Posts Tagged ‘Unnatural Helpers’

Video Catch-Up.

As well as our regular Video of the Day posts, these vids have also caught our attention recently, and given the backlog we have, we thought it was time for a big round up of these as well. So here goes.

Mean Creek’s video for Young & Wild perfectly captures the innocence, the excitement and the carefree joy of youthful moments reflected in the song’s message.

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FOE’s new single is Black Lodge which is named after the fictional setting featured in Lynch’s infamous TV series Twin Peaks, and demonstrates rather well her unique take on story telling that clashes childlike innocence with the impending sense of the unknown.

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The video for the propulsive, jittery indie rock of Hey! For Horses by The Rest features puppet sex and murderous horses. What more do you need?

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Scottish four-piece Three Blind Wolves channel vintage Americana influences, with Parade transporting you to the sleepy towns and vast landscapes of the American frontier.

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Matti Jasu describes himself as an unknown singer/songwriter all the way from Finland. That should change as this track, Fingers Crossed, with backing band The Loose Train, is top-notch country rock shot through with some garage rumble and swagger and even manages to wig out in the very best Wilco style at the end. Check out his Bandcamp page here.

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SF based Evil Eyes have a pretty neat trippy animated video for Playing With Matches, with hand-drawn illustration and animation by Hayley Akins of the band Dignan Porch, it is a excellent slice of lo-fi psych-rock that is available as a free download from Bandcamp here.

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New Animal have produced a wistfully hazy video for their recent single, the woozy slice of sepia-tinged summer pop Falling Up.

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The British IBM, formed by retro enthusiast and singer-songwriter Adrian Killens combine nerdy delights – indie rock and vintage computing on their eponymous debut album. The second single from the album, also titled The British IBM has a video featuring comedian/presenter and fellow retro games enthusiast Iain Lee as well as a whole host of props and clothes hoarded from Ebay and charity shops to display that geeky aesthetic.

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Joyce The Librarian are a group from Bristol, England. None of them are called Joyce, nor do they work in libraries. Pigeonholed loosely between folk and indie, this is the video for new single released this week, Follow Me I’m Right Behind You.

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Unnatural Helpers have taken the apt descriptor “face melting” quite literally with the video for Medication from recent album Land Grab, showing us a vision of post-nuclear fallout and narcotic dependence that’s straight out of Philip K. Dick’s playbook. Only with more riffing.

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Lavender Diamond’s sweet indie pop makes a welcome return after a five year hiatus, and Everybody’s Heart’s Breaking Now is the latest single to come from new long player Incorruptible Heart. Watch the ethereal aeriel ballet.

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The new EP from Dum Dum Girls, End of Daze, is released today on Sub Pop. This is the video for lead single Lord Knows.

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And lastly here is Opposite Sex, a young trio mixing carnival waltzes with no wave and post-punk subversive pop oddness. This video is for Sea Shanty featuring a shoal of animated mackerel pilchards.

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Mad Mackerel's Best Of July Mix.

You know the score. Some of our favourite downloads from the past month neatly parcelled up into one tasty mix and decorated with a few new tunes too. Nearly forty in all. Jump in!

Download Wye Oak – Spiral mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Series)
A change of approach and tempo from experimental folkies

Download Unnatural Helpers – Hate Your Teachers mp3 (from Land Grab)
Raging. Ferocious. Punk

Download Wake Up Lucid – Feel It mp3 (from Feel It)
Combines sex-drenched vocals, high octane guitar, and a glorious lo-fi sludge that is garage rock at its purest and most dangerous

Download Keston Cobblers’ Club – For Words mp3 (from One, For Words)
Sweetly harmonious, banjo led folk song

Download White Wires – All Night Long mp3 (from WWIII)
Fun, infectious, and recalls some of the very best of the power-pop tunes of the late 70s

Download Deep Time – Homebody mp3 (from Deep Time)
Densely melodic slice of restlessly minimalist indie pop

Download Sun Sister – Sore Eyes mp3 (from Sun Sister Single)
Lo-fi dreampop with warm melodies, gorgeous reverbed vocals and rough jangly guitars

Download The Black Cadillacs – Choke mp3 (from Run)
Pure rock –  strong guitar melodies that are matched with catchy lyrics

Download Crooked Cowboy & The Freshwater Indians – Annalog And Her Hopeful Diaries mp3 (from Annalog And Her Hopeful Diaries EP)
Psychedelic whirlwind tinged with an unattainable nostalgia for a western era of dusty corrals and one-horse towns

Download Talk Normal – Bad Date mp3 (from Sunshine)
Hypnotically brilliant blend of punk and krautrock

Download People’s Temple – Looter’s Game mp3 (from Looter’s Game 7″)
Keeping a groovy, 60s psych vibe going

Download Wobbly Lamps – Alice The Goon mp3 (from Wobbly Lamps)
Takes an intro that sounds like it has been dragged kicking and screaming from a sweaty Detroit basement club in the 60s, attaches it to a thrumming, hypnotic riff, and then slams a sleazy proto-punk chorus over the top

The Lovely Sparrows – While Sailing
Gorgeous, pastoral folk

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Download The Felice Brothers – Lincoln Continental mp3 (from God Bless You Amigo)
Classic ramshackle Americana. Just about as good as it gets!

Download Aaron Embry – Moon Of The Daylit Sky mp3 (from Tiny Prayers)
Spare, captivating, and beautifully simple folk

Download Cate Le Bon – What Is Worse mp3 (from CYRK II)
Beautifully reminiscent of The Velvet Underground at their weary, foggy best – an uncomplicated and unadorned slice of late night melancholic pop

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Ten Sleep, WY mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt & Dreams)
Fractured, unassailable beauty that begins with a sentiment any of us over a certain age can identify with, before it breaks out into a more expansive guitar showdown/meltdown

The Wilderness of Manitoba – The Ark
Beautiful slice of chamber-folk

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Download Grassfight – Nassau mp3 (from Icon EP 2)
With shades of Interpol in the hypnotic, propulsive percussion, echoes of Dinosaur Jr in the swirling guitar, and a classic indie deep, monotone vocal, the track successfully ticks all the necessary boxes for a post-punk extravaganza

Freedom Fry – Summer In The City (from Summer In The City single)
Infectious, sunshine indie-pop at its very best

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Download Two Gallants – My Love Won’t Wait mp3 (from The Bloom And The Blight)
Rollicking tune showcases the duo’s heavier side

Download Outer Minds – We Are All Stone mp3 (from Behind The Mirror)
Perfectly judged garage-psych voodoo rumble, with a reverential nod to the Doors

Download Lord Huron – Time To Run mp3 (from Lonesome Dreams)
Galloping, infectious dusty folk chime

Download Spook Houses – American mp3 (from Trying)
Lo-fi slacker indie rock loaded with the energy of the band’s rambunctious punk roots

Steakhouse – Spider Bite
Hear the sound of Johnny Cash’s electric guitar come floating in over the hypnotic, pulsing rhythm and be seduced by the strange blend of krautrock and C&W

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Download D.B. Rouse – Never Home Again mp3 (from The Good Land)
Another folky gem from travelling troubadour

Kalle Matson – The Shore (from Lives In Between EP)
Folk with an experimental edge that is equally at home dropping in a bit of punk distortion as it is with some funky basslines

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Download Delta Spirit – Tear It Up mp3 (from Delta Spirit)
Another brilliant uptempo cut from outstanding recent album

Download Denver – Reno mp3 (from Denver)
Perfect country twang from Blitzen Trapper led indie supergroup

Download The Mountain Goats – Cry For Judas mp3 (from Transcendental Youth)
New album cut from quirky indie-rock royalty

Download Chelsea Light Moving – Frank O’Hara Hit mp3
Trademark guitar squall and distortion from Thurston Moore’s new project

Download John Murry – Southern Sky mp3 (from The Graceless Age)
Emotive and soul-wrenching mix of Americana and electronica

Download The Wild Leaves – Sister mp3 (from Sister)
Evocative and poignant, the notes sweetly swirling around the room like dust mites in the sunlight, as though the story it tells could have been hummed on back porches for decades gone by

Last American Buffalo – That Woman (from Here She Comes)
Brilliant blues stomp and folk swagger

Download Woodpecker – Married To The Movies mp3 (from Thanks Anyway)
Indie folk and banjo ramble including occasional bloodcurdling zombie screams

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The Most Powerful Telescope In The Universe – Lectures On Quanta (from Lectures On Quanta)
A brilliant psych-pop nugget of mellotron led drone

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And to finish off, here is Pony Boy’s The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee, inspired by an actual teenage couple who gained notoriety during a cross-country crime spree in the late 1950s as well as a first taste of Hot Freak Nation. We have the beautifully crafted psych tinged rock of The Asteroid Shop and the melodically rich and compelling new track Fifty Fifty from The Luyas.

Download Pony Boy – The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee mp3 (from The Murder Ballad Of Carrie Lee single)

Download Hot Freak Nation – All The Right Things mp3 (from Lifetime To Lifetime)

Download The Luyas – Fifty Fifty mp3 (from Animator)

Download The Asteroid Shop – Alone mp3 (from Distant Luxury EP)

Friday Means Six Of The Best!

Here are another six tunes to try and cheer you up a little bit on another dank and dreary Friday in England…

First up is Hardly Art’s Unnatural Helpers and their raging first single, Hate Your Teachers, from upcoming album Land Grab. River City Tanlines keep the energy levels fizzing with their own garage-punk howl and shred of Stop My Heart taken from the forthcoming release Coast to Coast (out on 31st July).

We have Ranch Ghost who play a loose, raw brand of bluesy psych-rock and The Water comes from their most recent 7″, New News, while Wye Oak are the latest artist to be featured on the free Adult Swim singles series, their offering Spiral signals quite a change from last year’s excellent Civilian album. Next up, and changing pace somewhat, is the latest taste from Fire Records reissue of The Inner Flame: A Tribute to Rainer Ptacek. Released last week, this is the title track featuring Ptacek with Giant Sand.

Finally, And the Giraffe are a dream-pop band who have followed their recent debut EP Something For Someone (download here) with this beguiling, folkish cover of the Magic Man song Darling (Reprise). Check it out and as an extra bonus, compare with the original too.

Enjoy! Seven not six of the best really, but who cares. Happy Friday as Polly Pocket would say.

Download Unnatural Helpers – Hate Your Teachers mp3 (from Land Grab)

Download River City Tanlines – Stop My Heart mp3 (from Coast to Coast)

Download Ranch Ghost – The Water mp3 (from New News)

Download Wye Oak – Spiral mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Series)

Download Giant Sand & Rainer – The Inner Flame mp3 (from The Inner Flame: A Tribute To Rainer Ptacek)

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Bonus Download Magic Man – Darling (Reprise) mp3 (from Real Life Color)

Unnatural Helpers are another band who made it into our mammoth Best of April post, and no sooner have they done that then we get hold of another of their primal, sub-two minute punk anthems.

This is also from Cracked Love & Other Drugs which you can buy here.

Don’t you just love ’em.

Download Unnatural Helpers – I Don’t Belong To You mp3 (from Cracked Love & Other Drugs)

As usual, here is our round-up of some of the best songs we’ve posted during April plus a couple of new ones. Thirty great songs all ready to go on one cracking playlist and impress your family and friends.

Without further ado…

Shabby Rogue – My Life As A Secret Agent mp3 (High octane, paranoia induced rock ‘n’ roll riffage)

Kurt Vile – Invisibility Nonexistent mp3 (Ramshackle bluesy psychedelia)

Woodpigeon – Empty-Hall-Sing-Along mp3 (Folk foot-stomper from outstanding new album)

Red Clay River – Rattlesnake Mountain mp3 (Sparse, shadowy, southern Gothic folk)

Sparrow & The Workshop – Devil Song mp3 (Morricone inspired galloping, cowboy blues)

Band Of Horses – Compliments mp3 (First track from much anticipated new album – signs are good)

Local Natives – World News mp3 ((Yet another) catchy, harmony filled gem from the wonderful Gorilla Manor album)

The Ooks Of Hazzard – Kids mp3 (Cover of the year so far? MGMT given a ukulele led, rough country makeover)

Phosphorescent – Mermaid Parade mp3 (Classic Phosphorescent. Classic modern country)

Jason Ward – Bless You mp3 (Lyrically brilliant folk ditty reminiscent of Blitzen Trapper)

Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For mp3 (New Sub-Pop darlings show what the fuss is about)

Johnny Bertram & The Golden Bicycles – At The Wake mp3 (Perfect blend of Americana and indie rock)

The National – Afraid Of Everyone mp3 (Standout centrepiece from brilliant new album)

Peggy Sue – Watchman mp3 (Folk duo spit lyrical venom)

Chapel Club – O Maybe I mp3 (Top notch, classic British indie rock from much tipped newcomers)

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs – Forget It mp3 (Perfect backwoods porch Americana)

The War Crimes – Enamour Me And Roll mp3 (Sinister, unsettling and lyrically brilliant)

Meursault – Crank Resolutions mp3 (Scottish miserablist folksters deliver in spades)

Howling Owls – Family Tree mp3 (Another insistently compelling, down-tempo and black-hearted folk tale)

Grass House – A Cockroach mp3 (Unsettling excursion on a dark, sonically captivating journey)

Emily Reo – Witch Mtn mp3 (Experimental, ethereal, excellent)

Alessi’s Ark – Shovelling mp3 (Fragile and spooky folk)

Wind Up Birds – There Won’t Always Be An England mp3 (Particularly English tale of bigotry – topical enough!)

Tallest Man On Earth – Burden Of Tomorrow mp3 (Another gem from rasping folk troubadour. Dylan comparisons obligatory)

Unnatural Helpers – Sunshine / Pretty Girls mp3 (Snotty, brash homage to classic punk with added bonus of chorus of the month)

Morningbell – Hello Dali mp3 (Melodic, shimmering psych rock from Florida)

Colours – Desert Dessert mp3 (Three minutes of buzzsaw guitars and a shout along chorus. Awarded instant classic status)

Brother Dege – The Girl Who Wept Stones mp3 (Authentic stomping swamp blues. Like Seasick Steve’s nastier brother)

And lastly here are a couple of new ones

Memoryhouse – Gian Lorenzo Bernini mp3 (More gorgeous, chilled out, dream to immerse yourself in)

Delaney Davidson – Dirty Dozen mp3 (Classic voodoo rockabilly and filthy, x rated lyrics. What’s not to like?)