Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

A perfect ten (count ’em) rounded up for you this week, all fresh and emerging blinking into the daylight. Or something like that… Menace Beach – Holidays Are Heavy The Big Pink – High Times So Pitted – Rot In Hell The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart – Hell Pretty Vicious – Are You Ready For Me Rare Monk – California Sunflower Bean – … Continue reading Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

A day late, but surely none the worse for all that, our collection of some of the best tracks from last week. Low – Lies The Mantles – Doorframe Laura Stevenson – Torch Song Lanterns On The Lake – Faultiness Heaters – Gum Drop Nai Harvest – Ain’t That Enough (Teenage Fanclub cover) Alien Hand Syndrome – Something In The Way (Nirvana cover) Moses Sumney … Continue reading Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

The Return Of Lanterns On The Lake

Another Tale From Another English Town heralds the return of the dreamy, haunting folk of Lanterns On The Lake and is taken from their forthcoming new album Until The Colours Run, that will see a release via Bella Union. It is typically beautiful, cinematic and orchestral, with strings and vocals that rise and fall as though they were swelling waves, but the lyrics are sharper … Continue reading The Return Of Lanterns On The Lake

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

It’s Valentines Day…

It’s Valentines Day. Love it or hate it, you can’t deny it. I will, of course, effortlessly be showing Mrs M just what a lucky catch I was. And for the rest of you, by way of a massively contrived link, let us cover you with love too. Here is a tasty little mix of covers we’ve picked up to follow on from yesterday’s Bad … Continue reading It’s Valentines Day…

Mad Mackerel’s Albums Of The Year: Part 1 (50-31)

So, as the New Year approaches, here are our favourite albums of 2011 for your consideration. Feel free to dispute, argue, or otherwise put us right because, if nothing else, music is as about as subjective topic as it is possible to get. Some of these may not be the “best” albums of the year as far as the critics are concerned, but that matters … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Albums Of The Year: Part 1 (50-31)

MM’s 2011 Top Ten Series: No 9 Mrs Mackerel

Our final Top Ten selection comes courtesy of the lovely, and ever radiant, Mrs Mackerel. Over to you girl! It’s been a great musical year. But such a plethora of riches always presents a problem – what’s a girl to choose? Fortunately some fine contributions in the preceding week means most bases are covered. Live gigs, although few and far between this year, have been … Continue reading MM’s 2011 Top Ten Series: No 9 Mrs Mackerel

MM’s 2011 Top Ten Series: No 5 Barry-Sean

Next to share their favourites of the year is part man part canine Barry-Sean… What a fantastic year for music this has been for me. I don’t just mean for music that has been produced this year but more about the music that I’ve discovered from previous years (or, more accurately in most cases, music that has been discovered for me). And, because I’ve spent … Continue reading MM’s 2011 Top Ten Series: No 5 Barry-Sean

More Truck Festival Pictures

MM wasn’t the only one snapping pictures from Truck Festival this year. Here are a selection from Moo, our own mini Mad Mackerel. a Download Edwyn Collins – Losing Sleep mp3 (from Losing Sleep) Download Caitlin Rose – Shotgun Wedding mp3 (from Dead Flowers EP) Download Justin Townes Earle – Harlem River Blues mp3 (from Harlem River Blues) Download Sea of Bees – The Woods mp3 (from The Woods EP) Download … Continue reading More Truck Festival Pictures