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Insound’s December Mix

Posted: December 16, 2010 in Alternative, Indie, Music, Rock
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We feature Insound’s free monthly mixes a lot – and the December one is one of their best yet. Fifteen tracks that include Deerhoof, Cloud Nothings, The Minks, BRAIDS, Gary War and The Soft Moon amongst others,

We’ve given you a couple of our favourites from it by White Fence and Tennis below, but you can get the whole thing here for the price of an e-mail address. Hurry though, it’s only up for a short time…

Download Tennis – Take Me Somewhere mp3

Download White Fence – Won’t You Play Drums mp3

Two of the better (in our opinion) most-hyped-bands-of-2010 have just released new tracks.

Husband and wife duo Tennis play a winsome style of indie pop that is very of the moment. Take Me Somewhere comes from their planned debut Cape Dory, due for release in early 2011.

Visit their MySpace here.

Download Tennis – Take Me Somewhere mp3 (from Cape Dory)

Likewise Cloud Nothings self titled debut is out in January on Carpark Records. This is brasher, rattling along at a fair old pace and calling to mind the snottier side of the lo-fi indie spectrum. Fuzzy punk perhaps?

Visit their MySpace here.

Download Cloud Nothings – Understand At All mp3 (from Cloud Nothings) Once again removed despite it being available for free in hundreds of places on the internet – oh the logic of it all escapes us….

Here is our regular monthly round up of 25 of the best tracks posted on Mad Mackerel in the past month, and three new gems too. That’s a more than decent mixtape sorted even if we were crap in the World Cup!

The FuturebirdsBattle For Rome mp3

Glorious, up-tempo alt-country gem that recalls Neil Young at his finest

Puro InstinctCalifornia Shakedown mp3

Dreamily seductive slice of icy pop

Burnt OnesBury Me In Smoke mp3

Sleazy, dirty, hook-laden surf rock and heavy doses of 7os glam

Mississippi ManMountain mp3

Superb blend of Americana and country-folk

The Vitamin Sees Illumanati Mind Control mp3

Mesmerising and hypnotic, with repetitive guitar riff and laconic vocals. Our discovery of the month!

Black Mountain – Old Fangs mp3

Scorched, driving, desert blues

HollowbellyLong Road mp3

Raw, stomping, hellfire and brimstone blues

Sharon Van EttenI Couldn’t Save You mp3

Languid, lonely and desolate. As stark and as stunning a heartbreaker as you could imagine

Ferocious FewKathleen mp3

Joyous raiding of the rock’n’roll cupboard to produce a two-minute classic

Elf PowerStranger In The Window mp3

Gentle, pensive, country-tinged, psych-pop. Gorgeous

Mathew Sawyer & The Ghosts – Mynah Birds Call mp3

Fragile, Syd Barrett influenced unorthodox folk whimsy

All Saints DayYou Can’t Be Alone mp3

Pop overdosing on distortion and reverb

Lail AradEveryone Is Moving To Berlin mp3

Wonderful blend of sharp-tongued pop and lovely folk overtones

The WhigsDying mp3

Visceral, slow burn of a track, builds into crescendo of guitars, drums and feedback

Tame ImpalaSolitude Is Bliss mp3

Bold, fuzzed up blues standout from recent album Innerspeaker

Karen ElsonThe Ghost Who Walks mp3

Gothic-tinged, country murder ballad

TennisMarathon mp3

Sweet and catchy pop gem

Tweak BirdA Sun Ahh Ahh mp3

Brilliant mix of full-on old-school metal riffing and psychedelic overtones

The MinksFuneral Song mp3

Vintage Cure bassline, icy synths and shadowy, sombre lyrics

The Black LipsBefore You Judge Me mp3

Typically swaggering boozy cut of garage rock

We Are Country MiceFestival mp3

Garage goodness, awash with reverb, duelling guitars and a tinge of psychedelia

The Local NativesCareful mp3

Chiming cover of Television album track

SalemKing Night mp3

Ghostly leanings and haunting, desolate beats

CrocodilesSleep Forever mp3

Full on indie rocker in the spirit of the Bunnymen

Emily ReoWitch Mtn Pt. 2 mp3

Dreamily seductive and captivating fuzzy Beach House style pop

And  three new ones for you to finish off:

The Vitamin SeesEvil Eye mp3

More tripped out, pulsing krautrock from our new band discovery of the month

Port O’BrienMy Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg) mp3

From the wonderful Buffetlibre/Amnesty Peace project (180 tracks for $5 minimum) comes this brilliant Ramones cover by MM faves Port O’Brien. Buy this compilation here now!

Wild NothingYour Rabbit Feet mp3

Latest chilled (and chilly) dream pop from new indie-wunderkind

It’s hard keeping up with all the new releases and good stuff that is coming our way. Here is a quick and dirty round-up of some of the tracks that have been tickling our ears recently.

The Sandwitches have been MM faves ever since we got hold of their excellent How To Make Ambient Sadcake album last year. They now have a new one-sided 12″ due on Empty Cellar + Secret Seven RecordsDuck Duck Goose! features haunting renditions of Tim Cohen’s Rock of Gibraltar (a bonus track from the Two Sides of Tim Cohen), and of the Oscar-nominated ballad Baby Mine, from what some say is the most heartbreaking moment in Disney cartoon history (Dumbo). Stamped on one-sided 12″ vinyl, the initial pressing of this EP is limited to 500 copies and you can order here.

Download The Sandwitches – Song Of Songs mp3 (from Duck Duck Goose 12″)

Likewise, The Fresh & Onlys are another MM fave, and keeping up with their prolific release schedule is a full time job in itself. We loved the recent August In My Mind EP and there is a new 7″ called Vanishing Cream out now on French label Plastic Spoons. It is another nugget of pysch-pop goodness – the creative well shows no signs of drying up here.

Download The Fresh & Onlys – Vanishing Cream mp3 (from Vanishing Cream 7″)

We posted the first track from All Saints Day self-titled EP a while back. This side project of Katy of Vivian Girls and Gregg of Cat Power is heavy on the distortion and reverb (like a ballsier Raveonettes maybe). Here is a second track from the EP in advance of a forthcoming single. You can get the whole thing here.

Download All Saints Day – You Can’t Be Alone mp3 (from All Saints Day EP)

Everyone and his dog knows of the buzz created by Washed Out after the release of The Life Of Leisure EP. Now as part of Adult Swim’s 8 Singles In 8 Weeks they are offering this (already blog-popular) chilly, new track featuring Chairlift’s Caroline Polachek.

Download Washed Out – You And I mp3

Tennis is Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore, a husband/wife duo. The idea for this musical project began one day a couple of years ago when Alaina made fun of Patrick for playing Tennis in college. A year later the two fled their hometown Denver to spend eight months sailing and exploring the North Atlantic coast. During their adventures they began writing music together documenting their experiences. This sweet and catchy pop gem is one of the results and fits nicely with the zeitgeist of the moment. Check out more at Underwater Peoples for whom a single is coming soon.

Download Tennis – Marathon mp3

We discovered Coolrunnings via a couple of freely available EPs from their Bandcamp page. When I Got High With You comes from their Babes Forever EP and sounds exactly as you would imagine it should. Warm, fuzzy and relaxed, it is also reverb heavy, soporific and engrossing. Well worth checking out.

Download Coolrunnings – When I Got High With You mp3 (from Babes Forever EP)

Lastly, Darker My Love are part of a tribute album titled The Psychedelic Sounds Of The Sonic Cathedral: A Tribute To Roky Erickson And The 13th Floor Elevators which came out a week or so ago. Other artists on the collection include A Place To Bury Strangers, The Black Angels, Dead Meadow and more. Check out their version of She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) from the Elevator’s wonderful second album Easter Everywhere. Buy the tribute album from Play.com here.

Download Darker My Love – She Lives (In A Time Of Her Own) mp3 (from The Psychedelic Sounds Of The Sonic Cathedral: A Tribute To Roky Erickson And The 13th Floor Elevators)