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Freeloader Friday: Nite Fields, Catey Shaw, Yaarrohs & More

November 21, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

673203109124Whe(a)ther or not you felt those polar invasions and arctic outbreaks to their full levels of intensity, you most definitely just experienced one of the coldest weeks in US history. These winter winds have come way too early and I for one am not mentally prepared. Solution? Music to soothe the soul! And for that, all you need is a little dose of Freeloader Friday – here you go.

First of all, take a chill pill with Nels Cline (yep, your fave Wilco guitarist and one of Rolling Stone’s Guitar Gods) & Julian Lage (just your average, run of the mill Grammy Award-winning guitarist virtuoso), who’ve teamed up for a state of the art Jazz Guitar instrumental album. Once you’ve streamed that one in full, try out the latest from Two Inch Astronaut: it’s an album full of Emo clangers & bangers with a 90s Rock throwback every now and then. Those should keep you occupied for a few hours.

What’s up next? The tracks. This first one is in a league of its own, though. Faith No More is back & ready for action. They’ve just released their first studio recording since 1998 and it. Is. Wicked. The title alone is enough. Beyond that, prepare yourself for a rumbling battle cry of Alt-Metal. Also taking the stage this week is Australia’s Nite Fields with a Shoegaze Pop jangle and the broodingly lovely Alma Elste, who’s got a surge of Pop Electronica that will melt the snow in some parts of the country.

Now, for the always doubly entertaining music videos. Catey Shaw is out with yet another visual delight: part 1 of a short story, this time depicting two ladies on the run with a kind of Bonnie & Clyde twist. Next up, check out Yaarrohs’ haunting vocals up against a piece of perfectly minimalistic B&W ballet choreography. And last, but most definitely not least, catch the L.A. Witch lady trio in another B&W clip, but one that leans towards a creepily psychedelic tone.

That should keep you busy, folks, while we wait for this no good, very bad weather sitch to pass. Happy Friday!

Nels Cline and Julian Lage: Full album stream via The New York Times
Room out November 24 on Mack Avenue Records

Two Inch Astronaut: Full album stream via NPR First Listen
Foulbrood out November 25 on Exploding in Sound Records

Faith No More: “Motherfucker” track premiere via Rolling Stone
Motherfucker – Single out December 9 on Reclamation Recordings

Nite Fields: “You I Never Knew” track premiere via Stereogum
Depersonalisation out now on felte

Alma Elste: “Heart Melter” track premiere via Noisey
Heart Melter – Single out now on Hand In Hive

Catey Shaw: “Night Go Slow” official music video premiere via Stereogum
The Brooklyn EP out now on Complex/Left Hook

Yaarrohs: “Wrestle” official music video premiere via Death and Taxes
Flesh & Blood out now on Glass Air

L.A. Witch: “Heart of Darkness” official music video premiere via Wondering Sound
L.A. Witch out now on Manimal Vinyl Records

Freeloader Friday: The 1978ers, Wax Stag, HOMESHAKE & More

November 14, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

888608918527It’s bring-your-gloves-to-work day here in our NY office! Yep. It’s that time of year. I think we all stepped outside this morning a bit frightened by the drastic chill in the air. But not to worry! It’s the start of the fire, soup, cider and holiday season. And along with it, a new bundle of songs for you Freeloaders!

Two album streams made their way onto the “chart” this week. Lovers of yU and Slimkat – you’re in for a treat. The duo’s new project, The 1978ers, have dropped their much anticipated LP, and it is dope. Push play all the way through on this if you’re in the mood for classic Hip-Hop put to sharp, on-point lyrics. On the flip side, there’s Megafortress’s Minimalistic approach, which sees Bill Gillim using falsetto vocals and Electronic instrumentals to convey the conceptually heavy album theme.

After you get lost in your thoughts with that last one, move on to Wax Stag’s latest, a trancey whirlwind track that features a repetitive Electronic melody set to a tranquil tone. Dart Party’s next – still Electronic, but total opposite end of the spectrum: Dance House. Yep, perfect for any Saturday night pre-game.

And as for videos, I’ve got lots! If you’re planning on doing some post-Halloweening, HOMESHAKE will give you a clown-face demo. For a much more low-key artist performance (perhaps Sunday-in-bed?), Elliott Brood’s out with a new acoustic session set to a church backdrop. But if you’re feeling up for some full-on, all-out intensity, Machine Head’s got a short film Thriller (more clowns… ) and Rated X go B&W for an old-school Rock feel.

Happy Friday, y’all. And have a great weekend!

The 1978ers: Full album stream via Okay Player
People of Today out now on Mello Music Group

Megafortress: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
Believer out now on Driftless Recordings

Wax Stag: “Summit” track premiere via Dummy
II out February 2 on Old Habits

Dart Party: “Going My Way” track premiere via Earmilk
Going My Way out now on Crazy Heart Records

HOMESHAKE: “Making a Fool of You” official music video premiere via DIY
In The Shower out now on Sinderlyn

Elliott BROOD: “Taken” Paperbag Session video premiere via The Bluegrass Situation
Work and Love out now on Paperbag Records

Machine Head: “Now We Die” official music video premiere via YouTube
Bloodstone & Diamonds out now on Nuclear Blast

Rated X: “Fire and Ice” official music video premiere via Blabbermouth
Rated X out now on Frontiers Records

Freeloader Friday: Machine Head, Open Mike Eagle, JAWS & More

November 7, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

888831779803Well Freeloaders, there appears to be a chill in the air. And by chill, I mean fall is kicking into very high gear here in NY (seriously?!). It’s time to start your cold-weather prepping. So while you’re busy pulling out sweaters and wool socks, let us do you a favor and provide you with some music samples you need to hear this week.

Get the ball rolling with some heavy-banger album streams. First up, there’s super-group The Skull, who’re out now with their doom & gloom Metal debut. Follow that up with Machine Head’s Hardcore Metal mutiny, which has a very cool interactive playlist to go along with it. Next, stream Lee Bannon’s dark House EP – it’s a little bit trippy Soundtrack, a lot Drum n’ Bass Electronic, but phenom beats through and through. Finally, get Experimental & Instumental with VLHLL and her Darkwave synths.

On to track premieres! Only two this week, but they’re worth their weight in gold. New group Orange Cassettes sees Radio 4’s Anthony Roman and Elefant’s Mod making futuristic Disco Rock. Then blast your speakers for Open Mike Eagle’s super witty Rap groove. This is one to put on repeat – you don’t want to miss his epic wordage.

Moving on to music videos: Lowland Hum replays family-video moments from years past, JAWS take you inside a beautifully-colored love story, and The Black Opera don a sharp black & white color scheme to focus on their philosophical theme.

Now, that should be enough to entertain you while your unpacking last year’s wintry clothes. Enjoy your weekend!

The Skull: Full album stream via Decibel
For Those Which Are Asleep out now on TeePee Records

Machine Head full album stream via YouTube
Bloodstone & Diamonds out November 10 on Nuclear Blast

Lee Bannon: Full album stream via XLR8R
Main/Flex EP out now on Chillectro / Babygrande Records

VLHLL: Full album stream via Electronic Beats
Leaning on Shadows out now on Artoffact Records

Orange Cassettes: “Go In the Light” track premiere via Stereogum
Go In the Light out now on Ring the Alarm

Open Mike Eagle: “Late Show” track premiere via Pigeons and Planes
Dark Comedy out now on Mello Music Group

Lowland Hum: “Four Sisters: Part One” official music video premiere via Team Coco
Four Sisters out now on Spacebomb Records

JAWS – “Swim” official music video premiere via Vevo
Be Slowly out now on Rattlepop Records

The Black Opera: “The Beginning of the End” official music video premiere via Okay Player
The Great Year out now on Mello Music Group

Freeloader Friday: Young Fathers, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, The Budos Band & More

October 31, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

858454003302It’s one of those most wonderful days of the year again! Time to get dressed up, decked out and get your freak on with all the goblins, spooks and vamps running around town. It’s Halloweeeeen! But when you’re not #trickortreating this weekend, you’re going to need a tune fix. So let’s get started with this Halloween’s Freeloader Friday!

Straight off their hot and massive Mercury Prize win, Young Fathers roll out a full album stream of the praiseworthy album. You are definitely going to want to hear every single Rap-Experimental groove. Also, be sure to check out the grand debut from Dems. These dudes (who, alongside Young Fathers, hail from the UK) also have a nice groove goin’ on, but in an Electronic, Indie white-boy kind of way. Both are solid, and should not be missed.

Moving onwards & upwards, you’ve got four track premieres to catch. The Skull (how appropriate!) have rolled out a deep, dark, old-school Rock track; the ever-lovely Kina Grannis covers Sia’s “Chandelier,” as voted on by YOU; tētēma debuts a chant-driven Jazzy Synth tune; and Senser releases a beloved Heavy Rock-Rap classic, matched to Dance Electronic beats by way of DJ Awe.

And then, of course, there are the videos. Go to a top-notch mariachi Rock party with Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas (BYOB of tequila!), get totally freeeeaked out with old-time Hollywood blood, guts & gore from The Budos Band (you’re going to want to play this at your Halloween house party on the big screen), run through rivers and woods in extraordinary fashion with PROM, and learn lessons about “twu luv” from Allo Darlin’s hilarious take on relationships.

That should keep you covered for the weekend. Now get out there and show off our costume! #HappyHalloween2014.

Young Fathers: Full album stream via Drowned In Sound
Dead out now on anticon

Dems: Full album stream via Noisey
Muscle Memory out November 3 on Sew in Love

The Skull: “Sick of It All” track premiere via High Times
For Those Which Are Asleep out November 4 on TeePee Records

Kina Grannis: “Chandelier (Sia Cover)” track premiere via YouTube
Elements out now on One Haven

tētēma: “Tenz” track premiere via The Quietus
Geocidal out December 8 on Ipecac Recordings

Senser: “Age of Panic (DJ Awe Remix)” track premiere via NoiseTrade
Stacked Up XX out November 17 on Strike Back

Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas: “Sorry I Stole Your Man” official music video premiere via Idolator
Secret Evil out now on Instant Records

The Budos Band: “Aphasia” official music video premiere via Bloody Disgusting
Burnt Offering out now on Daptone Records

PROM: “Flickers” official music video premiere via Impose
Keeping Company out now on Crazy Heart Records

Allo Darlin’: “Bright Eyes” official music video premiere via Stereogum
We Come from the Same Place out October 7 on Slumberland Records

Freeloader Friday: Obituary, High Hazels, Army of the Pharaohs & More

October 24, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

781676729623CMJ week is wrapping up here in New York – was it everything you’d hoped for & more? It has been for us! We had some very rad live performances in the office (PROM, Radclyffe Hall, and The Bright Light Social Hour) plus an in-house happy hour – CMJ has done our office well. To keep in line with the marathon week of music, let’s check out who made it onto this week’s Freeloader Friday.

So, since it is a music marathon, why not pack in as many full album streams as possible?! We’ve got FOUR. There’s Obituary’s Heavy Metal Screamage for the initial shake-up, High Hazels’ English Indie-Pop that’ll have you reminiscing of summer, Forever Came Calling’s catchy riffs of Pop-Punk, and Army of the Pharaohs round it out for some good, clean (yeah, right) raunchy Hip-Hop. Whew! That’s a lotta album stream time.

Since I gave you so many albums to try, let’s keep tracks to a minimum. Sample John Southworth’s latest – a soothing, mysterious melody of Folk Rock that falls in line with a Dylan-esque genre. Then go for a total 180 with The Skull’s doom & gloom of Heavy Rock.

Moving right along, whet your Halloween whistle with Sweet Apple’s Salem Witch-themed video, explore what Los Angeles Police Department did last summer, and watch Elliott BROOD woo and wow their audience from the stage.

Have a fantastic weekend and be sure to hit up every show you can if you’re enjoying CMJ in New York!

Obituary: Full album stream via Loudwire
Inked in Blood out October 27 on Relapse Records

High Hazels: Full album stream via Clash
High Hazels out October 27 on Heist or Hit Records

Forever Came Calling: Full album stream via Absolute Punk
What Matters Most out now on Pure Noise Records

Army of the Pharaohs: Full album stream via
Heavy Lies The Crown out now on Enemy Soil

John Southworth: “Ode to the Morning Sky” track premiere via Pitchfork
Niagara out now on Tin Angel Records

The Skull: “The Touch of Reality” track premiere via The Obelisk
For Those Which Are Asleep out November 4 on Tee Pee Records

Sweet Apple: “Reunion” official music video premiere via A.V. Club
The Golden Age of Glitter out now on Tee Pee Records

Los Angeles Police Department: “Enough Is Enough” official music video premiere via Stereogum
Los Angeles Police Department out now on Forged Artifacts

Elliott BROOD: “Nothing Left” (Live) video premiere via Hear Ya
Work and Love out now via Paperbag Records

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