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MM The Last Five Years - Dr Roddy

Believe it or not, Mad Mackerel has been around for more than five years now. During that time we’ve posted more than 4,000 times, and offered more than 5,000 songs for your listening pleasure. And more than three quarters of a million people have paid MM a visit during our lifetime on Google’s godawful blogspot and since April 2010 on WordPress.

We asked some of the regular MM contributors to give us their top twenty songs since MM first went live and we’re also going to give you one big mega-listing shortly, but first up with their personal top twenty is the right honourable Dr Roddy.

Through good fortune and fine sailing I have been lucky enough to be involved with this blog and it has provided me with some of the finest music in genres I maybe wouldn’t have looked in. So when asked to compile a top twenty of tunes from the last five years, I kicked aside the memories of musical turmoil that is involved with the yearly top tens, poured a stiff drink and set about it with relish.

20 Dan Auerbach – Heartbroken, In Disrepair

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19 Dirty Bourbon River Band – Train Is Gone

Download Dirty Bourbon River Show – Train Is Gone mp3 (from Volume 2)

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18 Tame Impala – Half Full Glass Of Wine

Download Tame Impala – Half Full Glass Of Wine mp3 (from Tame Impala EP)

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17 Janice Graham Band – Front Door

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16 Ox – Midnight On The Island

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15 Dennis Hoppers Choppers – Good To Me

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14 Timber Timbre – Bad Ritual

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13 Nathaniel Rateliffe – Brakeman

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12 William Elliot Whitmore – Old Devils

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11 What Would Jesus Drive – The Girls Are In Charge

Download What Would Jesus Drive – The Girls Are In Charge (live) mp3 (from What Would Jesus Drive EP)

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10 The Cave Singers – I Don’t Mind
Wonderfully carefree and happy song that could so easily be heard drifting out of a doorway in Haight Ashbury with some interesting smelling smoke circa 1967. Yet this song never bows or becomes a pastiche of that, it rises above it all with its own verve and character.

Download The Cave Singers – I Don’t Mind mp3 (from Welcome Joy)

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9 Brown Bird – Wrong Black Mare
Sullen, desperate story songs are a bit of a fave of mine and to be honest I think I can trace it back to this song. A tale of woe, desperation and unpaid debts are told here with such clarity, it’s as if you’ve got drunk with Brown Bird and they have decided to spill their guts to you. You understand though, ‘coz at some point we have all backed the “Wrong Black Mare”

Download Brown Bird – Wrong Brown Mare mp3 (from

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8 Mummy Short Arms – Cigarette Smuggling
When I wrote my first review of this song I thought I had described quite well. Upon re-reading it, I can safely say that my view has changed and will probably change on my next listen to it. The insanity, confusion, and babbling of this song are what holds my love for it. It’s an enigma wrapped in a riddle, all encased in a funky B-line, foot tapping beat, gravel throated, roister of a song.

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7 Strayfolk – What Wouldn’t I Do
This is such a beautifully crafted song. Simple, but packed with a rich warm sound that feels like it lends weight to the honesty of this tale of lost and forlorn love. Perfect Americana direct from Sweden.

Download Strayfolk – What Wouldn’t I Do mp3

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6 Withered Hand – Religious Songs
A piece of lyrical mastery is on display here. A fantastic sing-a-long arrangement supports the witty word play that Dan Wilson sings with a vulnerability to his voice. This doesn’t stop him from punching the words that need emphasis. This song also ask the obvious question “How does he really expect to be happy, when he listens to death metal bands?”

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5 Tweak Bird – Weight
I love the in-your-face nature of this song. Right from the start, it sets its stall out – flat out, foot on the amp rock, and proud of it to boot. The guitar plays a gritty riff that sounds angry and frustrated, while the drummer is hell bent on punishing every bit of his kit.

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4 Grass House – A Cradle A Short Breath
The deep sombre tones that lay across this song act as a perfect partner to the bass as it pounds along at a merry old pace. It never fails to make me give a wry smile as I bob along to it’s woeful chorus of “A cradle, a short breath”.

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3 Roadside Graves – Far And Wide
I still think Roadside Graves is the best band name of this century and Far And Wide is a song that has stayed with me since my first listen – I was hooked. A great country riff lures you in and you hardly notice that the song fills with more and more sound and pleasure until it finishes and you’re left with a hole where the music once was, so you reach for the replay button, you know like musical heroin.

Download The Roadside Graves – Far And Wide mp3 (from My Son’s Home)

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2 Wooden Wand – Servant To Blues
As this track rolls effortlessly on, Wooden Wand spills his bleak melancholy tale of a servant to blues. In other words, the relationship equivalent of the Church’s pious man. I love the rhythm of this track, it almost seems to tick along like a clock. The peacefulness of this song is speared through the heart with a great screeching guitar solo, this then just seems to ebb back into the shadows it leapt from, only to be covered by the warm sound of the organ. Truly blissful…

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1 Henry’s Funeral Shoe – Stranger Dig (Everything’s For Sale)
For just two guys damn! They make some noise. Great heavy blues tinged riffs and rolling drum beats – I’m loving that all day long. There is talent and passion in abundance here. I’m sat here trying to write something for this whilst listening to it, that has had to stop, as when it plays it just grips me up and I can’t do anything other than get right into it. If you’re looking for something new rock wise I beg you to check them out, live if possible. Disappointment won’t be on the menu.

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A Few We Missed...

Here are a few tracks that we’d meant to post, but for some inexplicable reason (well, time mostly…) we never got round to putting up at the time when they were new. Yet running through the long list we keep of mp3s, streams and videos, these were all in the “should post” category. They go back a couple of months (for some of them anyway), but what the heck, we figured you might easily have missed one or two of these too.

The TV Buddhas, currently based in Germany, but originally from Tel Aviv, have been playing their own blend of alienation drenched garage-punk for the past five years. This is the title track from their Band In The Modern World EP.

Download The TV Buddhas – Band In The Modern World mp3 (from Band In The Modern World EP)

A while ago we received an e-mail from dusty Country rockers Ox about their outstanding album Tuco. Technical problems meant we lost the e-mail when we upgraded our computer, so we’re not sure which song we could have posted. It would have been the stunning Midnight On The Island if we’d had carte blanche to choose, but their cover of Neil Young’s Out On The Weekend seems to be the one up on Hype Machine. Marvellous.

Download Ox – Out On The Weekend mp3 (from Tuco)

Rural Ghosts were another band we had every good intention of posting about, but it was only when we saw Slowcoustic had posted about them recently that we were reminded. So definitely worth a repost of their sparse, eerie folk ballad Bright Side from their self-titled EP (available here). Check out Slowcoustic too – a great blog.

Download Rural Ghosts – Bright Side mp3 (from Rural Ghosts EP)

A few days ago The Leg released their album An Eagle To Saturn via Song By Toad Records (buy here). Taster track Bake Yourself Silly is everything you imagine it might be and more – unhinged and experimental in the very best way! Like they say about the song, “I can’t think of many more creepy lyrics, than “There are no stitches ’cause there was no operation”…”

Download The Leg – Bake Yourself Silly mp3 (from An Eagle To Saturn)

Payroll Union are an Americana/southern gothic band from Sheffield and have just released their second 6-track EP, Your Obedient Servant. This is Mary Lanson from the EP.

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Indie Folker is about as clear a name as you could wish for in terms of knowing what kind of music you’ll be getting. Why? performed with new band The Wonder Fools is a prime example of their prowess in the, er, indie-folk arena!

Download Indie Folker & The Wonder Fools – Why? mp3 (from Why?)

Such Hounds are a Brooklyn band who caught our ears with this wistfully upbeat track of Americana tinged indie-folk from their self-titled EP. If you like it, you can get the whole thing for free from their Bandcamp page here.

Download Such Hounds – Drink The Moon mp3 (from Such Hounds EP)

Born With Stripes are an indie-rock two-piece now residing in Leeds and this sprightly number clocks in at little over 2 minutes, which is just enough time to convince you it’s summer time (despite the incessant rain!)

Download Born With Stripes – … You Stole The Laces From My Shoes mp3

Mostly No, Milk Maid’s second album released via FatCat on 9th July will follow within a year of last year’s debut record Yucca and finds the band expertly straddling the line between noise and pop whilst also expanding their sonic terrain. Adding swirls of psychedelia to the debut albums crafted fuzz, the home-recorded Mostly  No explores a trans-Atlantic sound that at times simultaneously recalls the grand traditions of Manchester indie and Californian acid rock but which also sits alongside contemporaries such as Ty Segall, White Fence, and The War on Drugs. Download the brilliant Do Right.

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The Tiny Birds have made a double A-side digital single available for free download from their website here. Lead track, Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Your Anger is a catchy, raucous slice of indie folk that is a real keeper. Available from their Bandcamp page.

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Lastly, for now, we have Jess Williamson. She plays the banjo and sings, and the songs on her debut solo EP Medicine Wheel/Death Songs  are fleshed out with synthesizer, electric guitar, percussion, strings, and organ. The result is a minimal, dreamy, sparse, and feminine folk sound.

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