- 24 Oct 14
Forget a measly 48 hours! This is a uniquely delightful 73-hour Bank Holiday blowout of a weekend, and Free Music Friday is celebrating with another avalanche of tunes, trailers and vids.
Banish those autumnal blues with this gorgeous acoustic download set from Ásgeir Trausti Einarsson and his Dylan t-shirt sporting mate. Also dropping by the NPR offices this week was Anthony D’Amato, a guitar-wielding New Jerseyan who licked it off the same Garden State stone as Bruce Springsteen.
Ásgeir also pops up in Tónlist, a gorgeous looking documentary about the Icelandic music scene which gets its Reykjavik premiere in November.
From Warwick, New York comes VÉRITÉ, a CAPS-loving songstress who is equal parts Lorde, Chvrches and Lana Del Rey and thusly brilliant!
Fresh-ish from their 3Arena barnstormer, alt-J swung by Seattle’s KEXP radio this week for a half-hour long live session and chinwag. The station also had their mics and cameras in position for Temples’ visit to the city’s famous Triple Door venue.
In the unlikely event that your appetites aren’t already sufficiently whetted for their Vicar St. shows, Future Islands have recorded a stunning 4AD session, which you have to drop absolutely everything to watch!
To the streams now and [link]3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums.html[/link] has upfront listens to Swearing At Motorists, Obituary, Wild Smiles, Obake, … And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, 2562, Melvins and the Mark Lanegan Band; The Flaming Lips, Daniel Lanois, Yusuf, Medicine and Lily & Madeline reveal themselves at [link]www.npr.org/series/98679384/first-listen[/link]; if you and your device happen to be in the right place you can check First You Get The Sugar, Spider Kitten, Rancid, City Of Glass, Dillon Francis, French For Rabbits, Dream Jefferson, North Atlantic Explorers and Sebastian Mullaert out at [link]albumstreams.com[/link]; [link]www.theguardian.com/music/series/album-streams[/link] is the go-to place for Mallory Knox, We Are Shining and Cooly G and [link]www.nytimes.com/interactive/arts/music/pressplay.html?_r=3&[/link] is fawning over Ani DiFranco’s Allergic To Water.
Mixtape of the Week goes to Dej Loaf, a marvellously potty-mouthed pal of Remy Ma and Ty Dolla $ign’s who’s just signed to Columbia. There’s not a hope in hell of the Detroit native getting radio airplay, but nevertheless we reckon she’s going to be huge.
GANGS have just premiered the video for their new ‘Back To School’ single and good rough ’n’ tumble retro fun it is too! Ditto the song, which packs a real early Jam punch.
Our senses have also been feasting on the new promo for Interpol’s ‘My Desire’.
Linkin Park have supplied the soundtrack for Mall, Hollywood’s take on the Eric Bogosian novel of the same name starring James Frecheville, Cameron Monaghan, Ron Yuan and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Bag yourself a free taster here.
Walking On Cars are offering fans a sneak preview of ‘Always Be With You’, their new single which drops here on December 5. A hook-laden slice of alt-pop, it could just give the Dingle five-piece their first UK chart run-out.
If you weren’t glued to your telly screen on Tuesday, here’s U2 tearing it up on Later… With Jools Holland.
We were particularly taken with the unplugged version of ‘Every Breaking Wave’, which starts with just Bono and The Edge and then adds a string section to the emotionally turbo-charged mix.
Our love of Triple J’s Like A Version grows by the week with Australian hipster beard merchants Holy Holy doing wondrous things to ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’.
A Rats-less John Blek has announced the November 28 release of Cutting Room Floor, a collection of nine stripped down alt. folk numbers that were recorded in a 20-hour studio binge. The first taster, ‘Portland, Oregon’, is absolutely gorgeous.
The sad news is that after 25 years at the dance coal face Orbital are hanging up their torch-glasses.
Not one to let the grass grow under his feet, Paul Hartnoll immediately unveiled his new 8:58 project, which makes its bow with an eponymous track that kicks off with a Cillian Murphy monologue.
Brother Phil will for the time being be concentrating on live DJ work.
Coldplay have announced details of their Ghost Stories Live 2014 concert film, which gets a multi-format release on November 21.
A stunning looking affair, it was shot in Sony’s state-of-the-art Los Angeles studios.
“The magic theatre built by our incredible crew with the 360 screens was literally a dream come true,” Chris Martin enthuses.
We’ve been chain-watching the new vid for Shabazz Palaces’ ‘Motion Sickness’, which is all sorts of wonderful. Our woman Maeve Heslin chatted to Messrs. Butler and Maraire before their Twisted Pepper gig last weekend, with the next issue of Hot Press carrying their wise words.
Having treated us a few months ago to ‘Santo’, Mmoths, AKA Newbridge electronica whiz Jack Colleran, brings us this exquisite demo version of ‘Yago’, which may or may not grace his debut long-player.
“I’ve spent the past 12 months writing this album,” he says in an accompanying missive. “‘Yago’ and ‘Santo’ were both written during that time. Although they aren't a representation of the record itself, they come from the same place. In a way they're a sign of what’s to come.”
There’s hot vacuum on vacuum action in The Coronas’ new video for ‘Just Like That’.
It’s disappointingly bereft of household appliance sex, but otherwise FMF is very taken with Tiny Vinyl’s promo for ‘Black Eyes’.
Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have just unleashed the video for their most excellent ‘In The Heat Of The Moment’ single. The parent album, which finds Mr. G making his production debut, drops here in late February.
The new videos keep on coming with this chumtastic clip for Jet Setter’s ‘Dippin’ Toes’, which was shot in and around Talbot Street and is making us feel very hungry with its hardcore food porn close-ups.
The first REMTV trailer has hit the ‘net and has us hyper-excited about the MTV documentary, which will also feature as part of a six-DVD box-set that gathers together serious amounts of archive material and drops on November 24.
If anyone’s worried what to buy us for Christmas…
And that’s where Free Music Friday switches off its iMac and heads to Glendalough for a weekend of wholesome hill walking. No, really! In the meantime keep those links coming to @stuartclark66 and have a Bank Holiday good ‘un!