Posts Tagged ‘Willy Mason’

1. Peggy Sue (featuring Willy Mason) – Longest Day Of The Year Blues
2. Menace Beach – Tennis Court
3. Brother Dege – Set It Off
4. Shovels & Rope – The Devil Is All Around
5. White Fence – Like That

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Jesca Hoop – Undress

Posted: January 28, 2014 in Acoustic, Folk, Indie, Music
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Jesca Hoop - Undress

Jesca Hoop’s latest stark and eloquent effort Undress is an intimate rendering of her sophomore album Hunting My Dress.

Not only that but it offers up salt-of-the-earth duets with artists such as Guy Garvey, MM faves Iron and Wine and Willy Mason and Erika Wennerstrom.

Check out Whispering Light with Willy Mason taking the lead and Jesca playing the supporting role

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Videos of the Day

Today we have (another) excellent Willy Mason video, this time for Talk Me Down, an appropriately woozy and kaleidoscopic video for Spectral Park’s Nausea, a revealing video for Those Darlins new track Oh God (free download available here), and finally Alela Diane’s video for the superb title track single for her new album About Farewell.

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Videos of the Day

A superb collection of videos (and songs) today. Just dive into these from The Handsome Family, Secret Colours, Dinosaur Bones and a live version of one of our favourite tracks from 2012, Willy Mason’s brilliant Restless Fugitive.

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Videos of the Day

New videos from the brilliant Willy Mason, from local Oxfordshire quartet Glass Animals, some psychedelic indie-pop from Her Turnpike Glow and a superb live session video from Bleech.

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MM The Last Five Years - Polly Pocket

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 the regular MM contributors to give us their top twenty songs since MM first went live and we’re also going to give you one big mega-listing shortly, first up was Dr Roddy, then Chris T Popper and now we have the choices of the fragrant, but often blasphemous Polly Pocket.

20) Ben Howard – Old Pine

Download Ben Howard – Old Pine mp3

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19) Barr Brothers – Beggar In The Morning

Download The Barr Brothers – Beggar In The Morning mp3

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18) One Eskimo – Hometime

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17) Annie Williams – Roll On Hills

Download Annie Williams – Roll On Hills mp3

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16) Dead Weather – I Cut Like A Buffalo

Download The Dead Weather – I Cut Like A Buffalo mp3

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15) The Cave Singers – Swim Club

Download The Cave Singers – Swim Club mp3

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14) The Low Anthem – To Ohio

Download The Low Anthem – To Ohio mp3

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13) First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

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12) The Tallest Man On Earth – I Won’t Be Found

Download The Tallest Man On Earth – I Won’t Be Found (Daytrotter Session) mp3

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11) Alt-J – Taro

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10) Emiliana Torrini – Jungle Drum
Never fails to put a smile on my face and a spring in my step. It really does capture that feeling when you fall utterly head over heels and there is nothing to be done about it.

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9) Laura Marling – Sophia
I love that this song seems to have two such distinct parts to it but they work so beautifully together. Such an incredible voice. Laura can do no wrong in my eyes.

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8) Bon Iver – Blood Bank
A timeless beauty, much loved since 2009. So far it has proved impossible to listen to without singing the end part of the song ‘I know it well’ for hours afterwards.

Download Bon Iver – Blood Bank mp3

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7) Junip – Line Of Fire
A 2013 tune and already Line of Fire is a song I’d rather not live without. I love Jose Gonzalez’ effortless vocals. Utterly emotional, a bit bleak in places and all consuming. It has a cracking (and very odd) video to go with it too.

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6) Shearwater – You As You Were
A lovely discovery for 2012. This song just gets bigger and bigger until you realise you are no longer singing along but shouting like a crazy person!

Download Shearwater – You As You Were mp3

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5) Blitzen Trapper – The Man Who Would Speak True
If you like a song to tell you a tale then this is the one for you. It will also make you want to learn to play the harmonica.

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4) A.A. Bondy – The Twist
From 2011’s top ten, a beautiful track. Very dark and brooding, like a lovely storm overhead. No idea what it’s all about but it feels most profound.

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3) We Are Augustines – Chapel Song
It was my number 1 from 2012 and it certainly deserves its place here. Is it the voice or the lyrics that are most heartbreaking? Always a stand still and listen to all the way through tune.

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2) Willy Mason – What Is This
Timeless, effortless and to my mind perfect. I have yet to find a time or a situation where this tune doesn’t fit the bill.  That pretty much sums up the entire album for me, Carry On is a masterpiece.

Watch it here.

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1) The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight
I remember the car journey when I first heard this song – it was a bit of a mind blower and hearing it live the next year cemented it as a firm favourite. The moment the strings start you know its going to be epic and it never disappoints.

Download The Airborne Toxic Event – Sometime Around Midnight mp3

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Three much loved discoveries:

A.A Bondy
You know an artist is that good when you kick yourself for not having found them sooner – I could have been listening to ‘When The Devil’s Loose’ since 2009 but only came to it in 2011 having fallen in love with ‘Believers’.

The Tallest Man On Earth
There is a real honesty to Kristian Matsson’s songs, I think that is what I love best. He has an incredible voice and writes songs you just can’t help but sing a long to. Always a treat.

Laura Marling
An unbelievable talent. I was privileged enough to have heard Laura Marling sing in Gloucester Cathedral in 2011 – a very fitting venue for the purest of voices. If she is this good now, what will she be like in years to come? I look forward to finding out.

Felice Brothers Live Review

The Felice Brothers & Willy Mason | Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London | 30 May 2013

Afterwards, as I drove the motorway miles home from the capital, the Twitter feeds awash with “best gig ever” messages, I was thinking that, in many ways, The Felice Brothers remind me of The Clash.

Ian and Jimmy Felice, a rustic Strummer and Jones feeding from each other and the crowd’s energy, while ex travelling dice player Christmas Clapton sternly stalks the stage around them, bass slung low, a rustic Paul Simenon. The songs with their deep appreciation, fascination and dissection of the American Dream, then there are the political references, the showbiz references, the tales of corruption, of card sharps and loan sharks, chancers, grifters and desperadoes,  gangland encounters and brushes with the law, the ever present ghost of Woody Guthrie, and just like the Clash, the Felice Brothers can also be a brilliant covers band.

Not only that, but watching them perform on Thursday in west London (no coincidence that we were on established Clash home-territory), it was clear that when the stars align and the mood is right, then the Felice Brothers can be one of the most thrilling live music experiences you could ever hope for.

felice brothers posterPrior to the main event we had a solo show from Willy Mason. His easy-going, good natured bonhomie warmly reciprocated by the audience as he ran through some old favourites like Oxygen and some new ones, a slow as molasses Restless Fugitive and the rockabilly shuffle of I Got Gold. It was the perfect hors d’oeuvre, the appetite sharpened and anticipation heightened.

And so it was on to the main attraction – a homecoming of sorts for the band – Jimmy Felice affectionately reminiscing about one of the first gigs outside of the States that they ever played being in this exact same area of the city. Showcasing a handful of new songs from a forthcoming album, of which set opener Butch Cassidy and the sleazy blues licks of Some Say, are surely destined to become FB classics, the party mood was set early as sing-along anthem Whiskey In My Whiskey was second up on the menu, meeting with raucous and delighted approval.

It was a brilliantly judged set, mixing songs from their extensive and varied back catalogue to perfection. The ramshackle helter skelter of Run Chicken Run rubbing shoulders with the pathos of Wonderful Life and the carnival voodoo chant of Fire At The Pageant tempered by the small town despair of Dead Dog and the solo, sorrowful second coming of Mating Of The Doves.

Elsewhere The Ballad Of Lou The Welterweight and Cus’s Catskill Gym proved (if it needed proving) that the Felice Brothers have two of the best ever songs about boxing, and from pugilists to the 1,000 strong voices singing along word-for-word to Frankie’s Gun and the Woody Guthrie style cover of traditional fiddle folk tune Cumberland Gap. Finally, an hour and forty minutes later the band reluctantly exited stage left after an encore climaxing with the barn dance stomp of Sail Away Ladies and Penn Station.

The Felice Brothers – the greatest show on Earth? Reckon so. Upstairs, Joe Strummer will have approved.

Download The Felice Brothers – Fire At The Pageant mp3 (from Celebration, Florida)

Download The Felice Brothers – Frankie’s Gun mp3 (from The Felice Brothers)

Download The Felice Brothers – Run Chicken Run mp3 (from Yonder Is The Clock)

Videos of the Day

Any excuse to showcase another tune from Willy Mason’s brilliant new album, this is the video for Pickup Truck. We also have Lowlakes gorgeously haunting video for Song for Motion and the psychedelic power-pop shenanigans of Sherpa’s video for their excellent new single, I’m Happy Just To Lie. Finally, watch the dual-guitar (no bass!) and drums setup of Boytoy, they’re blasting out catchy, fuzzy punky songs full of hooks and melody and this is Bad Brain from a recent BreakThru Radio TV session.

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Mrs Mackerel's TFI Friday (11th January)

So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, adieu … you know the rest. I’m off to skip over the mountains, Swiss Outpost, but I do promise to Skype…

Anyway (surely one of my favourite refrains?), it’s a New Year and time for me to bid goodbye to TFI and my Friday night soubriquet. With a few gig dates already booked for the months ahead, I may get the opportunity to reprise the Mrs Mackerel mantel at some later date, who knows.  Anyway parking the sadness of the last few weeks temporarily to one side, and wishing to leave TFI on a typically frothy and fatuous note, I wracked my brains to a few weeks back when I did indeed feel like the heady combination of a cappuccino with a copy of Hello!, and recalled a rather silly exchange at a Christmas party.

Having swum in fashionably late, as is my want, I was sober and drink-wise, considerably far behind many of the gathering. Hey ho, not to worry I thought, as I sidled out with the smokers to catch up with the High Priestess herself. It was quite a posse actually and predominately female, but one male voice piped up: “So then girls (a term always appreciated with my advancing years), what do you find attractive in a man?” The words “lamb” and “slaughter” sprang to mind… HP and I could barely conceal our amusement and commenced thus.

Firstly, “Bob” a sense of humour is a must, we said. Laughing. Next, I added: nice arms – there is nothing attractive about a man I feel I could arm wrestle and BEAT! Bit of giggling. Also, Bob, good dentistry is a must; typically English stained, crooked teeth are a massive turn-off. Bob stops smiling. And dress sense, we said, smiling sweetly, looking him up and down, or should we put height next? Six foot plus… actually why don’t you ask your wife, because she’s stood just behind you and I can see her over the top of your head. How we laughed and then ran away, as all good girls do. Tut, tut.

So one final thought: sometimes music really does reach the parts of you that you thought you had tucked away in some emotional backwater, deep inside. I listened to a song this week that’s due for release on an album in March. I think it’s truly remarkable: a soaring, poetic allegory set to music that circles and soars. And the effect? I cried for every single sadness in the last 12 months; that was some volume of tears, I must say. But in a world where so many over-share and document the minutiae of life, this is mine, and I’m not sharing; if your soul speaks in the same musical tongues as mine, you’ll find it all the same, somehow, somewhere, some time.

In-keeping with the Sound of Music theme, I thought I should depart with a few of my favourite bands, obviously of which there are too many to mention (darling) but here’s a selection. Thanks for reading – all four of you.

Fishy kisses,

Mrs Mackerel x

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Download Hurray For The Riff Raff – Too Much Of A Good Thing mp3 (from Hurray For The Riff Raff)

Download The Low Anthem – This God Damn House mp3 (from What The Crow Brings)

Download Johnny Cash – Sunday Morning Coming Down (from Greatest Hits)

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.

Shearwater Animal Joy

15 Shearwater – Animal Joy

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Patterson Hood Heat Lightning

14 Patterson Hood – Heat Lightning Rumbles In The Distance

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Sharon Van Etten Tramp

13 Sharon Van Etten – Tramp

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Tame Impala - Lonerism

12 Tame Impala – Lonerism

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Wintersleep - Hello Hum

11 Wintersleep – Hello Hum

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Justin Townes Earle Nothings Gonnna

10 Justin Townes Earle – Nothing’s Gonna Change The Way You Feel About Me Now

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Mark Lanegan Band - Blues Funeral

9 Mark Lanegan Band – Blues Funeral

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First Aid Kit - The Lion's Roar

8 First Aid Kit – The Lion’s Roar

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Two Gallants

7 Two Gallants – The Bloom And The Blight

Download Two Gallants – Broken Eyes mp3 (from The Bloom And The Blight)

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Sun Kil Moon - Among The Leaves

6 Sun Kil Moon – Among The Leaves

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Delta Spirit

5 Delta Spirit – Delta Spirit

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Tom Williams - Teenage Blood

4 Tom Williams & The Boat – Teenage Blood

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Willy Mason Carry On

3 Willy Mason – Carry On

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The Walkmen - Heaven

2 The Walkmen – Heaven

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Father John Misty - Fear Fun

1 Father John Misty – Fear Fun