Young Astronaut are two brothers, Chris and Pete Boakes, from the sleepy south England town of New Forest. They have a debut album called Fawn and they are offering it as a free download on Soundcloud. Fawn is under the Creative Commons licence, so feel free to copy and share alike.
If you're too lazy to download individual tracks, the whole thing can be had by one download click on their official website: youngastronaut.co.uk.
They are playing next on: Thursday, January 26th 2012 at Buffalo Bar, Bournemouth.
Attention US iTunes users - Lana Del Rey's single, "Born to Die" is available as a free song of the week. Direct link is here.
Lana Del Rey also confirms live appearance on David Letterman (February 2), Ellen (late February), and Saturday Night Live (January 14).
Read Lara's review of the album here.
If you click on the "like" button on Mush Records' FB page, then you're offered some free downloads (notably A Lull's "Some Love", Brothertiger's "Lovers" and Ten Years Of Mush Records (Mixed by Thavius Beck)).
I did download Chicago's A Lull, which comes with four tracks - "Some Love" and three remixes.
They're heading out on tour:
01/13 - Hi Dive - Denver, CO
01/14 - Kilby Court - Salt Lake City, UT
01/16 - Manny's - Billings, MT
01/17 - The Badlander - Missoula, MT
01/19 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
01/20 - Comet Tavern - Seattle, WA
01/21 - Red Room Lounge - Spokane,WA
01/23 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
01/24 - Old Fellows Hall - Davis, CA
01/25 - Muddy Waters - Santa Barbara, CA
01/26 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
01/27 - Tin Can Alehouse - San Diego, CA
01/28 - Club Congress - Tucson, AZ
01/30 - Mohawk - Austin, TX
01/31 - Dan's Silver Leaf - Denton, TX
02/01 - Conservatory - Oklahoma City, OK
02/02 - MOJO - Columbia, MO
02/03 - Rozz Tox - Rock Island, IL
02/04 - Sett at University of Wisconsin-Madison
With the holidays here, we're seeing an increasing Christmas gifts in the form of free music. Keep an eye on our Christmas specials, where I've already collected over 15 free xmas songs.
You can grab "Holly Happy Days" from the Indigo Girls for free at Vanguard Records. The song is one of 12 holiday songs from their 2010 Christmas album.');
As previously mentioned as Vu's favorite young band at the moment, The Good Nature, is giving away a free song for "Video Voyeur". I quickly looked over the process: it looks too complicated. You have to facebook them then fill out a form to be on a mailing list and then realize that the Vevo video content won't actually play unless you're on Vevo and/or Youtube. Like I said, too much work. Good luck.
And as predicted that they will sweep over America soon, they are set to debut on television here for the Jimmy Kimmel show on January 23rd. Set your DVR now!
Plug, aka Luke Vibert, is giving away a free song, "Feeling So Special" at Ninja Tune Records.
The new album Back on Time is collection of unreleased d'n'b (drum and bass) tracks recorded over 15 years ago. It will be out January 9th, 2012 (a little later in the month for North Americans).
Steven Hefter, aka St. Even, is "Having Sex" with Wye Oak's Jenn Wasner! This is a free downloadable song via Fanatic's Soundcloud.
I did get a chance to listen to it, I like the melody, and the song is kind of about nothing really, it sort of gives you a sense that they're having sex because there's nothing else going on. I liked it enough to give it a few listen. If the rest of his debut album, Spirit Animal, is this good, I'll definitely give it a listen this weekend.
In the mean time, enjoying "Having Sex":
The Grates has a new album, Secret Rituals, out now via Dew Process/Universal Music. You can grab a free song "Turn Me On (Whyte Fang Version)" over at vibedeck.com. Watch their latest music video for "Sweet Dreams" at youtube.
Good news if you live in Australia, they're on tour:
28/10/11 Brisbane, QLD Tivoli
31/10/11 Melbourne, HiFi
02/11/11 Ballarat, Karova Lounge
03/11/11 Geelong, Bended Elbow
04/11/11 Adelaide, SA The Gov
05/11/11 Perth Capitol
10/11/11 Wollongong Waves
11/11/11 Newcastle Cambridge Hotel
12/11/11 Sydney, NSw The Metro
16/11/11 Byron Bay, NSW Northern
17/11/11 Gold Coast Coolangatta
18/11/11 Sunshine Coast, Kings Beach
19/11/11 Townsville, QLD Venue
20/11/11 Cairns Brother’s Leagues
29/12/11 - 31/12/11 Falls Festival
07/01/12 - 08/01/12 Southbound Fest
It's been over six years since their last album, but legendary hardcore band Biohazard is back with Reborn In Defiance (to be released January 20, 2012). This isn't some half-assed comeback with one original band member, this is all four founding members (Billy Graziadei, Bobby Hambel, Evan Seinfeld and Danny Schuler).
As a special thank you to their fans, Biohazard is giving away "Vengeance Is Mine", fans can download the track now at facebook.com/BiohazardDFL.
Adrienne Drake is giving away a free album, Dullabies download at meccalecca.com. The offer ends on October 31st, so grab it now.
If you live in the New York area, you can experience the weird industrial noisey/shoegazy songs live:
Sole And The Skyrider Band is from Arizona, and, from my understanding, have just come back from a West Coast tour with their "Hello Cruel World Tour". But wait, there's more, they'll be doing their mid-west and East Coast shows soon:
9/17 Chicago: Abbey Pub
9/21 Brooklyn: Knitting Factory
9/22 Portland: Geno's Rock
9/23 Cambridge: Western Front
Free download of "Living In The End Times" can be downloaded at Soleone.org. Sole explained that the beat came from "Mo Money, Mo Murder", one of his favorite songs from the 90s.
Some of our favorite bands are from Manchester (Smiths, New Order, Stone Roses, Oasis, etc), so it's only natural that I've picked Manchester's Clockwork Radio to spotlight here.
They are a new EP called Sketch to be released September 26th. You can preview the EP with a free download of "So Will I" via Soundcloud.
Their previous EP, The Soul Harmonic, can be downloaded for free at clockworkradio.co.uk
The Bandana Splits' debut album, Mr Sam Presents The Bandana Splits came out yesterday, details at news.weheartmusic.com. You can stream the entire album at Spinner.
As a special bonus, The Bandana Splits' track "Ricky Dee" is available for free via Boy Scout Recordings' Thrifty, Brave & Vol 2. Details on the free download at tummytouch.com
8/27 - Portland, ME @ PICNIC Music and Arts Festival
8/31 - New York, NY @ Piano's
8/24 - Huntington, NY @ Last Licks Cafe
9/20 - New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2
Saturday 10 September 2011
This year for Frankly! there's quite a killer selection of artists and they've all been kind enough to offer some new/exclusive/unusual songs - and to say we're excited is an understatement!
To celebrate the third coming of Frankly!, a free digital sampler featuring 9 tracks from the festival's incredible lineup is now available for download globally, including contributions from LA Vampires (US), Wet Hair (US), Oorutaichi (JPN), Angel Eyes (AUS) and more.
So head over here and download: http://room40.org/frankly-download.html
Tickets and more information about the festival can be looked at here: http://www.brisbanepowerhouse.org/events/view/frankly-its-a-pop-festival/
HOPE AND LOYALTY
I was confused, I thought this was a public free track, Bankai vs. Abortifacient: "Four Litres of Hope", but it's not. You can hear the song at soundcloud. The record label, ALL CAPS Records, based out of Melbourne, describe the track as "drumstep / dubstep / 8-bit / kuduro". If anything, 'dubstep' is fast becoming the buzz word of 2011.
See fourlitresofhope.com for more animation and stuff.
Courtesy of The Loyalty Firm, their flagship band, My Education, recently appeared on Daytrotter. You can download for free "My Education/Theta Naught: Sound Mass" at daytrotter.com. You may remember My Education from an EP that I revieweda few years ago.
My Education's latest album is called Sound Mass, which you can get on vinyl (which comes with a free digital download) at bandcamp.
The EP is just a taste of his forthcoming debut album. Bill Ryder-Jones had this to add, "When I left the band I wasn't playing much music at all but in 2009 a friend got in touch asking if I would write something for this short he was making, which I did. It's pretty much the only thing I wrote that year but the process opened another world up to me. We thought it'd be nice to give it away to the people who have been interested in what I've been doing on my own and also to hint at the future a little bit. My album, which is a soundtrack inspired by a novel, is pretty much a progression from the things learnt when writing for Leave Taking."
PS: would you like your band to be briefly mentioned on the sidebar? Include the words "free download" in your email and chances are, I'll consider it.
Deez's hit song, "Radar Detector" got remixed by Thee Loving Hand's Tim Goldsworthy - details on free download at Lucky Number.
U.S. Tour Dates (w/ Caged Animals)
07/06 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
07/07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Echo
07/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda's
07/13 – Washington, DC – Black Cat
07/15 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
07/16 – Allston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
PS: would you like your band to be briefly mentioned on the sidebar? Include the words "free download" (together) in your email and chances are, I'll consider it.
Details at fruittreefoundation.com, where you can get two free tracks. One of which is called "I Forgot The Fall" by Scott Hutchison (Frightened Rabbit) & Rod Jones (Idlewild).
The Chapin Sisters are touring the UK now, and then heading back to the US with some dates with Sean Rowe. Click here for full dates.
To celebrate, you can grab their song, "Sweet Light", for free at soundcloud.
06/12 Stockton on Tees, SCOTLAND @ Matchbox Cabaret
06/13 Manchester, UK @ Night & Day Cafe
06/14 Sowerby Bridge, UK @ The Puzzle Hall Inn
06/15 Cardiff, UK @ Ten Feet Tall
06/16 London, UK @ “What’s Cookin’” at The North Star
06/18 Eindoven, NETHERLANDS @ Naked Song Festival
06/27 Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater w/Henry Wolfe & Harper Simon
07/15 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall w/very special guest Sean Rowe
07/16 Huntington, LI @ Heckscher Park w/The Chapin Family
07/17 Philadelphia, PA @ World Café w/very special guest Sean Rowe
07/18 Arlington, VA @ Jammin’ Java w/very special guest Sean Rowe
07/19 Piermont, NY @ The Turning Point
07/20 Boston, MA @ Café 939 co-bill w/Rebecca Loebe w/special guest Lauren Flatery
07/23 Hoboken, NY @ Maxwell’s w/very special guest Sean Rowe
07/24 Collinsville, CT @ Bridge Street w/very special guest Sean Rowe
07/26 River Falls, WI @ Wall Ampitheater, Univ of WI River Fest
"A Message", the song, can be had as a free download at bandcamp.
According to Dunson, the song came to him while riding the Amtrack train. "The whole idea of hopping the train solo to different cities to handle business made me feel like a vagabond in a way... I really felt like a rolling stone."
The free track, "Sexy, No?", is described as layers of harmonizing guitars with "an unstoppable rhythm section". Sounds good, no? Yes? Download the track from hiddenshoal.com.
You can check out out the free title track at Back Beat Industries. Head over to their official website for more details and tour schedule.
I am seeing Laura Stevenson and the Cans on the 4th of May and for the whole month of May, they are offering a free download of their album, Sit Resist, via Soundcloud, courtesty of Don Giovanni Records!
04.28.11 - Boise, ID @ The Venue
04.29.11 - SLC, UT @ Bar Deluxe
04.30.11 - Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater
05.01.11 - Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot
05.02.11 - S Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
05.04.11 - Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
05.05.11 - Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
05.06.11 - Lansing, MI @ Macs Bar
05.07.11 - Toronto, CA @ El Mocambo
05.09.11 - Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
05.10.11 - Brooklyn, NY @ the Knitting Factory
05.11.11 - Cambridge, MA @ Middle East
05.12.11 - Providence, RI @ Met Cafe
05.13.11 - New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
05.14.11 - Phila, PA @ North Star Bar
05.15.11 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
05.16.11 - Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
05.17.11 - Atlanta, GA @ The EARL
05.19.11 - Orlando, FL @ the Backbooth
05.20.11 - Tampa, FL @ Crowbard
05.21.11 - Naples, FL @ Fleischmann Park
05.22.11 - Gainesville, FL @ the Atlantic
05.23.11 - Charleston, SC @ Tin Roof
05.25.11 - Richmond, VA @ Gallery 5
05.26.11 - Washington, DC @ Black Cat
05.27.11 - Asbury Park, NJ @ Asbury Lanes
Mick Harvey, October Boy
Mick Harvey has released a free mp3 download of his track October Boy from his upcoming solo album Sketches From The Book Of The Dead. Check it out now!
Download free track at: www.spinner.com
Y-Love, aka Yitz Jordan, is all about a "new era of global hip-hop", where the message is all about love and peace. W♥M previously wrote about Y-Love here and we're happy to see that he has a new EP called See Me out in May 17th, 2011, out on the Shemspeed label.
You can get a free preview and free download of "The Takeover" at mediafire.com
Wild Beasts: Free download of Albatross via Facebook from March 10
Wild Beasts release their new single, Albatross, on Friday the 15th of April 2011. The track is taken from the band’s forthcoming album Smother, following on the 6th of May.
You can listen to the track here: http://soundcloud.com/dominorecordco/wild-beasts-albatross and download it for free from Thursday 10th March from the band’s Facebook page.
Click here for a Smother trailer:
WILD BEASTS | SMOTHER | RELEASED MAY 6TH
Anna Calvi - Free Album Streaming
Domino is proud to announce the release of the self-titled debut album from Anna Calvi, on March 4. Co-produced by Rob Ellis and recorded in London and France, Anna Calvi’s debut is an astonishingly confident record; the unique strengths of her songwriting, singing and guitar playing all jumping out of the speaker together.
The ghosts of Nina Simone and Maria Callas lurk in the corners of Calvi’s muse, as does the classical romanticism of Ravel and Debussy, a set of disparate influences informing Calvi’s thoroughly modern music.
From néGar: My whole life has been dictated by my surroundings. I was born in Tehran, but had to leave at an early age because of war and revolution. I grew up splitting my time between Abu Dhabi and Canada. This obvious divide between cultural traditions, and most importantly, the wide spread repression I witnessed throughout the Middle East sparked a desire to explore myself creatively, which led me to music.
You can find my first EP at my bandcamp and you can download the song “A Woman” for FREE. Also, the music video for "Faceless, Nameless" feat the upcoming film "Bluebird" is also up online so if you get a chance check it out. Links are below!
Fresh from a sizzling performance at the Big Day Out CAMERAS are proud to announce that they are gearing up for international release in the USA and Europe later this year having inked a deal with LA based indie label Manimal Vinyl. Manimal Vinyl owner Paul Beahan is proud to announce the Sydney 3 piece has joined his family with a physical release and US tour dates scheduled for later this year.
Manimal Vinyl is an LA based indie label founded in 2006 by fashion stylist, Paul Beahan. They have released records with Warpaint, Bat for Lashes, The Chapin Sisters, Rain Phoenix's Papercranes, Hecuba and Rainbow Arabia.
FREE download of ‘June’ available through: www.camerasmusic.com
ALSO!!!....... CAMERAS are also excited to announce they will be taking their full live show on a national tour of Australia in the next few weeks with the legendary art-rockers from the UK, Roxy Music.
Forbidden Friends mp3 revealed and shows announced!
Pitchfork debuted the first song from Hutch Harris' new project Forbidden Friends this morning! pitchfork.com
Feel free to download/share the mp3 for "Tiny Hands".
FF have also announced their first two shows, which are appropriately here in Portland:
March 8 - Portland, OR @ Valentines - Record Release Show!
The live band will be Hutch Harris (vocals), Kathy Foster (drums), Westin Glass (guitar), and yours truly on bass.
About the single:
Forbidden Friends is part secret society, part torrid love affair. The kind of experience you cherish, yet would kill to keep secret. Well as of this moment the secret is OUT. You can wash your dirty sheets as many times as you want, but once the world knows all your steamy indiscretions there's no going back! Might as well post all your (formerly) deep, dark secrets as your next status update. Forbidden Friends may have hoped to keep their little club private, but it's too late now! The gossips have spoken and won. Let's tell EVERYBODY. Please help us!
Forbidden Friends is a new band from Hutch Harris, lead singer and mastermind of The Thermals, Portland's last great post-pop-punk-power trio. Initially conceived as a way for lovers to send hidden messages in plain view (isn't there an app for that?), Forbidden Friends is now a legitimate, public work of art. The band is at once old fashioned (acoustic instruments, mono mixes), forward thinking (reference-less, incredibly danceable), and timeless (classic lyrical themes of love and desire.)
Forbidden Friends will release their debut single, "Tiny Hands", on the Kill Rock Stars label March 15, 2011, on vinyl (7") and digital download. It is accompanied by the b-side "For You". Harris played the basic instruments (drums, guitar, bass, vocals), and was assisted in the studio by his fellow Thermals Kathy Foster and Westin Glass, as well as Michael Lerner of Telekinesis, on percussion. Both songs are truly upbeat and fun, and are the perfect introduction to this exciting new band.
Recorded between Montreal and Vancouver over 32 days on the Gorillaz North American Tour in 2010, The Fall is Gorillaz latest album - and it's streaming free for fans on their website. Go go go!
All tracks on the new album were written and performed by Gorillaz using the iPad and additional instruments, except track 13 which was written and performed by Gorillaz and Bobby Womack.
Click here: thefall.gorillaz.com
The Middle East
PASTE MAGAZINE PREMIERES TWO NEW SONGS FROM "BEST OF WHAT'S NEXT" SONGWRITER ANTHONY D'AMATO
MY OLD KENTUCKY BLOG NAMES D'AMATO TO "TEN BEST SONGS OF 2010"
Meanwhile, praise continues to roll in for D'Amato's LP 'Down Wires,' which the young indie-folker recorded in a Princeton University dorm room. My Old Kentucky Blog named "My Father's Son" one of the Ten Best Songs of 2010, while Twangville raved "D'Amato is definitely one to watch." The album debuted at #29 on the Itunes Top 200 singers/songwriter chart, earning an official Indie Spotlight selection this fall. Critics have raved about his gorgeous melodies and whip-smart lyrics, comparing him to Neil Young, Joe Pug and The Tallest Man on Earth in features and premieres from AOL Music, WXPN (Philly NPR), KUT (Austin NPR), The Star Ledger, No Depression, The Asbury Park Press, and many more.
Keep an eye out for upcoming features from The New York Times and NPR Music this month. D'Amato also recently confirmed dates with Pete Yorn & Ben Kweller. This weekend he'll perform once again at the annual Light of Day benefit and then return to NYC for a Jan 19 show at Rockwood Music Hall on a bll with Findlay Brown.
Anthony D'Amato online:
Amanda Palmer Goes Downunder
“Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under” is her latest offering as a solo artist. A collection of live and studio tracks with an Antipodean theme, the album berates a lover for his love of vegemite and celebrates a lady’s nether regions with the new single ‘Map of Tasmania’. All material for this album was lovingly penned for and recorded in Australia and New Zealand. It includes some special tributes in the form of covers of Nick Cave and New Zealand’s Peter Jefferies.
Having just struggled to be released from her major label contract, Amanda has been trailblazing in internet and creative distribution with an effective new model for distribution of music. “Amanda Palmer Goes Down Under” will be available exclusively for her Down Under fans as a physical release through Liberator. However, true to Amanda’s unique music model where fans are able to choose their contribution for download, packages and once in a lifetime experiences they can go to her website for more details. It’s been a successful model for her latest record which saw Amanda perform the hits of Radiohead on the ukulele.
“This whole record is a love letter to Australia and New Zealand, “ Amanda says flirting wildly with her southern neighbours. Amanda has made no secret of the fact that she’d love to relocate to her “second home” in Melbourne during the New York winter and keep her summer home in the Big Apple the rest of the time.
And with that... here's a freebie tune (Map of Tasmania) to single to coincide with her album release of Amanda Palmer Down Under and her national tour in January/February.
12/15/10 - euphonios.com
I think you’ll love called Polarsets.
12/15/10 - www.toriamos.com
12/15/10 - joepurdy.com
Happy Holidays from Mudtown Crier Records: Joe Purdy's new release "This American" is available as a FREE album download for the entire month of December 2010 at joepurdy.com.
To celebrate the release of Joe Purdy's 12th album "This American", for the entire month of December 2010 you can download this 15 song album for FREE!