Posts Tagged ‘Sun Araw’

Uncut's Watch That Band: New Cover CD. Uncut have produced their best cover disk in a goodly while on their April edition. Showcasing their pick of “new music” for 2012 it includes tracks from a few MM favourites who have all featured here since the start of the year including Simone Felice, Shearwater, First Aid Kit, Django Django, Beth Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny, Lambchop and Craig Finn.

Here are two of our favourites that we’ve yet to feature (before now of course). Firstly a cut from folk singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell’s very well received new album Young Man In America and what’s described as a “thrillingly mystical meditation of other-wordly vocals, cosmic jamming and dub-reggae” from esteemed LA psych-experimentalists Sun Araw with reggae legends The Congos.

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Download Anais Mitchell – Dyin’ Day mp3 (from Watch That Band, Uncut April Cover Disk)

Download Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras, The Congos – Happy Song mp3 (from Watch That Band, Uncut April Cover Disk)

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Mad Mackerel's Round-up Another Round Up of the good, the very good and the exceptional tunes that have recently wormed their way in between our ears via our In-box or the internet and blogosphere. Let them do the same for you.

We have a few new tracks from artists we’ve previously posted about, some new bands and a couple of big names too.

First up, The Warped 45s follow the brilliant Grampa Carl with another track from new album Matador Sunset. Talk About Evil is more of a fiddle and bluegrass affair with a rousing chorus and a toe-tappin’ rhythm.

Download The Warped 45s – Talk About Evil mp3 (from Matador Sunset)

Download The Warped 45s – Grampa Carl mp3 (from Matador Sunset)

Likewise with Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside who have a new offering from their album Dirty Radio – simply called Danger, it is another rollicking example of their retro 50s inspired harmonies and good time country twang.

Download Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – Danger mp3 (from Dirty Radio)

Download Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside – I Swear mp3 (from Dirty Radio)

We’ve also posted about melancholic singer-songwriter Luke Rathborne before too. To mark his forthcoming tour of the west coast he’s made a new track available for download. Nice chap! Get tour dates here.

Download Luke Rathborne – You Let Me In mp3 (from I Can Be One E.P. / Dog Years E.P.)

Download Luke Rathborne – Dog Years mp3 (from I Can Be One E.P. / Dog Years E.P.)

Download Luke Rathborne – I Can Be One mp3 (from I Can Be One E.P. / Dog Years E.P.)

More recently we gave you the excellent Hunger Song from the folk inflected Middle East’s album I Want That You Are Always Happy. Although authorised we got a DMCA takedown notice so here is another track from the album, Jesus Came To My Birthday Party – and if you’re the knob who thinks this isn’t authorised, think again. We have been given full permission to post the track, just like we had with the last one – get in touch with us direct if you’re worried!

Download The Middle East – Jesus Came To My Birthday Party mp3 (from I Want That You Are Always Happy)

Download The Middle East – Hunger Song mp3 (from I Want That You Are Always Happy)

Having previously posted Young Pros, Velvet Itch is another track of sleazy garage goodness from Bass Drum Of Death’s reverb heavy album GB City.

Download Bass Drum Of Death – Velvet Itch mp3 (from GB City)

Download Bass Drum Of Death – Young Pros mp3 (from GB City)

Madeline’s Black Velvet album is full of dark twisted pop and crooning psychedelia, we’re pleased to offer up Gather The Flowers, which is the second (equally good) single from it.

Download Madeline – Gather The Feathers mp3 (from Black Velvet)

Download Madeline – Hurry Up Pronto mp3 (from Black Velvet)

Little Horn (having been called any number of combinations of indie, folk, gothic, psychedelic, progressive and rock) have made a second track available from their new album 12, take a listen to Thief and decide for yourself.

Download Little Horn – Thief mp3 (from 12)

Download Little Horn – Bridges Break mp3 (from 12)

New to MM, and hailing from upstate NY, you might shrug your shoulders at a band named Cattle Drums but you would be remiss by doing so. Mixing post-punk, hardcore, shards of math rock and even traces of dark Americana into one glorious cacophony of sound, this track comes from their Boy Kisser Sessions +3 release, which can be got for free from their label Tiny Engines Bandcamp page here.

Download Cattle Drums – Sluts And Coconuts mp3 (from The Boy Kisser Sessions + 3)

Robert Ellis is a songwriter and a country singer in the old fashioned, traditional sense – think Willie Nelson or Lefty Frizell and a classic Nashville sound. What’s In It For Me? is taken from new album Photographs which was released a couple of days ago.

Download Robert Ellis – What’s In It For Me? mp3 (from Photographs)

By contrast, if there is anyone out there who can match Sun Araw for dubby, sun-baked, desert psych then we’ve yet to come across them. Although, thinking about it, collaborators on latest offering Night Gallery, Eternal Tapestry might well be contenders. Try Night Gallery III on for size.

Download Eternal Tapestry & Sun Araw – Night Gallery III mp3 (from Night Gallery)

The Heaven’s Jail Band plays distinctly American music. Twin guitars, drums and bass, harmonies and lyricism. Themes of love, loss, age, failure, freedom, beauty and redemption are dealt with in a deceptively casual blend of heroic and vulgar language. Classic rock, country and folk filtered through punk’s nihilism and heavy metal’s romanticism. Pretty Lady Blues comes from their self-titled debut on Heartbreakbeat Records.

Download The Heaven’s Jail Band – Pretty Lady Blues mp3 (from The Heaven’s Jail Band)

We were big fans of Grass Widows Past Time album last year and they have returned with a cracking new 7″ single titled Milo Minute. This is one of the two tracks on the b-side – a suitably jangly and messy cover of Wire’s classic Mannequin.

Download Grass Widow – Mannequin mp3 (from Milo Minute 7″)

Belfast’s Cashier No. 9 are picking up quite a bit of buzz over here in the UK and are signed to the excellent Bella Union label. Drawing influences (and comparisons) from the Byrds to The Stone Roses and from Pavement to The Flaming Lips, their rich vocal harmonies, bold guitar textures and supremely catchy melodies creates a sound that’s indeterminably none of these yet equally vibrant. This track comes from recently released debut To The Death Of Fun.

Download Cashier No. 9 – Lost At Sea mp3 (from To The Death Of Fun)

LA band Dunes have a new 7″ single, Tied Together just out. The vinyl is limited to 300 on Teenage Teardrops (order here) and is a nice smoky slice of sunshine inflected garage pop.

Download Dunes – Tied Together mp3 (from Tied Together 7″)

Lastly, The Happy Thoughts are a gem of a discovery via RSTB and deliver two and a half minutes of perfect, roughly hewn, garage style power pop in the shape of the hook laden Sweet Dirty Love from their self-titled debut album.

Download The Happy Thoughts – Sweet Dirty Love mp3 (from The Happy Thoughts)

As always please, please support the artists – buy the records, buy the merchandise, go and see them live.

Another month, another mix. A collection of twenty or so of the best tunes we posted in April plus a couple of tasty new ones. Download, hit play, relax.

Download Ha Ha Tonka – Usual Suspects mp3 (from Death Of A Decade)

Soulful, catchy, country rock.

Download Sweet Lights – The Shortest Man On Earth mp3 (from Digital Single)

Beautifully judged excursion into the world of classic sunshine and psych rock.

Download Races – Big Broom mp3 (from Big Broom 7″)

Lush, brooding, with orchestral flourishes and a strong sense of melody.

Download Parlours – I Dream Of Chicago mp3 (from Parlours EP)

Indie / folk / pop of the very best kind.

Download Girlfriends – Cave Kids mp3 (from Cave Kids 7″)

Brilliant slab of psych infused, rumbling, garage rock.

Download Half Past Sun – Himalaya mp3 (from Trying To Reach Out EP)

Swirling, kaleidoscopic mix of psychedelia, indie rock and electronica with a naggingly insistent edge that burrows in through your ears and then settles in your brain.

Download Declan de Barra – Watch It Burn mp3 (from Fragments, Footprints & The Forgotten)

Sparse, haunting vocals, weary, deadpan and occasionally caustic lyrics, a genuine troubadour’s folk strum and a powerful sense of right and wrong.

Download The Antlers – Every Night My Teeth Are Falling Out mp3 (from Burst Apart)

Eerie, mesmeric indie rock with spectral loops and electronics.

Download Sun Araw – December mp3 (from Houston Abstros 7″)

Cover of Teenage Fanclub’s December, bent and warped into a whole new blissed-out incarnation in the hands of the spaced out swamp cowboys.

Download Miss Shevaughn & Yuma Wray – Baby Blue mp3 (from Snake Oil Songs EP)

Standout from recent EP with a twangy, irrepressible, under-your-skin guitar lick.

Download Becca Stevens Band – My Girls mp3 (from Weightless)

Excellent smooth-as-velvet reinterpreting of Animal Collective.

Download The Great American Canyon Band – A Song For The Rest mp3 (from Wild Heart EP)

Folky and ambient with a bit of dream pop and rock and roll.

Download The Graceful Slicks – Bul Bul Tarang mp3 (Demo)

While heavy on the psych and drone there are pleasing surf twangs and some shoegaze to keep everyone happy.

Download Gardens – Maze Time mp3 (from Gardens)

A bluesy feel and swirling chorus line, with traces of early 70s punk attitude and even a soupçon of Motown style sweetness as well.

Download Zachary Cale – Hello Oblivion mp3 (from Noise Of Welcome)

Reflective, poignant and emotive, a true troubadour’s tale.

Download The Ganglians – Jungle mp3 (from Still Living)

Slice of dark claustrophobic psych rock.

Download Other Lives – For 12 mp3 (from Tamer Animals)

Galloping rhythms and Morricone-esque guitar conjures a feeling of uneasy expansiveness.

Download The Keys – The Colour Red mp3 (from Bitten By Wolves)

60s inspired psych rock and crunchy guitars with some more modern style jangle pop and some tasty reverb.

Download My Goodness – C’mon Doll mp3 (from My Goodness)

Reverb, greasy blues riffs, distortion, impassioned lyrics and attitude.

Download Okkervil River – Wake And Be Fine mp3 (from I Am Very Far)

Typically sinewy in composition but at its heart lays something bruised and fragile.

Download The Dark Mean – Happy Banjo mp3 (from The Dark Mean)

Contagious indie folk.

And to round things off we have the first track from An Horse’s forthcoming album Walls titled Trains And Tracks, some brilliant garage punk from Mexico in the shape of Le Butcherettes and the brilliantly intense and menacing Ashley’s Song by Des Ark.

Download An Horse – Trains And Tracks mp3 (from Walls)

Download Le Butcherettes – I’m Getting Sick Of You mp3 (from Sin, Sin, Sin)

Download Des Ark – Ashley’s Song mp3 (from Don’t Rock The Boat, Sink The Fucker)

Sun Araw inhabit the swampier end of the psychedelic spectrum, often turning out lengthy, crawling atmospheric cuts that can stretch time and sound into entirely new shapes.

New 7″ single Houston Abstros is made up of two six minute tracks, the B-side is a cover of Teenage Fanclub’s December and in typical style it has been bent and warped into a whole new blissed-out incarnation in the hands of the spaced out swamp cowboys.

Buy it here.

Download Sun Araw – December mp3 (from Houston Abstros 7″)