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Mad Mackerel's Best Of July 2013

A brilliant month for new music means a mix of more than 35 tracks compiled for you in our selection of our favourite downloads from July’s posts. And, as always, a few brand new tunes to round the collection off.

They’re all yours…and check out all the other Best of the Month mixes using the sidebar links too.

SNØFFELTØFFS – Pretty Girl
Storming garage punk.


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Dinosaur Bones – Sleepsick
Alluring, hooked out blend of dark pop and broody indie rock.


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Cat Meat – Goodnight Miss Belle
Sweeping mournful murder ballad telling the tale of a young drunk’s ill-fated dalliance with the town harlot.

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Fiver – Undertaker
Opening with a weaving organ that sounds like it was drawn from the soundtrack of an Italian horror film, the song is a macabre masterwork.

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Construction & Destruction – The Horse Returns
Opens with a single ominous guitar refrain before exploding into a frenzy of percussion and vocals that calls to mind PJ Harvey at her most tumultuous.

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Kings Of Lowertown – Shotgun Preacher
Takes a classic dirt-blues riff, and layers some distorted vocals over the top to provide just over two and a half minutes of visceral rock ‘n’ roll.


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This Frontier Needs Heroes – Hooky
More gorgeous Americana from duo’s forthcoming album of the same name.

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Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Lesbian Wife
Wryly original garage pop.


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Shark Week – Baby Maybe
Gravelly baritone, screeching guitar solos, jangly guitar leads, pulsating bass rhythms and pounding drums – a ramshackle, yet swaggering, joy to the ears.


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White Hills – In Your Room
Brilliant, persistently hypnotic psych-rock.


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FUZZ – Loose Sutres
Thrilling slab of slow burning distorted rock ‘n’ roll sleaze from Ty Segall’s side project.

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Shadows At Play – Into The Sun
Upbeat, ethereal folk song.

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Quiet Life – Devil’s Kin
Propulsive, galloping folk-rock that begs to be played loud on the open road, and sits somewhere between vintage Creedence, The Band and perhaps even a whiff of Buddy Holly.

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Black Tambourines – Bodies
Typically alluring of hook-filled, sunny garage-psych goodness.

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Dim Peaks – Reason
Sweetly melodic blend of Americana that is effortlessly evocative:

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Morning Smoke – DYWD
Roars in on pulsating drums and vocals echoing Joy Division before the song quickly unfolds with a statuesque controlled power.

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Cash Savage And The Last Drinks – Hypnotiser
Dark country blues that swings from emotion to emotion.

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Yuck – Rebirth
Sits somewhere between Beach House’s dream pop and some of the less histrionic and fragile soundscapes of MBV.

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Big Haunt – Burn Me Up
Spooky, gospel infused big beat indy folk and a song about ritualistic fire sacrifice and murder.

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D.B. Rouse – I-90
More outsider folk from roaming troubadour.

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Expwy – Scraping Blue Terra Cotta (Waterloo Cannibals)
Power pop gem and something that Mikal Cronin would be mighty proud of…

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Gross Relations – Cut The Final Scene
Plenty of fuzz and lackadaisically-delivered lyrics reeled in by insistent, irresistible riffs.


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Hollis Brown – Doghouse Blues
Combines raw rock sensibilities with sweet melodies and hearfelt lyrics to create a rich, warm sound.

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Dinosaur Feathers – Juror B37
Plaintive, evocative and obviously topical tune from indie psych-rockers.

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The Smoking Flowers – Something I Said
Begins as a sparsely arranged, folkish ballad that grows exponentially in intensity and feeling to a climax that is something more akin to the territory stalked by Radiohead.


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Ming City Rockers – She’s A Wrong ‘Un
Snarling, spitting bad boy rock’n’roll in the spirit of Eddie Cochran and the Stooges.

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Dream Boys – Born Yesterday
Brittle, swirling psychedelic pop music.

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Kyle Adem – After Jackson
Singer-songwriter exorcises demons of dealing with personal trauma.

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Chloë Sunshine – Want You
Wonderful blend of jangly, shoegazey pop with echoing vocals and Beach Boys style harmonies.

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Boho Dancer – Bohemian Child
Porcelain like vocals deliver atmospheric, haunting and picturesque lyrics, evoking a journey though the mountains, where the Nordic trio escape and dissolve into the landscape.

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Night Beats – Outta Mind
Reverb laden slab of psych-rock with echoes of blues and soul and a healthy nod to the mind-bending sonics of the sixties.

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Download The Mother Hips – Song For JB mp3
Classic cosmic country rock.

Download Jefferson Ross – Two Horses mp3
A unique acoustic guitar style and southern, soulful voice spin some of the finest story songs to come out of Deep Dixie in a long while.

And to finish off this mammoth post, four more great new tracks from infectious indie-popsters Potty Mouth, heavy sludge-psych rockers White Orange, noirish surf-pop from La Luz, and last, but by no means least, we have Atlantic, the catchy, jangly new single from Brooklyn based psych-surf rock collective Fishdoctor.


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Jefferson Ross - Isle Of Hope

[Please note this is a re-post. The original post went up and then disappeared somehow, then came back as half-written! Sorry we’re having lots of problems with a very unstable WordPress host at the moment.]

Based in Savannah, Georgia, where the Spanish moss hangs from ancient oaks like long torn veils, Jefferson Ross employs his unique acoustic guitar style and southern, soulful voice to spin some of the finest story songs to come out of Deep Dixie in a long while.

His new album is Isle of Hope – imagine a twisted world populated with voodoo doctors…old, blind bluesmen dying in the insane asylum…cannabis craving mommies selling Tupperware…dustbowl farmers… Bible characters and Siamese twins…winos…cops…murderers and hookers on the run…shamans… preachers and voices from the grave.

In fact just about everything we love in a record. Take the sweetly picked opener, Two Horses:

I saw him there sitting on the stairs, that sad old whiskey priest
With a bible in his hand and bottle at his feet
He hung his head, just like he wore a halo made of stone
And said “Brother, I’m just trying to make it home…but…

The lyrics shine throughout this wonderful album like jewels in coal dust, in Family Drama, Ross sings over an gentle bluesy refrain:

My sister’s wedding ring is missing, now her son got caught shoplifting
Someone saw her daughter kissing her teacher last week
And there’s Uncle Jim and Uncle Tim who were sadly born Siamese Twins
Now Jim just voted Republican…now they don’t speak

In the gorgeously melancholic, reflective ballad Blind Willie Goes Home, Ross imagines the old bluesman having to “drown out the screams that echo down the hallways of hellish dreams” of the asylum where he is incarcerated. In People Posting Pictures, he offers a sad, yet searing, indictment of the pointlessness of much of our social media obsessions, likening the endless stream of self publicity and banal images to a modern day hell.

Isle of Hope is a stunning record, made for watching the sunset on the back porch. Songs of sorrow, of sly humour, of hope, faith and redemption sit side by side in a near perfect collection of sparsely beautiful Americana.

It is out on the 6th August. Pre-order from his website here.

Download Jefferson Ross – Two Horses mp3 (from Isle Of Hope)