Deer Tick & The Hold Steady Cover Each Other

Deer Tick & The Hold Steady Cover Each Other

To celebrate their undying bromance, as well as their co-headline tour that began last night in Boston, Deer Tick and The Hold Steady have decided to cover each others songs…

Deer Tick are covering The Hold Steady’s Constructive Summer (off 2008′s Stay Positive), and The Hold Steady are taking on Deer Tick’s Easy (off 2009′s Born On Flag Day).

Have a listen.



Videos of the Day: Deer Tick || Mutual Benefit || September Girls || Carousels & Limousines

It’s Friday.

Time for videos featuring a gently heartfelt confrontation of a friend’s heroin addiction from Deer Tick, gorgeous baroque folk from rising star Jordan Lee aka Mutual Benefit, the reverb drenched sound of the excellent new single from September Girls, and to finish a mournful tear-jerker with spine-chilling lyrics from Carousels & Limousines.






Deer Tick Return

Deer Tick Return

One of our favourite bands, Deer Tick will return with a new album Negativity in September this year. Preceding it by a month will be this single and first taste from the album, the brilliant The Rock.

It is another in their ever-growing collection of guitar-heavy, heart-on-sleeve Americana gems, but this time includes blasts of brass and piercing strings that spit dirt all over the song’s underbelly. Undoubtedly The Rock enters new, darker territory for the Providence quintet and we’re with them every step of the way.

Listen here.

American Songwriter’s Free SXSW Download

MM Shorts 332: American songwriter's SXSW Mix

In conjunction with their March/April issue, American Songwriter have offered up The Billy Reid Shindig Sampler for free download. It is a SXSW promo for their event being held March 13-14 from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Weather Up, and features many MM faves like Dawes, Jason Isbell, Johnny Fritz and Deer Tick’s John McCauley amongst others (see flyer below for details).

Just click here to get it for free and to RSVP for the SXSW party if you’re in Austin, or check out a couple of our choices first below.

Download The Heartless Bastards – Only For You mp3 (from The Muse: Billy Reid Shindig Sampler)

Download Deer Tick – Born At Zero (Acoustic Version) mp3 (from The Muse: Billy Reid Shindig Sampler)

And the event for those in Austin…

SXSW Event

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (14th December)

Mrs Mackerel's TFI Friday (14th December). Photo credit Alasdair Ross

Christmas is coming and the cat is getting fatter. Once again, copious amounts of music listened to, more Christmas cooking, and more trees knitted. On the tree front, I nearly have the requisite four for the sprats plus goddaughter. They will treasure my hand-made gifts, goddamit. By next Christmas, there will be a forest – but only for the lucky ones.

In my rather low key week, I’ve noticed a few things, namely to do with Christmas and my views about seasonal festivities. So, here we go: less is nearly always more; blingtastic crud is only enjoyable in a moving vehicle at some distance from my home; lights must twinkle, not flash – and again, less is more; blue neon lights are very, very bad and require a new category “shit” all of their own; I love deer, but not lightly braised in cocoa à la Masterchef – alive and kicking in Cornbury Park or in my growing number of deer memorabilia (I know, Bingley, I know); cranberries are over-rated; short, smiley empathetic chit-chat goes down well with sales assistants, as do free sweeties with me; I loathe tinsel; some Christmas songs are worse than others; I really love mushrooms (is that seasonal?); there’s nothing quite like watching a favourite black and white film with the home fires burning, particularly if you’re left alone to enjoy it…; the best things in life don’t cost much, but are very sparkly – most favourite friends included; stopping by woods on a solitary frosty morning with your dog is just heavenly.

You saw the crescent, but I saw the whole of the moon.

Jingle bells.

Mrs Mackerel x

Download Sera Cahoone – Deer Creek Canyon mp3 (from Insound Vinyl Mixtape – October 18, 2012)

Download Deer Tick – Cheap Sunglasses mp3 (ZZ Top Cover, live at the Laundromat)


(Photo: Deer in Cornbury Park. Credit: Alasdair Ross)

Daytrotter Delights

Daytrotter Delights.

Daytrotter have posted up some absolutely top-notch sessions recently – although to be fair this is what they generally do pretty much 100% of the time – however, the last few days have seen some real gems.

Our friends at Rollo & Grady have already beaten us to the post with their Deer Tick session post, but it is so good we thought we’d cover it again anyway.

Elsewhere there has been a session from Brendan Benson and a wonderful session from Ponychase. Want more? Crystal Fighters, Kassidy, Mark Olson and O Children are all recent visitors too.

For $2 per month you’re getting some of the best value music on the web – if you haven’t go and sign up here. If you need proof listen to these three first…then go and do it.

Download Deer Tick – Bad Leroy Brown mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Brendan Benson – Cold Hands mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Ponychase – Running With The Pack mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Free Halloween Mix 2012

Free Halloween Mix 2012.

Following on from our mixes from 2010 and 2011, here is another set of freakishly macabre tunes for you to download and scare off the trick or treaters…

Download Little Wings – Halloween 2020 mp3 (from PIAPTK Sampler Fall 2011)

Download Deer Tick – The Ghost mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Royal Trux – The Spectre mp3 (from Cats And Dogs)

Download The Low Anthem – To The Ghosts Who Write History Books mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download The Priscillas – All My Friends Are Zombies mp3 (from All my Friends Are Zombies)

Download Elliott Brood – Graveyard (Feist Cover) mp3 (from The 2012 Loss Leader)

Download Ghoultown – Return Of The Living Dead mp3 (from Rue Morgue Radio’s Hymns from the House of Horror)

Download Hallelujah The Hills - Hungry Ghost Extraordinaire mp3 (from No One Knows What Happens Next)

Download Gross Ghost – Architect mp3 (from Insound Vinyl Mixtape 4-26-12)

Download GravelRoad – Devil’s Eyes mp3 (from Psychedelta)

Download The Builders & The Butchers – Vampire Lake mp3 (from Salvation Is A Deep Dark Well)

Download The Gunslingers – The Spectre’s Sinister Commandment mp3 (from Manifesto Zero)

Download Creepoid – Grave Blanket mp3 (from Horse Heaven)

Download Mark O’Connor featuring Charlie Daniels & Johnny Cash – The Devil Comes Back To Georgia mp3 (from Heroes)