- 28 Feb 14
Ease into your post-Choice comedown/ weekend trip back up again with the greatest gratis musical goodies on offer this week.
A collective doff of the Free Music Friday headphones to Conor J. O'Brien who last night was able to go ner-ner-ner-ner to every other band and solo artist in Ireland by winning the Choice Music Prize.
One trusts Villagers are now following in Primal Scream’s winklepickered steps by embarking on the mother of all celebratory benders during which they mislay their €10,000 winners cheque.
If it’s a party soundtrack they’re after, FMF is happy to oblige with an avalanche of fine tuneage that won’t cost you a brass or any other kind of bean.
Free Music Friday's favourite thing this week is Danny Brown – our man Craig Fitzpatrick managed to interview him this week without any Scotch Egg-related unpleasantness – giving Vampire Weekend’s ‘Step’ a bonkers Despot and Das Rascist-assisted makeover.
Get it while it’s hot at [link]t.co/0K3nzouzCV#sthash.OCpan1G3.dpuf[/link]
Martin Stephenson, who’s taken to this Bandcamp malarkey like a Moyes to defeat, wants you to try his Juvenilia 2 album before you buy.
It features 11 thoroughly charming tunes, which date back over 30 years to his pre-Daintees days.
Ghost Estates drum up trade for their excellent The Ocean From The River album, with this Blur-y taster, ‘The Morning Echoes’.
After numerous record company delays – the final mix was completed almost a year ago – Iggy Azalea’s modestly titled debut solo album, The New Classic, drops in late April. Get in the funky dance mood with ‘Fancy’, which features her bezzie Charli XCX.
This week’s streaming action kicks off at [link]3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums.html[/link] where I Am Oak & The Black Atlantics, Milagres, Nothing, Carla Bozulich, Nick Waterhouse, Tamir and Moss await your preview pleasure; Posse, The Grand Budapest OST, Frankie Cosmos and the Jonny Greenwood and Bryce Desner collaborative effort await at [link]pitchfork.com/advance[/link] and depending on where you and your computer are residing at [link]albumstreams.com[/link] has the latest from Sally Seltmann, Ashanti, Ghost Beach, Baby Blue, Acheron, Neil Davidge, Eagulls, Frankie Cosmos, Roman Remains, The Unsemble, Trust, Kevin Drew, Promartyr, DZ Deathrays, Creepoid, Alan Watts, DJsNeverEndingStory, She Sir, Major Lazer and Nerina Pallot.
Our National Public Radio friends also have free acoustic download sessions from slow-burning Louisiana swamp rockers Brass Bed and Sofia Rei, an Argentine singer who’s at the forefront of the new Latin jazz movement. Note to Irish promoters; we’ll love you forever if you bring them over!
Alabama 3 man Freebase opens his solo account with the fab Fucking Humans EP. Try before you buy below…
A Facebook “like” is all that’s required to bag yourself a copy of Live From The Belfast Bridge, a free album from The Minnows who used to have a “Tiberius’” in front of their name during the ‘80s when, as is still the case, they were part of the Good Vibrations family.
After taking a prolonged breather – and shortening their name – they returned to action in 2007 and proved that they’re worthy of being mentioned in the same breath as fellow local legends like Rudi, Stiff Little Fingers and The Outcasts.
Former Mekons man Jon Latchford continues his journey into country’s darker recesses with his Skull Orchard-assisted Mars EP.
Also new from the Noise Trade stable is a four-track sampler from Ashley Monroe who’s from the Kacey Musgraves School of Attitudinal Country and Pawn Shop Kings, two Southern Californians with a penchant for Civil Wars/Mutemath/Andrew Osenga-style American rots maneouvres.
Much-fancied Brooklyn indie poppers Lucius have a free copy of ‘Turn It Around’ just begging to be downloaded from [link]wxrt.cbslocal.com/2014/02/20/free-download-free-sample-lucius[/link]
Dublin hip hopper Jambo has premiered the video for his Willa Lee-assisted single, ‘The Habitat’.
It takes a gritty ride around Coolock and environs and is lifted from his debut Intervention album.
Mixtape of the Week honours go to Young Thug whose Black Thug can be found at
We can only imagine how proud Mr & Mrs Thug are.
The 'net has been going mad this week for Yasiin Gaye: Travellin' Man, Amerigo Gazaway's genius bootleg mix, which has sadly been taken down for copyright reasons. One track has survived though, which should be chain listened to in case it disappears as well. In case you're wondering, Yasiin Bey is the Artist Formerly Known As Mos Def.
Snow Patrol and M83 have both come up with original – and rather damn fine – tunes for the forthcoming “sci-fi young adult” movie, Divergent.
The former has a call-and-response chorus that’s superglued itself to our frontal lobe while the latter sounds like something James Vincent McMorrow might come up with if he took disco biscuits.
The film we’re not quite so sure about…
Which brings the curtain down on another jam-packed Free Music Friday. Whatever you’re doing this weekend do it brilliantly and keep those links coming to @stuartclark