Videos of the Day: Black Books || Vandaveer || chromatic BLACK || Crystal Fighters

Videos today featuring the epic, driven – though dreamy – southern rock of Black Books, the murderous folk of Vandaveer, the post-punk and garage style of chromatic BLACK and their award winning video for 1, 2, 3, 8 and finally the brilliant new video from Crystal Fighters for latest single You & I. . . . Continue reading Videos of the Day: Black Books || Vandaveer || chromatic BLACK || Crystal Fighters

Mad Mackerel’s Best of the Month: February 2013

Here is our selection of the best of our February downloads together with a few brand new tracks to dig into. So go on. Knock yourself out. Blank Realm – Cleaning Up My Mess Sitting somewhere between the melancholic churn and burn of Mercury Rev and the noisy squall of Sonic Youth, the four-piece gleefully meld psychedelia with punk and pop and even a smattering … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best of the Month: February 2013

Vandaveer To Release Murder Ballads Album

We’re long time admirers of Kentucky’s Vandaveer and so you can imagine our delight to learn that new album Oh, Willie, Please… will be a collection of their reinterpretations of age-old traditional folk songs and murder ballads. Sounds like pretty much the perfect combination. For now, download Pretty Polly as your dark-hearted taster, and accompany her to her pitiful end as Willy, rather than marrying her as … Continue reading Vandaveer To Release Murder Ballads Album

New Vandaveer Video

Here is a fine video from MM faves, the Washington DC based collective, Vandaveer . Admittedly the subject matter of The Great Gray, as well as visual palette, is rather dark. But the music is an undeniably gorgeous send-up of Delta blues, stompin’ swamp boogie, and colorful electric folk. Think Blind Willie Johnson meets Nick Drake. It comes from recent album Dig Down Deep which has proved to … Continue reading New Vandaveer Video

Mega Round-Up

Way too much good stuff has been flooding our in-box. Way too little time to give it a proper write-up and give these artists the space they deserve. Anyway, what it means is a Friday smorgasbord of treats to choose from. Something for everyone we guarantee. First up is Vandaveer. A worthy pretender to the thrones left behind by Vic Chesnutt or Sparklehorse some might say. … Continue reading Mega Round-Up

New Vandaveer Video & Album

We’ve been fans of Vandaveer ever since we came across them on the excellent compilation The Old Lonesome Sound a couple of years ago. Equal parts folk and pop, towing a line where Nick Drake and Andrew Bird set up shop, Vandaveer tells campfire stories under the guise of crafty, quiet, dynamic torch ballads, beautifully executed and brilliantly captivating. Balancing between the theatrical weaving pontificating … Continue reading New Vandaveer Video & Album