Posts Tagged ‘John Murry’

  1. NOTS – No Novelty
  2. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Commandment 7
  3. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jesus Alone
  4. Las Kellies – I Don’t Care
  5. Wovenhand – Golden Blossom
  6. Kevin Devine – No History
  7. Cherry Glazerr – Told You I’d Be With The Guys
  8. Adam Torres – Juniper Arms
  9. Devendra Banhart – Saturday Night
  10. Public Access T.V. – End Of An Era
  11. John Murry – Intruder
  12. Ultimate Painting – Song For Brian Jones














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














Videos of the Day

Our choice of videos today come from the garage punk of Broncho with Psychiatrist and a suitably intense film for John Murry’s brilliant track Southern Sky directed by legendary cult filmmaker John Michael McCarthy.

Then we have the video for the re-recorded version of Peter Bruntnell’s gorgeous track Played Out featuring Rumer, and taken from his forthcoming Retrospective album via Loose Music. Finally, we have Canadian folksters The Great Lake Swimmers and their video for The Great Exhale.




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John Murry Interview on Mad Mackerel

We only came across John Murry relatively recently when following some obscure internet links took us to 2006’s World Without End, the historical album of violent and often brutal murder songs he co-wrote and recorded with Bob Frank. It is about as dark and forbidding as anything you’re ever likely to hear, and naturally it became an immediate favourite.

The benefits of our late discovery meant we weren’t waiting as long as everyone else for his first solo album The Graceless Age, released last year, and deservedly one of Uncut magazine’s records of the year. An incredible musical tapestry that is unflinchingly raw in its autobiographical tales of self-doubt, self-destruction and personal demons. At its heart sits Little Colored Balloons (listen below), which deals with his overdose in the Eula Hotel on 16th and Mission in San Francisco, where he was clinically dead for several minutes before being revived in an ambulance. He has described the song as a prayer of sorts and it is the most arresting ten minutes of torment and anguish, told over a piano and cello backing, that transcends most things you will hear in a lifetime of listening to music.

john murry graceless ageMusically, The Graceless Age strips Murry bare to his soul and then re-clothes him with hypnotic drones, delicate lap-steel, orchestral strings, electronica, strummed acoustics and blazing electrics – the results are both breathtaking and spine-tingling; as warm and as tender as they are raw and savage.

So obviously, we are delighted then to welcome him as the latest contributor to our 5:1 Interview series. We are even more delighted to discover he will be playing in Oxford on the 31st of this month – his tour starts tonight in Brighton and finishes in London on the 4th February – click here for all the dates.

Five words to describe your music:
Confused, Ordered, Temporal, Haunted, and Quixotic.

One book you’d recommend to an alien:
The Alienist by Machado De Assis (I don’t mean this ironically, either… swear it!)- It sums up nicely the horrors of humanity through the 19th century lens of a do-gooder psychiatrist’s (alienist’s) assessment of “madness” and “wellness”. It still rings all-too-true today. It indicts us all, I think… It’s also short: I don’t want to be the one to blame for taxing the time of space invaders! If their attention spans are longer? Don Quixote. That’s the Bible of the Human Condition.

Five bands (or albums) that have most influenced you?
Arab Strap’s “The Week Never Starts Round Here”, Spiritualized’s “Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space”, The Afghan Whigs’ “Gentlemen”, Sparklehorse’s “Vivadixiesubmarinetransmissionplot”, Bob Dylan (pretty much all his stuff has left it’s mark – I’ve been stuck with Bobby since I was a child)

One moment in time you’d like to have witnessed:
I would kill to have five minutes with William Faulkner to talk about family matters….. Maybe post-Nobel Prize Acceptance Speech

Five people (living or dead) you’d love to share a stage-jam with:Duane Allman, Ronnie Van Zant, Tim Mooney, Joe Goldring, and Duck Dunn. All at once! Damn, that’d be incredible….. I don’t know what I’d do, but…. I wanna add Jason Pierce, too….. AHHHH!!!!!

One biggest regret in your career (to date):
My addiction to heroin for several years and the destruction it wrought (the destruction I wrought).

Five things on your perfect rider:
If the sound can’t be good, well…… Ha!
This is honesty: lots of Coca-Cola, two packs of Camel Wide Blues, one can of Kodiak, hot food from wherever I am (not a damn burger), and a quiet place to exist and smoke cigarettes and all.

One hour to live – who would you spend it with, and why?
My wife and daughter. I love them above all else. It’s simple and quite traditional. I know, but it’s true. Any human with a wife and children ought be able to say the same, I think. Given that choice, who else would I want beside me when I die? Them, of course. Yeah; I’m just a husband and Daddy first. A “musician” or whatever second. I wonder what most people’s answers to this question are. They’re my blood. I’m theirs.

Five Perfect Songs
(the first three won’t help, but prove you’ve got friends…. the last two might…)
1. The Afghan Whig’s “What Jail Is Like”
(“I warn you, if cornered, I’ll scratch my way out of the pen. Wired, an animal, the claustrophobia begins…”)
2. Sparklehorse’s “Pig”
(“Why don’t you see me die?…. I wanna be a stupid and shallow mother fucker now, I wanna be a tough skinned bitch but I don’t know howwwww….” )
3. Bob Dylan’s “Things Have Changed”
(“People are crazy, times are strange, I’m locked in tight, I’m out of range, I use to care,  things have changed”)
4. Neil Young’s “Ordinary People”
(“Two out of work models and a fashion slave try to dance away the Michelob night. The bartender poured herself another drink, while two drunks were watching the fight. The champ went down, Then he got up again, Then he went out like a light. He was fighting for the people, but his timing wasn’t right. For Las Vegas people, came to see a Las Vegas fight. High rolling people, Taking limos through the neon night. Ordinary People.” – I think this is sarcasm, no???)
5. Arab Strap’s “New Birds” (the live from London version)
(“But you have to remember the kiss you worked so hard on. And you’ll know you’ve done the right thing.” THEN FUZZZZZZZ!!!!!!!! FEELS GOOD!)

If I could add one more it’d be all of “Time Out Of Mind”….. It both tells the truth and uplifts…. Seamlessly……

One song of yours that you’d most like to be played in 50 years time:
My cover of ABBA’s “Super Trouper”. That’d just be funny. May I be remembered for something absurd! Please! Not something “profound”!!!

Buy The Graceless Age here.

Videos of the Day

Today we have a brilliant video for California from John Murry’s excellent noir solo debut The Graceless Age as well as some rockin’ art-pop from Manchester’s Dutch Uncles and lo-fi psych-sonics from Denmark’s Crystal Shipsss.







Mad Mackerel's Best Of July Mix.

You know the score. Some of our favourite downloads from the past month neatly parcelled up into one tasty mix and decorated with a few new tunes too. Nearly forty in all. Jump in!

Download Wye Oak – Spiral mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Series)
A change of approach and tempo from experimental folkies

Download Unnatural Helpers – Hate Your Teachers mp3 (from Land Grab)
Raging. Ferocious. Punk

Download Wake Up Lucid – Feel It mp3 (from Feel It)
Combines sex-drenched vocals, high octane guitar, and a glorious lo-fi sludge that is garage rock at its purest and most dangerous

Download Keston Cobblers’ Club – For Words mp3 (from One, For Words)
Sweetly harmonious, banjo led folk song

Download White Wires – All Night Long mp3 (from WWIII)
Fun, infectious, and recalls some of the very best of the power-pop tunes of the late 70s

Download Deep Time – Homebody mp3 (from Deep Time)
Densely melodic slice of restlessly minimalist indie pop

Download Sun Sister – Sore Eyes mp3 (from Sun Sister Single)
Lo-fi dreampop with warm melodies, gorgeous reverbed vocals and rough jangly guitars

Download The Black Cadillacs – Choke mp3 (from Run)
Pure rock –  strong guitar melodies that are matched with catchy lyrics

Download Crooked Cowboy & The Freshwater Indians – Annalog And Her Hopeful Diaries mp3 (from Annalog And Her Hopeful Diaries EP)
Psychedelic whirlwind tinged with an unattainable nostalgia for a western era of dusty corrals and one-horse towns

Download Talk Normal – Bad Date mp3 (from Sunshine)
Hypnotically brilliant blend of punk and krautrock

Download People’s Temple – Looter’s Game mp3 (from Looter’s Game 7″)
Keeping a groovy, 60s psych vibe going

Download Wobbly Lamps – Alice The Goon mp3 (from Wobbly Lamps)
Takes an intro that sounds like it has been dragged kicking and screaming from a sweaty Detroit basement club in the 60s, attaches it to a thrumming, hypnotic riff, and then slams a sleazy proto-punk chorus over the top

The Lovely Sparrows – While Sailing
Gorgeous, pastoral folk


Download The Felice Brothers – Lincoln Continental mp3 (from God Bless You Amigo)
Classic ramshackle Americana. Just about as good as it gets!

Download Aaron Embry – Moon Of The Daylit Sky mp3 (from Tiny Prayers)
Spare, captivating, and beautifully simple folk

Download Cate Le Bon – What Is Worse mp3 (from CYRK II)
Beautifully reminiscent of The Velvet Underground at their weary, foggy best – an uncomplicated and unadorned slice of late night melancholic pop

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Ten Sleep, WY mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt & Dreams)
Fractured, unassailable beauty that begins with a sentiment any of us over a certain age can identify with, before it breaks out into a more expansive guitar showdown/meltdown

The Wilderness of Manitoba – The Ark
Beautiful slice of chamber-folk


Download Grassfight – Nassau mp3 (from Icon EP 2)
With shades of Interpol in the hypnotic, propulsive percussion, echoes of Dinosaur Jr in the swirling guitar, and a classic indie deep, monotone vocal, the track successfully ticks all the necessary boxes for a post-punk extravaganza

Freedom Fry – Summer In The City (from Summer In The City single)
Infectious, sunshine indie-pop at its very best


Download Two Gallants – My Love Won’t Wait mp3 (from The Bloom And The Blight)
Rollicking tune showcases the duo’s heavier side

Download Outer Minds – We Are All Stone mp3 (from Behind The Mirror)
Perfectly judged garage-psych voodoo rumble, with a reverential nod to the Doors

Download Lord Huron – Time To Run mp3 (from Lonesome Dreams)
Galloping, infectious dusty folk chime

Download Spook Houses – American mp3 (from Trying)
Lo-fi slacker indie rock loaded with the energy of the band’s rambunctious punk roots

Steakhouse – Spider Bite
Hear the sound of Johnny Cash’s electric guitar come floating in over the hypnotic, pulsing rhythm and be seduced by the strange blend of krautrock and C&W


Download D.B. Rouse – Never Home Again mp3 (from The Good Land)
Another folky gem from travelling troubadour

Kalle Matson – The Shore (from Lives In Between EP)
Folk with an experimental edge that is equally at home dropping in a bit of punk distortion as it is with some funky basslines


Download Delta Spirit – Tear It Up mp3 (from Delta Spirit)
Another brilliant uptempo cut from outstanding recent album

Download Denver – Reno mp3 (from Denver)
Perfect country twang from Blitzen Trapper led indie supergroup

Download The Mountain Goats – Cry For Judas mp3 (from Transcendental Youth)
New album cut from quirky indie-rock royalty

Download Chelsea Light Moving – Frank O’Hara Hit mp3
Trademark guitar squall and distortion from Thurston Moore’s new project

Download John Murry – Southern Sky mp3 (from The Graceless Age)
Emotive and soul-wrenching mix of Americana and electronica

Download The Wild Leaves – Sister mp3 (from Sister)
Evocative and poignant, the notes sweetly swirling around the room like dust mites in the sunlight, as though the story it tells could have been hummed on back porches for decades gone by

Last American Buffalo – That Woman (from Here She Comes)
Brilliant blues stomp and folk swagger

Download Woodpecker – Married To The Movies mp3 (from Thanks Anyway)
Indie folk and banjo ramble including occasional bloodcurdling zombie screams


The Most Powerful Telescope In The Universe – Lectures On Quanta (from Lectures On Quanta)
A brilliant psych-pop nugget of mellotron led drone


And to finish off, here is Pony Boy’s The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee, inspired by an actual teenage couple who gained notoriety during a cross-country crime spree in the late 1950s as well as a first taste of Hot Freak Nation. We have the beautifully crafted psych tinged rock of The Asteroid Shop and the melodically rich and compelling new track Fifty Fifty from The Luyas.

Download Pony Boy – The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee mp3 (from The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee single)

Download Hot Freak Nation – All The Right Things mp3 (from Lifetime To Lifetime)

Download The Luyas – Fifty Fifty mp3 (from Animator)

Download The Asteroid Shop – Alone mp3 (from Distant Luxury EP)

We thought we’d bundle these two together – the latest free Vinyl mix download from Insound and Uncut magazine’s latest free cover disk. Both offering a mighty enticing slice of new music of all shapes and sizes.

MM Shorts 200: Insound & Uncut Freebies.

The Insound mix can be got for free for a limited time, and features The Family Band, Niki & The Dove, Hot Panda, and Chain & The Gang amongst others. You can grab the whole thing here.

Mad Mackerel Free Mp3sUncut is available from any decent newsagent in the UK and as well as featuring the incomparable Joe Strummer on the cover, has an eclectic CD with tracks from Ry Cooder, Bill Fay, Race Horses, Jesca Hoop and The Dirty Projectors and more.

As always, here are a couple of our choice picks from both. Another from Balmorhea’s experimental folk leanings (also see our massive Friday mix posted yesterday), and a taste from John Murry’s recent acclaimed release, the emotive and soul-wrenching mix of Americana and electronica, The Graceless Age.

Download Balmorhea – San Solomon (Rivers Arms Bonus Tracks) mp3 (from Insound Vinyl Mixtape 7-26-12)

Download John Murry – Southern Sky mp3 (from Uncut 2012.09 & The Graceless Age)