- 26 Sep 14
Despite being severely traumatised by Everton’s calamitous start to the season – expect them and Man Utd to start fighting over giving David Moyes his old job back – Free Music Friday has managed to gather together the very finest aural fare for your weekend delectation.
Kylie celebrates the kick-off of her Kiss Me Once UK and Irish tour by offering a four-track Kylie + Garibay EP featuring somewhat experimental dance tunes recorded with Lady Gaga associate Fernando Garibay.
By all accounts the absolute business on Wednesday in Liverpool, Ms. Minogue rolls into Dublin’s 3Arena on November 8 and can be caught the following night in the Belfast Odyssey.
Free Music Friday is also seriously loving this download acoustic set from Tweedy, AKA Wilco mainman Jeff Tweedy and his drum-playing son Spencer who has a group of his own called The Blisters.
Equally highly recommended is Sukierae, their epic 20 songs in 75 minutes album, which runs the gamut from tender ballads to full-on fuzzbox freak-outs. Which is a lot of f-ing!
Americana legend Jim White goes bluegrass on an album with the Parkway Handle Band that’s due in early 2015. To whet appetites they’re gifting us a Sawyer Sessions EP culled from their first official show together in North Carolina. Come visit us soon y’all!
Our other free (but you’re welcome to tip!) Noise Trade favourite this week comes from Arkells, a Canadian outfit with a fondness for Brooooce and Vampire Weekend and who do a mean Stevie Wonder cover.
To the streams now and Electric Youth, John Luther Adams, Lucinda Williams, Brooklyn Rider and Kat Edmonson await your http://www.npr.org/series/98679384/first-listen attention; depending on the usual geographical niceties you can pleasure yourself with Gabi, Dangercat, Gerard Way, The Rural Alberta Advantage, Ymusic, Witch Mountain, The History Of Apple Pie, Secret Sun, Wil, Gold & Marrow and The Vaselines at [link]albumstreams.com[/link]; Christopher Owens and Holly Johnson are on offer at [link]www.theguardian.com/music/series/album-streams[/link]; [link]3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums.html[/link] adds Joe Bonamassa, Lia Ices, Spring Offensive, King Tuff and Tweedy to this week’s very fine mix and Marty Stuart is the latest [link]www.nytimes.com/interactive/arts/music/pressplay.html?_r=3&[/link] featured album.
Having treated us last week to a sneak preview of the My Favourite Faded Fantasy title-track, Damien Rice this week premieres its eagerly-awaited lead single, ‘I Don’t Want To Change You’, which confirms it was an excellent idea for him to work with Rick Rubin.
Also letting us cop an earful of her new single is Azealia Banks. Another taster from the long, long, long overdue Broke With Expensive Taste album, ‘Chasing Time’ is a surprisingly soulful affair.
While they soon blended out, Spandau Ballet started off as an enticing pop art proposition whose story is well told in Soul Boys Of The Western World.
Samples have been made available of David Holmes’ pulsating soundtrack for '71, The Troubles drama starring Jack O’Connell, Sam Reid, Sean Harris, Charlie Murphy, Killian Scott, Martin McCann and Richard Dormer.
The new Dissolutes single, ‘Past Abandoned’, doesn’t come out until Monday but you can bag yourself a free copy now. Allied to Cork’s FIFA Records, two of their members, Paul Power and Darrin Mullins, used to be part of 1990s next big (but sadly weren’t) things The Driven. Nowadays they’re a much heavier proposition with Led Zep, Kyuss and Soundgarden among the influences they ‘fess to.
And that’s your Free Music Friday lot for another week. We’re off to do our stretching exercises before the Merseyside derby - can’t afford to tweak a hamstring or our groin - which promises to be every bit as physical as the Adebisi Shank farewell gig in Whelan’s which we’re also counting down the minutes to. In the meantime, keep those links coming to @stuartclark66