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  • MM Shorts 205: It’s Insound Mixtape Time Again MP3

    It is that time again – another free mix from the fine folk at Insound, available only for the next few days. This one includes thirteen tasty cuts from, amongst others, Slug Guts, Ariel Pink, Grasscut, Lightning Love, Bearcat and Fergus Geronimo. Head here to grab the whole thing for free, or check out a couple of our choices below from Poor Moon and a stormer from Apache Dropout. Download Poor Moo...

    09.08.2012

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  • Mad Mackerel Recommends…Railbird MP3

    We’re a bit late to the party, but Brooklyn’s Railbird is a musical collective featuring a stunningly talented cast of multi-instrumentalists led by lead vocalist Sarah K. Pedinotti, whose haunting voice has drawn apt comparisons to luminaries including Bjork and Kate Bush. Their unique blend of experimental psych-pop has found a home with fans of Grizzly Bear, the Dirty Projectors and Massive Attack a...

    08.08.2012

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  • Wednesday Means Six of the Best MP3

    Here are six crackerjack new tunes for you. No messing – everyone a winner! Kicking us off in fine style are the reverb loving, fuzzed up, drone psych specialists Moon Duo with Sleepwalker from the upcoming Circles long player, and the Wavves contribution to the Adult Swim Singles Programme, Hippies Is Punks. We have some stunning, woozy, heroin-pop brilliance in the shape of the Lollipops, which com...

    08.08.2012

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  • New From Blessed Feathers MP3

    Wisconsin’s excellently spooky Americana duo Blessed Feathers return with a new release, Peaceful Beasts In An Ocean Of Weeds on 9th October. It will be available as hand-numbered, limited-edition digital vinyl discs and all pre-orders of the album will receive a free copy of the new Summer/Fall 2012 issue of frontman Donivan Berube’s literary zine, Sleeping in a Torn Quilt / Dreaming of Gold. Th...

    07.08.2012

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  • MM Shorts 203: More From Ormonde MP3

    Here is a second cut from Ormonde’s debut album Machine. Seductive, alluring and fascinating, Cherry Blossom is another perfect taste of their mysterious and mesmerising record that is becoming better and better with every spin we give it. Machine is officially released this coming Tuesday via Hometapes. Download Ormonde – Cherry Blossom mp3 (from Machine) Follow @madmackerel

    06.08.2012

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  • Introducing >>> WALL MP3

    WALL is a London-based singer – songwriter. Her minimal, intimate music is as haunting and powerful as anything we’ve heard for a good while. Influenced by artists such as St Vincent and Patti Smith, WALL takes her lead from women with a strong sense of identity, using her unique formula of layered production as an integral part of the writing process. WALL creates sparse soundscapes, with only muted b...

    05.08.2012

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  • Mad Mackerel Recommends…Josephine Foster MP3

    Blood Rushing is the title of the forthcoming album from Josephine Foster, which will be released on trusty Fire Records on 18th September. Lead track Child of God is a perfect showcase for her enchanting, uniquely swooping vocals while partner Victor Herrero’s guitar provides consummate accompaniment. The record also features the talents of Paz Lenchantin (The Entrance Band), Heather Trost (A Hawk and a H...

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  • MM Shorts 202: Imagination Head MP3

    We are loving this track from Imagination Head that comes from forthcoming album Plastic Heart (out 15th October). They tell us has drawn comparisons with Dirty Projectors and Of Montreal, but for us the closest  similarity is to prime time Mercury Rev. The track is Sand Castle and it is an absolute gem of gently swelling prog-folk spun through with gentle psychedelia. Visit their website here for more details...

    04.08.2012

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  • Video of the Day: Her Vanished Grace MP3

    a Download Her Vanished Grace – Car Crash mp3 (from Star-Crossed) Follow @madmackerel

    04.08.2012

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  • Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (3rd August) MP3

    After another clumsy week in which thankfully no animals or children were hurt in the making of, I have managed to emerge unscathed physically, but sadly not so the bank balance… A lovely visit from nephew Harry is restorative and exhausting in equal measures. Exhausting managing four sprats, an over-affectionate hound, two cats (one that should be six feet under and not still crapping in my vegetables), three...

    03.08.2012

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  • Video of the Day: Fierce Creatures MP3

    a Download Fierce Creatures – Catacomb Party mp3 (from Catacomb Party Single) Follow @madmackerel

    03.08.2012

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  • Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: July 2012 MP3

    You know the score. Some of our favourite downloads from the past month neatly parcelled up into one tasty mix and decorated with a few new tunes too. Nearly forty in all. Jump in! Download Wye Oak - Spiral mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Series) A change of approach and tempo from experimental folkies Download Unnatural Helpers – Hate Your Teachers mp3 (from Land Grab) Raging. Ferocious. Punk Downlo...

    02.08.2012

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  • Mad Mackerel Recommends…Jenee Halstead MP3

    Jenee Halstead’s album Raised  By Wolves is released on 13th August. It has taken us a while to get round to listening to it, and in all honesty part of that was overcoming the terrible cover, which unfortunately looks like something from Narnia. Perhaps a rejected promo for a straight-to-DVD version of The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe. However like the wardrobe and the treasures it hides, such it...

    31.07.2012

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    31.07.2012

  • Introducing >>> Wild Leaves MP3

    This post is about the single biggest reason we blog – for that wonderful moment when you get a discovery of a new band. A new band like Wild Leaves. The band’s e-mail simply said, “We are 5 friends who moved to Brooklyn, from the midwest. That distance is recalled in our songs. Each one, a look back at what we left behind. The sound is something nostalgic, something with history – like a ...

    29.07.2012

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  • Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Sunday (29th July) MP3

    After having badly bruised or sprained my toe in another half-witted and clumsy accident Tom and Jerry styley, I was unable to follow my usual sporting pursuits for most of the week so decided it would be a great idea to cycle to Big Sair’s for a glass or two of Pimms a couple of nights ago. Me and my great ideas! A lovely summer evening, an eight mile round trip in full safety gear by appointment of my newly...

    28.07.2012

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    28.07.2012

  • MM Shorts 200: Insound & Uncut Freebies MP3

    We thought we’d bundle these two together – the latest free Vinyl mix download from Insound and Uncut magazine’s latest free cover disk. Both offering a mighty enticing slice of new music of all shapes and sizes. The Insound mix can be got for free for a limited time, and features The Family Band, Niki & The Dove, Hot Panda, and Chain & The Gang amongst others. You can grab the whole ...

    28.07.2012

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  • A Massive Friday Mix MP3

    The number of new releases has cranked back into top gear recently with a whole host of tasty ear ticklers coming our way. So what could be even better than an Olympic opening ceremony than a massive Mad Mackerel Friday mix – twenty four tracks handpicked especially for you. We light the flame with buzzworthy punked-up noiseniks Fidlar and in the same vein another from Vancouver-bred trio Nu Sensae. We hav...

    27.07.2012

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    27.07.2012

  • New Album From D.B. Rouse MP3

    Ex Goat farmer, salmon packer, and pawn shop cashier D.B. Rouse has crossed the MM radar a few times in the past. For as well as all those things, he is a roaming, itinerant troubadour of the old-school, and of the best kind. Like another MM fave Wooden Wand, he also appears to have the rare ability to maintain quality whilst producing an output that would shame most musicians. The latest release is an eight track a...

    26.07.2012

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    26.07.2012

  • Wednesday Means Eight of the Best MP3

    Here is our regular round-up of the recent best of the inbox, blogs and internet for you to peruse, scrutinise and download for your undoubted listening pleasure and aural delight. First up is a second taste from the forthcoming Two Gallants long player The Bloom And The Blight. While previous offering Broken Eyes was a gorgeous, folky delight, My Love Won’t Wait indulges the band’s heavier side with a...

    25.07.2012

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    25.07.2012

  • MM Shorts 198: Another From Grassfight MP3

    No sooner had we posted the excellent Nassau from Grassfight’s new release Icon, EP 2, then they offer up another track from it for free. This is Look Homeward, Heathen and has more of the urgent, wall of sound feel that we liked so much about Nassau. Download Grassfight – Look Homeward, Heathen mp3 (from Icon, EP2) Follow @madmackerel

    24.07.2012

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