The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 12)

Here are tracks 40-31 in our countdown of Mad Mackerel’s favourite tunes of the past ten years. 40 Avett Brothers – January Wedding (2009) Banjo, guitar, authentic romantic country and a beautiful ballad.   39 First Aid Kit – Wolf (2012)   Gorgeous folk harmonies given an almost tribal, native American feel.   38 Big Thief – Shark Smile (2017)   An airy, meandering number … Continue reading The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 12)

Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Calexico – End Of The World With You No Age – Soft Collar Fad Jim White – Far Beyond The Spoken Word Father John Misty – Pure Country Hater – Blushing Django Django – Tic Tac Toe A. Savage – Ladies From Houston Surfing Magazines – One Of These Days Anna St. Louis – Fire The Deep Dark Woods – Deep Flooding Waters Miss World – … Continue reading Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

2012 MAD MACKEREL’S 100 FAVOURITE SONGS PART 2: 80-61

Here are tracks 80 – 61 in our countdown of Mad Mackerel’s 100 favourite tunes of the year. Don’t forget to check out numbers 100 – 81 in yesterday’s post here and check back tomorrow for numbers 61 – 40. Here we go… 80 SUN KIL MOON – SUNSHINE IN CHICAGO Beautifully bittersweet reflections of wandering troubadour preparing for another gig in Chicago and how the … Continue reading 2012 MAD MACKEREL’S 100 FAVOURITE SONGS PART 2: 80-61

No Direction Home Festival: A Review

No Direction Home Festival  ||  Welbeck Abbey, Nottinghamshire  ||  8-10 June 2012 The omens were not good for the inaugural No Direction Home music festival, setting out in heavy rain that only got heavier as the traffic got slower the further north I went. However, despite the slate grey skies and constant brake lights of the M1, a journey of over 5 hours was rewarded … Continue reading No Direction Home Festival: A Review

No Direction Home Festival: Free Mix

As you read this I will probably still be speeding northwards through the torrential rain on the M1 heading for Sherwood Forest and the inaugural No Direction Home music festival. Having spent the last two years happily enjoying the fantastic End of the Road festival, my plans were scuppered for a hat-trick by a sneaky move in dates making it clash with our first overseas … Continue reading No Direction Home Festival: Free Mix

The End of the Road Festival – A Review

Welcome to our longest ever post, and a whole bucketful of great songs. Last weekend, Barry-Sean came with me to the End of the Road Festival and outside of the musical orgy that is SxSW, we agreed it is the best festival we’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. In fact he’s been writing about it ever since. Here’s what he has to say…. Having … Continue reading The End of the Road Festival – A Review