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MM's Top Tunes Of 2012: Dr Roddy

As well as our Top 100 tunes of the year posts over the past five days, each of the MM contributors have put together their own lists. It is the turn of Dr Roddy…

This years music has been a many varied kaleidoscope of sounds, moods and timing. I have moved house, set up home with my girlfriend and found myself a new job. Because music is my coping method all of these things have found themselves with their own soundtrack. When I looked back over my playlists of the year all of these songs feature in them as if they are the cornerstone of the tunes I’ve loved over the year. If you know them I hope you’ve enjoyed them as much as I have. If not, grab yourself a good fuckin’ listen.

20 Wake Up Lucid – Feel It

19 Delta Spirit – Tear It Up

Download Delta Spirit – Tear It Up mp3

18 Felice Brothers – Lincoln Continental

17 Well Hung Heart – Devil

16 Michael Ainsley – Rainy Lonely Day

15 Her Parents – Don’t Know

Download Her Parents – Don’t Know mp3

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14 Lost Brothers – Not Now Warden

13 Daughn Gibson – All Hell

12 WHY? – Sod In The Seed

Download WHY? – Sod In The Seed mp3

11 Justin Townes Earle – Lower East Side

10 Jake Bugg – Two Fingers

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9 Aesop Rock  – Zero Dark Thirty

This is one of two survivors from my mid-year list. This still tune still excites and enthrals me, a hectic delivery of lyrics that seem to tumble at a relentless rate. The rolling beat that is the backing track to this vocal prowess is relentless in its nature. Almost falling over itself to get to the next Bar. This song deserves a place in any list.

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8 Houndmouth – Penitentiary

Such a great intro to this song. The melody picked out on the guitar and a Hammond organ providing the chords that pull you into this tale of a man who much like Fletcher from Porridge “Accepts arrest as a occupational hazard”. Throughout what is not to beezer a time, the song never once turns melancholy, if anything it rouses the spirit with it’s beautiful harmonies and soporific melody. A sort of Country, I Fought The Law?

7 The Growl – With The Sharp End Of A Trowel

What’s that you say? Grimy, dirty rock, half sang half drawled. Yeah, OK. Where do I sign? It seems that this year The Growl can do no wrong. Supporting the mighty Tame Impala on a Aussie tour and producing some of the best tunes I’ve heard this year. It was a tuff choice between this song and Cleaver Lever. Really I would have liked to put them in a paddling pool full of Nutella and watched them fight it out, but in the end this song wins through. For it’s dirt rock purity.

6 King Krule – Rock Bottom

Smitten with this song right from the get go. A Johnny Marr-esque guitar riff is the lead in, then from nowhere comes this fantastical delivery of words half sung half spoken, that leave you in no doubt that King Krule has been Rock Bottom. Despite looking like the kid you would steal lunch money from, the lyrics are delivered with passion and a sense of a life lived. The drums in this song are off-kilter and almost sound out of place when first heard. This off beat style works perfectly when the song comes together and leaves the head nodding and the feet tapping. Perfect.

5 Mountain Goats – Cry for Judas

Such a great feel to this. A truly outrageous pop arrangement to this song acts as a perfect optimistic backdrop to a song about surviving the worst and adding that experience to your armoury. These opposites work in perfect harmony. The Mountain Goats have long been a favourite of mine, their output is prolific and never diluted, and lyrically sharp as a tack.

4 The Janice Graham Band – Murder

The Specials got the Arctic Monkeys drunk one night and roofied them. The child that came from this unholy union is The Janice Graham Band. I loved this band from my first listen to It’s Not Me and bought the album on the strength of that one song. Murder quickly became my standout tune on the album. It has a knowledgeable lived in feel to it. As we step over the half way mark it breaks, not becoming faster just fuller with some great sounding horns – I compared them to The Specials and the Arctic Monkeys, but these boys have their own sound and swagger.

3 Patterson Hood – 12:01

Another great story song from Patterson Hood (Daddy’s Cup being one of my faves) about a guy going across the border to buy liquor instead of going home to his shell of a relationship. So maybe not the most upbeat of subjects, but nonetheless you hang on his every line. The tune picked out on the guitar and the drums have that metronomic sound that reminds me of being in a car late at night with no music, say, around “12:01, the rain and the wipers play a spooky song”. The cello sounds like other vehicles morbidly passing, heading to where you have come from or maybe where you should be heading??

2 Hopsin – Ill Mind Of Hopsin V

If your not a fan of rap then you are in good company with Hopsin. The latest voyage into the ill mind of Hopsin sees him apply a damn good coat of learning to all things that are the caricature of modern day Hip Hop. Everybody from the white boy loser, female groupie Ho, black, street gangster and the artists that dilute the power back this modern day social commentary and poetry. On top of this there is a monumental beat, that is the engine to this behemoth of a song. Please take the time to listen to this tune and I mean LISTEN!!!

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1 Monument Valley – The Very First Alarm

The second of my survivors from my mid-year faves. I adore the hopeless feel to this song. I could write endlessly about my love for this song but honestly it’s simplicity, beauty, deftness of lyric and the mesmerizing sound of Ned Younger’s voice that coats the lyrics of this bitter song with a sweet syprupy glaze (for the Masterchef fans out there), that keeps pulling me back to it over and over again.

You can find downloads, streams, or videos for all the other tracks above by checking out MM’s Top 100 tunes here: 100 – 8180 – 6160 – 4140 – 21 and 20 – 1.

Round Up Time.

Time to catch up with all that’s new, good, interesting, oddball, and plain strange. You can sift for the nuggets of gold yourself, or take our advice and try them all…after all it is the weekend.

We have a new track from longstanding favourite Amen Dunes, Sixteen comes from the forthcoming arts and literary project The Unified Field, and we also have a second taste of Why?’s new album in the shape of Strawberries.

Your Youth is a loud alternative band from Brooklyn that doesn’t totally exist, a two-person crash-course in celebrating and subverting pop: lyrics under mountains of guitars, a grip of gigantic hooks, and the slick bombast of “major-label sound”. Try the two and a half minute chainsaw guitars of Thick Gold (Bodied) from new EP Battery. Meanwhile, Now You Are One Of Us is Taken from the forthcoming album, The Corner Man, by The Cairo Gang, the outfit of wunderkind Emmett Kelly, long time conspirator in the Bonnie “Prince” Billy band.

Unknown Rooms: A Collection of Acoustic Songs, is a new album from unusual folk singer-songwriter Chelsea Wolfe, this cut, Appalachia, bodes extremely well for the album as a whole, while the Zolas deal in modern, bouncy, left field, indie-pop. Knot In My Heart comes from their debut album Ancient Mars which is due for a UK release on 3rd December.

Pete Fijalkowski (ex Adorable and Polak) and Terry Bickers (ex House of Love and Levitation) have recorded an album, Broken Heart Surgery, it is a late-night introspective affair that they plan to release in spring of 2013, but to get the ball rolling they’re releasing a free download of I Don’t Give A Shit About You. As the title suggests, those who are profanity-averse might wish to avoid, but underneath the sweary surface is actually a love song of sorts. Not only that, it is brilliant.

Download Amen Dunes – Sixteen mp3 (from The Unified Field)

Dqownload Your Youth – Thick Gold (Bodied) mp3 (from Battery EP)

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Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: August 2012.

Our best of August mix is ready and even though it is typically a slightly quieter month for new releases, we can still offer you more than 20 cracking new tunes together with a few ‘hot off the press’ new ones. The result? A brilliant mix to keep you going as we enter autumn (aka the fall for our American friends).

Either way, just enjoy. Check the side bar for all our other monthly mixes too.

Download Imagination Head – Sand Castle mp3
An absolute gem of gently swelling prog-folk spun through with gentle psychedelia. RIYL Mercury Rev!

Download WALL – No Secrets mp3
Minimal, sparse soundscapes, with only muted bass lines and scattered keyboards to frame her haunting voice

Conner Youngblood – The Warpath
Imaginative blend of folk and electronics that combine into a genre-bending, ultra-smooth whole, topped off by his laid-back nonchalant vocal that fits the mood perfectly

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Download Blessed Feathers – Hey! All You Floridians mp3 (from Peaceful Beasts In An Ocean Of Weeds)
Seductively earthy and spooky folk

Download Moon Duo – Sleepwalker mp3 (from Circles)
New album cut from reverb loving, fuzzed up, drone psych specialists

Download Wavves – Hippies Is Punks mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Programme)
New one from indie-punk darling

Download Thee Oh Sees – Flood’s New Light mp3 (from Putrifier II)
Two and a half minutes of sublime garage rock brilliance

Elk Rhythms – Concrete Kings
Upbeat strum and Simon & Garfunkel-ish harmonies

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Download Vagabondage & The Sweet Trade – Henry Lee mp3
A combination of seductive vocals, ominous bass, lurching accordion, soulful guitar, angry fiddle, and the delicate hope of the ukulele

Well Hung Heart – Devil
Like the feral lovechild of Howling Wolf, Mick Jagger, Joan Jett and Suzi Quattro fronting a hybrid of Nirvana and the Black Keys

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Download James Arlowe & The Ruffian Circus – Blue Bouquet mp3
Hard-edged psychedelic rock song, full of bluesy guitar riffs and an incessantly driven piano beat

Download Dolfish – I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same mp3
Short, sad, bitter and darkly humorous folk song

Download KalispellMarion, MT mp3
Tips its hat firmly in the direction of the Low Anthem’s creaky, organic traditions and is as mesmerising as anything we’ve heard in a good while

Download Spook Houses – Bad Sound mp3 (from Trying)
Thrashing angst-ridden single of scuzzy charred rock

To Kill A King – Wolves
Rousing blend of folk and orchestral pop

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Silkies – Like One
Sweet blend of garage pop spanning a number of influences, especially riot grrrl bands, 60s girl groups and that surf-tinged garage stuff going on today

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Download Dinowalrus – Grounded mp3
Tasty mid-tempo rocker from the synth-psychedelia specialists and also features some smokin’ harmonica

Greater Pacific – And You All Remain With Me
Perfect, laid-back Americana

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The Jar Family – Getting Better
Frank and refreshing brand of typical rootsy English folk, tough, uncompromising, but still coloured by occasional lighter, whimsical touches

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Download WHY? – Sod In The Seed mp3
Lyrical genius over indie rap hybrid

Download Railbird – Jump Ship mp3 (from Jump Ship Single)
Beguilingly jerky indie-electronica

Download The LollipopsBlack Tar Carpet Ride mp3
Stunning, woozy, heroin-pop brilliance

And the new ones? Why we have something from Jo Mango’s second album, Murmuration which is set for release on 5th November. This wonderfully wistful album draws upon Jo’s adventures whilst travelling the world as a member of Vashti Bunyan’s band. We have the new single of perfect indie-pop from Sweden’s Cajsa Siik, a haunting sad story driven by stomping rhythms and from her country counterparts we have EP’s Trailer Park’s easygoing country rock jangle of Another Sun. We have the perfectly judged, catchy indie rock of Darlings and their new single Pet The Ghost and finally, we have the melodic, but always visceral rock of the Ten Kens and the twangy, fuzzed up, glam tinged rock of The Sheepdogs with a track from their forthcoming self-titled album.

Download Jo Mango – Cordelia mp3 (from Murmaration)

Download The Ten Kens – Mousetrap mp3 (from Namesake)

Download The Sheepdogs – Feeling Good mp3 (from The Sheepdogs)

Download Darlings – Pet The Ghost mp3 (from Pet The Ghost 7″)

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MM Shorts 207: Yet Another Insound Mixtape. Hot on the heels of our previous Insound mixtape post comes another – this time it is their latest Vinyl mixtape.

Available to all their newsletter subscribers (you just need to exchange an e-mail address, a tweet or Facebook like), the sampler is full of great tracks from Chris Cohen, Cult of Youth, Ex Vivian, Eternal Summers, Kisses, Levek, METZ, The Helio Sequence, and Young Guv + the Skuzz.

As always try a couple of tastes below (including more lyrical genius from WHY?), or just take our word for it and click here to get the whole thing for free.

Download WHY? – Sod In The Seed mp3 (from Insound Vinyl Mixtape 8-9-12)

Download PAWS – Miss American Bookworm mp3 (from Insound Vinyl Mixtape 8-9-12)

Mrs Mackerel's TFI Friday (6th April). Hello reader. Once more into the abyss I write, only this Friday it’s been long hand – not quite quill and parchment but getting there. Big Mac has choked, nearly croaked and lies in a critical condition waiting for restorative palliative care from Uncle Mike. Not that he’s my uncle you understand, but we are related and he’s particularly avuncular when it comes to ‘puters. Fingers crossed.

Sadly I fear there’s no such cure for my lyrical affliction, which particularly comes to the fore when doing the day job as a charity copywriter. Some people spot it and some don’t, depending on how obscure the reference and how musically informed they are. It’s a bit like TFI really, stating the obvious is all too easy sometimes. Don’t give yourself away.

I had a peculiar dream a few nights ago: I dreamt I was falling two miles, very fast, head first. As I fell, I decided that it would hurt much less to fall sideways. What happened next? Parachute?

The warmth of my friends keeps my body from rusting.

Chin, chin.

Mrs Mackerel x

Download Why? – Good Friday mp3 (from Alopecia)

Download Happy Horse Campfire Band – Rained Out Friday Blues mp3 (from Ride Ride Ride)