The first of our four individual listings comes from The Italian Job – she of the detailed spreadsheets and punk rock outlook. Listen on Spotify here. 20. Underworld – I Exhale   19. The Wave Pictures – Pool Hall   18. Arborist – I Heard Him Leaving   17. Kyle Craft – Before The Wall   16. Terry Malts – Used To Be   … Continue reading MM’s BEST OF 2016: THE ITALIAN JOB


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: 25-1

And so here we are, our favourite tracks of the year counting down from 25 to number 1. Enjoy…   25 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife   24 Little Barrie – I.5.C.A.   23 She Drew The Gun – Since You Were Not Mine   22 Car Seat Headrest – Fill In The Blank   21 Communist Daughter – Balboa Bridge … Continue reading MM’s BEST TRACKS OF 2016: 25-1

Communist Daughter – Balboa Bridge

Here is another track from Communist Daughter’s upcoming long player The Cracks That Built the Wall which is out October 21. Balboa Bridge is a beautiful, gently rolling folk song, but one which covers some difficult and troubling topics – primarily the struggles with mental health and the loneliness and isolation that can come with it. Frontman John Solomon told Stereogum, “There’s this gorgeous park in the … Continue reading Communist Daughter – Balboa Bridge

Communist Daughter Return

It has been far too long since we last featured Minneapolis’ Communist Daughter on MM and happily we can remedy that today with two new tracks, Hold Back and Roll A Stone. Hold Back opens new album The Cracks That Built the Wall (out October 21) and overflows with male-female harmonies, airy echoes, and a complex acoustic sound that meets reverberating rock. Listen / watch below.   Continue reading Communist Daughter Return

MM’s 5:1 Interview No 3: Communist Daughter

A few years ago John Solomon walked away from music. After a long struggle with addiction and a brief stint in jail he broke up his critically acclaimed band Friends Like These and moved to a small town in Wisconsin. And supposedly that was that. Even though Solomon left music, music never left him. After a long hiatus, he called some friends to come to … Continue reading MM’s 5:1 Interview No 3: Communist Daughter

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: September 2012

  Here we are again – a massive free mix containing the cream of last month’s posts, a couple of new tunes and, all in all, an eclectic set of top quality tunes to kick off the onset of autumn for you. From folk to garage, from country to psychedelia and from originals to covers, there is a multifaceted, multifarious, heterogeneous, assorted miscellaney of delights for … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: September 2012

Communist Daughter On Tour

We don’t often post tour dates, but we’re making an exception for MM faves and Minneapolis natives, Communist Daughter, as it gives us a chance to post their wonderful track Ghosts. So fresh on the heels of the July release of the Lions & Lambs EP (Grain Belt Records), they will be showcasing their unique spin on midwestern bred indie folk pop, as they continue their … Continue reading Communist Daughter On Tour

MM Shorts 136: Communist Daughter

Communist Daughter’s excellent 2010 release Soundtrack To The End seemed to get overlooked for some reason and didn’t receive the pandits and acclaim it perhaps should have at the time. The album has been re-released on limited edition white vinyl and is available from Insound here. Grab yourself the relentlessly catchy and upbeat folky strum of Not The Kid. Download Communist Daughter – Not The … Continue reading MM Shorts 136: Communist Daughter