Posts Tagged ‘Warpaint’

best of the weekDespite it being the height of the holiday season we’ve still collected together ten new songs for you from the past week.

They include the return of Warpaint as well as more new tracks from Cass McCombs, Cheena, Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam, and JEFF The Brotherhood, and some lovely folk from Lisa / Liza.

Explore away…

  1. Cass McCombs – Medusa’s Outhouse
  2. of Montreal – Let’s Relate
  3. Morgan Delt – Some Sunsick Day
  4. Lisa / Liza – Century Woods
  5. Cheena – Lost My Way
  6. Hamilton Leithauser + Rostam – In a Black Out
  7. Pill – Fetish Queen
  8. JEFF The Brotherhood – Raochin’
  9. Ex-Cult – Attention Ritual
  10. Warpaint – New Song












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.

This year, to start the ball rolling we have, the already much missed Polly Pocket’s entry. At least she’ll remain a MM contributor if nothing else.

10. Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip – Snob

Words from the wise.  Lyrical genius.


9. Kurran and the Wolfnotes – Your Four Limbs (download here)

Everytime I listen to this I hear something different. Brilliant tune, love the words.


8. Brandon Flowers – Crossfire

Pop song of the year.  Does exactly what it should – belting tune, sounding best turned up loud whilst singing along.


7. Warpaint – Undertow

Reminds me of being 15 and somewhat disappointed with the world.  Fab. Listen here:


6. The XX – VCR

If I was in a band I would want to sound just like this!


5. Blitzen Trapper – The Man Who Would Speak True

A late entry for me, but my top ten is all the richer for it. Listen here.


4. Josh Ritter – The Curse

Haunting piano, all nostalgic and laid back. (Watch the brilliant puppeteering video)


3. Local Natives – Airplanes (download here)

Brilliant song. Heartbreaking lyrics.  Listen here:


2. Bear Bones – Oil and Lacquer (Download here)

Perfect winter song.  I shut my eyes and am sitting in a comfy chair in a country pub with an open fire, good friends and a cracking pint of ale.  “If I’m getting old then I hope that you’re coming with me” and I really do.


1. The National – Bloodbuzz Ohio

This hit the number one spot months ago and has stayed there ever since.  A truly great tune.

So here we are again. A round-up of our favourite posted tracks from September, all beautifully compiled and presented for you to put on one lovely mix. And as always, a couple of new tracks for you too. Enjoy.

The RakehellsLost Weekend mp3

Aggressive, yet danceable pop with an in-your-face attitude and catchy hooks

The MoondoggiesIt’s A Shame, It’s A Pity mp3

Ramshackle country-rock with a big nod to Neil Young

Summer CampGhost Train mp3

Shambling, languid and really rather captivating

Nathan Wade & The Dark PioneersLake Of Fire mp3

Mighty fine purveyors of apocalyptic, twisted Americana, offering fire & brimstone-laden tunes

Heavy HawaiiTeen Angel mp3

Like an illicit visit to an old time carnival – full of the smell of greasepaint, sawdust and woodsmoke and populated by dark, fantastic characters and their fantastic promises. A harmony drenched, hazy gem

The Gay BladesTry To Understand mp3

Crushing just about every musical genre going into a seething mass of their own confident construction – from sneering garage-punk to folk to dance to glammed-up funk

The Tallest Man On EarthLike The Wheel mp3

Set-closing song that became a fans’ favourite on folk troubadour’s recent tour

JapandroidsHeavenward Grand Prix mp3

Loud, aggressive, and the slightly feral vocals are a bit more to the fore, but by slowing things down a touch they’ve added a palpable air of menace

The WidowersBeacon Street mp3

Insistent, repetitive twang and groove that somehow manages to come across like the cocksure and impudent offspring of a Johnny Cash song overdosing on 70s US punk attitude

Sharon Van EttenDon’t Do It mp3

Slow burning, and overwhelmingly alluring

SuunsUp Past The Nursery mp3

Sexy, menacing electro and arena-sized psych complete with droning guitars and pulsing synths

Fresh & OnlysBe My Hooker mp3

Jangly garage-pop perfection

WarpaintAshes to Ashes mp3

In a month of great covers, here is one of the standouts. Bowie given the Warpaint treatment

Pancake BreakfastThe Ballad Of Maynard Noe mp3

Catchier than a dose of crabs in a brothel!

Kurran & The WolfnotesYour Four Limbs mp3

Plaintive, resigned lyrics and a darker undertone than most can manage. A sinuous melody and smoothly picked guitar gives it a hook that stays with you long after the song has concluded

The MoanersCowboy Bob mp3

Porch-swing singalong mixing an appealing garage stomp with Mississippi style blues into a hypnotic southern groove

Blank DogsNorthern Islands mp3

Smothered lo-fi dance-punk fuzz

And a couple of new ones to finish off: firstly in a month of many covers here is another, Mumford & Sons doing Old Crow Medicine Show. Secondly, French duo The Limianas with some rather fetching sultry garage pop and lastly from the excellent Sparrow & The Workshop comes their first new track since their much acclaimed Crystals Fall album.

Download Mumford & Sons –Wagon Wheel mp3 (BBC Radio 2 Session)

Download The Limianas – Funeral Baby mp3 (from The Limianas)

Download The Sparrow & The Workshop – Tired Of This Town mp3 (via the NME)

While we think that we’re not great lovers of covers here at MM, I’m beginning to suspect that this is actually a pretty long way from the reality of things. Especially, as just lately, there seems to have been a plethora of excellent cover versions hitting our iTunes playlists.

So here are a few that we’ve picked up from over the net and fellow bloggers that are well worth a listen or two…we have Phosphorescent covering Lucinda Williams, The Sparrow & The Workshop doing The Cars, Duke Spirit’s take on Sham 69, Warpaint and A Place To Bury Strangers on Bowie, Alex Bleeker & Evan Brody’s reverential cover of Guided By Voices, The Jim Jones Revue tackle the BeatlesDead Luke doing a Suicide classic and J.Tillman’s sparse, plucked Neil Young.

In fact, you can pick up Tillman’s loving, and thoroughly enjoyable, take on the whole Neil Young classic Tonight’s The Night over at Aquarium Drunkard for free.

Download Alex Bleeker & Evan Brody – Motor Away mp3 (from Guided by Guided By Voices)

Download A Place To Bury Strangers – Suffragette City mp3

Download Dead Luke – Ghost Rider mp3 (from Digital Single via Raven Sings The Blues)

Download Duke Spirit – If The Kids Are United mp3 (from 50 Years Of Dr. Martens)

Download The Jim Jones Revue – Get Back mp3

Download Phosphorescent – Red Sun Blues mp3

Download Sparrow & The Workshop – Just What I Needed mp3 (via Song By Toad)

Download J.Tillman – Tonight’s The Night mp3 (from J.Tillman Sings ‘Tonight’s The Night’)

Download Warpaint – Ashes To Ashes mp3