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MM BEST OF 2015

As we’re halfway through our tracks of the year (see 100-76 here, and 75-51 here) which resume on Monday, it felt like a good time to break things up with our choices of our favourite albums of 2015. Here then are numbers 30 through to 16.

30 Sarah Cracknell – Red Kite

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29 Desaparecidos – Payola

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28 Kodiak Deathbeds – Kodiak Deathbeds

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27 Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell

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26 Lord Huron – Strange Trails

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25 Father John Misty – I Love You, Honeybear

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24 Torres – Sprinter

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23 Wavves – V

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22 Woolen Men – Temporary Monument

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21 Laura Marling – Short Movie

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20 Tallest Man On Earth – Dark Bird Is Home

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19 Samantha Crain – Under Branch & Thorn & Tree

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18 Rats On Rafts – Tape Hiss

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17 Traams – Modern Dancing

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16 Wilco – Star Wars

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You can get our top fifteen album list tomorrow. For our favourite tracks of the year click here for numbers 100-76 and here for 75-51.

Our collection extends to no less than ten sweet new tracks for you this week, lovingly gathered up from the past seven days like shells from a beach. Or something like that…

  1. Torres – Special (Garbage cover)
  2. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding – Bennie And The Jets
  3. Julien Baker – Brittle Boned
  4. Beach Baby – Limousine
  5. Death Valley Girls – Death Valley Boogie
  6. Hamilton Leithauser & Paul Maroon – New England Crows
  7. Alberta Cross – Western State
  8. Lawrence Rothmans feat. Angel Olsen – California Paranoia
  9. Conner Youngblood – Diamonds
  10. Cat Power & Jakob Dylan – You Showed Me (Turtles cover)

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Mad Mackerel 5:1 Young Knives

Back in 2013, my last trip to SXSW, I wandered into a venue to see Night Beds and exited having been completely transfixed by singer Mackenzie Scott (aka Torres) and her band. From then on tracks like Honey and Waterfall became much loved secret treasures – intense and intimate, they were songs I didn’t want to share, but rather to immerse myself in as the ultimate solitary mood music.

torresEarlier this month Torres released Sprinter, her outstanding second album to almost universal acclaim. Just yesterday the Guardian review I read called it “astonishing, unsettling and beautiful“, and so it is all of those things, and much more besides.

Mostly I am delighted because I want as many people as possible to have the chance to become as entranced as I was by these wonderfully personal songs, sometimes melancholy, sometimes uncomfortable, but always moving and always wonderfully captivating. She has a rare talent as a songwriter, yet there is a tiny, selfish part of me that doesn’t want to share, doesn’t want to concede the genie is out of the box and that others can have these songs as their own just like I have.

Nevertheless, we were delighted when Mackenzie agreed to take part in our 5:1 interview series. Read on and enjoy, and order your copy of Sprinter here.

Five words to describe your music:
Music
Transcends
Limitations
Of
Language

One book you’d recommend to an alien:
Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles. Ultra-meta! Aliens reading an earthling’s imagining of earthlings from the perspective of aliens.

Five bands (or albums) that have most influenced you?
Nirvana–In Utero
Tori Amos–Under the Pink
Brandi Carlile–The Story
David Bazan–Strange Negotiations
Johnny Cash–At Folsom Prison

One moment in time you’d like to have witnessed:
The parting of the Red Sea.

torres portraitFive people (living or dead) you’d love to share a stage-jam with:
Patti Smith
Johnny Cash
Nick Cave
Taylor Swift
Sharon Van Etten

One biggest regret in your career (to date):
No regrets, ever.

Five things on your perfect rider:
Cuddle kitten
Cuddle puppy
Bergamot candles
Dairy-free berry pie
A book to read and keep

One hour to live – who would you spend it with, and why?
My parents, siblings, nieces, nephews, and my cat, Little Bat. Family is everything.

Five perfect songs:
Best 80’s pop melodies:
1. Once in a Lifetime–Talking Heads
2. Seven Wonders–Fleetwood Mac
3. Take on Me–A-ha
4. Madonna–Like a Prayer
5. Love Song–The Cure

One song of yours that you’d most like to be played in 50 years time:
The Exchange.

Our very grateful thanks to Mackenzie for taking the time to answer the MM questions.

You can check out some of our other 5:1 Interviews in the side bar too.

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Another day, another week, another collection of ten excellent tunes from the past seven days collected for your listening pleasure and gratification.

1. Torres – Cowboy Guilt
2. Creepoid – Dried Out
3. Loop – Precession
4. Sweet Spirit & Britt Daniel – Have Mercy
5. Left Lane Cruiser – Tres Borrachos
6. Little Wings – Where
7. Thee Oh Sees – Withered Hand
8. PINS – Young Girls
9. Courtney Barnett – Close Watch (John Cale cover)
10. Father John Misty – Never Been A Woman

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Time for our ad-hoc Friday collection of excellent new (and some not quite so new) videos. From the beautiful and poignant (Courtney Barnett, Chris Staples, Wilder Daze) to the pulsing animation of Slaves pummelling punk, via the humour of Weird Womb and Abjects.

And plenty more besides…

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It is the weekend and time for our regular round up of the songs from the past week that are well worth some listening time…

1. Torres – Sprinter
2. Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin – Step Brother City
3. Nai Harvest – All The Time
4. Uniform – Perfect World
5. Shadow Age – Silaluk
6. Fight Like Apes – Pretty Keen On Centerfolds
7. Marshmallow Coast – Hash Out Cash Out
8. Elijah Ocean – Drunk Drummer

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Torres - Strange Hellos

Back in 2013, seeing Mackenzie Scott, otherwise known as Torres perform in the back room of a tiny bar at SXSW was a genuine, spine-tingling delight. Now, after the success of the fractured, disconnected Americana of her self-titled debut album of the same year, she is back with a new record, Sprinter, which will be out on Partisan Records in May.

Treading a surefooted path between the minimally sparse and noisy extremes, she describes Splinter as a “space cowboy” record, citing inspirations as diverse as Nirvana and Funkadelic, Ray Bradbury and Joan Didion. “I wanted something that very clearly stemmed from my Southern conservative roots but that sounded futuristic and space-y at the same time.”

While we wait for that, the first taste comes in the shape of the aggressive, bitter rage of Strange Hellos and its visceral, bloodcurdling screams…And she’ll be playing the always wonderful End of the Road festival in early September.

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Here is the second instalment of our favourite albums of 2013, counting down from 30 to 11.

30 Nick Cave – Push The Sky Away

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29 Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In

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28 Coke Weed – Back To Soft

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27 Georgia’s Horse – Weather Codes

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26 Alela Diane – About Farewell

MM Shorts 333: Alela Diane's New Album

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25 Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic

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24 Quiet American – Wild Bill Jones

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23 The National – Trouble Will Find Me

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22 Torres – Torres

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21 Bill Callahan – Dream River

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20 Waxahatchee – Cerulean Salt

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19 Wooden Wand & The World War IV – Wooden Wand & The World War IV

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18 Various Artists – Divided & United The Songs Of The Civil War

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17 Blitzen Trapper – VII

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16 Laura Marling – Once I Was An Eagle

New Album From Laura Marling

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15 Mark Mulcahy – Dear Mark J Mulcahy, I Love You

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14 Thee Oh Sees – Floating Coffin

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13 Cass McCombs – Big Wheel And Others

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12 Low – The Invisible Way

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11 Terry Malts – Nobody Realizes This Is Nowhere

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See numbers 50 – 31 here.

MM's Top Tracks of 2013: 100 - 76

It is that time of year again. The votes have been polled from our MM contributors, the results collated and without further ado, here are Mad Mackerel’s favourite hundred tracks of 2013.

Today, we’re counting down the first twenty five, from 100-76.

100 Woody Pines – Hobo And His Bride
Classic, ramblin’ country blues, where songs are filled with characters fighting to climb up or sliding their way back down – wandering broken hearts, swaggering pimps, crusty hobos – and all inhabiting rundown roadhouses, juke joints and the dusty backroads. Have a listen to the epic tale of young love, The Hobo And His Bride.

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99 The Dodos – Confidence
Warm and wiry indie rock.

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98 Blessed Feathers – Real Song For Emily
Fiercer harmonies and a tenser, more urgent feel than this duo usually give us. Despite being only two and a half minutes long, the song’s plaintive coda has a bitter air of finality.

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97 Bill Callahan – The Sing
Well the only words I said today are “beer” and “thank you” / Beer, thank you / Beer, thank you / Beer

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96 Best Coast – Fear Of My Own Identity
The best fuzzed up pop single of the year.

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95 Eula – I Collapse
Seething, fractured, post-punk blues.

Download Eula – I Collapse mp3

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94 Torres – Honey
A single distorted guitar strum, unsupressed tension, and a raw, slow-burning payoff.

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93 Mark Mulcahy – Let The Fireflies Fly Away
Penguins, a hitch-hiking chicken, a donkey in a Chevrolet and a monkey family feud.

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92 Coke Weed – Sunseekers
A woozy, narcoleptic trip through the realms of psychedelia, indie rock and hazy Americana.

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91 Water Liars – Sucker
The first of three entries from Water Liars. Sucker is the buzzing opener to one of our albums of the year.

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90 The Oblivians – Run For Cover
Garage punks first album for 16 years didn’t disappoint. Run For Cover was a high octane highlight.

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89 Grass House – Spinning As We Turn
Cascading guitars and a hypnotic rhythm section that channels the spirits of Joe Meek and the Velvets.

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88 Ooga Boogas – Sex In The Chillzone
Featuring members of long time faves Eddy Current Suppression Ring, Sex In The Chillzone is an eight minute psych-rock lockdown into the year’s grooviest bass line that sounds like a blend of the Velvet Underground and Parliament.

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87 Of Montreal – Imbecile Rages
Your folks, they are such lovely people / I can’’t understand where you came from“, one of the best opening couplets of this or any other year.

 

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86 The Acquaintances – Paramounts
Tremolo’ed and reverby guitars and echoed out vocals wash over a top-notch rhythm section creating spaced-out garage-influenced rock with a melodic sensibility.

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85 Dim Peaks – Reason
Laid back, folk infused Americana.

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84 Colleen Green – Heavy Shit
Totally infectious, stoned punk.

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83 Shadows At Play – Into The Sun
Upbeat, ethereal folk song that alludes to the Greek mythology story of Icarus, exploring the notion that a man is free once he is defeated.

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82 Harmed Brothers – Love Song For The Assumed
Mixing folk and bluegrass with a wistful twist of poignant melancholy, Love Song For The Assumed was as sweet and as simple a song of heartbreak and longed for resolution as we heard in the whole year.

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81 Villagers – Nothing Arrived
I’m loving the piano this year and there’s a good bit of gutsy playing here. What were we hoping to get out of this boys? Nothing actually. People are so bloody disappointing aren’t they? (Mrs M)

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80 Phox – Noble Heart

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79 Black Angels – Indigo Meadow
Tribal drumming, 60s Hammer-Horror organ, and reverb.

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78 The Coathangers – Adderall
A propulsive, jittery, slice of post-punk agitation, borne in on the back of tribal drums and a perfect match for a commonly abused drug used to stimulate the central nervous system!

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77 Steve Mason – Lot Of Love
Love the piano on this song and the catchy, sing-a-long chorus – a guaranteed earworm if I had any (ears that is… being a fish, of course.) Steve Mason’s gentle vocals reflect on love lost and the hope of finding it again. (Mrs M)

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76 Jules Larson & AG – Bend Into The Break

Check back tomorrow for tracks 51-75.

American Songwriter's Free July Mix

The latest American Songwriter Muse sampler for July is up and available for download.

Always a top notch compilation the July issue features twelve tracks including Pokey LaFarge, The Generationals, Guy Clarke, Har Mar Superstar and Dead Fingers amongst others.

Grab it for free from their Bandcamp page here, or check out a couple of our favourites from Andrew Duhon and the brilliant Torres below.

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