New Video: WIRE – The Art Of Persistence

Just five months after the release of their excellent Mind Hive album, WIRE return with a new one titled 10:20. 10:20 features songs the band refers to as ‘strays’. These are recordings of pieces that couldn’t be accommodated on regular albums, as well as compositions that – following their original studio recording – evolved substantially through live performance, and so deserved a new life on record. Originally scheduled … Continue reading New Video: WIRE – The Art Of Persistence

The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 3)

The third part of our epic countdown of our favourite songs of the past ten years. 160 The Pink Mountaintops – North Hollywood Microwaves (2014)   Filthy, snarling, primal rock’n’roll featuring some pornographic rapping from Annie Hardy (ex-Giant Drag). A case of the bite being much worse than the bark.   159 Calexico – Two Silver Trees (2008) Atmospheric and relaxed, Two Silver Trees meanders … Continue reading The Top 200 – Mad Mackerel’s favourite songs of the last ten years (Part 3)

Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

A mighty fine collection of new tunes for you this week including, amongst others, the very welcome return of Psychic Ills, a Waylon Jennings cover from Mark Kozelek that also features the talents of Will Oldham and Low’s Mimi Parker, some brash, urgent punk rock from the Virginmarys and some typically laid back folk from guitar virtuoso Steve Gunn. Enjoy. Psychic Ills featuring Hope Sandoval – … Continue reading Ten Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

That’s right, title says it all. But if you’ve not wrapped your ears round these yet this week, now’s your chance. 1. Steve Gunn & The Black Twig Pickers – Trailways Ramble 2. Wire – Joust & Jostle 3. Marika Hackman – Monday Afternoon 4. Speedy Ortiz – Raising The Skate 5. Yowler – The Offer 6. Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love 7. Low Low Low … Continue reading Seven Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

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)