Freeloader Friday: Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Grass Is Green, William Onyeabor, Blank Realm, Neil Davidge, Red Dragon Cartel, The Casket Girls, Solstafir, POW!, Indian, The Black Angels and Within Temptation

Sharon Jones, Give The People What They WantHappy new year, Freeloaders! We’ve missed you. (Ok, we enjoyed our time off too, but we’re happy to be back with a bang.) To start the year off right, we’ve got a big selection of free streams, downloads and music videos to get you your fix.

First up, the super highly anticipated new Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings record. After having to postpone its initial release so that Sharon focus on her health, it’s around the corner, and it’s streaming in full on NPR First Listen. Don’t miss the music video for “Stranger To My Happiness” too, and keep your eyes peeled for the band on some exciting TV shows, including Jimmy Fallon tonight.

The next full stream we have will be perfect to take it up a notch: Grass Is Green‘s fourth album, Vacation Vinny. Then we have a couple of remixes for you: another from one of the most acclaimed albums of 2013, Who Is William Onyeabor? (check out some of our previous Freeloader Fridays for the past ones we’ve shared), and a Neil Davidge vs. Rob Smith remix of Davidge’s upcoming album (which I’m personally very excited about).

Noisetrade has treated us well this week with not one, but two free downloads: Blank Realm and Red Dragon Cartel, and so has Pitchfork with streams of The Casket Girls and Sólstafir. The latter is streaming a cover of Legend‘s “Runaway Train” from a joint EP coming out in February, which also includes Legend covering a Sólstafir song. Then catch two track premieres by San Francisco band POW!, who write all about their fair city in their upcoming record, and Chicago’s Indian, who bring us their first Sludge/Doom record in more than two years on Relapse Records.

We close with a revisited version of The Black Angels‘ “Don’t Play With Guns,” courtesy of Moog Sound Lab, and the latest video for Symphonic Rock band Within Temptation, featuring Howard Jones.

And that’s a wrap, ladies and gents! Happy Friday.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Full album stream via NPR First Listen
Give The People What They Want out January 14 on Daptone Records

Grass Is Green: Full album stream via Impose Magazine
Vacation Vinny out January 14 on Exploding In Sound Records

William Onyeabor: “Body and Soul (Justin Strauss & Bryan Mette Remix)” track premiere via Noisey
Who Is William Onyeabor? out now on Luaka Bop

Neil Davidge: “Slo Light (Davidge vs. Rob Smith Bare Remix)” track premiere via Louderthanwar
Slo Light out February 25 (US) / March 2 (UK + RoW) on 7Hz Productions

Blank Realm: “Back to the Flood” free track download via Noisetrade
Grassed Inn out January 13 on Fire Records

Red Dragon Cartel: “Feeder” free track download via Noisetrade
Red Dragon Cartel out January 28 on Frontiers Records

The Casket Girls: “Day to Day” track stream via Pitchfork
True Love Kills the Fairy Tale out February 11 on Graveface Records & Curiosities

Sólstafir: “Runaway Train” track stream via Pitchfork
Fjara / Runaway Train out February 4 on Artoffact Records

POW!: “Hope Dealers” track premiere via Brooklyn Vegan
High Tech Boom out January 14 on Castle Face Records

Indian: “Directional” track premiere via Invisible Oranges
From All Purity out January 21 on Relapse Records

The Black Angels: “Don’t Play With Guns” Moog Sound Lab session via Rolling Stone
Indigo Meadow out now on Blue Horizon

Within Temptation: “Dangerous (feat. Howard Jones)” music video via VEVO
Hydra out February 4 on Nuclear Blast

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