Carter Tanton – Jettison The Valley

Carter Tanton assembled Freeclouds, his first collection of songs in 2012, which we thoroughly enjoyed and posted about on a few occasions.  A couple of years later, Tanton moved to England where he wrote all of the songs on his new album Jettison the Valley. This change of environment, and his rediscovery of early British influences including Richard Thompson, Nick Drake and John Cale sparked a powerful … Continue reading Carter Tanton – Jettison The Valley

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

Despite it being the summer months, the quality and quantity of new releases coming our way shows no signs of slowing – quite the opposite in fact. Here then is part one of our round up of fifteen picks from the past seven days. 1. Mac DeMarco – I’ve Been Waiting For Her 2. Lowest Pair – Shortning Bread 3. Rayland Baxter – Mr. Rodriguez … Continue reading Fifteen Songs You Should Have Heard This Week (Part One)

Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Regular as clockwork, here is our end-of-week catch-up of some of the best tunes released over the past seven days. Enjoy. 1. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down 2. The Telescopes – I Wanna Be Your Dog (Stooges cover) 3. White Reaper – Make Me Wanna Die 4. Stealing Sheep – Greed 5. Holydrug Couple – Baby I’m Going Away … Continue reading Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Our regular round up of the songs you really should have heard already this week, chief among them a brand new song from MM fave Sharon Van Etten, a couple of cracking covers and a newly discovered Jason Molina song with Will Oldham and Alasdhair Roberts. Enjoy. 1. Sharon Van Etten – I Don’t Want To Let You Down 2. The Smoke Fairies – Steal Softly … Continue reading Eight Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Best of the Year: Mrs Mackerel’s Top Twenty

Our penultimate offering comes in the shape of Mrs Mackerel’s favourite songs of 2014… …I think, being a fish of some advancing years now, I know what I like – but at least that ranges quite widely (she says, defiantly). As usual, though, I’m late to deadline, so without further pontification or procrastination, here are my favourite songs of 2014. 20. War On Drugs – … Continue reading Best of the Year: Mrs Mackerel’s Top Twenty

Best of the Year – Dr Roddy’s Top Ten

As always we round off our best of the year posts with the individual contributions starting with the newly manacled wed Dr Roddy and his personal top ten of 2014. …This year has seemed to fly by, I got married, we had a little boy and we are now in the middle of building works involving having our roof off in mid-winter. So it has been … Continue reading Best of the Year – Dr Roddy’s Top Ten

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums of 2014: Part 2

Here are our favourite twenty albums of 2014. Don’t forget to check out numbers 40 – 21 here. 20 Together PANGEA – Badillac . 19 Meatbodies – Meatbodies . 18 Strand of Oaks – Heal . 17 Jessica Lea Mayfield – Make My Head Sing . 16 Eagulls – Eagulls . 15 Happyness – Weird Little Birthday . 14 Felice Brothers – Favourite Waitress . … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums of 2014: Part 2

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014 – The Top Twenty

So here we are, the favourite twenty tunes of 2014 as voted for by the MM contributors. Enjoy! 20 Sharon Van Etten – Tarifa . 19 Dan Amor – Sister Anne . 18 Sleaford Mods – Tied Up In Nottz . 17 Alvvays – Archie, Marry Me . 16 Pink Mountaintops – North Hollywood Microwaves . 15 Elijah Ocean – Ride It Out . 14 … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014 – The Top Twenty

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014: 40 -21

Day four of five – reaching the top of the MM charts for 2014. Here are our favourites from 40 down to 21. 40 Natural Child – Dancin’ With Wolves . 39 Dead Fingers – Twisted . 38 Alt J – Left Hand Free . 37 Screaming Females – Ripe . 36 Sleaford Mods – Tiswas . 35 Sun Kil Moon – Dogs . 34 … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014: 40 -21