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

New Video: Shame – Nigel Hitter

Shame have shared a new song, Nigel Hitter, the latest single taken from their imminent new album Drunk Tank Pink – out 15th January via Dead Oceans. Grinding into gear via a heavy, driving bassline, the track opens up to a mesh of guitars which motor the song through its stirring hooks and explosive vocal delivery. Alongside, the band have shared a new video which … Continue reading New Video: Shame – Nigel Hitter

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.

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Tunes of 2020

Time to finish off our reflections on the past twelve months. Here are my own choices for ten favourite tunes that soundtracked lockdown and those life saving dog walks with the gold medal winning picnic thief. 10 Man of Moon – Strangers The long awaited (by me anyway) return of Scottish duo Man of Moon was amply rewarded by their brilliant single Strangers using heavy … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Tunes of 2020

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)

Mad Mackerel’s Best Tracks Of 2020: Part 2 (75-51)

Here is the second part of our countdown of our favourite 100 songs of 2020.   75 Protomartyr – Worm in Heaven   74 Flat Worms – The Aughts   73 IDLES – Mr Motivator   72 Bee Bee Sea – Day Ripper   71 TRAAMS – Greyhound   70 Gum Country – Tennis (I Feel OK)   69 Songhoy Blues – Badala   68 … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Tracks Of 2020: Part 2 (75-51)

Mad Mackerel’s Best Tracks of 2020: Part 1 (100 – 76)

Here are favourite tracks of the year in our usual countdown style, from 100 down to 1, in four parts and sharing over the next few days. Enjoy. 100 No Age – Turned To String   99 The Smoke Fairies – Elevator   98 Hallan – Modern England   97 Ben de la Cour – God’s Only Son   96 The Gabbard Brothers – Too … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Tracks of 2020: Part 1 (100 – 76)