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Freeloader Friday: Exodus, Army of the Pharaohs, Magnolia Memoir & More

September 26, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

888831773955Happy First Friday of the Fall! It’s here, and it is wonderful. How are you kicking it off? We’re having a going-away party (it’s not goodbye, it’s see you at your next DJ set at Donna!) for Jason Jones slash welcome to our humble abode Frenchkiss Records & Frenchkiss Label Group, who’ve recently joined us full-on. But first and foremost, it is Friday. And that means… Freeloader sampling time.

Heading full-throttle into tracks this week, Exodus’s title track off their upcoming album is now live and, just as you’d expect, it’s brutal: an all-out Metal fest in the span of four minutes. Army of the Pharaohs premiered the top Hip-Hop track of the week: the beat is infectious and the lyrics – well, you just gotta hear ‘em. Mr. Big is back with a quick, riff-driven Rock anthem, the Melvins collaborate with Butthole Surfers for a gnarly, crazed heavy Rock sound, and Forever Came Calling pull out the perfect weekend Alt-Pop Jam that’ll have you tapping to the beat in no time.

On the visual side of things, Teleman cleans up nicely (think 70’s mom style) so that they can get down and dirty in slo-mo; Amp Live teams up with Anya and Rebecca Roudman for an acoustic B&W performance; and lastly, Magnolia Memoir use their spirited Soul Pop to send us on our way via BalconyTV’s LA location.

And that’s it for our very first Freeloader Friday of the Fall! Happy Friday, folks.

Exodus: “Blood In, Blood Out” track premiere via Billboard
Blood In, Blood Out out October 14 on Nuclear Blast

Army of the Pharaohs: “War Machine” track premiere via YouTube
Heavy Lies the Crown out October 21 on Enemy Soil

Mr. Big: “I Forget To Breathe” track premiere via Ultimate Classic Rock
The Stories We Could Tell out September 30 on Frontiers Records

Melvins: “Sesame Street Meat (ft. Butthole Surfers)” track premiere via The Quietus
Hold It In out October 14 on Ipecac Recordings

Forever Came Calling: “Transient” track premiere via AltPress
What Matters Most out October 21 on Pure Noise

Teleman: “Mainline” official music video premiere via Brooklyn Vegan
Breakfast out now on Moshi Moshi Records

Amp Live: “Penny Nickel Dime” live music video via Exclaim
Headphone Concerto out now on Plug Research

Magnolia Memoir: “Pale Fire” live music video via BalconyTV
Pale Fire out now on Pale Fire Records

Freeloader Friday: Youth Code, PROM, Iron Reagan & More

September 19, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

888831653745It’s that most anticipated time of the week: Freeloader Friday! And the end of another work week, of course. Today, we’ve got tons of great premieres from all different genres, so let’s get started.

Three full album streams are first on the list. There’s Youth Code’s House Metal and Punk Electronica album, kind of like a dance party DJ’d by The Joker; Whirr’s Shoegaze Punk that ends up being more introspective than you might expect; lastly, Myrkur’s Hardcore Metal that’s interrupted every so often by angel choruses. If you’re sensing a common thread amongst these album streams, you’d be onto something.

Now, lemme take you track by track. Have a listen first to Dream-Pop duo PROM, newly signed to Ghost Beach’s Crazy Heart Records. So yes, expect great things. Next, check out Allo Darlin’s latest, most adorable Indie Folk-Pop jangle. Then, to really shake things up, catch Obituary’s 2-minute thrasher, appropriately labeled by Metalsucks as “a pleasant, upbeat little ditty.” AKA, utterly brutal Metal. Lastly, there’s Raul Midon’s collab with Dianne Reeves, a solid Acoustic Jazz jam to put your mind at ease.

Finally, splurge with some visual stimulation by way of music vids: roam the streets with The Raveonettes and some heartbroken assassins, cruise an abandoned beach in a B&W memory from Amp Live, and watch Iron Reagan take over the world (well, OK – more like the streets) in one of the greatest music videos ever made.

And that. Is. All. Have a splendid last technically summer weekend!

Youth Code: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
A Place to Stand out September 23 on Dais Records

Whirr: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
Sway out September 23 on Graveface Records

Myrkur: Full album stream via Brooklyn Vegan
Myrkur out now on Relapse Records

PROM: “Flickers” track premiere via Billboard
Keeping Company out October 14 on Crazy Heart Records

Allo Darlin’: “Bright Eyes” track premiere via Billboard
We Come from the Same Place out October 7 on Slumberland Records

Obituary: “Violence” track premiere via Metalsucks
Inked in Blood out October 27 on Relapse Records

Raul Midon: “Make It Better (ft. Dianne Reeves)” track premiere and download via
Don’t Hesitate out September 30 on Mack Avenue Records

The Raveonettes: “Killer in the Streets” official music video via Billboard
Pe’ahi out now on Beat Dies

Amp Live: “Signs (ft. Eric Rachmany)” official music video via Vice
Headphone Concerto out now on Plug Research

Iron Reagan: “Miserable Failure” official music video premiere via Noisey
The Tyranny of Will out now on Relapse Records

Freeloader Friday: Iron Reagan, HOMESHAKE, Kina Grannis & More

781676727025Good afternoon, you very fine Freeloaders! It would appear that there’s a chill in the air (at least up here in New York), and I’m totally into it. Whether you’re running around the office getting prepped for the weekend or getting all geared up to catch that Northern Lights display tonight, we’ve got a fresh new sampling of free music for you to check out. Let’s go.

There is a badass album on the way from Iron Reagan (hitting next week, to be exact), but the fine gents have been so kind as to give us a preview – a full album preview! It’s a thrash of blood, guts, and all-out Metal gore. Prepare to blast your face off with this Goth-Punk 24-track punch in the face.

Next, ease your mind into dreamy bliss with HOMESHAKE’s latest track, another warbly jam of Indie-Groove effervescence from Mac DeMarco’s guitarist. Mark Boone Junior (yep, you know him from Sons of Anarchy) makes a very cool appearance this week with a cover of an original song written by Sonny & and performed Cher, and most recently made cool again by Beyonce and Jay Z. There’s also Army of the Pharaohs’ latest lyric-genius thumper and a Classic Rock big-hitter from Mr. Big.

And finally, make sure you feast your eyes upon these videos: Exodus’s lyric video (whose literary content is just as exceptional as AOTP’s), Kina Grannis’s absolutely precious and breathtakingly adorable real-life wedding day snapshot, and PS I Love You’s ode to black, white and graphic design.

Get to listenin,’ Freeloaders!

Iron Reagan: Full album stream via Pitchfork
The Tyranny of Will out September 16 on Relapse Records

HOMESHAKE: “Making A Fool Of You” track premiere via Vogue
In The Shower out October 7 on Sinderlyn

Mark Boone Junior: “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” track premiere via Entertainment Weekly
Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down) – Single out now on Rock the Cause Records

Army of the Pharaohs: “The Tempter and the Bible Black” track premiere via Hip-Hop DX
Heavy Lies The Crown out October 21 on Enemy Soil

Mr. Big: “The Monster in Me” track premiere via Guitar World
The Stories We Could Tell out September 30 on Frontiers Records

Exodus: “Salt the Wound (ft. Kirk Hammett)” lyric video premiere via Rolling Stone
Blood In, Blood Out out October 14 on Nuclear Blast

Kina Grannis: “My Dear” music video premiere via WSJ
Elements out now on One Haven

PS I Love You: “For Those Who Stay” music video premiere via Q Magazine
For Those Who Stay out now on Paper Bag Records

Freeloader Friday: American Hi-Fi, Catey Shaw, The Black Angels & More

September 5, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

americanhifi_bloodandlemonadeLet me start by saying that despite it being the first Friday in September, summer is by no means over! Technically speaking — though Global Warming might tell you differently — summer doesn’t end until the 23rd, and that means you’ve still got time to hit the beach and dance under the sunset. Here to help you do that is this week’s selection of free music.

Kicking it off with some good ol’ Rock are American Hi-Fi, with a full stream of their first album in four years. Expect “big guitars, big riffs, pounding drums [and] melodic vocals.” Oh yeah. Then Catey Shaw gives us some always needed “human contact” and more with her new EP, which you preview over at HuffPo. Then British Indies JAWS offer up a free download of their song “Holy Cat” (breathe in when downloading); Teenager Bottlerocket help Punk label Red Scare Industries celebrate their 10 year milestone, #bullshit included; and Aussie songstress Laura Jean makes it onto NPR’s Heavy Rotation playlist.

Turn to Raul Midón next to get some crazy cool guitar work, Emilyn Brodsky for your dose of ukelele (Catey Shaw can also help with that one), and close out with three music videos courtesy of The Black Angels, Cyrille Aimée and The Strumbellas. Make sure to BYOBallons for that last one.

Happy Friday, folks! And remember, you’ve still got two and a half more weeks of summer. Make ‘em count.

American Hi-Fi: Full album stream via Red Bull
Blood & Lemonade out September 9 on Rude Records

Catey Shaw: Full EP stream via Huffington Post
The Brooklyn EP out September 9 on Complex/Lefthook

JAWS: “Holy Cat” free track download via NoiseTrade
Be Slowly out September 14 via Rattlepop

Teenage Bottlerocket: “TV Set” track premiere via Noisey
Red Scare Industries: 10 Years of Your Dumb Bullshit out September 9 on Red Scare

Laura Jean: “Don’t Marry The One You Love” track stream via NPR Music
Laura Jean out now on Chapter Music

Raul Midón: “Don’t Hesitate” track premiere via Guitar World
Don’t Hesitate out September 30 on Mack Avenue Records

Emilyn Brodsky: “Paper Thin Line” track premiere via BlackBook
Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings out September 23 via Dead Stare

The Black Angels: “An Occurrence At 4507 South Third Street” video premiere via Q Magazine
Clear Lake Forest out now on Blue Horizon

Cyrille Aimée: “Bamboo Shoots” video premiere via WSJ
It’s A Good Day out now on Mack Avenue Records

The Strumbellas: “End of an Era” video premiere via Guitar World
We Still Move On Dance Floors out September 9 on Underneath A Mountain Records

Freeloader Friday: Souls of Mischief, Code Orange, Melvins, Diamond District, Whirr, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Obituary & Catey Shaw

August 29, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

856040005013It’s about that time again. It’s been a most marvelous summer, but it’s drawing to an end, slowly but surely. Not to say that all the Saturday college football games and Sunday Night madness won’t make for an excellent Fall! But we will miss our beach days and BBQ’s. So, here’s to one last summer Friday!

To start us off, we’ve got the very epic Souls of Mischief guys telling a story with their sixth album, filled to the brim with quite the cast of characters: Ali Shaheed Muhammed (A Tribe Called Quest), Busta Rhymes, Snoop Dogg, William Hart (The Delfonics), and Scarub (Living Legends). It is, quite effortlessly, a stupendous hip-hop dialogue. After that, switch over to the likes of Code Orange for a Metal-heavy album sound.

For track streams, hear the Melvins team up with two Butthole Surfers for an initially Rocked-out screamer that turns into a Psych jam, Diamond District’s groovy Boom Bap synth grind, Whirr’s ultimate Shoegazer mantra, the mesmerizing Indie-Punk sound from We Were Promised Jetpacks’ rallying cry, and Obituary’s nasty, gnarly growl.

To round things out on this fabulous three-day weekend, play the most feel-good, dance-happy tune you’ve probably heard all summer. That’d be Catey Shaw’s latest single, along with a stellar backdrop of brightly-colored fruits, florals, and flamingos in her music video.

Whatever you may have planned for this Labor Day weekend, enjoy these final few days of summer, and get ready for an awesome Fall!

Souls of Mischief: Full album stream via USA Today
There Is Only Now out now on Linear Labs

Code Orange: Full album stream via Consequence of Sound
I Am King out September 2 on Deathwish, Inc.

Melvins: “Brass Cupcakes” track premiere via Rolling Stone
Hold It In out October 14 on Ipecac Recordings

Diamond District: “March on Washington” track premiere via Washington City Paper
March on Washington out October 14 on Mello Music Group

Whirr: “Lines” track premiere via Noisey
Sway out September 23 on Graveface Records

We Were Promised Jetpacks: “I Keep It Composed” track premiere via Consequence of Sound
Unravelling out October 14 on FatCat Records

Obituary: “Visions In My Head” track premiere via SoundCloud
Inked In Blood out October 28 on Relapse Records

Catey Shaw: “Human Contact” music video premiere via Billboard
The Brooklyn EP out September 9 on Complex/Lefthook

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