The Cave Singers – Demos & B-Sides

Last month, with what seems very little fanfare, longstanding MM faves The Cave Singers released a new collection of Demos & B-Sides via Bandcamp. To our shame we also noticed they’d released a new EP at the tail end of 2019 too. So better late than never here is the backwoods campfire singalong of At The Rig and the yearning country of Katydid from the Demos … Continue reading The Cave Singers – Demos & B-Sides

The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 13)

We’re getting towards the sharp end of our mammoth count down now. Here are songs 30-21 of our favourites of the past ten years. 30 Bear Bones – Oil And Lacquer (2010)   An eight-piece folk explosion of rousing, thickly accented, swagger and swing.   29 James McMurtry – Copper Canteen (2015)   Opening with the quasi-funny, possibly serious “Honey don’t you be yelling at … Continue reading The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 13)

The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 5)

Welcome to numbers 120 through to 101 of our favourite tunes of the past ten years… 120 Black Mountain – Let Spirits Ride (2010) Who cares if the riff is nicked from another song, or if it sounds like 1972. I don’t when it as good as this. Pure riffola magic.   119 Faith Healer – No Car (2015)   Kicking up a meaty riff … Continue reading The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 5)

The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 1)

Mad Mackerel has been around for ten years now. We’ve come a long way. Early days using Google’s blogspot where our posts were regularly and erroneously taken down through DMCA notices until the moment when Google just erased us completely, our move to WordPress in April 2010 where Kurt Vile, Beach Fossils, Johnny Flynn and Band of Horses were among our first posts. Those were … Continue reading The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 1)

MM’s BEST OF 2016: MAD MACKEREL

Our final Best of post of 2016 is MM’s own selections. You can also listen via Spotify here. 20 TRAAMS – A House On Fire I always think I don’t really like long songs and yet they always seem to end up in my favourite tracks of the year. This TRAAMS song is nearly nine minutes long yet hurtles along in a blur of krautrock … Continue reading MM’s BEST OF 2016: MAD MACKEREL

MM’s BEST ALBUMS OF 2016

Here are our favourite albums of 2016. We have to go against the flow a bit and say up front there is no place for David Bowie. Great though he was, and tragic that he died two days after the release of a good album, for us that was what it was, a good album, but not a great one. And besides he is topping … Continue reading MM’s BEST ALBUMS OF 2016

MM’s BEST TRACKS OF 2016: 50-26

Inside the top fifty of our favourite songs of the year now. Check numbers 50 – 26 and come back tomorrow for the final countdown… 50 BAIT – I’m Still Here   49 Big Thief – Paul   48 Kyle Craft – Before The Wall   47 Staches – Total Commitment   46 Arborist – I Heard Him Leaving   45 Hooded Fang – Dead … Continue reading MM’s BEST TRACKS OF 2016: 50-26

New Video: The Cave Singers – That’s Why

We are slowly absorbing the Cave Singers’ latest offering Banshee, which is revealing new secrets and delights with every listen. Watch the new video for one of the standout tracks, That’s Why, featuring the band strolling through the dark woods of Washington state, being followed by haunting figures in animal masks.   Continue reading New Video: The Cave Singers – That’s Why

Another From The Cave Singers

Just in time for the holidays, the Cave Singers have shared another cracking song off of their upcoming album Banshee, entitled Christmas Night. It is an uptempo, almost jaunty slice of twangy Americana, but juxtaposed with lyrics that follow a darker path and pattern, Pete Quirk proclaiming, “walking through life with a knife in your back.” Have a listen.   Continue reading Another From The Cave Singers