New Album From Two Gallants

The marvellous Two Gallants return with their fifth studio album, We Are Undone, out on February 2nd via ATO Records. They will also be playing five live dates in the UK next month too. Have a listen to the excellent title track… . UK Dates: Friday 20 February – MANCHESTER – Gorilla Saturday 21 February – GLASGOW – Stereo Monday 23 February – LEEDS – … Continue reading New Album From Two Gallants

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums Of 2012 Part 2: 15 – 1

The final post about our favourites of the year, here are numbers fifteen down to top spot of the albums we have most enjoyed in 2012. Don’t forget to check back for our 100 Favourite Tunes and the MM contributor’s best of lists too. 15 Shearwater – Animal Joy a 14 Patterson Hood – Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance a 13 Sharon Van Etten … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums Of 2012 Part 2: 15 – 1


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

Lots Of Free Samplers

As well as Insound’s latest free Vinyl News Mixtape, Noisetrade have put up four free brilliant label samplers from Anti Records, ATO, Frenchkiss and Nettwerk Music. The Insound sampler includes within its 10 tracks, offerings from FIDLAR, Memory Tapes, Teen Mom, The Analog Girl, and The Joy Formidable. The eight track Anti Records sampler features, amongst others, Calexico, Jason Lytle, The Coup and Sean Rowe. The … Continue reading Lots Of Free Samplers

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: July 2012

You know the score. Some of our favourite downloads from the past month neatly parcelled up into one tasty mix and decorated with a few new tunes too. Nearly forty in all. Jump in! Download Wye Oak – Spiral mp3 (from Adult Swim Singles Series) A change of approach and tempo from experimental folkies Download Unnatural Helpers – Hate Your Teachers mp3 (from Land Grab) Raging. Ferocious. Punk Download … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: July 2012

Wednesday Means Eight of the Best

Here is our regular round-up of the recent best of the inbox, blogs and internet for you to peruse, scrutinise and download for your undoubted listening pleasure and aural delight. First up is a second taste from the forthcoming Two Gallants long player The Bloom And The Blight. While previous offering Broken Eyes was a gorgeous, folky delight, My Love Won’t Wait indulges the band’s … Continue reading Wednesday Means Eight of the Best

Mad Mackerel’s Best of the Month: June 2012

Image (c) Big Pic A cracking month for new releases. Here is the some of the best of our posts from June, together with a couple of newbies for the perfect June mixtape. Check out some of the other ‘Best ofs’ in the sidebar too. The Hunting Accident – Aubergine Angular, compulsive, propulsive thump. a Download Damon Moon & The Whispering Drifters – The Fool mp3 (from Lungs, … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best of the Month: June 2012

Round Up Time Again

What with being out at No Direction Home and away with the day job, a whole host of songs have come and gone without us posting them, so we’re remedying that oversight now with this round up of the best from our in-box and around the web. We have the anthemic Mrs Magician who released their debut album Strange Heaven a couple of months ago. … Continue reading Round Up Time Again