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Freeloader Friday: Suburban Living, The Bright Light Social Hour & More

January 23, 2015 Freeloader Friday No Comments

889176060144If this week’s Freeloader Friday is any indication of the music that’s rolling out this year, we’re most definitely set for a helluva good one! Let me show you why:

First up on the list is Suburban Living and his full album stream. This week was the first I’d ever heard of this guy, but he is rad — one to keep tabs on, for sure. He’s from Virginia, but you wouldn’t guess it by his sound — a jangly, almost English-accented crooner with 80s synths atop Dream Pop (on the darker side at times). Young Ejecta follows with a spacey, synth-Pop album, and Dirty Dishes (yep, same ones from last week) finishes up with their full-fledged Grunge Rock, a mixture of 90s melancholy and Punk explosions.

Next up: The Bright Light Social Hour. With the news of their new album, the group provided a track premiere full of lush guitar medleys grooving in and out of danceable beats and warped southern Rock. It’s the only track this week, but totally worth your while. This is going to be one hell of an album.

What’s lacking in track premieres is made up entirely in the music videos that came out this week. Check out: The Black Ryder‘s gorgeously trippy “short film;” Jesse Harris‘ tribute to famed film director and illustrator Hayao Miyazaki; Tess Henley‘s idyllic romance; and Disappears‘ colorfully psychedelic (think lava lamps) world.

There it is. The foreshadowing of what an amazing year of music this is going to be! Make sure to keep an eye on all these artists — some very great things are bound to come.

Suburban Living: Full album stream via Nylon
Suburban Living out January 27 on PaperCup Music

Young Ejecta: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
The Planet out January 27 on Driftless Recordings

Dirty Dishes: Full album stream via Stereogum
Guilty out January 27 on Exploding in Sound

The Bright Light Social Hour: “Infinite Cities” track premiere via Huffington Post
Space Is Still the Place out March 10 on Frenchkiss Records

The Black Ryder: “Seventh Moon” music video premiere via Noisey
The Door Behind the Door out February 24 on The Anti Machine Machine

Jesse Harris: “Miyazaki” music video premiere via Juxtapoz
No Wrong No Right out February 10 on Dangerbird Records

Tess Henley: “Wonderland” music video premiere via Teen Vogue
Wonderland out February 10 on Hey! Listen to This!

Disappears: “Halcyon Days” music video premiere via Decoder
Irreal out now on kranky

Freeloader Friday: Red Baraat, The Black Ryder & More

January 16, 2015 Freeloader Friday No Comments

888295186223Who out there is lucky enough to be getting Monday off for MLK Day?! Our office is! But before we all head out for the 3-day weekend, there’s one last thing to do (duh). So let’s take a look at some of the hottest releases from the week!

Red Baraat is our one and only album stream of the week, and rightfully so. No other album can compete with what these guys are throwing down! The brass band utilizes infectious rhythms from Hip-Hop, Funk, Cumbia, and tons of other genres to create an undeniably danceable album. You’ll want to have this playing at your next party, so preview it now.

For a totally different sound (think mellowed-out Indie Rock, much in the style of some Sparklehorse tracks), try out The Black Ryder, the Aussie-based duo who’s about to rock your world. Next, there’s Jesse Harris‘ latest: a Folky, almost Jazzy frill of guitars and harmonies with pal Star Rover. Play this track in the midst of your early-morning, post-night-out haze. Then turn to Fucked Up‘s Young Guv (AKA Ben Cook) for a Funkadelic groove —  surprising coming from him, right?! But SO worth the listen. Follow that up with Vision Fortune‘s Jam, completely warped and electronically heady. Top it all off with Dirty Dishes and their masterful romp of Psychedelic Alt-Rock, and you’ll be all set for a last-minute road trip with this star-studded lineup!

When you’ve got some free time for your eyes, be sure to check out this trio of music videos, starring: Malik B & Mr. Green, ft. Philly urban street scenes; Mount Eerie, ft. trippy, distorted dream images; and Magalie, ft. a totally 80s fluorescent dance-a-thon.

Stream or download, whatever you choose, but make sure you hit up all these fantabulous releases from the week. And most importantly, have a phenom weekend!

Red Baraat: Full album stream via NPR
Gaadi of Truth out January 20 on Sinj Records

The Black Ryder: “Seventh Moon” track premiere via Louder Than War
The Door Behind the Door out February 24 on The Anti Machine Machine

Jesse Harris and Star Rover: “Catch the Ash” track premiere via PopMatters
No Wrong No Right out February 10 on Dangerbird Records

Young Guv: “Wrong Crowd” track premiere via Fader
Ripe 4 Luv out March 10 on Slumberland

Vision Fortune: “Back Crawl II” track premiere via Fader
Country Music out February 9 on ATP/Recordings

Dirty Dishes: “Guilty” track premiere via Entertainment Weekly
Guilty out January 27 on Exploding in Sound

Malik B and Mr. Green: “We Gonna Make It” music video premiere via OK Player
Unpredictable out February 24 on Enemy Soil

Mount Eerie: “This” music video premiere via Stereogum
Sauna out February 3 on P.W. Elverum & Sun

Magalie: “Love Criminal” music video premiere via Vevo
Love Criminal out February 15 on Ovation Records

Freeloader Friday: Torche, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings & More

January 9, 2015 Freeloader Friday No Comments

781676726820Happy Friday, and Happy 2015, folks! It’s the first Freeloader Friday of the New Year. Can you believe an entire year’s passed us by? Neither can I. But here’s to a fresh start and your first dose of music to come in the next year!

We begin this year’s Freeloader goodness with quite the array of track premieres. Torche starts us off with yet another thrashing head-banger. If the others leading up to this one weren’t enough, this one will absolutely rock you — mind, body and soul. Speaking of Soul, the Queen of Rhythm and Blues Sharon Jones and her Dap-Kings have just put out a previously unrecorded track from this year’s Give The People What They Want (which just so happens to be in the running for best R&B album at this year’s Grammys). It’s pure Jazz, electric, Funky Soul that’ll have you dancing around in no time at all. In the same vein, Red Baraat have their own danceable track. This one’s not so much Soul as it is Romping Groove, complete with worldly Percussion and dramatic Brass.

On to a completely different sound, Johan Agebjorn (yep, of Sally Shapiro) has a delectable ditty that focuses hard on the 80s keyboard sound. One might even go so far as to compare it to something used in a Twin Peaks soundtrack — think overly melancholic suspense in a satirical kind of way. Wildhoney follows up with mellow, dreamlike Shoegaze. If their upcoming album follows suit, next Tuesday can’t get here fast enough!

To round out this most excellent track listing, there’s a powerfully riveting track from Red Pill in which he raps his frustrations on the Eric Garner, Michael Brown and other recent crime cases. And finally, Lost Boy ? sends us all on our merry way with a perfectly Punked Indie Pop jam that, unlike its title would have you believe, has absolutely nothing to do with the future. Nope, it’s a turn-on and tune-out kinda track.

That does it for this week, folks! Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy this first list of 2015.

Torche: “Annihilation Affair” track premiere via Pitchfork
Restarter out February 24 on Relapse Records

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: “Little Boys With Shiny Toys” track premiere via Billboard
Give The People What They Want out now on Daptone Records

Red Baraat: “Bhangra Pirates” track premiere via NPR
Gaadi of Truth out January 20th on Sinj Records

Johan Agebjörn: “The Boy Who Thought It Was A Good Idea To Cry” (ft. Sally Shapiro) track premiere via Stereogum
Notes out February 10 on Paper Bag Records

Wildhoney: “Sleep Through It” track premiere via Noisey
Sleep Through It out January 13 on Deranged Records

Red Pill: “All Of Us” track premiere via Potholes in My Blog
All Of Us out now on Mello Music Group

Lost Boy ?: “About the Future” track premiere via Stereogum
Canned out March 31 on PaperCup Music

Freeloader Friday: BZRK, Crazy Town, The Shrine & More

December 19, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

889176318153Well my very fine Freeloaders, it’s that time of the year again. The Happy Merry Everything time! It’s the season of celebrations, bright lights, spiked eggnog and gifts wrapped in sparkly bows. Which also means another year has come to a close! Before we bid you adieu until the New Year, I’ve got to throw in one last Freeloader Friday. It’s a short list, but it’ll leave you wanting more in 2015. So here goes!

There’s quite the burgeoning underground music scene in Nashville, and not the kind you’d expect from the region. BZRK is a large part of it and they’ve made for themselves a power posse of the “dopest poets.” The Hip-Hop collective pulls from those old-school Rap beats, but adds their own Southern, sultry twist. Not to mention their shout-outs to Gandalf and Karen Carpenter – keep your eyes peeled for more to come from these charming Southern gents.

On to track premieres – bet you didn’t see this one coming! Crazy Town, yep the “Butterfly” dudes, are BACK. And ready to party. With you. The song starts with that familiar, seething pulse you may remember from the 90s. Then it goes into a banger of Electrified Rock, with undertones from that glorified “Hey Song” played at all football games. It’s a new direction for the crew, but sure to be a hit at your Holiday party. Also on the list, there’s a much more subdued Rock track from Evans the Death, perfect for your post-Holiday party doldrums. It’s wallow-y and mellow, but has just enough edge to keep your spirits bright.

And to wrap things up appropriately, I give you the final three music videos of the year. If The Shrine’s latest video goes viral, they will most definitely NOT be getting anything from Santa. It’s the “best video ever” in a wild weed & whisky-induced sort of way. White Prism shows the electric buzz of our beloved New York as she traverses the boroughs, and Johan Agebjörn (you know him from Sally Shapiro) dares you not to get in a playful spirit in his video starring raccoons and cats (I’m still working on it, too).

That does it for the year, folks. Have a wonderful, fun-filled and safe Winter Break. See you in 2015!

BZRK: Full mixtape stream via Impose
Anesthetic Awareness out now on Jeffery Drag Records

Crazy Town: “Megatron” track premiere via Billboard
Megatron out January 27 on Membran

Evans The Death: “Don’t Laugh At My Angry Face” track premiere via Stereogum
Expect Delays out March 2015 on Fortuna Pop!

The Shrine: “Tripping Corpse” official music video premiere via Noisey
Bless Off out now on Tee Pee Records

White Prism: “Patience” official music video premiere via VNDL
Patience out now on MNRCH

Johan Agebjörn: “Right to Play” official music video premiere via Under the Radar
The Right to Play out now on Paper Bag Records

Freeloader Friday: Termanology, Torche, Literature & More

December 12, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

853044003489It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas (and holiday season in general) around the office here in New York. Not only are there mini-trees on desks, white lights strung about and tacky Christmas sweaters coming out, but our entire team (from the UK to Tel Aviv to Australia) is here for the week! Talk about full-on Orchard cheer being spread. While our office is buzzing with holiday fun, there are still Freeloader goodies to be had!

Album stream of the week goes to Termanology. He calls for fellow rappers, producers and listeners to let the music do the talking, to ‘Shut Up and Rap,’ plain and simple. In this sixteen-track release, there’s as much old-school swag as new-age spit throughout. And although you may not be as familiar with the long list of collaborators, they’re equally as on top of the game as Termanology himself.

Moving right along, there’s only one track in this week’s Freeloader Friday, and it should be quite obvious as to why. The greatest Florida Riff-Metal band around, Torche (duh), is expected to release their new album next year, and they’ve put out a nothing-short-of spectacular track this week. It’s one that will crush you with every ball-busting guitar roar.

And with that, we’re left with a slew of videos to be seen and heard. Have a go at Blind Guardian’s lyric video, perfectly set to a Middle Earth (kind-of) graphic story. Next, watch some of Rock n’ Roll’s greatest (from Journey, Night Ranger and Whitesnake) come together for an extraordinary classic. Then catch-up with Frontier Ruckus from the backs of their skateboards and top it all off with Literature’s beautifully psychedelic surge of street scenes and florals.

It’s a short one, folks, but we’ve gotta get out of here soon for our Holiday Office Party. But this should be all you need to get you through the weekend (and the Santacon festivities)!

Termanology: Full album stream via XXL
Shut Up And Rap out now on Brick Records

Torche: “Minions” track premiere via YouTube
Restarter out February 24 on Relapse Records

Blind Guardian: “Twilight of the Gods” lyric video premiere via Blabbermouth
Beyond The Red Mirror out February 3 on Nuclear Blast

Revolution Saints: “Turn Back Time” official music video premiere via YouTube
Revolution Saints out 2/24 on Frontiers

Frontier Ruckus: “The Splendid World” official music video premiere via Paste
Sitcom Afterlife out now on Quite Scientific Records

Literature: “New Jacket” official music video premiere via Wondering Sound
Chorus out now on Slumberland Records

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