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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

Freeloader Friday: Johnny Aries, Katrina Leskanich, The Twilight Sad, Elliott BROOD, Iron Reagan, Souls of Mischief & American Hi-Fi

August 22, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Johnny Aries UnbloomedIt’s a pretty quiet Summer Friday here in the New York office – and our second to last one! Along with that, we’ve got a short list of Freeloader faves from the week. So I’ll keep this short and sweet.

Just in time for the last days of summer, Johnny Aries (The Drums) premieres a full album stream of his lackadaisical, Smiths-sounding EP. It’s that totally recognizable melancholic, yet charming Brit rock. There’s a second full album to be streamed: that’d be from Katrina Leskanich – yep, of Katrina & the Waves. It’s her 2nd solo album, and it’s got all the Singer-Songwriter Pop you’d expect.

On to the track premieres! The Twilight Sad are back with a most excellent somber-sounding tune that includes some added electronic echoes that mix perfectly with the very Scottish bleak-Rock. To snap you out of that mournful headspace, there’s Elliott Brood’s danceable Country-tinged melody, filled with claps, bouncy rhythms, and harmonies that’ll melt your heart. If you’re more in the mood to melt your face off, though, there’s Iron Reagan’s Deathcore Metal track with guitar riffs and heavy chanting that’ll get you rallying.

To wrap things up, Souls of Mischief have a cooly-constructed lyric video with cartoon-like typography, while American Hi-Fi cruise in their 60s Chevy and take you inside their recording studio.

That’s all for this week, folks — Just a few more days left in the summer, so get out there and enjoy!

Johnny Aries: Full album stream via Bullett
Unbloomed out August 26 on Frenchkiss Records

Katrina Leskanich: Full album stream via Pop Matters
Blisland out now on Katrina’s Web

The Twilight Sad: “There’s a Girl in the Corner” track premiere via Noisey
Nobody Wants to be Here and Nobody Wants to Leave out October 28 on FatCat Records

Elliott BROOD: “Jigsaw Heart” track premiere via KEXP
Work and Love out October 21 on Paper Bag Records

Iron Reagan: “Four More Years” track premire via Loudwire
The Tyranny of Will is out September 16 on Relapse Records

Souls of Mischief: “Ghetto Superhero” lyric video premiere via OK Player
There Is Only Now out August 26 on Linear Labs

American Hi-Fi: “Golden State” music video premiere via Vevo
Blood and Lemonade out September 9 on Rude Records

Freeloader Friday: Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Allo Darlin’, Afrikan Boy, Amp Live, Raul Midón, Laurel, Big Freedia, Code Orange & Inspiral Carpets

August 15, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas - Secret EvilIt is a fine Summer Friday here at The Orchard’s office in New York. We’ve got our groove on thanks to Diana’s speakers, our bellies are nice and full after eating Sarah’s homemade cheddar-jalapeño scones, and our weekends are so close to beginning! But, before we all head out and about, here’s the latest and greatest in music from the week.

What’dya know, it’s almost that time — time for Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas to release their long-awaited album! And along with that very special date (happening next week), they’ve got their whole record available for streaming. It’s wild, it’s jazzy, it’s alluring and bewitching. This lady’s got some kind of wonderful in those smoky vocals, and her band adds just as much fervor with their lush rhythm.

For this week’s track premieres, there’s Allo Darlin’s Indie Pop starlet of a track: the usual cute happiness replaced by a boppy melancholia (still equally as charming); Afrikan Boy’s Nigerian Afrobeat, referencing shoplifting and getting past immigration officers; Minnesota’s initially chilled-out soundscape remix of Amp Live’s track that turns into a rager; and the collaborative outcome from legendary Bill Withers and Raul Midón, a smooth, Spanish-guitar groove.

And then, of course, there’re the music videos. Laurel takes her viewers on a woeful stroll under a night sky, Big Freedia goes into a dance and glow stick frenzy with her audience, Code Orange gets cultish and Inspiral Carpets rock and roll in the middle of a monastery.

That about wraps it up here. Make sure you check out all these fabulous music goodies from the week, and enjoy your next two fundays!

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas: Full album stream via WSJ
Secret Evil out August 19 on Instant Records

Allo Darlin’: “Romance and Adventure” track premiere via Pitchfork
We Come from the Same Place out October 7 on Slumberland Records

Afrikan Boy: “Lidl” track premiere via NoiseTrade
The ABCD out August 18 on YAM Records

Amp Live: “Penny Nickel Dime (Minnesota Remix)” track premiere via Earmilk
Headphone Concerto out now on Plug Research

Raul Midon: “Mi Amigo Cubano” track premiere via USA Today
Don’t Hesitate out September 30th on Mack Avenue

Laurel: “Shells” music video premiere via Vevo
To the Hills EP out now on Next Time Records

Big Freedia: “Mo Azz” music video premiere via YouTube
Just Be Free out now on Queen Diva Music

Code Orange: “Dreams in Inertia” music video premiere via Fangoria
I Am King out September 2 on Deathwish

Inspiral Carpets: “Spitfire” music video premiere via The Guardian
The Inspiral Carpets out September 29 on Cherry Red Records

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