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Mad Mackerel's Best Of September, October & November Mix

Here is the second part of our mammoth round-up of the best of our downloads from the past three months.

The Hunting Party – Bobby
Indie-folk reminiscent of smoky backwoods bars, songs of longing, nostalgia, and the uncertainty of both past and future.

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The Parson Red Heads – To The Sky
Trademark loose, country inflected folk-rock.

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The Reference Desk – Try Not/Try To
Three-piece drums-and-guitar outfit with a songwriting mission statement of simple, loud, and catchy.

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Beached Out – Tiny War
Reverb-drenched guitar, delicious harmonies, and a longing for the ocean.


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Banded Stilts – Out On The Sea
Sparse, folk inflected piano pop.

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Little Racer – Vanessa
Surf-indie-pop by way of Motown.

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Old Cabin – Lighthouse
Has an easygoing, rolling-with-the-punches kind of feel to it that calls to mind the best of Seawolf, or perhaps even the Roadside Graves.

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Running Red Lights – Mulberry Love
Almost six minutes of beautifully contrasting sweet folk, honeyed harmonies, and dark pop – like a musical equivalent of Snow White and that juicy, tempting red apple.


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Scott Barkan – Flightless Bird
Echoes with the restless, free spirit of jazz, but also firmly anchored by its Americana roots.

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Tyburn Saints – You And I In Heaven
Barely 30 seconds into the six minutes, frontman Johnny Gimenez’s orchestral, baritone rumble repeatedly intones “I choose death“, while guitars needle and chime in equal measure.

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Dead Waves – Over Me
Brilliant and brooding – distorted disillusionment never sounded so good or so cool!

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The Parmesans – Riddle Song
String trio specialising in complex, Doc Watsonesque guitar picking, harmonious mandolin lead, good ‘ol honky tonkin’ bass lines and all with an emphasis on tight three part vocal harmonies.

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Kings Of Lowertown – Mississippi Flood
Awesome sleazy, garage blues boogie.

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Pontiak – Innocence
Just over two minutes of anthemic sonic brilliance channeling classic MC5 riffing, stoned Sabbath grooves and thunderous percusssion.


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Malaena Cadiz – Bright Center Of Heaven
Atmospheric, melancholy, back-porch Americana.

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And to finish, why Tacocat’s breezy summer-surf punk and, by way of complete contrast, the unflinching and harrowing personal songs of Gloom Balloon – something for everyone then!

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Round Up

Time for another big round up of just a few of the many quality tunes that have found their way into our in-box and into our ears. We have not had enough time over the past few weeks to do them proper justice, but we promise all are worth some of your time to get to know them better.

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First up are Banded Stilts, who, while still delivering a few folk romps on their new LP Little Village, sonically veer away from their previous folky formula and feature some upbeat pop and sparse piano ballads. The tales of mystery, tragedy, wonder and lost love that unfold within the album are stories that could have been told in any and every little village.

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The You’re Getting Close split 7” from Beached Out and The Reference Desk is a peach. Beached Out are one half surf-pop and one half angular guitar singing you love songs from the underground. This husband-wife duo pride themselves in short, sweet songs that are rife with hooks and a dynamic live show. The split features two self-recorded gems that showcase the band’s reverb-drenched guitar, delicious harmonies, and longing for the ocean.

The Reference Desk are a three-piece drums-and-guitar outfit with a songwriting mission statement of simple, loud, and catchy.


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Elephant’s new release is Shapeshifter. A sumptuous missive of love lost and lessons learned, that sparkles with charm, optimism, and the sort of lush swoonsome string arrangements that reach into your chest and wring your heart dry. It is backed by the sparse and stretched out Snowday, as icily cool as it sounds, full of chiaroscuro contrasts and flickering atmospherics,

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Leeds-based five-piece AUTOBAHN have announced themselves to the world with their unapologetically sinister and aggressive self-titled debut EP. Set for release today, it’s a record that conjures the dystopian nightmare world of 80s post-punk across three unrelenting tracks.

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Medium Wave is the latest song to be taken from Empty Pools’ debut album Saturn Reruns, also set for release today on Battle Worldwide.

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Last month Maybird released their debut album, Down & Under. The name comes from the imaginary title of a rare Leonard Cohen album that lead singer Josh Netsky heard about in a dream (and speaks of in the title track, which is an homage to Cohen). The dream motif is prominent on the record with a mood that begins bright and descends, as the title track suggests, as the album progresses. Try the spacey, hazy Call You Mine.

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Long time MM faves The Parson Red Heads have released their new album Orb Weaver and we have two tracks of their loose, country inflected folk-rock that showcases just how good this band is.

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Jeremy Squires doesn’t write the happiest of songs, but you do know that they’re always stunning. Releasing his new album When Will You Go… on November 9, Jeremy takes this record down a darker path exploring themes of death and the fear of losing loved ones. With help from Anna-Lynne Williams (Lotte Kestner) singing background vocals and Kalispell’s and Field Report’s Shane Leonard playing fiddle and organ, Jeremy is able to create songs that are haunting and ethereal like I’m Still Here.

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Hannah vs. The Many, led by Brooklyn based singer/songwriter/antiheroine Hannah Fairchild, will release Ghost Stories (EP) on November 12th. The single Poor Leander, (so called because of an unrequited love’s self-diagnosed Hero Complex) grew from a wistful hoedown into a sneering psychobilly kiss off, played at three times its original tempo.

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We are big fans of the noir folk-pop of Emily Jane White and we re looking forward to her new album Blood / Lines immensely. First single Faster Than The Devil features another MM fave in Marissa Nadler and showcases a much heavier and thicker sound.

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Young Norwegian talent Eline Thorp is releasing her debut album in January. Her very first single is The Game and comparisons have been made with artists such as Regina Spektor and Bat For Lashes, but she definitely stands out with her distinctive gloomy touch and fabulous voice.

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And lastly for now we have Mexico’s Has a Shadow who release their new album Sky is Hell Black on November 12th on Captcha Records. Sky is Hell Black hits you with a wall of sound that emanates from the darkest corners of the Mexican interior. Listening to this album is like being shrouded in a veil of fog at the moment a massive storm takes over a barren metropolis. Check out the lead track John Lennon.

Videos of the Day

Videos today from the wonderful Parson Red Heads and their studio film for new track Times, and also a brand new video from the Lumineers for Stubborn Love. Lastly we have Barry Brusseau’s new video for Til The Wind Blows Everything from his wonderful album The Royal Violent Birds.

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Videos of the Day

Watch new videos featuring F.U.R.S and a taster for their excellent debut single Striptease, and the Parson Red Heads video for Another Chance is a color-saturated, send-up of the static, poker-faced videos of early Black Sabbath. See Batman and Superman get drunk and make out in Sunshine’s video for Showering With Wine and finish with the scorching wildcat blues of two-piece Deap Vally’s new single Lies.

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A few videos worth checking out. From the twangy beach rock of MM faves Two Wounded Birds to the indie eccentricities of Peter Kernel, there is plenty to enjoy!

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Download The Parson Red Heads – Burning Up The Sky mp3 (from Yearling)

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Download Letting Up Despite Great Faults – Teenage Tide mp3 (from Paper Crush)

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Download Girls – Vomit mp3 (from Father, Son, Holy Ghost)

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Download Dawes – If I Wanted Someone mp3 (from Nothing Is Wrong)

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Download Icarus Himself – On Your Side mp3 (from Career Culture)

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Download We Cut Corners – The Leopard mp3 (from Today I Realised I Could Go Home Backwards)

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Download Peter Kernel – Panico! This Is Love mp3 (from White Death & Black Heart)

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Download Two Wounded Birds – Night Patrol mp3 (from Keep Dreaming Baby EP)

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Download Black Box Revelation – Shiver Of Joy mp3 (from Shiver Of Joy EP)

Mad Mackerel's Best of July Mix. Oh yes, it is that time again. Here is a round up of the very best of what we posted in July, plus a couple of new ones to add to the mix. Enjoy.

Download Dennis Hopper Choppers – Good To Me mp3 (from Be Ready)

Morricone inspired spaghetti western feel and Tijuana style horns combine to give an authentic dusty desert twang.

BTW: Whichever knob alleged infringement of copyright and reported to DMCA – get your facts right or contact us direct! This track is shared with full permission of Top Button Digital who represent the band.

Download Jenny Owen Youngs – Great Big Plans mp3 (from Great Big Plans)

First taste of singer-songwriter’s new album. It’s good!

Download The Deep Dark Woods – Westside Street mp3 (from The Place I Left Behind)

Another lovely example of their warm, resonant folk sound – it meanders slowly and surely along on the back of some lovely harmonies and easy going instrumentation.

Download Wooden Shjips – Lazy Bones mp3 (from West)

Takes the spirit of the Velvet Underground and melds it perfectly with the pummeling space rock of Hawkwind to create one of the best tracks of the year so far.

Download The Happy Thoughts – Sweet Dirty Love mp3 (from The Happy Thoughts)

Two and a half minutes of perfect, roughly hewn, garage style power pop.

Download Grass Widow – Mannequin mp3 (from Milo Minute 7″)

A suitably jangly and messy cover of Wire’s classic.

Download Megafaun – These Words mp3 (from Megafaun)

A round-robin of gamelan, ambient sounds, frogs, and cicadas underpin a hauntingly indelible piano melody and a hypnotic beat.

Download Vacant Fever – Heavy Leather mp3 (from Heparin And Saline)

Brilliantly sparse and stripped back affair with not a wasted note or murmur from first moment to the last.

Download Blind Atlas – Mary Anne mp3 (from Iron Wall EP)

The band put down their electric guitars and picked up acoustic instruments for Mary Anne and produced a lovely, laid-back country song.

Download The Sainthood Reps – Monoculture mp3 (from Monoculture)

Gem of distortion, bludgeoning percussion, and a nagging, jagged riff that sets it well apart from the usual fare and, played loud enough, might just remove the paint from the walls.

Download Brown Bird – Fingers To The Bone mp3 (from Salt For Salt)

Traditionally dark and eerie sound that is often backed with some of the most ominous and foreboding lyrics you’re likely to hear.

Download The Parson Red Heads – Burning Up The Sky mp3 (from Yearling)

Harkens back to the most prolific and inventive elements in the canon of West Coast psych-folk, the band’s music is intricate, gorgeous and rich.

Download The Tallest Man On Earth – Weather Of A Killing Kind mp3 (Adult Swim free single)

Gravelly tones and strummed acoustics.

Download Pepper Rabbit – Murder Room mp3 (from Red Velvet Snow Ball)

The dark undertone takes its time to bubble to the surface before dragging you back down in to its hidden depths.

Download St. Vincent – Big Black Mariah mp3 (live at Rain Dogs Revisited at The Barbican)

Cover of the month?

Download St. Vincent – Surgeon mp3 (from Strange Mercy)

And a brilliant taster from forthcoming new album.

Download We Were Promised Jetpacks – Act on Impulse mp3 (from In The Pit Of The Stomach)

An absolute cracker, featuring two minutes of tribal drumming and building guitars as an intro before launching into an anthem of stadium proportions.

Download Carter Tanton – Murderous Joy mp3 (from Freeclouds)

Our first point of reference was Sparklehorse: it is elegant, forlorn, and intimate.

Download The Pack A.D. – Sirens mp3 (from Unpersons)

Treat yourself to some trademark full on blues-rock riffage a la Zeppelin or Sabbath and that throaty Joplin like roar. Marvellous.

Download The Roadside Graves – Double Feature mp3 (from We Can Take Care Of Ourselves)

Country rock and whiskey raw vocals from stalwart MM faves.

Download Rhubarb Whiskey – Bears In The Lot mp3 (from Cautionary Tales)

Unique tale of bears and booze whose lyrics were penned by the infamous award winning horror author Poppy Z. Brite.

Download Case Studies – The Eagle, Or The Serpent mp3 (from The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night)

Download Case Studies – You Folded Up My Blanket Like We Were Already Lovers mp3 (from The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night) (via RSTB)

Two brilliant tracks that tell the tales of the dysfunctional and the disenchanted, the dreamers and the hopeless. Faultless folk!

Download Mikal Cronin – Apathy mp3 (from Mikal Cronin)

Download Mikal Cronin – Get Along mp3 (from Mikal Cronin)

And two brilliant blends of sweet melodies and chords with chunky, psychedelic guitar freak-outs – a California fuzz take on gorgeously unexpected psych garage pop.

Download Amen Dunes – Lower Mind mp3 (from Through Donkey Jaw)

Dark-hearted psych-folk over a repetitive almost drone-like rhythm – it calls to mind another MM fave in Wooden Wand.

Download Peg Simone – Wait For Night mp3

An eerie, otherworldly approach to blues and folk featuring lingering, ghostly guitar riffs and silver-tongued vocals.

And to finish off a cracking mix we have the dreamy pop loops of Gauntlet Hair, the easy-going folk-pop of Book Club (via MOKB), Jeff The Brotherhood’s faithful Nirvana take for their contribution to SPIN magazine’s free tribute album (get the whole thing here) and finally The Fungi Girls offer up a taste of their wonderful mix of psych-pop hooks and garage fuzz from forthcoming album Some Easy Magic.

Download Gauntlet Hair – Top Bunk mp3 (from Gauntlet Hair)

Download Book Club – Meal Of Dreams mp3 (from Ghost)

Download Fungi Girls – Velvet Days mp3 (from Some Easy Magic)

Download JEFF The Brotherhood – Something In The Way mp3 (from Newermind: SPIN Tribute to Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’)

See all our previous Best of The Month mixes in the side bar on the left. You might also like our recent free Truck Festival mix here or Big Hitters Round Up here.

The Parson Red Heads will release their latest album, Yearling on August 16th.

A band full of truly talented musicians, whose music harkens to the most prolific and inventive elements in the canon of West Coast psych-folk, the band’s music is intricate, gorgeous and rich – in fact it is the perfect match for the warm harmonies of Blind Atlas who we posted about yesterday.

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Download The Parson Red Heads – Burning Up The Sky mp3 (from Yearling)

Track posted with full authorisation and permission.