Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014: 100 – 81

Today the countdown begins of Mad Mackerel’s favourite 100 songs of 2014. From Monday to Friday check back to see what tickled the earbuds of MM’s contributors, followed by our Albums of the Year at the weekend and then our individual contributors’ choices. So without further ado…. 100 Micah P Hinson – The Same Old Shit . 99 Wooden Wand – Dambuilding . 98 Juan … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Favourite Songs Of 2014: 100 – 81

Wooden Wand – Uneasy Peace

Wooden Wand hits the road on the back of his recent album Farmer’s Corner, another outstanding release, which came out in May on Fire Records. For most of these shows, he’ll be headlinging and playing solo, performing songs from the new album as well as from his extensive back catalogue. He has also announced a couple of shows with Jolie Holland, one is a sold out … Continue reading Wooden Wand – Uneasy Peace

Wooden Wand – Waveland

Lightning have announced their first quarterly, part of a larger subscription series the label has put together with four quarterly gonzo style magazines and a 20 album series where artists have been asked to contribute a unique side project or edge creative statement. Lightning quarterly one includes: Five new albums by early Brooklyn infamous rock legends People of the North (Oneida), mythological songwriter and long … Continue reading Wooden Wand – Waveland

Favourite Albums of 2014 (So Far)

The longest day has come and gone, and halfway through the year we are. It seemed a good point to reflect and share thirty of our favourite albums of 2014 so far, and so here they are, in strictly alphabetical order of course… . The Amazing Snakeheads – Amphetamine Ballads . Amen Dunes – Love . Avers – Empty Light . Dan Baker – Pistol In … Continue reading Favourite Albums of 2014 (So Far)

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Months: March – May (Part 1)

Previously we’ve just offered Best of the Month postings with downloads, but that excludes so many quality songs we’ve decided to just post our favourite tracks – irrespective of whether they are free to download or not. If you like them add them to your Spotify playlists or do the old fashioned thing and download them from iTunes, Bandcamp, or wherever. Anyway, with a bit … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Months: March – May (Part 1)

Another From Wooden Wand’s Farmer’s Corner

Farmer’s Corner, the new album from Wooden Wand promises to be a rawer, more personal affair than the brilliant Blood Oaths Of The New Blues and we have already shared the wonderful Dambuilding with you here. Now we have Alpha Dawn for your listening pleasure, another sublime cut of relaxed, informal, wandering folk that evokes all those classic intimate campfire and back-porch scenarios, as acoustic strings meander sweetly beneath … Continue reading Another From Wooden Wand’s Farmer’s Corner

Wooden Wand Announces Farmer’s Corner

We’re putting up the bunting at Mackerel Towers because long-time favourite, Wooden Wand will release a new album, Farmer’s Corner on May 5th via Fire Records. This time it is an album recorded on his travels, in fits and starts, and wherever and whenever he felt like it. It means nine new songs captured in six sessions in four studios in three different states. Amongst … Continue reading Wooden Wand Announces Farmer’s Corner

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)

Mrs Mackerel’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. Today it is the turn of Mrs Mackerel. 20. Steve Mason – A Lot of Love Love the piano on this song and the catchy, sing-a-long chorus – a guaranteed earworm if I had any (ears … Continue reading Mrs Mackerel’s Top Songs of 2013

MAD MACKEREL’S TOP TRACKS OF 2013: 25 – 1

So this is it, the final countdown of our favourite tracks of 2013… As voted for by MM luminaries: the luminous Mrs Mackerel (Mrs M), the newly teenaged Middle Sprat (MS), Marston’s Mr Big, Chris T Popper (CP), the criminally insane Dr. Roddy (Dr R), and patricide obsessive Polly Pocket (PP). A motley crew it is true, but all united by their love of a … Continue reading MAD MACKEREL’S TOP TRACKS OF 2013: 25 – 1