Damien Jurado – Alice Hyatt

Damien Jurado recently announced details of his new album What’s New, Tomboy? which sees him stepping back into a more fleshed out sound with his voice and rhythm section at the fore. it is a collection of songs that exude the inviting warmth of a lone porch light gleaming amidst the disorienting darkness. On latest single Alice Hyatt, the sparse instrumental elements add a deeper … Continue reading Damien Jurado – Alice Hyatt

Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

T. Hardy Morris -Scare Easy  (Mudcrutch cover) Damien Jurado – Throw Me Now Into Your Arms Cate le Bon – Daylight Matters Calexico And Iron & Wine – Father Mountain Wand – Walkie Talkie An Horse – This Is A Song Weyes Blood – Movies Honeyblood – Glimmer The Dream Syndicate – Put Some Miles On Mitski – Let’s Get Married  (Bleachers cover) Cherry Pickles … Continue reading Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Damien Jurado Announces New Album, Shares South

For more than two decades, Damien Jurado has sung folk songs brimming with prophetic imagination. Whether singing ballads about killers, wounded lovers, UFO cults, or the phantoms of departed friends, he’s populated his work with eerie foretelling, the sense that he’s divining something just on the verge of happening. He wrote his last record, 2018’s The Horizon Just Laughed as a goodbye letter to his … Continue reading Damien Jurado Announces New Album, Shares South

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)

Thirteen Songs You Should Have Heard This Week & Last

The countdown of our Favourite 200 songs of the past 10 years has taken over everything over the last two weeks, so here is our (belated) round-up of some of the best new songs of the past 14 days. Parquet Courts – Mardi Gras Beads Protomartyr (featuring Kelley Deal) – Wheel Of Fortune Lumerians – Silver Trash The Plainviews – Bladerunner The Lovely Eggs – … Continue reading Thirteen Songs You Should Have Heard This Week & Last

The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 7)

Our favourite 200 songs of the past ten years… numbers 90 – 81. 90 Great American Canyon Band – Undertow (2016)   An epic of yearning Americana and cinematic, shoegazing guitars that combine to stunning effect.   89 Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Stranger Dig (2009)   Raucous mix of heavy rock and psychedelic blues. Heavy drumming – check, big riff – check – rough vocals … Continue reading The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 7)

Damien Jurado Announces New Album

Damien Jurado is an oft-featured, well loved fave on MM, so news of new music from him is always cause to celebrate. The Horizon Just Laughed, is the title of his new record due out May 4th, via Secretly Canadian (pre-order here). An early preview can be heard in the scenic video for warmly elegant first single, Over Rainbows and Rainier. Enjoy!   Continue reading Damien Jurado Announces New Album

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 OF 2016: MRS MACKEREL

Our third Best Of listing comes from the ever lovely Mrs Mackerel. Listen on Spotify here. 2016 turned out to be fairly music-light by my standards in that I didn’t listen to nearly as much as I usually do, partly in response to spending so much time driving up and down the country. For this, I need the spoken word rather than the sung one, … Continue reading MM’s BEST OF 2016: MRS MACKEREL