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Mad Mackerel's Best Of February 2013 Mixtape

Here is our selection of the best of our February downloads together with a few brand new tracks to dig into.

So go on. Knock yourself out.

Blank Realm – Cleaning Up My Mess
Sitting somewhere between the melancholic churn and burn of Mercury Rev and the noisy squall of Sonic Youth, the four-piece gleefully meld psychedelia with punk and pop and even a smattering of blues licks, all to fantastic effect. (Click through for a free download).

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Black Pus – 1000 Years
Slightly deranged, often furious – it is a cacophony of drums, loops and repeating phrases and rhythms, but with a pop heart. (Click through for a free download).

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Úlfur – So Very Strange
Ambient folk featuring enchanting vocals by Alexandra Sauser-Monnig of Mountain Man.

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Andrew Leahey & The Homestead – Summer Sleeves
The sound of the modern South: organ, harmonized guitar riffs, pedal steel, and three-part harmonies all in the mix.

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Express and Company – Gold In Your Pockets
Recalls the work of Whiskeytown and Uncle Tupelo.

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Vandaveer – Pretty Polly
First taste from their forthcoming collection of reinterpretations of age-old traditional folk songs and murder ballads.

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Charity Children – Elizabeth
Rousing folk anthem – their tribute to the bullied and downtrodden.

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Pure X – Things In My Head
Guitar jangle, but with added ominous sonic undertones.

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Burning Condors – Honey Trap
Blues-punk par excellence.

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Brave Baby – Lakeside Trust
Prime toe-tapping, head-bobbing example of infectious guitars and percussion.

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New Mexico – Alpha Male
Joy Division-esque rumbling bassline over which a compelling synth harmony and a muscular garage rock riff battle it out for supremacy. (Click through for a free download).

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LA Font – Onshore
Wry look at at a relationship in decay that is big on hooks, tipsy guitars and a windows-down groove.

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Fantasmas – No Soul
Brooklyn based four-piece that hold the Washington DC punk scene and the no-wave era of Sonic Youth close to their hearts.

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Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Party Kids
A retro swagger through rockabilly tinged rhythms and classic garage soul.

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Criminal Hygiene – Alan I’m In Love
Another bitter pill of noisy, visceral skater-punk that demands to be played at maximum volume. This is needle in the red territory, and all the better for it.

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Download The Futurebirds – Virginia Slims mp3 (from Baba Yaga)
Near-six minute pedal steel washed, country tinged, pure, unadulterated joy of southern fried rock.

Download JP Whipple – Home (Is Where I’m Leaving) mp3 (from Ghosts)
Gently plucked strings, scalpel sharp lyrics, black humour, sorrow, and not a little wisdom delivers something sitting somewhere between an (even more) stoned Arlo Guthrie, Damon Moon and Wooden Wand.

Download Thee Oh Sees – Minotaur mp3 (from Floating Coffin)
A more subdued (though still dark and brooding) take on their frenzied garage-psych.

Download Quiet Hollers – Road Song mp3 (from I Am The Morning)
While it clocks in at less than two minutes it is still as tale of extremes – of despair and woes, of worn boots on dusty highways, but of hope and redemption too.

To finish, we have new tracks of beguiling minimalism from Low, and Patrick Stickles from Titus Andronicus covering Free Energy’s Hey Tonight. Finally, from Uncut magazine’s Best of New Music free cover disk, a track of perfect dazed, paisley pop from The Holydrug Couple, and Mount Moriah’s countrified take on weird new/old America with White Sands from their second album, Miracle Temple.

Download Patrick Stickles – Hey Tonight mp3 (Free Energy cover)

Download The Holydrug Couple – Counting Sailboats mp3 (from Noctuary)

Download Mount Moriah – White Sands mp3 (from Miracle Temple)

New Mexico: New Album

Posted: February 21, 2013 in Alternative, Electronic, Indie, Music, Punk, Rock
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New Mexico: New Album

San Diego post-punkers New Mexico will self-release their new album Malpais on the 23rd April.

The album is the result of many things: a bad breakup with a girl, a new recording technique using Otari 16-track one-inch tape, and Robert Kent’s newfound fascination with Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World. 

For now, grab yourself the excellent Alpha Male below (click through for a free download), which has echoes of a Joy Division-esque rumbling bassline over which a compelling synth harmony and a muscular garage rock riff battle it out for supremacy.

Here again is a short round-up of some of the better new releases we’ve come across recently. Once again, they all deserve more in the way of a narrative, but time can be a hard taskmaster on occasion.

First up is the rather strangely named EP’s Trailer Park and their strangely compelling folk song tribute to Mario Vargas Llosa – this year’s Nobel Laureate in Literature.

Download EP’s Trailer Park – Did You Know That The Name Of My True Love Was Vargas Llosa? mp3

 

Next is the woozy, lush, dream jangle of Le Sera and their single Never Come Around. Melt-in-the-mouth, marshmallow pop.

Download Le Sera – Never Come Around mp3 (from Never Come Around 7″)

 

And talking of dreams, Dream Song is in fact more akin to a nightmarish excursion into the more experimental side of rock, making Britches Britches self proclaimed infuences of Deerhunter, Liars and Brainiac easy to understand. More demo tracks can be downloaded for free from their Bandcamp page here.

Download Britches Britches – Dream Song mp3

 

Meanwhile The Luyas new album is described as a picture-perfect collection of echo-drenched space-age pop songs, check out the vintage effects crackling throughout advance track Tiny Head.

Download The Luyas – Tiny Head mp3 (from Too Beautiful To Work)

 

Big High School / Avalanche is the self-released debut 7″ from San Diego’s Moviegoers, it is understated and coolly elegant indie-pop that is as charming as it is urbane.

Download The Moviegoers – Avalanche mp3 (from Big High School / Avalanche 7″)

 

White Laces on the other hand mix live garage-style instrumentation with subtle samples, loops, and archaic synthesizers. The resulting slab of dream punk/noise pop can be found on their forthcoming eponymous EP out in early 2011.

Download White Laces – Motorik Twilight mp3 (from White Laces EP)

 

New Mexico play a no-frills, no fuss brand of top notch heavyweight garage rock that asks for no quarter and certainly gives none. Abused And Amused is a great, bruising taster from their forthcoming EP Have You Met My Friend?

Download New Mexico – Abused And Amused mp3 (from Have You Met My Friend? EP)

 

Tripwires are a new four piece from Reading who offer a thoroughly modern, and original take on noise pop. Try Cinnamon which combines sky scraping guitars with honeyed melodies and rock dynamics to excellent effect.

Download Tripwires – Cinnamon mp3

 

Tristen’s blend of indie pop and up tempo folk calls to mind Neko Case or even Caitlin Rose. Baby Drugs is the catchy b-side to single Eager For Your Love, which can also be downloaded for free from her website here.

Download Tristen – Baby Drugs mp3 (from Eager For Your Love Single)

 

Cheese Sandwich is the new single (and free giveaway) from Wayter, with repetitive, melancholic guitar licks and strained poignant vocals, the alt-rock foursome manage to evoke the feeling of both menace and vulnerability simultaneously.

Download Wayter – Cheese Sandwich mp3 (from Cheese Sandwich Single)

 

Lastly And The Wiremen are a revolving cast of musicians creating music that evokes images of a gothic deep South combined with the rhythms of South America and the grainier elements of barroom jazz and avant-pop. One listen and it’s easy to imagine their sound coming off the muddy waters of a Louisiana swamp.

Download And The Wiremen – Lines mp3 (from And The Wiremen)

Download And The Wiremen – Sleep mp3 (from And The Wiremen)