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Freeloader Friday: Tripwires, AM & Shawn Lee, Palms, Cassettes Won’t Listen and Dfalt

palms Where did the week go? How about a better question, who cares? That’s right, everyone’s favorite day of the week is back, and with it, Freeloader Friday. We have loads of music to satiate your hunger for new tunes this week — so sit back, relax, grab a pair of your favorite headphones and treat your ears to some tasty new tracks.

To kick things off, Palms premiere the first single off their anticipated, eponymous new record over on Pitchfork. The track, aptly titled “Patagonia,” is a dreamy, groove-laden soundscape that will send you floating in the clouds above the southern Andes of South America — no travel guide needed.

The free music rolls on with Tripwires‘ track premiere of “Shimmer,” a Noise-Pop number with enough hooks to have you singing along in no time. In addition, Cassettes Won’t Listen bring the grimy, funk-infused Electronica and Dfalt channels 90′s Trip-Hop sounds (think DJ Shadow with a twist) with their respective song streams. There’s no excuse for you to not bust a move this weekend.

If you’re in the mood for a full album stream then you’re in luck, as AM & Shawn Lee have released all the tracks of their new record before its official drop next week. From dance-y vibes to atmospheric, syncopated rhythms — the album is sure to suit any weekend adventure you have planned. Happy Listening!

Palms: “Patagonia” via Pitchfork
Palms out June 25 on Ipecac Recordings

Tripwires: “Shimmer” track premiere via DIY
Spacehopper out June 18 on Frenchkiss Records

Cassettes Won’t Listen: “Transmission” track premiere via Vibe
Transmission – Single out now on Daylight Curfew

Dfalt: “Moon Milkshakes” free track via Okayfuture
Helsinki Beat Tape: Part 1 out June 11 on Daylight Curfew

AM & Shawn Lee: Full album stream via Soundcheck
La Musique Numerique out May 7 on Park The Van

Freeloader Friday: The Melvins, Beacon, Hey Sholay, Javelin, Andrew Cedermark, The Casket Girls, Coultrain, Young Galaxy and Thee Oh Sees

The Melvins Everybody Loves SausageThe weekend is upon us once again, and you know what that means… tons of free tunes from us to you. That’s right, Freeloader Friday is back to provide all you weekend warriors with loads of new music that is sure to make you start saying TGIFF — Thank Goodness It’s Freeloader Friday!

If you’re in the mood for exclusive content, then you’re in luck, as Javelin dropped a previously unreleased song this past week that oozes maracas (pair some guacamole with this track and you’ll have yourself quite the fiesta). But that’s not all, both Hey Sholay and Andrew Cedermark have new tunes for your listening pleasure as well. Yes, this weekend is going to be one awesome aural experience.

The visuals are on lock for you this weekend too, as Young Galaxy appreciate senior citizens and dance it out with their new video, while Thee Oh Sees get lethal. (We’re not joking, viewer discretion is advised for the San Fran rockers’ new vid!)

Oh, you want more? Well, we have four, count ‘em, FOUR full album streams for you this weekend. To start off, The Melvins premiere a cover record of classic artists ranging from Venom to Queen. Make sure to head over to Spin to read frontman Buzz Osborne’s commentary on each track. In addition, Beacon usher in the ambient pop vibes and Coultrain bring the funky, soul train sounds with their respective album streams.

Finally, The Casket Girls are streaming their eponymous record over on FILTER. If you’re unfamiliar with this group, they consist of Elsa and Phaedra Greene and Ryan Graveface of Black Moth Super Rainbow, who recently released their new record Cobra Juicy a few months ago. If you missed it, they also promoted the album with one pretty cool Kickstarter campaign. Let’s just say, masks were involved.

Whew, that’s a lot of tunes. Happy listening!

The Melvins: Full album stream via Spin
Everybody Loves Sausages out April 30 on Ipecac Recordings

Beacon: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
The Ways We Separate out April 30 on Ghostly International

Hey Sholay: “WDYRWMTB” via Middle Boop Mag
Clouds, Castle, _______ out June 3 on Fierce Panda Records

Javelin: “The Marimba Song” via Noisey
Hi Beams out now on Luaka Bop

Andrew Cedermark: “Canis Major” via Pitchfork
Home Life out July 16 on Underwater Peoples

The Casket Girls: Full album stream via FILTER
The Casket Girls out now on Graveface Records

Coultrain: Full album stream via OkayPlayer
Jungle Mumbo Jumbo out now on Plug Research Records

Young Galaxy: “Pretty Boy” music video premiere via Pitchfork.tv
Ultramarine out now on Paper Bag Records

Thee Oh Sees: “Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster” music video premiere via Pitchfork.tv
Floating Coffin out now on Castle Face Records

The Journey of Big Country

April 25, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Big Country 'The Journey'After more than a decade without an official release, Big Country is back with the new record, The Journey (via Cherry Red Records), which landed at #68 on the UK charts its first week out. The aptly titled album comes on the heels of a veracious two-year tour during which the legendary Scottish rockers performed at many of the UK and Europe’s most prestigious festivals, including Isle of Wight, V, T In The Park and Oxegen. But even amongst all the successes and accolades, the release of this ninth studio album is their first since the sad and untimely death of lead singer and songwriter Stuart Adamson in December 2001.

Now, the group is at the start of new era. Guitarist and founding member Bruce Watson officially invited Mike Peters — of The Alarm – to join them as lead vocalist, and in addition, the group added Simple Minds‘ Derek Forbes — who was recently voted Best Scottish Bass Player of all time – on bass. This new crew, flanked by Mark Brzezicki on drums and Jamie Watson on guitar, is currently touring across the UK and Ireland. Make sure to mark you calendars accordingly.

If you’re unfamiliar with the infectious sounds of Big Country, here’s a little backstory for you. The group formed in 1981, has released seven Top 30 albums during their historic career, sold millions of records, and toured the globe with their captivating live show. But for the new album, the band did something quite unconventional, recording in an old Cold War nuclear bunker in the Welsh border town of Wrexham. The studio had 8-feet thick walls and no phone or internet signal — talk about a truly isolating and productive experience.

Feel free to nab a copy of the band’s bunker-recorded album, The Journey, over on iTunes. In the meantime, you can listen to and watch the music video for the first single “Hurt” on the band’s YouTube channel, and below. It’s a powerful track accompanied by emotional visuals. Catch the remaining April tour dates for the group after the jump!

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Get Gone with Some Perfect Travel Tunes

April 24, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Get Gone MusicSo you’re going on an epic, cross-country road trip with your friends, just loaded up the car with all the essentials — endless Red Vines, Slim Jims, and Hawaiian Punch — and are feeling pretty impressed with your packing prioritization skills. But after fifteen minutes of static radio noise on the highway, you realize you’re missing something. That’s right, you forgot the essential road trip playlist. Now, your best friend in the passenger seat is belting Celine Dion and there’s no end in sight for your aural misery.

Well, this nightmare is no more with the Get Gone “American Backroads Discovery” Series. You supply the destination; they provide the tunes for your trip. If you’re headed on a stretch across Alabama or Georgia, check out Southern Loop, Vol. 1. You’ll get enough Blues, Country, Jazz and Roots music to satiate your appetite for all the sounds of the South. Or, if the West Coast is your destination, Get Gone Music has you covered with Coastal Beaches, Vol. 1. It features hand-picked Reggae music that will transport you to the beaches of the Caribbean in no time (piña colada not included).

What’s that? You don’t have anywhere to go? Fear not idle homebodies, as Roadtrippers — a road trip planning service that helps build your itinerary and map out your travel plans — can take care of all the heavy lifting. Last week, the travel service featured two of Get Gone’s playlists, and this match made in Kerouacian heaven will have your travel plans covered from the drawing board to your destination.

So kick back, relax, and let Get Gone supply the sounds to your next trip’s soundtrack. Make sure to snag a copy of the Southern Loop and Coastal Beaches compilations over on iTunes before you pack though.

Ra Ra Riot Team Up With The Shins and The Postal Service

April 17, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Ra Ra Riot 'Beta Love'A catchy Indie Pop storm was brewing around Syracuse University in 2006 — and that storm turned out to be Ra Ra Riot. Since those academic beginnings, the Indie rockers have gone on to release three full-length albums, culminating with 2013′s Beta Love (via Barsuk Records). And now, in support of their new record, the frenetic foursome will be setting off across the States with not one, but two legendary Indie bands: The Shins and The Postal Service, who Ra Ra Riot will be joining for part of the Give Up tenth anniversary tour.

This epic Spring/Summer tour will take Ra Ra Riot across North America, and each stop is sure to be a packed event, so make sure to grab your tickets fast. But that’s not all: The Lighthouse and the Whaler, Speak, and a smattering of other raucous live acts will be performing with Ra Ra Riot during their extensive summer schedule. Consider your Indie concert calendar officially booked.

To catch you up to speed on the new record, Beta Love is the first recording for the group as a four-piece – Wes Miles on vocals, Milo Bonacci on guitar, Mathieu Santos on bass, and Rebecca Zeller on violin — and it’s a dynamic aural adventure. Equally melodic as it is infectious, epic as it is dance-inducing, Beta Love can be the soundtrack to your next dance party or just as easily, your leisurely weekend drive. The band stated that the new album’s songs were informed by cyberpunk novelist William Gibson and futurist Ray Kurzweil, and it makes sense, as Beta Love shows the band heading towards a more Synthpop, futuristic sound.

If you already have a copy of the new record and are looking for more Ra Ra Riot music, you’re in luck: the group is releasing Binary Mind as a special Record Store Day 10-inch vinyl. The special release includes both the title track as well as the unreleased song “All I Fear,” and for you die-hard B-side lovers, demo versions of “Binary Mind,” “Wilderness” and “I Shut Off,” all from the Beta Love sessions. Make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the vinyl though, as the release is limited to 1,000 copies.

But wait, there’s more. The group will also be playing the Boston Calling Music Festival, sharing the stage with acts like The National, Of Monsters and Men, Matt & Kim, and more. Check out Ra Ra Riot‘s full tour schedule after the jump.

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