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Freeloader Friday: BZRK, Crazy Town, The Shrine & More

December 19, 2014 Freeloader Friday No Comments

889176318153Well my very fine Freeloaders, it’s that time of the year again. The Happy Merry Everything time! It’s the season of celebrations, bright lights, spiked eggnog and gifts wrapped in sparkly bows. Which also means another year has come to a close! Before we bid you adieu until the New Year, I’ve got to throw in one last Freeloader Friday. It’s a short list, but it’ll leave you wanting more in 2015. So here goes!

There’s quite the burgeoning underground music scene in Nashville, and not the kind you’d expect from the region. BZRK is a large part of it and they’ve made for themselves a power posse of the “dopest poets.” The Hip-Hop collective pulls from those old-school Rap beats, but adds their own Southern, sultry twist. Not to mention their shout-outs to Gandalf and Karen Carpenter – keep your eyes peeled for more to come from these charming Southern gents.

On to track premieres – bet you didn’t see this one coming! Crazy Town, yep the “Butterfly” dudes, are BACK. And ready to party. With you. The song starts with that familiar, seething pulse you may remember from the 90s. Then it goes into a banger of Electrified Rock, with undertones from that glorified “Hey Song” played at all football games. It’s a new direction for the crew, but sure to be a hit at your Holiday party. Also on the list, there’s a much more subdued Rock track from Evans the Death, perfect for your post-Holiday party doldrums. It’s wallow-y and mellow, but has just enough edge to keep your spirits bright.

And to wrap things up appropriately, I give you the final three music videos of the year. If The Shrine’s latest video goes viral, they will most definitely NOT be getting anything from Santa. It’s the “best video ever” in a wild weed & whisky-induced sort of way. White Prism shows the electric buzz of our beloved New York as she traverses the boroughs, and Johan Agebjörn (you know him from Sally Shapiro) dares you not to get in a playful spirit in his video starring raccoons and cats (I’m still working on it, too).

That does it for the year, folks. Have a wonderful, fun-filled and safe Winter Break. See you in 2015!

BZRK: Full mixtape stream via Impose
Anesthetic Awareness out now on Jeffery Drag Records

Crazy Town: “Megatron” track premiere via Billboard
Megatron out January 27 on Membran

Evans The Death: “Don’t Laugh At My Angry Face” track premiere via Stereogum
Expect Delays out March 2015 on Fortuna Pop!

The Shrine: “Tripping Corpse” official music video premiere via Noisey
Bless Off out now on Tee Pee Records

White Prism: “Patience” official music video premiere via VNDL
Patience out now on MNRCH

Johan Agebjörn: “Right to Play” official music video premiere via Under the Radar
The Right to Play out now on Paper Bag Records

Freeloader Friday: Emma Louise, Baths, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Yellowjackets, Crocodiles, Veronica Falls, AM & Shawn Lee, Sally Shapiro and Beacon

Emma Louise 'Vs. Head Vs. Heart'It’s here! It’s here! Our first Summer Friday of the year! Of course it’s humid and rainy, but we’re not going to let that dampen our mood for Freeloader Friday.

So, what do we have in store for you… Let’s see… Emma Louise is taking iTunes by storm this week with the release of her new album vs. Head vs. Heart and a Single of the Week for “Boy” to go with it! If you haven’t checked out this Australian singer-songwriter yet, there’s no better time than the present. You’ll get hooked by her entrancing tone in seconds.

Next, Baths is previewing their full album on Pitchfork Advance, and Mack Avenue Records spoil us with the full album stream of Cécile McLorin Salvant, who’s ready to take the Jazz world by storm, and a 3-track preview of Yellowjackets‘ upcoming album, out in almost exactly a month. The tracks are “Civil War,” “An Informed Decision” and “An Amber Shade of Blue.”

Crocodiles is back with a follow up to last year’s album Endless Flowers and they’re opening the show with the free track download of “Cockroach.” (They like animals and insects equally, it seems.) Veronica Falls‘ “My Heart Beats” was picked as Song of the Day on KEXP, and AM & Shawn Lee and Sally Shapiro both premiered a new track and a remix, respectively, from their latest albums. Beacon closes it out with the music video premiere of “Drive.”

Enjoy the goods, and Happy Memorial Day weekend if you’re in the U.S.!

Emma Louise: “Boy” Single of the Week via iTunes
vs. Head vs. Heart out now on Frenchkiss Records

Baths: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
Obsidian out May 28 on Anticon

Cécile McLorin Salvant: Full album stream via Psonar
WomanChild out May 28 on Mack Avenue Records

Yellowjackets: 3-track album preview via SoundCloud
A Rise in the Road out June 25 on Mack Avenue Records

Crocodiles: “Cockroach” track download via Stereogum
Crimes of Passion out August 20 on Frenchkiss Records

Veronica Falls: “My Heart Beats” track download via KEXP
Waiting For Something To Happen out now on Slumberland

AM & Shawn Lee: “All The Love” track premiere via SPIN
La Musique Numerique out now on Park The Van

Sally Shapiro: “If It Doesn’t Rain (Dan Lissvik Remix)” track premiere via Stereogum
Somewhere Else out now on Paper Bag Records

Beacon: “Drive” music video premiere via Stereogum
The Ways We Separate out now on Ghostly International

Freeloader Friday: Sally Shapiro, Duologue, Young Galaxy, The Virgins, The Lovely Bad Things, AM & Shawn Lee, and Local Natives

February 22, 2013 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Sally Shapiro - Somewhere ElseFriday is here! That’s right, you got past hump day and made it through the weekday grind — time to celebrate with Freeloader Friday.

To start your weekend off right, we have a couple of album previews from Sally Shapiro, Duologue, and The Lovely Bad Things.

Young Galaxy and AM & Shawn Lee are providing the soundtrack to your time off with new song streams, while The Virgins are getting nostalgic with the music video for their retro-flavored single.

Finally, catch Local Natives performing a live acoustic set of songs from their latest album, Hummingbird, in an unorthodox Parisian space…

Need we say more?

Sally Shapiro: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
Somewhere Else out February 26 on Paper Bag Records

Duologue: Full album stream via Clash Music
Song & Dance out February 25 on Killing Moon Records

Young Galaxy: “Fall For You” via Pitchfork
Ultramarine out April 16 on Paper Bag Records

The Virgins: “Flashbacks, Memories, and Dreams” video stream via MTV Hive
Strike Gently out March 12 on Cult Records

The Lovely Bad Things: Full album stream via Impose Magazine
The Late Great Whatever out February 26 on Volcom Entertainment

AM & Shawn Lee: “Two Times” via Rolling Stone
La Musique Numerique out soon on Park The Van

Local Natives: Live acoustic concert via La Blogotheque
Hummingbird out now on Frenchkiss Records

Freeloader Friday: Local Natives, Sally Shapiro, Ra Ra Riot, Javelin, The Lovely Bad Things, Gensu Dean & Planet Asia, Heliotropes and ERAAS

January 11, 2013 Freeloader Friday No Comments

Local Natives Heavy Feet HummingbirdWelcome back Freeloader Friday! We’ve had a short break for the holidays but we’re back and we’re ready for some FF action.

In this edition of Freeloader Friday, we’re making up for lost time and treating you to SIX awesome new tracks to check out and two music video premieres to top it off.

First, Local Natives is giving us another taste of their much anticipated album Hummingbird with “Heavy Feet;” then Sally Shapiro and Electric Youth take us for a ride with “Starman;” and Ra Ra Riot have no trouble asking us to dance with them. We’ve also got tracks from Javelin, The Lovely Bad Things and Gensu Dean & Planet Asia, all coming out with new albums in the next couple of months.

To satisfy your visuals, music video premieres include a nifty black and white show from Heliotropes and a creepy one with jingle bells courtesy of ERAAS.

There we go — that should keep you busy until next week. Fire away, Freeloaders!

Local Natives: “Heavy Feet” via SoundCloud
Hummingbird out January 29 on Frenchkiss Records

Sally Shapiro ft. Electric Youth: “Starman” via Nylon
Somewhere Else out February 26 on Paper Bag Records

Ra Ra Riot: “Dance With Me” track premiere via Stereogum
Beta Love out January 22 on Barsuk Records

Javelin: “Nnormal” via Pitchfork
Hi Beams out March 5 on Luaka Bop

The Lovely Bad Things: “Fried Eyes” via Spin
The Late Great Whatever out February 26 on Volcom Entertainment

Gensu Dean & Planet Asia: “Faces on the Dollar” via XXL Mag
Abrasions out February 26 on Mello Music Group

Heliotropes: “The Dove” music video premiere via Impose
The Dove out now on Manimal Vinyl Records/Frenchkiss Label Group

ERAAS: “Ghost” music video via Pitchfork TV
Eraas out now on felte

Freeloader Friday: Flume, Tomahawk, Charles Bradley, Reuben Hollebon, Sally Shapiro, Yellow Ostrich, Cemeteries and Haunted Hearts

December 7, 2012 Freeloader Friday No Comments

FlumeLots of good stuff for you this Friday — as always, I’ve got your back. Plus, we need to stock you all up for the holidays, so no holding back!

Up this week we have a track stream from Flume‘s latest album; a music video premiere from rockers Tomahawk; a mind-blowing cover of Rodriguez’s classic “I’ll Slip Away” from Charles Bradley (Happy Anniversary Light In The Attic!) and a free download from the up-and-coming Folk artist Reuben Hollebon. We’ve got three more music video premieres from Sally Shapiro, Yellow Ostrich and Cemeteries, and to close up, check out a new track courtesy of Haunted Hearts, the duo formed by Dum Dum Girls‘ Dee Dee and her husband Brandon Welchez of Crocodiles.

Enough from me… Happy listening!

Flume: “Star Eyes” via Pitchfork
Flume out now on Future Classic

Tomahawk: “Stone Letter” music video premiere via Pitchfork
Oddfellows out January 29 on Ipecac Recordings

Charles Bradley: “I’ll Slip Away” (Rodriguez cover) via Aquarium Drunkard
Light In The Attic 10 Year Anniversary out now on Light In The Attic

Reuben Hollebon: “Breaking Plastic” stream and download via Spinner
Clutch out December 10 on Akira Records

Sally Shapiro: “What Can I Do” music video premiere via Stereogum
Somewhere Else out February 26 on Paper Bag Records

Yellow Ostrich: “Ghost” music video premiere via Stereogum
Ghost out now on Barsuk Records

Cemeteries: “Young Blood” music video premiere via Consequence of Sound
The Wilderness out now on Lefse Records

Haunted Hearts: “Something That Feels Bad is Something That Feels Good” via Pitchfork
“Something That Feels Bad Is Something That Feels Good” [Single] out February 5 on Zoo Music

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