2012 MAD MACKEREL’S 100 FAVOURITE SONGS PART 4: 40-21

Today we countdown songs 40-21 in the Mad Mackerel Favourite 100 tunes of the year. You can check out the previous days entries here: 100-81, 80-61, 60-41. 40 ALABAMA SHAKES – HOLD ON Almost a head-banger done country style, love the underlying guitar rhythm. (SB) a 39 LOWER DENS – BRAINS When I picked this song out in June I said it was like a … Continue reading 2012 MAD MACKEREL’S 100 FAVOURITE SONGS PART 4: 40-21

Strand Of Oaks Offer Up Pope Killdragon For Free Download

Today the brilliant Timothy Showalter aka Strand Of Oaks releases new album Dark Shores. To celebrate that fact, he has also made previous album Pope Killdragon available for free download in its entirety via Noisetrade. This is what is says on the Noisetrade page about Pope Killdragon: “In Strand Of Oaks songs, lovers get divorced, murder John Belushi’s drug dealer, go bowling with mythical giants, … Continue reading Strand Of Oaks Offer Up Pope Killdragon For Free Download

Stream Strand of Oaks Trap Door

A short while ago we posted Maureen’s, the first taste of Strand of Oaks new album Dark Shores. Now we have Trap Door, which is, if anything, even better. Timothy Showalter is a man at the peak of his songwriting prowess, and this track of plaintive heartbreak and yearning sits companionably next to some of the very best work that Mark Linkous, Vic Chesnutt or … Continue reading Stream Strand of Oaks Trap Door

MM Shorts 179: New From Strand Of Oaks

Picked this up from the excellent Hear Ya blog, and as it was about  Timothy Showalter, better known as Strand Of Oaks (and a big MM fave), we figured it was well worth a re-post. This is Maureen’s, the first taste of his forthcoming album Dark Shores, the follow-up to the outstanding Pope Killdragon. Apparently this album is going to rock out more – the Beatles … Continue reading MM Shorts 179: New From Strand Of Oaks

MM Shorts 140: Strand Of Oaks

Can’t quite understand how we missed this, but thankfully picked it up from the ever excellent Folk Hive blog and thought you may have missed it too. Either way it was definitely worthy of a repost. Shaking Through is a documentary series about bringing a song to life. Each year, ten of the most exciting songwriters around are given a challenge to write and record … Continue reading MM Shorts 140: Strand Of Oaks

Free Mix From American Songwriter: The Muse

There is a nice free digital mix currently available from American Songwriter that features some of MM’s favourites including Deer Tick, The War On Drugs, Cass McCombs and Real Estate. Here are a couple of our favourites from it – the sultry folk of the Smoke Fairies and Strand Of Oaks aka Timothy Showalter’s outrageous elegy for John Belushi from a certain Ghostbusters star. Alternatively … Continue reading Free Mix From American Songwriter: The Muse

MM Shorts 11: Bad Temple Cover Strand Of Oaks

For anyone that has browsed the MM 2010 Top 10s page you will have seen Strand Of Oaks appearing with their superbly surreal tale of the giant Alex Kona. Just by chance we happened upon this cover by purveyors of ethereal, dream pop Bad Temple on Soundcloud. Its not new, but for anyone who hasn’t heard it, it is well worth a listen. It can … Continue reading MM Shorts 11: Bad Temple Cover Strand Of Oaks

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: March

Another bonanza month. Another round up of the very best tracks we posted in March. Another selection of new tunes to get your teeth into too. So without further ado… Download White Denim – Drug mp3 (from D) First taste of rockers new album. Bodes well. Very well. Download The Everymen – Ballad Of Sarin mp3 (from Hello, Nice Evening. We Are The Everymen) Cocksure but not … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: March

Wolves by Strand of Oaks (Cheers Slowcoustic)

This is so good it is a repost of a repost. The ultimate in lazy blogging, but totally justified when it is (MM faves) Strand of Oaks covering the sublime Wolves by (MM faves) Phosphorescent. So thanks to the great Slowcoustic for alerting us, and to The Key for the original posting. This just needs to be heard by as many people as possible so no apologies … Continue reading Wolves by Strand of Oaks (Cheers Slowcoustic)