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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

Freeloader Friday: Literature, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Emilyn Brodsky, Johnny Aries, Pretty & Nice, Au Revoir Simone, Foxes in Fiction & Catey Shaw

749846020185I don’t know what everyone else is talking about with all this nonsense about summer drawing to an end because, as far as I’m concerned, it’s still beach weather and I’m wearing shorts! Summer’s still here guys, and so are the jams. To prove it, we’ve got some stellar music picked out, and then I’m outta here to enjoy this summertime greatness!

Literature starts us off with the quintessential feel-good, sunshiny-day kind-of album. The good ole’ fashioned Indie Pop dude band gives you eleven reasons to open your windows to the breeze and dance around barefoot at any given time. There’s mention of smelling the flowers on one track, and another that leans heavily on ample amounts of Garage Pop and 80s Pop-Rock. Plenty in there for everyone!

Onto the big-hitter tracks of the week. First up, there’s Soul-Punk indie darling Jessica Hernandez and her Deltas luring in the masses with doo-wop. Then, a vivacious, foot-stomping cutesy-Pop sample from Emilyn Brodsky that makes for a nice segue into Johnny Aries’s (of The Drums) new-age Smiths-style crooning. Pretty & Nice are back with hand-clapping Pop-Synth, Au Revoir Simone hand over their original piano-driven track for a totally danceable remix version by I Am The Cosmos, and Foxes in Fiction delves into a fuzzy, keyboard & synth-based medley.

As for videos, not a whole lot going on this week. But there is one beauty that’s not to be missed: Catey Shaw’s sensational B&W live studio recording. The lady and that piano meld together for a sweet-spot of melodies.

There they are, Freeloaders! Your weekly, hand-picked musical goodies. Now off to  revel in this pure summer beauty!

Literature: Full album stream via Hype Machine
Chorus out August 19 on Slumberland Records

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas: “Sorry I Stole Your Man” track premiere via USA Today
Secret Evil out August 19 on Instant Records

Emilyn Brodsky: “” track premiere via Refinery29
Emilyn Brodsky Eats Her Feelings out September 23 on Dead Stare Records

Johnny Aries: “This Grave Is My Bed Tonight” track premiere via Stereogum
Unbloomed out 8/26 on Frenchkiss Records

Pretty & Nice: “Summer Boyz” track premiere via Brooklyn Vegan
Infinity Forever out August 12 on Lost Colony Music

Au Revoir Simone: “Love You Don’t Know Me (Remixed by I Am The Cosmos)” track premiere via Beat
Spectrums out August 26 on Instant Records

Foxes in Fiction: “Ontario Gothic” track premiere via Pitchfork
Ontario Gothic out September 23 on Orchid Tapes

Catey Shaw: “Show Up (Live)” music video premiere via YouTube
The Brooklyn EP out September 9 on Complex/Lefthook

Freeloader Friday: Columns, Baked, HOMESHAKE, The American Scene, Pretty & Nice, Iron Reagan, French Style Furs, The Raveonettes & Apollo Brown

Columns - Please ExplodeHappy August, Freeloaders! Today you have two things to celebrate – the end of the work week and the beginning of a new month. Obviously, two cheers are in order for that one. And to help you get started with your celebrations, we’ve got your weekly list of music greats that you need to have a listen to – here we go!

Starting you off with a full album stream is Columns. This is one of those not-to-be-reckoned-with-ever albums: it’s ferocious, loud as hell, and slams you in the face second after second with its Hardcore Metal scream theme. And the album review that goes along with it? Hands down, one of the best, most enthusiastic rally cries I’ve read to date.

Onwards and upwards with track premieres! If you haven’t heard of Brooklyn’s Baked, you’re missing out. So, quick! Hear their latest psychedelic Rock groove, exactly what you’d expect given the name. On a similar note, HOMESHAKE (Peter Sagar from Mac DeMarco) has a whirry, warped and blotchy new single that gets your headspace all blurry, in a very, very good jam way. There’s also The American Scene’s Punk-Pop track that’ll have you mindlessly tapping out the beat and Pretty & Nice clapping out an equally as tantalizing Indie Rock rhythm.

Last but not least, the visuals. The name pretty much gives it away in Iron Reagan’s music video for “Bloody Gore.” Yep, it’s as raunchy visually as you’d think with a Metal Punk tune to really set the mood. French Style Furs take you to an underground 90s rave (note the dance moves + wind breaker fashion), The Raveonettes go from sex on the beach to down-right, hardcore murder on the beach in their totally NSFW video, and Apollo Brown hits the not-so-popular streets of New York with help from Roc Marciano.

And that’s a wrap for this week. Get out there and enjoy your Friday, Saturday, and Sunday Fundays!

Columns: Full album stream via Metalsucks
Please Explode out August 5 on Relapse Records

Baked: “Codec” track premiere via The Fader
Debt out August 19 on Exploding in Sound Records

HOMESHAKE: “Cash Is Money” track premiere via Noisey
In the Shower out October 7 on Sinderlyn

The American Scene: “4th And Broadway” track premiere via Alternative Press
Haze out September 9 on Pure Noise Records

Pretty & Nice: “Rock ‘n’ Roll Wizards” track premiere via The Wild Honey Pie
Infinity Forever out August 12 on Lost Colony Music

Iron Reagan: “Eyeball Gore” track premiere via Bloody Disgusting
The Tyranny of Will out September 16 on Relapse Records

French Style Furs: “All The Way Down” official music video premiere via YouTube
Is Exotic Bait out now Frenchkiss Records

The Raveonettes: “Endless Sleeper” official music video premiere via Stereogum
Pe’ahi out now on Beat Dies

Apollo Brown: “Lonely & Cold (feat. Roc Marciano)” music video premiere via Okayplayer
Thirty Eight out now on Mello Music Group

Freeloader Friday: Four Year Strong, The Raveonettes, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Big Freedia, The Black Angels, & Suicide Silence

Four Year Strong: Go Down In HistoryWe’ve made it to another Friday, folks. Whether the week dragged on or flew by, it always feels good to reach the weekend, amiright?! Let’s kick this weekend off with the latest and greatest in albums, videos, and more!

Start strong with the latest album from Four Year Strong. It’s Punk at its finest – full of riffs and laced with breakdowns. Next up, the surprise release from The Raveonettes will not disappoint. It’s been considered akin to “surfing in the rain,” and if that’s not a magical sonic dream, I don’t know what is. Then, go back to ’60s Soul with Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens as she sings and swings over tracks that will make you want to get up and dance.

Get ready to be distracted for hours with the extremely addicting new Soundboard from Big Freedia. Listen to the Queen’s most iconic phrases on command and on repeat!

Finish off with some new videos to round out your week. The Black Angels take concert footage to a psychedelic level, while Suicide Silence has a stare-down complete with hair-flipping, guitar-thrashing, and some unexpected guests in the form of snakes and spiders.

That does it for this week. Pat yourself on the back for successfully reaching another Friday, and enjoy the weekend, Freeloaders!

Four Year Strong: Full album stream via Billboard
Go Down in History out now on Pure Noise Records

The Raveonettes: Surprise album release and “Endless Sleeper” lyric video via Pitchfork
Pe’ahi out now on Beat Dies

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens: Full album stream via NY Times
Cold World out July 29th on Daptone Records

Big Freedia: Soundboard!
Just Be Free out now on Queen Diva Music

The Black Angels: “The Flop” video premiere via Noisey
Clear Lake Forest out now on Blue Horizon

Suicide Silence: “You Can’t Stop Me” official video via YouTube
You Can’t Stop Me out now on Nuclear Blast Entertainment

Freeloader Friday: The Black Angels, PS I Love You, Mogwai, To The Wind, The Raveonettes, Princess Superstar, Souls of Mischief, Amp Live, Catey Shaw, Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, Kid Vishis & Temara Melek

The Black Angels: Clear Lake ForestSo the World Cup is over…now what? It seems that everyone’s got just a bit more time on their hands since Germany scored that epic final goal, solidifying themselves as winners of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil. I say, what better way to fill your new-found free-time than with this week’s best new music? Sit back and enjoy this all-star lineup!

We’ve got full album streams galore this week. Start with the much anticipated new release from The Black Angels — it’s modern Psychedelic Rock that’ll have you addicted at first listen. Next, turn to Canadian duo PS I Love You as they prove once more that their minimalist Indie Rock is edgy and excellent. After that, get lost in the sullen Art-Rock instrumentals that make up Mogwai‘s 15th anniversary reissue of their 1994 album. Then, go Hardcore with To The Wind as they explore the universal feelings of loneliness, heartbreak, and getting older.

Looking for a quick music fix? No problem! These short, sweet sampler tracks’ll do the trick. Check out The Raveonettes‘ gritty new track filled with the Danish duo’s trademark harmonies over noisy guitar and sparkling harp. Then, get sassy with Princess Superstar as she works her Hip-Hop magic on a 90′s Indie-Pop classic. Following in the Hip-Hop genre, listen to Souls of Mischief‘s rap about reliability in true vintage fashion. Finally, Amp Live goes Electronic with their new Dirt Monkey remix that is rave-ready.

To wrap it all up, we’ve got plenty of music videos to entertain you this week! Catey Shaw teams up with director Jon Jon Augustavo to give Bushwick’s hipster gals the perfect summer anthem. Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens meld the past and present in the video for this southern soulful belle’s latest R&B track. Kid Vishis goes gangster in the studio (and the forest) with brother Royce da 5’9″ and Marvwon in his new Rap track. Last but not least, Temara Melek dances her way through her catchy Pop track that’ll have you hitting repeat.

There you have it, Freeloaders, now let the listening begin!

The Black Angels: Full album stream via The New York Times
Clear Lake Forest out July 22 on Blue Horizon

PS I Love You: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
For Those Who Stay out July 22 on Paper Bag Records

Mogwai: Full album stream via The Guardian
Come On Die Young (Deluxe Edition) out July 22 on Chemikal Underground

To The Wind: Full album stream via Alt Press
Block Out the Sun & Sleep out July 22 on Pure Noise Records

The Raveonettes: “Sisters” track premiere via The Raveonettes Website
Pe’ahi coming soon on Beat Dies Records

Princess Superstar: “Chick Habit” track premiere via USA Today
I’m A Firecracker EP out now on Instant Records

Souls of Mischief: “All You Got Is Your Word” track premiere via ego trip
There Is Only Now out August 26 on Linear Labs

Amp Live: “Penny Nickel Dime (Dirt Monkey Remix)” track premiere via Soundcloud
Headphone Concerto out August 5 on Plug Research

Catey Shaw: “Brooklyn Girls” music video premiere via Papermag
The Brooklyn EP out September 9 on Complex/Lefthook

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens: “Sinner” music video premiere via Entertainment Weekly
Cold World out July 29 on Daptone Records

Kid Vishis: “Talk Behind My Back (Ft. Royce da 5’9″ and Marvwon)” music video premiere via YouTube
Timing is Everything out July 22 on Seven13 Music

Temara Melek: “Fingerprints” music video premiere via VEVO
Fingerprints out now on Straight Forward Music

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