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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

Freeloader Friday: Noah Wall, The Cabana Kids, Naomi Pilgrim & More

December 5, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

888831944690Happy Belated Thanksgiving, folks! A week late, as this office was gettin’ down on some turkey & dressing, but there’s always time to give thanks, nonetheless. Speaking of, there’s a brand-spankin’ new list of musical goodness you can be thankful for this weekend! It’s short and sweet, and will keep you groovin’ until Monday.

Noah Wall is our album streamer of the week. He’s out with the soundtrack he composed for Print the Legend, a sweet doc that covers many questions I’m sure you have about this whole 3-D printing world. Wall aligns his repertoire with the movie’s theme, creating a fully instrumental album reflecting the wonder, uncertainty and intrigue brought on by this new-age evolution.

Next up, the good ol’ boys from Quiet Life have a not-so quiet new tune for you. Their deluxe edition of previously-released “Wild Pack” features some new jangles, one having a rambler-gambler sort of wail to it. The Cabana Kids follow suit: their track has a Folksy twang to it, but also incorporates a bit of Shoe-Gaze Pop to get a good ounce of melodrama into the track.

As for music videos? Well, you can never have too many of those. Naomi Pilgrim takes a bit of a spiritual journey through the desert, Communions gives us an inside look into the life and legend of their “terrifyingly good-looking” Scandinavian selves (friends included), and Bad Cop does what only Bad Cop can do: mold a hairy beast of a man (think Bigfoot) into a news reporter’s lover. Weird as can be, but stupidly cool.

That’s it, Freeloaders! Like I told you, short and sweet this week. But that should keep you busy until Monday. Have a great weekend!

Noah Wall: Full album stream via Ad Hoc
Print the Legend out now on Driftless Recordings

Quiet Life: “Big Mistake” track premiere via Brooklyn Vegan
Wild Pack – Deluxe Edition out now on Mama Bird Recording Co.

The Cabana Kids: “Sortida” track premiere via The Wild Honey Pie
The Birds & The Bees out now on Small Plates Records

Naomi Pilgrim: “It’s All Good” official music video premiere via The Line of Best Fit
It’s All Good out now on Cosmos

Communions: “Love Stands Still” official music video premiere via Stereogum
So Long Sun / Love Stands Still out now on Tough Love Records

Bad Cop: “Wish You Well” official music video premiere via Impose
Wish You Well … And Goodbye out now on Jeffery Drag Records

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

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