Hand Habits – All The While

We’re loving All The While, the first taste from Wildly Idle (Humble Before The Void), the debut album from Hand Habits (aka Meg Duffy).

With a organic pensive feel, it is a beautifully constructed song imbued with just the right amount of yearning and intimacy. Gorgeous stuff.

Have a listen.


Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekHere they are, all rounded up in a nice neat package for you – eight new releases from the past week.

They include the return of punk blues band Boss Hog after sixteen years, and of desert blues aficionados Tiniariwen as well as new singles from IDLES, Our Girl, and Sundara Karma amongst others.


  1. Boss Hog – Wichita Grey
  2. IDLES – Well Done
  3. Esme Patterson – Not Feeling Any Pain  (William Elliott Whitmore cover)
  4. Our Girl – No Big Deal
  5. joyride! – Girls Who Wanna Realize Themselves
  6. Forth Wanderers – Nerves
  7. Tinariwen – Ténéré Tàqqàl
  8. Sundara Karma – Olympia










Video Tuesday: (9) Minihorse

We have too many good videos for too many good songs in our inbox and it would not be right not to share. So we will be dedicating the rest of today to video only posts…

Ninth up is some fuzzy, power-pop style Americana courtesy of Minihorse and Drink You Dry.



Video Tuesday: (3) Jack Ingram

We have too many good videos for too many good songs in our inbox and it would not be right not to share. So we will be dedicating the rest of today to video only posts…

Our third offering comes from Jack Ingram and the late-night Americana feel of I’m Drinking Through It.


MM Shorts 884: The Du-Rell Family

Via a recommendation from the Italian Job comes The Du-Rell Family taking their gothic-tinged cues from the tales of the deep south: roadside joints, dirt roads, feral dogs, snake oil salesman, swamp dwellers, trailer parks, murder, love and alcohol.

With a heady mix of biting harmonies, honky tonk steel and country blues there is much to admire here.

Check out new single Corre below.


Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekIt’s a big week of new releases in the Mad Mackerel world – new tunes from Foxygen, Cloud Nothings, the wonderful Traams and Blossoms to name but four.

Add to that songs from James McMurtryWeyes Blood, TOY, and long standing MM faves Trance Farmers and Estrons and we’ve had a bonanza seven days.

Nine songs for you. Enjoy.

  1. Cloud Nothings – Modern Act
  2. Foxygen – America
  3. Traams – Slipping
  4. Blossoms – Blown Rose
  5. James McMurtry – Screen Door  (Adam Carroll cover)
  6. Estrons – I’m Not Your Girl
  7. Trance Farmers – The Show
  8. Weyes Blood – Generation Why
  9. TOY – Clouds That Cover The Sun










Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol. 25)

Nickel In The Jukebox

The in-box overfloweth with new tunes, videos and music of every variety. Even once we’ve deleted the electro-trance-house-mash-up-rave-bangers and all the shitty remixes there are still far too many good tracks to share with you.

Here are ten of them – from baroque pop to slacker indie rock and from pastoral Americana to garage punk. An eclectic digital jukebox and something for anyone with a modicum of taste and an enquiring mind. You decide, hit or miss.


Jay Leo Phillips – (Do The) 20th Century  [RIYL: Post-punk, Wire, Elvis Costello]


Luke De-Sciscio – Vivid Love  [RIYL: Singer-songwriters, Jeff Buckley, Ben Howard]


Lower Plenty – Bondi’s Dead  [RIYL: Psych-folk, Blank Realm, Timber Timbre]


Michigan Rattlers – Last Week  [RIYL: Alt-country, Whiskeytown, Old 97’s]


Sam Kogon – Something’s Wrong  [RIYL: Baroque pop, Beach Boys, Coke Weed]


Magana – Inches Apart  [RIYL: Alternative pop, St Vincent, Scout Niblett]


Catch Prichard – Hometown  [RIYL: Pastoral Americana, Townes Van Zandt, A.A. Bondy]


Drakulas – Neon Town  [RIYL: Garage punk, Marked Men, Dickies]


Girl Ray – Trouble  [RIYL: Lo-fi pop, Cate le Bon, Veronica Falls ]


Golden Suits – Don’t Let Love Go By  [RIYL: Indie folk, Department of Eagles, Randy Newman]


Springtime Carnivore – Midnight Room

Following her recent collaboration with Katy Goodman of La Sera on an excellent covers album Take It, It’s Yours, LA singer/songwriter Greta Morgan aka Springtime Carnivore released her own second album Midnight Room last week.

It is a record borne of a relationship breakup and subsequent insomnia, and is in equal parts reflective, questioning, tender and heartbreaking.

There are echoes of Neko Case and Jenny Lewis, and excursions into folk, indie pop and electronica, but more than anything else, this is an assured and self-possessed record with a clear identity of its own.

Listen to the beautifully melancholic title track, the jaunty yet delicate  Raised By Wolves and the arrestingly cryptic Double Infinity.




Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

best of the weekYou know the score by now.

This week we have new tunes from Thee Oh Sees, Potty Mouth, Menace Beach, Mutual Benefit, Honeyblood, Crystal Fairy, Jacuzzi Boys, Hazel English, Teen Suicide and some vintage 60s garage rock from Film Jacket 35.

Enjoy the weekend.

  1. Thee Oh Sees – The Poem
  2. Menace Beach – Maybe We’ll Drown
  3. Hazel English – Control
  4. Potty Mouth – Smash Hit
  5. Teen Suicide – Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
  6. Honeyblood – Babes Never Die
  7. Mutual Benefit – Getting Gone
  8. Film Jacket 35 – Waiting For A Way Out
  9. Jacuzzi Boys – Lucky Blade
  10. Crystal Fairy – Drugs On The Bus












Communist Daughter – Balboa Bridge

Here is another track from Communist Daughter’s upcoming long player The Cracks That Built the Wall which is out October 21.

Balboa Bridge is a beautiful, gently rolling folk song, but one which covers some difficult and troubling topics – primarily the struggles with mental health and the loneliness and isolation that can come with it.

Frontman John Solomon told Stereogum, “There’s this gorgeous park in the middle of San Diego, and there’s a bridge right in the middle of it that runs over the highway. My mom told me that when she was younger, they used to call that suicide bridge. I remember the times when I was thinking of that option, and how far away that bridge was from me, All I could think about was that it was this place, so far away from that basement in Wisconsin where I was getting high, it was this magical place in my mind where I wouldn’t feel the way I did anymore.

Have a listen.