Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Dr. Dog – Virginia Please MIEN – Odessey Bad Breeding – Dehumanised Phil Cook featuring Amelia Meath – Miles Away Giant Sand – Tumble And Tear River Whyless – Motel 6 Post Louis – Stress Fracture No Problem – Get The Feeling Back School Damage – Scump Damage 1                     Continue reading Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

New Giant Sand Album

Giant Sand, the iconic and influential band fronted by luminary Howe Gelb, celebrates 30 years of freewheeling and ever-evolving music making on new album, Heartbreak Pass, out on the 5th May via New West Records. The album spans founder Gelb’s far-reaching career and mixes the rollicking nature of the band’s 1985 debut, Valley of Rain, with the dusty alt-folk, desert-rock and jazzy lounge-piano explorations of his … Continue reading New Giant Sand Album

Friday Means Six of the Best

Here are another six tunes to try and cheer you up a little bit on another dank and dreary Friday in England… First up is Hardly Art’s Unnatural Helpers and their raging first single, Hate Your Teachers, from upcoming album Land Grab. River City Tanlines keep the energy levels fizzing with their own garage-punk howl and shred of Stop My Heart taken from the forthcoming release … Continue reading Friday Means Six of the Best

MM’s Slightly Contrived Easter Mix

It is Easter. I’m using it as an excuse to give you an entirely contrived and slightly spurious soundtrack for that Egg hunt. On the other hand, some cracking tunes to add to your iTunes library. Download The Faith Brothers – The Easter Parade mp3 (from Eventide) Download Easterhouse – Whistling In The Dark mp3 (from Whistling In The Dark 7″) Download Brimstone Howl – Easter At The … Continue reading MM’s Slightly Contrived Easter Mix

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: September 2011

Another bonanza month of top tunes, all rounded up for you in one perfect download mix. Here are the September highlights together, as always, with a couple of top-notch new tracks too. Download The Migrant – The Hurricane mp3 (from Amerika) Distinguished by a slow blues refrain, handclaps and a mournful vocal, it is one of those tunes that sounds like it has been around forever. Download … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: September 2011

Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (16th September)

Well tonight saw us Mackerels in down town, home town Charlbury (population circa 5,000) watching the annual egg throwing competition. It was great fun, if a little messy towards the end. An admiral performance from MM and son, with an awesome catch from darling daughter. Alas no victory toast for us, only an omelette. These strange southern customs. Happy Friday. Mrs Mackerel Download Adam & … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday (16th September)

One Thousand Posts – A Celebratory Mix!

We moved MM to WordPress in April 2010, after being one of the many blogs to get screwed by Google Blogspot. We noticed that this is our one thousandth post since that time and so we have marked the occasion (for such that it is for us) with an appropriately themed mix for your enjoyment. So, from the classic sound of Tenpole Tudor’s new wave … Continue reading One Thousand Posts – A Celebratory Mix!

Fire Records Reissue Giant Sand Albums

The ever reliable Fire Records has announced the start of a Giant Sand / Howe Gelb series of rolling reissues, which will see the re-release of roughly 30 albums culminating in two box sets to be released next year. Each album will be lovingly re-issued in red and silver limited edition digipacks.  The first three (Valley Of Rain, The Ballad Of A Thin Line Man, Storm) … Continue reading Fire Records Reissue Giant Sand Albums

New Giant Sand Album Released

We posted recently here about the new Giant Sand album. It is a cracker – 25 years on and Howe Gelb can still mix it with the best and come out on top. It was released yesterday in the US and should be available from all half decent retailers on and offline. To celebrate here is a second track from the album. This one, Ride the Rail … Continue reading New Giant Sand Album Released