SXSW Day 3: In Austin No One Can Hear You Scream

It has to be said that despite one or two hiccups, the second official day of SXSW turned out to be a whole lot more fun. It got off to a good start when we found there was actually a shuttle that came near to our hotel and meant late night night time returns were no longer a problem. We headed off to the Pitchfork … Continue reading SXSW Day 3: In Austin No One Can Hear You Scream


Today we reach the halfway mark of our favourite 100 songs of 2012. Here are numbers 60 – 41 for your listening pleasure. You can check out numbers 100 – 81 here and yesterday’s post of 80 – 61 here. And on we go… 60 JAMES LEVY & THE BLOOD RED ROSE – YOU SNEAK INTO MY ROOM A real mellow chill out tune. Reminds … Continue reading 2012 MAD MACKEREL’S 100 FAVOURITE SONGS PART 3: 60 – 41

Daytrotter Reaches 2,000

The wonderful Daytrotter recently announced their 2,000th session and managed to get none other than Country music legend Glen Campbell in to record it, followed swiftly by a new session from the brilliant Delta Spirit. For those that don’t know Daytrotter sessions are typically four songs in length, recorded live to quarter-inch tape in a matter of a couple hours, with no overdubs. They are then made available … Continue reading Daytrotter Reaches 2,000

Mad Mackerel Recommends…Chelle Rose

Maverick, outlaw-country legend Ray Wylie Hubbard seems to be turning up a lot here at MM – whether it be our belated discovery of his cover of US national-anthem-in-waiting Choctaw Bingo or his sublime recent Daytrotter session, and now we find his hand in this wonderful record by gut-honest southern singer-songwriter Chelle Rose. He is the producer of Ghost of Browder Holler (out via Lil’ Damsel Records, May 1st) … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends…Chelle Rose

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: February 2012

Musically, the year is starting to really kick into gear now and February saw lots of top quality tunes hit the web. Here is our pick of the best of last month’s posts along with four brand, spanking new tracks for you to download, sample and treasure. All in all over thirty great songs in one great mix. Download Hoots & Hellmouth – Why Would You … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: February 2012

Ray Wylie Hubbard @ Daytrotter

If you haven’t signed up to Daytrotter for a measly $2 a month then you are missing out on a whole host of recent gems from Sic Alps, Washed Out, Bombay Bicycle Club, Terry Malts and Kathleen Edwards amongst others. But none more so than the session on the 13th February from grizzled outlaw country genius Ray Wylie Hubbard. Amongst the four outstanding tracks was … Continue reading Ray Wylie Hubbard @ Daytrotter