Mad Mackerel’s Songs of 2019 (Part 1)

We’ve decided to do things a bit differently this year – too many times in the past we’ve posted our favourite songs of the year and then discovered late releases we wished we’d added! And also 2019 was a shit year for the world – Brexit, Johnson, Trump, the world burning… at least there is music. So, way after everyone else has done theirs, here … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Songs of 2019 (Part 1)

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky Announce Two Covers

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky, who released a critically acclaimed collaborative album Droneflower on Sacred Bones earlier this year have shared two cover songs that make up a new single via Sacred Bones – Phil Collins’ In The Air Tonight and Extreme’s More Than Words. Being unfortunately old enough to be of an age where I can remember the original, it must be said that I absolutely loathed In the Air … Continue reading Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky Announce Two Covers

The Handsome Family – Capitol City (Wilco cover)

A few weeks ago we shared some tracks from Uncut magazine’s Wilco covers CD. Longstanding MM faves The Handsome Family also contributed a cover – of Capitol City – from 2011’s The Whole Love. Like pretty much everything they do, it is wonderful and Loose have now released it as a single. Enjoy.   And the original…   Continue reading The Handsome Family – Capitol City (Wilco cover)

New Video: Death Valley Girls – Wear Black

In celebration of Halloween, watch Death Valley Girls’ new video for Wear Black, which is taken from their excellent 2018 release Darkness Rains via Suicide Squeeze Records. Their world is a fusion of feral proto-punk, ‘70s scuzz dirges, and third eye mysticism and we love it….     Continue reading New Video: Death Valley Girls – Wear Black

Smoke Fairies New Album & Single

Smoke Fairies have announced the release their first album for four years. Darkness Brings The Wonders Home will be released on January 31st coupled with new tour dates for the band. In the making of the new record, the duo drew inspiration from mysteries both real and imagined: sea monsters, flocks of crows taking flight in extravagant formation, strange creatures dwelling in the mud near … Continue reading Smoke Fairies New Album & Single

Black Doldrums – She Divine EP

Known for delivering layered echo-drenched guitar with heavy, relentless drums, London based duo Black Doldrums are returning with their expansive new EP She Divine on Club AC30. The title refers to Aldous Huxley’s 1954 psychedelia-induced masterpiece The Doors of Perception, where constant reference is made to the search for divinity and how all cultures are united in the need for that same search. Utilising waves of … Continue reading Black Doldrums – She Divine EP

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… Walking Bicycles

Emerging from a five year silence and guided by warped guitar tones, menacing drums, and thundering bass, the new sound that Chicago post-punk foursome Walking Bicycles present on their new release Chooch is louder than anything they’ve recorded before. With echoes of Siouxsie & The Banshees doom laden gothica, take a listen to Fat Cat, and latest single, the fearsome ESP below. Order the album here.   … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends… Walking Bicycles

Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky Collaborate on Droneflower

Droneflower is the new collaboration between MM regular Marissa Nadler and Stephen Brodsky (of Mutoid Man, Cave In). It will be released by Sacred Bones on the 26th April. As might be imagined, it is a sprawling and expansive exercise in contrasts – the sound of the war between the brutal and the ethereal, the depths of darkness and piercing light, and the real and imagined. The … Continue reading Marissa Nadler & Stephen Brodsky Collaborate on Droneflower

End of Year Catch-Up (Part 2)

We rounded-up and shared a few songs yesterday that we had missed while posting our countdown of our favourite songs of the year. Here is a second helping for you… First up is Sweden’s Second Oracle who create dreamy soundscapes where flute and organ meets heavy percussion, bass and guitar – twisting and turning psychedelia into new shapes and forms. Check out their debut single Seabird’s Lament.   … Continue reading End of Year Catch-Up (Part 2)