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Lovely Eggs

Delighted to have a new single to share from the down-to-earth, but utterly psychotic duo The Lovely Eggs.

Sick of hearing people crowing about how many drugs they’ve done on a night out or at a festival, their retort is a big fuck-you to the pricks with a typically surreal insight into their crazy world.

Appropriately titled Drug Braggin’, it is a brilliant fuzzed up freakout; a mind-melting sludge pot of psych-pop and punked up fury.

Enjoy!

 

A bumper round up this week – new songs from The Decemberists, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Saintseneca, the mighty Killing Joke, cover songs from Iron & Wine and Okkervil River and plenty more besides.

  1. The Decemberists – Why Would I Now?
  2. Saintseneca – River
  3. Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi – Shapeless
  4. Killing Joke – I Am The Virus
  5. The Lovely Eggs – Goofing’ Around (In Lancashire)
  6. Wolf Alice – Baby Ain’t Made Of China
  7. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Mississippi It’s Time
  8. The Mantles – Police My Love
  9. Iron & Wine – Albuquerque (Neil Young cover)
  10. Okkervil River – I’m In Love With Susan Smith (Tom House cover)

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Videos of the Day

An eclectic mix of videos for you this morning – we have the fragile, gossamer folk of Sarah Johns Music Party and their video for Green Bud, and the surreal video made by kids for the anarchic Lovely Eggs track I Collect Snails.

We have the uber cool and trippy video for Bleached’s Dead In Your Head and lastly we have a brilliant amination for the heavy-amped, growling roots rock revival of Lincoln Durham’s Ballad Of A Prodigal Son.

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Live Review: The Lovely Eggs & Secret Rivals. A Monday night in the cramped, sweaty upstairs of the Port Mahon pub in Oxford can be a challenge. Windows are firmly sealed shut, there is but one small entrance in and out, no bar, odours abound, personal space is elsewhere, and a chisel is useful to free the soles of your shoes from the floor. In fact, it was like being back at a gig in 1993.

But en-masse the Mackerel shoal were there. Mrs M trying to breathe through her mouth, Dr Roddy, Chris T Popper and Banner also valiantly gasping for oxygen and all of us awaiting the arrival of the Lovely Eggs.

But first was Oxford’s latest new indie kids, The Secret Rivals, a four-piece with split boy-girl vocals singing songs of fall-outs, mysteries and despair with hope and longing to put things right. Musically influenced by the sharp edges of The Cribs, Idlewild, Pixies and The Wedding Present, our friend Ronan, Lord High Priest of Oxford’s music scene and also in attendance, described them as being somewhere between The Cure and Los Campesinos, and who are we to argue.

Mrs M tapped a squashed fin approvingly as they gave us a short, slightly uneven, but always entertaining set. They were noisy, energetic, and showed plenty of imagination in their blend of shouty lyrics, thrumming guitar and military snap drumming. Finally, almost overcome by the heat, they departed leaving puddles of sweat in their wake.

And so to the Lovely Eggs. Imagine if you will a mad musical scientist locked away mixing the essence of Crass with Half Man Half Biscuit and Deep Purple in Burnley – this acerbic duo would be his ultimate creation. To say they are a product of their environment is an understatement. They are peculiarly British with roots deep in the no-nonsense backstreet landscapes of the North West and offer up a wry, observational humour blended with a surreal viewpoint that creates a unique, perverse and wilfully uncommercial outlook.

Who else would want to name a fan club ‘Friends of the Oeuf’, rhyme accordion with scorpion and beef bourginon and still make it sound like a serial killer’s nursery rhyme, relate an olive falling from a posh sandwich to its place in the wider universe, or extoll the virtues and benefits of mutual mastication on excellent new single Food.

Highlights were many, particularly the introduction of “Lancaster’s national anthem”, the extraordinary, swelling, hymn-like Fuck It, which signified that perhaps the duo should have the confidence to mix things up and slow things down a little more. Finally, it was rousing anthem, Don’t Look At Me I Don’t Like It, which closed the set in a frenzy of head nodding, mouthed-along lyrics and sticky foot stomping. Not finished yet though, we wouldn’t let them go until they’d raced through Watermelons for us too.

Like six bands in one, and yet like no-one else, we followed the crowd out, a few pounds lighter and with scales left shimmering like fools gold in the sweat and beer. Slowly shuffled downstairs, half expecting to exit into the midst of a poll-tax riot, but instead returning to the status quo of our small patch of a modern-day, messed up Britain. A patch that for a short, glorious while The Lovely Eggs had turned on its head in the most uplifting and imaginative way possible.

Download The Lovely Eggs – Have You Ever Heard A Digital Accordion mp3 (from Have You Ever Heard Of The Lovely Eggs)

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Download The Secret Rivals – Prone To Explosions mp3 (from Start Free EP)

Download The Secret Rivals – Slow Learner mp3 (from Start Free EP)

Click here to see our post featuring the Lovely Eggs video for Food.

The lovely Lovely Eggs have a new 7″ single out next week called Food. We are resisting the urge to call it tasty, and instead here is the suitably unhinged video with suggestive hotdogs, giant burgers and mountains of mash.

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See them on tour:
WEDS MAY 9TH Nice n Sleazys, GLASGOW
THURS MAY 10TH The Third Door, EDINBURGH
FRI MAY 11TH The Adelphi, HULL
SAT MAY 12TH The Sound House, LEICESTER
SUN MAY 13TH The Labour Club, NORTHAMPTON
MON MAY 14TH Port Mahon (single launch party) OXFORD
TUES MAY 15TH The Cornerhouse, CAMBRIDGE
WEDS MAY 16TH Green Door Store, BRIGHTON
THURS MAY 17TH The Old Queen’s Head LONDON (free gig!)
FRI MAY 18TH The Croft BRISTOL
SAT MAY 19TH Buffalo Bar CARDIFF

Mad Mackerel's Best of 2011.Our final Top Ten selection comes courtesy of the lovely, and ever radiant, Mrs Mackerel. Over to you girl!

It’s been a great musical year. But such a plethora of riches always presents a problem – what’s a girl to choose? Fortunately some fine contributions in the preceding week means most bases are covered.

Live gigs, although few and far between this year, have been rich in quality, and particularly finger-picking good on the guitar front. A fine ensemble of gig friends too, thank you.

Without further ado, here’s my humble opinion. And remember kids this is just my opinion, you can try this at home too.

10. Hyde & the Beast – You Will be Lonely

Boom-shacker, boom-shacker. Bit of cowboy guitars. An up-tempo beat coupled with the “you’re dumped” message. Still if you’ve got to do it, do it with a smile on your face and a guitar in your hand, I say. Boom-shacker, boom-shacker.

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9. The National – Think You Can Wait

Nice bit of backing from the wonderful Sharon Van Etten, coupled with the mellifluous vocal of Matt Berninger. Trademark National: understated brilliance.

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8. Lanterns on the Lake – Ships in the Rain

Another great thing to come from Sunderland. Catch up please. Atmosphere, ethereal vocals, beautiful lyrics. Til we meet again, girls.

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7. Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Dog Scratched Ear

Widespread Mackerel popularity for this song amongst family and friends. Yep, we know a good guitar riff when we hear one: hard core. Looking for joy when there’s none to find? Plenty here.

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

6. Wye Oak – Civilian

A January contender for my top ten, so a stayer. A fantastic piece of drumming that builds and builds; to be played loud on speakers not headphones, she insists in a bossy tone that MM knows only too well… Breathy vocals adds atmosphere to the intensity.

Download Wye Oak – Civilian mp3 (from Civilian)

5. Wooden Wand – No Hayride

Directed to this by daughter sprat, and how right she is. The pared back simplicity of the guitar lends itself so well to the lyrics. Prolific output – does this man ever sleep?

Download Wooden Wand – No Hayride mp3 (from Archives Vol 3)

4. The Cave Singers – Haystacks

How do I love the Cave Singers? Oh let me count the ways. Storming harmonica coupled with such an irresistible tempo, I challenge you not to be out of your seat and dancing. These boys got rhythm in bucket loads and talent to match. But they’re not yours, they’re mine. Glad we cleared that one up.

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3. Hurray for the Riff Raff – Too Much of a Good Thing

A great big old fashioned waltz of a song, throw in a sprinkling of mariachi pipes, a helping of accordion and the tender vocals of Alynda Lee Segarra. Lifetime top ten tune for me this one.

Download Hurray For The Riff Raff – Too Much Of A Good Thing mp3 (from Hurray For The Riff Raff)

2. Middle Brother – Portland

Shared a cigarette for breakfast? More than one I reckon. John McCauley of Deer Tick has a voice that was made for this song. One for the road, sung in chorus, gives me the warmest, fuzzy feeling all over. Stick me on a greyhound bus with Middle Brother playing to the open road and I reckon I’d be a happy girl. Just about the best darned cover (yes, I know but don’t care) I ever heard. Pure magic.

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1. Laura Marling – Night After Night

A photo finish for me amongst the top five. Yin and yang songs. This song is wuthering, if you get my gist but hey, that’s just me. There’s so much here from the opening guitar sequence that makes me think of a boat rowing out to sea, to the subtle finale with a flamenco flourish. Lyrical dexterity, passion, sadness, regret. The incomparable Laura Marling take a bow.

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Goddammit Janet: missed it first time round

Grinderman – Palaces of Montezuma

The theatre of this song is almost vintage Bowie. A great big banquet of lyrical genius and the funkiest rhythm to match. Bloody marvellous.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Janglin

From the happy-go-lucky intro to swinging, swaying finger-clicking goodness of the rest of the tune. Click your heels and away you go.

Download Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Janglin mp3 (from From Below)

And Okkervil River. Missed all together. MM and I are fools. I have told him this repeatedly while hitting him with a large branch. Joking. Sort of.

Download Okkervil River – For Real mp3 (from Black Sheep Boy)

School Run Anthems 2011

The Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look at Me (I Don’t Like It)

We sang and did the actions. The car bounced and shimmied its way to school. Nothing like a bit of 21st century punk to get you going in the morning.

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Roadside Graves – Jail

Don’t want to work today. Just want to lay in bed. Couldn’t have put it better myself.

Download The Roadside Graves – Jail (Simplefolk UK Radio Live Session) mp3

Guilty pleasure

Adele – Someone Like You

Actually no guilt attached to this choice at all. Great voice. Great song, sniff.

MAD MACKEREL’S TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS

For our first ever Festive Feature on Mad Mackerel, we asked twelve of our favourite bands and artists of 2011 to answer twelve questions and we will publish them over the next twelve days taking us up to Christmas Eve.

MM's 12 Days of Christmas: No 2 The Lovely Eggs.

Day 2 sees the lovely, but certifiably unhinged Lovely Eggs taking part. Their surreal indie sing-along anthem Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like It) has been a staple in the car on the school run for most of the summer onwards. It prompted us to investigate their album Cob Dominoes and we discovered a uniquely imagined freak’s dreamworld where weirdness and wry observational humour compete over a backdrop of noisy pop and folkish acoustics to brilliant effect.

1) Three iconic clashes. Who would you vote for in each of these?

a) The Velvet Underground or The Doors

The Velvet Underground.

b) Bob Dylan or Neil Young

Neil Young.

c) The Sex Pistols or the Clash?

The Sex Pistols.

2) What has been your personal highlight of 2011?

We’ve had a lot of good fun this year we have. There are quite a lot of highlights for us, we can’t pick just one but here are some…

• Cob Dominos (our 2nd album) coming out, especially on 12” vinyl.

• Recording Allergies with Gruff Rhys

• Getting to play with Half Japanese

• Going on tour with Art Brut

• Raiding the Too Pure vinyl stockroom

• Getting to know a lot of new people

3) What was your low point of the year (and why)?

The low point is always coming back off tour always.

4) You can give one single album from 2011 to just one person for Christmas. What would you buy and who for?

The super deluxe reissue of Serge Gainsbourg’s classic ‘Histoire De Melody Nelson’ for our friend Darren Andrews who is a photographer and likes smoking cigarettes. 

5) Give us between two and five songs from 2011 that you’d recommend as the best of the year.

We generally don’t listen to records from 2011. We’ve discovered some cracking records this year but couldn’t tell you whether they’re from 2011 or not. Sorry!

6) Do you have a favourite Christmas Carol – why?

Not really. 

7) Imagine you are snowed in and stuck in an isolated house in the woods for Christmas with no way out. Wolves and bears are prowling outside. You need to recommend the following:

A classic song to impress an ultra cool, know-it-all, teenager

A Child of a Few Hours Is Burning To Death- The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band

A song to terrify Grandma

Wasted- Black Flag

A traditional song to help send Grandad to sleep

Iron Man- Black Sabbath

A song for someone just waking from a five-year coma

Good Morning- Gene Kelly

A book to frighten the children

The dictionary 

An unforgettable film to watch

The Wicker Man (1973 version)

8) What is top of your Christmas list this year? Why?

We haven’t got lists. We just like surprises. But books are always nice thanks!

9) What is the worst Christmas present you’ve ever given and/or ever received?

Clothes from either of our parents are always pretty dodgy. How many clothes with treble clefs on can you bear to wear!

10) Will you be making a New Year Resolution? If so can you share it and will you keep it? What is the stupidest New Year resolution you’ve ever made?

Probably not. Holly once did a New Year’s resolution to stop smoking. That was pretty stupid.

11) Imagine you’re headlining a Christmas Concert at your favourite venue. You can share the stage with three other artists or bands (past or present) for the final encore of the night. Who would they be and what would you play?

We would play with The Velvet Underground, Sonic Youth and The West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band in one big fat psychedelic noise jam. David would play electric sitar and Holly would make feedback and sing a bit. 

12) Can you write us a Christmas themed limerick?

There once was an nog made of egg

Yule think we are pulling yer leg

But try it inside yer with a chaser of cider

And yule be wanting to order a keg!

Buy Cob Dominoes here, or download on eMusic here.

Watch the video for Panic Plants.

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Listen to the outstanding Fuck It.

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Download The Lovely Eggs – Have You Ever Heard A Digital Accordion mp3 (from Have You Ever Heard Of The Lovely Eggs)

Tomorrow: Grass House

Previously: Twilight Hotel (here).

The Lovely Eggs are as catchy, as irreverent, and as downright loopy as anything we’ve come across this year. This is the video for newly released (and already sold out on vinyl) single, Allergies – it features a guest appearance from the single’s producer Gruff Rhys.

You can download it from iTunes here.

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Mrs Mackerel's TFI Friday (8th October). There’s only two and a bit months until the culmination of a hard year’s listening: the MM Top Tens. And what a year. How do we choose? What a bonanza 2011 has been.

A certain song has dominated the school run this week. Let’s take nothing away from last week’s sing-a-long, Henry’s Funeral Shoe (Dog Scratched Ear is surely a top ten contender), but The Lovely Eggs have nailed it for surely some of the best lyrics ever, with Don’t Look At Me (I Don’t Like it).

Look at him with his dog dirt eyes …

Look at her with rabbit spare teeth …

Look at him with his dressing gown nose …

Look at her with her cul-de-sac arms …

Look at him with his wheelchair heart …

And there’s more!

Look at her with her washing line smile …

Look at him with his sausage roll thumb …

Don’t look at me, I don’t like it …

And hey, here’s one for later, Look at us with our red wine smiles …

Masterpiece. Sadly we can’t post it, but to get your own Friday moment I direct you to watch the video. We sing this so loudly on the way to school the whole car shakes. Perfect for the school choir me thinks.

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Happy Friday.

Mrs Mackerel

Download The Lovely Eggs – Have You Ever Heard A Digital Accordion mp3 (from Have You Ever Heard Of The Lovely Eggs)

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