Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol 5)

A day late, but none the worse for all that. Here is this week’s jukebox jury selection for your listening edification. Hit or miss? You pick… . Jake McMullen – Always Single  [RIYL: Singer-songwriters, James Vincent McMorrow, Ryan Adams] . Grassfight – Breaking Up Pigeons  [RIYL: Psych-rock, Spacemen 3, Spoon] . Boys – Believe Anything  [RIYL: Garage pop, The Strokes, The Legends] . PROM – Touch Me … Continue reading Nickel In The Jukebox (Vol 5)

New From Grassfight

It has been more than three years since we posted anything by brooding Brooklyn four-piece Grassfight. Drawing on influences such as Spacemen 3, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, and Spoon, they’re back with a new single Please Don’t Tell, a dense, dark piece of post-punk gloom (driven by heavy bass and melancholic vocals) that tells the story of a miserable suburban couple who insist on staying together to protect their … Continue reading New From Grassfight


So the waiting is over, and here are the first twenty entries in our Top 100 of 2012, part of MM’s much expanded Best of the Year review. Over the next five days we will reveal our favourite songs and those of our contributors: Mrs Mackerel, Christy Popper, Barry-Sean, Dr Roddy, Polly Pocket, Middle Sprat, Starbie, and Toy Steve. These are not the most “popular” … Continue reading 2012 MAD MACKEREL’S 100 FAVOURITE SONGS PART 1: 100 – 81

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: July 2012

You know the score. Some of our favourite downloads from the past month neatly parcelled up into one tasty mix and decorated with a few new tunes too. Nearly forty in all. Jump in! Download Wye Oak – Spiral mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Series) A change of approach and tempo from experimental folkies Download Unnatural Helpers – Hate Your Teachers mp3 (from Land Grab) Raging. Ferocious. Punk Download … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: July 2012

MM Shorts 198: Another From Grassfight

No sooner had we posted the excellent Nassau from Grassfight’s new release Icon, EP 2, then they offer up another track from it for free. This is Look Homeward, Heathen and has more of the urgent, wall of sound feel that we liked so much about Nassau. Download Grassfight – Look Homeward, Heathen mp3 (from Icon, EP2) Continue reading MM Shorts 198: Another From Grassfight

Mad Mackerel Recommends…Grassfight

We’re loving Nassau by New York trio Grassfight, taken from new release Icon EP 2, which was officially released yesterday. With shades of Interpol in the hypnotic, propulsive percussion, echoes of Dinosaur Jr in the swirling guitar, and a classic indie deep, monotone vocal, the track successfully ticks all the necessary boxes for a post-punk extravaganza without slipping into pastiche or becoming derivative – no mean … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends…Grassfight