- 07 Aug 14
Chuck D, The Civil Wars and more bring the righteous (i.e. free) noise as we roll into the weekend.
While Morrissey has dominated the Hot Press agenda this week – we’re truly blown away by the response to our world exclusive interview with the great – Free Music Friday has still managed to hunt down with the freshest of tunes, mixtapes and video with your gratis listening gratification.
Fresh from bringing the noise to Indiependence, Chuck D trails his new The Black In Man solo album with this inspired Mavis Staples collaboration, ‘Give We The Pride’.
Sounding like it’s time-warped in from the Motown glory days, it’s a seriously funky little divil.
Having admitted in the past to not getting on, The Civil Wars’ Joy Williams and John Paul White have officially gone their separate ways. As a parting gift, they’re giving away the gorgeous 2010 cover of ‘You Are My Sunshine’ that graced the flip of their 7” ‘Barton Hollow’ single at [link]thecivilwars.com[/link]. On the plus side, there will now be two exciting solo careers to follow…
To the streams now and Ben Miller Band, Sadistik, The Ramona Flowers, Aziz & Ramiks, Loudon Wainwright III, Spiral Shades, Bear In Heaven, Wolf Heaven and Shabazz Palaces are the pick of the [link]3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums.html[/link] bunch; [link]npr.org/series/98679384/first-listen[/link] has upfront listens to Porter Robinson, Bunji Garlin, Sinead O’Connor, JJ, Mirel Wagner, Sarah Jaffe, The Underachievers and Adult Jazz; depending on where you and your device happen to be, [link]albumstreams.com[/link] pitches in with Twista, Talons, Death Shanties, City Of Glass, Lief Hall, Ben Howard, The Murder City Devils, Slight Birching, Kix, Stevie Nicks, Prawn and Zoot Woman and [link]pitchfork.com/advance[/link] gets in early with Childhood, Willis Earl Beal, The Rosebuds and Mozart’s Sister.
While not the baggy-era Mancunian outfit that Happy Mondays used to hang around with, Interstellar definitely have a second summer of love vibe about them. And in ‘Sold Ya Soul To Feel The Blues’ they have a song title worthy of the mighty Oasis!
With their usual impeccable taste, American National Public Radio is championing The Family Crest, a San Franciscan ensemble who are jazzy in an eclectic folky way. We’ve also saved you time by sticking up that awesome GoPro Music video they talk about during their free download set.
NPR also have Newport Folk festival sets from Jenny Lewis and Ryan Adams who gives a remarkably frank interview to our Mr. Tyaransen in the new issue of Hot Press, out now.
Along with those videos, there’s audio of Mavis Staples, Shovels And Ropes, Nickel Creek, Jeff Tweedy, Conor Oberst and Dawes all sounding pretty damn awesome at [link]www.npr.org/2014/07/21/333724075/dawes-live-in-concert-newport-folk-2014?autoplay=true[/link]
While we’ve got you, Brody Dalle whets appetites for her upcoming Belfast visit – she’s playing Custom House Square on August 20 with her hubby Josh Homme’s band, Queens Of The Stone Age – with this delightfully intimate Field Recordings set.
Sub Pop branch out by signing Porter Ray, the Seattle avant-rapper who drops both this single taster, ‘Jewelery’, and a mixtape, Fundamentals, to get us all giddy with excitement.
Sub Pop also have a new Sarah Silverman stand-up record, We Are Miracles, dropping in September. The ‘Planting The Seed Of Insincerity’ taster had us laughing for all the right/wrong reasons.
Having been forced to do the unthinkable, i.e. cancel some gigs due to Lemmy falling ill, Motorhead returned to rock ’n’ roll duty last weekend at Germany’s Wacken festival. How did they sound? Fabulously, awesomely fucking loud!
Hot Press is delighted to bring you the premiere of the new Wallis Bird video for ‘Daze’, one of the standouts from her excellent Architect album. Try and bag one of the special-edition box versions!
Following a lengthy Euro run-around, the Enniscorthy songstress plays the Half Moon, Cork (November 19); Dolan’s, Limerick (20); Monroe’s, Galway (21) and The Academy, Dublin (22).
The vid is a bit - well, a lot! - raunchy so probably best not to watch it with your Great Aunt Biddy.
Fred Durst and his Limp Bizkit crew are back with a new tune, ‘Endless Slaughter’, that’s yours when you visit [link]www.limpbizkit.com/endless-slaughter[/link]
If you’ve ever wondered what a harp and vocal cover of Mr. Probz’ ‘Waves’ sounds like - glorious, by the way! - you have your answer courtesy of Natasha and Conor.
Marc O’Reilly has scored a major coup by having ‘The Wayward Shepherd’ chosen as Track of the Day by influential music industry newsletter, Record of the Day. Circulated to record companies and publishers, the previous day’s pick was Nile Rodgers’ ‘Do What You Wanna Do’. With Hozier, Kodaline and Little Green Cars the previous Irish picks, the Lismore man has every reason to be chuffed.
And that is your Free Music Friday lot for another week. Having an amazing weekend and keep those links coming to @stuartclark66