2012 MAD MACKEREL’S 100 FAVOURITE SONGS PART 1: 100 – 81

So the waiting is over, and here are the first twenty entries in our Top 100 of 2012, part of MM’s much expanded Best of the Year review. Over the next five days we will reveal our favourite songs and those of our contributors: Mrs Mackerel, Christy Popper, Barry-Sean, Dr Roddy, Polly Pocket, Middle Sprat, Starbie, and Toy Steve. These are not the most “popular” … Continue reading 2012 MAD MACKEREL’S 100 FAVOURITE SONGS PART 1: 100 – 81

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (24th August)

  A Lord Huron of a week, but that notwithstanding it’s now time to fly rather than run. So before we’re airborne and intoxicated once more, there’s just time to squeeze out one short TFI before I sit on the suitcase, kiss the menagerie goodbye and head for warmer climes (forest fires you’re not counted). Doubtless I’ll spent the week in the shade, book in … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (24th August)

Three Freebies From Noisetrade

The wonderful free music site NoiseTrade have offered up three more cracking freebies in the recent days. For the price of an e-mail you can grab yourself a sampler from the wonderful Calexico, a free EP of Mexican folk fused with American roots from David Wax Museum and an EP of unique folk from singer-songwriter Denison Witmer. All are more than worthy additions to your iTunes … Continue reading Three Freebies From Noisetrade

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: May 2012

Another crackerjack month of new tunes on MM, all lovingly compiled and packaged up for you in one sweet playlist ready to download. Here are 33 of our favourite tracks from our May postings and 6 new songs too. No need to thank us. Download Virals – Gloria mp3 (from Coming Up With The Sun EP) Shines bright with an insanely hooky vocal and charged guitar riffs, … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: May 2012

The Inner Flame: A Tribute To Rainer Ptacek

Fire Records are reissuing the complete works of Rainer Ptacek, the much beloved slide guitarist from Tucson, Arizona, who originated Giant Sand’s sound from the band’s inception, as well as creating many remarkable recordings as a solo artist and with his own band, Das Combo, before succumbing to brain cancer on November 12 1997. The reissues start with The Inner Flame, a compilation of accomplished … Continue reading The Inner Flame: A Tribute To Rainer Ptacek

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (27th January)

Children: they really do f**k you about don’t they? In a week when our eldest sprat managed to eclipse his younger sister’s great show of academic prowess by making us all as miserable as sin, I think I should resign defeated. I blame the parents; he seems to. Liar, liar, pants on fire. Most things in life that are worth something demand some sort of … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (27th January)

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (18th March)

It’s been a full on 90 mph week with barely even time to call my own Ma, and when I did it sounded very much like my wedding dress might end up out for the St John’s Ambulance linen collection. A little harsh for the dress – and me.  I was rather hoping that sprat daughter might wear it, should she decide to tie the … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (18th March)

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday

Today I ventured down to our local lido in the sunshine with the mackerel sprats for a birthday celebration, and boy, was it busy. I used to swim there in the silence of early summer mornings with a friend who emigrated to Colorado a few years back. Farewells are always hard, particularly when you’re the one who’s staying put.  So this TFI Friday, I’m feeling … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday