SXSW Day 2: A Band In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Mohawk

Yesterday was not a great day. It is the little things sometimes. Things like when you wake up and realise that despite knowing I was away for 10 days in total, I had only bought clothes for 8 (except t-shirts which bizarrely could last me for 13) and the suncream tube is actually some kind of foaming face wash. Or all the eggs have gone … Continue reading SXSW Day 2: A Band In The Hand Is Worth Two In The Mohawk

Blessed Feathers New Track & Tour

We have posted about Blessed Feathers many times on MM, and they featured in our round up of our favourite albums of 2011. Last year they released a very fine five track EP Peaceful Beasts In An Ocean Of Weeds to much critical acclaim. They just announced a winter tour in support of the EP, which includes dates with Mount Moriah, Young Buffalo and a stop at … Continue reading Blessed Feathers New Track & Tour

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: August 2012

Our best of August mix is ready and even though it is typically a slightly quieter month for new releases, we can still offer you more than 20 cracking new tunes together with a few ‘hot off the press’ new ones. The result? A brilliant mix to keep you going as we enter autumn (aka the fall for our American friends). Either way, just enjoy. … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: August 2012

Blessed Feathers & Peter Wolf Crier Cover RHCP

Both Blessed Feathers and Peter Wolf Crier have featured a few times on Mad Mackerel and the two recently teamed up to record a cover of the Red Hot Chili Peppers track Porcelain. According to Blessed Feathers’ Donivan Berube, “The Porcelain cover came about quite naturally, as Peter utterly worships John Frusciante, more for his solo albums than his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers. … Continue reading Blessed Feathers & Peter Wolf Crier Cover RHCP

New From Blessed Feathers

Wisconsin’s excellently spooky Americana duo Blessed Feathers return with a new release, Peaceful Beasts In An Ocean Of Weeds on 9th October. It will be available as hand-numbered, limited-edition digital vinyl discs and all pre-orders of the album will receive a free copy of the new Summer/Fall 2012 issue of frontman Donivan Berube’s literary zine, Sleeping in a Torn Quilt / Dreaming of Gold. The forthcoming issue … Continue reading New From Blessed Feathers

Mad Mackerel’s Albums Of The Year: Part 1 (50-31)

So, as the New Year approaches, here are our favourite albums of 2011 for your consideration. Feel free to dispute, argue, or otherwise put us right because, if nothing else, music is as about as subjective topic as it is possible to get. Some of these may not be the “best” albums of the year as far as the critics are concerned, but that matters … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Albums Of The Year: Part 1 (50-31)

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: August 2011

Our usual round up of the very best of our August posts and some new tracks too. Dip in – every one a winner as they say. Download The Cabin Dogs – High Falls mp3 (from Midnight Trail) Invites you to kick off your boots, pour a stiff one and sit on the porch to watch the sun go down – a song for when you’re busy … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: August 2011

New Album From Blessed Feathers

With only a month until the release of their new LP, Milwaukee band Blessed Feathers is happy to release the second single from the record, Stinging Nettle, Honeysuckle. Nipping at the heels of the first single, By Song Through The Americas, which centered around Donivan Berube’s sultry baritone as a jubilant kickoff, this track dials things back to focus on the delicate voice and arrangement surrounding … Continue reading New Album From Blessed Feathers

Introducing…Blessed Feathers

Blessed Feathers describe themselves as ‘a folkish trio from Milwaukee’, and dropped us a line about their self-titled debut album together with a couple of videos. I guess you could call it a sparse sort of sound with minimal instrumentation accompanying the vocals and giving it an old-fashioned, home-made feel that is every bit as charming as it is good. However, to succeed with an … Continue reading Introducing…Blessed Feathers