Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

You know the score – a sweep up of some of the week’s best new releases, new tunes and new artists. This week we have no less than eleven tracks for you including The Avett Brothers, Left Lane Cruiser, The Devil Makes Three, Deerhoof and plenty more. Dive in… The Avett Brothers – Satan Pulls The Strings Band Of Horses – Barrel House Holly Miranda … Continue reading Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Twelve Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

A bumper week for new tunes, many with an Americana flavour,  including songs from The Head & The Heart, Lydia Loveless, Frankie Lee, The Low Anthem and Band Of Horses. We have a tasty REM cover from The Districts as well, and the return of Beck and of Montreal amongst twelve new tracks for you to delve into. Enjoy! Band Of Horses – Whatever, Wherever The Head & The … Continue reading Twelve Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

The Twenty Best Things We Heard, Saw, And Discovered At The Green Man Festival

Our first visit to the brilliant Green Man Festival. Here are the twenty best things we heard, saw and discovered over the weekend. 1. The Parquet Courts live up to the hype Like the Ramones on speed, the four-piece transcended all the hype with the set of the weekend – a thrilling, occasionally ramshackle, breakneck excursion into punk, slacker pop and moshpit heaven, and in … Continue reading The Twenty Best Things We Heard, Saw, And Discovered At The Green Man Festival

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums of 2012 Part 1: 30-16

To finish off our favourites of the year, here are numbers thirty to sixteen of the albums we have most enjoyed in 2012. Don’t forget to check back for our 100 Favourite Tunes and the MM contributor’s best of lists too. 30 Joe Pug – The Great Despiser a 29 David Cronenberg’s Wife – Don’t Wait To Be Hunted To Hide a 28 Band Of … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums of 2012 Part 1: 30-16

Jason Lytle & Ben Bridwell Cover Townes Van Zandt

Jason Lytle is on tour with Band of Horses and prior to setting out, Ben Bridwell sent him a “vocal, drum, guitar” demo that he’d recorded in a hotel in Milan asking if he wanted to “add some whatever“. Jason says he proceeded to “slather sonic goo and build and mix upon it until he suspected the ghost of Townes Van Zandt was starting to get … Continue reading Jason Lytle & Ben Bridwell Cover Townes Van Zandt

Band of Horses – New Single & Video

Band of Horses have announced that Dilly will be the next single to be released from their rather good album Infinite Arms on Monday 14th February. The single will come backed with an exclusive cover of Cee-Lo Green’s Georgia. The accompanying video has been inspired by biker films of the 70s – see for yourself… Buy Infinite Arms from Amazon here. Continue reading Band of Horses – New Single & Video

Mad Mackerel’s Albums of the Year

So after much deliberation, head scratching, discussion, and more head scratching, we have MM’s favourite albums of 2010. And we choose our words very carefully here, because we would not presume them to be the best, only those that have given us the most pleasure and enjoyment, records that we have returned to again and again, and for whatever reason have captured a moment or … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Albums of the Year

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday

Tonight’s topic: men with beards. This Friday evening, I’m out with two jolly fine chaps:  MM and one of my bestest friends and main gigging partner (neither of whom currently sport beards). And off we will trot in an appropriately jaunty fashion, down the Cowley Road, to sway in time to the Band of Horses (almost uniformly, a group of men with an abundance of … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday