Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Just home from a lovely week with family in the Arctic circle, and already pining for the fjords, here are this week’s collection of top tunes neatly gathered up solely for your listening edification. Julian Casablancas – Run Run Run (Velvet Underground cover) Bat For Lashes – I Do Mind Spiders – Running Hooded Fang – Tunnel Vision Wintersleep – Territory Frightened Rabbit – Death … Continue reading Nine Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

Mind Spiders Announce New Album

Prosthesis is the fourth album in five years from Mark Ryan’s shadowy, shape-shifting “solo” band Mind Spiders. Based in Ft. Worth, TX, Mind Spiders launched pretty much immediately after his last project, the well-loved, highly-influential Marked Men went on indefinite hiatus at the beginning of 2009. Incorporating garage rock, post-punk, bedroom pop, krautrock, and tons of other obscure references throughout the eight song LP, everything blends seamlessly … Continue reading Mind Spiders Announce New Album

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Months: September, October & November (Part 1)

We’ve been a bit tardy with our round ups of the Best of the Month downloads on MM, and so we have a bumper three month collection for you before the countdown begins on Monday for our favourite 100 tracks and 50 albums of the year. So without further ado…here is Part 1 of the pick of the downloads from September to November…and as usual, … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Months: September, October & November (Part 1)

Mind Spiders Announce New Album

The very wonderful Mind Spiders are back with their third album in 3 years! Titled Inhumanistic, it finds the band going in a slightly more stripped down direction than previous efforts, with influences ranging from Devo’s Freedom Of Choice and Wall Of Voodoo, to old horror movies (the song Electric Things is about the movie From Beyond, for example). Grab yourself the first track, Make … Continue reading Mind Spiders Announce New Album

Some Free Stuff You Need

There has been a little burst of free samplers and downloads hit the web recently and some are very much worth a few moments of your time to check out and get hold of – after all what is there to lose apart from your e-mail privacy? First up is the brilliant Garage Swim compilation, curated under Adult Swim’s Williams Street Records label. It consists of … Continue reading Some Free Stuff You Need

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: January 2012

Here are the best of our January posts together with a few tasty new tracks. All in all nearly forty great tunes compiled and neatly presented in one lovely mix. As always, don’t forget to check out all our previous monthly mixes listed in the sidebar on the left. Download Night Genes – Soaring Through The Chromosomes mp3 (from Like The Blood) Infectiously catchy, military folk stomp. … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: January 2012

Thursday Means Six of the Best!

We’ve got new mp3s and downloads coming out of our ears…and hopefully into yours. So, here is our pick of the best new tracks currently doing the rounds. They include the cantering desert folk of Laura Gibson, the uncannily Syd Barrett like individual psychedelia of The Doozer, some primal garage rock from both King Khan & The Shrines and the wonderful Mind Spiders, some brain … Continue reading Thursday Means Six of the Best!

Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: January

Here is our regular round up of the best of January’s posts plus a couple of new tracks for your listening pleasure – all beautifully designed to make one perfect mixtape. Download Wooden Wand – The DNR Waltz mp3 More classic down-tempo folk from greatly underrated MM fave. Download Phosphorescent – Are You Ready For The Country? mp3 Riff-heavy, mean-assed cover which brilliantly captures the double-edged viciousness … Continue reading Mad Mackerel’s Best Of The Month: January

Let’s Go Garage…

Here are three gems of garage rock/punk/pop joy for you, especially designed to brighten up a drab and dreary January Sunday. We’ve posted about the Mind Spiders and the Thick Shakes before. Both play a wonderfully uncluttered, joyous form of proto garage-rock that is simple, unaffected and damn catchy. We have a track from the forthcoming Mind Spiders self-titled album and the Thick Shakes new … Continue reading Let’s Go Garage…

Saturday Round-Up

Here is a lazy blogger’s round-up of some of the new tracks that we’ve come across and enjoyed over the past few days and weeks, some of which might tickle your ears in a good way. The Moondoggies delivered a cracking album in 2008’s Don’t Be A Stranger and have a follow-up due in September titled Tidelands. In the meantime they are releasing a five track … Continue reading Saturday Round-Up