New Album From Ultimate Painting

Ultimate Painting have announced the release of Up!, a record we’re very much looking forward to, and their first for the Bella Union label. It will be out on the 6th April, and is available to preorder here. They’re also heading out on tour (dates below). The band has also shared a first track from the LP entitled, the meandering, gentle indie-psych of Not Gonna Burn Myself Anymore. Listen … Continue reading New Album From Ultimate Painting


Our second individual listing comes from long-standing contributor Chris T Popper, he of the creaking joints and club foot (and yet still the second-best footballer in his family). Another cracking collection of tunes, and you can always listen on Spotify here. 20 Big Thief – Paul   19 Mind Spiders – Running   18 Hooded Fang – Dead Battery   17 Van William – Revolution … Continue reading MM’s BEST OF 2016: CHRIS T POPPER

MM’s BEST TRACKS OF 2016: 50-26

Inside the top fifty of our favourite songs of the year now. Check numbers 50 – 26 and come back tomorrow for the final countdown… 50 BAIT – I’m Still Here   49 Big Thief – Paul   48 Kyle Craft – Before The Wall   47 Staches – Total Commitment   46 Arborist – I Heard Him Leaving   45 Hooded Fang – Dead … Continue reading MM’s BEST TRACKS OF 2016: 50-26

Twelve Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

NOTS – No Novelty Slim Cessna’s Auto Club – Commandment 7 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jesus Alone Las Kellies – I Don’t Care Wovenhand – Golden Blossom Kevin Devine – No History Cherry Glazerr – Told You I’d Be With The Guys Adam Torres – Juniper Arms Devendra Banhart – Saturday Night Public Access T.V. – End Of An Era John Murry … Continue reading Twelve Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Ultimate Painting – Bills

Ultimate Painting – the two singular voices of Jack Cooper and James Hoare, who met when on tour together with their other bands Mazes and Veronica Falls – will release their third album Dusk on Trouble In Mind Records on the 30th September. The first single is Bills, a track which dives head-first into a perfectly formed, crystalline pool of jangle. Stream it below.   Continue reading Ultimate Painting – Bills

MM’s BEST TRACKS OF 2015: 100 – 76

Time for the MM countdown of our favourite tracks of the year to begin. Over the next few days we’ll be revealing our top 100 tracks and top 30 albums of 2015, with contributions from Mrs Mackerel, Chris T Popper, Polly Pocket and Franca. We’ll also share their personal choices with you next week. So without further ado, here are numbers 100 through to 76. … Continue reading MM’s BEST TRACKS OF 2015: 100 – 76

New From Ultimate Painting

Today our new Conservative government showed their true, reprehensible colours with the backdoor announcement of their plan to amend the Hunting Act and usher in a return of the cruelest and most savage of all cruel sports. It seems apt therefore that we have an excellent new song from Ultimate Painting that also lambasts this out-of-touch, arrogant, and thoroughly loathsome bunch. The duo of James Hoare (Veronica … Continue reading New From Ultimate Painting

Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Nine new, and excellent, songs from the past seven days neatly packaged for your listening pleasure. 1. Jeffrey Lewis – Train Song 2. The Sandwitches – Our Toast 3. Ultimate Painting – Break The Chain 4. John Vanderslice – Midnight Blue 5. Destroyer – Dream Lover 6. Heather Woods Broderick – Wyoming 7. DRINKS – Hermits On Holiday 8. Spoon – TV Set (Cramps cover) … Continue reading Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

More From Ultimate Painting

The duo of Jack Cooper(Mazes) & James Hoare (Veronica Falls) are Ultimate Painting. Having already posted excellent two tracks from their self-titled debut album, we now have the title track from said record to share with you. It is perfectly described as “a woozy & deliberate tune whose simple melody is complimented by two intertwining guitar lines that ride off into the sunset.” Chase it down here. . Continue reading More From Ultimate Painting

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: October 2014

After a too long hiatus, we’ve resurrected our best of the month mix capturing our favourite tunes from October’s posts, plus a couple of new tracks too. So more than 25 songs to discover…dive in! The September Girls – Veneer Dark-hearted pop smothered in drenched feedback . God Damn – Horus A red-hot burning molten pot of pop hooks and grinding, bludgeoning riffs and rhythms. . … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: October 2014