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Mad Mackerel's Best of 2011.As with previous years we will be posting over the next few days the Top Ten track selections for 2011 of various MM friends and contributors, as well as our Best Albums of 2011 and own best of the year list.

To kick us off we have Polly Pocket.

10. Friends – I’m His Girl

A great getting ready to go out kind of a tune.

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9. Ben Howard – Old Pine

A happy and warm glowing song, it just makes you feel good and there is nothing wrong with that.

Download Ben Howard – Old Pine mp3 (from Old Pine EP)

8. Sunparlour Players – Green Thumb

How can anyone resist a song that starts with Christmas slay bells? Impossible to listen to without singing along.

Download The Sunparlour Players – Green Thumb mp3 (from Us Little Devils)

7. Laura Marling – I Was Just A Card

Hard to choose which Laura track to include. The good thing is they all remind me of a fabulous lunchtime not so long ago in a Cathedral with Mrs M.

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6. Arcade Fire – Speaking In Tongues

I have no idea what this song is about but that doesn’t stop it from being great. Nice to have David Byrne cropping up in it too.

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5. Meredith Adeliade & Josh Schroeder – So It Goes

I find myself frequently humming this tune, simple, stripped back, catchy, great.

Download Josh Schroeder and Meredith Adelaide – So It Goes mp3

4. Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks

Dealing with dark matter whilst sounding all happy and light, just my cup of tea.

Download Foster The People – Pumped Up Kicks mp3 (from Pumped Up Kicks single)

3. Annie Williams – Roll On Hills

Beautiful voice, beautiful song, timeless.

Download Annie Williams – Roll On Hills mp3 (from This Mountain)

2. A.A Bondy – The Twist

This is such a massive song, all dark and rich, just lovely.

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1. Cave Singers – Swim Club

Its been in the number one slot forever, a simple and brilliant tune in my humble opinion!

Download The Cave Singers – Swim Club mp3 (from No Witch)

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5. Elbow – Lippy Kids

4. Sand Band – Song That Sorrow Sings

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3. Tallest Man On Earth – I Won’t Be Around

2. Noah And The Whale – LIFEGOESON

1. Bored Man Overboard – Abigail

Check out her 2010 Top Ten here.

Mrs Mackerel's TFI Saturday (10th December). It’s been a long, tiring and sad week. Death is all around, so it seems. And even when you’re viewing it in the third person, it’s hard to watch. It settles over you with a deft hand, weighting its heaviness into your head and inevitably your heart. Yet still the world continues to turn; life does go on for the rest of us, so it seems.

Where does it leave those in the inner circle of grief? Suffocating, slow and leaden. With Christmas lights twinkling all around, I’m sure seasonal cheer in all its lurid kitsch and sparkle must be a bit choking.

Life after death is always sharper, colder and slower. Time accelerates and slows down at the same time. Each day passes at a plodding pace taking you further and further from the one you want, who spitefully seem to have sped away from life’s party in a taxi that left years ago. And really, all I can do is watch the wreckage from a distance and try and offer what I can.

Hear the trumpets, hear the pipers 

One hundred million angels singing

Multitudes are marching to the big kettledrum

Voices calling and voices crying

Some are born and some are dying

It’s Alpha and Omega’s kingdom come.

(The Man Comes Around, Johnny Cash.)

It’ll be Christmas covers next week, just you wait and see.

Mrs Mackerel

Download The Sunparlour Players – Talk It To Death mp3 (from Hymns For The Happy)

Download Jesse Malin – Death Or Glory mp3 (from The Fine Art Of Self Destruction)

Repost: Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: October 2011.To celebrate our downloads working again we thought we would re-post our best of the month mix from October – more than 20 great tracks selected from our October posts and six new ones too. This time you can download and dive in.

Download The Minks – Araby mp3 (from Araby 7″)

Endearingly gloomy slice of indie-pop.

Download The Bloody Hollies – Dirty Sex mp3 (from Yours Until The Bitter End)

The dark side of raw garage punk with touches of organ, violin and xylophone.

Download Bare Bones – Hope & Feather mp3 (from Bare Bones EP)

Gallops along on the back of perfectly judged fiddle and drums and calls to mind The Builders & The Butchers andElliott Brood.

Download Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo – Ropes mp3 (from Almanac)

Weaves folk-inflected melody and beautiful lyrics to perfect effect.

Download Forbidden Friends – Totally Low mp3 (from Totally Low 7″)

Bouncy guitar jangle to the fore on this sub two minute indie-pop gem.

Download Savaging Spires – Apostrophe Lake mp3 (from Savaging Spires)

Twinkling, sunlit folk and hazy melancholia.

Download Coke Weed – Not My Old Man mp3 (from Volume 1)

Velvets style chug, woozy, stoned vocals and raw production.

Download Last American Buffalo – I Know mp3 (from Last American Buffalo EP)

Mining a similar rich vein of dusty Americana as MM faves The Felice Brothers and the Roadside Graves with the slightly ragged and plaintive I Know – a gem.

Download The Owsley Brothers – Pure Lust mp3 (from Pure Lust)

Visceral blues with its bone shaking, primeval riff and reverb heavy vocals.

Download Brown Bird – End Of Days mp3 (from Salt For Salt)

Brilliantly sparse and hypnotic folk.

Download Darren Hayman – The Ship’s Piano mp3 (from The Ship’s Piano)

Subtle, drifting piano ballad like a modern day Ray Davies, it is filled with wry observation and no little pathos.

Download Timber Timbre – Do I Have Power mp3 (from Creep On Creepin On)

Folk with an eerie, dark hearted fairytale quality.

Download The Sunparlour Players – Green Thumb mp3 (from Us Little Devils)

Stomping bluegrass, anthemic country rock and impassioned lyrics from new album taster.

Download Batwings Catwings – Radio mp3 (from Radio 7″)

Cracking garage inflected indie rock.

Download Heavy Times – Skull Hair mp3 (from Jacker)

Propulsive percussion, sonic rumble and heavy reverb.

Download Son Cats – O’Dell mp3 (from O’Dell / 1971 single)

Prime slab of 60s tinged, sleazy rock’n’roll voodoo designed to make the sweat run down the walls and the neighbours bang on the floor in despair.

Download Only The Sea Slugs – She Said mp3 (from Street Music)

Irresistible dark, hypnotic indie rock.

Download Gang Violets – Black Clouds mp3 (from Black Clouds 7″)

Black Clouds rises up like a campfire despite moody lyrics, with its hook laden cadences, elated group vocals, whispery calls, gospel swagger, and swooning closure.

Download Tyler Ramsey – The Valley Wind mp3 (from The Valley Wind)

Lovely, evocative slice of countrified rock that recalls vintage Neil Young with its rustic imagery and sense of solitude and mystery.

Download Rocket From The Tombs – I Sell Soul mp3 (from Barfly)

Unreconstructed, unapologetic, re-affirmation of the power and glory of guitar rock.

Download Mat Gibson – Yonder Burning Trees mp3 (from Forest Fire)

Gorgeous folk from Canadian troubadour.

And to finish off, we have a new tracks from the wonderful Thee Oh Sees in the shape of The Dream, which is possibly the standout track from their forthcoming new album, some Chills style power pop from The Sea Lions and a real treat in MM fave Marissa Nadler and three covers from her forthcoming Covers II album taking on Springsteen, Clinic and Dylan. Finally we have one more cover in the shape of the Miracles of Modern Science and their rather fetching take on Pumped Up Kicks.

Download – Thee Oh Sees – The Dream mp3 (from Carrion Crawler/The Dream)

Download – The Sea Lions – Grown Up mp3 (from Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid to Ask)

Download – Marissa Nadler – The River mp3 (from Covers Volume II)

Download – Marissa Nadler – Distortions mp3 (from Covers Volume II)

Download – Marissa Nadler – Farewell Angelina mp3 (from Covers Volume II)

Download – The Miracles Of Modern Science – Pumped Up Kicks mp3 (Foster The People Cover)

Mad Mackerel's Best Of The Month: October 2011. Another month, more than 20 great tracks selected from our October posts and five new ones too. Download and dive in.

Download The Minks – Araby mp3 (from Araby 7″)

Endearingly gloomy slice of indie-pop.

Download The Bloody Hollies – Dirty Sex mp3 (from Yours Until The Bitter End)

The dark side of raw garage punk with touches of organ, violin and xylophone.

Download Bare Bones – Hope & Feather mp3 (from Bare Bones EP)

Gallops along on the back of perfectly judged fiddle and drums and calls to mind The Builders & The Butchers and Elliott Brood.

Download Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo – Ropes mp3 (from Almanac)

Weaves folk-inflected melody and beautiful lyrics to perfect effect.

Download Forbidden Friends – Totally Low mp3 (from Totally Low 7″)

Bouncy guitar jangle to the fore on this sub two minute indie-pop gem.

Download Savaging Spires – Apostrophe Lake mp3 (from Savaging Spires)

Twinkling, sunlit folk and hazy melancholia.

Download Coke Weed – Not My Old Man mp3 (from Volume 1)

Velvets style chug, woozy, stoned vocals and raw production.

Download Last American Buffalo – I Know mp3 (from Last American Buffalo EP)

Mining a similar rich vein of dusty Americana as MM faves The Felice Brothers and the Roadside Graves with the slightly ragged and plaintive I Know – a gem.

Download The Owsley Brothers – Pure Lust mp3 (from Pure Lust)

Visceral blues with its bone shaking, primeval riff and reverb heavy vocals.

Download Brown Bird – End Of Days mp3 (from Salt For Salt)

Brilliantly sparse and hypnotic folk.

Download Darren Hayman – The Ship’s Piano mp3 (from The Ship’s Piano)

Subtle, drifting piano ballad like a modern day Ray Davies, it is filled with wry observation and no little pathos.

Download Timber Timbre – Do I Have Power mp3 (from Creep On Creepin On)

Folk with an eerie, dark hearted fairytale quality.

Download The Sunparlour Players – Green Thumb mp3 (from Us Little Devils)

Stomping bluegrass, anthemic country rock and impassioned lyrics from new album taster.

Download Batwings Catwings – Radio mp3 (from Radio 7″)

Cracking garage inflected indie rock.

Download Heavy Times – Skull Hair mp3 (from Jacker)

Propulsive percussion, sonic rumble and heavy reverb.

Download Son Cats – O’Dell mp3 (from O’Dell / 1971 single)

Prime slab of 60s tinged, sleazy rock’n’roll voodoo designed to make the sweat run down the walls and the neighbours bang on the floor in despair.

Download Only The Sea Slugs – She Said mp3 (from Street Music)

Irresistible dark, hypnotic indie rock.

Download Gang Violets – Black Clouds mp3 (from Black Clouds 7″)

Black Clouds rises up like a campfire despite moody lyrics, with its hook laden cadences, elated group vocals, whispery calls, gospel swagger, and swooning closure.

Download Tyler Ramsey – The Valley Wind mp3 (from The Valley Wind)

Lovely, evocative slice of countrified rock that recalls vintage Neil Young with its rustic imagery and sense of solitude and mystery.

Download Rocket From The Tombs – I Sell Soul mp3 (from Barfly)

Unreconstructed, unapologetic, re-affirmation of the power and glory of guitar rock.

Download Mat Gibson – Yonder Burning Trees mp3 (from Forest Fire)

Gorgeous folk from Canadian troubadour.

And to finish off, we have a new tracks from the wonderful Thee Oh Sees in the shape of The Dream, which is possibly the standout track from their forthcoming new album, some Chills style power pop from The Sea Lions and a real treat in MM fave Marissa Nadler and three covers from her forthcoming Covers II album taking on Springsteen, Clinic and Dylan.

Download – Thee Oh Sees – The Dream mp3 (from Carrion Crawler/The Dream)

Download – The Sea Lions – Grown Up mp3 (from Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sea Lions But Were Afraid to Ask)

Download – Marissa Nadler – The River mp3 (from Covers Volume II)

Download – Marissa Nadler – Distortions mp3 (from Covers Volume II)

Download – Marissa Nadler – Farewell Angelina mp3 (from Covers Volume II)

Return Of The Sunparlour Players. The Sunparlour Players are one of our favourite bands of the past five years. Both 2007’s Hymns For The Happy and 2009’s Wave North were superb albums chock full of wonderful folk tales, stomping bluegrass, anthemic country rock and impassioned lyrics. Euphoria would give way to melancholy and back again in two sets of perfectly judged and executed records that reminded us of a Canadian Felice Brothers crossed with Delta Spirit.

You can imagine our excitement then to discover that yesterday they had released a new album, Us Little Devils via Outside Music. We immediately snapped up our copy from eMusic and are happy to report that, on first listening, we have another winner from the band. Grab yourself the epic strum of Green Thumb and hear for yourself.

Download The Sunparlour Players – Green Thumb mp3 (from Us Little Devils)