Elephant Micah – Return To The Abandoned Observatory

Elephant Micah, the project of songwriter-producer Joseph O’Connell, has shared the new song Return To The Abandoned Observatory, the final advance single from the band’s new album, Vague Tidings, due out on the 9th April, via Western Vinyl. Of the track—a captivating, gently crooked waltz—O’Connell says, “In this song, a group of astronomers are having their last glimpse at the night sky. It’s bittersweet. The … Continue reading Elephant Micah – Return To The Abandoned Observatory

Elephant Micah – Vague Tidings

Elephant Micah has shared a new song, the spellbinding and fiddle-laced Eastern Callers, taken from his new album, Vague Tidings, due out on the 9th April via Western Vinyl. It follows on from the gorgeous, slow-burning first single Glacier Advisors. Vague Tidings is an album of stark uncanny Americana. In style, its eight songs follow a switchback path between foggy incantations and mountain anthems. Made with … Continue reading Elephant Micah – Vague Tidings

Minor Moon – Tethers

Minor Moon, the Chicago-based cosmic Americana group led by multi-instrumentalist Sam Cantor, have an upcoming third full length album Tethers, out March 26 via Ruination Record Co. & Whatever’s Clever. Having previously shared the unhurried No Lightning Fix, the band have now offered up a second taste from the album in the shape of the simmering Under An Ocean Of Holes. So, if a healthy amount of Midwestern … Continue reading Minor Moon – Tethers

Shovels & Rope Cover The Beach Boys

Busted Jukebox, Volume 3 from MM faves Shovels & Rope came out  digitally at the end of last weekend via Dualtone. Physical copies will see a release on the 30th April. Amongst the covers on the record is this beauty – the Beach Boys’ In My Room, for which the duo are joined by the wonderful Sharon Van Etten. Absolute gem of a cover. You … Continue reading Shovels & Rope Cover The Beach Boys

Mad Mackerel Recommends… Sun June

Austin, Texas’s Sun June have shared Everything I Had, the last single from upcoming album Somewhere, out 5th February via Run for Cover and Keeled Scales. Beautifully meditative, muted, sparse guitars play around the vocals of Laura Cowell as she pines “Everything I had, I want it back“. It is a perfect showcase for the gentle sway of their country leaning pop songs seeped in melancholy, as … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends… Sun June

Steve Earle & The Dukes – J.T.

If ever there was an album that you wish didn’t need to be released then it is J.T., Steve Earle & The Dukes’ deeply affecting record of his son Justin Townes Earle’s songs together with one original, the moving Last Words. Earle said making the record “wasn’t cathartic as much as it was therapeutic. I made the record because I needed to. It’s the only way … Continue reading Steve Earle & The Dukes – J.T.

Chris T Popper’s Favourite Tunes of 2020

Here are the annual choices of the past year’s top tuneage from the admirable Chris T Popper. 10. Protomartyr – Processed By The Boys The first song from their new album Ultimate Success Today was everything I’d been waiting for. Loud reverb with a clumping sense of doom from the ever reliable Joe Casey. He’s singing about a future so scary it can’t be that … Continue reading Chris T Popper’s Favourite Tunes of 2020

Dr Roddy’s Favourite Tunes of 2020

Now the dust has settled on the last fucked-up year, the inestimable Dr Roddy is the first to share his favourite tunes that saw him through lockdowns 1 and 2, and are probably sustaining him right now in lockdown 3, along with those Breakfast Club and Mannequin re-runs… So without further ado…   10 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Automation With that guitar mantra … Continue reading Dr Roddy’s Favourite Tunes of 2020

Mad Mackerel’s Best Tracks Of 2020: Part 4 (25-1)

Here is the final part of this year’s countdown of our favourite tunes of 2020. Many thanks to MM stalwarts Chris T Popper and Dr Roddy (whose personal selections will come in the next couple of days) and to anyone who has read / listened and discovered something new in a year that truly sucked. Happy New Year and here’s to a better 2021.   … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Tracks Of 2020: Part 4 (25-1)

Mad Mackerel’s Best Tracks Of 2020: Part 3 (50-26)

Here is part 3 of our countdown of our favourite 100 songs of 2020.   50 Peel Dream Magazine – Emotional Devotion Creator   49 Slow Weather – Great White Male   48 Blackbird & Crow – The Witch That Could Not Be Burned   47 Frances of Delirium – Quit Fucking Around   46 Adia Victoria – South Gotta Change   45 Dream Wife … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Tracks Of 2020: Part 3 (50-26)