The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 3)

The third part of our epic countdown of our favourite songs of the past ten years. 160 The Pink Mountaintops – North Hollywood Microwaves (2014)   Filthy, snarling, primal rock’n’roll featuring some pornographic rapping from Annie Hardy (ex-Giant Drag). A case of the bite being much worse than the bark.   159 Calexico – Two Silver Trees (2008) Atmospheric and relaxed, Two Silver Trees meanders … Continue reading The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 3)


Our final Best of post of 2016 is MM’s own selections. You can also listen via Spotify here. 20 TRAAMS – A House On Fire I always think I don’t really like long songs and yet they always seem to end up in my favourite tracks of the year. This TRAAMS song is nearly nine minutes long yet hurtles along in a blur of krautrock … Continue reading MM’s BEST OF 2016: MAD MACKEREL


  The first of our four individual listings comes from The Italian Job – she of the detailed spreadsheets and punk rock outlook. Listen on Spotify here. 20. Underworld – I Exhale   19. The Wave Pictures – Pool Hall   18. Arborist – I Heard Him Leaving   17. Kyle Craft – Before The Wall   16. Terry Malts – Used To Be   … Continue reading MM’s BEST OF 2016: THE ITALIAN JOB

MM’s BEST TRACKS OF 2016: 25-1

And so here we are, our favourite tracks of the year counting down from 25 to number 1. Enjoy…   25 King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard – Gamma Knife   24 Little Barrie – I.5.C.A.   23 She Drew The Gun – Since You Were Not Mine   22 Car Seat Headrest – Fill In The Blank   21 Communist Daughter – Balboa Bridge … Continue reading MM’s BEST TRACKS OF 2016: 25-1

Live Review: TRAAMS (Bullingdon, Oxford)

It has long been a frustration that Oxford, a city with such a rich recent heritage of music, should be so poorly served by live music nowadays. Fourth rate tribute bands, pointless 70s and 80s reunion tours and over-hyped next-big-things clog up what remains of the city’s venues ad nauseam. Every time we check the tour dates of bands and artists we’d love to see … Continue reading Live Review: TRAAMS (Bullingdon, Oxford)

TRAAMS – A House On Fire

The wonderful TRAAMS follow up the recently released Slipping and Penguin with a third track titled A House On Fire. It is another of the band’s more epic songs, clocking in at just under nine minutes of krautrock inspired grooviness. The band explain: “A House On Fire has only been played live a couple of times so far. It’s been in the set for our … Continue reading TRAAMS – A House On Fire

Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

It’s a big week of new releases in the Mad Mackerel world – new tunes from Foxygen, Cloud Nothings, the wonderful Traams and Blossoms to name but four. Add to that songs from James McMurtry, Weyes Blood, TOY, and long standing MM faves Trance Farmers and Estrons and we’ve had a bonanza seven days. Nine songs for you. Enjoy. Cloud Nothings – Modern Act Foxygen – America Traams – Slipping … Continue reading Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

The Great Escape – Day 3

A final day building up the step count trudging between venues. This time choosing to start at a free all day gig at Bleach which was not an official GE event, and was nearly 3,000 steps away, but worth it all the same for Nots and Nap Eyes. The former, a blistering all-female foursome from Tennessee, peeled what paint was left from the walls and the … Continue reading The Great Escape – Day 3

Video Round-Up

It has been far too long since we posted any videos. We’re righting that wrong today with an excellent collection culled from our in-box – some old(er), some new, some borrowed and some blue(s). So sit back, relax and enjoy musical films from Big Thief, Great American Canyon Band, Fidlar, M.Ward, On Dead Waves, All Them Witches, Impulsive Hearts, Bleached, Traams, and Holly Miranda.   … Continue reading Video Round-Up