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Seattle R&B/garage-rock trio Night Beats have shared another track from their recent Fuzz Club Session, a brilliant white-knuckle cover of Bo Diddley’s blues classic Mama, Keep Your Big Mouth Shut.

The Fuzz Club Sessions are a new series from the London label, the idea is to take the best names in rock and roll, bring them to a studio to lay down some tracks, recorded live in one take and straight to tape. The result is then to be released as a 12″ and a series of videos.

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great escape

I travelled down to sunny Brighton in the company of Test Match Special for a second visit to The Great Escape – sadly this time without the company of Chris T Popper, or anyone else for that matter.

After parking in a dingy basement NCP, which could easily have been the setting for a murder in a gritty crime drama, I arrived at my (admittedly budget) hotel to discover the en-suite room I had booked consisted of a 3×1.5m space with a sink, one chair, a bed and a rickety table on which stood the world’s second oldest portable TV (Mr’s Mackerel’s Nanny had the oldest, and it took two people to lift it). I found myself gazing longingly at the Strawberry Fields hotel opposite where we stayed before and although the room was the same size had somehow managed to fit in a shower. Luxury.

As I squeezed out my room and headed off to exchange my ticket for a wristband I then discovered I hadn’t bought a coat, but instead a particularly unpleasant, shiny football training top (purchased in a fit of momentary blindness), and which was hopelessly inadequate for the winds that come off the Brighton beach, and about as waterproof as a sponge.

So one wristband, one coat and one skinny cappuccino later, I was ready for my first show and passing the queues at many other venues it was off to the Brighthelm to see Night Beats whose excellent 60s inflected psych has featured a few times on MM. They didn’t disappoint either, kicking off my festival with a fine set of er 60s inflected psych amid a hypnotic rumble of percussion and swirling, circular guitars. I’d just scribbled “like Bo Diddley on acid” in my notebook when lo and behold they played a cover by the very same which along with Power Child and No Cops were particular highlights.

Then it was off to the Green Door Store by the station, and after a short queue in the drizzle (good job I had a coat) I was inside just in time to catch a energetic set of fitful, grungey, noise-pop from London’s up and coming Skinny Girl Diet which owed as much to the Runaways as it did to Hole, and to risk taking the weather analogy a step too far, had many good moments of brightness amongst some squally, truculent dissonance.

Chastity Belt

Next up, all girl four piece Chastity Belt were the highlight of the evening. A simmering pot of layered, insouciant indie where guitars twist and weave and feminist lyrics cut like a knife. Opening with the thumping bass of the brilliant Drone (“He was just another man, trying to teach me something“) we were treated to a nonchalantly impressive set with high points being the outstanding swagger of Time To Go Home, and  the captivating guitar duels and dancy, swirling ambience of Joke.

Dolores Haze

Dolores Haze (named after Nobokovs´s Lolita) also consist of four girls – Groovy Nickz, Groovy Fuck, Lucky Lollo and Foxy Sagz and over the past year has been one of the most talked about bands to come out of Sweden. A blend of punk, riffs, beats and irreverence they blast through a set of noisy riot grrl punk with highlights being recent single I Got My Gun and a very appropriate cover of Peaches’ Fuck The Pain Away.

Then it was back out into the rain, heavier now, and the late night revellers, many with green faces from the street lamps, or the drink, or both. En route, two young lads were vomiting in touching harmony, either side of a lamp-post, arms resting on each others shoulders, both simultaneously muttering “fuck“.

Time to go home for the night…

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Here are no less than five fabulous, wildly different covers for you to sink your teeth, or ears, into.

We have Night Beats taking on the Beach Boys’ classic Sloop John B and giving it the full psych treatment (it comes from the upcoming A Tribute to Pet Sounds compilation).

Next up is Julien Baker’s striking cover of Elliott Smith’s Ballad Of Big Nothing which can be found (alongside 15 others), on the forthcoming compilation Say Yes! A Tribute To Elliott Smith, out October 14th via American Laundromat Records (pre-order here).

Another MM fave, Holly Miranda has shared a stunning, minimalistic cover of Drake’s Hold On, We’re Going Home, taken from a new covers EP called Party Trick (out next month).

Fourth, we have Porches who stopped by at Sirius XM to play some songs from the debut album Pool. As well as playing several album highlights the band dropped this version of The Strokes song Trying Your Luck from their iconic album Is This It.

Lastly, listen to This Will Destroy You’s “slow and low” version of Paper Cuts from the third Nirvana tribute album released via Robotic Empire entitled Doused In Mud, Soaked In Bleach.

Enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

best of the weekOur penultimate round up of the year of the best of the week’s new releases. This week eight tracks from indie rock to honky tonk to folk to psych rock.

  1. Margo Price – Hurtin’ (On The Bottle)
  2. Nada Surf – Believe You’re Mine
  3. La Sera – High Notes
  4. Matt Kivel – Jamie’s
  5. M. Ward – Girl From Conejo Valley
  6. Cheatahs – Freak Waves
  7. Dan Sartain – First Bloods
  8. Night Beats – No Cops

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re coming to the end of the year and with Thanksgiving and all that, the new releases slowed ever so slightly this week. Here then is our round-up of wholesome new tracks from the past seven days, gathered from all corners for your listening edification…

  1. The Arcs – Young
  2. Strand Of Oaks – Wonderful (The Way I Feel) (My Morning Jacket cover)
  3. Braves – Dropout
  4. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – China (Tori Amos cover)
  5. Mothers – Too Small For Eyes
  6. Flowers – Pull My Arm
  7. Night Beats – Power Child

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Videos of the Day

Celebrate the middle of the week with videos from The Night Beds for brilliant track Ramona, some epic, tripped out psych rock from The Night Beats and Golden Animals, gritty, grimy blues from The Pack A.D. and infectious, quirky indie rock from The Features.

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Mad Mackerel's Best Of July 2013

A brilliant month for new music means a mix of more than 35 tracks compiled for you in our selection of our favourite downloads from July’s posts. And, as always, a few brand new tunes to round the collection off.

They’re all yours…and check out all the other Best of the Month mixes using the sidebar links too.

SNØFFELTØFFS – Pretty Girl
Storming garage punk.


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Dinosaur Bones – Sleepsick
Alluring, hooked out blend of dark pop and broody indie rock.


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Cat Meat – Goodnight Miss Belle
Sweeping mournful murder ballad telling the tale of a young drunk’s ill-fated dalliance with the town harlot.

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Fiver – Undertaker
Opening with a weaving organ that sounds like it was drawn from the soundtrack of an Italian horror film, the song is a macabre masterwork.

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Construction & Destruction – The Horse Returns
Opens with a single ominous guitar refrain before exploding into a frenzy of percussion and vocals that calls to mind PJ Harvey at her most tumultuous.

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Kings Of Lowertown – Shotgun Preacher
Takes a classic dirt-blues riff, and layers some distorted vocals over the top to provide just over two and a half minutes of visceral rock ‘n’ roll.


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This Frontier Needs Heroes – Hooky
More gorgeous Americana from duo’s forthcoming album of the same name.

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Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Lesbian Wife
Wryly original garage pop.


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Shark Week – Baby Maybe
Gravelly baritone, screeching guitar solos, jangly guitar leads, pulsating bass rhythms and pounding drums – a ramshackle, yet swaggering, joy to the ears.


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White Hills – In Your Room
Brilliant, persistently hypnotic psych-rock.


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FUZZ – Loose Sutres
Thrilling slab of slow burning distorted rock ‘n’ roll sleaze from Ty Segall’s side project.

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Shadows At Play – Into The Sun
Upbeat, ethereal folk song.

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Quiet Life – Devil’s Kin
Propulsive, galloping folk-rock that begs to be played loud on the open road, and sits somewhere between vintage Creedence, The Band and perhaps even a whiff of Buddy Holly.

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Black Tambourines – Bodies
Typically alluring of hook-filled, sunny garage-psych goodness.

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Dim Peaks – Reason
Sweetly melodic blend of Americana that is effortlessly evocative:

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Morning Smoke – DYWD
Roars in on pulsating drums and vocals echoing Joy Division before the song quickly unfolds with a statuesque controlled power.

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Cash Savage And The Last Drinks – Hypnotiser
Dark country blues that swings from emotion to emotion.

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Yuck – Rebirth
Sits somewhere between Beach House’s dream pop and some of the less histrionic and fragile soundscapes of MBV.

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Big Haunt – Burn Me Up
Spooky, gospel infused big beat indy folk and a song about ritualistic fire sacrifice and murder.

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D.B. Rouse – I-90
More outsider folk from roaming troubadour.

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Expwy – Scraping Blue Terra Cotta (Waterloo Cannibals)
Power pop gem and something that Mikal Cronin would be mighty proud of…

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Gross Relations – Cut The Final Scene
Plenty of fuzz and lackadaisically-delivered lyrics reeled in by insistent, irresistible riffs.


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Hollis Brown – Doghouse Blues
Combines raw rock sensibilities with sweet melodies and hearfelt lyrics to create a rich, warm sound.

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Dinosaur Feathers – Juror B37
Plaintive, evocative and obviously topical tune from indie psych-rockers.

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The Smoking Flowers – Something I Said
Begins as a sparsely arranged, folkish ballad that grows exponentially in intensity and feeling to a climax that is something more akin to the territory stalked by Radiohead.


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Ming City Rockers – She’s A Wrong ‘Un
Snarling, spitting bad boy rock’n’roll in the spirit of Eddie Cochran and the Stooges.

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Dream Boys – Born Yesterday
Brittle, swirling psychedelic pop music.

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Kyle Adem – After Jackson
Singer-songwriter exorcises demons of dealing with personal trauma.

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Chloë Sunshine – Want You
Wonderful blend of jangly, shoegazey pop with echoing vocals and Beach Boys style harmonies.

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Boho Dancer – Bohemian Child
Porcelain like vocals deliver atmospheric, haunting and picturesque lyrics, evoking a journey though the mountains, where the Nordic trio escape and dissolve into the landscape.

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Night Beats – Outta Mind
Reverb laden slab of psych-rock with echoes of blues and soul and a healthy nod to the mind-bending sonics of the sixties.

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Download The Mother Hips – Song For JB mp3
Classic cosmic country rock.

Download Jefferson Ross – Two Horses mp3
A unique acoustic guitar style and southern, soulful voice spin some of the finest story songs to come out of Deep Dixie in a long while.

And to finish off this mammoth post, four more great new tracks from infectious indie-popsters Potty Mouth, heavy sludge-psych rockers White Orange, noirish surf-pop from La Luz, and last, but by no means least, we have Atlantic, the catchy, jangly new single from Brooklyn based psych-surf rock collective Fishdoctor.


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New Album From Night Beats

The Reverberation Appreciation Society, the label arm of Austin Psych Fest, will release the new Night Beats record, Sonic Bloom on September 24, as a co-release with Burger Records.

A first taste of what to expect comes in the shape of Outta Mind, a reverb laden slab of psych-rock with echoes of blues and soul and a healthy nod to the mind-bending sonics of the sixties.

Download it here.

Any number of bands cite 60’s Texas psych as an influence, but rarely does a group actually capture what made those bands special.  Following their debut EP on Trouble In Mind (which we posted here), The Night Beats have expanded on the bedroom immediacy of their first recordings to create an LP that perfectly captures and modernizes the hallucinogenic and exhilaratingly demonic aura of bands like The 13th Floor Elevators and Golden Dawn.

With blazing guitar work and a razor sharp rhythm section the band mutate conventional chords & progressions into a wonderfully mind-blowing sonic sprawl. Their self-titled record is out on Trouble In Mind on 28th June.

Grab yourself Ain’t Dumbo and prepare to freak out!

Visit their MySpace here.

Download The Night Beats – Ain’t Dumbo mp3 (from The Night Beats)

Looks like we’re on a major lo-fi, garage roll this Friday. We’re mighty glad those downloads are fixed!

Hopefully, you’ve already picked up the excellent tracks from The Burnt Ones and The Jacuzzi Boys from earlier, and now we have for your aural delight the b-side to the forthcoming Cloud Nothings single Didn’t You. Titled Even If It Worked Out, it is brash, snotty, and fizzes along in a maelstrom of lo-fi goodness.

And if you’ve not picked up Insound’s free mp3 of the week yet then make sure you grab it below. A rumbling, psych offering of the highest quality from Seattle based trio The Night Beats. They describe it thus: “sweat-fueled, blistering rock. Here they transport listeners in an instant of sonic bombardment, propulsive bass and melted-tar guitar solos“. For fans of The Black Angels, Warlocks et al. Marvellous.

Buy The Cloud Nothings here or visit MySpace here.

Buy The Night Beats here or visit MySpace here.

Download The Cloud Nothings – Even If It Worked Out mp3 (from Didn’t You 7″)

Download The Night Beats – H-Bomb mp3 (from H-Bomb EP)