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: THE ITALIAN JOB’S TOP TWENTY SONGS

Following Barry-Sean’s welcome return to the MM bosom yesterday, we are equally delighted to now introduce The Italian Job’s debut entry into MM’s Best Of annals (and don’t try saying that when you’ve had too much eggnog). Providing us with a welcome European flavour, and writing better in her second language than we can in our first, we invite you to sample her pleasingly punk-tinged favourites … Continue reading MM’S BEST OF THE YEAR: THE ITALIAN JOB’S TOP TWENTY 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

Twelve Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our final round up in 2015 of all those newly fresh and minted tracks that we’ve gathered up from the past week is one of the best of the whole year. Here are twelve songs which you really need to hear.. Kurt Vile – Pretty Boy Ezra Furman – The Prisoner Those Darlins – Female Trouble (Divine cover) Cian Nugent – Lost Your Way Thao & … Continue reading Twelve Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Twenty Songs You Should Have Heard This Week (Part 2)

Following yesterday’s collection of ten excellent new tracks from the past week, here are another ten for your listening pleasure including three more cracking cover versions. Kurt Vile – Life Like This Holly Miranda – Fourth Of July (Sufjan Stevens cover) White Fang – Bong Rip The Dead Weather – Cop And Go Wavves – My Head Hurts Radkey – Personal Jesus (Depeche Mode cover) … Continue reading Twenty Songs You Should Have Heard This Week (Part 2)

Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

This week we have collected ten cracking tunes from the past seven days of new releases. 1. Mark Lanegan & Beth Orton – Your Kisses Burn (Marc Almond & Nico cover) 2. Kurt Vile – Pretty Pimpin’ 3. Ghetto Ghouls – Hezbollah 4. Nathaniel Rateliff – Look It Here 5. Blossoms – Blown Rose 6. Chelsea Wolfe – Grey Days 7. Mild High Club – Undeniable … Continue reading Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Round Up Time

Following our Best of February mix post earlier, we have now rounded up a few tunes for the start of March for you too. We can offer you ten cracking new tracks to listen to including post-folkies Peggy Sue, the heavy, slow burnin’ garage punk of Twin Berlin, some rootsy soul from Greyhounds, the first single of gritty Americana from Turchi’s forthcoming long-player, and a fabulous … Continue reading Round Up Time