Free Music Friday!
Little Dragon in concert, the return of Bloc Party, and much much more...
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 17 Aug 2012
As another weekend beckons – a Premier League one no less! – we’re delighted to bring you another bulging Free Music Friday.
Our fave freebie is the 85-minute downloadable concert that Swedish electro soulsters Little Dragon performed at the Celebrate Brooklyn festival. Check it out here.
Appearing at the bash too was Frankie Rose whose equally fab set can be iTuned at http://www.npr.org/event/music/158486905/frankie-rose-in-concert
Our American National Public Radio friends also premiered the new Aimee Mann single and treated us to http://www.npr.org/series/98679384/first-listen album streams from Yeasayer, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Teengirl Fantasy and the supergroup featuring members of Spoon, Wolf Parade, Handsome Furs and New Bomb Turks, Divine Fits.
http://3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums.html weighs in with Wishmountain, Cheek Mountain Thief, Gallon Drunk, Phantom Limb, The Heavy, LIGHTS, Seams, Alberta Cross, The Darkness, Ormonde, Camera, Ape School, Dead Can Dance and Antony & The Johnsons streams; http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/1 adds Yellowcard, Slightly Stoopid, Steve Vai, Shane Harper, Evolve, Jillette Johnson and theParaNorman OST to the mix; and http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner#/1 is the go-to place for Van She, Ben Taylor, This Is Cinema, Los Straitjackets, Wild Cub, Spook House and Polica’s Dark Star remix EP.
You have until its UK release on Monday to check out the new Bloc Party album, Four, at http://four.blocparty.com
Rather good it is too!
Kiwi rockers The Datsuns make a welcome return at http://thedatsuns.bandcamp.com with a free taster from October’s Death Rattle Boogie album; also trailing his upcoming Landing On A Hundredcollection at http://soundcloud.com/cody-chesnutt-1/thats-still-mama is the super-funky Cody Chesnutt; http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/aug/16/jessie-ware-devotion-album-stream?newsfeed=true has the debut album from the rather funky too Jessie Ware; and Swans limber up for the release of their epic new album, The Seer, with this fine http://soundcloud.com/virtuallabel/swans-the-apostate-edit tune.
The Electric Picnic-bound Vaccines gift us the Please Do Not Disturb EP, which includes a series of acoustic covers recorded in hotel bedrooms as they ran round Europe. The ABBA one is particularly nifty!
This week’s mixtape madness
starts with Machine Gun Kelly and his EST label pals at http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/18347/machine_gun_kelly_est_4_life.html and continues with a 10-tracker from Wretch 32.
Azealia Banks is a demure young thing compared to Shanelle whose Busta Rhymes-assisted Nobody’s Bitchmixtape is potty-mouthed to the max. Check it out at http://www.datpiff.com/Shanell-Nobodys-Bitch-mixtape.384293.html.
Calexico are giving you a sneak preview of their Algiers album, which is out in September. It’s free but if you’re welcome to leave a tip if you want to.
We cannot speak too highly of the debut album from Wicklow guitar abusers Croupier. Check out the free taster below.
Some more visual treats and Glen Hansard played a blinder the other night on Letterman with the Brooklyn Youth Chorus.
You can also hear him and Eddie Vedder covering the likes of Cat Stevens, Cat Power, The Everly Brothers and Bruce Springsteen at http://www.covermesongs.com/2012/08/eddie-vedder-and-glen-hansard-cover-cat-power-springsteen-more-in-amsterdam.html#more-38153.
The camera-work’s very shaky but Free Music Friday is loving MGMT’s rather random cover of the Stones classic, ‘Angie’.
As regular FMF-ites will know, we’re jolly fond here of our Grimes. She was in top form the other night when she made her US network TV debut on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.
Finally, footage of the pop-up gig Jack White played in the woods at Bonaroo. I’m sure Electric Picnic will be happy to find a clearing for him if he wants!
And that’s where Free Music Friday must leave you for another week. Don’t forget to send all your lovely links to @stuartclark66