- 19 Jan 17
For the day that's in it, we've a couple of songs for The Donald...
We know this is the grimmest day in the history of mankind – sadly, there were no responses to our, “WANTED for short-term let. DC book depository within walking distance of grassy knoll” small ad – but Free Music Friday is refusing to let the yellow-haired bastard grind us down.
While his inauguration guests thrill to the sound of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, we’ve another genre-straddling collection of downloads, streams, vids and trailers to ease the pain.
Fiona Apple sums the mood up nicely/nastily with ‘Tiny Hands (Women’s March Chant)’
We’re counting down the hours until we get our first live sighting of Margo Price who’s playing Dublin’s Button Factory on Sunday. The real dirt under the fingernails country deal, she’s interviewed in the special Hot For 2017 Hot Press. Prep yourself with this free Newport Folk Festival gig download and fan footage of her duetting on ‘Me And Bobby McGee’ with Kris Kristofferson at the same shindig.
To New Orleans next where 4AD-esque alt. rockers Hooray For The Riff Raff treat you to five classics and two new songs from March 11’s The Navigator album.
Flo Morrissey and Matthew E. White are letting you have a pre-release listen to their new covers album, which includes a stunning take on Leonard Cohen’s ‘Suzanne’.
DJ Champion has released a 2010-2016 sampler, which contains a particularly awesome Royal-T collaboration.
Screened recently by BBC3, the “lost” Leonard Cohen documentary, Bird On A Wire, will soon be getting a cinematic release. Travelling with him from Dublin to Tel Aviv on a highly eventful tour, it’s a highly intimate and revealing portrait of the artist as a young-ish man.
Vancouver duo Japandroids return with a visceral punk rock thrill of an album. Play it loud and watch the neighbour’s lawn shrivel up and die.
The trailer has been released for Eagles Of Death Metal: Nos Amis, the Bataclan doc that Colin Hanks has assembled for HBO, and which includes Bono among its contributors.
Benjamin Clementine guests on ‘Hallelujah Money’, the first new Gorillaz song, which is dedicated to The Donald.
Myles O’Reilly has shot this immense time-lapse video for ‘After We Meet’, one of the standouts from I Have A Tribe’s equally stellar Beneath A Yellow Moon album.
James Hetfield has narrated Addicted To Porn: Chasing The Cardboard Butterfly, a new doc that will soon be doing the film festival rounds.
“Like it or not, porn is here and it is harmful,” reads the sales pitch. “In this controversial film, award-winning filmmaker Justin Hunt dissects the impact of pornography on societies around the globe, from how it affects the brain of the individual, to how modern technology leads to greater exposure to youth, to watching it literally tear a family apart. In what may well be one of the most devastating issues in modern culture, this film will break down the damage that porn is doing to us a human race and leave you thinking that it's clearly time that we start taking porn addiction much more seriously.”
The Metallica man previously worked with Hunt on 2011’s Absent, which turned the camera of disengaged fathers.
The xx were all sorts of awesome last week when they performed ‘Say Something Loving’ on Jimmy Fallon.
“Like a tall glass of sweet tea in the late-morning sun,” is how American NPR describe Georgia’s Brent Cobb and they’ve got a point!
Hot Press is getting really psyched for the debut Gypsies On The Autobahn album, Born Brief, which drops on February 23. Judging by lead single, 'Hidden', it's going to be immense.