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Videos of the Day

While we bake in the Texas sun, here are some videos to enjoy!

Fresh from our 5:1 Interview (click here), Sparrow And The Workshop have given us this new video for the excellent single Shock Shock. Meanwhile Dingus Khan’s insane video for live favourite Knifey Spoony is worth watching for the swan impersonation alone, not to mention being sick in an ashtray and spoon inflicted carnage at the end. Check out our stream of another track, Plank too.

Electric folk duo Scrimshander have some excellent puppets in their film for track Forest Fire, and finally, we also have the pop-folktronica of Dan Croll’s new single Compliment Your Soul.




Mad Mackerel 5:1 Sparrow & The Workshop

The Sparrow and the Workshop announced themselves with the excellent Crystals Falls album, and consolidated their increasing reputation with a second album, Spitting Daggers, which further enhanced their talent for twisting the tabernacles of folk rock until it turned white with shock. Drawing comparisons as diverse as Jefferson Airplane, PJ Harvey and the Pixies on the one hand, and being labelled as surf rockers, folk rockers and post rockers on the other simply indicated the difficulties reviewers have had in pinning them down.

No surprise then that forthcoming album Murderopolis confounds the obvious expectations once more and the sinewy, often angular guitar lines have been enticingly beefed up for what feels undeniably like a foot-to-the-floor rock’n’roll record.

Pre-order the new album Murderopolis from Song By Toad Records here. In the meantime see what singer Jill O’Sullivan has made of our Five to One questions…

The Sparrow and the Workshop

One book you’d recommend to an alien:
Geek Love by Katherine Dunn, with a note that said ‘This is exactly how earth is…Tea on Tuesday? My place or yours?’

Five bands (or albums) that have most influenced you:
Roses in the Snow by Emmylou Harris
I Walk the Line by Johnny Cash
Emoh by Lou Barlow
Lioness by Jason Molina
Mountain Battles by the Breeders

…this list could go on and on and on…..those are the first five that came to mind.

One moment in time you’d like to have witnessed:
Probably Martin Luther King giving his ‘I Have a Dream’ speech…also, on a less serious note, I wish I could have caught Elvis in Vegas.

Five people (living or dead) you’d love to share a stage-jam with:
2Pac’s hologram, the three Beatles that are not Paul McCartney and Dolly Parton. Imagine how mental that would be.

Sparrow and the Workshop - MurderopolisOne biggest regret in your career (to date):
Not taking a picture of the time when we were lost in Newcastle and had no choice but to ask a mental Timmy Mallet for directions.

Five things on your perfect rider:
Socks, underwear, a deck of cards, a full Sunday roast and a multi-pack of colourful sharpies.

Five perfect songs:
I’ll make it 10, songs that can be about Ghouls, Ghosts, Vampires, Zombies, Night Creatures, etc…that’s the theme…

Sebadoh -Vampire
Of Montreal – Chrissie Kiss the Corpse
Toots and the Maytals – Night and Day
Neil Young – Vampire Blues
Suicide – Ghost Rider
The Gun Club – Ghost on the Highway
Songs: Ohia – Riding With the Ghost
Pixies – I Bleed
Mogwai – Dracula Family
Kristen Hersh – Your Ghost

So here we are again. A round-up of our favourite posted tracks from September, all beautifully compiled and presented for you to put on one lovely mix. And as always, a couple of new tracks for you too. Enjoy.

The RakehellsLost Weekend mp3

Aggressive, yet danceable pop with an in-your-face attitude and catchy hooks

The MoondoggiesIt’s A Shame, It’s A Pity mp3

Ramshackle country-rock with a big nod to Neil Young

Summer CampGhost Train mp3

Shambling, languid and really rather captivating

Nathan Wade & The Dark PioneersLake Of Fire mp3

Mighty fine purveyors of apocalyptic, twisted Americana, offering fire & brimstone-laden tunes

Heavy HawaiiTeen Angel mp3

Like an illicit visit to an old time carnival – full of the smell of greasepaint, sawdust and woodsmoke and populated by dark, fantastic characters and their fantastic promises. A harmony drenched, hazy gem

The Gay BladesTry To Understand mp3

Crushing just about every musical genre going into a seething mass of their own confident construction – from sneering garage-punk to folk to dance to glammed-up funk

The Tallest Man On EarthLike The Wheel mp3

Set-closing song that became a fans’ favourite on folk troubadour’s recent tour

JapandroidsHeavenward Grand Prix mp3

Loud, aggressive, and the slightly feral vocals are a bit more to the fore, but by slowing things down a touch they’ve added a palpable air of menace

The WidowersBeacon Street mp3

Insistent, repetitive twang and groove that somehow manages to come across like the cocksure and impudent offspring of a Johnny Cash song overdosing on 70s US punk attitude

Sharon Van EttenDon’t Do It mp3

Slow burning, and overwhelmingly alluring

SuunsUp Past The Nursery mp3

Sexy, menacing electro and arena-sized psych complete with droning guitars and pulsing synths

Fresh & OnlysBe My Hooker mp3

Jangly garage-pop perfection

WarpaintAshes to Ashes mp3

In a month of great covers, here is one of the standouts. Bowie given the Warpaint treatment

Pancake BreakfastThe Ballad Of Maynard Noe mp3

Catchier than a dose of crabs in a brothel!

Kurran & The WolfnotesYour Four Limbs mp3

Plaintive, resigned lyrics and a darker undertone than most can manage. A sinuous melody and smoothly picked guitar gives it a hook that stays with you long after the song has concluded

The MoanersCowboy Bob mp3

Porch-swing singalong mixing an appealing garage stomp with Mississippi style blues into a hypnotic southern groove

Blank DogsNorthern Islands mp3

Smothered lo-fi dance-punk fuzz

And a couple of new ones to finish off: firstly in a month of many covers here is another, Mumford & Sons doing Old Crow Medicine Show. Secondly, French duo The Limianas with some rather fetching sultry garage pop and lastly from the excellent Sparrow & The Workshop comes their first new track since their much acclaimed Crystals Fall album.

Download Mumford & Sons –Wagon Wheel mp3 (BBC Radio 2 Session)

Download The Limianas – Funeral Baby mp3 (from The Limianas)

Download The Sparrow & The Workshop – Tired Of This Town mp3 (via the NME)

While we think that we’re not great lovers of covers here at MM, I’m beginning to suspect that this is actually a pretty long way from the reality of things. Especially, as just lately, there seems to have been a plethora of excellent cover versions hitting our iTunes playlists.

So here are a few that we’ve picked up from over the net and fellow bloggers that are well worth a listen or two…we have Phosphorescent covering Lucinda Williams, The Sparrow & The Workshop doing The Cars, Duke Spirit’s take on Sham 69, Warpaint and A Place To Bury Strangers on Bowie, Alex Bleeker & Evan Brody’s reverential cover of Guided By Voices, The Jim Jones Revue tackle the BeatlesDead Luke doing a Suicide classic and J.Tillman’s sparse, plucked Neil Young.

In fact, you can pick up Tillman’s loving, and thoroughly enjoyable, take on the whole Neil Young classic Tonight’s The Night over at Aquarium Drunkard for free.

Download Alex Bleeker & Evan Brody – Motor Away mp3 (from Guided by Guided By Voices)

Download A Place To Bury Strangers – Suffragette City mp3

Download Dead Luke – Ghost Rider mp3 (from Digital Single via Raven Sings The Blues)

Download Duke Spirit – If The Kids Are United mp3 (from 50 Years Of Dr. Martens)

Download The Jim Jones Revue – Get Back mp3

Download Phosphorescent – Red Sun Blues mp3

Download Sparrow & The Workshop – Just What I Needed mp3 (via Song By Toad)

Download J.Tillman – Tonight’s The Night mp3 (from J.Tillman Sings ‘Tonight’s The Night’)

Download Warpaint – Ashes To Ashes mp3

As usual, here is our round-up of some of the best songs we’ve posted during April plus a couple of new ones. Thirty great songs all ready to go on one cracking playlist and impress your family and friends.

Without further ado…

Shabby Rogue – My Life As A Secret Agent mp3 (High octane, paranoia induced rock ‘n’ roll riffage)

Kurt Vile – Invisibility Nonexistent mp3 (Ramshackle bluesy psychedelia)

Woodpigeon – Empty-Hall-Sing-Along mp3 (Folk foot-stomper from outstanding new album)

Red Clay River – Rattlesnake Mountain mp3 (Sparse, shadowy, southern Gothic folk)

Sparrow & The Workshop – Devil Song mp3 (Morricone inspired galloping, cowboy blues)

Band Of Horses – Compliments mp3 (First track from much anticipated new album – signs are good)

Local Natives – World News mp3 ((Yet another) catchy, harmony filled gem from the wonderful Gorilla Manor album)

The Ooks Of Hazzard – Kids mp3 (Cover of the year so far? MGMT given a ukulele led, rough country makeover)

Phosphorescent – Mermaid Parade mp3 (Classic Phosphorescent. Classic modern country)

Jason Ward – Bless You mp3 (Lyrically brilliant folk ditty reminiscent of Blitzen Trapper)

Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For mp3 (New Sub-Pop darlings show what the fuss is about)

Johnny Bertram & The Golden Bicycles – At The Wake mp3 (Perfect blend of Americana and indie rock)

The National – Afraid Of Everyone mp3 (Standout centrepiece from brilliant new album)

Peggy Sue – Watchman mp3 (Folk duo spit lyrical venom)

Chapel Club – O Maybe I mp3 (Top notch, classic British indie rock from much tipped newcomers)

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Forget It mp3 (Perfect backwoods porch Americana)

The War Crimes – Enamour Me And Roll mp3 (Sinister, unsettling and lyrically brilliant)

Meursault – Crank Resolutions mp3 (Scottish miserablist folksters deliver in spades)

Howling Owls – Family Tree mp3 (Another insistently compelling, down-tempo and black-hearted folk tale)

Grass House – A Cockroach mp3 (Unsettling excursion on a dark, sonically captivating journey)

Emily Reo – Witch Mtn mp3 (Experimental, ethereal, excellent)

Alessi’s Ark – Shovelling mp3 (Fragile and spooky folk)

Wind Up Birds – There Won’t Always Be An England mp3 (Particularly English tale of bigotry – topical enough!)

Tallest Man On Earth – Burden Of Tomorrow mp3 (Another gem from rasping folk troubadour. Dylan comparisons obligatory)

Unnatural Helpers – Sunshine / Pretty Girls mp3 (Snotty, brash homage to classic punk with added bonus of chorus of the month)

Morningbell – Hello Dali mp3 (Melodic, shimmering psych rock from Florida)

Colours – Desert Dessert mp3 (Three minutes of buzzsaw guitars and a shout along chorus. Awarded instant classic status)

Brother Dege – The Girl Who Wept Stones mp3 (Authentic stomping swamp blues. Like Seasick Steve’s nastier brother)

And lastly here are a couple of new ones

Memoryhouse – Gian Lorenzo Bernini mp3 (More gorgeous, chilled out, dream to immerse yourself in)

Delaney Davidson – Dirty Dozen mp3 (Classic voodoo rockabilly and filthy, x rated lyrics. What’s not to like?)