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Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: May 2013

Here is our round-up of our favourite downloads from May’s posts together with a few newbies that, together, make a mix of twenty tracks that is as eclectic as it is perfect! Enjoy.

High Coast – Talvatis
Sweetly picked Americana.

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Landmarks – Cuscutta
Lovely, unhurried, slice of woozy, psych-pop in the grand traditions of Spiritualized or Mercury Rev.

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Black Manila – Père Lachaise
Addictive blend of classic west coast garage riffs, Detroit proto-punk and British charm.

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The Delta Routine – New York Avenue
Swaggering blues rock and roll.

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Graham MacRae – Game Changer
Those Bill Fay and Bill Callahan comparisons seem pretty much on the money.

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Blank Realm – Working On Love
Utterly seductive, completely irresistible, and totally infectious slacker psych-pop.

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Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Fakin’ NYC
Typically ragged and ramshackle anthem of wry observation.

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Mathew Sawyer – Feeeeling
Another excellent example of his unique/oddball/visitor from Mars perspective on the world.

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The Lawsuits – Onion
A beguiling and schizophrenic mix of modern Americana.

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Duquette Johnston – Cherry Blossom
A fretful, plaintive vocal and some wonderfully ominous fuzzy guitar lines are counterbalanced by lovely harmonies and robust percussion.


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Brendan Benson – Swallow You Whole
Infectiously jaunty piano led slice of indie rock.

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Estrangers – Cape Fear
Full of bombastic and romantic exuberance, part cinematic dreamscape and part Italian beach excursion.

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Therese Aune – Chameleon
Haunting amalgamation of sounds from accordion, to metallophone, to piano, paints a picture of an introvert, who is marooned on the outside looking in.

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No Kill – Sledding
Treasure of jangly guitars and sugar-sweet melodies expertly woven with a woozy, fuzzed up garage rock sensibility.

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Hunting Ulysses – Delicious Ice
Raw, lo-fi garage goodness.

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Vandaveer – Omie Wise
Another murder ballad reinvented by macabre folksters.

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And to finish off we have four new tunes. First from Dirty Streets, Stay Thirsty is heavy music bathed in blues, folk and psychedelia, with chops to spare and a working class point of view. Old Pretender namecheck influences as the Sex Pistols and the Jesus & Mary Chain on their new track I’m Alright while Hugo is the debut single by Kent indie rockers Moccasins. Lastly we have the lo-fi garage surf-pop of Silkies and Walk At Midnight which comes from their forthcoming EP released in June.

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Round Up Time Again

Here is another collection of fifteen top tunes lovingly collected and filtered for your listening pleasure. So gather round and invest some time in these – a veritable aural treasure trove of tracks.

First up is another track of swaggering blues rock and roll in the shape of New York Avenue from the Delta Routine’s recently released album, Cigarettes And Caffeine Nightmares.

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In a similar vein, the bravely named Velvets from down under, have a big, sleazy blues sound going on with their free download of Shoot You Down.

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Darren Hayman has shortened his Long Parliament and returns with a new album of seventeenth century folk songs called Bugbears, which is due out on Fika Recordings in July. A companion piece to previous release, the very well received The Violence, have a listen to Seven Months Married.

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Graham MacRae has shared a new single from his album Dundrearies and by the sound of Game Changer, those Bill Fay and Bill Callahan comparisons seem pretty much on the money.

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Granite City is the lysergic new single from Aussie psych indie-rockers Deep Sea Arcade.

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London’s Low Moon Low are set to release their first official single with Calm Now, sweetly melodic indie-folk that errs on the side of dreamy.

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The wonderfully skewed world view of Justin Farren featured on MM back in March last year and he is back with a new album Another Bluebird Day from which we have Mostly In My Mind. This time he plays it a little straighter on the back of an upbeat folky strum and some scalpel sharp lyrics. Great stuff.

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Spectrals have given us another track from new album Sob Story. Inspired by Dave EdmundsA Heartbeat Behind has a great riff and is full of rockabilly twang and heartbreak lyrics. No longer are the brothers low key, lo-fi merchants and it bodes very well for the album indeed.

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Two Inch Astronaut have given up Blood From A Loyal Hound for download, a convulsive rocker propelled by a muscular power-pop melody.

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Quilt hail from the eastern shores of Massachussets, where the band formed out of a tight-knit art collective in the winter months of 2009. They combine traditional folk vocal harmonies, reverb-drenched fingerpicking and meditative drum repetition in a patchwork of eclectic psych-folk ideally suited to their name. Open Eyes comes from a recent split single with MMOSS.

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Carmen Villain, aka London-based Carmen Hillestad, recently released her fiery debut album, Sleeper. Introduce yourself to the darker and more psych-oriented side of the album via Made A Shell.

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Half The Time, the A-side of recent 7″ single by Nick Ferrio & His Feelings is a psychological thriller, exploring one man’s realization that his love is unrequited and only exists within the confines of his fallible mind.

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Like the excellent Allah-Lahs, The Young Sinclairs mix folk rock and garage rock with plenty of jangle in the style of The Byrds or Rain Parade and their most recent single Hurt My Pride is a top-notch example of what they are capable of.

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Though we were late to it, we are loving the gorgeous Hymnal by In The Valley Below, a duo from Echo Park in LA who are a new musical pairing, delivering hushed swirls of male and female vocals forged with dark stories of brooding riddles and romance.

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And lastly (for now) we have a taste from Robert Pollard’s (of Guided By Voices fame) new album Honey Locust Honky Tonk. The song, I Killed A Man Who Looks Like You is already one of our favourite titles of the year so far and thankfully the tune itself more than lives up to its title.

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: March 2013

Here are the very best of our downloads from March’s posts together with a few new tunes for your listening pleasure. So close to 30 tracks in all – a perfect playlist to kick off April.

Quite Parade – Edge of the Ocean
A perfectly judged slice of Canadian indie rock, it is an anthem about a dying town that seems hopeless but is still worth fighting for.

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Conner Youngblood – Vegas
Kicks off with some ominous ringing guitar over which vocals echo and swirl before slow but hypnotic percussion cuts in and the song gradually increases in intensity before finally fading away like a firework over a night sky.

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Download Colleen Green – Heavy Shit mp3 (from Sock it to Me)
Perfectly judged pop-punk.

Blank Realm – Go Easy
Takes 90s slacker indie and buries it in a heady swirl of scuzzy guitars and stoned vocals.


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Download Pairs – Part Songs mp3 (from If This Cockroach Doesn’t Die, I Will)
Clocks in at just over 2 minutes of buzzsaw guitars, machine gun percussion and lyrics about dead shipmates, date-rape and all manner of other sordid topics.

Beams – Be My Brother
Lush instrumentation and lovely vocal harmonies hide the fact that lyrically something altogether more discomforting and baleful lies beneath the surface.

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Wooden Wand – Dungeon Of Irons
Yet another stand out track from an outstanding album.

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The Burning Hell – Grown-ups
Deep, baritone vocals reveal a caustic, almost savage, black humour and brilliantly observed comments on the minutiae of life that can make you squirm with embarrassed recognition.

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Thirty Pounds Of Bone – Home Faring
Possessed of a singular and unique vision, where distraction, desolation, and despair are constant companions and distortion and drone are artfully used to heighten emotions and force the listener to really partake of what is going on.


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Lower Plenty – Nullarbor
A perfectly judged track of hazy countrified melancholia.

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Monuments & Statues – Red Dress
Beautifully anchored by banjo with animated cello and vocals alternately assuming lead status.

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The Thermals – Born To Kill
Dark, brash, and violent.

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Download Kurt Vile – Never Run Away mp3 (from Wakin On A Pretty Daze)
Another hazy, woozy taste from forthcoming album.

Download Dirty Fences – Heaven Is Tonight mp3 (from Too High To Kross)
Razor sharp riffs and perfectly executed harmonies.

God Tiny – Fearless
Oozes primal garage rock and psych-blues creds in a way that is impossible to resist.

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Broken Anchor – Never Leave Me Alone
Infectious, catchy, anthemic indie rock.

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Download Owl Fly South – Blink (Incandescent Days) mp3 (from Blink/Castle)
More than promising garage/psych/pop.

Steady Sun – Eyes Wide
A lovely blend of gentle psychedelia and pastoral folk.

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Blood Sister – Bart Simpson
Noisy trash-pop.

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Upside Drown – Go
Naggingly catchy garage pop.

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Pure X – Someone Else
Synths, guitars and tortured vocals make a compelling package.

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Virginia Wing – Red Sails
Their sound veers from the minimalist post punk of Young Marble Giants, to the twisted 60s psych bliss of Arthur Lee and Love and the cinematic krautpop of Broadcast.

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Hawk And Dove – Things We Lost So Far
Acoustic country with a classical influence make for a unique take on Americana.

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And to finish we have new tracks from The Scanners, the jaunty indie strum of Mexico comes from their new self-titled EP, while the brilliant and haunting Bullet From A Broken Heart by Dillon Hodges is Americana at its absolute finest and is taken from forthcoming album Rumspringa. Our third new track Wait comes from Graham MacRae’s new album Dundrearies, a perfectly judged downtempo contemplation of loneliness, disappointment, and how to live well. Lastly we have the high octane indie-folk of Killing Fields Of Ontario and the riotous, gypsy-tinged tale of disaster that is Twisted Little Theatre, which comes from new album How The World Ends.