Posts Tagged ‘Speedy Ortiz’

best of the weekHere we are again, but with lighter nights, spring flowers beginning to bloom and eight songs from the past week rounded up for your listening pleasure.

From a new benefit single for the Southern Poverty Law Center, we have wonderfully spectral folk from Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and some equally wonderful psych-folk from a re-issue of a long-lost 70s classic by Philip Lewin. There is a excellent video for Conor Oberst’s muzzy new drinking song and some rousing, full-on punk rock from Whips. We also have Speedy Ortiz’s contribution to the Our First 100 Days project, a blast of classic power-pop from veteran indie royalty Robyn Hitchcock, and classic indie rock from The New Pornographers. Rounding us off is a chugging new Bleached track with some enjoyably hefty power chords.

All yours.

  1. Bonnie “Prince” Billy – Treasure Map
  2. Conor Oberst – Till St. Dymphna Kicks Us Out
  3. The New Pornographers – This Is The World Of The Theater
  4. Whips – Goldmine
  5. Philip Lewin – Watercolours
  6. Speedy Ortiz – In My Way
  7. Robyn Hitchcock – Mad Shelley’s Letterbox
  8. Bleached – Flipside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

best of the weekWe seem to have posted a lot of tunes this week with three Nickel In The Jukebox round ups and here are twelve more – all newly minted this week.

From the return of the Stone Roses to the gothic blues of Adia Victoria and the indie rock of Catfish & The Bottlemen and taking in songs about Bob Dylan, God and a cover of the easy listening classic Moon River.

Enjoy.

  1. Stone Roses – All For One
  2. Mark Kozlek – Moon River (Henry Mancini / Johnny Mercer cover)
  3. Diarrhea Planet – Bob Dylan’s Grandma
  4. Amy Klein – American City
  5. Case/Lang/Veirs – Delirium
  6. Speedy Ortiz – Death Note
  7. Slow Club – Ancient Rolling Sea
  8. Adia Victoria – Mexico Blues
  9. Catfish & The Bottlemen – Glasgow
  10. The Cult Of Dom Keller – The Broken Arm Of God
  11. Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Commandment 4
  12. Broncho – Speed Demon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Easter weekend, and a bumper collection of ten songs for you to dip into that were released this week.

1. The National – Sunshine On My Back
2. Southern – Lone Driver
3. Cheatahs – Murasaki
4. Heartless Bastards – Gates Of Dawn
5. Woodpigeon – When You Look For Trouble, Trouble Comes
6. Radkey – Parade It
7. Allo Darlin’ – Half Heart Necklace
8. Virginia Wing – A Complex Outline
9. Speedy Ortiz – Puffer
10. Christopher Paul Stelling – Warm Enemy

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That’s right, title says it all. But if you’ve not wrapped your ears round these yet this week, now’s your chance.

1. Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers – Trailways Ramble
2. Wire – Joust & Jostle
3. Marika Hackman – Monday Afternoon
4. Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate
5. Yowler – The Offer
6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
7. Low Low Low La La La Love Love Love – Dispel

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For Rookie Magazine, Speedy Ortiz have recorded a cover of re-discovered German folksinger Sibylle Baier who recorded an album’s worth of songs thirty years ago and did nothing with them until her son sent one to J Mascis who helped get the songs reissued in 2006 as an album called Colour Green.

This is Lost Something In The Hills and you can download it below as well as listen to the lovely original.

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1. Jason Isbell & Amanda Shires – Born In The USA
2. DZ Deathrays – Less Out Of Sync
3. Bat For Lashes – Skin Song
4. The Rural Alberta Advantage – Terrified
5. Speedy Ortiz – Bigger Party

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Faux Real RSD Compilation

One of the more intriguing and interesting RSD releases looks to be the Faux Real compilation from Father/Daughter Records.

Faux Real is a collection of fake songs by real bands. The nine track 12” Record Store Day exclusive will only be available from participating stores on April 19th, pressed on yellow vinyl and limited to just 500 copies. It includes Sadie Dupuis (of Speedy Ortiz), Potty Mouth, Levek, The Everywheres, and Bent Shapes amongst others.

One for the shortlist when you go searching for gems on the 19th…

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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.

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Mason Brothers – Falling Together
Spacey, contemporary Americana.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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Potty Mouth – The Spins
Energetic, scrappy indie rock.


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

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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

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Golden Animals – The Steady Roller
Hazy, windswept psychedelia.

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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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New From Speedy Ortiz

Garage noiseniks Speedy Ortiz have featured a number of times on Mad Mackerel and it is fair to say we are very much looking forward to their debut long player Major Arcana, which is out in less than a month on Carpark Records.

No Below is the second single to be taken from it and offers more than enough to whet the appetite for the main dish. Download it here.

Round Up Time Again

It’s been a while since we’ve succumbed to the anxieties of our overwhelming in-box, but succumb we have. So, here is a too short and not sweet enough collection of new tunes of varying shapes and sizes that deserve some attention from you. Consider it the digital equivalent of crate digging…

Paperhaus released its alt-country styled self-titled EP in 2011, and will release its second effort, an EP entitled Lo Hi Lo on May 28th and it reflects the more pop side of Paperhaus’ psychedelic music. Grab yourself Helicopter from it.

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The latest release from MM regulars, garage-punks Speedy Ortiz, is called Ka-Prow!. Listen below together with its equally infectious b-side Hexxy.

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About a month ago we posted about the new Sonny & The Sunsets long player Antenna to the Afterworld. Here is a second taste from it in the shape of a tale of dying android lovers in the street, Green Blood.

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Denver’s School Knights has spent the last few years playing shows with the likes of The Black Lips, King Tuff, Cloud Nothings, Ty Segall, Vivian Girls, Woods, METZ, Porcelain Raft, Japanther and more evolving into something much more than just a lo-fi garage band. School Knights has become an amalgam of harshness and beauty… a blend of riffs, harmonies, textures, and noise. Check out Chairs: Repurposed and visit their Bandcamp page here to grab full length Lethargy.

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Cherokee Red recently released their eponymous debut album a few days ago. With a sound varying between woozy dream pop, eerie folk, and beyond, it is a captivating and sometimes ghostly listen. Try Vaya Con Dios.

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Kent raised five-piece Story Books release their debut EP the four track Too Much A Hunter, through Communion next week. This is the beautiful Simple Kids.

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El Cantador began with introspective folk ballads on their 2007 EP Orange, moved on to Americana tinged rock on 2008’s The Ground EP and expanded their sonic palette still further on 2011’s Fools For Light full-length. Their latest release, an EP titled Translation Wave is a cinematic, intimate collection of songs that hum with a warmth and rawness akin to some of those older, classic albums you might find in your local record bin.

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Clap for Daylight is a 4-piece indie rock band with a keen sense of melody reminiscent of Death Cab for Cutie and Jeff Buckley, while subtle textures and classic guitar crunch round out the sound. They have recently completed new album Fire Escape, have a listen to One And The Same.

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Half Hour Hotel are an indie rock band from Brighton with a big, full sound and who have a new double A-side single Run From Sirens / Another Life out now.

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Singer-songwriter Amy Blaschke has a new album, Desert Varnish which heralds a return to her ethereal vocal roots and has a collection of songs as beautiful as they are restless. It is sparse, confessional stuff, and singularly lovely.

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Finally, an artist known for his haunting melodies and thought-provoking lyrics, Jeremy Squires poetically deals with his personal struggles with mental illness throughout his songs and albums. His latest EP, Central Nervous Station was self-released in January and will be followed-up with a new full-length album, When Will You Go. In the meantime he has released a new single Ghostlike which is available, along with the rest of his back catalogue, from his Bandcamp page here.

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