Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday: 29th January

The midweek cocktail mission passed without incident or vomit. We have evolved into respectable pina colada swigging socialists in more ways than one. But just try saying ‘pina colada’ without ‘getting caught in the rain’. Well if I have to suffer, I don’t see why you shouldn’t too… Tomorrow, I’m heading to Lahn-don. Travelling alone by train offers so many possibilities, mainly because I have … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s TFI Friday: 29th January

Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our weekly round up for you of some of the best songs shared in the past seven days… 1. Barna Howard – Bitter Side Of Blue 2. Theo Verney – Brain Disease 3. Spray Paint – Country Singer 4. The Wooden Sky – Our Hearts Were Young 5. Jacco Gardner – Find Yourself 6. White Reaper – I Don’t Think She Cares 7. Telegram – … Continue reading Eleven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

New Track From Sea Of Bees

Julie Ann Baenziger aka Sea Of Bees will release her new album Build A Boat To The Sun on June 30th. The record sees her leaving the darkness for brighter horizons, gathering the good things up, leaving the bad behind and moving forward. The music has also moved forward sonically from the previous releases with more tracks having a full band sound after she bought a drum set and … Continue reading New Track From Sea Of Bees

Monday Means Eight Of The Best

It has been a while since we’ve had a round-up from round the web and our favourite blogs. These are some of the tunes that have been monopolising the MM stereo recently and should get your week off with a snap, crackle and pop! We have a new track from The Crocodiles with the snaking, noise-pop of Endless Flowers from forthcoming album of the same … Continue reading Monday Means Eight Of The Best

Truck Festival – In Pictures

The sun shone, the bands played, and, as ever, a good time was had by all. Roll on Truck Festival 2012. Download Richmond Fontaine – The Boyfriends mp3 (from We Used To Think The Freeway Sounded Like A River) Download Cashier No. 9 – Lost At Sea mp3 (from To The Death Of Fun) Download Pete & The Pirates – Mr Understanding mp3 (from Little Death) Download … Continue reading Truck Festival – In Pictures

Truck Festival – Free Download Mix

Tomorrow sees the start of the marvellous Truck Festival near Oxford. We went last year and had a brilliant time and are thoroughly looking forward to this year’s event where the line-up includes Gruff Rhys, Graham Coxon, Saint Etienne, John Grant, The Young Knives, Edwyn Collins, Benjamin Francis Leftwich, The Duke & The King, Tunng, Justin Townes Earle, Alessi’s Ark, Sea Of Bees, Pete & … Continue reading Truck Festival – Free Download Mix

Heavenly Recordings Showcase: Live Review

What else is there to do on a cold, windswept evening on the eastern streets of Oxford, but to head down to a temporary gig space/arts centre just off the Cowley Road. The Old Bookbinders (not to be mistaken with its namesake over in Jericho) is a bit like gate-crashing a student house party: fairy lights, garlands and bunting, old sofas, chairs, and a smattering … Continue reading Heavenly Recordings Showcase: Live Review

MM’s Best of the Month: November

Here is the best of our November posts, a perfect mix tape to kick off the festive seasons and a nice reminder before we all get immersed in all those end-of-year top tens/twenties/fifties etc. And as always a couple of new ones too. Twenty five great tracks. Enjoy. Download Outer Minds – Until You’re Dead mp3 Pristine nugget of 60s inspired garage rock, twangy rough-cut … Continue reading MM’s Best of the Month: November

Mad Mackerel Recommends…Sea of Bees

Sea of Bees is Julie Baenziger, an utterly spell-binding new talent. Ahead of the release of her debut album Song For The Ravens, released on Heavenly Recordings on February 7, she will be embarking on a tour with the equally ethereal Smoke Fairies, taking in dates across the UK, culminating in a performance at the Scala on February 3rd. A multi-instrumentalist who possesses a truly … Continue reading Mad Mackerel Recommends…Sea of Bees