Brown Bird – Bannermen

The very premature loss of Brown Bird’s Dave Lamb to leukaemia was one of the saddest events of last year, and his wife MorganEve Swain has announced the release of their final record, Axis Mundi, an album the pair recorded together before his illness took a turn for the worse. Bannermen is the first track from it, a song that highlights, as Swain says, that they were … Continue reading Brown Bird – Bannermen

RIP David Lamb

We were desperately, desperately sad to hear that Brown Bird’s David Lamb finally lost his year long battle with leukaemia this weekend. There is a lovely and eloquent statement on the band’s website from his partner MorganEve, and we can only add our own condolences for her loss – it is truly a tragic turn of events. For anyone who has stayed with MM for … Continue reading RIP David Lamb

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: December 2013

As you might expect, December is a quiet month for new releases, especially non-festive ones, but we’ve still managed to come up with a mix of 16 top-notch downloads for you from our monthly postings. As always, we have a couple of new tracks too, and you can also check out our new monthly mix page here, that has every single monthly mix we’ve posted available … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: December 2013

The Welcome Return Of Brown Bird

Here is Weathering, a new song from long-standing MM faves Brown Bird and given all the challenges they have faced over the past months – it is great to have them back. As well as downloading the track you can also donate towards the costs of David Lamb’s bone marrow transplant and leukaemia treatment by clicking through on the Soundcloud link. Weathering was written during his … Continue reading The Welcome Return Of Brown Bird

Free Halloween Mix 2013

Here is our traditional free Halloween Mix for 2013 – twenty five great tunes and the fourth year we’ve provided a soundtrack for one of the best nights of the year. Download a perfect mix of ghouls, ghosts, spooks, and all manner of assorted monsters…from all genres and the past 40 years. No trick, all treat! Download Gene Vincent – Race With The Devil mp3 … Continue reading Free Halloween Mix 2013

Mad Mackerel The Last Five Years – Dr Roddy Looks Back

Believe it or not, Mad Mackerel has been around for more than five years now. During that time we’ve posted more than 4,000 times, and offered more than 5,000 songs for your listening pleasure. And more than three quarters of a million people have paid MM a visit during our lifetime on Google’s godawful blogspot and since April 2010 on WordPress. We asked some of … Continue reading Mad Mackerel The Last Five Years – Dr Roddy Looks Back

Brown Bird Are Back

The wonderful Brown Bird, they of the skeletal, sparse folk tales and eerie southern gothic country, will release a new album Fits of Reason on the 2nd April. That is more than enough reason to celebrate on its own, but even better, you can now listen to the first single from the album, the appropriately titled Seven Hells below. Pre-order the album from their Bandcamp page. … Continue reading Brown Bird Are Back

MM’s 2011 Top Ten Series: No 4 Dr Roddy

With probably the longest entry of 2011 we give the floor to regular MM contributor and top ten compiler…Dr Roddy. Well it seems to be that time of year again. I always spend 340 days looking forward to doing this and 25 agonising over it. This year especially though, as I think there has been a bumper harvest of great songs. When I looked at … Continue reading MM’s 2011 Top Ten Series: No 4 Dr Roddy

MM’s 2011 Top Ten Series: No 2 Banner

For the second of our ‘guest’ top ten posts we are pleased to welcome the finger-choppin’ Banner to the roster with his first contribution to the end of year best of lists. “It’s been a great year musically and especially as this year I became a dad. I’d like to thank Doctor Roddy and Chris T Popper for their steady supply of CDs this year … Continue reading MM’s 2011 Top Ten Series: No 2 Banner

Repost: Best of October 2011 Mix

To celebrate our downloads working again we thought we would re-post our best of the month mix from October – more than 20 great tracks selected from our October posts and six new ones too. This time you can download and dive in. Download The Minks – Araby mp3 (from Araby 7″) Endearingly gloomy slice of indie-pop. Download The Bloody Hollies – Dirty Sex mp3 (from Yours Until The Bitter End) The dark … Continue reading Repost: Best of October 2011 Mix