- 28 Aug 14
Seeing as the entire universe is heading down to Electric Picnic tomorrow, Free Music Friday gets an early release for good behaviour.
We’ve tuneful treats aplenty, none of which require you to part with any of your hard-earned/stolen money. We look forward to meeting as many of you as possible in the Hot Press Chatroom where there will be goodie-bags up for grabs and fun, fun, fun galore!
James Vincent McMorrow gets in the Stradbally mood by giving away a new tune, ‘When I Leave’, which may very well receive a Picnic airing.
fun. have made their excellent pre-becoming super famous and filthy rich Aim And Ignite album available as a Noise Trade freebie, though you’re welcome to tip. There’s also a fabulous 2008-’13 retrospective from The Features, the Nashville quirk-poppers who ought to be a lot more famous than they are.
To the streams now and J Mascis, Basement Jaxx, The Wytches, Mason, Dry The River, Cold Specks, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Erland & The Carnival, Tina Dico and a monster 4CD XL Recordings retrospective await visitors to [link]3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums.html[/link]; Interpol, Zammuto, Sinkane and The Gotobeds are among the star [link]www.npr.org/series/98679384/first-listen[/link] turns; Helado Negro, Half Japanese, Ryan Adams, The Vines, Broods, Prince, Eminem, Zeus, The June Brides, Mutual Benefit, Sinkane, Cathedrals, Elephant Stone, Wish, Monster Treasure, Gob, Darren Eedens and Raury are all residing [link]albumstreams.com[/link] where the usual geo-niceties apply; [link]nytimes.com/interactive/arts/music/pressplay.html?_r=3&[/link] has the gorgeous new record from Anthony D’Amato who honed his songwriting skills with the help of Irish poet Paul Muldoon and [link]theguardian.com/music/series/album-streams[/link] has the latest from Blonde Redhead, New Pornographers, Merchandise and Basement Jaxx.
American National Public Radio also brings you this awesome download set from back in the saddle alt. bluegrass-ers Nickel Creek.
Alien Envoy have premiered the video for ‘Sunny’, the latest single to be lifted from their LOADS album, and which takes in some familiar Dublin landmarks. It’s directed by Alien-in-chief Nick Kelly, the former Fat Lady Sings man whose previous Shoe short was in the 2011 Oscar running.
Dublin also provides the backdrop for the bloody-nosed promo accompanying ‘Ambulance’, the latest from Rainy Boy Sleep who signed recently to Universal Music Ireland.
Once upon a time plain old Stevie Martin from Lifford, we reckon the Boy is going to be huge!
The new Irish vids keep on coming with this semi-autobiographical clip for Original Rudeboys’ Last Of A Nation’. One of the standouts from their All We Are album, it will doubtless get a live airing on September 5 when the trio play a hometown headliner in the Dublin Olympia with Celbridge’s own Fresh Re supporting.
Mixtape of the Week goes to Kid Ink and Batgang, an LA crew whose 4B’s highlights the respective talents of Hardhead, Shitty Montana, Math Allen, Louie Batz and Juliann. Check out their latest release with guest spots from Travis Porter, Vee the Rula, Jeremih, Gorilla Zoe, Ty$, Paul Wall, Sean Brown, Lil Bibby and King Los.
Rhob Cunningham celebrates the release of his The Window & The Day album with a September 18 show in the Dublin Button Factory.
The collection was recorded in Reykjavik under the watchful eye/ear of Valgeir Sigurðsson who’s previously worked with the likes of Bjork, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy and Feist.
You can check the record out in its entirety here.
Having previously produced and directed 2013’s Sound City, Dave Grohl collaborates with the rest of the Foo Fighters on Sonic Highways, an HBO eight-parter that makes its Stateside debut on October 17. In it, they create “a musical map” by travelling all over the country and along the way meeting people like Chuck D, Willie Nelson, Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Bonnie Raitt, Slash, Dolly Parton, Rick Nielsen, Josh Homme, Joan Jett and President Obama who notes that, “American music is about people rejecting what is already there to create something entirely new.”
And that, dear friends, is your Free Music Friday on a Thursday lot. We look forward to shooting the Picnic breeze with you and, don’t forget to keep those links coming to @stuartclark66