Posts Tagged ‘Ivan & Alyosha’

Videos of the Day

New videos this morning from Simone Felice and a wonderful version of Splendor In The Grass from a recent session for the 316 Queens project, and from Ivan & Alyosha and their auditions in front of a cheerleaders group for their uptempo folk stomper Be Your Man. We also have a road trip of jangle pop from The Shilohs, and finally some cool animation from The Eversons for their Creepy video.

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Free Festive Treats

Posting our Best of Year lists has meant we’ve missed posting a few Christmas specials, so while it is not (quite) too late, here are some festive treats to brighten up your Christmas dinner…

Rebekah Delgado has covered Mad World (Gary Jules had an Xmas no. 1 as we recall a few years ago covering this). Listen below or grab for free from here.

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This is James Apollo doing Ho Ho, Ho Hum.

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Husky Rescue have given us their lovely Christmassy single Far from the Storm.

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Garage popsters, Mister Loveless are offering us Blue Christmas with guest vocalist Meghan Elizabeth.

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Wyldlife are a 70’s-inspired punk/powerpop band from the J.C./NYC area in the vein of The Only Ones, The Undertones, The Ramones. They have featured on MM before, and their free offering is Piss The Season (so you know just what to expect)…liking the cover too!

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The Morning Birds have a version of We Three Kings, listen and watch below.

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Fitz & The Tantrums have released a free download of Santa Stole My Lady.

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And lastly Ivan & Alyosha have given us this video for Rebel Jesus.

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Video of the Day

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Mad Mackerel's Free Mix - Best of June 2012.

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A cracking month for new releases. Here is the some of the best of our posts from June, together with a couple of newbies for the perfect June mixtape. Check out some of the other ‘Best ofs’ in the sidebar too.

The Hunting Accident – Aubergine
Angular, compulsive, propulsive thump.

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Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – The Fool mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt & Dreams)
Distorted and dishevelled Americana with solitary slow wind and sparse picking.

Download Efren – The Woods And The Wild mp3 (from Write A New Song)
Guitars throw out crunchy muscular riffs, drums pound and gruff vocals spit and snarl over the top of it all – a maelstrom of sonic destruction.

Speedy Ortiz – Silver Spring
Another fine example of their infectious and intelligent songwriting craft, a hook-laden, lyrically sharp slice of twitchy indie rock

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Download The Chorderoys – No Prayin Man mp3 (from No Man’s Land)
Twangy, upbeat Country rock with a pounding rhythm and muscular guitar lines.

The Great American Desert – Carson City
Exquisite, compelling songs made for a campfire; made for a backporch and a bottle of whiskey; and made for the long, dark nights when no one but you seems awake in the world.

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Ned Collette & Wirewalker – Long You Lie
Mix of experimental pop songwriting, musique concrete and dark folky soundscapes.

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Download Edmund II – Golden Lung mp3 (from Floating Monk)
Starts with an orchestral flourish and gently insistent guitar lines, over which warm vocals gracefully swirl and hover to create three minutes of exquisite, honeyed pop music.

Download Deap Vally – Gonna Make My Own Money mp3 (from Gonna Make my Own Money single)
Rock-hard grit and all-girl soul.

Download Magic Trick – Invisible At Midnight mp3 (from Ruler Of The Night)
Poignant, offbeat folk-pop, with an eclectic menagerie of instrumentation.

Download Buffalo Killers – Get It mp3 (from Dig. Sow. Love. Grow.)
Intoxicating mix of ferocious blues psychedelia and good old fashioned rock and roll.

Download K-Holes – Rats mp3 (from Dismania)
Joyful and raucous gutterball punk.

Download Two Gallants – Broken Eyes mp3 (from The Bloom And The Blight)
Lovely slice of indie-folk – one of the songs of the month!

Download Sonnet Cottage – Most Unlikely mp3 (from Another Time)
Pastoral folk charmer, all whimsical mystery.

Download Shovels & Rope – Hollowpoint Blues mp3 (from NoiseTrade Sampler)
Catchy-as-hell junkyard folk-blues. Another contender for song of the month!

Download Rah Rah – Little Poems mp3 (from Little Poems 7″)
Dwells in the heavy complexity of relationships and being “poor, drunk and scared of being alone” told through a poetically skewed lens of life on the road, playing in a band.

Download Salesman – Ella mp3 (from Wasp EP)
Off kilter, somewhat warped take on Americana and desert country folk flavoured with a healthy dollop of psychedelia.

Download Waters – If Only mp3 (from If Only Single)
Another quality slice of psych-pop with added fuzz.

Download Fires – Blackout mp3 (from Echo Sounds EP)
Meaty, angular riffs, occasional discordant tones, and a nihilistic world view.

Download Ivan & Alyosha – All The Times We Had mp3 (from All The Times We Had)
Beautifully simple and melodic and tells a bittersweet tale of goodbye.

Screen Gems – Jazz Records
Just under two minutes of the best, catchiest, woozy, off-kilter, hazy, messed up screwball psych-pop that we’ve heard all year

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Download Zachary CaleLove Everlasting mp3 (from Love Everlasting 7″)
Top notch fare from folky singer-songwriter.

Savaging Spires – Tell Me
Fine example of their Wicker-Man style pagan-folk stylings and eerie electronic collages.

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Suburban Living – Float In Clouds
Supremely assured mix of lo-fi garage riffs and shimmering dream pop which combine to produce an infectiously catchy summery track.

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O’Captain – Eyes Like Anchors
Starts with a sweetly catchy guitar strum and some heartfelt harmonies before throwing off the shackles two thirds of the way through and galloping full pelt to the end of the song.

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Coastal – Black Stars / Flash Cars
A deceptively vicious tale referencing Jeremy Kyle, Starbucks and handfuls of pills amongst other things.

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Download Daughn Gibson – In The Beginning mp3 (from All Hell)
Could be a classic down-on-their-luck country, could be creepy southern gothic, could be dark folk, but then there are the looped, eerie electronics and over it all is a rich baritone croon every bit the equal of Lee Hazlewood or Nick Cave.

Download Ormonde – Can’t Imagine mp3 (from Machine)
As devastating as it is gentle – warm, organic, glistening in half-light and shadow, slowly revealing highlight after highlight.

Download The Boombox Hearts – 100 (The Latest Flame) mp3 (from 100 (The Latest Flame) single)
Very much pop the 60s way with some noisy indie-style guitars (and yes, the title’s a reference to Elvis!).

And to finish off we have a new track from Tilly And The Wall, the stomping first single from their new album is called Love Riot, some glam tinged rock-pop from Foxygen with Waitin’ 4 U and Total Slacker’s cover of Oblivion by Grimes. Lastly we have the title track from Australian indie-darlings Skipping Girl Vinegar’s Chase The Sun EP, it is hi-fi swagger meets low-fi sway carving out their own heart warming, hobo-pop aesthetic.

Download Tilly And The Wall – Love Riot mp3 (from

Download Foxygen – Waitin’ 4 U mp3 (from Take The Kids Off Broadway)

Download Total Slacker – Oblivion mp3 (Grimes cover)

Download Skipping Girl Vinegar – Chase The Sun mp3 (from Chase The Sun EP)

And don’t forget to check our post about the Best of the Year so far – MM contributors pick their favourites of the first six months of 2012.

MM Shorts 181: Another From Ivan & Alyosha.

Following our post a couple of days ago about their free EP of demo tracks from forthcoming album, All The Times We Had, Ivan & Alyosha have now debuted the title track (which also features the vocals of Aimee Mann) as the first ‘proper’ track from the album.

It is beautifully simple and melodic and tells a bittersweet tale of goodbye.

Download Ivan & Alyosha – All The Times We Had mp3 (from All The Times We Had)

Free Ivan & Alyosha EP.

Ivan & Alyosha are the latest to offer a free sample of their wares via NoiseTrade.

Their EP is called The Cabin Sessions and features four demos of tracks that will appear on their forthcoming debut album All The Times We Had. It is a good opportunity to get a flavour of the new record after all the buzz that their excellent Fathers Be Kind EP generated last year.

Grab the whole thing for free here or if you need any convincing then treat yourself to the rather tasty offering from it below.

Download Ivan & Alyosha – The Fold mp3 (from The Cabin Sessions EP)