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Freeloader Friday: Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Grim Tower, Say Hi, AM & Shawn Lee, Mark Mulcahy, Way Yes, Children of Bodom, PVT and Local Natives

Sharon Jones, Give The People What They WantWhat a beautiful day! And what colorful album art to accompany it. Now that’s the way to start a weekend. Well, that and this fabulous selection of free music you see below. 

To start, NPR has got the first track to Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings‘ latest album, which can’t come soon enough. The track, “Retreat,” is also available for instant download when you pre-order the album on iTunes, so if you love it, you know what to do.

Next, we have a diverse array of single premieres and free downloads from Grim Tower, Mark Mulcahy, Way Yes and Say Hi, who just released the music to the adorable film Free Samples, starring The Social Network‘s Jesse Eisenberg.

On the music video front, AM & Shawn Lee give us their new video for “Two Times,” PVT remind us how awesome their February release is with the video for the title track, and Children of Bodom make it easy for you to try out your Metal singing chops with their lyric video for “Transference.”

To conclude, we’ve included a very special video of Local Natives performing alongside a troupe of dancers interpreting their song “Bowery.” It’s very unique and quite breathtaking.

Happy Weekend!

Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings: “Retreat” track premiere via NPR All Songs Considered
Give The People What They Want out August 6 on Daptone Records

Grim Tower: “Soft Seance” via Spin
Anarchic Breezes out May 21 on Outer Battery Records

Mark Mulcahy: “Let The Fireflies Fly Away” via A.V. Club
Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You out June 18 on Fire Records

Way Yes: “Macando” track premiere and free download via Stereogum
Tog Pebbles EP out now on Lefse Records

Say Hi: “Love, Love, Love” track premiere and free download via Stereogum
Free Samples (Music from the Film) out now on Barsuk Records

AM & Shawn Lee: “Two Times” video premiere via USA Today
La Musique Numerique out now on Park The Van

Children of Bodom: “Transference” lyric video via YouTube
Halo Of Blood out June 11 in North America on Nuclear Blast

PVT: “Homosapien” music video premiere via FILTER
Homosapien out now on Felte

Local Natives: “Bowery” live performance via Pitchfork
Hummingbird out now on Frenchkiss 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

Start Jamming Early to The Sounds of CMJ 2012

CMJ 2012The 2012 edition of the CMJ Music Marathon may still be a couple of weeks off but we’ve already been excitedly penciling in our (exhausting!) show schedules and RSVP’ing to every party invitation that comes through the ol’ digital transom.

We’ve also assembled Spotify and Rdio playlists for some of our favorite Orchard artists performing at this year’s festival. Hopefully it makes some of your decisions easier.

We here present you with CMJ 2012: The Bands, The Music, The City. Happy CMJ!

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