Joe Pug & Vandaveer Covers

Joe Pug / Vandaveer CoversWell, seeing as our last posts were covers by Eagulls and Shearwater, and seeing as they say good things come in threes, here is long standing favourite of our blog, Joe Pug covering another long standing favourite of our blog, Vandaveer and vice versa. It comes courtesy of the excellent I Am Fuel, You Are Friends blog.

The two are touring together throughout October and the dates (and tickets) can be found here – sounds like it will be pretty much the perfect show to us.

Download Joe’s version of Waking Hour and Vandaveer’s take on Call It What You Will below.

Videos of the Day: Joe Pug || The Young Knives || Soledad Velez || Hookworms

Videos of the Day

An excellent set of videos/tunes today from the outstanding Joe Pug with a lyric video with a slight difference and the song itself, a cover of Harvey “Tex” Thomas Young’s Deep Dark Wells is a stunner. We have the Young Knives continuing their welcome return with their new musical film for Maureen, and Soledad Velez’s video for Black Light In The Forest. Lastly, we have MM faves, Hookworms and their new video for On Returning.




Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums of 2012 Part 1: 30-16

To finish off our favourites of the year, here are numbers thirty to sixteen of the albums we have most enjoyed in 2012.

Don’t forget to check back for our 100 Favourite Tunes and the MM contributor’s best of lists too.

Joe Pug GD

30 Joe Pug – The Great Despiser



29 David Cronenberg’s Wife – Don’t Wait To Be Hunted To Hide


boh mirage rock

28 Band Of Horses – Mirage Rock


lord huron ld

27 Lord Huron – Lonesome Dreams


jbm stray ashes

26 JBM – Stray Ashes


mama rosin bbb

25 Mama Rosin – Bye Bye Bayou


red river dialect awell

24 Red River Dialect – Awellupontheway


damon moon lungs

23 Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams)

Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – Loose Ends mp3 (from Lungs, Dirt, & Dreams)

diamond rugs

22 Diamond Rugs – Diamond Rugs


gravenhurst gid

21 Gravenhurst – The Ghost In Daylight


daughn gibson ah

20 Daughn Gibson – All Hell


wof thirst

19 Waves Of Fury – Thirst


felice bros gbya

18 The Felice Brothers – God Bless You Amigo

Download The Felice Brothers – Lincoln Continental mp3 (from God Bless You Amigo)

bjh ytcn

17 Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves Of Destiny – Yours Truly Cellophane Nose


simone felice album

16 Simone Felice – Simone Felice


tmoe tnln

15 The Tallest Man On Earth – There’s No Leaving Now

Joe Pug & Timber Timbre on Daytrotter

Joe Pug & Timber Timbre On Daytrotter. Every so often we highlight the Daytrotter Studio session downloads that can be yours for a mere $2 per month. Often three sessions per day handpicked from the very best of both the up and coming and well established artists across a whole range of musical genres – there are treats and delights galore to be found.

Just in the past few days there have been sessions from Dinosaur Feathers, Luke Roberts and Twin Shadow. However, two of our favourites have been from the wonderful Joe Pug and the spooky, swamp folk of Timber Timbre.

Check out a couple of tracks below and sign up for your own Daytrotter account here.

Download Joe Pug – Hymn #76 mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

Download Timber Timbre – Bad Ritual/Obelisk mp3 (from Daytrotter Session)

MM Shorts 110: First Taste of Joe Pug’s New Album

MM Shorts 110: First taste of Joe Pug's new album.

A new album from Joe Pug is just cause for celebration round these parts and The Great Despiser will be released on April 24th.

The first taste and following on from Hymn numbers 35 and 101, which have already seen daylight on his Nation of Heat EP, is Hymn #76. It features in this preview video for the album and provides plenty of reasons to look forward to April.


Nice Free Sampler From Noisetrade


Nice Free Sampler From Noisetrade.

Noisetrade are offering a very nice free sampler featuring the Best of The American Songwriter sessions. It has thirty tracks including such MM faves as Joe Pug, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Vetiver, Justin Townes Earle and The White Buffalo amongst many others.

There are a couple of choice tracks from it below, but just visit their Facebook page here and click on the Like button to get the whole thing for free.

Download Joe Pug – Speak Plainly, Diana mp3 (from Noisetrade Best Of American Songwriters)

Download Josh Rouse – Oh Look What The Sun Did mp3 (from Noisetrade Best Of American Songwriters)

One Thousand Posts – A Celebratory Mix!

One Thousand Posts - A Celebratory Mix. We moved MM to WordPress in April 2010, after being one of the many blogs to get screwed by Google Blogspot. We noticed that this is our one thousandth post since that time and so we have marked the occasion (for such that it is for us) with an appropriately themed mix for your enjoyment.

So, from the classic sound of Tenpole Tudor’s new wave power-pop via The Men They Couldn’t Hang’s protest cow punk to the folk of Joe Pug and the Floydian prog-rock of The Silver Machines, there should be something for everyone to get their teeth, and ears, into.

Dig in! Here’s to the next thousand.

Download Pariah Beat – 1000 Songs mp3 (from Bury Me Not)

Download Secret Machines – 1,000 Seconds mp3 (from Ten Silver Drops)

Download Tenpole Tudor – Swords Of A Thousand Men mp3 (from Eddie, Old Bob, Dick & Gary)

Download Giant Sand – Curse Of A Thousand Flames mp3 (from Valley Of Rain)

Download Joe Pug – A Thousand Men mp3 (from In The Meantime EP)

Download Detroit Social Club – Thousand Kings mp3 (from Kiss The Sun Single)

Download Antic Clay – Thousand Star Hotel mp3 (from Hilarious Dead Blues)

Download Shellac – Prayer To God mp3 (from 1000 Hurts)

Download The Men They Couldn’t Hang – Ironmasters mp3 (from Night Of A Thousand Candles)

Download Richard Thompson – Oops I Did It Again mp3 (from 1000 Years Of Popular Music)

Joe’s Birthday Mix

One of the advantages of having a blog like this is being able to make up the rules as you go along, and today that means giving the limelight to our youngest Joe, who reaches the ripe old age of seven today. Now, we are all guilty of bias and of nepotism at times (and this is one of them), but I think you’d be hard pressed to find another seven year old with music tastes as good as his. From age five he chose to go to sleep to the soothing strains of Mclusky loudly singing along, “My dad’s better than your dad” and playing air guitar, and we know with each mix CD we put in the car that he will soon be making selections from the back, “can we have number three then number seven” before creating his own mix CDs for his room.

He has a brilliant ear for a riff, a rhythm and a melody, and picks out lyrics with the best of them. Best of all his choices are all his own – independently reached and determinedly defended.

And for those that are interested, his current ‘hot picks’ are the outstanding Honda Civic from the new Felice Brothers album and the gentle acoustics of Wire from Alessi’s Ark’s Time Travel album.

So, here we have twelve personally hand picked tracks from the coolest seven year old we know. From rockabilly twang to visceral punk to woozy pop and protest folk, he loves it all. And we love him. Way to go Joe!

Download The Magnetic Fields – Drive On Driver mp3 (from Distortion)

Download The Range Rats – Colt 44 mp3

Download Port O’Brien – My Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg) mp3 (Ramones cover)

Download Joe Pug – Hymn 35 mp3 (from Nation of Heat EP)

Download The Sheepdogs – I Don’t Know mp3 (from Learn & Burn)

Download Mumford & Sons – Unfinished Business mp3 (White Lies cover)

Download Grass House – A Cockroach mp3 (from Plough More Sky EP)

Download Jones Street Station – The Understanding mp3

Download Mclusky – To Hell With Good Intentions mp3 (from Mclusky Do Dallas)

Download Pancake Breakfast – The Ballad Of Maynard Noe mp3 (from Pancake Breakfast)

Download Katherine Hepburn’s Voice – Out Like This mp3 (from Unlimited Nights & Weekends EP)

Download The Felice Brothers – Run Chicken Run mp3 (from Yonder Is The Clock)

Joe Pug’s UK Headline Show

Although we don’t often mention ‘news’ items we did just want to let you know that the wonderful Joe Pug will play his first UK headline show later this month at the Relentless Garage in London and will precede this with a couple of dates in Dublin and Glasgow. There are only a few tickets left for the London show so you’ll need to be quick – you can get them here.

For those that don’t know Joe Pug released a brilliant album last year in The Messenger and also has a equally good EP available for free called In The Meantime which you can get from his website here. We saw him play at the End of the Road Festival and became an instant fan, absolutely superb.

Those UK/Ireland Tour Dates:

Jan 27 Dublin, Whelan’s

Jan 28 Glasgow, Celtic Connections Festival

Jan 29 Glasgow, Celtic Connections Festival

Jan 31 London, The Relentless Garage (Upstairs)

Download Joe Pug – To Ohio mp3 (Low Anthem cover)

Download Joe Pug – Hymn 35 mp3 (from Nation of Heat EP)

Download Joe Pug – Bury Me Far (From My Uniform) mp3 (from The Messenger)

Download Joe Pug – Not So Sure mp3 (from The Messenger)