Posts Tagged ‘Marika Hackman’

  1. Protomartyr – Sweeney Ashtray
  2. Strand Of Oaks – I Know YOU Know You Are Evil
  3. Mitski – Fireproof  (One Direction cover)
  4. Marika Hackman – My Lover Cindy
  5. Daddy Issues – I’m Not
  6. Big Thief – Mythological Beauty
  7. Chemtrails – Headless Pin Up Girl
  8. H.Grimace – Lipsyncer
  9. Vulgarians – Of Humdrum Consumption
  10. The Wooden Sky – Deadhorse Creek

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Single From Marika Hackman

Posted: February 9, 2017 in Indie, Music, Rock
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Longtime MM fave, Marika Hackman has announced a brand new single Boyfriend (out 31st March) – and it is quite a departure from her previous offerings. The introspection and self-consciousness have been swept away, and instead we get the sound of liberation, reinvention, spontaneity and collective joy. This is some serious feral female energy at work.

Boyfriend is a muscular post-punk call to arms that packs a pretty gutsy and uncompromising punch.

It is payback for all those times I’ve been interrupted mid-snog by some seedy wanker asking to join in,” she says… seems pretty clear!

Listen below.

 

MM Best of 2015 no guitarOur Best of the Year posts are coming to a close and for the penultimate list we hand over to the ever fragrant Mrs Mackerel.

Over to you Mrs M…

Another year banked. As ever, I look at my list and think yes, there are some that are keepers and others that maybe were just a mirage. A little like life really.

 

20 The Tulips – Winter Winds

19 Hanni El Khatib – Moonlight

18 Jamie T – Marilyn Monroe

17 Amason – Moon as a Kite

16 Haunted Hearts – Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good

15 Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian at Best

It’s a blistering guitar-led onslaught that plays out against a searing vocal style. Lyrically, it’s very much a commentary on her new found fame: Put me on a pedestal and I’ll only disappoint you. She’s learning fast, is Courtney.

 

14 Mutual Benefit – Not For Nothing

A very gentle tune with lulling melody and meaningful lyrics; throw in a bit of violin to the mix and it ticks all the boxes for me. The lyrics are sung very quietly, but if you listen hard, you can catch every word. Often the quietest people have the most to say.

 

13 The Decemberists – The Harrowed and the Haunted

Vintage Decemberists: lots of maritime imagery and a dark, sad tale of longing. Will you be there waiting/Or is your heartbeat fading?/ Fading from the time/ Still miles to go til I arrive.

 

12 Laura Marling – I Feel Your Love

You must let me go before I get old/I need to find someone who really wants to be mine/I feel your love. A change of musical style, but the sage words and usual lyrical dexterity remain a constant from the enigmatic Laura Marling, here in rock chick mode.

 

11 Harrison Storm – Sense of Storm

Storms, hurricanes, water: you sense a theme building in my top twenty this year. A really beautiful piece of acoustic folk about losing your sense of home from this talented Australian troubadour. Enough said.

 

10 Houndmouth – Sedona

A tribute to the city of Sedona, when it was known as ‘Arizona’s Little Hollywood’ and home to three decades of A-list movie making, before it all headed west (Hey little Hollywood/You’re gone but you’re not forgotten). The band’s four-part harmonies peppered throughout gives this bit of classic Americana an extra layer.

 

9 Fat White Family – Whitest Boy on the Beach

I like a heavy bass line I do, and this one sucks you in and pulls you along. I like it to steer me round the kitchen, dancing while I work. Rhythmically, Whitest Boy demands some sort of production line movement: mince pie making, possibly. Have another listen – get it now?

 

8 Du Blonde – Chips to Go

So BJH ditched the hooves, went blonde and hitched her wagon to a brand new edgier sound. Good for her, so it seems. Sold to the fish in the corner on the chorus alone, with it’s epic drum/guitar mash-up, she’s got one hell of a vocal range that wallops a whole range of emotions into orbit.

 

7 Marika Hackman – Drown

The unusual and subdued musical arrangement suits the hypnotic (almost lethargic) vocals, and floats around the brooding darkness of the lyrics. It’s easy to be swept away by the prevailing sense of emptiness and loss; guaranteed to send me into sad reflective mode, even if I’m high on sugar and caffeine.

 

6 Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin

So, it takes Kurt a little while to recognise himself as the “man in the mee-rah”. Wakey, wakey son. But after a minor identity crisis and a bit of a teeth mix-up, everything’s pretty pimpin. Finger-picking guitar, foot tapping rhythm and a rasping vocal drawl made this a very well-loved tune amongst Team Mackerel.

 

5 Ezra Furman – Haunted Head

A one-off original, Mr Furman. And if the youngest Sprat had written a top ten, Ezra would be there, one to ten. Here we meander downtown, with lyrics that evoke the mania of being bipolar, under the influence of Velvet Underground and a vocal nod to Bowie. Haunted head? Frankly, I know how he feels.

 

4 Calexico – Follow the River

Calexico has a special place in my heart, and the familiarity of a beloved old friend, albeit one who lives on the US/Mexico border. We sync well, Calexico and myself: Follow the River is a sad, wistful song that offers hope, despite itself. I’ll take that, thanks lads.

 

3 Tracey Thorn – Goodbye Joe

I just love this song; I go to bed listening and wake up humming this tune. Do I care that it was originally released in 1982, or that it’s a COVER? Zut allors, MM had a bit of a fishy fit. He is now lying on his side. I am, of course, a stroppy fish wife. And always right. Ahem.

 

2 Lord Huron – Hurricane (Johnnie’s Theme)

Oh little darling/don’t you look charming/here in the eye of a hurricane – well you know, with a good hat, soft lighting and the right amount of blusher, anything is possible. Upbeat, up-tempo, lots of gee-tar: my top twenty sort of needed this – and the album is an overlooked gem of 2015.

 

1 The Quiet Hollers – Côte d’Azur

And here with me lies my song for 2015, by a very long country mile: the unbearably poignant and dark tale of Côte d’Azur as my own private metaphor for everything from life and death, loss and yearning – and all that lies in between. About those memory markers that resurface in the depths of your dreams and the half way stage when the sun warms your face, and what’s real and what’s not – the journey and the destination – merges into one; always searching. This song breaks my heart at every single listen, so I turn up the white noise.

 

Best gig of 2015:

The Decemberists, O2 Academy, Bristol

En famille. Colin Meloy is a magnificent raconteur, in addition to his musical prowess and distinctive vocal style. I’d waited a long time to see the Decemberists and they did not disappoint, closing the set with a magnificent rendition of The Mariner’s Revenge Song. Again, please.

 

School Anthem:

The Decemberists – A Beginning Song

Played out the final primary school assembly for smallest Sprat. Anthemic and emotional, this builds to epic finale that despite the best efforts of the pantomime horses, played out a celebration of the joy, achievements and idiosyncrasies that all our bright lights gave to us.

 

New to me in 2015: Dr Dog – It

I loved this at first listen, meandering through a blistering heatwave in rural Spain. Such well observed lyrics, for really, it truly is all in how you look at it: It’s real and it’s a lie/It’s the answer and the question when you wonder why. Yeah; ain’t that so.

 

You can see our full countdown of our favourite 100 Tracks of the year here (100-76), (75-51), (50-26), (25-1) and favourite 30 Albums here (30-16), (15-1).

MM BEST OF 2015

It’s the third instalment of our end of year list of our favourite tracks of 2015. Today we enter the top half of the chart with numbers 50 through to 26.

 

50 Mutual Benefit – Not For Nothing

 

49 Rats On Rafts – Last Day On Earth

 

48 Slaves – Ninety Nine

 

47 Diet Cig – Harvard

 

46 Decemberists – The Harrow And The Haunted

 

45 Laura Marling – I Feel Your Love

 

44 Elephant Stone – The Devil’s Shelter

 

43 Harrison Storm – Sense Of Home

 

42 Protomartyr – Dope Cloud

 

41 Noah Gundersen – Slow Dancer

 

40 Karen Meat & The Players – Pizza & Beer

 

39 Du Blonde – Chips To Go

 

38 Bjork – Stonemilker

 

37 Chaika – The Mirror

 

36 Marika Hackman – Drown

 

35 Gun Outfit – Gotta Wanna

 

34 Traams – Silver Lining

 

33 Fat White Family – Whitest Boy On The Beach

 

32 Abandoned Delta – I Never Lived In New Orleans

 

31 Jeffrey Lewis + The Bolts – Scowling Crackhead Ian

 

30 Fritjof Norrmo – Set Me On Fire

 

29 James McMurtry – Copper Canteen

 

28 Tow’rs – The Kitchen

 

27 Hanni El Khatib – Moonlight

 

26 Gaz Coombes – 20/20

 

Check in tomorrow for the final countdown to our number one choice of the year. Click here for numbers 100-76 and here for 75-51.

That’s right, title says it all. But if you’ve not wrapped your ears round these yet this week, now’s your chance.

1. Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers – Trailways Ramble
2. Wire – Joust & Jostle
3. Marika Hackman – Monday Afternoon
4. Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate
5. Yowler – The Offer
6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
7. Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love – Dispel

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2:54’s cover of a Doors classic, No Ages’s cover of a Black Flag classic and the welcome return of Other Lives heads our biggest ever weekly round up of the songs you really should have found some time to listen to already. But if not, here they are in one neat package for you.

1. 2:54 – Take It As It Comes (Doors cover)
2. WATERS – Stupid Games
3. Matthew E. White – Tranquility
4. Pile – Mr. Fish
5. Modest Mouse – The Best Room
6. Other Lives – Reconfiguration
7. Moon Duo – Slow Down Low
8. No Age – Six Pack (Black Flag cover)
9. Dorthia Cottrell – Oak Grove
10. Houndstooth – No News From Home
11. Marika Hackman – Open Wide

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Marika Hackman – Ophelia

Posted: January 19, 2015 in Folk, Indie, Music, Pop
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Marika Hackman has  revealed Ophelia, the third track from her forthcoming debut album, We Slept At Last, as well as announcing a Spring 2015 UK headline tour, which will go on sale this coming Friday 23rd January and kicks off on March 23rd in Leicester.

Listen to Ophelia below and check out all the tour dates..

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Tour dates:

Monday 23 – Leicester – The Musician
Tuesday 24 – Hull – Adelphi
Wednesday 25 – Stoke – Sugarmill
Thursday 26 – Birmingham – The Rainbow
Saturday 28 – Nottingham – Bodega
Monday 30 – Milton Keynes – Craufurd Arms
Tuesday 31 – London – Bush Hall

April

Wednesday 1 – Leeds – Brudenell Social Club
Thursday 2 – Newcastle – Think Tank
Friday 3 – York – Duchess
Saturday 4 – Manchester – Night and Day
Sunday 5 – Glasgow – King Tuts
Thursday 9 – Bristol – Thekla
Friday 10 – Cardiff – St John’s Church
Saturday 11 – Aldershot – West End Centre
Sunday 12 – Bedford – Esquires
Tuesday 14 – Cambridge – Portland Arms
Wednesday 15 – Southampton – Joiners

New Single From Marika Hackman

Posted: January 9, 2015 in Folk, Indie, Music, Pop
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Marika Hackman has announced her new single, Animal Fear, together with the rather unusual art aspect to her debut album – We Slept At Last. Both will be released on the 16th February.

Working with photographer Glen Erler, she has created a series of poetic and powerful images that will form the art booklet released with both the CD and vinyl editions of her album and which will also be exhibited at London’s The Cob Gallery (18th February) to celebrate the release.

For now though, lay back and immerse yourself in the single and her pure, gorgeous voice. Wonderful stuff.

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Festive Post No 6: Marika Hackman

Posted: December 11, 2014 in Folk, Indie, Music
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Festive Post No 6: Marika Hackman

A Barry-Sean discovery at The Green Man festival a couple of years ago, Marika Hackman’s star has shone ever more brightly since then, and yesterday she released her haunting arrangement of traditional christmas carol O’ Come, O’ Come, Emmanuel.

Listen below – it is also available as part of breast cancer awareness charity Coppafeel! and Daisy Digital’s christmas compilation that also features The Districts, Newton Faulkner, Summer Camp and Slow Club amongst others – get it here.

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More From Marika Hackman

Posted: March 18, 2014 in Acoustic, Folk, Indie, Music, Pop
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Marika Hackman - Deaf Heat EP

Here is a second taste from Marika Hackman’s forthcoming EP Deaf Heat, which is out on April 14th.

Lie back and submerge yourself into the haunting, slow moving dreamlike swirl of Call Off The Dogs. Allow yourself to be bewitched.

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