It's a bumper edition this week with plenty of festive goodies to wrap your ears around...
Forget shopping days, there are only two more Free Music Fridays before Santa gets buckled up and delivers his final verdict on who’s been naughty and who’s been nice this year.
Definitely falling into the latter category are the utterly wonderful, always dependable folk over at [link]3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums.html[/link] who gift us new album streams from Hundred Waters, Envy The West, Vinyl Williams, Goat, Peaking Lights, Billow Observatory, Philip Glass, San Cisco, Snow Palms, LA Vampires with Maria Minerva, Kiki Gyan and Guided By Voices.
The good people at [link]music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/1[/link] chip in with Terrible Things, Whirl, Wang Chung (yup, they’re back!) and The HobbitOST and [link]music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/1[/link] is home to newbies from superstar DJ Steve Aoki, Jack Davey, Bot’Ox, Hortlax Cobra and PK.
The jazzy [link]radio6.nl/luisterpaal[/link] crew lets you try Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, Miles Davis and Bryan Ferry before you buy while [link]www.xlr8r.com/mp3[/link] has free dancey downloads from Jubilee, Geiom, James Zabiela, Aleph and Nocow.
As year end approaches, [link]www.npr.org/blogs/bestmusic2012/2012/12/07/166745766/10-artists-you-should-have-known-in-2012[/link] has 10 free downloads from acts that may have flown under your radar this year including Lord Huron, Polica, John Fullbright and Hot Press favourites THEEsatisfaction.
Our favourite Free Music Friday thing this week is the Danger four-tracker that finds Katy B hanging out in the studio with Zinc, Wiley, Diplo and Jessie Ware, to name but four of her musical pals.
Also bringing us much joy is this downloadable acoustic session from the lovely Anaïs Mitchell.
Our Tiny Desk Concerts friends also welcomed Lyle Lovett and his fiddler friend into their workspace this week. The free download part is acting up, but you can have a goo at [link]www.npr.org/programs/all-songs-considered[/link].
Also begging to be iTuned is this gorgeous version of ‘Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas’ by Grainne Hunt, a Dublin singer who shared a staircase during the summer with Mark Geary.
The festive goodies don’t end there with Sufjan Stevens, Great Lake Swimmers, The Eastern Sea, Deep Sea Diver, Current Swell – that’s a lot of watery references! – and Kelly Sweet among those contributing to the Paste magazine holiday sampler. It’s free but tips are appreciated.
Also from the Noise Trade stable come these super-tasty ATO, Anti, French Kiss and Nettwerk label samplers. Again, please throw a few yo-yos their way.
[link]atomsforpeace.info[/link] has a free tune from the new Thom Yorke side-project but you have to go looking for it; the new look [link]themightystef.net[/link] is offering three free tunes in return for your email address; and if you missed alt-J being totally wondrous on Abbey Road Studios: In Session With…, fear not, because the whole thing is archived at [link]www.channel4.com/programmes/abbey-road-studios-in-session-with-vw-beetle/4od[/link].
Rest bring 2012 to a suitably riotous close with their ace – and 100% free! – ‘Descent With Modification’ single.
Atlanta rapper Young Jeezy enlists the services of Lodi, Jahlil Beats, Kenoe, D Rich, DJ Mustard, Black Metaphor, Warren G and a whole lot more on his new It’s Tha World mixtape.
There’s more mixtape-ry to be had courtesy of Sufjan Stevens whose festive Chopped & Scroogedincludes Das Racist, Mr. Kinetik, The Pro Letarians and Deerhoof’s John Dietrich among its contributors.
Dublin’s very fine Psychonavigation label are giving away a 13-track preview sampler, which includes offerings from the likes of Mr. Bird, Replicants, Paranoia Department, Roger Doyle and the brilliantly named Mick Chillage.
Edinburgh hotshots The 10:04’s introduce themselves to the world with ‘Lights Out’, an Editors meet White Lies at Glasvegas’ gaff belter produced by Belle & Sebastian, Snow Patrol, Mogwai and Super Furry Animals man Tony Doogan.
Superstar DJ Miss Kittin previews April’s Calling The Stars album with the suitably perky ‘Life Is My Teacher’.
Those festive 4AD-types treat us to a five-track sampler, which includes Hot Press Annual interviewee Grimes’ ‘Genesis’.
Responsible for one of the gigs of the year at Forbidden Fruit, Chairlift have come up with a four-track EP of demos from their sophomore Somethingalbum.
Santigold has conjured up a raptastic new tune for the HBO series Girls called, would you believe it, ‘Girls’.
The crazed cult disguised as a pop group – or should that be the other way around? – The Polyphonic Spree have come up a gorgeous animated vid to accompany their take on John Lennon’s ‘Happy Xmas (War Is Over)’.
Josh Ritter serves up ‘Joy To You Baby’, the first track to be lifted from his The Beast In Its Tracksalbum, which hits in March 2013. Damn fine it is too!
Springfield went hipster last weekend with The Decemberists and Daft Punk both gracing the new US episode of The Simpsons. Here’s what you’ve got to look forward to…
Free Music Friday’s fave clip this week though is the slashertastic one accompanying Emmy The Great and Tim Wheeler’s ‘Zombie Christmas’.
And that’s where we have to sling our festive hooks for this week. To be included in the sniff, final, sob, Free Music Friday of 2012 send your links to @stuartclark66
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