Spacious, fluid, psych-tinged pop from the new album.

Download Sick Figures – Whiskey Song mp3 (from Two Ghosts)

Military beat, chaotic sounds and chanted lyrics that calls to mind a nursery rhyme composed by Charles Bukowski at his most pissed (and pissed off).

Download A.A. Bondy – Surfer King mp3 (from Believers)

First cut from folk troubadour’s eagerly awaited new album.

Download Bleached – You Take Time mp3 (from Carter 7″)

Ultra-catchy garage goodness.

And the new ones: we have a taste from Giant Sand’s Chore of Enchantment anniversary reissue in the shape of Music Arcade (which originally appeared on the tour only CD The Rock Opera Years), an epic slice of alternative rock Aussie style from Eddy Current Suppression Ring, a new one from unusual Welsh folkie Cate Le Bon, and punk rock ‘supergroup’ Wild Flag’s single Romance.

Download Giant Sand – Music Arcade mp3 (from Chore Of Enchantment 25th Anniversary Edition)

Download Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Walking In Unison mp3 (from Walking In Unison)

Download Cate Le Bon – Puts Me To Work mp3 (from CYRK)

Download Wild Flag – Romance mp3 (from Romance single)

Mrs Mackerel's TFI Friday (16th September) Well tonight saw us Mackerels in down town, home town Charlbury (population circa 5,000) watching the annual egg throwing competition. It was great fun, if a little messy towards the end. An admiral performance from MM and son, with an awesome catch from darling daughter. Alas no victory toast for us, only an omelette. These strange southern customs.

Happy Friday.

Mrs Mackerel

Download Adam & The Ants – Never Trust A Man (With Egg On His Face) mp3 (from Dirk Wears White Sox)

Download Giant Sand – Temptation Of Egg mp3 (from Chore Of Enchantment)

One Thousand Posts - A Celebratory Mix. We moved MM to WordPress in April 2010, after being one of the many blogs to get screwed by Google Blogspot. We noticed that this is our one thousandth post since that time and so we have marked the occasion (for such that it is for us) with an appropriately themed mix for your enjoyment.

So, from the classic sound of Tenpole Tudor’s new wave power-pop via The Men They Couldn’t Hang’s protest cow punk to the folk of Joe Pug and the Floydian prog-rock of The Silver Machines, there should be something for everyone to get their teeth, and ears, into.

Dig in! Here’s to the next thousand.

Download Pariah Beat – 1000 Songs mp3 (from Bury Me Not)

Download Secret Machines – 1,000 Seconds mp3 (from Ten Silver Drops)

Download Tenpole Tudor – Swords Of A Thousand Men mp3 (from Eddie, Old Bob, Dick & Gary)

Download Giant Sand – Curse Of A Thousand Flames mp3 (from Valley Of Rain)

Download Joe Pug – A Thousand Men mp3 (from In The Meantime EP)

Download Detroit Social Club – Thousand Kings mp3 (from Kiss The Sun Single)

Download Antic Clay – Thousand Star Hotel mp3 (from Hilarious Dead Blues)

Download Shellac – Prayer To God mp3 (from 1000 Hurts)

Download The Men They Couldn’t Hang – Ironmasters mp3 (from Night Of A Thousand Candles)

Download Richard Thompson – Oops I Did It Again mp3 (from 1000 Years Of Popular Music)

The ever reliable Fire Records has announced the start of a Giant Sand / Howe Gelb series of rolling reissues, which will see the re-release of roughly 30 albums culminating in two box sets to be released next year. Each album will be lovingly re-issued in red and silver limited edition digipacks.  The first three (Valley Of Rain, The Ballad Of A Thin Line Man, Storm) are available now and can be ordered here.

For those who have so far missed out on the genius that is Howe Gelb, check the three taster tracks below. Marvellous stuff!

Download Giant Sand – Valley Of Rain mp3 (from Valley Of Rain)

Download Giant Sand – Graveyard mp3 (from Ballad Of A Thin Line Man)

Download Giant Sand – Uneven Light Of Day mp3 (from Storm)

We posted recently here about the new Giant Sand album. It is a cracker – 25 years on and Howe Gelb can still mix it with the best and come out on top.

It was released yesterday in the US and should be available from all half decent retailers on and offline.

To celebrate here is a second track from the album. This one, Ride the Rail probably just shades it as our favourite on the record. Enjoy.

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Download Giant Sand – Ride The Rail mp3 (from Blurry Blue Mountain)

Download Giant Sand – Fields Of Green mp3 (from Blurry Blue Mountain)

Here is our regular round-up of the very best of October’s postings. Twenty great tracks for a great mix, plus three new ones to enjoy too. You can check out all of our previous best of the month mixes just by clicking the links for April, May, June, July. August and September.

No AgeFever Dreaming mp3 (from Everything In Between)

A full on, take-no-prisoners punk rock anthem with a massive guitar riff, howling vocals and brutal, pummeling percussive support.

Download Pop. 1280Step Into The Grid mp3 (from The Grid EP)

Want a mosh-pit meltdown in your front room? Be our guest with this three and a half minute junkyard gem.

Download Howling OwlsMood Ring mp3 (Demo)

Our favourite discovery of 2010. This one is a little quicker, more staccato, less downbeat, but lyrically still overwhelmed with regret and a barely containable bitterness.

Download Dr. DogNobody Knows Who You Are mp3 (from Tour 7”)

More ramshackle countrified goodness.

Download Giant SandFields Of Green mp3 (from Blurry Blue Mountain)

A gentle acoustic lament that Howe Gelb does better than just about anyone else.

Download Silver SwansAnyone’s Ghost mp3 (National Cover)

Icy synths and a gorgeous, breathy vocal to send shivers down the spine.

Download Indie FolkerMonsters In Rome mp3 (from Monsters In Rome)

Genuine home-made indie folk in the tradition of anti-folk if you know what we mean.

Download Lanterns On The LakeLungs Quicken mp3 (from Lungs Quicken 7”)

Lush poetic, experimental folk soundscapes that are as evocative as they are poignant.

Download Wounded LionPointed Sticks mp3 (from Pointed Sticks 7″)

Glam rock backbeat, handclaps and a catchy chorus.

Download CowlickWires mp3 (from Wires)

Hypnotically groovy.

Download The Morning BendersOutlaw Blues.mp3 (from Subterranean Homesick Blues: A Tribute to Bob Dylan’s ‘Bringing It All Back Home’)

Superb, metronomic cover of Dylan.

Download GenerationalsTrust mp3 (from Trust EP)

Shimmering hooks, girl-group choruses, and late-summer breeziness.

Download SalesmanSo Much Faster mp3 (from Red Wine Jug Lover 7”)

The desert-rock murder ballad of a dancing girl and her two boyfriends at a strip club called Deja Vu Showgirls.

Download The War On DrugsThe History Of Plastic mp3 (from Future Weather EP)

Sprawling, epic centrepiece of new EP/mini album.

Download Gross RelationsYou Don’t Know Me mp3 (from Fuzzy Timelines 7”)

Fuzzed up, reverb ridden, garage pop of the most infectious kind.

Download Kurt VileIn My Time mp3 (from In My Time)

Distorted prog-folk from forthcoming album.

Download PaleoThe King James Fakebook mp3 (from A View Of The Sky)

Calls on the spirits of Guthrie, Kerouac and other hipsters of old and simply and easily transports the listener through melodic landscapes unique, immediate, emotive, playful, and filled with longing.

Download Tapes ‘n TapesFreak Out mp3 (from Outside)

A frenetic romp that is catchier than just about anything we’ve heard so far this month.

Download Coma CinemaHell mp3 (from Blue Suicide)

A wonderfully aching and melancholic snapshot of genuine heartbreak.

Download The Asteroid #4Ignition Slated For Eight mp3 (from Hail To The Clear Figurines)

Hypnotic hybrid of several different genres filtered through the kaleidoscope of all things psych, krautrock, shoegaze, folk and even 70s ‘cosmic’ country-rock.

And some new ones for you too. First up Heartbreaker by Girls from their forthcoming new release Broken Dreams Club, the Crystal Castles get all Cured up with Robert Smith guesting and lastly Jordan Reyne’s wonderfully dark, industrial folk-noir from her album How The Dead Live.

Download Girls – Heartbreaker mp3 (from Broken Dreams Club)

Download Crystal Castles (featuring Robert Smith) – Not In Love mp3 (from Not In Love)

Download Jordan Reyne – The Proximity Of Death (Blue-Eyed Boy) mp3 (from How The Dead Live) Despite being sent this song by the PR company and asked to post it, some fuckwit is now alleging infringement of copyright and has had the song removed – we can’t do anything about this, but posted in good faith based on an authorisation that it was OK to offer for free download. Clearly a case of right hand and left hand and arseholes.