MAD MACKEREL’S TOP TRACKS OF 2013: 25 – 1

So this is it, the final countdown of our favourite tracks of 2013… As voted for by MM luminaries: the luminous Mrs Mackerel (Mrs M), the newly teenaged Middle Sprat (MS), Marston’s Mr Big, Chris T Popper (CP), the criminally insane Dr. Roddy (Dr R), and patricide obsessive Polly Pocket (PP). A motley crew it is true, but all united by their love of a … Continue reading MAD MACKEREL’S TOP TRACKS OF 2013: 25 – 1

Videos of the Day: Phosphorescent || Love Inks || Kevin Devine || David Bronson

Videos today from the wonderful Phosphorescent with Matthew Houck covering Vampire Weekend’s Ya Hey. We have Austin trio Love Inks and the succinct indie-pop melodies of Time, the video for the excellent title track from singer-songwriter Kevin Devine’s album Bubblegum, and lastly the elegant sound of David Bronson and his video for the reflective Incompetent Assassin. . . . . Continue reading Videos of the Day: Phosphorescent || Love Inks || Kevin Devine || David Bronson

Phosphorescent Releasing Deluxe Version of Muchacho

Muchacho De Lujo is the deluxe edition of Phosphorescent’s outstanding 2013 album. De Lujo, out on October 29th on digital and CD formats, features bonus material from an intimate pre-release live show recorded at St. Pancras Church in London. The set, performed with Matthew Houck on guitar and Jo Schornikow on piano, features Muchacho’s Song for Zula, Pride’s Wolves, and a cover of Waylon Jennings’ Storms … Continue reading Phosphorescent Releasing Deluxe Version of Muchacho

The Twenty Best Things We Heard, Saw, And Discovered At The Green Man Festival

Our first visit to the brilliant Green Man Festival. Here are the twenty best things we heard, saw and discovered over the weekend. 1. The Parquet Courts live up to the hype Like the Ramones on speed, the four-piece transcended all the hype with the set of the weekend – a thrilling, occasionally ramshackle, breakneck excursion into punk, slacker pop and moshpit heaven, and in … Continue reading The Twenty Best Things We Heard, Saw, And Discovered At The Green Man Festival

Mad Mackerel The last Five Years – Chris T Popper Picks His Favourites

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 … Continue reading Mad Mackerel The last Five Years – Chris T Popper Picks His Favourites

American Songwriter’s Muse Sampler For May

American Songwriter’s latest free Muse sampler is a gem featuring twelve tracks that includes such MM faves as Phosphorescent, Caitlin Rose, Water Liars, Cheyenne Marie Mize and Futurebirds alongside some Americana heavyweights like Son Volt and Will Johnson and the new-wave inspired indie rock of the Features. Just head over to their Bandcamp page here and download it all for nothing. . . Continue reading American Songwriter’s Muse Sampler For May

SXSW Day 5: Experiencing One Or Two Technical Difficulties

The final day of SXSW and I’m on a quest. Phosphorescent play their last show today and I have tried and failed to get into four previous ones already. So it is the long walk away from downtown and up to the San Jose Hotel day party, I arrive hot, bothered and five hours early…but I’m in! No matter either because Shakey Graves is on … Continue reading SXSW Day 5: Experiencing One Or Two Technical Difficulties

First Taste From Phosphorescent’s New Album

It is fair to say that along with The Cave Singers, the album we are most looking forward to hearing in the early part of 2013 is Phosphorescent’s Muchacho, due out on the 19th March via Dead Oceans. Matthew Houck has delivered five albums as Phosphorescent since his 2003 debut. However, it was 2007’s Pride – a delicate and spare, haunted and haunting work of … Continue reading First Taste From Phosphorescent’s New Album

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