Posts Tagged ‘Lower Plenty’

best of the weekA slightly quieter week due I suspect to Thanksgiving, but still we have eight new songs from you.

Check out tracks from Father John Misty, Cate Le Bon, Howe Gelb and Tim Cohen (of the Fresh & Onlys), another taste from the Lower Plenty’s album Sister Sister, as well as excellent new singles from  Proper Ornaments, Beachheads and Matthew Squires & The Learning Disorders.

Over to you…

  1. Father John Misty – Holy Hell
  2. Cate Le Bon – Rock Pool
  3. Proper Ornaments – Blown Away
  4. Howe Gelb – Impossible Thing
  5. Lower Plenty – Glory Rats
  6. Tim Cohen – John Hughes
  7. Matthew Squires & The Learning Disorders – Shape Of Your Heart
  8. Beachheads – Your Highness










Nickel In The Jukebox

The in-box overfloweth with new tunes, videos and music of every variety. Even once we’ve deleted the electro-trance-house-mash-up-rave-bangers and all the shitty remixes there are still far too many good tracks to share with you.

Here are ten of them – from baroque pop to slacker indie rock and from pastoral Americana to garage punk. An eclectic digital jukebox and something for anyone with a modicum of taste and an enquiring mind. You decide, hit or miss.


Jay Leo Phillips – (Do The) 20th Century  [RIYL: Post-punk, Wire, Elvis Costello]


Luke De-Sciscio – Vivid Love  [RIYL: Singer-songwriters, Jeff Buckley, Ben Howard]


Lower Plenty – Bondi’s Dead  [RIYL: Psych-folk, Blank Realm, Timber Timbre]


Michigan Rattlers – Last Week  [RIYL: Alt-country, Whiskeytown, Old 97’s]


Sam Kogon – Something’s Wrong  [RIYL: Baroque pop, Beach Boys, Coke Weed]


Magana – Inches Apart  [RIYL: Alternative pop, St Vincent, Scout Niblett]


Catch Prichard – Hometown  [RIYL: Pastoral Americana, Townes Van Zandt, A.A. Bondy]


Drakulas – Neon Town  [RIYL: Garage punk, Marked Men, Dickies]


Girl Ray – Trouble  [RIYL: Lo-fi pop, Cate le Bon, Veronica Falls ]


Golden Suits – Don’t Let Love Go By  [RIYL: Indie folk, Department of Eagles, Randy Newman]


1. Caitlin Rose – Gemini Moon
2. Fear Of Men – Sleeper (Ty Segall cover)
3. Allo Darlin’ – Bright Eyes
4. Iceage – How Many
5. Lower Plenty – On The Beach







Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: March 2013

Here are the very best of our downloads from March’s posts together with a few new tunes for your listening pleasure. So close to 30 tracks in all – a perfect playlist to kick off April.

Quite Parade – Edge of the Ocean
A perfectly judged slice of Canadian indie rock, it is an anthem about a dying town that seems hopeless but is still worth fighting for.


Conner Youngblood – Vegas
Kicks off with some ominous ringing guitar over which vocals echo and swirl before slow but hypnotic percussion cuts in and the song gradually increases in intensity before finally fading away like a firework over a night sky.


Download Colleen Green – Heavy Shit mp3 (from Sock it to Me)
Perfectly judged pop-punk.

Blank Realm – Go Easy
Takes 90s slacker indie and buries it in a heady swirl of scuzzy guitars and stoned vocals.

(Click through to download for free)


Download Pairs – Part Songs mp3 (from If This Cockroach Doesn’t Die, I Will)
Clocks in at just over 2 minutes of buzzsaw guitars, machine gun percussion and lyrics about dead shipmates, date-rape and all manner of other sordid topics.

Beams – Be My Brother
Lush instrumentation and lovely vocal harmonies hide the fact that lyrically something altogether more discomforting and baleful lies beneath the surface.


Wooden Wand – Dungeon Of Irons
Yet another stand out track from an outstanding album.


The Burning Hell – Grown-ups
Deep, baritone vocals reveal a caustic, almost savage, black humour and brilliantly observed comments on the minutiae of life that can make you squirm with embarrassed recognition.


Thirty Pounds Of Bone – Home Faring
Possessed of a singular and unique vision, where distraction, desolation, and despair are constant companions and distortion and drone are artfully used to heighten emotions and force the listener to really partake of what is going on.

(Click through to download for free)


Lower Plenty – Nullarbor
A perfectly judged track of hazy countrified melancholia.


Monuments & Statues – Red Dress
Beautifully anchored by banjo with animated cello and vocals alternately assuming lead status.


The Thermals – Born To Kill
Dark, brash, and violent.


Download Kurt Vile – Never Run Away mp3 (from Wakin On A Pretty Daze)
Another hazy, woozy taste from forthcoming album.

Download Dirty Fences – Heaven Is Tonight mp3 (from Too High To Kross)
Razor sharp riffs and perfectly executed harmonies.

God Tiny – Fearless
Oozes primal garage rock and psych-blues creds in a way that is impossible to resist.


Broken Anchor – Never Leave Me Alone
Infectious, catchy, anthemic indie rock.


Download Owl Fly South – Blink (Incandescent Days) mp3 (from Blink/Castle)
More than promising garage/psych/pop.

Steady Sun – Eyes Wide
A lovely blend of gentle psychedelia and pastoral folk.


Blood Sister – Bart Simpson
Noisy trash-pop.


Upside Drown – Go
Naggingly catchy garage pop.


Pure X – Someone Else
Synths, guitars and tortured vocals make a compelling package.


Virginia Wing – Red Sails
Their sound veers from the minimalist post punk of Young Marble Giants, to the twisted 60s psych bliss of Arthur Lee and Love and the cinematic krautpop of Broadcast.


Hawk And Dove – Things We Lost So Far
Acoustic country with a classical influence make for a unique take on Americana.


And to finish we have new tracks from The Scanners, the jaunty indie strum of Mexico comes from their new self-titled EP, while the brilliant and haunting Bullet From A Broken Heart by Dillon Hodges is Americana at its absolute finest and is taken from forthcoming album Rumspringa. Our third new track Wait comes from Graham MacRae’s new album Dundrearies, a perfectly judged downtempo contemplation of loneliness, disappointment, and how to live well. Lastly we have the high octane indie-folk of Killing Fields Of Ontario and the riotous, gypsy-tinged tale of disaster that is Twisted Little Theatre, which comes from new album How The World Ends.

MM Shorts 335: More From Lower Plenty

Having raved about the first taste of Aussie band Lower Plenty’s album Hard Rubbish back in January, here is another perfectly judged track of hazy countrified melancholia in the shape of Nullarbor.

The album is out on Fire Records on the 1st April.

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: January 2013

So, all things considered January got off to a rip-roaring start where new tunes are concerned. Here is our selection of our best of the month’s downloads (27 in all) and a few new tunes too – more than 30 to pick from, so blow those January blues away with these babies.

Prissy Clerks – Bruise or Be Bruised
Mix of fuzzed up punk and slacker indie with garage pop undertones managing to balance a confused, dark isolation with some tender sweetness.

Download The Chaw – The Whole Night Through mp3 (from The Chaw)
Propulsive rhythms and guitar squalls drenched in reverb, referencing soundtracks of the classic spaghetti westerns, big open bar chords and barky low register guitar leads ala Dick Dale.

Download Water Liars – Fake Heat mp3 (from Wyoming)
Plaintive vocals building over the slowly increasing guitar distortion creates a real treat of a first taste from forthcoming album.

Big Harp – Waiting For Some Drunk
Literate Americana, with fuzzed-out, needle-sharp textures.

Download Indian Wars – Sweetheart Of The North mp3 (from Songs From The North)
First taste of new album is a cracker from countrified rockers.

Download Airstrip – Pleasure Center mp3 (from Willing)
Hypnotic and dark “nightmare pop”

Download Colleen Green – Time In The World mp3 (from Sock it to Me)
Showcases vintage synth tones alongside Green’s trademark multi-tracked harmonies, deep-fried guitar chords, and spartan drum machine beats.

Download Milo Greene – Parents mp3 (from Filter Presents: Milo Turns 50)
Eerily hushed and woozy version of the scathing 1982 classic Descendents track Parents. Cover of the month undoubtedly.

Lower Plenty – Strange Beast
Hazy, beautifully melancholy, suburban-country music. Click through to download for free.

Download Tom Morgan – Taste For Blood mp3 (from Orange Syringe)
Stripped back and laconic folk laced with self effacing black humour.

Download Swallows – The Winnowing mp3 (from Witching & Divining)
Rasping, gravelly vocals, sombre cello and chanted junkyard chorus call to mind Tom Waits and The Wicker Man in equal measure.

Wooden Wand – Outsider Blues
No description needed – best album of the month. Mellow, oak-aged, yet still oddly warped folk. Brilliant.

Download Summer Aviation – Love So Fine mp3 (from Love So Fine single)
Combine the fresh, supercharged sound of 60s pop arrangements with post-punk avant-garde: Think Burt Bacharach meets My Bloody Valentine.

Honeyslide – Sugar Routine
Warm distorted guitars, complex hooks and captivating melodies swathed in reverb to create piercing sonic landscapes.

PRAVADA – Campfire Song
Catchy-as-hell tune filled with swirling guitars and sugary indie pop harmonies.

Download Frontier Ruckus – Dealerships mp3 (from Eternity of Dimming)
Wonderfully folky Americana from much anticipated new album.

Harry George Johns – Hospital Blues
Raw personal folk, an incredibly personal diary of a dark and desperate time.

Download Cobalt Cranes – Head In The Clouds mp3 (from Head In The Clouds)
Blend elements of desert, psychedelic and shoegaze sounds, taking a modern approach to classic California rock.

Download The Lovely Bad Things – Fried Eggs mp3 (from The Late Great Whatever)
Garage-punk masterclass.

Download Torres – Mother Earth, Father God mp3 (from Torres)
Minimal, ragged, and raw folk from singer-songwriter’s debut release.

As Elephants Are – Lucifer
Another blistering slice of epic, widescreen indie rock.

Download Fletcher C Johnson – Happy Birthday mp3 (from Salutations)
A nostalgic paean to the 60s with a sweet melody and chorus. Perfect garage pop.

Download The Futurebirds – Man With No Knees (demo) mp3 (from Exhume)
Brilliantly ramshackle Americana and pedal-steel inspired psychedelia.

Download Little Wings – Sandy Babe mp3 (from LAST)
Little Wings at their warmest and most mellow.

Pickering Pick – Standing Stone
Warm, sensitive, thoughtful and restrained – perfect fare from singer-songwriter par-excellence.

Download Lazy Talkers – Killing Time mp3 (from Lazy Talkers)
Sweet, easy-going jangle from indie-folksters.

Jack James – Three Names
Brooding slice of dark folk (click through to download for free).

And to finish off, new tunes from Screaming Females with the sinewy and rickety Poison Arrow from their forthcoming tape release Chalk Tape, a second (brilliant) track from John Grant’s much anticipated new record Pale Green Ghosts, the excellent literate Americana tinged indie of Yellow Red Sparks and the song that gave them their name, and finally the mesmerising brilliance of Secret Mountains and their haunting track Coasting.

Download Screaming Females – Poison Arrow mp3 (from Chalk Tape)

Download John Grant – Black Belt mp3 (from Pale Green Ghosts)

Download Yellow Red Sparks – Yellow Red Sparks mp3 (from Yellow Red Sparks)

Download Secret Mountains – Coasting mp3 (from Rainer)

Introducing >>> Lower Plenty

The always excellent Fire Records have delved further in to the Australian underground with the signing of Melbourne-based four-piece Lower Plenty. Their transfixing LP Hard Rubbish was voted Album of the Year 2012 on Aussie indie bible Mess + Noise and is now due for a worldwide release in April.

Named after a Melbourne suburb, Lower Plenty create beautifully melancholy, suburban-country music that’s made (and often performed) while sitting around the kitchen table.

Raw and delicate, Hard Rubbish was recorded on eight-track reel-to-reel tape, often in just a single take. Their folk-tinged indie rock is flecked with experimentation whilst retaining a firm hold on some fantastically memorable melodies. With a non-traditional set-up of two guitars, drums and processed percussion with four vocals we are looking forward to hearing the full album very much. ‘Til then, like us, you’ll have to make do with downloading Strange Beast from the record…

Pre-order Hard Rubbish here.