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Freeloader Friday: Black Hearted Brother, CFCF, The Melvins, Fan Modine, Vinnie Paz, Toxic Holocaust, Albert Hammond Jr., Stryper & The First

October 18, 2013 Freeloader Friday No Comments

blackheartedbrother_starsIt’s Friday! It’s CMJ! It’s a crazy fun week and as such we need an equally crazy fun Freeloader Friday! Ask and you shall receive, my friends. If the artwork to your left here is any indication, this selection of free tunes will keep you on your CMJ upper (or CMJ-upper-from-afar if you didn’t make it this year).

Kicking it off are Indie-bred Space Rockers Black Hearted Brother with the album stream of Stars Are Our Home. The band is a trio of superstars, with Slowdive and Mojave 3′s Neil Halstead, founder of Locust and Seefeel, Mark Van Hoen, and mastermind behind Holton’s Opulent Oog, Nick Holton. Together they have brought us an album well worth our listen and perfect for the weekend.

Next up, the ever-prolific CFCF is back with a new record you can sample over at Dummy Mag. This is his third release in the span of 18 months, but the first full-length since 2009, and it’s chock full of quality sounds that express beautifully the environment in which he largely composed the album: trains and buses between his home in Montreal and New York and Toronto.

Then you can sample a variety of tracks to suit all tastes, from The Melvins, another prolific band with a new album landing soon; Fan Modine, who you can catch at the Lost Colony Music showcase Saturday afternoon; all-star rapper and Jedi Mind Tricks frontman Vinnie Paz; and Toxic Holocaust if you’re more of the sinister Thrash Metal kind.

Closing up, as always, we have a selection of three great music videos. See more of The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. than you ever have [wink wink nudge nudge] in the video for “St. Justice,” catch Stryper‘s first music video in 20 years with “No More Hell to Pay” from the album of the same name, and conclude your Freeloader Friday with up-and-coming UK rockers The First.

Enjoy the rest of your fest-filled week/weekend!

Black Hearted Brother: Full album stream via The New York Times
Stars Are Our Home out October 22 on Slumberland Records

CFCF: Full album stream via Dummy Mag
Outside out October 22 on Paper Bag Records

The Melvins: “Dr. Mule” track stream via Noisey
Tres Cabrones out November 5 on Ipecac Records

Fan Modine: “Épater La Bourgeoisie” track stream via AllMusic
Épater La Bourgeoisie (Single) out now on Lost Colony Music

Vinnie Paz: “God Bless” track stream via SoundCloud
Carry On Tradition out October 29 on Enemy Soil

Toxic Holocaust: “Rat Eater” track stream via Loudwire
Chemistry of Consciousness out October 29 on Relapse Records

Albert Hammond Jr.: “St. Justice” music video premiere via SPIN
AHJ out now on Cult Records

Stryper: “No More Hell to Pay” music video premiere via Loudwire
No More Hell to Pay out November 5 on Frontiers Records

The First: “William” music video premiere via VEVO
Take Courage out now on Destroy Everything

Get Your Play On: New Dogs, Old Tricks

May 15, 2013 Artist News No Comments

New Dogs, Old Tricks Covers PlaylistAs part of The Orchard’s Creative Licensing team, we’re always on the hunt for interesting covers.

This month, we’ve assembled a playlist of some of of our favorite discoveries from the past year, including Albert Hammond, Jr. of The Strokes taking on the Big Star power-pop classic “Thirteen;” The Dandy Warhols‘ rumbling electronic-tinged rendition of The Cure‘s 1981 single “Primary;” AM & Shawn Lee‘s cosmic electro-soul update of Joe Jackson‘s 1982 hit “Steppin’ Out;” and much more.

Stream the entire playlist via Spotify below, and be sure to check it out on ShareMyPlaylists, too.


Freeloader Friday: The Melvins, Beacon, Hey Sholay, Javelin, Andrew Cedermark, The Casket Girls, Coultrain, Young Galaxy and Thee Oh Sees

The Melvins Everybody Loves SausageThe weekend is upon us once again, and you know what that means… tons of free tunes from us to you. That’s right, Freeloader Friday is back to provide all you weekend warriors with loads of new music that is sure to make you start saying TGIFF — Thank Goodness It’s Freeloader Friday!

If you’re in the mood for exclusive content, then you’re in luck, as Javelin dropped a previously unreleased song this past week that oozes maracas (pair some guacamole with this track and you’ll have yourself quite the fiesta). But that’s not all, both Hey Sholay and Andrew Cedermark have new tunes for your listening pleasure as well. Yes, this weekend is going to be one awesome aural experience.

The visuals are on lock for you this weekend too, as Young Galaxy appreciate senior citizens and dance it out with their new video, while Thee Oh Sees get lethal. (We’re not joking, viewer discretion is advised for the San Fran rockers’ new vid!)

Oh, you want more? Well, we have four, count ‘em, FOUR full album streams for you this weekend. To start off, The Melvins premiere a cover record of classic artists ranging from Venom to Queen. Make sure to head over to Spin to read frontman Buzz Osborne’s commentary on each track. In addition, Beacon usher in the ambient pop vibes and Coultrain bring the funky, soul train sounds with their respective album streams.

Finally, The Casket Girls are streaming their eponymous record over on FILTER. If you’re unfamiliar with this group, they consist of Elsa and Phaedra Greene and Ryan Graveface of Black Moth Super Rainbow, who recently released their new record Cobra Juicy a few months ago. If you missed it, they also promoted the album with one pretty cool Kickstarter campaign. Let’s just say, masks were involved.

Whew, that’s a lot of tunes. Happy listening!

The Melvins: Full album stream via Spin
Everybody Loves Sausages out April 30 on Ipecac Recordings

Beacon: Full album stream via Pitchfork Advance
The Ways We Separate out April 30 on Ghostly International

Hey Sholay: “WDYRWMTB” via Middle Boop Mag
Clouds, Castle, _______ out June 3 on Fierce Panda Records

Javelin: “The Marimba Song” via Noisey
Hi Beams out now on Luaka Bop

Andrew Cedermark: “Canis Major” via Pitchfork
Home Life out July 16 on Underwater Peoples

The Casket Girls: Full album stream via FILTER
The Casket Girls out now on Graveface Records

Coultrain: Full album stream via OkayPlayer
Jungle Mumbo Jumbo out now on Plug Research Records

Young Galaxy: “Pretty Boy” music video premiere via Pitchfork.tv
Ultramarine out now on Paper Bag Records

Thee Oh Sees: “Toe Cutter – Thumb Buster” music video premiere via Pitchfork.tv
Floating Coffin out now on Castle Face Records

Freeloader Friday: The Melvins, The Virgins, Way Yes, Julian Lynch and The Story So Far

Melvins - Everybody Loves SausagesHappy Friday everyone! I don’t know about you, but this one seems particular welcome. It’s the first Friday of Spring, the sun is shining (at least in New York!), SXSW fever is over and it’s time to relax.

To help, we’ve got free tunes for you as usual, starting with an awesome cover of Queen’s “You’re My Best Friend” by The Melvins in anticipation of their upcoming album, chock full of even more awesome covers. Next, get reacquainted with The Virgins through the full album stream of their just released gem. Way Yes and Julian Lynch preview tracks from their albums too, and to close out, immerse yourself in The Waiting Room with The Story So Far — it’s a sesh you don’t want to miss.

Happy Spring (or Autumn if you’re in the lower hemisphere)!

The Melvins: “You’re My Best Friend” Queen cover via Noisey
Everybody Loves Sausages out April 30 on Ipecac Recordings

The Virgins: Full album stream via NME
Strike Gently out now on Cult Records

Way Yes: “Colerain” track premiere via Stereogum
Tog Pebbles out May 7 on Lefse Records

Julian Lynch: “Lines” via NPR Music
Lines out March 26 on Underwater Peoples

The Story So Far: The Waiting Room at Panda Studios session via AltPress
What You Don’t See out March 26 on Pure Noise Records

The Melvins Take Cover (Or Meat-ing The Melvins)

February 19, 2013 Artist News No Comments

Melvins - Everybody Loves SausagesBehind the creative juices of every artist are the musical influences that have helped mold their sound. In order to pay homage to the music that has impacted their maturation as musicians and songwriters, the Melvins decided to record and release a 13-track covers album titled Everybody Loves Sausages, which is due to come out April 30th via Ipecac Recordings. The record highlights a handful of songs that the band treasures as both music listeners and devout fans of these other artists.

The sludge metal band is not only doing covers of classic songs such as Roxy Music‘s “In Every Dream Home A Heartache” and Queen‘s “Best Friend,” but they are also calling on some of their buddies for help. Everybody Loves Sausages features guests such as Scott Kelly of Neurosis, Mark Arm of Mudhoney, and Clem Burke of Blondie. This all-star cast of musicians rounds out a record that already consists of hard-hitting renditions of timeless tunes.

Since their inception in the early 80′s, the band has gone through a few lineup changes. This covers album presents two different iterations of the band: the full, current lineup featuring Buzz Osborne, Dale Crover, Jared Warren, and Coady Willis; and a reduced version of the band, Melvins Lite, consisting of Osborne, Crover, and Trevor Dunn — who by the way just broke a Guinness World Record by touring the full United States + D.C. in no more than 51 days. These different lineups make for two distinct sounds throughout the record.

Everybody Loves Sausages will mark the 36th studio album/EP for the Melvins. Their unique mixture of Punk and Metal have made an indelible mark on the respective worlds of music, and has transcended to impact other genres as well. There’s no doubt that the Melvins have and will continue to influence musicians and songwriters everywhere.

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