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Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: March 2013

Here are the very best of our downloads from March’s posts together with a few new tunes for your listening pleasure. So close to 30 tracks in all – a perfect playlist to kick off April.

Quite Parade – Edge of the Ocean
A perfectly judged slice of Canadian indie rock, it is an anthem about a dying town that seems hopeless but is still worth fighting for.

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Conner Youngblood – Vegas
Kicks off with some ominous ringing guitar over which vocals echo and swirl before slow but hypnotic percussion cuts in and the song gradually increases in intensity before finally fading away like a firework over a night sky.

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Download Colleen Green – Heavy Shit mp3 (from Sock it to Me)
Perfectly judged pop-punk.

Blank Realm – Go Easy
Takes 90s slacker indie and buries it in a heady swirl of scuzzy guitars and stoned vocals.


(Click through to download for free)

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Download Pairs – Part Songs mp3 (from If This Cockroach Doesn’t Die, I Will)
Clocks in at just over 2 minutes of buzzsaw guitars, machine gun percussion and lyrics about dead shipmates, date-rape and all manner of other sordid topics.

Beams – Be My Brother
Lush instrumentation and lovely vocal harmonies hide the fact that lyrically something altogether more discomforting and baleful lies beneath the surface.

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Wooden Wand – Dungeon Of Irons
Yet another stand out track from an outstanding album.

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The Burning Hell – Grown-ups
Deep, baritone vocals reveal a caustic, almost savage, black humour and brilliantly observed comments on the minutiae of life that can make you squirm with embarrassed recognition.

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Thirty Pounds Of Bone – Home Faring
Possessed of a singular and unique vision, where distraction, desolation, and despair are constant companions and distortion and drone are artfully used to heighten emotions and force the listener to really partake of what is going on.


(Click through to download for free)

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Lower Plenty – Nullarbor
A perfectly judged track of hazy countrified melancholia.

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Monuments & Statues – Red Dress
Beautifully anchored by banjo with animated cello and vocals alternately assuming lead status.

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The Thermals – Born To Kill
Dark, brash, and violent.

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Download Kurt Vile – Never Run Away mp3 (from Wakin On A Pretty Daze)
Another hazy, woozy taste from forthcoming album.

Download Dirty Fences – Heaven Is Tonight mp3 (from Too High To Kross)
Razor sharp riffs and perfectly executed harmonies.

God Tiny – Fearless
Oozes primal garage rock and psych-blues creds in a way that is impossible to resist.

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Broken Anchor – Never Leave Me Alone
Infectious, catchy, anthemic indie rock.

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Download Owl Fly South – Blink (Incandescent Days) mp3 (from Blink/Castle)
More than promising garage/psych/pop.

Steady Sun – Eyes Wide
A lovely blend of gentle psychedelia and pastoral folk.

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Blood Sister – Bart Simpson
Noisy trash-pop.

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Upside Drown – Go
Naggingly catchy garage pop.

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Pure X – Someone Else
Synths, guitars and tortured vocals make a compelling package.

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Virginia Wing – Red Sails
Their sound veers from the minimalist post punk of Young Marble Giants, to the twisted 60s psych bliss of Arthur Lee and Love and the cinematic krautpop of Broadcast.

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Hawk And Dove – Things We Lost So Far
Acoustic country with a classical influence make for a unique take on Americana.

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And to finish we have new tracks from The Scanners, the jaunty indie strum of Mexico comes from their new self-titled EP, while the brilliant and haunting Bullet From A Broken Heart by Dillon Hodges is Americana at its absolute finest and is taken from forthcoming album Rumspringa. Our third new track Wait comes from Graham MacRae’s new album Dundrearies, a perfectly judged downtempo contemplation of loneliness, disappointment, and how to live well. Lastly we have the high octane indie-folk of Killing Fields Of Ontario and the riotous, gypsy-tinged tale of disaster that is Twisted Little Theatre, which comes from new album How The World Ends.

Round Up Time Again - Part 2

Here is another collection of just some of the notable new tunes that have come our way recently…we’re still catching up, so expect some more posts like this over the next few days.

Kicking off with Nightingale Floors which will be the fifth album from indie duo Rogue Wave. This is the first taste from it, a mighty fine track titled College.

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We also have another taste from the forthcoming Alex Bleeker & The Freaks album How Far Away. This is Leave On The Light.

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Someone Else is the second single from Pure X’s forthcoming Crawling up the Stairs LP.

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Mikal Cronin also has a new album due in May titled MKII. This is the first taste, the breezy Weight.

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Lauren Mann & The Fairly Odd Folk release new album Over Land And Sea next month full of captivating folk-pop melodies. This is the title track.

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Camperdown & Out effortlessy evoke the golden age of jangle guitar pop with their excellent debut single Down & Out from their forthcoming LP Couldn’t Be Better – imagine Lou Reed, Kevin Ayres and the GoBetweens jamming together..

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We’ve featured the glam-rock garage stomp of the Burnt Ones previously on MM, and Fountain of Youth from new album You’ll Never Walk Alone mines that territory even deeper. Time to dig out some platforms and some flares.

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Spectrals are another that have featured a few times on MM and new single Milky Way comes from new long player Sob Story and on this evidence could be the best thing he’s done to date.

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Jonny Fritz (Corndawg as was) has also offered up another track from his new release Dad Country due next month. This is the droll Goodbye Summer with honkytonk fiddle providing a suitable backdrop to his wry observations of life on the road.

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Lau Blues is the second single from Gun Outfit’s album Hard Coming Down, which is out next week and somehow sits somewhere between The Meat Puppets and Lucinda Williams.

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We were a bit slow in discovering the ominous, humming post-punk of Spray Paint, but Yawn Factory is an absolutely top-notch single so just in case you’ve not heard it either…

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We’re also really liking Shovels & Rope’s interpretation of the Springsteen classic Johnny 99, which is a new single out on Third Man Records.

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Virginia Wing (another to feature previously on MM) create thrillingly crafted pop tunes that exist within that time honoured dialogue between the popular and the avant-garde. Their sound veers from the minimalist post punk of Young Marble Giants, to the twisted 60s psych bliss of Arthur Lee and Love and the Radiophonic Workshop inspired cinematic krautpop of Broadcast. The excellent Red Sails is due to be released via Critical Heights on 6 May.

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Courtesy of the always wonderful Yankee Calling blog comes Riptide by Australia’s Vance Joy, it has echoes of The Tallest Man On Earth about it and certainly marks him out as one to most definitely keep an eye on.

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We are longtime admirers of Hawk And Dove and on forthcoming debut album, This Yesterday Will Never End, the band mixes hauntingly beautiful ballads with thunderous stoner grooves to create a sound quite unlike anything else. Grab yourself Things We Lost So Far and look out for the album at the end of April.

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Lastly a track from Sweden’s The Fiery Piano, More Like A Tiger, Less Like A Dove is yet another fine example of the indie rock coming from that neck of the woods so to speak. Quirky, upbeat and melodic, for no good reason it makes us think of something Conor Oberst might do if he was off his tits on speed. You can get a free download of their album here.

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)

Tuesday Means Eight of the Best!

Our in-box has grown to ridiculous proportions, it fair creaks and bulges with good music and we are desperately trying to keep up with the flow. Time then for eight of the best to come our, and now your, way.

First up, we have East India Youth who caught our ears on 6 Music yesterday with Heaven, How Long their brilliant new single of krautrock inspired electro that builds into one almighty and incendiary coda. Highly recommended.

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Second, the curiously named Lady Lamb The Beekeeper is actually one Aly Spaltro. The vicious guitar that underpins the alternating six minutes of regret, anger, bitterness and dismissal of Bird Balloons is truly something to behold. Her album Ripely Pine is released today on the excellent Ba Da Bing label – order it here.

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Third is the welcome return of Real Estate bassist Alex Bleeker and the Freaks who will release a new album How Far Away via Woodsist in May. First taste is the jangly folk rock of Don’t Look Down.

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Fourth, sticking with the jangle, but with added ominous sonic undertones, Pure X’s single Things in My Head is a tasty first sample of forthcoming album Crawling Up The Stairs. Order here.

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Fifthly we have the thoroughly buzzworthy and much hyped Haim who have great things expected of them in 2013. This is Falling and we have to say the girls look like they might be up for the fight, big on harmonies and handclaps it is a perfectly judged piece of pop music.

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Sixth are the wonderful Futurebirds and a first taste from their forthcoming second album Baba Yaga. The near-six minute pedal steel washed, country tinged Virgina Slims is a pure, unadulterated joy of southern fried rock.

Download The Futurebirds – Virginia Slims mp3 (from Baba Yaga)

Seventh is the return of the prolific Thee Oh Sees and here they offer up a more subdued (though still dark and brooding) take on their frenzied garage-psych with the closing track Minotaur from forthcoming new release Floating Coffin.

Download Thee Oh Sees – Minotaur mp3 (from Floating Coffin)

Eighth and last (and offering stark contrast to everything else in this post) is EULA, a scrappy, confrontational three-piece punk band from Brooklyn. Evoking early Yeah Yeah Yeahs and PJ Harvey at her most venomous, their single I Collapse is a sonically seething mass of coiled aggression punctuated by fearsome wails, howls and shrieks. Check it out together with equally explosive b-side Little Hearts.