Mad Mackerel Recommends… Scary Hours

Scary Hours create unsettling and raw anti-folk, rich with socio-political humor and the confrontational spirit of punk and hardcore. ​ Band spearhead Ryan Struck is officially from Jersey, but his songwriting is chock full of references to work life in NYC. The term “Scary Hours” is actually pulled from the Wu Tang Clan track from their 97’ album Forever.  Scary Hours was conceptualized with the … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends… Scary Hours

Field Medic releases fade into the dawn

We previously shared the outstanding the bottle’s my lover, she’s just my friend from Field Medic’s new album fade into the dawn. The record is out now and can be got for just $5 via Bandcamp, with vinyl and cassette versions also available. It is Field Medic’s (aka Kevin Sullivan’s) first proper full-length release for Run For Cover Records and his first since making the … Continue reading Field Medic releases fade into the dawn

The Lumineers Announce new Album, Share Gloria

The Lumineers will release their new album III on September 13th through Dualtone in the U.S. and Canada and Decca Records for the rest of the world. The album is darker in tone than previous albums and is presented in three chapters, with each one centering on one main character from a fictitious family known as the Sparks, who span three generations in the album’s … Continue reading The Lumineers Announce new Album, Share Gloria

Field Medic – New Album and New Single – The Bottle’s My Lover, She’s Just My Friend

Field Medic, the moniker of Los Angeles-based folk artist Kevin Patrick, has released the bottle’s my lover, she’s just my friend (possibly our favourite song title of the year so far), from his forthcoming album fade into the dawn that will be released on April 19 via Run For Cover Records. The new album features ten sparse, acoustic tracks that reckon with our perceptions of success … Continue reading Field Medic – New Album and New Single – The Bottle’s My Lover, She’s Just My Friend

The Tallest Man On Earth – I’m A Stranger Now

Easy to forget sometimes just how good The Tallest man on Earth is! This is a nice reminder – a high-tempo folk strum and those unmistakeable vocals. I’m A Stranger Now comes from upcoming long player (his first for four years) I Love You. It’s A Fever Dream – out on the 19th April (pre-order here). “What language do you dream in when you’re drunk?” – … Continue reading The Tallest Man On Earth – I’m A Stranger Now

Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

T. Hardy Morris -Scare Easy  (Mudcrutch cover) Damien Jurado – Throw Me Now Into Your Arms Cate le Bon – Daylight Matters Calexico And Iron & Wine – Father Mountain Wand – Walkie Talkie An Horse – This Is A Song Weyes Blood – Movies Honeyblood – Glimmer The Dream Syndicate – Put Some Miles On Mitski – Let’s Get Married  (Bleachers cover) Cherry Pickles … Continue reading Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Mad Mackerel Recommends Ben Williams

We received an advance copy of Ben Williams’ upcoming acoustic album Minimum Of Fuss in the post (together it has to be said with a very welcome Kit Kat and Earl Grey teabag for enhanced listening pleasure). It is the Manchester based singer-songwriter’s third album and it is out on the 5th April. It is a beautifully released easygoing mix of the intimate, the poignant and … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends Ben Williams

After Eight Long Years… A.A. Bondy Returns

Quite literally just last week I was talking to someone about what had happened to A.A.Bondy who was last heard of (musically at least) back in 2011 when he released the outstanding Believers, itself a follow-up to 2009’s equally brilliant When The Devil’s Loose album. Two fabulous records from a brilliant songwriter who then just seemed to disappear without trace. I was excited for a … Continue reading After Eight Long Years… A.A. Bondy Returns

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs of the Year – Dr Roddy’s Selections

I have been absent from the house of Mackerel for a couple of years now, and have missed this time of year so it is nice to be welcomed back to the shoal. What a time to re-join, a bountiful year of boss tuneage. 10 Drenge – Bonfire Of The City Boys Always nice to receive a playlist with Drenge on it. I have loved … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs of the Year – Dr Roddy’s Selections

Jason Lytle, Little Wings and Kramies – Split Single

Jason Lytle of Grandaddy, Kyle Field of Little Wings, and Kramies have decided to release the first ‘Split- Trio’ or Tri-Single’ as some might put it. The unique concept sees the three musicians each writing and recording an original song using only one instrument, their voice, and one microphone. Intentionally lo-fi, the recordings use no frills or studio tricks, making for an intimate release of home … Continue reading Jason Lytle, Little Wings and Kramies – Split Single