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Our third festive offering comes from hardcore rocking stalwarts Melvins and their version of Carol Of The Bells, which is part of Amazon’s Indie for the Holidays playlist, released at the end of last month on Amazon Music.

The band simply say, “the song has scared us since we were children, that’s why we wanted to do it.

Good enough for us!


Introducing >>> Gang

Posted: October 11, 2016 in Alternative, Metal, Post Punk, Rock

Arriving in a haze of mystic fuzz and tangled dirge-pop, Brighton trio Gang will release their wonderfully macabre new 7” single, Dead / Enough Nothing, on November 25th via Ra-Ra Rok Records.

There are echoes of everything from Sabbath’s portentous doom-metal to Dinosaur Jr’s brawny distortion and Wand’s sludgy psych rock, but deconstructed and reapplied in a new, uncompromising and somewhat ferocious way…

Have a listen.


Nickel In The Jukebox

Time for our irregular, but still brilliant, instalment of Nickel in the Jukebox. A collection of ten tunes of varying guises and ages for your listening pleasure. So whatever your particular pleasure there will be something for you here. Your job is simply to sift through and find your own personal hits and misses.

Port Juvee – Double Vision  [RIYL: Post-punk, The Hives, The Strokes]


Molly Burch – Downhearted  [RIYL: Retro Country, Patsy Cline, Francoise Hardy]


The Devil Makes Three with Emmylou Harris – Waiting Around To Die  (Townes Van Zandt cover)  [RIYL: Bluegrass, Shovels & Rope, Townes Van Zandt (obviously)]


Quiet Quiet Band – In The Body  [RIYL: Cowpunk, The Levellers, Violent Femmes]


Savoy Motel – Sorry People  [RIYL: Glam rock & power pop, Dandy Warhols, Little Richard]


DANGERS – The Bend In The Break  [RIYL: Hardcore, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys]


Sam Evian – Sleep Easy  [RIYL: Hazy indie, Mac DeMarco, Cass McCombs]


Light Fantastic – To The Center  [RIYL:  Dream-Psych, Alex Chilton, MGMT]


Tele Novella – Even Steven  [RIYL: Macabre pop, Velvet Underground, Belle & Sebastian]


SLØTFACE – Bright Lights  [RIYL: Indie pop-punk, Interpol, The Pixies]


Ambulance is the debut single from Brooklyn’s Russian Baths.

It is a powerful slab of noise-rock that undulates and rolls under the spell of swelling guitars and pummelling percussion.

Most gratifying. Listen below.


best of the weekAnother bumper round-up of new releases for you this morning. From the return of The Kills to Sturgill Simpson to the always brilliant Black Mountain by way of BEAK>. Ten new tracks – enjoy!

  1. Sturgill Simpson – Brace For Impact (Live A Little)
  2. Black Mountain – Florian Saucer Attack
  3. BEAK> – Timeshare
  4. Mitski – Your Best American Girl
  5. The Kills – Doing It To Death
  6. Fear Of Men – Island
  7. Eskimeaux – WTF
  8. Littler – Phantom Limb
  9. Yung – Pills
  10. Greys – No Star












best of the weekHere is the selection from the Mad Mackerel jury for our choice cuts from the past seven days. Enjoy.

  1. Black Mountain – Mothers Of The Sun
  2. Rogue Wave – What Is Left To Solve
  3. The Castillians – Come What May
  4. Witching Waves – Pitiless
  5. La Sera – I Need An Angel
  6. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Astonished Man
  7. Purling Hiss – My My My
  8. DZ Deathrays – Blood On My Leather











RiP: Lemmy

Posted: December 29, 2015 in Alternative, Metal, Music, Punk, Rock & Roll
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RIP Lemmy

“Very basic music – loud, fast, city, raucous, arrogant, paranoid, speed-freak rock n roll. It will be so loud that if we move in next door to you, your lawn will die”.

Ian ‘Lemmy’ Kilmister  ||  1945 -2015  ||  Born to lose, lived to win.





best of the weekOur final round up in 2015 of all those newly fresh and minted tracks that we’ve gathered up from the past week is one of the best of the whole year. Here are twelve songs which you really need to hear..

  1. Kurt Vile – Pretty Boy
  2. Ezra Furman – The Prisoner
  3. Those Darlins – Female Trouble (Divine cover)
  4. Cian Nugent – Lost Your Way
  5. Thao & The Get Down Stay Down – Nobody Dies
  6. The Dirty Nil – Zombie Eyed
  7. Hiss Golden Messenger – Wish I Had Not Said That
  8. Fraser A. Gorman – Skyscraper Skyline Blues
  9. John Murry – Holocaust (Big Star cover)
  10. Jaill – Port Of Call
  11. Kal Marks – Dorothy
  12. Jehnny Beth + Julian Casablancas – Boy/Girl














RiP: Philthy Phil Taylor

Posted: November 13, 2015 in Alternative, Metal, Music, Punk, Rock
Philly Phil Taylor || Moorhead || 1954 - 2015

Philthy Phil Taylor || Motorhead || 1954 – 2015



Nickel In The Jukebox

Our eighth collection of ten tunes for the virtual jukebox – give them a spin and decide hit… or miss.


Passport To Stockholm – Let Me Know  [RIYL: Indie-folk, Lanterns on the Lake, Loch Lomond]


Ripper – On The Curb  [RIYL: Punk, Germs, Dead Kennedys]


Trotting Bear – Hesitate  [RIYL: Folk, Sufjan Stevens, Iron & Wine]


Bad Sounds – Avalanche  [RIYL: Indie-pop, Hot Chip, The Virgins]


Estrons – Make A Man  [RIYL: Indie-punk, Blood Red Shoes, The Kills]


The Goldhearts – Here’s The Thing  [RIYL: Alternative rock, The Breeders, Veruca Salt]


B/U/B/B – Hate Culture  [RIYL: Noise-rock, The Melvins, Queens of the Stoneage]


Plant Tribe – Croakin’  [RIYL: Acid rock, Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead]


Go Deep – Designated  [RIYL: Hardcore stomp, Beastie Boys, Senser]


Daisy Chains – Bye Babe  [RIYL: Indie-pop, Best Coast, Colleen Green]