Shovels & Rope – Little Seeds

Husband and wife duo Shovels & Rope write literate, Southern Gothic infused songs of a uniformly high quality – one that sets them apart from the vast majority of their contemporaries. They will release their new album Little Seeds on their new label New West Records on 7th October. With song titles such as Botched Execution, Mourning Song, The Last Hawk and subject matters ranging from Alzheimer’s … Continue reading Shovels & Rope – Little Seeds

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

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014: 60-41

Day three of our countdown – tracks 60 through to 41 of our favourite songs of the year. 60 Cate Le Bon – He’s Leaving . 59 Jamie T – The Prophet . 58 Mark Lanegan Band – Sad Lover . 57 The Districts – Funeral Beds . 56 The Amazing Snakeheads – Here It Comes Again . 55 Sleaford Mods – Routine Dean . … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014: 60-41

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums Of 2013 (Part 2: 30 -11)

Here is the second instalment of our favourite albums of 2013, counting down from 30 to 11. 30 Nick Cave – Push The Sky Away . 29 Caitlin Rose – The Stand-In . 28 Coke Weed – Back To Soft . 27 Georgia’s Horse – Weather Codes . 26 Alela Diane – About Farewell . 25 Foxygen – We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums Of 2013 (Part 2: 30 -11)

Mrs Mackerel’s Top Songs of 2013

As well as our Top 100 tunes of the year that we’ve posted over the past few days, each of the MM contributors have put together their own lists. Today it is the turn of Mrs Mackerel. 20. Steve Mason – A Lot of Love Love the piano on this song and the catchy, sing-a-long chorus – a guaranteed earworm if I had any (ears … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s Top Songs of 2013

Mad Mackerel’s Best Covers Of 2013

Here are our favourite covers of the year. Marissa Nadler & Angel Olson – Frisco Depot (Original by Mickey Newbury) . Shearwater – Fucked Up Life (Original by the Baptist Generals) . Unknown Mortal Orchestra – (Sittin’ On) The Dock Of The Bay (Original by Otis Redding) . Betse Ellis – Straight To Hell (Original by The Clash) . Jessica Lea Mayfield – I’m In … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Covers Of 2013

MAD MACKEREL’S TOP TRACKS OF 2013: 50 – 26

Part three of our favourite 100 tracks of 2013. Today we’re counting down from 50 – 26. 50 Hanni El Khatib – Nobody Move In Hanni El Khatib’s biog on Wikipedia he says that his “…music is for anyone who has ever been shot or hit by a train“. I think that this is a good way to describe this tune as it hits you … Continue reading MAD MACKEREL’S TOP TRACKS OF 2013: 50 – 26

Videos of the Day: Catfish & The Bottlemen || Shovels & Rope || Brilliant Beast || Sweet Gum Tree || Dinosaur Bones

Plenty to enjoy today as our videos come from boisterous up and coming indie-rockers Catfish & The Bottlemen, the punked-up raw country of Shovels & Rope, and the fuzzed up psychedelia and krautrock from Brilliant Beast. We also have the refined, vintage pop of Sweet Gum Tree featuring MM fave Isobel Campbell, and lastly the dark pop and grandiose hooks of Dinosaur Bones. Fill yer boots. . . … Continue reading Videos of the Day: Catfish & The Bottlemen || Shovels & Rope || Brilliant Beast || Sweet Gum Tree || Dinosaur Bones