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Freeloader Friday: Lost Boy ?, DÍSA & More

889176235429Some of you may have been devastated about Zayn Malik’s departure from One Direction, taking the 5-piece all-star boy-band down a notch. But we’re slowly starting to see positive signs for warmer and actual Spring weather, so I can’t wait to finally stow away my winter gear. (Who’s with me?!) Let’s enjoy it by kicking off this weekend with a Super-size edition of Freeloader Friday!

We’ll start with a full album stream by the upbeat Punk/Alternative band, Lost Boy ?, described by Steroegum as sounding like “summer in New York,” so let’s bring in warm vibes from that! Then we have a couple of EPs to check out. First, there’s DÍSA: an Icelandic artist with her Gloom-Pop, Dark Wave style that’s both majestic and devastating. Following that’s an EP that tackles social issues by the activist rapper, Big Pooh. Lastly, enjoy a live Folk-Pop session by Seth Glier.

Mt. Wolf is back with this hypnotic, Electronic rework of Turtle’s ‘Hamburg.’ Then we’ll free fall with Chicago-based Indie-Rock band Geronimo! with their raging, final track as they look to disband after the release of their upcoming EP. Then dig into this aggressive and powerful track by Minsk, and top off these track premieres with one from Communions that displays an immense amount of Reverb goodness and lust-fueled lyrics.

Now let’s jump into the music videos for the weekend, starting with Yokan System, a Japanese Electronic duo performing live at our London office. Then look at Torche‘s badass music video trailer that will have you wanting to watch and listen to the full version once released, followed by the surreal and cinematic video by Electronica group Dems. Finally, dance it all off with Strange Names‘ gloriously danceable B&W video, a tribute to 90s kids and dance-a-thons everywhere.

Here’s to looking forward to the warmer weather of Spring that’ll hopefully hit us next month!

Lost Boy ?: Full album stream via Stereogum
Canned out now on PaperCup Music

DÍSA: Full EP stream via The Line of Best Fit
Sculpture out now on Tigerspring Records

Big Pooh: Full EP stream via XXL Mag
Words Paint Pictures out now on Mello Music Group

Seth Glier: Live session via Daytrotter
Things I Should Let You Know out now on MPress Records

Mt. Wolf: “Hamburg – Turtle Rework” live as a free download via Noisetrade
Red EP out April 13 on X Novo

Geronimo!: “Fires of Hell” track premiere via NPR
Buzz Yr Girlfriend: Vol. 4 – Why Did You Leave Me? out March 31 on Exploding in Sound Records

Minsk: “When The Walls Fell” track premiere via Stereogum
The Crash And The Draw out April 7 on Relapse Records

Communions: “Out Of My World” track premiere via Fader
Communions EP out June 2 on Tough Love Records

Yokan System: “A Dream You Never Wake Up From” live at The Orchard (London office) via YouTube
A Dream You Never Wake Up From out now on Ample Play Recordings

Torche: “Annihilation Affair” music video premiere via YouTube
Restarter out now on Relapse Records

Dems: “Wake” music video premiere via Pigeons and Planes
Muscle Memory out now on Sew In Love Records

Strange Names: “Ricochet” music video premiere via BlackBook
Use Your Time Wisely out May 19 on Frenchkiss Records

Freeloader Friday: The Budos Band, Royal Thunder and More

BudosBandBurntOfferingIt’s been a little while since I’ve personally shared Freeloader Friday with you fine folks, and I’m glad to report that the selection I have in store for you today is the perfect soundtrack to your weekend.

Leading with The Budos Band‘s soulful horns and Charlie Cunningham‘s soothing acoustic strings, we continue with four-piece Royal Thunder‘s new single followed by some chilled out instrumentals and soundscapes that’ll have you dreaming the weekend will never end.

If you’re at SXSW, save this one for when you come back and need recovering.

The Budos Band: “Magus Mountain” live performance via KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic
Burnt Offering out now on Daptone Records

Charlie Cunningham: Live session via Daytrotter
Breather EP out now on Kissability

Royal Thunder: “Glow” track premiere via Entertainment Weekly
Crooked Doors out April 7 on Relapse Records

Friend Roulette: “Stoned Alone” track premiere via Spin
I See You. Your Eyes Are Red out June 2 on Goodnight Records

Wax Stag: “Night Trek” track premiere via Pitchfork
II out now on Old Habits

Mute Forest: “Infinity Pools” track premiere via Stereogum
Infinity Pools EP out April 7 on Lost Tribe Sound

Baby Birds Don’t Drink Milk: “Zebra Boy” track premiere via AdHoc
Kill The Fuzz out soon on Fire Talk Records

The Bright Light Social Hour: “Infinite Cities (Matt Lange Remix)” track premiere via LessThan3
Space Is Still The Place out now on Frenchkiss Records

VOWS: “Losing Myself In You” lyric video premiere via Consequence of Sound
Losing Myself In You (Single) out now on Cleopatra Records

Evans The Death: “Enabler” music video premiere via Mother Jones
Expect Delays out now on Slumberland Records / Fortuna POP!

Freeloader Friday: Michael Feuerstack, Lyrics Born & More

889176383496As we all look forward to our weekend plans leading up to St. Paddy’s Day, there are a couple of things we should take note that happened this week. Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’s track “Blurred Lines” lost their case for copyright infringement of Marvin Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.” On a more positive note, Will Ferrell plays Major League Baseball suiting up for 10 different teams to support the fight against cancer. Now presenting this week’s Freeloader Friday:

The Montreal based singer-songwriter, Michael Feuerstackgraces us with his beautiful, thought-provoking songs from his full album that will give you an unforgettable experience  listening to it. This collection of songs has been evolving over the years and the artist proves to be a staple in the Canadian music scene.

There are quite a few new tracks to look into this week, 5 to be exact! We first start off with this feel-good, upbeat Lyrics Born track that will leave you clapping your hands and stomping your feet. Then comes a track that shows off the love from Oddisee, followed by Holiday Mountain’s track that will slow you down and lift you up from the ground. This psych dance trio has great influences from Of Montreal and St. Vincent. Next, we present Mt. Wolf’s dreamy blend of Folk, Indie and Electronic, and finally, an emotionally triumphant track from Soft Cat.

Enjoy these great music video selections starting with the Synth Pop/Electro group White Prism, followed by performance right here in the office! We’ll bring you down from space with this haunting, mystical video by The Black Ryder. Bring yourself back up with this vibrant Pop video from PreeWe’ll finish this week off rocking with rock legends, Whitesnake. 

To wrap it all up, here’s a St. Patrick’s Day toast for you all:

Here’s to a long life and a merry one.
A quick death and an easy one
A pretty girl (or handsome man) and an honest one
A cold beer –and another one!

Have a great and safe weekend!

Michael Feuerstack: Full album stream via The Wild Honey Pie
The Forgettable Truth out now

Lyrics Born: “Real People” track premiere via Wax Poetics
Real People out May 5 on Mobile Home Recordings

Oddisee: “That’s Love” track premiere via Complex
The Good Fight out May 5 on Mello Music Group

Holiday Mountain: “Slow Motion Thugs” track premiere via Spin
You Be You, Part 1 out on April 28 on Clean Bill Music

Mt. Wolf: “Hamburg” track premiere via Hillydilly
Red EP out on April 13 on X Novo

Soft Cat: “Diana” track premiere via Stereogum
All Energy Will Rise out April 7 on Miscreant Records

White Prism: “Shake You Off” music video premiere via The Wild Honey Pie
Open Heart Job out on April 07 on MNRCH

The Bright Light Social Hour: “Sea of the Edge” live at The Orchard via Youtube
Space Is Still The Place out now on Frenchkiss Records

The Black Ryder: “Let Me Be Your Light” music video premiere via Interview
The Door Behind The Door out now on The Anti Machine Machine

Pree: “Two Feet Shy” music video premiere via AltSounds
Rima out May 5 on Paper Garden Recs

Whitesnake: “Stormbringer” music video premiere via YouTube
The Purple Album out May 19 on Frontiers Records


Freeloader Friday: Ruby the Hatchet, Saun & Starr and More

February 27, 2015 Freeloader Friday No Comments

889176227035This whole debacle over #thedress is about to make me lose my mind. Is it white& gold, black&blue? Who freaking knows at this point. One thing’s for sure, though: Katy Perry said exactly what I’m thinking. So I’m going to stop trying to convince people that it really is white and gold, and get busy with some truly good conversation: our Freeloader Friday list.

Ruby the Hatchet starts things off this weekend with a full album stream of perfectly fuzzed-out, heavy Rock brilliance. The female-driven band has a sultry old-school Psychedelic twinge that will leave you mystified and running back for more. Also in its entirety, Pile‘s album falls into the initial Rock genre but leans on the grungier, Noise Punk side. Take your pick.

In track premieres, there’s The Bright Light Social Hour‘s latest Groove Jam (yes, there’s most definitely a graphics theme going on here if you’ve been following along), another one based in Alt. Rock territory that easily melds into a Dance track. There’s also a wonderfully infectious Doo-Wop track from The Mighty Sceptres duo — it’s got a smoky Mad Men era feel to it coupled with Surf Rock guitar, so yet another one to boogie with. Next on deck is one of the biggest names in Rock history: Toto — who’ve premiered a brand new classic. Follow that up with Saun & Starr‘s Soul n’ Funk infused jangle, then try out a more mellow vibe with the The Acorn‘s Electro-Rock single.

And finally, time to wrap things up with some visual enticement. First up on the music video roster is Malik B & Mr. Green‘s Frankenstein-esque ghoulish gore. Next, watch Novella‘s adorably girly minimalistic experience and put the cherry on top with Night Drive, who do just that and take a late night moto loop (which just so happens to be very aesthetically pleasing).

That does it for this week — have a great weekend!

Ruby the Hatchet: Full album premiere via All Music
Valley of the Snake out now on Tee Pee Records

Pile: Full album stream via The Fader
You’re Better Than This out March 2 on Fierce Panda

The Bright Light Social Hour: “Dreamlove” track premiere via The Wild Honey Pie
Space Is Still the Place out March 10 on Frenchkiss Records

The Mighty Sceptres: “Sting Like a Bee” track premiere via Wax Poetics
All Hail the Mighty Sceptres! out now on Ubiquity Records

Toto: “Holy War” track premiere via YouTube
‘Toto XIV’ out 24th March on Frontiers

Saun & Starr: “Look Closer” track premiere via Nylon
Look Closer out May 19 on Daptone Records

The Acorn: “Influence” track premiere via Noisey
Vieux Loup out May 19 on Paper Bag Records

Malik B & Mr. Green: “Rips In The Paper” music video premiere via Okay Player
Unpredictable out now on Enemy Soil

Novella: “Land Gone” music video premiere via Noisey
Land out May 12 on Sinderlyn

Night Drive: “Easy to Lie” music video premiere via Spin
Easy to Lie out now on Sound Control Records

Freeloader Friday: Gal Pals, Ruby The Hatchet & More

February 20, 2015 Freeloader Friday No Comments

889176233067It’s Oscars weekend! Well, aaalmost. Do you have a red carpet event to attend? Are you stocked up on your champagne, have your most glam dress/tux ready to wear? Yeah, didn’t think so. It’s more fun watching in your PJs anyway, let’s be honest. So is listening to the week’s best in new music, so let’s give it a go, shall we?

The adorably punkish girl duo, (appropriately called) Gal Pals, open us up with their full album — it’s so lackadaisically charged, you’ll get confused which season we’re in (which is probably a good thing). They’re cutesy hardcore, 100% danceable Garage Rock. Next, there’s KNTRLR, who’s an interesting contradictory of sound: one that begins with a menacing growl but turns into pure, fun Pop Synth. Yeah, get intrigued.

Malik B & Mr. Green come back this week with yet another single for us from their upcoming album. This time, they’ve added Skrewtape to the mix to create something very different: a gnarly lead guitar takes to the background while the dudes while old-school Boom-Bap Hip-Hop takes center stage. Also adding a track to mix, Ruby the Hatchet throws down with another old-school sound. This time, though, harnessing the Psychedelic Metal feel through mesmerizing female vocals.

We go all out this week with 4 music video premieres. This first one has been in the works for a while now, but it’s finally made its way into the world! The Bright Light Social Hour‘s first video from the upcoming album is out, and it’s a beautiful trip into a post-apocalyptic landscape. There’s also: Revolution Saints inside the studio, a Nightwish story as told through fairy tales, and Sin Circus just… jammin’.

Have a listen and a watch, and enjoy the Oscars!

Gal Pals: Full album stream via Stereogum
Velvet Rut out February 24 on PaperCup Music

KNTRLR: Full album stream via Spin
The Great Filter out February 24 on Goodnight Records

Malik B & Mr. Green: “Crown of Thorns” track premiere via Okay Player
Unpredictable out February 24 on Enemy Soil

Ruby the Hatchet: “Heavy Blanket” track premiere via Metalsucks
Valley of the Snake out February 24 on Tee Pee Records

The Bright Light Social Hour: “Infinite Cities” music video premiere via Life+Times
Space Is Still the Place out March 10 on Frenchkiss Records

Revolution Saints: “Here Forever” music video premiere via YouTube
Revolution Saints out February 24 on Frontiers

Nightwish: “Élan” music video premiere via YouTube
Endless Forms Most Beautiful out March 31 on Nuclear Blast Entertainment

Sin Circus: “Chemical Youth” music video premiere via Radial
Chemical Youth out now

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