Day of the Dead – A Grateful Dead Tribute

On May 20th, 4AD will release Day of the Dead – a celebration of the Grateful Dead’s music created and curated by brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National. It has been a massive undertaking. The compilation is a wide-ranging tribute to the songwriting and experimentalism of the Dead, which took four years to record, features over 60 artists from varied musical backgrounds, 59 tracks … Continue reading Day of the Dead – A Grateful Dead Tribute

Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This/Last Week

We’re a bit late to the party this weekend with our round-up of the best of the new releases of the past seven days. No matter – consider it a nice late finish to Sunday or a nice new start to the new week. Courtney Barnett – Three Packs A Day Woods – Sun City Creeps Soft Fangs – Birthday Matthew And The Atlas – … Continue reading Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This/Last Week

MM’S BEST OF THE YEAR: MAD MACKEREL’S TOP TWENTY SONGS

And so here is the final personal Top Twenty of the year. This time it is my turn! Another twelve months neatly wrapped up and delivered for your listening pleasure and here’s to 2016… 20. Quiet Hollers – Mont Blanc An apocalyptic, “end-is-nigh” rolling, country rock anthem. Pure poetry with the best coda to a song I heard all year, “shed a tear for the books … Continue reading MM’S BEST OF THE YEAR: MAD MACKEREL’S TOP TWENTY SONGS

MM’S BEST OF THE YEAR: MRS MACKEREL’S TOP TWENTY SONGS

Our Best of the Year posts are coming to a close and for the penultimate list we hand over to the ever fragrant Mrs Mackerel. Over to you Mrs M… Another year banked. As ever, I look at my list and think yes, there are some that are keepers and others that maybe were just a mirage. A little like life really.   20 The … Continue reading MM’S BEST OF THE YEAR: MRS MACKEREL’S TOP TWENTY SONGS

MM’S BEST OF THE YEAR: POLLY POCKET’S TOP TEN SONGS

The latest instalments of personal Top Tens comes from regular MM contributor Polly Pocket. Enjoy.   10. Courtney Barnett – Pedestrian At Best I always find myself smiling and shouting along to this one in equal measure. A ton of lyrics that shouldn’t work together but somehow sound perfect. I’ve always loved origami.   9. Noah Gundersen – Slow Dancer This is a beauty. A … Continue reading MM’S BEST OF THE YEAR: POLLY POCKET’S TOP TEN SONGS

MM’S BEST OF THE YEAR: BARRY-SEAN’S TOP TEN SONGS

It is a warm welcome back into the fold for Barry-Sean, and he kicks off our individual contributors personal favourites of the year. Take it away maestro…   10. Slaves – The Hunter  So, they’re not the most mature lyrics ever. In fact they make a lot of the old punk stuff I listened to as a teenager sound quite sophisticated. But there’s a rawness … Continue reading MM’S BEST OF THE YEAR: BARRY-SEAN’S TOP TEN SONGS

MM’S BEST TRACKS OF 2015: 25-1

Here we go then, our final countdown of our favourite tracks of 2015, with no fewer than three artists managing two entries in the top 25 this year! And don’t forget you can see the other 75 choices here (100-75), here (75-51) and here (50-26). Enjoy. 25 Ghostpoet – Off Peak Dreams   24 Tracy Thorn – Goodbye Joe (2015 re-issue)   23 Calexico – Follow … Continue reading MM’S BEST TRACKS OF 2015: 25-1

MM’S BEST ALBUMS OF 2015: 15-1

Here are our favourite albums of 2015. 15 Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle   14 Joe Ely – Panhandle Rambler   13 Low – Ones And Sixes   12 James McMurtry – Complicated Game   11 Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy   10 Quiet Hollers – Quiet Hollers   9 Girl Band – Holding Hands With Jamie   8 Ezra Furman – Perpetual … Continue reading MM’S BEST ALBUMS OF 2015: 15-1

MM’S BEST TRACKS OF 2015: 75-51

And so begins the second quarter of our annual countdown of our favourite tracks of the year. 75 Joe Ely – Wounded Creek   74 Great American Canyon Band – Crash   73 Julien Baker – Sprained Ankle   72 The Quite Hollers – Mont Blanc   71 Heaters – Mean Green   70 Tough Age – New Orleans Square   69 Chris Staples – Dark Side … Continue reading MM’S BEST TRACKS OF 2015: 75-51

Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Seven days, nine new songs, all winners. Courtney Barnett – Boxing Days Blues Revisited JEFF The Brotherhood – Radiating Fiber Plane Besnard Lakes – Golden Lion Cass McCombs – Evangeline William Elliott Whitmore – Civilisations Hiccup – Whatevs, Its Cool Powderburns – Not Right (Stooges cover) Cheatahs – Su-Pra Mothers – It Hurts Until It Doesn’t                     Continue reading Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week