- 12 Jul 13
When not slathering on the Factor 30 this week – or the Factor 3,000 in our Ms. Heslin’s case – Free Music Friday has assembled a collection of tunes so sunkissed they'll keep your cockles warmed right up till Christmas.
This week’s best freebie by a country mile is King Of Rock: (Some Of) The Best Of Rick Rubin Ruined By Trackstar The DJ, a very generously endowed mix featuring the likes of Run DMC/Aerosmith’s ‘Walk This Way’, Jay-Z’s ‘99 Problems’, Beastie Boys’ ‘Fight For Your Right To Party’, Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Microphone Fiend’, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ ‘Give It Away’, Weezer’s ‘Beverly Hills’, Johnny Cash’s ‘Hurt’ and loads more of the great man’s production gems.
Listen below and download here [link]www.mediafire.com/download/cv8rr92itelr9l4/Trackstar+the+DJ+-+King+of+Rock+-+Rick+Rubin.zip[/link] for 46 minutes of genre-bending immenseness!
Free Music Friday is loving Boa Howl, the new album from Halves, which dropped last Friday on their own Hate Is The Enemy label, and is a multi-layered ambient pop delight.
Kicking off a bumper crop of streams is [link]3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums.html[/link] who’re providing upfront listens to the Pet Shop Boys, Heavy Times, Glass Eyes, Houndstooth, Sarah Siskind, Shocked Minds, Part time, Cheyenne Mize, TG Mauss, Boss Capone, Fair Ohs and the most excellent Daughn Gibson; it’s quality rather than quantity at [link]www.npr.org/series/98679384/first-listen[/link] where you can try the excellent Mayer Hawthorne, Chris Schlarb, Anna Von Hausswolff and Maps before you buy; [link]www.radio6.nl/luisterpaal[/link] has classic jazz offerings from Miles Davis, Wayne Shorter, Dizzy Gillespie and Jan Akkerman and there are newbies from David Lynch, Fuck Buttons and Gauntlet Hair at http://pitchfork.com/advance but not for long!
The UK folk punks it’s okay to like, Skinny Lister, recorded a suitably rambunctious session this week for American National Public Radio, which is available for your download delectation.
Is it only us who thinks singer Lorna Thomas is a ringer for Ham Sandwich’s Niamh Farrell?
New this week from our Noise Trade pals is Wildgoose 2013, a whopping 26-track sampler of acts like The Restoration Project, Joy Ike, Christy LaFrance, The Pinkerton Raid and Beth Whitney who are playing August’s titular festival in Hot Springs, North Carolina.
Holy Ghost! are giving away the new single, ‘Teenagers In Heat’, they’ve recorded with former LCD Soundsystem man James Murphy who was in DJ action recently at Body & Soul. On ‘repeat’ at the mo in HP Towers, it’s got a bang of New Order off it – which is definitely a compliment!
It’s lifted from the former’s Dynamite album, which gets its DFA release in September.
Murphy’s fellow DFA man Larry Gus gets up to some very strange things with Madlib’s back catalogue, somehow managing to cram 54 of the LA underground rap hero’s tunes into his The Blue Flowers (Between Blue and Blue) mix.
Ace guitarist Joe Bonamassa whets appetites for the album of classic soul covers he’s recorded with Beth Hart at http://hartandbonamassa.com/?id=press
Experimental Carlow rockers Supernormal Prophets have a new two-tracker, ‘Right Up’/‘Word On’, that they want to gift you.
Better Late Than Never Dept. It’s taken us two years to spot it, but [link]www.self-titledmag.com/2011/10/20/download-this-now-azealia-banks-212-plus-two-unreleased-tracks-produced-by-machinedrum-p-u-y-and-barbie-shit[/link] has not one, not two but three downloadable rarities from Azealia Banks including an alternate version of the mighty ‘212’.
Low End theory man DJ Nobody gets up to some sonic playfulness with former Mars Volta man Cedric Bixler-Zavala, who still has one of the greatest names in rock ‘n’ roll.
It’s Lil’ Kim’s 39th birthday and she’s the one giving a pressie in the shape of new tune ‘Looks Like Money’.
Dublin four-piece Funeral Suits have come up with a Philip K. Dick-esque video for their new ‘We Only Attack Ourselves’ single.
It’s taken from Lily Of The Valley, their debut Model Citizen Records album, which can also be checked out below.
The Electric Picnic-bound Franz Ferdinand have gone live with the video for their ‘Right Action’ single, a pop art cut ‘n’ paste affair redolent of when they first burst onto the scene in 2002.
As well as gearing up for the release of their own album, Alex and the boys spent American Independence Day giving Beck’s Song Reader sheet music album its first public performance in the London Barbican.
Mr. Hansen, Jarvis Cocker, Beth Orton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, James Yorkston, Joan Wasser, Conor J. O’Brien, The Staves, Michael Kiwanuka and The Mighty Boosh were also there to add flesh to the collection.
The Manic Street Preachers treat us to a sneak peek/listen to the title-track from their Rewind The Film album, which drops in September ahead of their Dublin Olympia show. The other fella singing is Manics mega-fan Richard Hawley.
Sweet Valley, AKA Wavves man Nathan Williams and his bro Kynan, have released a new mixtape that includes a guest appearance by Jenny Lewis who bought hash cookies with her.
Listen below and download from [link]www.mediafire.com/download/hhqj2392n914s9e/SWEET+VALLEY+-+SV.zip[/link]
Washington DC go-go merchants RDGLDGRN have debuted the phenomenal ‘Lootin’ In London’, which features an impressively potty-mouthed contribution from Angel Haze.
There’s a serious buzz about the outfit who also have Dave Grohl drumming on one of their tunes.
Kanye West serves up a typically understated – when oh when is somebody going to design a sarcasm font? – video for his new ‘Black Skinhead’ single.
Baying hounds, searchlights and a Daft Punk’d dancing robo-Kanye all feature in the promo for the song, which has also been co-opted by Martin Scorsese onto the soundtrack of his new Leonardo DiCaprio-starring film, The Wolf Of Wall Street.
Pearl Jam are back and firing on all rock ‘n’ roll cylinders with ‘Mind Your Madness’, which can be listened to at [link]www.91x.com/pages/newmusic?Pearl-Jam---Mind-Your-Manners=1&blockID=699925&feedID=7098[/link]
It’s lifted from their new Brendan O’Brien-produced Lightning Bolt album, which drops here on here on October 11.
And with that we take our leave of you and head back into the sun where we aim to turn an even more delicate shade of lobster. Keep those links and comments coming to @stuartclark66