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Mad Mackerel's Best of November 2012

Even though Christmas is looming and the deluge of end-of-year best of lists are starting to appear on the horizon, November still gave us plenty of cracking new tunes to enjoy. Here are our pick of the best of the downloads from November’s posts, together with a few newbies to tickle the earbuds too. Dive in.

Download Crushed Out – Push Down & Twist mp3 (from Want To Give)
Primal surf-garage rock’n’roll.

Download Split Screens – Born mp3 (from Split Screens EP)
Subtle psychedelia with an expansive feel, dense layers and dream-like croon.

Download D.B. Rouse – Love Is A Mexican Wrestling Match mp3 (from Vaudeville Routine)
Beautifully judged folk melancholia with lyrics that mix the everyday with the surreal.

Download Harriet – No Way Out mp3
Straddles the line between classic Americana songs and the sonic experimentation of electronic music.

Space Wolves – 6th Street
Mix of garage, surf and pop in a similar vein as The Babies.

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Indian Jewelry – Eva Cherie
Taps into the primordial consciousness through dissonance and drone, with fractured melodies, white noise, and tribal energy.

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Linfinity – Red Nation Waltz
Uptempo blend of indie folk.

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Download Raymond Byron & The White Freighter – Little Death Shaker mp3 (from The Muse November Sampler)
Gauzy harmonies and sparse, buzzing guitar riffs that combine to create something dark, dreamy and imperfectly pretty.

Download Denison Witmer – In Your Hands mp3 (from Insound Digital Mixtape- November ’12)
As authentic a slice of dusty highway Americana as you’re likely to find anywhere.

Download The Winter Sounds – The Sun Also Rises mp3 (from Runner)
Frenetic, anthemic, catchy, and smart 80s inspired indie-pop.

Download Jacob Morris – Wet Cigarette mp3 (from Moths)
Jaunty, folk-inflected, psychedelic pop.

Widowspeak – Ballad Of The Golden Hour
Mazzy Star style jangle and psych-folk, given an uneasy twist that makes this a real gem

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Downloads Joshua James – Queen Of The City mp3 (from From The Top Of Williamette Mountain)
First taste of singer-songwriter’s much anticipated new album.

Download The Dead Heads – When I’m Dead mp3 (from Go Ape Shit!)
Eclectc mix of 60s hippie flip to 90s scrungy grunge with a bit of shoegazey pyrotechnics and a dab of drone too.

Download The Merry Go Round – Yayaya mp3 (from Yayaya)
Energetic, no-frills swampy, sleazy blues and psychedelia.

Download Woollen Kits – Be You mp3 (from Four Girls)
Effortlessly channels the proto-punk sounds of Detroit and classic garage rock.

Download Black Market Karma – Jingle mp3 (from Easy Listening)
Hypnotic and pulsating space rock.

Red River Dialect – Dawns Man
Muscular, rolling bass lines and echoes of classic footstomping British sea shanties, twisting sinewy guitars and the fluid, hypnotic rhythms of the African desert, rockabilly twang and shimmering indie-style guitars. Brilliant.

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Download Big Harp – You Can’t Save ‘Em All mp3 (from Chain Letters)
A song of pained apathy built on a foundation of crackling fuzz bass, angular electric guitars and keyboards.a

The Deadline Shakes – Don’t You Be Too Cool
New single from Glasgow based indie-rockers that ticks all the right boxes. Fizzy.

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Algernon Doll – Son Of A Gun, Brother To None
Another taste from an album of off-kilter, deeply personal folk.

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The Grand Prospect – Evelina
As good a slice of alt-country / Americana as you’re likely to come across in many a sunlit filled evening rocking on the back-porch.

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Jason Lytle & Ben Bridwell – Don’t You Take It Too Bad
Top notch Townes Van Zandt cover – click through to download for free.

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And to finish off we have The Longwalls stalking a line between noisy post-pop and twang with new tune Kowloon, which is the title track from a new 8 track EP. Then there is another taste from Theatre Royal’s forthcoming album At The End Of A River, The Sea… in the shape of prophetic track Will England Rain Itself Dry? The Pinery Boy is brilliant roadhouse honky-tonk inspired Americana from The Emperors Of Wyoming, and lastly Golden Void have offered up this free download of their cover of Jimi Hendrix’s 1983.


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Round Up Time Again.

Time for another trawl through the in-box and round our favourite music sites to bring you a whole host of goodies to enjoy.

First up is a new free song from Bear Driver – layers of sound create a swooning dream pop song of chiming surfed up guitar lines, clattering drums, and melancholic synths. This newly built sound they have dubbed ‘patchwork-pop’!

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Widowspeak have a new album due via Captured Tracks and Ballad Of The Golden Hour is the first free single – the Mazzy Star style jangle and psych-folk has been given an uneasy twist that makes this a real gem.

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Guards are due to release their debut LP, In Guards We Trust, in the early part of 2013. Just the riff on new single Coming True means we are looking forward to February already.


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Melbourne’s Woollen Kits unashamedly immerse themselves in the proto-punk sounds of Detroit and classic garage rock, and new single Be You (taken from album Four Girls) is another top notch example of their prowess in this area.

Download Woollen Kits – Be You mp3 (from Four Girls)

Keeping the garage rock flag flying high are Philadelphia’s The Eeries and their debut full length Home Alone from which Should’ve Stayed Home is a mighty fine example of their seamless and infectious melding of 50s rock’n’roll and 60s pop.

Download The Eeries – Should’ve Stayed Home mp3 (from Home Alone)

Already perfectly described elsewhere as “like Dinosaur Jr. and Guided By Voices in an airplane explosion”, the minimally monikered Dirt have made their first single {Ø} (Empty Sets) available for free (head to their Bandcamp here to pick up the b-side Daggers for free too).

Download Dirt – {Ø} (Empty Sets) mp3 (from {Ø} (Empty Sets) Single)

The Money Go-Round also hail from Down Under, from Sydney to be precise, but their music is anchored in the no-frills swampy, sleazy blues and psychedelia that inspired everyone from The Kinks to the Black Keys. Check the energy and spark of Yayaya.

Download The Merry Go Round – Yayaya mp3 (from Yayaya)

Our Aussie hat-trick is completed by Adelaide band The Aves. More catchy garage pop in the shape of In Vogue from new EP Anywhere Else.

Download The Aves – In Vogue mp3 (from Anywhere Else EP)

Staying on a theme, The Dead Heads are Australian (of course) but play an eclectc mix of 60s hippie flip to 90s scrungy grunge with a bit of shoegazey pyrotechnics and a dab of drone too. Intrigued? Grab yourself When I’m Dead, the first single from their album Go Ape Shit!.

Download The Dead Heads – When I’m Dead mp3 (from Go Ape Shit!)

Bloomington’s LEGS have a sound that is best described as a distillation of krautrock and post-punk rhythms, new wave synth, garage guitar work, and vocals that fluctuate erratically between a kind of demented 50s rock, post-punk, no wave, and something like a country-and-western lounge croon. They recently issued their first self-titled EP via Bandcamp and this excellent track Voids has more than tickled our eardrums recently.

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We posted earlier this week about Joshua James as part of our Round Up of some great freebies via Noisetrade et al, and this is the first taste of his long-awaited new album From The Top Of Williamette Mountain.

Download Joshua James – Queen Of The City mp3 (from From The Top Of Williamette Mountain)

Being a dweller of Burlington, Vermont, Tyler Daniel Bean is well acquainted with cold and barren landscapes and that influence is evident on his new solo album Longing. Check out the gritty Heather Lane.

Download Tyler Daniel Bean – Heather Lane mp3 (from Longing)

The debut single from Wirral based twin-vocal five piece The Sundowners is a shimmering, melodic slice of indie-pop that is as dreamy as it is sweet.

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The solo debut from from singer, songwriter and former Girls frontman Christopher Owens has been confirmed for a January 14th release. Lysandre will be released on Turnstile Records. Here We Go is the first single to be taken from it.

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Our latest discovery in one of our favourite genres – spooked out Southern gothic – is Some Dark Holler and their fiery debut Hollow Chest. Combining equal parts Steve Earle, the Civil Wars, and Breaking Bad, straightforward, uncomplicated, and unpolished, these songs resonate like the old Appalachian ballads from which they are clearly inspired. Check out Pills And Kerosene.

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Portland, Oregon-based post-punk-indie-pop-dande act Pictorials are celebrating the release of their debut EP, Learning, on the band’s own Deja View Records. Inspired by the likes of XTC, the Wake, Felt, and Factory and Creation Records, we have Sense Of Vanity from the EP for your listening pleasure.

Download Pictorials – Sense Of Vanity mp3 (from Learning EP)

Eight Knives is a band from Chattanooga, TN. Their debut album Maiden Names sits somewhere between Jack White and Vampire Weekend.

Download Eight Knives – Levels And Lovers mp3 (from Maiden Names)

Rising indie rockers and janglemeisters Veronica Falls have a sweet new track streaming from forthcoming sophomore album Waiting For Something To Happen.

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Lo-fi outsiders, Noun Verb Adjective have a new digital single through Odd Box Records! It contains two tracks, Everything’s Not Perfect and Feynman Lectures on Physics: Vol. One. It is a crunchy, grimy lo-fi wall of sound, like Psychedelic Horseshit incorporating more of a Phil Spector influence. Listen below and both tracks can be downloaded for free through Odd Box’s website.

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Lastly Midway In Wake have made the excellently titled Urban Vermin available from new album We Will Remain Sedate available for free. It is introspective, minimalist bedroom pop!

Download Midway In Wake – Urban Vermin mp3 (from We Will Remain Sedate)

Mad Mackerel's Best of October 2012.

Our monthy round up of the best new tunes we’ve posted and a few brand new ones too. More than 30 tunes to set you up for the weekend. Enjoy.

Wooden Wand – Southern Colorado Song
Another brilliant example of our favourite, prolific troubadour’s storytelling prowess.

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Download The Growl – With The Sharp End Of A Trowel mp3 (from Cleaver Lever EP)
Soaked in the authentic primal blues of the swamps with a twang of rockabilly, a haze of psychedelia and, at its heart, the pulsating, bloody roar of rock’n’roll.

The Shamefaced Sparrows – Ride That Seastorm
Like the Velvets fronted by Dick Dale, or the Beach Boys cage fighting with the Kinks these are crackling with surf-pop vintage – think cruising rain-slicked neon streets in 50s LA!

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Download Angel Snow – Lie Awake mp3 (from Angel Snow)
Haunting, chilling vocals paired with melancholy lyrics create a gorgeous scenery for a listener’s travels.

Matthew Friedberger – Expectant Fathers – In for a Surprise VII. As if in the Car with the Kids (from Matricidal Sons Of Bitches)
Inspired by the films of Poverty Row and his current city of residence, Paris – it makes for a potent combination.

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Download Jenee Halstead – Rodeo Of Sadness mp3 (from Raised By Wolves)
Another fine example of her spooky, sparse approach that comes across as sounding like a slightly malevolent hybrid of Dolly Parton and PJ Harvey.

Download Skipping Girl Vinegar – You Can mp3 (from Keep Calm, Carry The Monkey)
More heartwarming hobo-pop, full of lyrical twists and sonic layers.

Download Kings Of Lowertown – Down Tobacco Road mp3 (from Kings of Lowertown EP)
Excellent primal blues chug.

Download King Of Spain – Green Eyes mp3 (from All I Did Was Tell Was Tell Them The Truth And They Thought It Was Hell)
Spacious indie rock with jaunty pop hooks.

Bromheads – Holding The Gun
Fizzes over with the energy of a can of Irn-Bru exploding full in your face. It is sharp and pithy, and fast and furious, and machetes its way into your brain like an earworm with a mouthful of razors.

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Wintersleep – Martyr
Another prime example of their shimmering, pulsating indie rock.

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MMOSS – Another Dream
Jangly organs, flutes and driving drums, unexpected arrangements, classic recording sounds and psychy harmonies.

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Algernon Doll – Spiral Sounds
Lavish, intense and splendid, but underpinned with a creeping sense of anxiety and discontent.

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Download Jason Lytle – Somewhere There’s A Someone mp3 (from Dept. Of Disappearance)
A track of wonderfully weary heartbreak and ennui from erstwhile Grandaddy frontman’s new album

Rural Ghosts – Eyes (from Eyes Single)
A little rawer, a little more powerful, but this is still Americana that overflows with haunting beauty.

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Woollen Kits – Susannah (from Four Girls)
sweet, fuzzed-up pysch-garage.

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Download Ending People – Beat Of My Heart mp3 (from Fill Your Lungs)
Catchy, hypnotic indie rock showcases new wave inspired sinewy guitar lines.

Hailer – Spooky Clams (from Another Way)
Calls to mind The Fall in its relentless rhythm, while the reverb swirls and drifts around the (frankly clearer) vocals.

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Download Ty Segall – Femme Fatale mp3 (from The Velvet Underground & Nico by Castle Face and Friends)
Maniacal take on Velvet Underground classic.

Download The Luyas – Your Name’s Mostly Water mp3 (from Animator)
Hypnotically brilliant track from latest album.

Download Fidlar featuring Kate Nash – AWWWKWAARRRDDD mp3 (from Fidlar)
Bizarre combo works a treat. Punk rock!

Download Outer Minds – Those Machines mp3 (from Behind The Mirror)
One hundred and fifty seconds of belligerence escaping with venomous joy from your speakers.

Download Deathbarrel – Merciless Winds mp3 (from Merciless Winds)
The sound of wrenches and motor oil, of Saturday night beers and truckstops, of longing and loss, of late evenings and aching muscles, of endless roads and shore leave, of the dreams of freedom that all and any working man feels deep in his soul.

Download Dr. Dog – Black Or Red mp3 (from Shame, Shame Deluxe Edition)
Scrappy yet hook-packed rock emboldened by a bare-bones aesthetic.

Download Lonesome Moses – Fisting With A Shark mp3 (from Lonesome Moses EP)
Outlaw country that celebrates unassuming heroes and heroines trying to navigate a world of booze, venereal disease, and Octoloans…

Download Dead Stars – Fractured mp3 (from Fractured) Removed at artist’s request.
Races along in a tumble of reverb, gruff vocals and a nagging guitar line that also puts us in mind of Silversun Pickups Lazy Eye.

Juiceboxxx – Expressway To The Darkness
American heart of darkness anthem, like Suicide reinvented for the 21st century.

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Download Dolfish – There Must Be Something Wrong With These Shoes mp3 (from I’d Rather Disappear Than Stay The Same)
More warped promise from the skewed and idiosyncratic world of offbeat folk troubadour.

And to finish off we have a taste of Teen Mom’s effervescent fuzzed up pop from forthcoming EP Mean Tom (pre-order here), another stunning cover from Marissa Nadler – this time Daniel Johnston’s Devil Town and a new non-album track from psych-blues rockers The Buffalo Killers, Baptized is a down-and-dirty rocker that somehow melds heavy psych with gospel! Lastly we have the welcome return of Sleeping Bag’s bedroom indie-pop, addictively deadpan if you will, Walk Home comes from new limited edition EP Women Of Your Life (pre-order here).

Download Teen Mom – I Wanna Go Out mp3 (from Mean Tom EP)

Download Sleeping Bag – Walk Home mp3 (from Women Of Your Life)

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MM Shorts 245: New Single From Woollen Kits.

The sweet, fuzzed-up pysch-garage of Susannah is taken from Woollen Kits’ upcoming Four Girls LP, out via Trouble in Mind and RIP Society on 13th November.

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Video of the Day: Woollen Kits.

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