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Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: September 2011. Another bonanza month of top tunes, all rounded up for you in one perfect download mix. Here are the September highlights together, as always, with a couple of top-notch new tracks too.

Download The Migrant – The Hurricane mp3 (from Amerika)

Distinguished by a slow blues refrain, handclaps and a mournful vocal, it is one of those tunes that sounds like it has been around forever.

Download Diarrhea Planet – Warm Ridin’ mp3 (from Loose Jewels)

A magnificent cacophony of guitars, pounding bass, thundering drums and begs for an open road, a booming car stereo and a warm night.

Download Black Pussy – Marijuana mp3 (from On Blonde)

Another track crying out for the open road, beer, and a bag of weed. This one comes barrelling down the road a whoopin’ and a hollerin’, wearing a shit-eatin’ grin and its anthemic heart firmly on its sleeve.

Download Vanish Valley – The Bottom mp3 (from Get Good)

Perfectly blending elements of folk, country and psychedelia into a roll-your-window-down backcountry cruise.

Download Kurt Vile & The Violators – The Creature mp3 (from So Outta Reach EP)

Another cracking slice of woozy, indie rock.

Download Ha Ha Tonka – Made Example Of mp3 (from Death Of A Decade)

Country rock par excellence.

Download Brown Bird – Thunder And Lightning mp3 (from Salt for Salt)

Darkly dramatic folk.

Download Acid Baby Jesus – Oh, Aurelia mp3

Full throttle, scuzzy garage rock.

Download Sic Alps – Breadhead mp3 (from Breadhead 7″)

A lo-fi, garage gem of tambourine, guitar squall and hippy vocals.

Download Icarus Himself – On Your Side mp3 (from Career Culture)

Built on a loop of a drum machine hi-hat and a fuzzed-out Casio synth and recalling artists like Kurt Vile, Deerhunter, and David Bowie.

Download Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Dog Scratched Ear mp3 (from Donkey Jacket)

Raw blues boogie, and song of the month for us!

Download Thee Oh Sees – Carrion Crawler mp3 (from Carrion Crawler / The Dream)

Loose, rattly garage with sneering vocals and a sinewy riff.

Download The Soft Moon – Total Decay mp3 (from Total Decay EP)

Ominous, swirling, bleak and nihilistic.

Download Acid Glasses – My Pale Garden mp3 (from My Pale Garden 7″)

Tripped out psychedelia in an outlandlishly hallucinogenic world.

Download Wooden Wand – Nails And Spikes mp3 (from Archives Vol 3)

Another gem of lo-fi folk genius from the most underrated lyricist around.

Download The Skeleton Dead – Keep Your Eyes To The Ground mp3 (from The Skeleton Dead)

Pure, mesmerising folk melancholia.

Download Woodsman – Specdrum mp3 (from Mystic Places EP)

Another cut of sublime spacey, psychedelia from their forthcoming Mystic Places EP.

Download The Felice Brothers – Behind That Locked Door mp3 (from Mojo Tribute To George Harrison)

The ramshackle Americana of The Felice Brothers take on George Harrison. Win.

Download Real Estate – Green Aisles mp3 (from Days)

Spacious, fluid, psych-tinged pop from the new album.

Download Sick Figures – Whiskey Song mp3 (from Two Ghosts)

Military beat, chaotic sounds and chanted lyrics that calls to mind a nursery rhyme composed by Charles Bukowski at his most pissed (and pissed off).

Download A.A. Bondy – Surfer King mp3 (from Believers)

First cut from folk troubadour’s eagerly awaited new album.

Download Bleached – You Take Time mp3 (from Carter 7″)

Ultra-catchy garage goodness.

And the new ones: we have a taste from Giant Sand’s Chore of Enchantment anniversary reissue in the shape of Music Arcade (which originally appeared on the tour only CD The Rock Opera Years), an epic slice of alternative rock Aussie style from Eddy Current Suppression Ring, a new one from unusual Welsh folkie Cate Le Bon, and punk rock ‘supergroup’ Wild Flag’s single Romance.

Download Giant Sand – Music Arcade mp3 (from Chore Of Enchantment 25th Anniversary Edition)

Download Eddy Current Suppression Ring – Walking In Unison mp3 (from Walking In Unison)

Download Cate Le Bon – Puts Me To Work mp3 (from CYRK)

Download Wild Flag – Romance mp3 (from Romance single)

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More From Woodsman

Posted: September 22, 2011 in Alternative, Ambient, Indie, Music, Psychedelic, Rock
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More From Woodsman. Woodsman have unveiled another cut of sublime spacey, psychedelia from their forthcoming Mystic Places EP.

Specdrum is one of six new songs on the new record, available October 25th – you can pre-order here from Fire Talk Records (but be quick, vinyl is limited to 300 copies).

Download Woodsman – Specdrum mp3 (from Mystic Places EP)

Download Woodsman – In Circles mp3 (from Mystic Places EP)

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month - August 2011. Our usual round up of the very best of our August posts and some new tracks too. Dip in – every one a winner as they say.

Download The Cabin Dogs – High Falls mp3 (from Midnight Trail)

Invites you to kick off your boots, pour a stiff one and sit on the porch to watch the sun go down – a song for when you’re busy doing nothing as they say.

Download Spectrals – Big Baby mp3 (from Big Baby 7″)

Spritely and upbeat that melds 60s girl group fizz with Elvis Costello in an entirely good way.

Download Waters – O Holy Break Of Day mp3 (from Out In The Light)

Delicate and almost hymn-like indie rock with a sparse, raw feel.

Download Male Bonding – Tame The Sun mp3 (from Endless Now)

Excellent slice of punky power pop.

Download Forest Fire – Future Shadows mp3 (from Staring At The X)

First taster from specialists in weirded out country folk and blues doesn’t disappoint.

Download The Coasts – Handshakers mp3 (from The Coasts)

Quirky anthem that’s equal parts gritty rockabilly and punching pop.

Download Peggy Sue – Cut My Teeth mp3 (from Acrobats)

A six minute, slow brooding burn with a heavier, more viscous feel than previously.

Download Howling Owls featuring WoolfCubb – Spirits To Lift My Spirits mp3 (from Purple On Purple EP)

MM faves return with slightly more upbeat track. And we stress the slightly…

Download Blitzen Trapper – Love The Way You Walk Away mp3 (from American Goldwing)

Another top-notch slice of loose, countrified rock.

Download Beirut – The Rip Tide mp3 (from The Rip Tide)

Superb title track from new album.

Download Ganglians – Drop The Act mp3 (from Still Living)

Smoother than usual garage-psych.

Download Little Gold – Sisters & Friends mp3 (from Weird Freedom)

Easy-breezy basslines, washed-out harmonies, and powerfully mellow drumming.

Download Amen Dunes – Bedroom Drum mp3 (from Through Donkey Jaw)

Another taste of the ominous, malevolent, unique folk stylings from new album.

Download The Ettes – The Pendulum mp3 (from Wicked Will)

Beat-punk and garage sleaze with a healthy dose back porch blues swagger and fuzzed up reverb.

Download Sick Figures – Graveyard Swagger mp3 (from Two Ghosts)

Raucous, saloonish type of rock and roll evoking a dark, eerie mood.

Download The Witch And The Robot – Houdini mp3 (from Fear Of Mountains)

Wonderful blend of peculiarly British pysch-pop and acid folk accompanied by appropriately surreal lyrics.

Download Deer Tick – Miss K. mp3 (from Divine Providence)

Classic slice of bluesy, bar-room Americana from forthcoming album.

Download Ducktails – Sit Around With Ya mp3 (from Killin The Vibe 12″)

Immerse yourself in a mellow hypnotic haze.

Download Luke Temple – Ophelia mp3 (from Don’t Act Like You Don’t Care)

Chugging twang, upbeat and cajun tinged.

Download The Fresh & Onlys – I Would Not Know The Devil mp3 (from I Would Not Know The Devil 7″)

A crackerjack of garage rumble, surf harmonies and guitar jangle.

Download Colossal Gospel – I Have A Heart, I Have A Heart mp3 (from Circles)

Sublime nine minutes of fragile folk beauty that reminded us of Lambchop at their best.

Download Guadalupe Plata – Pollo Podrio mp3 (from Guadalupe Plata)

Think of the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion duelling with The Dirtbombs in the Castilla La Mancha…and, er, you’ll not even be close.

Download Beak> – Welcome To The Machine mp3 (from Wish You Were Here Again)

Rigid, pulsating version of Pink Floyd classic.

Download Hypocrite in a Hippy Crypt – The Town Crazies mp3 (from Tweaker In The Park)

Personal, whimsical sometimes, slyly sinister at others, lyrically sharp lo-fi folk.

Download Woodsman – In Circles mp3 (from Mystic Places EP)

Swirling, spacey guitars, reverb washes, tribal drum patterns, vocal delays and ominous repetition mix into a mesmerising, pulsating whole.

Download The Barr Brothers – Beggar In The Morning mp3 (from The Barr Brothers)

Folky, harmony filled and gorgeous.

Download Blessed Feathers – Stinging Nettle, Honeysuckle mp3 (from From The Mouths Of The Middle Class)

A bitterly beautiful reminder of winter’s immediacy in the Midwest.

Download Something Men – Birdy Roof mp3 (from Something Men 7″)

Effortlessly channeling early Velvets rumble and the simple, but effective chord sequences of the Kingsmen into a classic garage sound.

Download Wavves – I Wanna Meet Dave Grohl mp3 (from Life Sux EP)

More lo-fi, slacker punk goodness.

And to finish off we have new tracks for you too – a chaotic, hook ridden pop gem from Oberhofer, an unsettling six minutes of astral pop from Atlas Sound, attractive indie jangle from Sweden’s Youngfuck, and the infectious pulsing rhythms and quirky imagery of Big Tree.

Download Atlas Sound – Terra Incognita mp3 (from Parallax)

Download Oberhofer – Gotta Go mp3 (from Gotta Go)

Download Youngfuck – Black Tulips mp3 (from Youngfuck 7″)

Download Big Tree – This Fall mp3 (from This New Year)

New EP From Woodsman.Woodsman can be firmly filed under the psychedelic genre in your iTunes library.

Skilfully avoiding the trap of self-indulgence and overcooked noodling, they mix swirling, spacey guitars, reverb washes, tribal drum patterns, vocal delays and ominous repetition into a mesmerising, pulsating whole on the excellent In Circles, the advance track from new EP Mystic Places.

Doobie optional!

The EP is out on October 25th via Fire Talk. Pre-order here.

Download Woodsman – In Circles mp3 (from Mystic Places EP)

Here is a lazy blogger’s round-up of some of the new tracks that we’ve come across and enjoyed over the past few days and weeks, some of which might tickle your ears in a good way.

The Moondoggies delivered a cracking album in 2008’s Don’t Be A Stranger and have a follow-up due in September titled Tidelands. In the meantime they are releasing a five track limited EP of songs that didn’t make the new album, and which will mostly be sold on tour or via Hardly Art. This track from it is another first-class example of their graceful, countrified Americana.

Download The Moondoggies – Fly Mama Fly mp3 (from You’ll Find No Answers Here EP)

Similarly Acorn release No Ghost in little more than a week’s time, the follow up to their much acclaimed 2008 release Glory Hope Mountain. Reviews suggest they will be delivering another gem of gorgeous harmonies, crackling folk rock and acoustic strumming. Check the subtle, swelling melodies of Restoration for proof.

Download Acorn – Restoration mp3 (from No Ghost)

By contrast Gabe Holcombe aka Vehicle Blues has a debut 4 track EP just out via Bridgetown Records and the title track is a fuzzy, lo-fi rush of swirling guitars and mumbled lyrics that is held together by a catchy rhythm that bobs and weaves just under the surface. You can get a free Bridgetown sampler here.

Download Vehicle Blues – Changer mp3 (from Changer EP)

Brother and sister duo The White Ravens draw from a variety of musical influences, ranging from The Beatles to the Fiery Furnaces, yet manage to create a distinct sonic experience for their listeners. They have a album titled Gargoyles And Weathervanes due on on July 6th, here are a couple of tracks from it.

Download White Ravens – Sparks mp3 (from Gargoyles And Weathervanes)

Download White Ravens – Tick Tock mp3 (from Gargoyles And Weathervanes)

Naked Hearts released their album Mass Hysteria earlier this month. The Brooklyn boy/girl duo offer fuzzy indie pop that suggests a lot of time listening to Sonic Youth and The Lemonheads and it is none the worse for all that.

Download Naked Hearts – Mass Hysteria mp3 (from Mass Hysteria)

The Cave Weddings final single is out on Bachelor Records (buy here) and is called Never Never Know. It is two minutes of glorious sweet-as-sugar, 60s drenched rock’n’roll that can’t fail to put a silly grin on your face.

Download The Cave Weddings – Never Never Know mp3 (from Never Never Know 7″)

Long Voyage are a folk band who evoke the backwoods and sunlight streaming through trees. They are offering their thoroughly enjoyable Spring Fair EP up for free download (get it here).

Download Long Voyage – Hot Air Balloon mp3 (from Spring Fair EP)

Similarly fans of Gillian Welch or Jenny Lewis will find much to like in Gwyneth & Monko’s 5 track EP Good Old Horse. Steady acoustic guitar, trickling mandolin and pure vocals contribute to a scaled back and earthy folk sound.

Download Gwyneth & Monko – Lexington Ballad mp3 (from Good Old Horse mp3)

I Can’t Move is a track from a new charity compilation Mixtapes for Haiti (info here). It is by Woodsman, a spacey, psychedelic four-piece from Denver and the submerged vocal drones and swelling, echoey backbeats combine to give a spectacular other-worldly presence to the song.

Download Woodsman – I Can’t Move mp3 (from Mixtapes For Haiti)

Finally The Mind Spiders have released a 7″ single on Dirtnap called Worlds Destroyed which is getting repeat plays here at MM. Reminiscent of the Ramones crossed with the Beach Boys with backing vocals from the Ronettes, it’s a soundtrack for cruising the beach with the top down, the volume up, and the sun shining.

Download The Mind Spiders – Worlds Destroyed mp3 (from Worlds Destroyed 7″)