Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014: 60-41

MM's Best Of 2014 60-41

Day three of our countdown – tracks 60 through to 41 of our favourite songs of the year.

60 Cate Le Bon – He’s Leaving

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59 Jamie T – The Prophet

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58 Mark Lanegan Band – Sad Lover

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57 The Districts – Funeral Beds

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56 The Amazing Snakeheads – Here It Comes Again

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55 Sleaford Mods – Routine Dean

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54 Simone Felice – Running Through My Head

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53 Sam Doores – Drifter’s Life

52 The Wytches – Burn Out The Bruise

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51 Sun Kil Moon – Jim Wise

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50 Early Winters – A Thing For You

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49 Smashing Pumpkins – Being Beige

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48 Matt Kivel – Insignificance

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47 Hamilton Leithauser – 11 O’Clock Friday Night

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46 Together PANGEA – River

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45 The Dune Rats – Dalai Lama, Big Banana, Marijuana

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44 Chimes – Total Sunflower

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43 Mac DeMarco – Salad Days

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42 Shovels & Rope – Evil

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41 First Aid Kit – Heaven Knows

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Check out numbers 100 – 81 here, and 80 – 61 here.

New Videos: Hurray For The Riff Raff || Fat White Family || Cheatahs || Dr. Dog || Mini Mansions

Taking a break from the countdown of our favourite 100 songs of the year to bring you five new excellent videos from some MM faves – Hurray For The Riff Raff (who will be featuring in the top 100 shortly), Fat White Family, Cheatahs, Mini Mansions and an excellent live video from Dr. Dog.

Enjoy.

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Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014: 80 – 61

Best Of MM 2014 80-61

Here is the second instalment of our countdown of our favourite 100 tunes of the year.

Enjoy and check back tomorrow for numbers 60 down to 41.

80 Greylag – Yours To Shake

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79 Ty Segall – Feel

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78 The War On Drugs – Under The Pressure

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77 Jessica Lea Mayfield – Party Drugs

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76 Tweak Bird – Greens

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75 Parkay Quarts – Uncast Shadow Of A Southern Myth

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74 Dirt Dress – Revelations

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73 Dream Police – Hypnotized

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72 Water Liars – Last Escape

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71 S.H.I.T. – Feeding Time

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70 Pink Mountaintops – Ambulance City

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69 Cass McCombs – Night Of The World

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68 The Barr Brothers – England

Stream it here.

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67 Young Widows – Money

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66 Angel Olsen – Hi-Five

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65 Deer Tick – Bus Stop

 

64 Jamie T – Turn On The Light

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63 The Drive-By Truckers – When Walter Went Crazy

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62 Kye Alfred Hillig – My Young Love Was Blind As Ray Charles And Half As Cold As Heat

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61 Parquet Courts – Black And White

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Esmé Patterson Answers Back…

Esme Patterson - Woman To Woman

Denver singer songwriter Esmé Patterson has unveiled a new single – What Do You Call A Woman? – to be released on 2nd February through Xtra Mile Recordings.

It is taken from her forthcoming album Woman to Woman – a brilliantly unique concept where she writes from the point of view of women immortalised in popular songs over the years. The single is a response to the classic Michael Jackson hit Billie Jean.

She explains, “Michael Jackson’s song ‘Billie Jean’ had always really bothered me. It’s this slick pop hit by an artist that people worship, in which he literally says “the kid is not my son,” even though he admits “his eyes were like mine,” and he admits he followed her to her room, tacitly confirming they had slept together. And I was wondering how this woman would feel, how angry and abandoned.

Woman to Woman sees Esmé tackle the perceptions of Dolly Parton’s Jolene, The Beach Boys’ Caroline, No, The Beatles’ Eleanor Rigby and more, in what is a beautifully constructed, thought provoking album.

Listen to the official audio video below as well as streaming another single from the record, The Glow (and see our earlier post in March on Tumbleweed here). You can also check the full track listing, including which popular song she is responding to…

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1. Valentine (Elvis Costello – ‘Alison’)
2. Never Chase A Man (Dolly Parton – ‘Jolene’)
3. Oh Let’s Dance (The Kinks – ‘Lola’)
4. Tumbleweed (Townes Van Zandt – ‘Loretta’)
5. What Do You Call A Woman (Michael Jackson – ‘Billie Jean’)
6. The Glow (The Beach Boys – ‘Caroline, No’)
7. Louder Than the Sound (The Band – ‘Evangeline’)
8. Bluebird (The Beatles – ‘Eleanor Rigby’)
9. A Dream (Leadbelly – ‘Goodnight Irene’)
10. Wildflower (Bob Dylan – ‘To Ramona’)

 

Festive Post No 12: Phil Odgers

Fresh from their recent tour, the wonderful Phil Odgers of The Men They Couldn’t Hang has recorded a cover version of a lost John Prine song entitled Christmas In Prison.

Have a listen, and make a note that TMTCH will see out their 30th anniversary celebrations with a return visit to Shepherd’s Bush Empire in west London on 4th April next year.

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Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014: 100 – 81

MM's Best Of The Year 2014

Today the countdown begins of Mad Mackerel’s favourite 100 songs of 2014. From Monday to Friday check back to see what tickled the earbuds of MM’s contributors, followed by our Albums of the Year at the weekend and then our individual contributors’ choices.

So without further ado….

100 Micah P Hinson – The Same Old Shit

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99 Wooden Wand – Dambuilding

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98 Juan Wauters – Water

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97 Shellac – Dude Incredible

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96 Broncho – What

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95 Shunkan – Wash You Away

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94 Martyr Privates – Someone’s Head

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93 Slaves – Hey

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92 Tense Men – RNRFON

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91 Dead Fingers – Big Black Dog

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90 Jamie T – Peter

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89 Avers – Girl’s With Headaches

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88 Mazes – Astigmatism

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87 New Bums – Black Bough

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86 Thurston Moore – Detonation

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85 Spray Paint – Cussin

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84 White Sands – The Wait

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83 Eagulls – Possessed

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82 Happyness – Naked Patients

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81 Steve Gunn – Milly’s Garden

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Check back tomorrow for numbers 80 – 61.

New Album From Stone Jack Jones

Ancestor by Stone Jack Jones was one of our favourite new discoveries of the year, a beautifully poignant tribute to his father.

The follow-up Love & Torture will be released next March. The album is a sonic dialog, at times experimental, that pulses with all of the grace and bliss that has touched Jack’s incredible life – he has been given the last rites on the two separate occasions the rare and mysterious blood condition that courses through his steely West Virginian veins almost killed him.

This time spent at death’s door has given him a pretty unique perspective on life, and it gives his music an authenticity and honesty that is all too rarely found nowadays.

Have a listen to Circumstance from the new album.

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Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

For the penultimate time this year, here is our weekly round up of songs that you really should have wrapped your ears around by now.

1. Male Bonding – A Kick To The Face
2. Girlpool – Alone At The Show
3. Of Montreal – Bassem Sabry
4. Lady Lamb The Beekeeper – Billions Of Eyes
5. Dirty Dishes – Red Roulette
6. Gorgeous Bully – Doing As I Do (Beets cover)
7. Father John Misty – Chateau Lobby #4 (in C for Two Virgins)

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Festive Post No 8: Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards

As the nights draw in and the snow begins to settle, spare a thought for Mrs Christmas this festive season. Whilst Santa enjoys celebrity status and waltzing off on his annual world tour, Mrs Christmas hits the sherry and gets a few things off her chest.

Another Messy Christmas by Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards is released as a free download this week and tells the story from the side of Santa’s ever tolerant wife, who has spent at least the last 250 Christmases keeping herself warm…

Watch the video, then download it below.

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Festive Post No 5: The Lost Brothers

The Lost Brothers have a lovely Christmas charity single available this year.

The track is called Little Angel and features the irish duo’s distinct harmony vocals and sweet acoustic picking, pedal steel and some grand brass.

It is available for free from Soundcloud but the band ask that fans that download it donate money to a childrens charity of their choice. It’s also available from all good digital stores with 100% of the profit going to UNICEF.


[Click through for free download and to donate]

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