Archive for December, 2011

The Villagers Release Cecelia Video. One of the highlights of seeing the Villagers play live in Oxford about 18 months ago was the final song of the set, a poignant and heartbreaking song called Cecelia Her Selfhood. It turns out it has long been a live favourite, but only recently has it been finally recorded in the studio and an accompanying video made. Although we are a little late with it, we wanted to post it because the video (which is more of a short film) is truly superb. It even lives up to the press release blurb: “The film charts the development of a young man as he navigates his way through an impressionistic landscape in search of an elusive monster which is intent on destroying his childhood home”

And so it does – in brilliant animation which provides the perfect visuals for the song.



Main image courtesy of Jon Mackay photography.

And so here we have our top ten albums of the year. To be honest the order is fairly arbitrary – on another day it could be a completely different as really these ten records have so little between them in turns of the pleasure and enjoyment they gave us. If you’ve not acquainted yourselves with any of these then we’re pretty sure you won’t be disappointed.

2011 – what a fine year for music.

10 Twilight Hotel – When The Wolves Go Blind

Download Twilight Hotel – Ham Radio Blues mp3 (from When The Wolves Go Blind)

Download Twilight Hotel – Mahogany Veneer mp3 (from When The Wolves Go Blind)


9 Laura Marling – A Creature I Don’t Know


Bonus Download Laura Marling – Night After Night (Live Acoustic Session Version) mp3


Roadside Graves Album Out Today.

8 Roadside Graves – We Can Take Care Of Ourselves

Download The Roadside Graves – Double Feature mp3 (from We Can Take Care Of Ourselves)

Download The Roadside Graves – Love Me More mp3 (from We Can Take Care Of Ourselves)


7 Kurt Vile – Smoke Ring For My Halo

Download Kurt Vile – Jesus Fever mp3 (from Smoke Ring For My Halo)

Download Kurt Vile – Runner Ups mp3 (from Smoke Ring For My Halo)


6 A.A. Bondy – Believers

Download A.A. Bondy – The Heart Is Willing mp3 (from Believers)


5 The Cave Singers – No Witch

Download The Cave Singers – Swim Club mp3 (from No Witch)

Download The Cave Singers – Black Leaf mp3 (from No Witch)


New Album From Deer Tick.

4 Deer Tick – Divine Providence

Download Deer Tick – Miss K. mp3 (from Divine Providence)

Download Deer Tick – Main Street mp3 (from Divine Providence)


3 Tom Williams & The Boat – Too Slow

Download Tom Williams & The Boat – See My Evil mp3 (from Too Slow)


2 Felice Brothers – Celebration Florida

Download The Felice Brothers – Fire At The Pageant mp3 (from Celebration, Florida)


1 Middle Brother – Middle Brother

Download Middle Brother – Middle Brother mp3 (from Middle Brother)

Download Middle Brother – Me, Me, Me mp3 (from Middle Brother)


Mrs Mackerel's TFI Friday (30th December). The last Friday of 2011. And so begins a slow walk to the end of another year.

Ambushed by Christmas (my own fault, of course: same date every year, nothing to be scared of), tending sick animals and children, reigning in the oldies while fighting the desire to sleep spontaneously with bouts of manic activity that appeared to achieve very little, I am reminded that the best things in life are three.

When I was a (lot) younger, and Martin O’Neill was no more than a twinkle in my footballing eye, and I still got a satsuma in my stocking from the big man (and while satsumas may not be the only fruit, they are a damn fine one), I never thought life could still be so complicated.

Good job I got a number of fine books this year to distract me, as well as a little bird and some flying saucers (filled with sherbet, not aliens I might add), not to mention the tunes… Music remains as ever an original soundtrack to life, offering guiding lights, signposts and memorial stones to our experiences. Comfort and joy.

Wishing you a musical bounty in 2012, as well as some Lovehearts in your pocket.

Mrs Mackerel x

Download The Eels – Old Shit/New Shit mp3 (from Blinking Lights And Other Revelations)

Download The Dutchess & The Duke – Out Of Time mp3 (from She’s The Dutchess, He’s The Duke)

Carrying on from where we left off yesterday…

30 Josh T Pearson – Last Of The Country Gentlemen

Download Josh T Pearson – Woman When I’ve Raised Hell…(Alternative Version) mp3


New Album From Real Estate.

29 Real Estate – Days

Download Real Estate – Green Aisles mp3 (from Days)

Download Real Estate – It’s Real mp3 (from Days)


28 Gillian Welch – The Harrow & The Harvest

Download Gillian Welch – The Way It Goes mp3 (from The Harrow & The Harvest)


27 War On Drugs – Slave Ambient

Download The War On Drugs – Come To The City mp3 (from Slave Ambient)


Mad Mackerel Recommends...Mikal Cronin.

26 Mikal Cronin – Mikal Cronin

Download Mikal Cronin – Apathy mp3 (from Mikal Cronin)

Download Mikal Cronin – Get Along mp3 (from Mikal Cronin)


25 Girls – Father, Son, Holy Ghost

Download Girls – Vomit mp3 (from Father, Son, Holy Ghost)

Download Girls – Honey Bunny mp3 (from Father, Son, Holy Ghost)Removed by order some uninformed halfwit – available everywhere else for free on the web


24 Wooden Shjips – West

Download Wooden Shjips – Lazy Bones mp3 (from West)


23 Metronomy – The English Riviera

Download Metronomy – The Look mp3 (from The English Riviera)


Henry's Funeral Shoe Release Donkey Jacket.

22 Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Donkey Jacket

Download Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Anvil And Chains mp3 (from Donkey Jacket)

Download Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Dog Scratched Ear mp3 (from Donkey Jacket)


21 Decemberists – The King Is Dead

Download The Decemberists – This Is Why We Fight mp3 (from The King Is Dead)


20 Dennis Hopper Choppers – Be Ready


19 Bill Callahan – Apocalypse

Download Bill Callahan – Baby’s Breath mp3 (from Apocalypse)


18 Moon Duo – Mazes

Download Moon Duo – Mazes mp3 (from Mazes)


17 Black Keys – El Camino



Wooden Wand Releases Briarwood Tomorrow.

16 Wooden Wand – Briarwood

Download Wooden Wand – Winter In Kentucky mp3 (from Briarwood)

Download Wooden Wand – Big Mouth USA mp3 (from Briarwood)


15 Wilco – The Whole Love

Download Wilco – I Might mp3 (from The Whole Love)


14 PJ Harvey – Let England Shake



13 Yuck – Yuck

Download Yuck – Holing Out mp3 (from Yuck)

Download Yuck – Dark Magnet mp3 (from Yuck)


12 Hurray For The Riff Raff – Hurray For The Riff Raff

Download Hurray For The Riff Raff – Too Much Of A Good Thing mp3 (from Hurray For The Riff Raff)

Download Hurray For The Riff Raff – Take Me mp3 (from Hurray For The Riff Raff)


11 Richmond Fontaine – The High Country

Download Richmond Fontaine – The Mechanic’s Life mp3 (from The High Country)


Top Ten tomorrow!

So, as the New Year approaches, here are our favourite albums of 2011 for your consideration. Feel free to dispute, argue, or otherwise put us right because, if nothing else, music is as about as subjective topic as it is possible to get. Some of these may not be the “best” albums of the year as far as the critics are concerned, but that matters not, as they were the ones we enjoyed listening to most – give them a try, you might feel the same.

50 Jessica Lea Mayfield – Tell Me

Download Jessica Lea Mayfield – Our Hearts Are Wrong mp3 (from Tell Me)

49 Ty Segall – Goodbye Bread

Download Ty Segall – You Make The Sun Fry mp3 (from Goodbye Bread)

48 Wire – Red Barked Trees

Download Wire – Two Minutes mp3 (from Red Barked Trees)

New Album From Blessed Feathers.

47 Blessed Feathers – From the Mouths of the Middle Class

Download Blessed Feathers – Stinging Nettle, Honeysuckle mp3 (from From The Mouths Of The Middle Class)

Download Blessed Feathers – By Song Through The Americas mp3 (from From The Mouths Of The Middle Class)

46 The Men – Leave Home

Download The Men – Bataille mp3 (from Leave Home)

45 Lanterns On The Lake – Gracious Tide, Take Me Home

Download Lanterns On The Lake – You’re Almost There mp3 (from Gracious Tide, Take Me Home)

New Album From The Pack A.D.

44 The Pack A.D. – Unpersons

Download The Pack A.D. – Sirens mp3 (from Unpersons)

43 The Low Anthem – Smart Flesh


42 Other Lives – Tamer Animals

Download Other Lives – For 12 mp3 (from Tamer Animals)

41 Country Mice – Twister

Download Country Mice – Morning Son mp3 (from Twister)

Mad Mackerel Recommends...Siskiyou.

40 Siskiyou – Keep Away The Dead

Download Siskiyou – Twigs And Stones mp3 (from Keep Away The Dead)

39 The Smith Westerns – Dye It Blonde

Download The Smith Westerns – All Die Young mp3 (from Dye It Blonde)

38 Jolie Holland – Pint Of Blood


37 Lydia Lunch & Big Sexy Noise – Trust The Witch

Download Lydia Lunch & The Big Sexy Noise – Where You Gonna Run mp3 (from Trust The Witch)

New Album From Lonesome Wyatt & The Holy Spooks.

36 Lonesome Wyatt & The Holy Spooks – Heartsick


35 Wye Oak – Civilian

Download Wye Oak – Civilian mp3 (from Civilian)

34 Jeff The Brotherhood – We Are The Champions

Download Jeff The Brotherhood – Mellow Out mp3 (from We Are The Champions)

33 William Elliott Whitmore – Field Songs

Download William Elliott Whitmore – Bury Your Burdens In The Ground mp3 (from Field Songs)

32 Natural Child – 1971

Download Natural Child – Hard Workin Man mp3 (from 1971)

31 LONG – American Primitive

Download LONG – Shoot Your Dog mp3 (from American Primitive)

MM Shorts 67: Rat Trap

Posted: December 29, 2011 in Alternative, Folk, Indie, Music, Rock

MM Shorts 67: Rat Trap. Back in March we posted about a band called Rat Trap and they have returned with a new single Iowa, which has some pleasing echoes of 90s inspired indie rock in the style of Pavement or Modest Mouse, but believe us when we say it is more than good enough to stand on its own two feet.

Grab it for nothing here.



Posted: December 28, 2011 in Alternative, Garage, Indie, Music, Rock

Introducing...Redanda. Redanda is a full-on, fully greased up member of the garage rock brotherhood. This, of course, is a very good thing indeed as far as we’re concerned.

In the DIY spirit their latest EP Carl, was recorded in a dirty house full of cat shit. No surprise then that lead track This Bed Is A Rock is bursting with a brashness and sneered vocals that recalls vintage Strokes (remember that?) and has more attitude crammed into its two minutes and a few seconds of whiplash drumming and guitar that many bands manage in a career.

Order a physical CD from Wolfshirt Records here.


Why not grab Steam Woman from their previous EP Expenda while you’re about it.


MM Shorts 66: Grave Errors

Posted: December 28, 2011 in Alternative, Metal, Music, Punk, Rock

MM Shorts 66: Grave Errors. Had enough of the rellies already? Sick of turkey? Fed up with Granddad hogging the TV remote and having Only Fools & Horses re-runs on at full volume?

We have the antidote.

Grave Errors.

Play. very. loud. Indeed. Reclaim. Your. Home.

It is grungy, stoner rock of the highest quality. Have a listen.




MM Shorts 65: Meryll. Meryll is the project of Andrew Hernandez (who is also the touring sound engineer for Balmorhea).

Haunts, Volume 1: The Palace will be released digitally on January 31st. It is a dark record, mixing ambient washes with sparse folk and calls to mind artists such as Grouper, Tiny Vipers and Mt. Eerie.

Download Meryll – The Worm Gave Me A Walkman Radio mp3 (from Haunts, Volume 1: The Palace)

Download Meryll – Red, Brown, Cerulean Blue mp3 (from Haunts, Volume 1: The Palace)

The Lower 48 Release Where All Maps End

Posted: December 27, 2011 in Folk, Indie, Music, Pop, Rock

The Lower 48 Release Where All Maps End. Shortly before Christmas The Lower 48 released their new album Where All Maps End, a beautifully judged album of warm, organic folk that joyfully takes its main influences from the 1960s.

Having already given you The End, the band have made a second track, the good-natured acoustic strum of Into The Woods available for download.

Buy from cdbaby here.

Download The Lower 48 – Into The Woods mp3 (from Where All Maps End)

Download The Lower 48 – The End mp3 (from Where All Maps End)