Posts Tagged ‘Staves’

75 Sleaford Mods – Moptop


74 Silver Torches – If I Reach


73 Idles – Divide And Conquer


72 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Rattlesnake


71 King Krule – Dum Surfer


70 Naomi Punk – Chapter II


69 The Reptaliens – If You Want


68 Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever – French Press


67 Ron Gallo – All The Punks Are Domesticated


66 The Black Angels – Currency


65 B Boys – Energy


64 The Moonlandingz – Dirty Red Rose


63 No Age – Drippy


62 The Lovely Eggs – I Shouldn’t Have Said That


61 The Staves – Tired As Fuck


60 Wavves – You’re Welcome


59 Phobophobes – Where Is My Owner?


58 Thurston Moore – Cease Fire


57 Bad Dreems – Mob Rule


56 Kevin Morby – Bag Of Rats


55 Goat Girl – Cracker Drool


54 Cabbage – A Network Betrayal


53 Flat Worms – Motorbike


52 Dream Wife – Somebody


51 Cabbage – Fraudulent Artist



Best of 2017: 100 – 76

  1. Widowspeak – Harvest Moon  (Neil Young cover)
  2. Wilco – Dynamite My Soul
  3. Kal Marks – Adventure
  4. The Staves & yMusic – The Way Is Read
  5. Ty Segall – My Lady’s On Fire
  6. Drive-By Truckers – The Perilous Night
  7. Johanna Warren – Here To Tell
  8. Angel Olsen – Sans
  9. Dama Scout – Toothache
  10. The Liminanas – Shadow People (featuring Emmanuelle Seigner)












Lucy Rose has announced details of a new single, her first through Communion Records.

Floral Dresses strips her music right back to where it started, harbouring her fragile voice and acoustic guitar, and as an added bonus it also features the exquisite harmonies of The Staves.

Listen below.


best of the weekSo 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 and three more excellent offerings from Secretly Canadian’s anti-Trump protest the First 100 Days project – Adam Torres, Jessica Lea Mayfield and a haunting solo performance from Hurray For The Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra.

Rounding off Part 1 is some crushing, nihilistic punk from RMBLR and the return of indie folk trio The Staves who are sounding seriously fed up.

Listen. Enjoy. Check Part 2 tomorrow.

  1. Cabbage – Gibraltar Ape
  2. Samantha Crain – Antiseptic Greeting
  3. RMBLR – Miracle
  4. The Staves – Tired As Fuck
  5. Hurray For The Riff Raff – Everybody Knows
  6. Jessica Lea Mayfield – The World Won’t Stop (Demo)
  7. Adam Torres – Dreamers In America









Videos of the Day

Watch musical films from the ever wonderful Staves with their cover of Keaton Henson’s In The Morning, that features the man himself, the Moby & Mark Lanegan collaboration for last Saturday’s Record Store Day, some soulful, windswept folk from Daughters of Davis, and to finish an epic, hazy, nine minute psychedelic road trip from Electric Eye with Tangerine the first single from their debut album Pick-up, Lift-off, Space, Time.




Mojo's Free Cover Disc - Fleetwood Mac's Rumours Revisited.

The latest copy of Mojo has just dropped through our letterbox and the free cover disc is another in their series of classic albums re-imagined. This time it is Fleetwood Mac’s 1977 classic Rumours with the eleven tracks covered by artists including The Besnard Lakes, Dylan LeBlanc, Yeasayer, Julia Holter, Dutch Uncles, The Liars, The Staves, The Phoenix Foundation and more.

Mojo is available from all decent newsagents and this issue includes their top 50 albums of 2012 and end of year review.

Grab yourself The Staves taking on Songbird and listen to Yeasayer’s album opener Second Hand News and The Liars version of the classic The Chain.


Download The Staves – Songbird mp3 (from Mojo’s Rumours Revisited)

Check our similar posts: Libertines covers album, Yellow Submarine cover disk, Songs of Leonard Cohen cover disk, New Order’s Power, Corruption & Lies Reworked.

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In addition to the Wilderness Olympic medal awards handed out by youngest sprat (see Mrs Mackerel’s post here) Saturday at the festival was another day of glorious sunshine, bizarre moments (badminton matches joined table tennis, the official skinny dipping world record attempt, miming cats and much much more) and a stellar musical line-up.

The timeless, beautiful harmonies of The Staves set everyone up perfectly in the mid-afternoon sun, but their mix of softly strummed folk and a-cappella hides a steely core – these three sisters from Watford are nothing if not feisty when the mood takes them. Jake Bugg was next up, a rockabilly prodigy from Nottingham who you suspect has pictures of boxcars and Woody Guthrie on his bedroom wall. Clearly talented and with a classic three-piece line-up he kept the crowd entertained in a way that belied his tender years and finished with his “hit” Lightning Bolt – the perfect song to accompany Usain’s efforts in the Olympics.

Cloud Control fizzed and popped with their psych-tinged indie and sing-a-long choruses, and elsewhere Robbie Boyd’s funky folk cooked up a storm and created a mini-hoedown in the London Folk Guild tent. Local boys Stornoway enjoyed their clearly growing popularity with a perfectly judged set of melancholy tinged folk and The Temper Trap picked up the pace as the sun went down with a crowd-pleasing set of widescreen, epic electro-rock with soaring falsetto vocals.

Finally in the gloom, amidst the dry ice, guitar virtuosos Rodrigo Y Gabriella took the stage to showcase their six-string wizardry amongst video backdrops and pyrotechnics – perfectly melding Metallica riffage with flamenco, jazz, and everything in between, the crowd bumped, swayed, salsa-ed, and grooved their way through a blistering set from a couple (and Band) who were clearly enjoying themselves immensely.

Eventually, they took their leave, and us ours, with the last notes fading away to join more chinese lanterns and glowsticks in the sky and all of us looking forward to tomorrow.

Download Cloud Control – Gold Canary mp3 (from Bliss Release)

Download Stornoway – Zorbing mp3 (from Zorbing Single)

Download The Temper Trap – Love Is A Losing Game (Amy Winehouse cover) mp3 (from Q Presents Back To Back To Black)




Live Review: The Staves. It was with an open mind and one clog firmly on the accelerator that I journeyed with Big Sair on Tuesday evening to watch The Staves at the rather wonderful venue of The Tabernacle in London’s Notting Hill. What I might call, I decided on reflection, the perfect Mrs Mackerel gig destination. A good start. And we even made it in time.

The Staves are three sisters – Emily, Camilla and Jessica – who hail from Watford. And their star is most definitely in the ascendant, with a growing reputation for the sheer beauty of their soothing melodies and beautiful harmonies. Folk it most definitely is.

The set opener was Motherlode, the up tempo title track from their EP released last month. Up tempo in the most gentle of (s)way, yet these sublime harmonies belie the often darker subject matter of their songs. I was left wondering if genetic synchronicity aided it all. Maybe.

They mixed it up beautifully, from the pared back simplicity of Wisely and Slow, Icarus and (my favourite) Facing West, to the more fulsome sound of In the Long Run and Tongue Behind My Teeth – and the crowd absolutely loved it. The Staves could have played til the sun came up and we would have remained rapt.

Even the between song banter had a bit of bite (“this song is about someone we really hate”). Ha, you go girl; bet you had them quaking in their shoes. This really was one of those rare instances when a band is great on CD, but live they’re something else. Go see if you can.

For this evening, all is right with the world.

[Who took these photos? They’re shite! Turn me into fish fingers.]


Mrs Mackerel's TFI Friday (27th April). More trains this week, but this time I’m on one. The 12.06 from Oxford to be precise, wending it’s way slowly northwards, leaving MM in charge of the home fixtures. I’ll be stopping off at Darlo to check in with Harry, before docking in the land of MON to see my Ma. It’s a bit packed underneath my wing at the moment.

It might be Friday, but the cat seems to have gotten my tongue, or has a weasel stolen my words? They’ve gone somewhere looking for some light relief, anyway.

Mrs Mackerel x

A new ditty from Crybaby, is getting a bit of play on Radio 6 at the moment. To my fishy ears, it’s somewhere between Richard Hawley and James Levy, giving When the Lights Go Out much to recommend a listen.

And in stark folky contrast, here’s a bit of The Staves. Come Tuesday, Big Sair and I will be hot-footing to see the gals in action. Hopefully this time we might (a) find the venue in good time (b) not get done for speeding (c) not be anywhere near middle aged men with continence issues. Fingers crossed.



Watch Crybaby’s When The Lights Go Out.