Posts Tagged ‘Uncles’

In all the craziness of Christmas our in-box got overwhelmed with videos from all sorts of interesting folk. So here’s your chance to give them a viewing and pick up one or two nice mp3s.

Those Lavender Whales have come up with a novel way of showcasing their track Growth In Question from their new record, Tomahawk Of Praise, which is due for release on the 17th January on Fork & Spoon.


The Red Shoes video from the anarchic and unpredictable Yonkersville Marching Society is as frenetic, as irreverent and as charmingly bonkers as you might imagine.


We’ve posted a few times recently about New York’s Uncles, this is the video to accompany Bayberry Lane.


Download The Uncles – Bayberry Lane mp3 (from M4W)

Carter Tanton has offered up this kaleidoscopic new video for Fake Pretend from excellent album Freeclouds and featuring another MM fave, Marissa Nadler.


Download Carter Tanton – Fake Pretend mp3 (from Free Clouds)

Download Carter Tanton – Horrorscope mp3 (from Free Clouds)

Download Carter Tanton – Murderous Joy mp3 (from Free Clouds)

And Ms Nadler herself has this self-produced video for the dreamily melancholic In Your Lair, Bear.


Download Marissa Nadler – The Sun Always Reminds Me Of You mp3 (from Marissa Nadler)

Download Marissa Nadler – Baby I Will Leave You In The Morning mp3 (from Marissa Nadler)

The second single to be taken from Mike Marlin’s second album Man on the Ground is This Town. It is officially out on January 23rd. Watch the blustery London video.


Next stop Scotland (the forest outside Dalmally to be precise) and a film of Calum, a 79 year old local hero building a woodshed. It is soundtracked by Washington Irving and their single Abbey Gallop.


Pop Song is the first video from energetic Toronto indie rockers Broken Bricks. It has a nice stylized 60s retro feel.


Download Broken Bricks – Pop Song mp3 (from Little Fugitives)

Months of animation went into the video for Overboard by The Ramshackle Union Band – thankfully the song, a woozy bluegrass tinged number, is as good as the film!


Download The Ramshackle Union Band – Magdalene mp3

By contrast, Little Racer’s video for their song of the same name is as quirky as it is romantic.


Download Little Racer – Little Racer mp3 (from Little Racer EP)

High On Stress have just released their third record Living Is A Dying Art. This is These Days Are Gone, a typically robust and rootsy rocker.


Download High On Stress – These Days Are Gone mp3 (from Living Is A Dying Art)

Clubfeet’s Fall From Here is as haunting visually as it is musically. Sonically diverse it manages to be simultaneously melancholy, eerie, depressing and beautiful.


Download Clubfeet – Fall From Here mp3 (from Fall From Here)

We also have some rather good psychedelic garage from France in the shape of Le Pecheur. This is Holy Mountain from their album Medieval Dreams.


Black Light White Light describe themselves as a retroactive bohemian psych rock band and this is their first video for One Fast Move Or I’m Gone, which comes from the Danish band’s debut album Infrared Daylight. It has a rather touching story between a sheep dog and his charge. Watch and grab another track from the album.


Download Black Light White Light – The Militia mp3 (from Infrared Daylight)

And finally, this is is All The Good, the latest video from Lisa Jaeggi’s album Epic Epic. It is facepainted good v evil with a light-hearted twist.


Download Lisa Jaeggi – All The Good mp3 (from Epic Epic)

Download Lisa Jaeggi – Heartache mp3 (from Epic Epic)

Download Lisa Jaeggi – Whether He Knows mp3 (from Epic Epic)

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: December 2011.

Here is our final monthly Best Of mix of songs from 2011 – despite all the Christmas fayre on offer, there were still a whole plethora of cracking new tracks to enjoy, and as always we’ve gathered the best of our December posts into one lovely mix for you with a couple of new tracks to sample too. Don’t forget to check out all our previous monthly mixes in the sidebar on the left.

And off we go…

Download Horse’s Mouth – As I Climb mp3 (from Horse’s Mouth)

Opens with a plaintive vocal and soon develops into a classically harmonious folk-song with its gentle, repeated “Out of time” refrain and orchestrally tinged instrumentation.

Download Dan Mangan – Row Of Houses mp3 (from Oh Fortune)

A story told from the perspective of a character from folksinger Mangan’s favourite films, namely Gordie Lachance from Stand By Me.

Download Pop. 1280 – Bodies In The Dunes mp3 (from The Horror)

As raw and visceral as ever with their raw, junkyard freak-punk sound.

Download The Uncles – The Ballad Of Lehigh Valley mp3 (from M4W)

Taster from forthcoming sophomore album from expanded folk four-piece.

Download Sad Baby Wolf – Survival Guide mp3 (from 8th Level / Survival Guide)

Psychedelic, drone-rock inspired indie.

Download Palomino Drive – When We Were Only Friends mp3 (from Home EP)

Promising and softly strummed lo-fi folk.

Download Drunken Prayer – Always Sad mp3 (from Into The Missionfield)

Heavy on percussion, gut-bucket guitars are bluesy and psychedelic; the horn arrangements are loose and buoyant and best of all, the lyrics are as sweet as they are damning.

Download Ohioan – Sometimes mp3 (from Balls Deep In Babylon)

Mournful harmonica driven, down-at-heel traditional folk.

Download Terry Malts – Tumble Down mp3 (from Killing Time)

First taste of post-punk noiseniks new album Killing Time.

Download Cloud Nothings – Stay Useless mp3 (from Attack On Memory)

Just under three minutes of spiky garage-pop that is as catchy as anything they’ve ever done.

Download Dolfish – Your Love Is Bummin’ Me Out mp3 (from Your Love Is Bummin’ Me Out 7″)

Sad, bitter, humorous country song banged out in balls to the wall garage-rock fashion.

Download Waters – Stay Away mp3 (Nirvana Cover)

Helter-skelter cover of Nirvana’s Stay Away where the ramshackle intensity and angst of the original is joyously matched.

Download The Lower 48 – Into The Woods mp3 (from Where All Maps End)

Warm, organic folk with a good-natured acoustic strum.

Download Scott H. Biram – I Want My Mojo Back mp3 (from Bad Ingredients)

Classic one-man band blues and stomp holler.

Download Phantom Family Halo – White Hot Gun mp3 (from When I Fall Out)

Perfect mix of pummelling krautrock with raw, glam overtones.

Download Redanda – This Bed Is A Rock (via Soundcloud)

Bursting with a brashness and sneered vocals that has more attitude crammed into its two minutes and a few seconds of whiplash drumming and guitar that many bands manage in a career.


Download Simone Felice – New York Times (via Soundcloud)

Spellbinding new single from forthcoming solo album.


Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Seasonal Suite No. 62 (via Soundcloud)

A real treat for all those who for all those who love the gritty, raw, unconventional and downright bitter and bruised side of country music.


And the new…we have The XX with their demo of new track Open Eyes, the second single of sunburnt lo-fi pop from Inspired And The Sleep, a brand new slice of antiphonal guitar-gymnastics called Mortise And Tenon from London based math-punk trio Mayors Of Miyazaki and first on the list is another taste from Real Estate’s excellent album Days. Enjoy them all!


Download The XX – Open Eyes mp3 (Demo)

Download Inspired And The Sleep – Running mp3 (from Teenager)

Download Mayors Of Miyazaki – Mortise And Tenon mp3 (from Mortise And Tenon)

Sophomore Album From The Uncles

Posted: December 4, 2011 in Country, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock

Sophomore Album From The Uncles. Last year The Uncles debut album of traditionally inspired folk, Replacing Words With Other Words was an unexpected delight, and in Settler’s Song had one of our favourite tracks of the year. We are delighted to report that they are back, now a quartet and not a duo, with their long awaited (by us at least) sophomore album M4W.

They will be releasing two singles from the album, and you can grab them both below.

Download The Uncles – The Ballad Of Lehigh Valley mp3 (from M4W)

Download The Uncles – Bayberry Lane mp3 (from M4W)

And in case you missed it…

Download Uncles – Settler’s Song mp3 (from Replacing Words With Other Words)

New Single from The Uncles

Posted: February 1, 2011 in Country, Folk, Indie, Music

Originally a folk duo, and now expanded into a quartet, The Uncles made a dent in some of the MM Top Tens of 2010 and are planning to release their second album in late summer. It is the follow up to their excellent debut from 2010, Replacing Words With Other Words.

M4W is their latest single available to download and will also feature on the album.

Download The Uncles – M4W mp3 (from M4W single)

Here at MM we share, chat, argue, bury and praise music on a pretty regular basis…like daily. So throughout the year, the Mackerel crew (Mrs Mackerel, Barry-Sean, Christy-Popper, Dr Roddy, Polly Pocket, Starbar, MM and others) keep their own ever-changing top tens ready for publication at the climax of the festive season.

Now is the time to reveal all…

Our third contribution this year comes from the mighty Dr Roddy, house-mate, chef, Leeds fan, and occasional soiler of his own trousers.

10. Strayfolk – What Wouldn’t I Do (Download here)

A peach of a song to start me off with, a sparse and beautiful track. Maybe not the most uplifting of tales that is to be told in this song, but that only seems to compliment the voice of Swedish vocalist Henrik Thoren, who has, for my money, the sound of a man who has been smoking cornpipes and drinking ‘shine on porches in the south of America, for many a moon.

9. Murder By Death – Foxglove  (Download here)

This song sets its stall out right from the start. I was smitten immediately with the haunting sound of the cello and the military/marching band drum’s are like a heart beat running through the song. The music and sound of Adam turlas voice,  may lead you to think that this fevered hunt for a lover is doomed for bad times and worse, but knowing that “It was always You” puts a smile on my face.

8. Pancake Breakfast – The Ballad Of Maynard Noe  (Download here)

From the first sound you have an idea that this tune could have a real groove to it and you’re not to be disappointed. The guitar plays a funky rhythm, whilst Mike Midlo leads us into a tale of a hard, uncompromising, thug of a man who eventually gets his comeuppance. The lyric “And he’d cruise up every night, like a dog in a bin looking for a fight” paints a great image of Maynard Noe. When the song breaks it does so with gusto, it also has a fantastic guitar and trumpet solo.

7. Yeasayer – Ambling Alp

There is a great bassline to this song and the chorus is contagious, once heard you can’t shift it (in a good way, not a pop ear rot way). The drums are simple, but resounding and there is some great work on the keyboards that create a kind of electro feel, but with a real modern twist. There are some gems of lyrics in this song too concerning “old man Schmelling”. And Ambling Alp. All in all a ripsnorter of a tune.


6. Fist Fam – S. F. Bay  (Download here)

This song is a real piece of feel good hip hop. From its first listening, it put a smile on my face, I just couldn’t stop my head from nodding. For 3 minutes and 52 seconds  I felt “street”, then, remembering I was a 30 something year old British male, that all came crashing down around my ears. But I thank Fist Fam for those fleeting moments. The harmonica has a real summery, Stevie Wonder type sound and the bassline is something that Rick James would have been proud of. The lyrics set the scene  of a carefree summer city. As I write this there is about two feet of snow outside, so that is a welcome thought.

5. Nathaniel  Rateliffe – Brakeman.

I find this song has an almost lullaby quality to it. The lyrics just seem to drip with regret and despair. The piano seems to frame that perfectly as Nathaniel Rateliffe sings a tale of a man who seems to be at the shit end of work, love and life. The song itself seems simple and uncomplicated by heavy production, which is by no means a bad thing. A definite case of less is more. And at 2 minutes 25 seconds that makes it perfect.


4. Street Sweeper Social Club – The New Fuck You.

Great name for a band, great tune. There is nothing wrong with a power chord riff that is more infectious than MRSA. This also has some of the greatest lyrics I have heard in one song, ever! I could repeat some of them here, but that would just mean writing the song pretty much verbatim. The only thing I can say is get yourself some understanding neighbours, beers and turn this one up!!


3. The Tallest Man On Earth – King of Spain  (Download here)

What a song. It couldn’t be any simpler, just a man and a guitar. Filling the speakers with such a rich sound you almost think there is a whole band there. This track was a instant hit in my house, you could listen to it in any frame of mind and take something from it. Because of this it has become the sound track to many a refined night of co-co and slippers obviously?  The pace of this track is excellent it gallops along like a giddy mare. While the lyrics leave you pining for rioja and siesta in warmer climes. A great winter warmer.

2. Wooden Wand – Ragtop Ruby

This song has the lyric of the year of the year for me “Mr Kyle from Saint Charlies, I guess you met a man there, He’d just enough rope in his trunk to make you uneasy”. A work of genius.  Although this is the opening line the rest of the song doesn’t disappoint with more inspired lyrics, while the guitar creeps along at a nice rhythm to accompany Wooden Wand’s drawling delivery. It was hard to choose between the WW songs I’ve heard this year but there could only real be one winner. Ragtop Ruby.

1. What Would Jesus Drive – The Girls Are In Charge  (Download here, live version)

Here it is: without question song of the year. As soon as heard this on a CD of Mr Mackerel’s latest offerings I knew it was going to be my number one. It has everything I love – thumping drum beat, power chords and a good bit of wit. Listening to Amy Casey and Tim Box banter the lyrics back and forth at one another  is a nice touch. But it’s the guitar riff that makes this song a sure fire winner. The bass and drums are the backbone but it’s that riff. Oh and I don’t know if I mentioned the killer riff?

Bubbling Under (Songs That Came So Close)

5. Overmountain MenLooking For Dr. Caligari

4. Gaoler’s DaughterNine Pieces Of Silk

3. UnclesSettler’s Song

2. Sheepdogs – I Don’t Know

1. Wooden Wand – Uncle Bill

Best Songs First Heard this Year, But Not 2010

5. Frank Turner – Try This At Home

4. Willard Grant Conspiracy – Drunkard’s Prayer

3. Get Busy Committee – My Little Razor Blade

2. Wooden Wand – Son Of Wand (Hard Luck Prince)

1. Wilco – Handshake drugs

Guilty pleasure (I’m in no way repentent)

Lena Meyer – Satellite

Uncles offer full album for free download

Posted: April 25, 2010 in Music

A few days ago we posted a new track by excellent Brooklyn folk duo Uncles from their forthcoming debut, Replacing Words With Other Words. It was fair to say that given the quality of both Deaf Dumb Dog and Settler’s Song, we were pretty excited about hearing the whole record.

Well, now they have been in touch to say they are offering up the whole album as a free download and we have it for you right here.

We reckon that’s as good an offer as any of us are going to get this weekend…

Just go click here to download the whole thing for free or grab a taste below and then get the album. Wonderful.

Visit their MySpace here.

Download Uncles – Dust Rodeo mp3 (from Replacing Words With Other Words)

Download Uncles – Deaf Dumb Dog mp3 (from Replacing Words With Other Words)

Download Uncles – Settler’s Song mp3 (from Replacing Words With Other Words)

Our favourite Uncles return…

Posted: April 15, 2010 in Music

A while ago we posted Settler’s Song by a New York duo called Uncles. Over the past few weeks the play count on this one has just gone up and up, and we’ve grown to truly love the track – lyrically you’d be hard pressed to find a more literate or engaging song so far this year.

Their album Replacing Words With Other Words is officially released on May 5th and to warm us up, they have given us another track. It is their latest single,  the wonderfully titled Deaf Dumb Dog. MM reckons a song called that just makes you want to hear it.

You can visit their MySpace here.

Download Uncles – Deaf Dumb Dog mp3 (from Replacing Words With Other Words)

Download Uncles – Settler’s Song mp3 (from Replacing Words With Other Words)