Freeloader Friday: William Onyeabor, Blu & Nottz, Anthony Green, Ghost Wave, Rathborne, Vinnie Paz and Declan O’Rourke
As I’m sure you’re all aware, it’s Friday! But not only is it Freeloader Friday, it’s also the start of William Onyeabor Week! Click on the poster to the left for more details on that, read up on the amazing story that sprouted from the making of this album, and of course, because it’s Freeloader Friday, stream the whole record on NPR First Listen, below.
Then, move from Psychedelic Rock to Hip Hop/Rap and stream the EP from L.A. rapper Blu and Norfolk, VA beatmaker Nottz. It’s a great collaboration and after all, it’s not a weekend if there’s no Hip Hop involved…
Next up on our playlist is the title track from Anthony Green‘s upcoming record. It’s very powerful, which is no surprise given the context: ”This was written for a friend of mine that I no longer speak to. I say a lot of things in the song that I probably couldn’t say face-to-face. It’s sort of sad but it’s also angry. When I sing this song it brings a lot of anger to the surface, but I also think it’s beautiful and haunting, and it’s probably one of the most gut-wrenching songs that I have to play in my set. I don’t think I can play a set without playing this song.”
Our next two tracks are special because they’re both available for free download. The first is from New Zealand Rock band Ghost Wave and it was picked as KEXP’s Song of the Day, CMJ 2013 edition. You can even watch the music video as a bonus. The second is a non-album track from Rathborne‘s latest release, Soft. The link actually also has the full album stream — we’re full of bonuses today.
Closing up with our music videos, we give you Vinnie Paz‘s “Is Happiness Just A Word?” It features the impressive Yes Alexander and talks about something close to Vinnie’s heart: Depersonalization Disorder. It’s a beautiful song that’s perfectly executed and the video blends all these ingredients perfectly. Speaking of beautiful, you have to check out Irish Singer-Songwriter Declan O’Rourke in “Time Machine.” We got to enjoy it live during our Stairwell Series, but this video brings some amazing visuals that will easily give you the (time) travel bug. I mean, who doesn’t want a time machine?
William Onyeabor: Full album stream via NPR First Listen
Who Is William Onyeabor? out October 29 on Luaka Bop
Blu & Nottz: Full album stream via SPIN
Gods in the Spirit EP out now on Coalmine Records
Anthony Green: “Young Legs” track premiere via Red Bull Music
Young Legs out November 12 on Moshtradamus Records
Ghost Wave: “Here She Comes” free track download via KEXP
Ages out now on Flying Nun Records
Rathborne: “Suntan” free track download via Noisey
Soft out now on True Believer
Vinnie Paz: “Is Happiness Just A Word?” feat. Yes Alexander music video via YouTube
Carry On Tradition out October 29 on Enemy Soil/Pazmanian Devil Music
Declan O’Rourke: “Time Machine” music video premiere via Travel+Leisure
Mag Pai Zai out now on Missing Piece Group