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Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: December 2011.

Here is our final monthly Best Of mix of songs from 2011 – despite all the Christmas fayre on offer, there were still a whole plethora of cracking new tracks to enjoy, and as always we’ve gathered the best of our December posts into one lovely mix for you with a couple of new tracks to sample too. Don’t forget to check out all our previous monthly mixes in the sidebar on the left.

And off we go…

Download Horse’s Mouth – As I Climb mp3 (from Horse’s Mouth)

Opens with a plaintive vocal and soon develops into a classically harmonious folk-song with its gentle, repeated “Out of time” refrain and orchestrally tinged instrumentation.

Download Dan Mangan – Row Of Houses mp3 (from Oh Fortune)

A story told from the perspective of a character from folksinger Mangan’s favourite films, namely Gordie Lachance from Stand By Me.

Download Pop. 1280 – Bodies In The Dunes mp3 (from The Horror)

As raw and visceral as ever with their raw, junkyard freak-punk sound.

Download The Uncles – The Ballad Of Lehigh Valley mp3 (from M4W)

Taster from forthcoming sophomore album from expanded folk four-piece.

Download Sad Baby Wolf – Survival Guide mp3 (from 8th Level / Survival Guide)

Psychedelic, drone-rock inspired indie.

Download Palomino Drive – When We Were Only Friends mp3 (from Home EP)

Promising and softly strummed lo-fi folk.

Download Drunken Prayer – Always Sad mp3 (from Into The Missionfield)

Heavy on percussion, gut-bucket guitars are bluesy and psychedelic; the horn arrangements are loose and buoyant and best of all, the lyrics are as sweet as they are damning.

Download Ohioan – Sometimes mp3 (from Balls Deep In Babylon)

Mournful harmonica driven, down-at-heel traditional folk.

Download Terry Malts – Tumble Down mp3 (from Killing Time)

First taste of post-punk noiseniks new album Killing Time.

Download Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless mp3 (from Attack On Memory)

Just under three minutes of spiky garage-pop that is as catchy as anything they’ve ever done.

Download Dolfish – Your Love Is Bummin’ Me Out mp3 (from Your Love Is Bummin’ Me Out 7″)

Sad, bitter, humorous country song banged out in balls to the wall garage-rock fashion.

Download Waters – Stay Away mp3 (Nirvana Cover)

Helter-skelter cover of Nirvana’s Stay Away where the ramshackle intensity and angst of the original is joyously matched.

Download The Lower 48 – Into The Woods mp3 (from Where All Maps End)

Warm, organic folk with a good-natured acoustic strum.

Download Scott H. Biram – I Want My Mojo Back mp3 (from Bad Ingredients)

Classic one-man band blues and stomp holler.

Download Phantom Family Halo – White Hot Gun mp3 (from When I Fall Out)

Perfect mix of pummelling krautrock with raw, glam overtones.

Download Redanda – This Bed Is A Rock (via Soundcloud)

Bursting with a brashness and sneered vocals that has more attitude crammed into its two minutes and a few seconds of whiplash drumming and guitar that many bands manage in a career.

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Download Simone Felice – New York Times (via Soundcloud)

Spellbinding new single from forthcoming solo album.

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Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Seasonal Suite No. 62 (via Soundcloud)

A real treat for all those who for all those who love the gritty, raw, unconventional and downright bitter and bruised side of country music.

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And the new…we have The XX with their demo of new track Open Eyes, the second single of sunburnt lo-fi pop from Inspired And The Sleep, a brand new slice of antiphonal guitar-gymnastics called Mortise And Tenon from London based math-punk trio Mayors Of Miyazaki and first on the list is another taste from Real Estate’s excellent album Days. Enjoy them all!

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Download The XX – Open Eyes mp3 (Demo)

Download Inspired And The Sleep – Running mp3 (from Teenager)

Download Mayors Of Miyazaki – Mortise And Tenon mp3 (from Mortise And Tenon)

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The Lower 48 Release Where All Maps End

Posted: December 27, 2011 in Folk, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock
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The Lower 48 Release Where All Maps End. Shortly before Christmas The Lower 48 released their new album Where All Maps End, a beautifully judged album of warm, organic folk that joyfully takes its main influences from the 1960s.

Having already given you The End, the band have made a second track, the good-natured acoustic strum of Into The Woods available for download.

Buy from cdbaby here.

Download The Lower 48 – Into The Woods mp3 (from Where All Maps End)

Download The Lower 48 – The End mp3 (from Where All Maps End)

Mad Mackerel's Mega Round Up. Here is another collection of tunes we’ve gathered from our in-box and the internet – we’d like to have more time to do them justice, but nevertheless a cornucopia of pleasures awaits you we promise!

First up is the consistently wonderful Damien Jurado with some authentic, strummed desert blues. Nothing Is The News is the first taste of his forthcoming album Maraqopa.

Download Damien Jurado – Nothing Is The News mp3 (from Maraqopa)

Indie-folksters The Dodos have made a previously unreleased track, So Cold, available.

Download The Dodos – So Cold mp3 (Previously Unreleased)

Of Montreal have also offered up a new track, the seven minute, topically titled Wintered Debts. They have a new album, Paralytic Stalks, due in early 2012.

Download Of Montreal – Wintered Debts mp3

Brown Shoe have been picking up some nice reviews and plaudits for their album The Gift Horse (Bandcamp here) and here is another track to enjoy in the shape of Pauper.

Download Brown Shoe – Pauper mp3 (from The Gift Horse)

Gregory Scott Slay’s posthumous album Horsethief Beats was released a week ago on Communicating Vessels. It is a swirling and mesmerising mix of ambient style folk and Americana with an almost trip-hop undercurrent.

Download Gregory Scott Slay – Kindred Spirit mp3 (from Horsethief Beats)

Download Gregory Scott Slay – Keep It Secret mp3 (from Horsethief Beats)

Galaxy Sunrise are a new name to us, but new offering When Pigs Fly is a lovely excursion into hazy psych-pop that deserves investigating. Check out their Static Moon EP which can be downloaded for free from their Bandcamp page here.

Download Galaxy Sunrise – When Pigs Fly mp3 (from When Pigs Fly single)

Danish band The Boombox Hearts, despite what the name might suggest, offer up a very tasty line in melancholic folk that has drawn comparisons to Mrs M’s fave Mark Lanegan. Crank It Up is a lovely lo-fi example of their wares. Buy their Monte Carlo EP here.

Download The Boombox Hearts – Crank It Up mp3

The Lower 48 release their first full length album, Where All Maps End in the middle of December. The End is the first taste and showcases their warm organic sound and 60s folk influences beautifully without ever being derivative – one to look out for.

Download The Lower 48 – The End mp3 (from Where All Maps End)

We featured Niteflights and their exuberant indie pop back in the summer and they have now turned their hand to a cover of John Cale’s classic Paris 1919. See what you think.

Download Nightflights – Paris 1919 mp3 (John Cale cover)

Electric Flowers are fast gaining a reputation for being louder than My Bloody Valentine. Their self-titled debut EP contains the sonic epic Circles that will resonate long after the last note has faded away.

Download Electric Flowers – Circles mp3 (from Electric Circles EP)

Musically, Whales In Cubicles evoke a huge variety of influences from American greats such as Guided by Voices and Sebadoh, to songwriters such as Neil Young and Stephen Malkmus, all the way through to British heroes Black Sabbath, Blur and Radiohead. Having given away Terror of the Void in the summer they are now releasing a single on the ever reliable Young & Lost Club, who are also offering up Never And Ever as a free download.

Download Whales In Cubicles – Never And Ever mp3

Download Whales In Cubicles – Terror Of The Void mp3

Similarly The Quiet Americans appear to love nothing more than belting out some good old fashioned fuzzed up rock ‘n’ roll and do it extremely well. Their Medicine EP is available for free from their Bandcamp page and contains this noise-pop belter, Be Alone.

Download The Quiet Americans – Be Alone mp3 (from Medicine EP)

Indie psych rockers The Sunbears! released You Will Live Forever yesterday and we have two tracks for you – the infectious Give Love A Try and the more ironic They Think They’re Soooo Philosophical.

Download The Sunbears! – Give Love A Try mp3 (from You Will Live Forever)

Download The Sunbears! – They Think They’re Soooo Philosophical mp3 (from You Will Live Forever)

Kurt von Stetten will release his sixth full-length solo album Cyclops on December 13, on Static Motor Recordings. Effectively using simple song structures and minimal storytelling to create a record of intricate and eclectic garage rock.

Download Kurt von Stetten – Codify mp3 (from Cyclops)

And lastly (for now), we’re loving the catchy folkish strum of Swede Joakim Fritzner’s Thoughts On Us 23-3 from mini album/EP It’s Not Me… which gets a digital release today via Birds Will Sing For You Enterprises. A blend of Nick Drake, Laura Marling and even Peter Gabriel, this one has been on repeat since we first heard it.

Download Joakim Fritzner – Thoughts On Us 23-3 mp3 (from It’s Not Me…)