19 March 2010

Friday Freebies

King Creosote
King Creosote's newest, as yet unreleased, album 'My Nth Bit Of Strange In Umpteen Years' was played seven times in its entirety at the Homegame Fence bash. Attendees were encouraged to record the gig and share it around. Here's what the good man had to say about it. "My next album isn't going to be recorded at all, it's only going to be a live experience. I'm going to do seven performances of the album at Homegame in a small room that only holds about 40 people, and what I've insisted on is that the audience records it for themselves on all sorts of cheap, portable equipment (dictaphones, old Mp3 players, mobile phones, etc.) and then passes it around. The idea being that if it's true that passing files around and file-sharing helps build a live audience then this will be the proof in the pudding. But those songs won't exist outside the live performance."
Some of the live recordings are already starting to surface online, here are some of the links that I have comes across so far. Link one here, Link 2 (split into two parts), Link 3 (again split into two parts)

we were promised jetpacks

If you sign up to the Jetpacks mailing list, then you will receive a free Mp3 of 'A Far Cry' taken from their forthcoming EP. Sign up here.

Ariel Pink
Los Angeles outfit Ariel Pink are giving away new song 'Round and Round' for free download, it's one of those sign up for their mailing list type scenarios. Register here.

Skies Fell
Glasgow's Skies Fell
are giving away a free download of their debut single, 'Contest/Hurricane', you can download it from their Bandcamp now. Thanks go out to Jim G for this one.

Alessi's Ark
Alessi Laurent-Marke, more commonly known as Alessi's Ark, new EP Soul Proprietor is out next month. To promote it DrownedinSound are giving away a free download of the song 'The Robot'.

Fence Collective
Clash Magazine have posted a wee zip of Fence artists for free download, there are tracks from Fran├žois & The Atlas Moutains, Rozi Plain, OLO Worms and FOUND. Click here to download it.

The Holy Roman Army
Irish duo, The Holy Roman Army have posted a free 5-track covers EP on their Bandcamp page for free download. It sees them taking on the Pixies’ ‘Wave of Mutilation‘, Rollerskate Skinny’s ‘Speed To My Side’, Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’, Peter Broderick’s ‘Not At Home’ and Pavement’s ‘Here'.

Sara Lowes
If you listen to Marc Riley during the week on 6Music then you are more than likely to have come across the lovely Miss Sara Lowes. If you liked what you heard, then you might be interested to know that there a free download of her song 'Something I Don't Know' is up for grabs. It's one of those sign up the mailing list deals, sign your life away here.

The Edinburgh indie-pop four piece are giving away a free download of their new song 'Unicorn' here. If you like what you hear then you might be interested to know that they are playing at Edinburgh's Haddowfest at the end of the month.

The Gothenburg Address
They featured in this weeks 'Scots Way-Hay' and here they are again, this time it's a bootleg entitled, 'Shimmer In The City', of them performing at Nice n Sleazys in Glasgow.

One day I'll make it out to Austin, one day! Until that day I'll have to content myself with live recordings and free samplers. NPR have a tasty wee sampler up for download at the moment, featuring Spoon, Broken Bells, The Walkmen, Local Natives and Freelance Whales. Get yourself a copy here. (redeemable only on the U.S. iTunes Store)

Ambient experimentalist, Stephen Gribbin 'Gribb' has put a few tracks up for free download on his Soundcloud page. Get downloading kids

High Places
Brooklyn duo Roy Barber and Mary Pearson, who make up High Places, have a free remix of 'Can't Feel Nothing' up for grabs up on DiS.

Frightened Rabbit
Any stragglers out there that haven't invested in 'The Winter of Mixed Drinks' might be pleased to learn that a free download of the single 'Swim Until You Can't See Land' is up for free download on KEXP's website.

Kowalskiy's Komplimentary Korner

Lonely Tourist
For all of you who are still mourning at the demise of Odeon Beatclub, you might be interested to know that their former lead singer Paul has a new outfit on the go, "Lonely Tourist".
If you send an email to lonelytouristmusic@yahoo.co.uk he'll mail you back 3 MP3s for nowt!
This freebie comes courtesy of the lovely Kowalskiy, which makes that the third week running that he's pulled a cracking freebie out the bag, hence he is now being given his own weekly slot in Friday Freebies. Keep up the good work mate!


  1. Cheers mate :)

    Liking the name too. Lets's never acronymise it though....

  2. The Lonely Tourist supported me at my Bristol tour date, he definitely fell under the bracket of "good local support". Really nice guy too.

  3. Everyone should already have that WWPJ, it was one of the freebies I did on your week off. If they don't I'll feel very unloved, as usual :P