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Mad Mackerel's Best of August 2013

Here (better late than never) are our favourite download picks from our August posts, together with a few new tunes. Altogether a genre-busting mix of nearly 20 great songs. Dive in!

Spook Houses – Living The Dream
Tempo-shifting, slacker pop.

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The Great American Canyon Band – Lost At Sea
Gorgeous, rural folk-pop.

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Vikesh Kapoor – I Dreamt Blues
A narrative about endless work and the apathy that can accompany it that has echoes of Dylan’s harmonica and the vocals of a disillusioned Donovan.

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WIDOWER – Oh Catherine, My Catherine
Borne from heartbreak, pure and simple.

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The Oyster Murders – Disaster Flowers Bloom
Typically disquieting and moody with brooding synths and eerie vocals.

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The Obits – Spun Out
Fabulous, scratchy, garage-surf-punk.


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Suntrapp – All The Seas
Softly picked acoustic guitar intro turns into the giddy rush of a warm buoyant rhythm section and exuberant percussion through to a celebratory conclusion.

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The Fire Tapes – Scarlet Cliffs
Nine minute reverb ridden epic of rolling distortion.

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Jeffertitti’s Nile – Mountain Jam
Ambient drones and narcotic gospel blues are as engaging as they are otherworldly, with each amplified whisper and riff hanging in the ether like freshly toked peyote smoke.


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Blessed Feathers – Ahbinreedis
Beautiful, understated, rural folk.

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Left Lane Cruiser – Juice To Get Loose
Swampy, distorted blues and junkyard punk that is raw, visceral and undeniably thrilling.

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Download Bad Sports – Let Me In mp3
Mix of Texan garage and New York heyday punk.

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Download Collisionville – The Ballad Of Herman P. Willis mp3
Bottleneck slide and pedal steel gives way to dirty, amplified harmonica and fuzzed out bass.

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Four cracking new downloads too, from the slacker infused garage punk of Mean Creek’s Cool Town and the furious guitar riffage of the Mourning Birds’ The Last Thing (I Need) to the classic 80’s influenced indie-pop of The Big Sun and their irresistible track Nightbus Topdeck and lastly, Emmett Drueding & the Cowboy Killa’s Iron Fist, a twangy excursion into soulful blues.

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MM Shorts 419: Spook Houses

New Jersey duo Spook Houses will be showcasing their tempo-shifting slacker pop on a split 7″ release with Fat History Month on Double Double Whammy Records (out on the 27th August).

Download Living The Dream here. Pre-order the vinyl here.

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: August 2012.

Our best of August mix is ready and even though it is typically a slightly quieter month for new releases, we can still offer you more than 20 cracking new tunes together with a few ‘hot off the press’ new ones. The result? A brilliant mix to keep you going as we enter autumn (aka the fall for our American friends).

Either way, just enjoy. Check the side bar for all our other monthly mixes too.

Download Imagination Head – Sand Castle mp3
An absolute gem of gently swelling prog-folk spun through with gentle psychedelia. RIYL Mercury Rev!

Download WALL – No Secrets mp3
Minimal, sparse soundscapes, with only muted bass lines and scattered keyboards to frame her haunting voice

Conner Youngblood – The Warpath
Imaginative blend of folk and electronics that combine into a genre-bending, ultra-smooth whole, topped off by his laid-back nonchalant vocal that fits the mood perfectly

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Download Blessed Feathers – Hey! All You Floridians mp3 (from Peaceful Beasts In An Ocean Of Weeds)
Seductively earthy and spooky folk

Download Moon Duo – Sleepwalker mp3 (from Circles)
New album cut from reverb loving, fuzzed up, drone psych specialists

Download Wavves – Hippies Is Punks mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Programme)
New one from indie-punk darling

Download Thee Oh Sees – Flood’s New Light mp3 (from Putrifier II)
Two and a half minutes of sublime garage rock brilliance

Elk Rhythms – Concrete Kings
Upbeat strum and Simon & Garfunkel-ish harmonies

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Download Vagabondage & The Sweet Trade – Henry Lee mp3
A combination of seductive vocals, ominous bass, lurching accordion, soulful guitar, angry fiddle, and the delicate hope of the ukulele

Well Hung Heart – Devil
Like the feral lovechild of Howling Wolf, Mick Jagger, Joan Jett and Suzi Quattro fronting a hybrid of Nirvana and the Black Keys

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Download James Arlowe & The Ruffian Circus – Blue Bouquet mp3
Hard-edged psychedelic rock song, full of bluesy guitar riffs and an incessantly driven piano beat

Download Dolfish – I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same mp3
Short, sad, bitter and darkly humorous folk song

Download KalispellMarion, MT mp3
Tips its hat firmly in the direction of the Low Anthem’s creaky, organic traditions and is as mesmerising as anything we’ve heard in a good while

Download Spook Houses – Bad Sound mp3 (from Trying)
Thrashing angst-ridden single of scuzzy charred rock

To Kill A King – Wolves
Rousing blend of folk and orchestral pop

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Silkies – Like One
Sweet blend of garage pop spanning a number of influences, especially riot grrrl bands, 60s girl groups and that surf-tinged garage stuff going on today

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Download Dinowalrus – Grounded mp3
Tasty mid-tempo rocker from the synth-psychedelia specialists and also features some smokin’ harmonica

Greater Pacific – And You All Remain With Me
Perfect, laid-back Americana

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The Jar Family – Getting Better
Frank and refreshing brand of typical rootsy English folk, tough, uncompromising, but still coloured by occasional lighter, whimsical touches

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Download WHY? – Sod In The Seed mp3
Lyrical genius over indie rap hybrid

Download Railbird – Jump Ship mp3 (from Jump Ship Single)
Beguilingly jerky indie-electronica

Download The LollipopsBlack Tar Carpet Ride mp3
Stunning, woozy, heroin-pop brilliance

And the new ones? Why we have something from Jo Mango’s second album, Murmuration which is set for release on 5th November. This wonderfully wistful album draws upon Jo’s adventures whilst travelling the world as a member of Vashti Bunyan’s band. We have the new single of perfect indie-pop from Sweden’s Cajsa Siik, a haunting sad story driven by stomping rhythms and from her country counterparts we have EP’s Trailer Park’s easygoing country rock jangle of Another Sun. We have the perfectly judged, catchy indie rock of Darlings and their new single Pet The Ghost and finally, we have the melodic, but always visceral rock of the Ten Kens and the twangy, fuzzed up, glam tinged rock of The Sheepdogs with a track from their forthcoming self-titled album.

Download Jo Mango – Cordelia mp3 (from Murmaration)

Download The Ten Kens – Mousetrap mp3 (from Namesake)

Download The Sheepdogs – Feeling Good mp3 (from The Sheepdogs)

Download Darlings – Pet The Ghost mp3 (from Pet The Ghost 7″)

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Spook Houses Release Trying.

Spook Houses’ aptly titled debut, Trying LP (released last week) is a nine track offering of brash influenced slacker anthems, and is an opus to suburban restlessness, 90s basement rock and rambunctious punk roots.

We’ve already posted the excellent taster track American and now the band have made available another thrashing angst-ridden single, Bad Sound for your listening pleasure.

The quartet infuse their scuzzy charred rock with a lyrical intensity beyond their years. We’re certainly looking forward to wrapping our ears around the full album which is part of three label release with Evil Weevil Records (12″ vinyl), Double Double Whammy and Chill Mega Chill Records (cassette).

Download Spook Houses – Bad Sound mp3 (from Trying)

Download Spook Houses – American mp3 (from Trying)

Mad Mackerel's Best Of July Mix.

You know the score. Some of our favourite downloads from the past month neatly parcelled up into one tasty mix and decorated with a few new tunes too. Nearly forty in all. Jump in!

Download Wye Oak – Spiral mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Series)
A change of approach and tempo from experimental folkies

Download Unnatural Helpers – Hate Your Teachers mp3 (from Land Grab)
Raging. Ferocious. Punk

Download Wake Up Lucid – Feel It mp3 (from Feel It)
Combines sex-drenched vocals, high octane guitar, and a glorious lo-fi sludge that is garage rock at its purest and most dangerous

Download Keston Cobblers’ Club – For Words mp3 (from One, For Words)
Sweetly harmonious, banjo led folk song

Download White Wires – All Night Long mp3 (from WWIII)
Fun, infectious, and recalls some of the very best of the power-pop tunes of the late 70s

Download Deep Time – Homebody mp3 (from Deep Time)
Densely melodic slice of restlessly minimalist indie pop

Download Sun Sister – Sore Eyes mp3 (from Sun Sister Single)
Lo-fi dreampop with warm melodies, gorgeous reverbed vocals and rough jangly guitars

Download The Black Cadillacs – Choke mp3 (from Run)
Pure rock –  strong guitar melodies that are matched with catchy lyrics

Download Crooked Cowboy & The Freshwater Indians – Annalog And Her Hopeful Diaries mp3 (from Annalog And Her Hopeful Diaries EP)
Psychedelic whirlwind tinged with an unattainable nostalgia for a western era of dusty corrals and one-horse towns

Download Talk Normal – Bad Date mp3 (from Sunshine)
Hypnotically brilliant blend of punk and krautrock

Download People’s Temple – Looter’s Game mp3 (from Looter’s Game 7″)
Keeping a groovy, 60s psych vibe going

Download Wobbly Lamps – Alice The Goon mp3 (from Wobbly Lamps)
Takes an intro that sounds like it has been dragged kicking and screaming from a sweaty Detroit basement club in the 60s, attaches it to a thrumming, hypnotic riff, and then slams a sleazy proto-punk chorus over the top

The Lovely Sparrows – While Sailing
Gorgeous, pastoral folk

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Download The Felice Brothers – Lincoln Continental mp3 (from God Bless You Amigo)
Classic ramshackle Americana. Just about as good as it gets!

Download Aaron Embry – Moon Of The Daylit Sky mp3 (from Tiny Prayers)
Spare, captivating, and beautifully simple folk

Download Cate Le Bon – What Is Worse mp3 (from CYRK II)
Beautifully reminiscent of The Velvet Underground at their weary, foggy best – an uncomplicated and unadorned slice of late night melancholic pop

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Ten Sleep, WY mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt & Dreams)
Fractured, unassailable beauty that begins with a sentiment any of us over a certain age can identify with, before it breaks out into a more expansive guitar showdown/meltdown

The Wilderness of Manitoba – The Ark
Beautiful slice of chamber-folk

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Download Grassfight – Nassau mp3 (from Icon EP 2)
With shades of Interpol in the hypnotic, propulsive percussion, echoes of Dinosaur Jr in the swirling guitar, and a classic indie deep, monotone vocal, the track successfully ticks all the necessary boxes for a post-punk extravaganza

Freedom Fry – Summer In The City (from Summer In The City single)
Infectious, sunshine indie-pop at its very best

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Download Two Gallants – My Love Won’t Wait mp3 (from The Bloom And The Blight)
Rollicking tune showcases the duo’s heavier side

Download Outer Minds – We Are All Stone mp3 (from Behind The Mirror)
Perfectly judged garage-psych voodoo rumble, with a reverential nod to the Doors

Download Lord Huron – Time To Run mp3 (from Lonesome Dreams)
Galloping, infectious dusty folk chime

Download Spook Houses – American mp3 (from Trying)
Lo-fi slacker indie rock loaded with the energy of the band’s rambunctious punk roots

Steakhouse – Spider Bite
Hear the sound of Johnny Cash’s electric guitar come floating in over the hypnotic, pulsing rhythm and be seduced by the strange blend of krautrock and C&W

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Download D.B. Rouse – Never Home Again mp3 (from The Good Land)
Another folky gem from travelling troubadour

Kalle Matson – The Shore (from Lives In Between EP)
Folk with an experimental edge that is equally at home dropping in a bit of punk distortion as it is with some funky basslines

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Download Delta Spirit – Tear It Up mp3 (from Delta Spirit)
Another brilliant uptempo cut from outstanding recent album

Download Denver – Reno mp3 (from Denver)
Perfect country twang from Blitzen Trapper led indie supergroup

Download The Mountain Goats – Cry For Judas mp3 (from Transcendental Youth)
New album cut from quirky indie-rock royalty

Download Chelsea Light Moving – Frank O’Hara Hit mp3
Trademark guitar squall and distortion from Thurston Moore’s new project

Download John Murry – Southern Sky mp3 (from The Graceless Age)
Emotive and soul-wrenching mix of Americana and electronica

Download The Wild Leaves – Sister mp3 (from Sister)
Evocative and poignant, the notes sweetly swirling around the room like dust mites in the sunlight, as though the story it tells could have been hummed on back porches for decades gone by

Last American Buffalo – That Woman (from Here She Comes)
Brilliant blues stomp and folk swagger

Download Woodpecker – Married To The Movies mp3 (from Thanks Anyway)
Indie folk and banjo ramble including occasional bloodcurdling zombie screams

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The Most Powerful Telescope In The Universe – Lectures On Quanta (from Lectures On Quanta)
A brilliant psych-pop nugget of mellotron led drone

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And to finish off, here is Pony Boy’s The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee, inspired by an actual teenage couple who gained notoriety during a cross-country crime spree in the late 1950s as well as a first taste of Hot Freak Nation. We have the beautifully crafted psych tinged rock of The Asteroid Shop and the melodically rich and compelling new track Fifty Fifty from The Luyas.

Download Pony Boy – The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee mp3 (from The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee single)

Download Hot Freak Nation – All The Right Things mp3 (from Lifetime To Lifetime)

Download The Luyas – Fifty Fifty mp3 (from Animator)

Download The Asteroid Shop – Alone mp3 (from Distant Luxury EP)

Wednesday Means Eight of the Best!

Here is our regular round-up of the recent best of the inbox, blogs and internet for you to peruse, scrutinise and download for your undoubted listening pleasure and aural delight.

First up is a second taste from the forthcoming Two Gallants long player The Bloom And The Blight. While previous offering Broken Eyes was a gorgeous, folky delight, My Love Won’t Wait indulges the band’s heavier side with a rollicking tune that is equally thrilling in a very different way. She Keeps Bees also keep the needles in the red with See Me, a recent offering from last year’s long player Dig On that calls to mind the basic rawness of PJ Harvey and blues tilt of early Kills.

Sundress are a Texas based psych-rock band in the vein of Tweak Bird or White Denim. New 7″ California Dames is a very satisfying addition to that particular stable. Ride on boys! Brooklyn’s Dead Leaf Echo on the other hand offer up a more gauzy, laid back, almost 80s vibe to their single Act of Truth. It was their contribution to a limited split release with Slowness that sold out with all haste, but will now be reissued by Greenfuse Records.

We were delighted to get news of a new album, Angelmaker, by Heaven’s Jail Band (think Leonard Cohen backed by Lynrd Skynrd) and a new set of tales: Doomsday fetish, slow burns, long cons, infanticide, rough sex (real and archetypal), morbid visions, delusions of grandeur, beating the odds…again all deadpanned in virulent mix of heroic and vulgar vernacular. If the sharp edges aren’t immediately apparent don’t worry, you’ll be bubble wrapping the edges of the coffee table soon. For now, try out Daddy’s Blues and buy the album from Bandcamp here.

Spook Houses’ debut LP Trying delivers low-fi slacker indie rock loaded with the energy of the band’s rambunctious punk roots and is an album surely to be accessible by angsty american suburban teenagers or nostalgic lovers of 90s basement rock in the vein of Built to Spill and Neutral Milk Hotel. Taster track American is a two minute brash burnout anthem with its chugging bass line and plodding pace and lyrics pulled from misguided conversations with girls. A stonewall keeper!

This Outer Minds track, We Are All Stone has been around for a couple of weeks now, but its perfectly judged garage-psych voodoo rumble, and reverential nod to the Doors makes it too good to leave out from posting. Finally, Lonesome Dreams, the first full-length album from rising LA-based band Lord Huron, will be released on 9th October via label IAMSOUND Records. Grab the galloping, infectious dusty folk chime of Time To Run – certainly the best thing we’ve heard from them so far.

Download Two Gallants – My Love Won’t Wait mp3 (from The Bloom And The Blight)

Download Sea Of Bees – See Me mp3 (from Dig On)

Download Sundress – California Dames mp3 (from California Dames 7″)

Download Heaven Jail’s Band – Daddy’s Blues mp3 (from Angelmaker)

Download Spook Houses – American mp3 (from Trying)

Download Outer Minds – We Are All Stone mp3 (from Behind The Mirror)

Download Lord Huron – Time To Run mp3 (from Lonesome Dreams)

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