- 28 Mar 14
De La Soul's touching tribute to the master J Dilla, a Chrissie Hynde premiere, new Fight Like Apes tuneage, an Adrian Crowley tour movie and buckets more for this week's edition of a jammers FMF...
Let us make it clear from the outset that Free Music Friday derived no pleasure whatsoever from Man United being stuffed 3-0 on Tuesday by City and, oh yes, they’d better keep their dirty paws off Ross Barkley or there’ll be trouble.
To cheer Moyesy and the boys up, we’ve another fine selection of tuneage that won’t cost you a bean.
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The War On Drugs did a bang up job of covering John Lennon’s ‘Mind Games’ last week in New York’s Bowery Ballroom, and now want you to have it for your iTunes.
Beard of The Week goes to Ethan Johns who has a Ry Cooder and J.J. Cale-referencing three-tracker available from Noise Trade.
Other tasty NT treats include The Apache Relay’s Eastside Manor Session, an Arcade Fire meets My Morning Jacket-type affair and Westward The Tide’s Sorry Soul, which is equal parts Bon Iver, Of Monsters And Men and The National.
Having recently given away their entire back catalogue, De La Soul have put together a Smell The Da.I.S.Y. mixtape in tribute to their old homie J Dilla who passed away in 2006. It consists of classic DLS lyrics over vintage Jay Dee production.
The [link]bundles.bittorrent.com/bundles/smell-the-daisy/?utm_source=blog.bittorrent.com&utm_medium=post&utm_term=delasoul&utm_content=featured-content&utm_campaign=publish_032014[/link] bundle also includes an excellent documentary on their sadly absent friend.
Fight Like Apes have announced details of their Whigfield Sextape EP, which drops on UK independent Alcopop Records on May 12.
Along with lead track ‘Crouching Bees’, it features ‘bwah!”, ‘The Hunk And The Fun Palace’ and ‘Tyson’.
In contrast to the title, it’s a less punky, more considered but still loads of fun offering from the band who were recently unveiled as one of the headline turns at Vantastival in May.
Chrissie Hynde has premiered ‘Dark Sunglasses’, the extremely cool flagship tune from her Stockholm album, which follows in early June.
The collection was recorded in the titular city with Bjorn Yttling of Peter, Bjorn And John fame her main collaborator.
There are also guest turns from Neil Young and – there has to be a story here! – tennis legend John McEnroe.
Crystal Swing are back with a new single, a cover of Ricky Martin’s ‘Livin’ La Vida Loca’, and accompanying James Bond parodying video. The cross-dressing clip isn’t what you’d necessarily expect of the Lisgoold family act who have tongue planted firmly in cheek throughout.
Adrian Crowley has released an eight minute Tour Movie he shot whilst trekking around Europe in 2012 and 2013 in support of his sixth album, I See Three Birds Flying.
It’s a suitably artsy affair that suggests Mr. C has a future as a filmmaker if he fancies it.
Hot Chip are among the artists remixing Nigerian electrofunk man William Onyeabor for the WHAT?! compilation David Byrne’s Luaka Bop label is releasing on Record Store Day.
He’s a bit of a Rodriguez-style character who’s dropped off the radar in recent years and is the subject of an excellent Noisy documentary that includes Damon Albarn among its contributors.
Former JJ72 woman Hilary Woods is giving away an album from her new The River Cry project in return for a
like and share. And like it we most certainly do!
Ahead of his May 25 deejaying visit to the Life Festival, Jamie xx is giving us a pre-release listen to his new ‘Sleep Sound’ single.
Finally, it was 50 years ago today that Radio Caroline officially started broadcasting from the Northsea and in the process changed the face of broadcasting. Happy Birthday to The Lady and all who sailed on her!
And that, dear friends, is your Free Music Friday lot for another week. Keep those links coming to @stuartclark66 and have a great weekend.