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Freeloader Friday: PROM, Diamond District, Obituary & More

October 17, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

888831712633Lots going on at the NY office today (did you see our our Naïve Records announcement?!), but not enough to forget about Freeloader Friday. Although, I’m gonna keep this one short and sweet. Here we go!

Three fantabulous album streams are lined up for your ears to hear this weekend. Newcomers PROM burst onto the scene with what Nylon calls “Dream-Pop infused with piano and whiskey.” (That description alone should have you weak at the knees) Also, listen to Elliott BROOD’s rootsy Folk Rock that has a “days of abandon” sound running through it, and then soulful Rap over Beat-heavy beats from Diamond District, AKA Oddisee, yU and XO (ultimate trifecta).

Next up, turn the volume down for this one – it’s Obituary’s title track off their upcoming album, and, as you might imagine, it gets to Thrasher level. Anna Phoebe follows up with a dramatic, Middle Eastern Instrumental – heavy on Violin — and High Hazels round out the track premieres with that swooning Psychedelic sound that only the English can do.

Finally, get your dose of visual stimulants by way of music video. Go on tour with Catey Shaw & crew, jumping from concert hall to highway diner, and every other stop along the way. Then, continue on the open road with Forever Came Calling, hitting up epic Cali spots while cruising in a baby blue Cadillac.

These should keep you covered till next week – Happy Friday!

PROM: Full album stream via Nylon
Keeping Company out now on Crazy Heart Records

Elliott BROOD: Full album stream via Relix
Work and Love out October 21 on Paper Bag Records

Diamond District: Full album stream via 2 Dope Boyz
March on Washington out now on Mello Music Group

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

Anna Phoebe: “Inception” track premiere via NoiseTrade
Between the Shadow and the Soul out October 20 on Anna Phoebe Music

High Hazels: “The Promenade” track premiere via NoiseTrade
High Hazels out October 27 on Heist or Hit Records

Catey Shaw: “Outerspace” official music video premiere via The Music Ninja
The Brooklyn EP out now on Complex/Lefthook

Forever Came Calling: “Defenseless” official music video premiere via Glamour Kills
What Matters Most out October 21 on Pure Noise Records

Freeloader Friday: Exodus, PROM, The Budos Band & More

October 10, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

888831773955Happy three-day weekend, folks! Well, for some. Our offices are closed this Monday, so things are a little quiet around here today. That’s not gonna stop our weekly music sampler, though! And we’ve got the perfect one to last you all the way ‘till next Tuesday.

Kicking the weekend off right, Exodus premiered their upcoming full length today, and it does not disappoint. Get ready to be slammed up against the wall with this one: right out of the ringer, the dudes go buck-wild Metal style. Following suit, Inter Arma’s out with a full album stream full of anthemic hard Rock, backing the ferocious Metal vocals.

As for tracks, we’ve got plenty of those this week! Get started with PROM’s latest, a song that’ll have you reminiscing of the olden, golden days of youth and… maybe even your first prom night. Switch from the Electro-Pop to something more Acoustic. Actually, totally Acoustic. It’s State Champs with a sweet little guitar-only ditty for all you Alt-Rock lovers. There’s also a free downloadable track from your fave club DJ Dave Luxe and a whirlwind of Garage Rock that’ll eat you up and spit you right back out faster than you can say Bad Cop, the actual talent behind the jam.

Now, to really get you out of the office and well on your way, there are FOUR fantabulous music videos for your viewing pleasure. The Budos Band give you a B&W teaser of the new album; some breakout WWE wrestlers make their way into an Army of the Pharaohs video; the dapper lookin’ gents of Elliott Brood sit down for a sweet-sounding acoustic session; and Afrikan Boy takes to the streets for an ode to YAM.

There it is, Freeloaders! All the music you need to get you through the weekend. Happy Columbus Day!

Exodus: Full album stream via Yahoo
Blood In Blood Out out October 14 on Nuclear Blast

Inter Arma: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
The Cavern out October 14 on Relapse Records

PROM: “Switch On” track premiere via Earmilk
Keeping Company EP out October 14 on Crazy Heart Records

State Champs: “If I’m Lucky” track premiere via YouTube
The Acoustic Things out now on Pure Noise

Dave Luxe – Give U Everything Free track download via Trapdoor Records
Volume Two Label Compilation out October 13 on Trapdoor Records

Bad Cop: “Wish You Well” track premiere via Noisey
Wish You Well…And Goodbye out October 28 on Jeffery Drag Records

The Budos Band: “Burnt Offering” official music video via Dangerous Minds
Burnt Offering out October 21 on Daptone Records

Army of the Pharaohs: “Terrorstorm” official music video via YouTube
Heavy Lies the Crown out October 21 on Enemy Soil

Elliott BROOD: “Little Ones” Paper Bag Sessions Video premiere via No Depression
Work and Love out October 21 on Paper Bag Records

Afrikan Boy: “Y.A.M.” official music video via Vevo
The ABCD out now on YAM Records

Freeloader Friday: A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Communions, Haley Bonar & More

October 3, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

888831406013It’s October, folks, and it is lookin’ very fine outside. Time to pull those cozy sweaters over your heads and get a warm cup of joe in your hand. I’m sure you’ve got plenty going on this weekend (relaxing for a full 48 hours totally counts), but at some point you’re going to need to sit down and have a listen to this first Freeloader Friday of October! Because it’s a beaut.

It’s a very special week for album streams: in total, there are four, yes FOUR (count it out) full albums in all their glory that are yours for the listening. First up, A Winged Victory for the Sullen eases you into a weekend trance with their hour-plus Ambient Instrumental. Dinosaur Feathers is next in line: they ball-out full force in some very unlikely ways, going from heavy Industrial drummage to an all-out dance-a-thon that Janet Jackson would totally approve. Allo Darlin’s ode to all things Indie-Pop and European Folk-cuteness comes next, and The Black Opera finishes out with a surge of pulsating beats in tribal Hip-Hop form.

Tracks, you say? Gotcha covered. Communions, the new kids on the block out of Copenhagen, have an Indie-Punk groove to dance around to, while Elliott Brood gets rootsy and cowboy-bootsy with a new piece of Folk Rock. In need of something a bit more… Metal? Try the debut single from The Skull, featuring members from Trouble and Pentagram. Yep, triple-threat bad-ass material. Speaking of, Machine Head’s got a new one that’ll rip your face off, so there’s another addition for your Metal splurge! Finally, Inspiral Carpets take everything down a notch with their close-out track of old school Psychedelic for the modern age.

For visual stimulants, check out the ever-stunning Haley Bonar and her thought-provoking narrative that shuffles between rowboat and forest scenes, and Gringo Star’s true-to-life retro house party.

Whew! That’s quite the Freeloader Friday list there. So take ‘em all in, and have a marvelous weekend while you’re at it!

A Winged Victory for the Sullen: Full album stream via NPR First Listen
Atomos out October 6 on kranky

Dinosaur Feathers: Full album stream via Pop Matters
Control out October 7 on Ernest Jenning Record Co.

Allo Darlin’: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
We Come from the Same Place out October 7 on Slumberland Records

The Black Opera: Full album stream via Okay Player
The Great Year out now on Mello Music Group

Communions: “So Long Sun” track premiere via Noisey
So Long Sun / Love Stands Still – Single out November 10 on Tough Love Records

Elliott Brood: “Nothing Left” track premiere via CMJ
Work and Love out October 21 via Paper Bag Records

The Skull: “Till The Sun Turns Black” track premiere via Noisey
For Those Which Are Asleep out November 4th on Tee Pee Records

Machine Head: “Now We Die” lyric video via YouTube
Bloodstone & Diamonds out November 10 on Nuclear Blast

Inspiral Carpets: “Changes” exclusive free download via Email Unlock
Inspiral Carpets out October 20 on Cherry Red Records

Haley Bonar: “From a Cage” official music video premiere via Stereogum
Last War out now on Graveface Records

Gringo Star: “World of Spin” official music video premiere via CMJ
Long Time Gone – Single out October 17 on dizzybird records

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

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