Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Lots of tasty covers this week… The Devil Makes Three – Bad Idea Jacuzzi Boys – Song For The Man  (Beastie Boys cover) D.A. Stern – I Don’t Know  (Beastie Boys cover) The Dirty Nil – Pain Of Infinity Beak> – Brean Down William Elliott Whitmore – Fear Of Trains  (Magnetic Fields cover) Phoebe Bridgers – The Gold  (Manchester Orchestra cover) David Bazan – Thread … Continue reading Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 2)

Here is Part 2 of our countdown of our favourite songs from the past ten years… 180 Strand Of Oaks – Alex Kona (2010) “Alex Kona was twelve feet tall, his mother got killed by a bowling ball”. What else is there?   179 Port O’Brien – My Will Is Good (2009)   Rhythmic and punchy folk-rock, but with a hook most pop songs would … Continue reading The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 2)

Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Seven days, nine new songs, all winners. Courtney Barnett – Boxing Days Blues Revisited JEFF The Brotherhood – Radiating Fiber Plane Besnard Lakes – Golden Lion Cass McCombs – Evangeline William Elliott Whitmore – Civilisations Hiccup – Whatevs, Its Cool Powderburns – Not Right (Stooges cover) Cheatahs – Su-Pra Mothers – It Hurts Until It Doesn’t                     Continue reading Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

New Album From William Elliott Whitmore

Hot on the heels of details of a new album from The Tallest Man On Earth comes similar news for another MM singer-songwriter fave with the announcement of a new album from William Elliott Whitmore. Titled Radium Death, it signals somewhat of a departure from his previous sparse and haunting solo recordings. He describes it thus, “I purposefully went into it wanting to make a little bit … Continue reading New Album From William Elliott Whitmore

Mad Mackerel The Last Five Years – Dr Roddy Looks Back

Believe it or not, Mad Mackerel has been around for more than five years now. During that time we’ve posted more than 4,000 times, and offered more than 5,000 songs for your listening pleasure. And more than three quarters of a million people have paid MM a visit during our lifetime on Google’s godawful blogspot and since April 2010 on WordPress. We asked some of … Continue reading Mad Mackerel The Last Five Years – Dr Roddy Looks Back

Mad Mackerel’s Albums Of The Year: Part 1 (50-31)

So, as the New Year approaches, here are our favourite albums of 2011 for your consideration. Feel free to dispute, argue, or otherwise put us right because, if nothing else, music is as about as subjective topic as it is possible to get. Some of these may not be the “best” albums of the year as far as the critics are concerned, but that matters … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Albums Of The Year: Part 1 (50-31)

MM’s 2011 Top Ten Series: No 7 Scottish Kate

Scottish Kate is a great friend of this blog and has often offered her (sometimes pithy) opinions on the world of music – and very good taste she has too. She also runs the always excellent (sometimes pithy), and often provocative blog A Burdz Eye View for all things Scottish (of course), political and musical. Here are her aural selections for 2011. The Burd’s Best … Continue reading MM’s 2011 Top Ten Series: No 7 Scottish Kate