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best of the weekNine songs for your listening pleasure gathered from the week’s new releases.

We have Mountain Goats showing that even with a throwaway song, composed off the back of a jokey Twitter conversation, John Darnielle can better 95% of what is out there, whilst Molly Burch and Tara Jane O’Neil’s beautifully composed songs are at the other end of the pendulum’s swing.

We also have some brilliant fuzzy, indie rock from Snail Mail, Okkervil River’s cover of a Roky Erikson gem especially for Amazon’s Valentines playlist, and another cover (this time it is the Jesus & Mary Chain) from Beach Slang. Some catchy, but caustic punk from Bleached, and some equally catchy garage-punk from The Courtneys. We finish off with a wonderful 60s psych-freak-folk inspired track from Shadow Band.

Enjoy.

  1. Snail Mail – Thinning
  2. Okkervil River – You Don’t Love Me Yet  (Roky Erikson cover)
  3. Mountain Goats – The Ultimate Jedi Who Wastes All The Other Jedi And Eats Their Bones
  4. Molly Burch – Wrong For You
  5. Bleached – Can You Deal?
  6. Tara Jane O’Neil – Sand
  7. The Courtneys – Minnesota
  8. Beach Slang – Sometimes Always  (Jesus & Mary Chain cover)
  9. Shadow Band – Daylight

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

best of the weekHaving spent a mighty fine week soaking up the sunshine in Crete we are feeling pretty good about life. And if that wasn’t enough here are ten of the best of the week’s new releases (as judged by us of course).

They Include the very welcome return of fire and brimstone gothic folkies Wovenhand and Argentinian garage-posters Las Kellies, cracking tracks from Bueno and Okkervil River, a pretty sweet cover from the Devil Makes Three, and plenty more besides.

Soak it up…

  1. The Devil Makes Three – Champagne and Reefer  (Muddy Waters cover)
  2. Bueno – Blown Out
  3. Wovenhand – Come Brave
  4. Billie Marten – Lionhearted
  5. Las Kellies – Summer Breeze
  6. Vomitface – Dramamine
  7. JEFF The Brotherhood – Idiot
  8. Raveonettes – Where Are You Wild Horses?
  9. Pfarmers – Red Vermin
  10. Okkervil River – The Industry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

best of the weekIt can never be seen as a bad week when you have brand new songs from Okkervil River and the Low Anthem to share.

And not only that, we have seven other new tunes for you as well from the likes of Father John MistyPsychic Ills and The Gotobeds.

Dig in.

  1. Okkervil River – Okkervil River R.I.P.
  2. The Low Anthem – The Pepsi Moon
  3. Father John Misty – Real Love Baby
  4. Psychic Ills – Baby
  5. Andy Shauf – Twist Your Ankle
  6. Esme Patterson – Wantin Ain’t Getting
  7. C.W. Stoneking – The Thing I Done
  8. Odonis Odonis – Vanta Black
  9. The Gotobeds – Bodies

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bumper round up this week – new songs from The Decemberists, Steve Earle & The Dukes, Saintseneca, the mighty Killing Joke, cover songs from Iron & Wine and Okkervil River and plenty more besides.

  1. The Decemberists – Why Would I Now?
  2. Saintseneca – River
  3. Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi – Shapeless
  4. Killing Joke – I Am The Virus
  5. The Lovely Eggs – Goofing’ Around (In Lancashire)
  6. Wolf Alice – Baby Ain’t Made Of China
  7. Steve Earle & The Dukes – Mississippi It’s Time
  8. The Mantles – Police My Love
  9. Iron & Wine – Albuquerque (Neil Young cover)
  10. Okkervil River – I’m In Love With Susan Smith (Tom House cover)

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Perhaps unusually, this year seemed a better one for albums rather than individual tracks with some fabulous releases over the past twelve months. There were many contenders for our end of year list, but here, after much deliberation, is Part One of our favourites of 2013.

50 Daughn Gibson – Me Moan

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49 The Men – New Moon

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48 Pissed Jeans – Honeys

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47 The Dodos – Confidence

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46 Holograms – Forever

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45 Colleen Green – Sock It To Me

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44 Blank Realm – Go Easy

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43 Night Beds – Country Sleep

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42 Agnes Obel – Aventine

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41 Grass House – A Sun Full And Drowning

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40 The Oblivians – Desperation

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39 Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Any Port In A Storm

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38 No Age – An Object

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37 Public Service Broadcasting – Inform – Educate – Entertain

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36 Cate Le Bon – Mug Museum

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35 Okkervil River – The Silver Gymnasium

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34 John Grant – Pale Green Ghosts

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33 Fuzz – Fuzz

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32 I See Hawks In L.A. – Mystery Drug

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31 Savages – Silence Yourself

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American Songwriter's Free September Sampler

The Muse is the title of the regular free sampler from American Songwriter and the September offering is a cracker – twelve brilliant tracks including such MM faves as Okkervil River, Hurray for the Riff Raff, T Hardy Morris, Duquette Johnston, Golden Suits, Amanda Shires and more.

Check out some of our favourites below, or just click here for more details and to grab the whole thing for free.

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Video of the Day

Nostalgia time – three of our favourite songs ever…

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Download Okkervil River – Westfall mp3 (from Don’t Fall In Love With Everyone You See)

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Download Smog – I Break Horses mp3 (from Accumulation None)

Mad Mackerel's Best of 2011.Our final Top Ten selection comes courtesy of the lovely, and ever radiant, Mrs Mackerel. Over to you girl!

It’s been a great musical year. But such a plethora of riches always presents a problem – what’s a girl to choose? Fortunately some fine contributions in the preceding week means most bases are covered.

Live gigs, although few and far between this year, have been rich in quality, and particularly finger-picking good on the guitar front. A fine ensemble of gig friends too, thank you.

Without further ado, here’s my humble opinion. And remember kids this is just my opinion, you can try this at home too.

10. Hyde & the Beast – You Will be Lonely

Boom-shacker, boom-shacker. Bit of cowboy guitars. An up-tempo beat coupled with the “you’re dumped” message. Still if you’ve got to do it, do it with a smile on your face and a guitar in your hand, I say. Boom-shacker, boom-shacker.

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9. The National – Think You Can Wait

Nice bit of backing from the wonderful Sharon Van Etten, coupled with the mellifluous vocal of Matt Berninger. Trademark National: understated brilliance.

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8. Lanterns on the Lake – Ships in the Rain

Another great thing to come from Sunderland. Catch up please. Atmosphere, ethereal vocals, beautiful lyrics. Til we meet again, girls.

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7. Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Dog Scratched Ear

Widespread Mackerel popularity for this song amongst family and friends. Yep, we know a good guitar riff when we hear one: hard core. Looking for joy when there’s none to find? Plenty here.

Download Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Dog Scratched Ear mp3 (from Donkey Jacket)

6. Wye Oak – Civilian

A January contender for my top ten, so a stayer. A fantastic piece of drumming that builds and builds; to be played loud on speakers not headphones, she insists in a bossy tone that MM knows only too well… Breathy vocals adds atmosphere to the intensity.

Download Wye Oak – Civilian mp3 (from Civilian)

5. Wooden Wand – No Hayride

Directed to this by daughter sprat, and how right she is. The pared back simplicity of the guitar lends itself so well to the lyrics. Prolific output – does this man ever sleep?

Download Wooden Wand – No Hayride mp3 (from Archives Vol 3)

4. The Cave Singers – Haystacks

How do I love the Cave Singers? Oh let me count the ways. Storming harmonica coupled with such an irresistible tempo, I challenge you not to be out of your seat and dancing. These boys got rhythm in bucket loads and talent to match. But they’re not yours, they’re mine. Glad we cleared that one up.

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3. Hurray for the Riff Raff – Too Much of a Good Thing

A great big old fashioned waltz of a song, throw in a sprinkling of mariachi pipes, a helping of accordion and the tender vocals of Alynda Lee Segarra. Lifetime top ten tune for me this one.

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

2. Middle Brother – Portland

Shared a cigarette for breakfast? More than one I reckon. John McCauley of Deer Tick has a voice that was made for this song. One for the road, sung in chorus, gives me the warmest, fuzzy feeling all over. Stick me on a greyhound bus with Middle Brother playing to the open road and I reckon I’d be a happy girl. Just about the best darned cover (yes, I know but don’t care) I ever heard. Pure magic.

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1. Laura Marling – Night After Night

A photo finish for me amongst the top five. Yin and yang songs. This song is wuthering, if you get my gist but hey, that’s just me. There’s so much here from the opening guitar sequence that makes me think of a boat rowing out to sea, to the subtle finale with a flamenco flourish. Lyrical dexterity, passion, sadness, regret. The incomparable Laura Marling take a bow.

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Goddammit Janet: missed it first time round

Grinderman – Palaces of Montezuma

The theatre of this song is almost vintage Bowie. A great big banquet of lyrical genius and the funkiest rhythm to match. Bloody marvellous.

Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros – Janglin

From the happy-go-lucky intro to swinging, swaying finger-clicking goodness of the rest of the tune. Click your heels and away you go.

Download Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – Janglin mp3 (from From Below)

And Okkervil River. Missed all together. MM and I are fools. I have told him this repeatedly while hitting him with a large branch. Joking. Sort of.

Download Okkervil River – For Real mp3 (from Black Sheep Boy)

School Run Anthems 2011

The Lovely Eggs – Don’t Look at Me (I Don’t Like It)

We sang and did the actions. The car bounced and shimmied its way to school. Nothing like a bit of 21st century punk to get you going in the morning.

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Roadside Graves – Jail

Don’t want to work today. Just want to lay in bed. Couldn’t have put it better myself.

Download The Roadside Graves – Jail (Simplefolk UK Radio Live Session) mp3

Guilty pleasure

Adele – Someone Like You

Actually no guilt attached to this choice at all. Great voice. Great song, sniff.

Okkervil River Offer Up Free EP.At the end of the year in 2007, Okkervil River released Golden Opportunities Mixtape, a free EP intended as a gift to fans. This year, the band continues that tradition in the sequel release Golden Opportunities 2, which both hearkens back to the original release and varies the formula.

Like its predecessor, Golden Opportunities 2 is a series of conceptually-related covers, this time by lesser-known musicians’ musicians such as Motown session player Ted Lucas, the 1980’s Australian band the Triffids, and the mysterious L.A. singer-songwriter Jim Sullivan, who vanished in the New Mexico desert in 1975. In contrast to the intricate arrangements and detailed production of this year’s excellent full-length Okkervil release I Am Very Far,  the new EP was recorded entirely live to two-track tape in one day at the Austin studio Premium Recording. The resulting EP showcases a band with a loose-limbed casualness after a year spent on the road. A hazy mystery hangs over these songs, which are evocative on their own but, when collected together, add up to something greater and stranger than the sum of their parts.

As with the first Golden Opportunities, this new release is available compeltely for free on the Okkervil River website – just click here. It can be downloaded in both MP3 and lossless formats.

Need convincing, try a track below:

Download Okkervil River – Plan D mp3 (from Golden Opportunities 2 EP)

Here are a few more of the videos that we have been sent recently that have appealed to our eyes and ears.

First up is Monument Valley whom we posted about recently. This is the off kilter video for Round And Round together with a download for Dear John Letters from the forthcoming Tongues EP.

Download Monument Valley – Dear John Letters mp3 (from Tongues EP)

Next is Secret Music’s T.O.Y.S. with a video directed by TV Carnage, whose library of hundreds of hours of bad TV over the past 25 years has turned into an intriguing, humorous assortment of clips for the music video.

Download Secret Music – T.O.Y.S. mp3 (from T.O.Y.S. single)

Crystal Bright & The Silver Hands release their second album this month. This is Drowned Out from it.

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Canadian band Said The Whale have a new video with a surprisingly accurate homage to Back To The Future. Check it out to see their interpretation of the classic Enchantment Under The Sea dance, which is also the video for their single Lines from their upcoming EP New Brighton.

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Download Said The Whale – Lines mp3 (from New Brighton EP)

Based in Portland, Oregon, Keith and Hollie Kenniff are the husband-and-wife team behind the sublime dream pop of Mint Julep. Save Your Season – the debut UK album will be released on November 21st through the newly launched independent label Village Green. This is Why Don’t We.

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This is the video for the Bell Beat’s lovely track Labrador from their album Our Manderley. Buy the album on a pay what you want deal from their Bandcamp page here.

Download The Bell Beat – Labrador mp3 (from Our Manderley)

This is the new and rather good video from Mister Heavenly for Bronx Sniper, taken from the band’s Sub Pop debut Out of Love.

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Crushed Beaks shared love of horror films is evident as they continue the build up to their debut single release with a brand new video for lead track Close-Ups.

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Okkkervil River have released another video to accompany the single Your Past Life As A Blast.

Download Okkervil River – Your Past Life As A Blast mp3 (from Your Past Life As A Blast 7″)

The lo-fi, dream pop of His Clancyness gets another outing on a new split 7″ with Shimmering Stars. Here is the video for Carve A Peach and a download of the Shimmering Stars contribution, Not Growing Up.

Download Shimmering Stars – Not Growing Up mp3 (from His Clancyness / Shimmering Stars split 7″)

And lastly, Glasgow band Kick To Kill’s excellent new single Black Kisses is out next Monday on Flowers In The Dustbin. Watch the video!

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