Samantha Crain – Pastime

Choctaw-American artist Samantha Crain has shared a new single and video, Pastime, which is from her forthcoming album, A Small Death, out July 17 via Ramseur Records/Thirty Tigers and Real Kind Records/Communion Records. A Small Death finds the Oklahoma-based artist confronting decades of grief, trauma, and an incapacitating physical pain which left her home in bed and barely able to perform or play an instrument. The … Continue reading Samantha Crain – Pastime

Samantha Crain – An Echo

Choctaw-American musician and songwriter Samantha Crain has shared a live performance video for her latest single, An Echo. The track is from her forthcoming album, A Small Death, out 1st May via Ramseur Records/Thirty Tigers and Real Kind Records/Communion Records. The new record finds the Oklahoma-based artist confronting decades of grief, trauma, and an incapacitating physical pain which left the singer home in bed and barely … Continue reading Samantha Crain – An Echo

Fourteen Songs You Should Have Heard This Week (Part 1)

So many good new tunes released this week – fourteen and counting – that we’ve had to split them into two posts. Here are the first seven including a brilliant new single from the UK’s new saviour of indie guitar rock, Cabbage. Like a cross between Fat White Family, The Fall, and the Amazing Snakeheads. We have the new single from Samantha Crain’s upcoming album … Continue reading Fourteen Songs You Should Have Heard This Week (Part 1)

MM’S BEST ALBUMS OF 2015: 30-16

As we’re halfway through our tracks of the year (see 100-76 here, and 75-51 here) which resume on Monday, it felt like a good time to break things up with our choices of our favourite albums of 2015. Here then are numbers 30 through to 16. 30 Sarah Cracknell – Red Kite   29 Desaparecidos – Payola   28 Kodiak Deathbeds – Kodiak Deathbeds   … Continue reading MM’S BEST ALBUMS OF 2015: 30-16

MM’s BEST TRACKS OF 2015: 100 – 76

Time for the MM countdown of our favourite tracks of the year to begin. Over the next few days we’ll be revealing our top 100 tracks and top 30 albums of 2015, with contributions from Mrs Mackerel, Chris T Popper, Polly Pocket and Franca. We’ll also share their personal choices with you next week. So without further ado, here are numbers 100 through to 76. … Continue reading MM’s BEST TRACKS OF 2015: 100 – 76

Fifteen Songs You Should Have Heard This Week (Part Two)

Following on from our post earlier today, here are the remaining songs from our selection of 15 new tunes from last week, worth some serious ear-time this weekend. 9. Jacuzzi Boys – Happy Damage 10. Wavves – Way Too Much 11. Adult Mom – Laying On My Floor 12. Little Wings – Live To Tell (Madonna cover) 13. Promised Land Sound – She Takes Me … Continue reading Fifteen Songs You Should Have Heard This Week (Part Two)

New Album From Samantha Crain

Samantha Crain justifiably received much acclaim for last year’s excellent Kid Face album and will release the follow-up Under Branch & Thorn & Tree via Full Time Hobby on the 17th July. As with previous releases, her smoky, sultry voice is a distinctive joy, set further apart from the norm with her use of jazz style vocal phrasing. The album is a sombre one with … Continue reading New Album From Samantha Crain

Mad Mackerel Recommends… Small Houses

It has been a couple of years nearly since we featured the softly crafted folk of Small Houses, aka Philadelphia based singer-songwriter Jeremy Quentin. This track, Seventeen In Roselore comes from his upcoming album Still Talk; Second City, it is a bare, wistful song, steeped in poignant nostalgia, lyrically brilliant, and which also features vocals by Samantha Crain. It is well worth a few minutes in the headphones. . Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends… Small Houses