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Freeloader Friday: Indian, Big Ups, Drowners, Lizzo, Tweens, We Were Promised Jetpacks, Keys N Krates, The Tower of Light, Warm Soda, Art Decade, Sam Roberts Band, RJD2 and Leif Vollebekk

January 17, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

indian_fromallpurityFriday = Freeloader Friday. And we don’t want to disappoint. So prepare for your long weekend with these streams, downloads and videos, and hopefully find some new favorite sounds for your 2014.

Kicking off our list this week is a full stream of Sludge/Doom band Indian‘s upcoming album. Once you’re primed, move onto Post-Hardcore band Big Ups, whose recent debut was named Stereogum Album of the Week and is playing in full on the site.

Moving on to one of TIME’s 14 Acts to Watch in 2014, Drowners‘ new track “A Button On Your Blouse” is now streaming on SPIN, so go see what everyone’s so pumped about. Speaking of watching, Lizzo‘s new single “Paris” is going to be featured on HBO’s Girls this weekend, and it’s also premiering on SPIN this week.

There’s more, obviously. Discover a new Frenchkiss Records Punk band from Cincinnati, Tweens, then check out We Were Promised Jetpacks‘ first new song since 2011. Hit the mood lights with Keys N Krates, and snag a free download from The Tower Of Light courtesy of Rolling Stone. Understand what we mean by “delicious music” with Warm Soda (no, it has nothing to do with the name), and get a load of Art Decade with a stream AND video for one of the tracks they performed at our Stairwell Series last week. Don’t miss the Synth-Punk remix of Sam Roberts Band‘s “We’re All In This Together,” and close on two music videos from the always-great RJD2 and another Stairwell Series recent visitor, Leif Vollebekk.

Happy listening!

Indian: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
From All Purity out January 21 on Relapse Records

Big Ups: Full album stream via Stereogum
Eighteen Hours of Static out now on Dead Labour

Drowners: “A Button On Your Blouse” track premiere via SPIN
Drowners out January 28 on Frenchkiss Records

Lizzo: “Paris” track premiere via SPIN
Paris (Single) out now on Totally Gross National Product

Tweens: “Be Mean” track stream via Pitchfork
Tweens out April 8 on Frenchkiss Records

We Were Promised Jetpacks: “Peace Sign” track stream via Consequence of Sound
E Rey: Live in Philadelphia out February 25 on FatCat Records

Keys N Krates: “All The Time (Tove Lo Flip)” track premiere via Noisey
SOLOW EP out now on Dim Mak Records

The Tower Of Light: “Carrier” free track download via Rolling Stone
The Tower Of Light out February 4 on felte

Warm Soda: “When Your Eyes Meet Mine” track stream via Pitchfork
Young Reckless Hearts out March 11 on Castle Face Records

Art Decade: “Numberless Dreams” track premiere via Huffington Post
Art Decade out February 18 on Greylock Records

Sam Roberts Band: “We’re All In This Together (Andrew Weatherall Remix)” track premiere via thump by Vice
Lo-Fantasy out February 11 on Paper Bag Records

RJD2: “Descended From Myth” music video premiere via Stereogum
More Is Than Isn’t out now on RJ’s Electrical Connections

Leif Vollebekk: “When the Subway Comes Above the Ground” music video premiere via Acoustic Guitar
North Americana out January 28 on Missing Piece Records

Freeloader Friday: Charles Bradley, Lil Silva, William Onyeabor, RJD2, Com Truise, Rachel Sermanni, Sam Roberts Band, Sun Glitters, Neil Davidge, Fanfarlo, Anthony Green and Tanya Morgan

December 6, 2013 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Charles Bradley 7 inchMissed us last week? Don’t worry, we’re making up for lost time with a slew of great tracks, from exclusive new ones to exciting remixes, and of course a couple of music videos and something a little in between.

Starting off this Freeloader Friday is the soulful Charles Bradley with a new song, featuring The Bullets, that is not on his latest album. If you can get your hands on the now sold-out Record Store Day 7-inch, you’ll find it on the B-side. Then, to keep you on the inspirational train is a track off the upcoming Africa Express album, which brings together Damon Albarn of Blur and some very talented Malian artists.

Next we have two well-crafted remixes perfect for the weekend: Policy’s version of William Onyeabor‘s “Something You’ll Never Forget” and a “dirty souled out” version of RJD2‘s “See You Leave.” Follow that up with the first we’ve heard of Com Truise since 2012, and you’re well in the zone for the rest of this Freeloader Friday and weekend.

To keep you cruisin’, Rachel Sermanni and Sam Roberts Band have just the thing — these guys just never disappoint. Then, Sun Glitters and Neil Davidge step in with some ambient, mind-and-body-soothing tracks that’ll set the perfect tone for a more intimate side to your weekend.

Closing this generous batch is a graphic video from Fanfarlo, which might include a familiar face for Sigur Rós fans, and music videos from Anthony Green and Tanya Morgan.

Hope that does the trick! Happy Friday, everyone.

Charles Bradley: “Ain’t It A Sin (ft. The Bullets)” track premiere via Consequence of Sound
Victim of Love out now on Daptone Records

Lil Silva: “Bouramsy” track premiere via Dummy Mag
Africa Express Presents: Maison Des Jeunes out December 9 on Transgressive Records

William Onyeabor: “Something You’ll Never Forget (Policy Remix)” free track download via XLR8R
Who Is William Onyeabor? out now on Luaka Bop

RJD2: “See You Leave (ft. STS and Khari Mateen) (Insane Warrior Remix)” track stream via Okayplayer
More Is Than Isn’t out now on RJ’s Electrical Connections

Com Truise: “Declination (ft. Joel Ford)” track stream via Pitchfork
Wave 1 out February 18 via Ghostly International

Rachel Sermanni: “Everything Changes” track premiere via Clash Music
Everything Changes EP out January 27 on Middle of Nowhere

Sam Roberts Band: “We’re All In This Together” track stream via SoundCloud
Lo-Fantasy out February 11 on Paper Bag Records

Sun Glitters: “Closer To The Sun” track stream via Under The Radar
Scattered Into Light out January 28 on Mush Records

Neil Davidge: “Slo Night” track premiere via Clash Music
Slo Light out March 2 on 7Hz Productions

Fanfarlo: “Landlocked” track premiere via Rolling Stone
Let’s Go Extinct out February 11 on Blue Horizon

Anthony Green: “Young Legs” music video premiere via AltPress
Young Legs out now on Moshtradamus Records

Tanya Morgan: “The Vehicle (ft. Spec Boogie & 6th Sense)” music video premiere via Complex
Rubber Souls out now on Imprint One80 Inc.

Don’t Fall Into the Autumn Leaves Music Nostalgia

October 29, 2013 Industry Trends No Comments

autumnleaves_anneh632When I say that I think this year has gone extremely fast, I’m pretty sure I’m not alone. We are already towards the end of October working on the last priority releases of the year and Q1 in the new year releases are already on the radar. How did that happen?

It feels like it was summer yesterday and I kind of catch myself dreaming about a never ending summer. But I know that it’s not possible, and in fact, I do actually like the change, also when it comes to weather. Oh well, most of the time.

Likewise, in the music industry, it’s easy to fall into the “Autumn Leaves” nostalgia, but sorry we need to face it, the summer is over, it’s a new season and I have to say that Spotify is not “The Last Desperate Fart Of A Dying Corpse.” I think it’s about time we all started to embrace the change and make the best out of it.

Getting attention is probably the most difficult thing to get nowadays. It takes talent, a lot of work and if you get lucky enough to get it, why not take advantage of it and talk to your audience where they are? Lots of ordinary people are consuming and finding music on YouTube and various streaming services; that choice was made a long time ago by fans and it will only change to something new, not go back to what we call the more “traditional” ways.

Counting how much you get paid per stream is the wrong way to value a service. The same way temperature perception is different if it’s 18°C in the summer or in autumn. As with the weather, we can’t control the fact that changes happen all the time. There was a big outcry when iTunes launched; the same with the CD. But we learned to love it. I’m convinced it will be the same case when a new business model arrives, and we’ll probably all speak about how great the streaming services were.

Thanks for your attention while reading this post. I hope you enjoyed the music links, here is a link to the full soundtrack. Feel free to share it!

Freeloader Friday: RJD2, Earthless, Red Fang, Poets of Rhythm, Girls Names, Palms, Fuck Buttons and Tess Parks

October 4, 2013 Freeloader Friday No Comments

RJD2 More Is Than Isn't artworkTGIF, everybody! This week has been beautiful — at least in our HQ in New York — and needless to say, the weekend is most welcome for some sun soaking and general sauntering around town. All with good music, of course.

The long awaited RJD2 album that hits stores next week is streaming early and in full on Rolling Stone. It’s the perfect soundtrack to your weekend, we just know it. Plus, the music video for “Her Majesty’s Socialist Request” also just came out, so if you need some inspirational dance moves to go with the album, check it out on YouTube. Another full album stream you should definitely check out is Earthless‘ first record since 2007. It’s catchy, hypnotic, filled with extraordinary guitar solos, and overall should not be missed.

Now that you’re warmed up, it’s time to take on the Red Fang Beer Chugging Challenge. That is, chug as much virtual beer as possible without passing out to the tunes of Red Fang, and take breaks to sober up and listen to more music on the virtual jukebox. The game will be adding tracks from Red Fang’s new album as street date nears, and this week, it’s “Behind The Light.” 21+ only.

When you’ve drunk enough virtual booze, check out The Poets of Rhythm‘s free download of “Smilin’ (While You’re Crying)” — always a good skill — and two tracks from Girls Names, including one cover and remix. For your music video fix, check out Palms‘ first music video ever and let us know what you think. We love it! Also rockin’ new music vids are Fuck Buttons and Tess Parks.

Here’s to a great weekend to you all!

RJD2: Full album stream via Rolling Stone
More Is Than Isn’t out October 8 on RJ’s Electrical Connections

Earthless: Full album stream via SPIN
From the Ages out October 8 on Tee Pee Records

Red Fang: “Behind The Light” track premiere via The Red Fang Beer Chugging Game
Whales and Leeches out October 15 on Relapse Records

The Poets of Rhythm: “Smilin’ (While You’re Crying)” free download via Rolling Stone
The Anthology: 1992-2003 out now on Daptone Records

Girls Names: “Third Uncle” cover and “Projektions (Gabe Gurnsey Factory Floor Remix)” stream via Prefix Mag
The Next Life out October 29 on Slumberland (US)

Palms: “Future Warrior” music video premiere via SPIN
Palms out now on Ipecac Records

Fuck Buttons: “Brainfreeze” music video via Pitchfork
Slow Focus out now on ATP Records

Tess Parks: “Somedays” music video via MUZU.TV
Blood Hot out November 18 on 359 Music

Freeloader Friday: Au Revoir Simone, Fort Romeau, RJD2, Anthony Green, Black Hearted Brother, Red Fang, Melvins, The First, Bell X1, Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Har Mar Superstar and BOT & TAI

September 20, 2013 Freeloader Friday No Comments

aurevoirsimone_moveinspectrumsSeptember is always an exciting month in the music world. Yes, we’re also dealing with our summer withdrawals, but it helps when a slew of really great releases are there to pick you up when you’re missing those few extra degrees or Sunday beach days.

This week’s Freeloader Friday is full of such great releases! Kicking it off is a full album stream of the album BuzzFeed listed as #6 on its pick of “Albums To Get Excited About This Fall:” Au Revoir Simone‘s Move In Spectrums. Fort Romeau is also streaming the full album they released last week for another few days, so take the opportunity to preview it while you can.

RJD2 is back with another preview from his upcoming album, which you can enjoy while reading his exclusive interview with Esquire. Warning: it might make you want a fig. Yep, a fig. I’m going to go look for one as soon as I’m done writing this post. And then while I eat it, I’m going to play around with this awesome virtual MPC on RJ’s website. Anthony Green also has a ton of cool stuff going on in anticipation of his adorably titled Young Legs. Start by listening to the first track off the album, “Breaker,” then take a look at his website to see if you’re interested in purchasing some hand-painted LPs or handwritten lyrics. Or perhaps a one-hour private Skype show is more up your alley, hmm?

Other great music available today are track premieres from Red Fang and the Melvins, who are out with yet another new album this November, and free downloads from Black Hearted Brother and UK band The First.

To treat your eyes and ears, we’ve got four music videos worth watching by Irish band Bell X1 (one of my personal faves), Scott Dermody a.k.a. Scott & Charlene’s Wedding, Har Mar Superstar from Julian Casablancas’ label Cult Records, and Electronic beasts BOT & TAI.

Off I go to get my fig. Enjoy!

Au Revoir Simone: Full album stream via NPR First Listen
Move in Spectrums out September 24 on Instant Records

Fort Romeau: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
Stay / True out September 17 on Ghostly International

RJD2: “Temperamental (feat. Phonte Coleman)” track stream via Esquire
More Is Than Isn’t out October 8 on RJ’s Electrical Connections

Anthony Green: “Breaker” track premiere via Rolling Stone
Young Legs out November 12 on Moshtradamus Records

Red Fang: “No Hope” track premiere via Revolver
Whales and Leeches out October 15 on Relapse Records

Melvins: “American Cow” track stream via SPIN
Tres Cabrones out November 5 on Ipecac Records

Black Hearted Brother: “This Is How It Feels” free download via Rolling Stone
Stars Are Our Home out October 22 on Slumberland Records

The First: “There’s No Place Like Home” free download via Email Unlock
Take Courage out September 23 on Destroy Everything

Bell X1: “Careful What You Wish For” music video premiere via Mojo
Chop Chop out now on Belly Up Records

Scott & Charlene’s Wedding: “Jackie Boy” music video premiere via VEVO
Any Port In a Storm out now on Fire Records

Har Mar Superstar: “Prisoner” music video premiere via MTV Hive
Bye Bye 17 out now on Cult Records

BOT & TAI: “Nuthin But Fire” music video via THUMP
Nuthin But Fire EP out now on Dim Mak Records

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