Posts Tagged ‘Tweak Bird’

We’ve already posted Tweak Bird’s superb A Sun Ahh Ahh, which is certain to feature in our end of year Best Of list. Now the Illinois based brothers have made a second track available for free download in advanced of their self titled album which is released on August 30th.

Lights In Lines is another excellent example of their space travelled themed psych-rock and further whets the appetite for the album proper.

Visit their MySpace here. Visit their website here.

Download Tweak Bird – Lights In Lines mp3 (from Tweak Bird)

Download Tweak Bird – A Sun Ahh Ahh mp3 (from Tweak Bird)

See them live in the UK

23 Oct Supersonic Festival, Birmingham

24 Oct Brainwash Festival, Leeds

26 Oct Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

27 Oct Captain’s Rest, Glasgow

30 Oct The Forum, Kentish Town, London


Here is our regular monthly round up of 25 of the best tracks posted on Mad Mackerel in the past month, and three new gems too. That’s a more than decent mixtape sorted even if we were crap in the World Cup!

The FuturebirdsBattle For Rome mp3

Glorious, up-tempo alt-country gem that recalls Neil Young at his finest

Puro InstinctCalifornia Shakedown mp3

Dreamily seductive slice of icy pop

Burnt OnesBury Me In Smoke mp3

Sleazy, dirty, hook-laden surf rock and heavy doses of 7os glam

Mississippi ManMountain mp3

Superb blend of Americana and country-folk

The Vitamin Sees Illumanati Mind Control mp3

Mesmerising and hypnotic, with repetitive guitar riff and laconic vocals. Our discovery of the month!

Black Mountain – Old Fangs mp3

Scorched, driving, desert blues

HollowbellyLong Road mp3

Raw, stomping, hellfire and brimstone blues

Sharon Van EttenI Couldn’t Save You mp3

Languid, lonely and desolate. As stark and as stunning a heartbreaker as you could imagine

Ferocious FewKathleen mp3

Joyous raiding of the rock’n’roll cupboard to produce a two-minute classic

Elf PowerStranger In The Window mp3

Gentle, pensive, country-tinged, psych-pop. Gorgeous

Mathew Sawyer & The Ghosts – Mynah Birds Call mp3

Fragile, Syd Barrett influenced unorthodox folk whimsy

All Saints DayYou Can’t Be Alone mp3

Pop overdosing on distortion and reverb

Lail AradEveryone Is Moving To Berlin mp3

Wonderful blend of sharp-tongued pop and lovely folk overtones

The WhigsDying mp3

Visceral, slow burn of a track, builds into crescendo of guitars, drums and feedback

Tame ImpalaSolitude Is Bliss mp3

Bold, fuzzed up blues standout from recent album Innerspeaker

Karen ElsonThe Ghost Who Walks mp3

Gothic-tinged, country murder ballad

TennisMarathon mp3

Sweet and catchy pop gem

Tweak BirdA Sun Ahh Ahh mp3

Brilliant mix of full-on old-school metal riffing and psychedelic overtones

The MinksFuneral Song mp3

Vintage Cure bassline, icy synths and shadowy, sombre lyrics

The Black LipsBefore You Judge Me mp3

Typically swaggering boozy cut of garage rock

We Are Country MiceFestival mp3

Garage goodness, awash with reverb, duelling guitars and a tinge of psychedelia

The Local NativesCareful mp3

Chiming cover of Television album track

SalemKing Night mp3

Ghostly leanings and haunting, desolate beats

CrocodilesSleep Forever mp3

Full on indie rocker in the spirit of the Bunnymen

Emily ReoWitch Mtn Pt. 2 mp3

Dreamily seductive and captivating fuzzy Beach House style pop

And  three new ones for you to finish off:

The Vitamin SeesEvil Eye mp3

More tripped out, pulsing krautrock from our new band discovery of the month

Port O’BrienMy Brain Is Hanging Upside Down (Bonzo Goes To Bitburg) mp3

From the wonderful Buffetlibre/Amnesty Peace project (180 tracks for $5 minimum) comes this brilliant Ramones cover by MM faves Port O’Brien. Buy this compilation here now!

Wild NothingYour Rabbit Feet mp3

Latest chilled (and chilly) dream pop from new indie-wunderkind

We first heard this single on Radio 6 a few weeks ago and were completely blown away by the brilliant mix of full-on old-school metal riffing and its psychedelic overtones and climax. We made an immediate note to self to track this song down at all costs.

The band is Tweak Bird, brothers Caleb (guitar, vocals) and Ashton Bird (drums, vocals), natives of Carbondale, IL who performed together, on and off through the years before relocating to Los Angeles in the mid-’00s. The song, A Sun/Ahh Ahh, is from their forthcoming debut album due later this year. They have previously released EPs called Reservations in 2008, and 2007s Bigbonesnakebite (the latter is available on eMusic here).

Having got our copy of the single, we have discovered it has since been given away elsewhere as a freebie, so we couldn’t waste the opportunity to put it up here for your listening pleasure too.

If you like Tame Impala, Pontiak, classic 70s metal, stoner rock, or 90s shoegaze you’ll find elements of all in this absolutely cracking song. And as a bonus, try a track from that 2008 Reservations EP too.

Visit their MySpace here.

Download Tweak Bird – A Sun Ahh Ahh mp3 (from A Sun Ahh Ahh 7”)

Download Tweak Bird – Whorses mp3 (from Reservations EP)