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Here is Part 2 of our countdown of our favourite songs from the past ten years…

180 Strand Of Oaks – Alex Kona (2010)

“Alex Kona was twelve feet tall, his mother got killed by a bowling ball”. What else is there?


179 Port O’Brien – My Will Is Good (2009)


Rhythmic and punchy folk-rock, but with a hook most pop songs would die for.


178 Savages – Husbands (2013)


A stealthy, thrumming motorik bassline anchors a dark post punk nightmare. As intense as they come…


177 Old NobaddaddyGun Is Coming (2016)


Swampy blues built on a stomping revivalist rhythm that leans towards the dark side. This is brooding, gospel-noir of the highest order.


176 Spray Paint Cussin’ (2014)


A relentlessly ominous, intense slab of brooding punk rock. Terrifying in a totally good way.


175 The Magnetic FieldsToo Drunk To Dream (2008)

Sober life is a prison / Shit faced it is a blessing / Sober nobody wants you / Shit faced they’re all undressing / Sober you’re old and ugly / Shit faced who needs a mirror The best drinking song of the past ten years? Probably.


174 FoxygenNo Destruction (2013)


We may have lost Lou Reed, but his spirit lives on in No Destruction, a naturally laconic pretender to his throne, and this song has the best use of “weaseled” in any song we’ve heard


173 My People Sleeping – Seahorse (2008)


A  hypnotic and sorrowful journey into dream pop with flowery psychedelic overtones and an absolute ear-worm of a chorus.


172 Real Estate – Fake Blues (2009)


A bit surf-rock, a bit pastoral psych, but really this is a gem of a twisted country tune smothered in a melancholy haze of gentle reverb.


171 Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Dog Scratched Ear (2011)


Anthemic, swaggering blues boogie at its fiery best.


170 Fontaines DC – Chequeless Reckless (2018)

Chequeless Reckless is built on a beefy,  hypnotic, kraut-rock infused cyclical riff and some scalpel sharp lyrics. Play really loud.


169 Ezra Furman – Restless Year (2015)


A wonderful slab of feelgood indie rock, doo-wop refrains and bristling, unrestrained energy.


168 Blessed Feathers – Real Song For Emily (2013)


Stunning folk song with fierce harmonies and a tense, urgent feel. Despite being only two and a half minutes long, the song’s plaintive coda has a bitter air of finality. “Nowhere to look at that horizon, I can’t help, but feel nothing”


167 together PANGEA – Money On It (2017)


Borrows some surf-rock vibes and not a little guitar jangle to fashion a strutting, intense rocker.


166 William Elliott Whitmore – Old Devils (2009)


Foot-tapping, frenzied social commentary, with a strangely prophetic feel


165 The Obits – Two Headed Coin (2009)


Simply wonderful sleazy, rockabilly rumble. Should lurk in the shadows with a greasy quiff and a flick-knife.


164 Vic Chesnutt – Little Fucker (2008)

No one does vindictive, savage, and just plain nasty with such confidence and certainty. Bullseye.


163 The Walkmen – Heartbreaker (2012)


An initial riff wound so tight it might snap morphs into a mid-tempo jangle of light-touch guitars and jubilant percussion.


162 Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Janglin (2009)


A horn-driven, totally infectious tune that is utterly without peer for indie-pop charm.


 161 Houndmouth – Penitentiary (2013)


Lyrically and vocally perfect, Houndmouth’s debut single is a classic down-on-my-luck tale matched to a rootsy persuasive groove. Nigh on perfect Americana.


You can see tracks 200-181 here.

Mad Mackerel's Best of August 2013

Here (better late than never) are our favourite download picks from our August posts, together with a few new tunes. Altogether a genre-busting mix of nearly 20 great songs. Dive in!

Spook Houses – Living The Dream
Tempo-shifting, slacker pop.


The Great American Canyon Band – Lost At Sea
Gorgeous, rural folk-pop.


Vikesh Kapoor – I Dreamt Blues
A narrative about endless work and the apathy that can accompany it that has echoes of Dylan’s harmonica and the vocals of a disillusioned Donovan.


WIDOWER – Oh Catherine, My Catherine
Borne from heartbreak, pure and simple.


The Oyster Murders – Disaster Flowers Bloom
Typically disquieting and moody with brooding synths and eerie vocals.


The Obits – Spun Out
Fabulous, scratchy, garage-surf-punk.

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Suntrapp – All The Seas
Softly picked acoustic guitar intro turns into the giddy rush of a warm buoyant rhythm section and exuberant percussion through to a celebratory conclusion.


The Fire Tapes – Scarlet Cliffs
Nine minute reverb ridden epic of rolling distortion.


Jeffertitti’s Nile – Mountain Jam
Ambient drones and narcotic gospel blues are as engaging as they are otherworldly, with each amplified whisper and riff hanging in the ether like freshly toked peyote smoke.

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Blessed Feathers – Ahbinreedis
Beautiful, understated, rural folk.


Left Lane Cruiser – Juice To Get Loose
Swampy, distorted blues and junkyard punk that is raw, visceral and undeniably thrilling.


Download Bad Sports – Let Me In mp3
Mix of Texan garage and New York heyday punk.


Download Collisionville – The Ballad Of Herman P. Willis mp3
Bottleneck slide and pedal steel gives way to dirty, amplified harmonica and fuzzed out bass.


Four cracking new downloads too, from the slacker infused garage punk of Mean Creek’s Cool Town and the furious guitar riffage of the Mourning Birds’ The Last Thing (I Need) to the classic 80’s influenced indie-pop of The Big Sun and their irresistible track Nightbus Topdeck and lastly, Emmett Drueding & the Cowboy Killa’s Iron Fist, a twangy excursion into soulful blues.



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More From The Obits

Posted: August 16, 2013 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Rock

More From The Obits

Here is a second taste from the Obits forthcoming long player Bed & Bugs.

Grab your self the fabulous scratchy, garage-surf-punk of Spun Out, all held together with a vintage Duane Eddy twang before everything starts to fall apart, both musically and lyrically.

“Want a change in lighting.
Want a change for life.
Each link on a bad road broken.
Want a change for life.”

Heck. These boys do this stuff better than most. Pre-order from Sub Pop here.

We are currently away enjoying the delights of the Green Man Festival – we have scheduled a series of short posts to keep your ears warm while we are gone.

Mad Mackerel's Best O The Month: June 2013

Here we are again, a round up of twenty five of June’s best downloads on Mad Mackerel (plus a few new tunes) that combine to make another perfect mix for those long summer days. Stick these on the iPod, crack a cold one, relax and enjoy!

Honeyslide – Drippin
Swathed in reverb, bathed in noise and drowned in dreamy vocals.

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Big Sun – Pants
As quirky and as engaging a slice of sweet indie pop as you could ever wish to hear.

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Lipstick Lumberjack – Desert Balloons
Folk-pop in the vein of Rilo Kiley.


Mason Brothers – Falling Together
Spacey, contemporary Americana.


Royal Forest – Everyone Who Knows You
Weaves warped psych-pop and surreal Americana into something utterly memorable.


Tales Of Murder And Dust – Tremblin’
Hazy and kaliedoscopic mixing drone, shoegaze and eastern influences into a swirling maelstrom of noise rock.


Jack Wilson – Masterplan
Masterpiece of restrained emotion where spare, but powerful vocals weave between gentle strings and harmonies. A real treat of authentic folk storytelling.

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Algernon Doll – Anti-Them
Fuzzy guitars, layered vocals and no little distortion.


Speedy Ortiz – No Below
New single from garage noiseniks.

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Black Joe Lewis – Skulldiggin
Grips from the off with a blistering, distorted blues riff of righteous fury and a gruff vocal of just the right amount of hellfire and brimstone zeal to match.


Potty Mouth – The Spins
Energetic, scrappy indie rock.

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This Frontier Needs Heroes – George Clooney
Simply gorgeous piece of contemporary Americana.


Argy Rakis – Let It Go
Rasping, deep vocal that sits comfortably atop a percussive chug of travelling troubadour inspiration.


Over Nights – Broken Cabins
Sweetly melodic slice of banjo led, backporch Americana.


Fist City – Boring Kids
Punk. Brash. Snotty. Play loud.


The Blood Arm – Bubblegum
Art-rock cool with a wonderfully weary, almost resigned feel to the glam undercurrent – imagine Roxy Music on downers…


Whale Belly – Bubbles In My Blood
Bears the imprint of traditional folk, but boasts a big band sound, and the violin adds a classical element that contrasts sweetly with the naggingly insistent high-pitched guitar riffs.


The Dive Poets – Idaho
Highway-bound rhythm and spirited viola creates a gently mournful single of perfectly judged alt-Country.


Kill The Captains – Disco Nazi
Guitars fizz and spit, bass lines hum, and drums are beaten and battered in six minute epic.

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Georgia’s Horse – Thistlebomb
Sparse and spooky country noir – hypnotic and filled with a plaintive melancholy.


Jacuzzi Boys – Domino Moon
Psych-garage pop of the very best kind.


Last American Buffalo – Move Me
Slow, yearning country blues.


Golden Animals – The Steady Roller
Hazy, windswept psychedelia.


Download Metz – Can’t Understand mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Series)
Pulverising new track from punk/hardcore hybrids.

Download Rose Windows – Native Dreams mp3 (from The Sun Dogs)
Six minute exotic distortion weaving Sabbath style sludge with the traditional sounds of the Middle East and Eastern Europe.

And to finish off we have the very welcome return of garage rockers The Obits and their new single Taste The Diff as well as the ragged guitars and snarling girl vocals of Summer Cannibals new track Hey / I Was Saved. We have catchy, energetic garage pop from Holland in the shape of Waiting For Something New by Mozes And The Firstborn, and lastly we have the lush acoustics and warm reverb of neo-folkies The Petticoat Tearoom’s track Love Isn’t Gone.

Don’t forget to check all the other Best of the Month mixes in the sidebar too.

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Another bonanza month. Another round up of the very best tracks we posted in March. Another selection of new tunes to get your teeth into too.

So without further ado…

Download White Denim – Drug mp3 (from D)

First taste of rockers new album. Bodes well. Very well.

Download The Everymen – Ballad Of Sarin mp3 (from Hello, Nice Evening. We Are The Everymen)

Cocksure but not arrogant, intense without being overwhelming, and high on the sleaze factor as the shredded vocals of Sarin McHugh gleefully sit astride pounding drums and thunderous guitars.

Download Strand Of Oaks – Wolves mp3 (Phosphorescent Cover via Folkadelphia Session)

Cover song heaven?  (MM faves) Strand of Oaks covering the sublime Wolves by (MM faves) Phosphorescent.

Download The Rural Alberta Advantage – North Star mp3 (from Departing)

A perfectly pitched tale of longing and desperation.

Download Widowspeak – Harsh Realm mp3 (from Harsh Realm 7″)

A nicely hazy, dreamy pop nugget that makes those Mazzy Star comparisons completely understandable.

Download Tyburn Saints – You’ve Gone Stray mp3 (from For The Benefit Of Strangers)

The theme tune to a slasher film written by Nick Cave? It could well be the sexiest serial killer based love song ever written.

Download Cult of Youth – New West mp3 (from Cult of Youth)

The dramatically deep baritone of vocalist Sean Ragon is enough to create a palpable sense of menace and foreboding which we’re quite fond of here at MM.

Download Obits – Shift Operator mp3 (from Moody, Standard and Poor)

Surf influenced, stripped back, garage rock.

Download The Owsley Brothers – Under The Shade Of A Live Oak mp3 (from Separated At Birth)

A slow, pulsing blues riff and a plaintive vocal combine perfectly to give us a song so authentic that it sounds like it was made to be sung in the cottonfields and on backwoods porches throughout the South.

Download The Diamond Center – Caraway mp3 (from Caraway 7″)

A haunting, echoing melancholy feel that spreads over almost six and a half pulsing minutes and somehow manages to soothe and surprise in equal measure.

Download Generationals – Ten-Twenty-Ten mp3 (from Actor-Caster)

Hands down the catchiest slice of indie-rock we’ve posted in a good long while.

Download Mathew Sawyer & The Ghosts – Revenge of The Extra From Zulu mp3 (from How Snakes Eat)

Fragile folk gem married to caustic lyrical venom. Result: a winner.

Download Alela Diane – To Begin mp3 (from Alela Diane & Wild Devine)

Bold and self-assured with more of a countrified twang than her usual sparser, pastoral folk feel.

Download The Lumerians – Gaussian Castles mp3 (from Transmalinnia)

Meditative drones, murky ritualistic rhythms, and layered vocals populate and abound. Dive in!

Download Josh T Pearson – Woman When I’ve Raised Hell…(Alternative Version) mp3

Seven heart wrenching minutes of the most despairing ballad in a long, long time documenting the relentless pain and suffering caused when a relationship passes from failing to broken.

Download The Donkeys – Don’t Know Who We Are mp3 (from Born With Stripes)

A perfect slice of twangy relaxed sunshine rock.

Download Dead Gaze – Fishing With Robert mp3 (from Dead Gaze 7″)

A marvellous combination of fuzzy vocal dischord over a folkish guitar strum, and a side order of New Order poppiness.

Download Erland & The Carnival – Nightingale mp3 (from Nightingale)

The reinventing of old folklore into sinister modern day fairytales.

Download Arborea – Careless Love mp3 (from Red Planet)

Mixing folk, some floating, spacey drone and minimalist percussion with Shanti Curran’s gorgeous vocals to mesmerising effect, the spine tingling results are stark, but beautifully compelling.

Download Paleo – In The Movies mp3 (from Fruit Of The Spirit)

Two minutes of indie folk perfection with a melody so catchy you’ll be humming it for days.

Download James Leg – Drowning In Fire mp3 (from Solitary Pleasure)

Imagine if the Black Keys sold their souls to the devil – they’d probably end up playing like this.

Download Twilight Hotel – Mahogany Veneer mp3 (from When The Wolves Go Blind)

A brilliant combination of alt-country and spaghetti-western desert twang that moves languidly to conclusion via poignant, scalpel sharp lyrics.

Download Bill Callahan – Baby’s Breath mp3 (from Apocalypse)

First taste from new album. More classic singer-songwriting!

Download Thurston Moore – Benediction mp3 (from Demolished Thoughts)

Personal and slightly brooding piece of work from the quieter, more introspective end of his musical spectrum.

Download Psychedelic Horseshit – French Countryside mp3 (from Laced)

Bustling, uptempo, hook-laden, melted outsider pop song.

Download Marissa Nadler – Baby I Will Leave You In The Morning mp3 (from Marissa Nadler)

Ethereal songwriting, rich with imagery and beautiful textures.

Download Fucked Up! – The Other Shoe mp3 (from David Comes To Life)

Punk rockers find a mellower more introverted side.

Download The Limianas – AF3548 mp3 (from AF3548 7″)

More authentic garage rock’n’roll done to perfection.

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Heaven Was A Glass Of Wine mp3 (Merle Haggard Cover from Snowed In Sessions EP)

Gorgeously cracked and bleeding version of Merle Haggard’s despairing original.

Download James Irwin – Blue Dust mp3 (from Blue Dust Digital Single)

A fine example of indie-folk of the very best kind.

Download The Builders & The Butchers – Rotten To The Core mp3 (from Dead Reckoning)

Calls to mind the blood and thunder preachers in dusty pulpits, the hellfires and the brimstone, and the intense fury of both the righteous and the scorned.

Download Brown Bird – Bilgewater mp3 (from The Sound of Ghosts EP)

A mix of sparse, haunted folk, outlaw country and gypsy riot!

And to finish off, here is another Strand of Oaks cover, this time of Joe Pug’s wonderful Hymn 101, a rare remix (for us anyway) of Moon Duo, a wonderful new band in the shape of rootsy trio Cowboy And Indian, the title track from blistering blues-rock duo White Mystery’s new album Blood & Venom and in the krautrock rhythms and pyschedelia of Echo Lady, probably Wet Hair’s finest release to date.

Download Strand Of Oaks – Hymn 101 mp3 (Joe Pug cover)

Download Moon Duo – In The Sun (Purling Hiss Remix) mp3

Download Cowboy And Indian – Ledbellies (Hurt My Pride) mp3 (from Cowboy And Indian)

Download White Mystery – Blood & Venom mp3 (from Blood & Venom)

Download Wet Hair – Echo Lady mp3 (from In Vogue Spirit)

More from the Obits

Posted: March 10, 2011 in Alternative, Folk, Garage, Indie, Music, Rock

Back in January, we gave you the first excellent track from the Obits new album Moody, Standard and Poor, which is out on Sub Pop Records on the 29th March.

To help the time pass, here is a second track of surf influenced, stripped back, garage rock in the shape of Shift Operator.

Download Obits – Shift Operator mp3 (from Moody, Standard and Poor)

Download Obits – You Gotta Lose mp3 (from Moody, Standard And Poor)

Download Obits – Two-Headed Coin mp3 (from I Blame You)

Here is our regular round up of the best of January’s posts plus a couple of new tracks for your listening pleasure – all beautifully designed to make one perfect mixtape.

Download Wooden Wand – The DNR Waltz mp3

More classic down-tempo folk from greatly underrated MM fave.

Download Phosphorescent – Are You Ready For The Country? mp3

Riff-heavy, mean-assed cover which brilliantly captures the double-edged viciousness of Neil Young’s original.

Download Akron/Family – So It Goes mp3

A soulful psych-bounce over a groove both surly and sexy.

Download Secret Colours – Follow The Drone mp3

Texas-style psychedelia with a modern veneer.

Download The Veils – Bloom mp3

Nicely taut and hypnotic affair with an almost Wilco-esque bassline – it’s melodic, unpredictable and very, very good!

Download Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever mp3

Excellent appetiser from forthcoming album Smoke Ring For My Halo.

Download Pete & The Pirates – Winter 1 mp3 Removed by a modern day King Canute who doesn’t realise it has been given away free all over the internet. You cannot offer it free in one place and not expect it to turn up in another and what’s the difference? Get it loads of other places via the Hype Machine.

Welcome return from indie stalwarts offering a new direction and an echo of Donna Summer crossed with Can

Download Obits – You Gotta Lose mp3

More wonderfully sleazy, rockabilly rumble.

Download The Builders & The Butchers – Lullaby mp3

Another perfect example of their debauched country/folk stompathons.

Download Hurray For The Riff Raff – Too Much Of A Good Thing mp3

A hymn to channel the raw feelings and chronicle the lives of the fucked-up romantics of Hurray For The Riff Raff’s home by the Mississippi.

Download Howling Owls featuring Maximino – A Wordsmith’s Reverie mp3

An everyday tale of resignation and failed expectations Howling Owls style, this time it has an almost a waltz-time feel.

Josh Schroeder and Meredith Adelaide – So It Goes mp3

Promising mix of catchy folk and indie pop that has that little extra quality that means it insistently burrows its way in past all the flotsam and jetsam in your brain and lodges itself firmly in your head.

Download The Caulfield Sisters – Caterwauling mp3

Gorgeous pop disguised in a layer of sonic distortion.

Download The Mountain Goats – Damn These Vampires mp3

Typically literate horror inflected cowboy tale.

Download The Mind Spiders – Neurotic Gold mp3

Wonderfully uncluttered, joyous form of proto garage-rock that is simple, unaffected and damn catchy.

Download Jeff The Brotherhood – Bummer mp3

Calls to mind the Ramones jamming with the Sonics and having a blast.

Download Duke Garwood – Summer Gold mp3

Sparse, skeletal unsettling folk-blues.

Download The Skull Defekts – Fragrant Nimbus mp3

It’s minimal and powerful, it’s a bit raga, a bit drone, has some tribal chants, lots of repetition, it’s hypnotic, a bit trancey, some pyschedelia and seriously rhythmic!

Download Earth Girl Helen Brown – Hit After Hit mp3

Fictitious, nomadic, psychedelic soul singer, featuring a unique mix of country, girl group, R&B, and ghoulishness.

Download Alexander – Truth mp3

Mellow, sunshine feel good pop that is effortlessly easy on the ear.

Download James Vincent McMorrow – If I Had A Boat mp3

Five-part harmony echoing over the sounds of an organ and folk guitar in the eerie opener to debut album.

Download Duquette Johnston – Broke & Lonely Ones mp3

A fragile, acoustic ballad – Johnston tells stories of those on their way down and those who’ll never bounce back up, bar-room tales of what might have been and what should have been, and songs of hope and redemption.

In what has been the best month of music releases for a long time, we finish with the newly fresh and minted first advance track from indie folk heavyweights Fleet Foxes with the title track from forthcoming new album Helplessness Blues. By contrast we also have fresh-faced newcomers Veelee with their quirky, folkish take on art-rock, all angular repetition, drone pop and lovely harmonies that makes their EP The Future Sight a delight. And lastly we have the new EP from Derby, titled Madeline — an edgier collection of smoky, riff-heavy basement rock that still keeps some roots in their trademark infectious indie-pop as evidenced in the undeniably catchy toe-tapper Don’t Believe In You.

Download Fleet Foxes – Helplessness Blues mp3 (from Helplessness Blues)

Download Veelee – When You Gonna Come Home? mp3 (from The Future Sight EP)

Download Derby – Don’t Believe In You mp3 (from Madeline EP)

Here are some (sketchy) detail about the new record from Obits.

It’s their second full-length, and it’s called Moody, Standard and Poor.

It was recorded at Brooklyn’s Saltlands Studio.

Sub Pop will release it on March 29, 2011.

The wonderful sleazy, rockabilly rumble of Two-Headed Coin from their 2009 debut I Blame You made our top-ten of that year. You Gotta Lose, the taster from the new album runs it close. Very.

This is yet another record we’re looking forward to hearing very much!

Download Obits – You Gotta Lose mp3 (from Moody, Standard And Poor)

Download Obits – Two-Headed Coin mp3 (from I Blame You)