Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (4th January)

Julie & Esme

Julie Theresa Floyd

20th April 1968 – 26th December 2012

Dearest Jools: most beloved wife of Barry-Sean, our regular MM contributor, work colleague and best friend to MM since the tender age of eight; devoted mum to Jamie and Becky; godmother to Joe Sprat; daughter, sister, auntie, cousin and friend to so, so many. Beautifully and fiercely Scottish, tiny china doll, lion-hearted, lover of all things soap opera and wide open spaces that made your heart sing, carer for the elderly and infirm, vegetarian, animal-loving and champion of the under-dog, your dog, Cyrille, is lost without you.

We raise a glass of your favourite Pinot and continue to struggle with the reality that you’ve gone, so suddenly, and promise to wipe the tears from our dear friend’s eyes and hold your children’s hands for as long as we are needed.

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For One Wish

For one wish
You could open your eyes
to see the love you left behind.

Open-mouthed and gasping, I lie and swallow my grief
Raw and kicking
it folds and creases and marks the page where
You left
And flew away from me while we were still reading:
This story lies unfinished.

For you have swum through me and I
Will drown in all my thoughts of you
So I may taste the bitter sharpness of your loss
That presses sweet and warm on cold, cold me.

For BSF, J & B

January 2013

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Download The Jam – That’s Entertainment mp3 (from Sound Effects)

Download Big Country – In A Big Country mp3 (from The Crossing)

Download Bob Marley & The Wailers – Is This Love mp3 (from Kaya)

Uncut’s Watch That Band – New Cover CD

Uncut's Watch That Band: New Cover CD. Uncut have produced their best cover disk in a goodly while on their April edition. Showcasing their pick of “new music” for 2012 it includes tracks from a few MM favourites who have all featured here since the start of the year including Simone Felice, Shearwater, First Aid Kit, Django Django, Beth Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny, Lambchop and Craig Finn.

Here are two of our favourites that we’ve yet to feature (before now of course). Firstly a cut from folk singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell’s very well received new album Young Man In America and what’s described as a “thrillingly mystical meditation of other-wordly vocals, cosmic jamming and dub-reggae” from esteemed LA psych-experimentalists Sun Araw with reggae legends The Congos.

Buy Uncut from any decent newsagent, or subscribe here.

Download Anais Mitchell – Dyin’ Day mp3 (from Watch That Band, Uncut April Cover Disk)

Download Sun Araw, M Geddes Gengras, The Congos – Happy Song mp3 (from Watch That Band, Uncut April Cover Disk)

Wilderness Festival – Free Mix

Tomorrow we head down to the first Wilderness Festival, taking place on our back door in the beautiful Cornbury Park Estate. Previously this lovely venue has hosted the Cornbury Festival, which has thankfully now moved elsewhere as (trust us) it has the worse possible line-up you could ever imagine for an event of this type.

Anyway, the Wilderness is, as we say, a different kettle of fish featuring Gogol Bordello, Toots and the Maytals, Dry The River, Hypnotic Ensemble, CW Stoneking and Hayseed Dixie all creating the sounds today. Antony and the Johnsons will headline Sunday’s music menu, alongside Mercury Rev, Laura Marling, Guillemots and The Low Anthem. Wilderness ‘artist-in-residence’, Daniel Johnston will also perform in his only UK appearance. His Sunday Night ‘Songbook Finale’ will see him perform a number of unique collaborations.

So here is a little Wilderness mix to whet the appetite, as long as the sun shines it should be a cracker.

Download The Low Anthem – Charlie Darwin mp3 (from O My God, Charlie Darwin)

Download The Low Anthem – This God Damn House mp3 (from What The Crow Brings)

Download Mercury Rev – Delta Sun Bottleneck Stomp mp3 (from Deserters Songs)

Download Gogol Bordello – Not A Crime mp3 (from Gypsy Punks Underdog World Strike)

Download Dry The River – New Ceremony mp3 (from New Ceremony Single)

Download Toots And The Maytals – 54-46 Was My Number mp3 (from The Very Best Of Toots And The Maytals)

Download Hayseed Dixie – Ace of Spades mp3 (from Let There Be Rockgrass)

Download Antony & The Johnsons – Hope There’s Someone mp3 (from I Am A Bird Now)

Download Daniel Johnston – Life In Vain mp3 (from Fun)

Download CW Stoneking – Seven Nation Army mp3 (From Triple J’s Like A Version Four, White Stripes Cover)

Download The Guillemots – Made Up Love Song #43 mp3 (from Through The Windowpane)

And listen to the brilliant new single, Sophia, by Laura Marling.

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