Uncut Magazine’s Wilco Covers

Uncut’s free cover disc this month is a reinterpreting of seventeen Wilco songs by the likes of Cate Le Bon, Mountain Man, Whitney, Low, Sharon Van Etten and many others. All but one were specially recorded for the CD and there are some cracking versions amongst them. Here is a taste of the offerings from Parquet Courts, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile.       … Continue reading Uncut Magazine’s Wilco Covers

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of The Year

And here, finally, are MM’s own choices for favourite tunes of 2018. Happy New Year one and all…   10 Frog – American Just love the weary, resigned vocals, the profanity, the irresistible guitar jangle, the gradual build and swell into a furiously strummed coda – it sounds like Americana for the unhinged, which is exactly and precisely why we love it so much.   … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of The Year

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs of the Year – Part 3 (50-26)

Into the top half of our favourite songs of the year. Here are tracks 50 through to 26. 50 Murder By Death – True Dark   Murder By Death have built a career on gothic country rockers and sun-baked desert folk, yet even after all these years they still manage to surprise and True Dark is them at their twangiest best.   49 Fontaines DC … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs of the Year – Part 3 (50-26)

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs of the Year – Part 1 (100-76)

It’s time for MM’s annual round up of our favourite songs of the year. Thanks as always go to all our regular contributors – Mrs Mackerel, Chris T Popper, the Italian Job, Polly Pocket and a very welcome return to the fold for Dr Roddy. So without further ado, lets start the countdown. 100 Cabbage – Preach To The Converted   In a year that … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs of the Year – Part 1 (100-76)

Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Parquet Courts – Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World  (Ramones cover) Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros – London Is Burning Woolen Men – Brick Horizon Muncie Girls – Falling Down Sinister Purpose – Warp Yr Head The Shifters – Work/Life, Gym Etc Cash Savage & The Last Drinks – Pack Animals together PANGEA – Money On It (Acoustic) Elephant Micah – Surf B Thee MVPs … Continue reading Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Thirteen Songs You Should Have Heard This Week & Last

The countdown of our Favourite 200 songs of the past 10 years has taken over everything over the last two weeks, so here is our (belated) round-up of some of the best new songs of the past 14 days. Parquet Courts – Mardi Gras Beads Protomartyr (featuring Kelley Deal) – Wheel Of Fortune Lumerians – Silver Trash The Plainviews – Bladerunner The Lovely Eggs – … Continue reading Thirteen Songs You Should Have Heard This Week & Last

The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 11)

We’re celebrating ten years of MM. Today we’ve reached the top 50 of our favourite songs of the past decade. 50 Discount Guns – I Heard (2012)   Ass kicking blend of blues rock and country and western with big riffs, plenty of fuzz and loads of reverb. Like the Black Keys with balls.   49 Thee Oh Sees – Toe Cutter/Thumb Buster (2013)   … Continue reading The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 11)

The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 1)

Mad Mackerel has been around for ten years now. We’ve come a long way. Early days using Google’s blogspot where our posts were regularly and erroneously taken down through DMCA notices until the moment when Google just erased us completely, our move to WordPress in April 2010 where Kurt Vile, Beach Fossils, Johnny Flynn and Band of Horses were among our first posts. Those were … Continue reading The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 1)