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We’ve not heard much from Timothy Showalter aka Strand of Oaks since 2014’s HEAL.

That’s set to change with the announcement of a new album Hard Love, due in February on Dead Oceans.

The first taste comes in the shape of Radio Kids, a typically fuzzy slab of indie rock that recalls the halcyon 90s in its crunchy guitar riffs and anthemic chorus.

Listen below.

 

We’re coming to the end of the year and with Thanksgiving and all that, the new releases slowed ever so slightly this week. Here then is our round-up of wholesome new tracks from the past seven days, gathered from all corners for your listening edification…

  1. The Arcs – Young
  2. Strand Of Oaks – Wonderful (The Way I Feel) (My Morning Jacket cover)
  3. Braves – Dropout
  4. The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – China (Tori Amos cover)
  5. Mothers – Too Small For Eyes
  6. Flowers – Pull My Arm
  7. Night Beats – Power Child

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are our favourite twenty albums of 2014. Don’t forget to check out numbers 40 – 21 here.

20 Together PANGEA – Badillac

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19 Meatbodies – Meatbodies

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18 Strand of Oaks – Heal

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17 Jessica Lea Mayfield – Make My Head Sing

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16 Eagulls – Eagulls

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15 Happyness – Weird Little Birthday

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14 Felice Brothers – Favourite Waitress

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13 Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

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12 Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

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11 Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

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10 The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

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9 Dream Police – Hypnotised

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8 Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

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7 Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

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6 Damien Jurado – Brothers And Sisters Of The Eternal Son

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5 Pink Mountaintops – Get Back

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4 Sun Kil Moon – Benji

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3 Water Liars – Water Liars

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2 Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads

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1 Jamie T – Carry On The Grudge

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Here are our selections of new tunes from this week that you really ought to have heard by now.

1. Sleater-Kinney – Surface Envy
2. The Soft Moon – Black
3. Elephant Micah – Slow Time Vultures
4. Strand of Oaks – Alex Chilton (Replacements cover)
5. The Dodos – Goodbyes And Endings

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Here are 5 tunes that you should have heard already, but if not…

1. Sun Kil Moon – The Possum
2. Strand Of Oaks – My Wrecking Ball (Ryan Adams cover)
3. Kal Marks – Don’t Pussy Foot With A Pussyfooter
4. HOLY – Golden Fog
5. Swearing At Motorists – Groundhog Day (Damn The Piper)

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MM's Best of 2014 So Far

The longest day has come and gone, and halfway through the year we are. It seemed a good point to reflect and share thirty of our favourite albums of 2014 so far, and so here they are, in strictly alphabetical order of course…

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The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads

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Amen Dunes – Love

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Avers – Empty Light

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Dan Baker – Pistol In My Pocket

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Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

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The Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans

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Dune Rats – Dune Rats

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Simone Felice – Strangers

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The Felice Brothers – Favorite Waitress

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First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

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Emil Friis – Sand In Your Eyes

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Micah P. Hinson & The Nothing – Micah P. Hinson & The Nothing

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Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

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Damien Jurado – Brothers & Sisters Of The Eternal Mind

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Hamilton Leithauser – Black Hours

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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Chambers

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Jessica Lea Mayfield – Make My Head Sing

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Natural Child – Dancin With Wolves

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Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

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Orwells – Disgraceland

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Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

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Pink Mountaintops – Get Back

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Strand Of Oaks – Heal

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Sun Kil Moon – Benji

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Together Pangea – Badillac

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Vacant Lots – Departure

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Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

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The War On Drugs – Lost In The Dream

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Water Liars – Water Liars

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Wooden Wand – Farmers Corner

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The video for Strand of Oaks’ track Shut In is a literal interpretation of the melancholic but hopeful lyrics of the song.

Tim Showalter, plays a hermit who has lived amongst his hoarded possessions for a third of his life. But as the video comes to a close, there appears to be hope for him, bringing creedence to the lyric, “and I’ll wait to get better / even if we’re alone“.

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Mad Mackerel's Best of the Months: March to May (Part 1)

Previously we’ve just offered Best of the Month postings with downloads, but that excludes so many quality songs we’ve decided to just post our favourite tracks – irrespective of whether they are free to download or not. If you like them add them to your Spotify playlists or do the old fashioned thing and download them from iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever.

Anyway, with a bit of ground to make up here is the first part of March to May’s selections. Nearly forty tracks – enjoy!

Twin Berlin – Buzzkill
Heavy, slow burnin’ garage punk.

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The Ukiah Drag – Dirt Trip
Wields a heavy creep-beat that cleans your dusty clock and takes you for a bourbon afterwards – self-conceited punk hypnosis.

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La Sera – Losing To The Dark
Sounds like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag – in a good way.

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Dan Baker – Pistol In My Pocket
Skeletal, tortured alt-country and folk delivered with Baker’s mix of wavering, unforgiving howls and whispered confessionals.

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S. Carey – Crown The Pines
Glorious, delicately cascading folk.

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Secret Colours – Heavy & Steady
Bass-heavy single showcases the quintet’s maturing psych-pop sensibilities.

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Wooden Wand – Dambuilding
Beautifully judged slice of acoustic melancholy unhurriedly delivered with a slightly crestfallen air that imbues the narrative with a gorgeous poignancy.

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Benjamin Shaw – Goodbye, Kagoul World
Ramshackle psychedelic folk with a healthy splash of darkly black humour.

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WATERS – Got To My Head

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Split Screens – Close My Eyes
Over a backdrop of lush vocal harmonies, meditative fingerpicking and expressive brush work, delves into the theme of escapism and the freedom of letting go.

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Tele Novella – Trouble In Paradise
Charming, mellow indie psych-pop and subtle vocal harmonies.

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Donkeys – Scissor Me Cigs
Laid back, easy-going, breezy country tinged rock.

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Paradise – Born And Bound
Vintage-inspired, nuggets style garage-psych.

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The Leaf Library – The Greater Good
Hypnotic, krautrock disco, which is reminiscent of Stereolab at their best.

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Cate Le Bon – Sisters

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Timber Timbre – Curtains?!
Insistent groove of disquieting Americana.

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Creepoid – Wet Bread
Slow burn sonics from noise rockers.

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Heart Beach – Hours
Sad, minimal, skuzz pop drone harmonies.

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Amen Dunes – Lilac In Hand
Sweetly resigned vocals are carried along on a simple acoustic strum, piano and deft percussion.

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Brian Jonestown Massacre – What You Isn’t
Grandfathers of modern-psych deliver again.

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The Peach Kings – Be Around
Smooth and smoky vocals above bluesy guitar riffs

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The Orwells – Southern Comfort
Swaggering, infectious lead off track from the much anticipated debut Disgraceland, out on the 3rd June.

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The Delines – I Won’t Slip Up
Smooth, slow moving and sorrowful Americana.

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Horse Thief – Little Dust
Relaxed, undulating slice of Americana that sets expansive, chiming guitars behind an rolling, easy-going vocal.

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Strand Of Oaks – Goshen ’97
A superb full-on, incendiary, ballsy roots-rocker with screaming guitars and relentless percussion.

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Clouder – Lost In Reverie
Romping rock track about a faceless female presence that’s propelled by antsy guitars that morph in and out of surf and psychedelic jangles.

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Dune Rats – Funny Guy
Two and a half minutes of pumped up, guitar-fuelled stoned, garage rock that is impossible to resist.

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Lorelle Meets The Obsolete – Sealed Scene
Get locked into the space rock groove…

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Free Swim – Meal For One
Brilliant track of catchy indie insouciance, scalpel sharp lyrical minutiae, and overall inventive quirkiness.

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The Felice Brothers – Cherry Licorice
Classic ragged, uptempo rocker – no one does this stuff better than the Felices.

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The Vacant Lots – Mad Mary Jones
A full on head rush of punked-up psychedelia.

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CRUISING – You Made Me Do That
As lo-fi and DIY as it comes – grimy, distorted, brooding and depraved.

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Old Smokey – Dead Man’s Pose
An upbeat scorcher with rolling, brushed drums, chanted group vocals, and a clarinet that brings to mind a New Orleans second line.

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Tijuana Bibles – Toledo
Somewhere in between the nostalgic Americana of Tom Waits and the sludgy riffs of the grunge resurgence.

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Triptides – Moonbeams
Dreamy, meandering slice of psych-rock with hints of surf.

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And a couple of new ones to finish off…the new single Mainline from indie rockers Teleman, and the driving, hook-filled urgency of PUJOL’s Circles.

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The latest track to be revealed from Strand of Oaks’ much anticipated album Heal is Shut In – a raw and visceral tale of isolation, addiction and self-doubt.

It is revealing, intimate and vivid and just sharpens the appetite and anticipation for what is already promising to be a very fine album indeed even more.

Have a listen.

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New From Strand Of Oaks

Giving us a hat-trick of cracking Americana-flavoured posts today are longstanding MM faves Strand Of Oaks (aka Timothy Showalter) and a track from forthcoming album HEAL, which will see a release on the 24th June via Dead Oceans.

However, Goshen ’97 is a pretty radical departure from the introspective, occasionally surreal, and unique folk tales that defined his previous releases. This time we have a full-on, incendiary, ballsy roots-rocker with screaming guitars, relentless percussion and it even features a certain J Macsis playing along…

We absolutely love it. Pre-order from Rough Trade here.

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