Another From Vandaveer

Spearheaded by Mark Charles Heidinger, and taking their cues somewhere between the tales of Bob Dylan and the bourbon-soaked stories of Tom Waits, Vandaveer are one of our favourite Americana bands, melding folk and country traditions into beautifully constructed songs and stories that stay long in the heart and the mind. Latest album The Wild Mercury is out next month and the latest track to be … Continue reading Another From Vandaveer

Vandaveer Announce New Album

Vandaveer have announced their fifth full-length album, The Wild Mercury, will be out via WhiteSpace Records on February 19. One of our favourite bands with everyman narratives and striking, folk-based harmonies, Vandaveer loosely fall under the Americana umbrella, but the band regularly elbow their way into wider spaces with a kaleidoscopic assortment of sounds. The lead single is But Enough On That For Now, a grandiose kick off … Continue reading Vandaveer Announce New Album

Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

A day late, but no matter. A collection of nine brand spanking new tunes rounded up from the past week – just for you. Laura Stevenson – Claustrophobe Woozy – Painted White Eleanor Friedberger – False Alphabet City Long Beard – Turkeys Surf Rock Is Dead – Never Be The Same Dirty Nil – Provisional (Fugazi cover) Vandaveer – Jealous Guy (John Lennon cover) Ex-Hex … Continue reading Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums Of 2013 (Part 3: 10-1)

And to complete our Best of Year postings, we have our favourite ten albums from 2013. Every single one is superb… 10 Black Angels – Indigo Meadow . 9 Wooden Wand – Blood Oaths Of The New Blues . 8 Vandaveer – Oh, Willie, Please . 7 Jus Post Bellum – Oh, July . 6 Wooden Shjips – Back To Land . 5 T. Hardy … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Albums Of 2013 (Part 3: 10-1)

Chris T Popper’s Top Songs Of 2013

As well as our Top 100 tunes of the year that we’ve posted over the past few days, each of the MM contributors have put together their own lists. Next up is Mr Chris T Popper. 20. Coathangers – Adderall . 19. GRMLN – Summer Days Download GRMLN – Summer Days mp3 . 18. Willie Nile – American Ride . 17. Mickey Gloss – Are You … Continue reading Chris T Popper’s Top Songs Of 2013


Part three of our favourite 100 tracks of 2013. Today we’re counting down from 50 – 26. 50 Hanni El Khatib – Nobody Move In Hanni El Khatib’s biog on Wikipedia he says that his “…music is for anyone who has ever been shot or hit by a train“. I think that this is a good way to describe this tune as it hits you … Continue reading MAD MACKEREL’S TOP TRACKS OF 2013: 50 – 26

Joe Pug & Vandaveer Covers

Well, seeing as our last posts were covers by Eagulls and Shearwater, and seeing as they say good things come in threes, here is long standing favourite of our blog, Joe Pug covering another long standing favourite of our blog, Vandaveer and vice versa. It comes courtesy of the excellent I Am Fuel, You Are Friends blog. The two are touring together throughout October and … Continue reading Joe Pug & Vandaveer Covers

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: May 2013

Here is our round-up of our favourite downloads from May’s posts together with a few newbies that, together, make a mix of twenty tracks that is as eclectic as it is perfect! Enjoy. High Coast – Talvatis Sweetly picked Americana. . Landmarks – Cuscutta Lovely, unhurried, slice of woozy, psych-pop in the grand traditions of Spiritualized or Mercury Rev. . Black Manila – Père Lachaise Addictive blend of classic … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: May 2013

Vandaveer Offer Up Omie Wise

Mark Charles Heidinger of macabre folksters Vandaveer recently participated in our 5:1 Interview series, which in turn came on the back of the recent release of their brilliant album of reinterpreted and re-imagined murder ballads, Oh, Willie, Please… The band have made a second track from it available for free download – so here is the perfectly told, tragic tale of the murder of Omie Wise. He … Continue reading Vandaveer Offer Up Omie Wise

MM’s 5:1 Interview No 11: Vandaveer

Vandaveer is the project of Mark Charles Heidinger, releasing their debut album Grace & Speed in 2007 before following it up with the acclaimed 2009 release Divide & Conquer, which was the record of theirs that first made us sit up and take notice. Since then we’ve had the equally excellent Dig Down Deep in 2011, and now the wonderful Oh Willie, Please… a fabulous re-interpreting … Continue reading MM’s 5:1 Interview No 11: Vandaveer