Mad Mackerel’s 2010 Top Ten Series: No 7, Mad Mackerel

Here at MM we share, chat, argue, bury and praise music on a pretty regular basis…like daily. So throughout the year, the Mackerel crew (Mrs Mackerel, Barry-Sean, Christy-Popper, Dr Roddy, Polly Pocket, Starbar, MM and others) keep their own ever-changing top tens ready for publication at the climax of the festive season. So here are MM’s ten favourite tunes from 2010 – no claims on … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s 2010 Top Ten Series: No 7, Mad Mackerel

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (17th December)

The old day job has provided less joy than usual recently, and it was with much sadness that we waved goodbye to the lovely Polly Pocket this week. The occasion was marked by a visit to the local farm café. It was a shame the red-faced old buzzard was circling but next to the organic turkeys, you’d barely notice the difference. In skin tone and … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (17th December)

Mad Mackerel’s 2010 Top Ten Series: No 1, Polly Pocket

Here at MM we share, chat, argue, bury and praise music on a pretty regular basis…like daily. So throughout the year, the Mackerel crew (Mrs Mackerel, Barry-Sean, Christy-Popper, Dr Roddy, Polly Pocket, Starbar, MM and others) keep their own ever-changing top tens ready for publication at the climax of the festive season. This year, to start the ball rolling we have, the already much missed … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s 2010 Top Ten Series: No 1, Polly Pocket

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

Blitzen Trapper on Daytrotter

The rather awesome Blitzen Trapper have just completed their fifth Daytrotter session – a record apparently. The four songs include a version of The Tree, one of the many) standout tracks from recent album Destroyer of the Void. Download it below or get the whole session for free from Daytrotter here. Buy the album from Amazon here. Visit Blitzen Trapper’s MySpace here. Download Blitzen Trapper – … Continue reading Blitzen Trapper on Daytrotter

Live Review: Blitzen Trapper

The intimate (that means slightly cramped) Borderline was the host for last night’s gig by Blitzen Trapper supported by The Dutchess & The Duke. The latter gave us 35 minutes of beautifully crafted folk harmonies and the occasional arsenic tinged lyric. The hushed, attentive crowd and easy going banter from the band made it feel like a 60s coffee house in Greenwich Village and so … Continue reading Live Review: Blitzen Trapper