09 April 2010

Friday Freebies

I admit that I do get a bit overly excited about some of the freebies that I come across each week. This weeks 'kid on Christmas Day' moment came courtesy of Canadian band, Stars, who gave their new single 'Fixed' to Stereogum for free download. If you haven't come across this band before, I urge you to hunt down 'Set Yourself On Fire', one of the most beautiful albums ever.

Band of Horses
I really liked their debut album, sadly their second was a bit of a let down. Whether their third, 'Infinite Albums' will see them reliving past glories or continuing down the spiral is still unclear. On the first few listens to their new single I fear the latter. You can make your own mind by signing up their mailing list and they'll send you their new song 'Compliments' completely gratis.

Iron and Wine
The American singer songwriter has 8 acoustic versions of songs from his 2007 album 'The Shepherd's Dog' available for free download here.

Vacuum Spasm Babies
Edinburgh band, Vacuum Spasm Babies new release the 'Science EP' is available for free download over at Shark Batter. Cheers to Bawjaws from Have Fun at Dinner for this little tip off, nice work mate.


Glasgow's very own electronica artist Sefiros (more from him soon) has a whole host of albums available for free download on his Bandcamp page. Here's all of the individual links to save you searching; 'You're Not Here', 'Under The Roots', 'Minor Disruption', 'Shadow of a Doubt' and 'Fadeout'.

My Kappa Roots
Thanks go out to David 'Dinky Darko' for introducing me to Fife singer-songwriter, My Kappa Roots (aka Pablo Clark). It always amazes me how many great new Scottish acts there are out there that just pass everyone by, don't let this be one of them. 'A trio of field recordings recorded in the field behind Craig’s house in the summer of 2007' are available for free download over at Field recordings

Penguins Kill Polar Bears

The Linlithgow four piece have a couple of tracks available for free download
over on their Bandcamp page. Cheers to Ali Podcart for the tip.

Kimya Dawson
You probably know her as one of half of the Moldy Peaches or from the Juno soundtrack, either way you'll be chuffed to learn that the anti-folk heroine has a put a free download of her song 'loose lips' up for free.

The 405 Mix Tape
If you haven't come across this website before then now is your time to do some catching up, get it bookmarked. Then download a cracking little mixtape that they've made for us, it features cottish artists, Trapped In Kansas and Beneath Us The Waves. Download it here.

Nina Nastasia
The New York City singer/songwriters forthcoming sixth album Outlaster' is out pretty soon, a free download of 'You're a Holy Man' is out there as a sampler of what's to come.

Mates of State

The San Franciscan are bringing out a covers album later in the year, featuring their takes on songs from some of the following, Belle & Sebastian, Daniel Johnston and Fleetwood Mac. In anticipation of it's release they're giving away a copy of their cover of the 'Girls' 'Laura', it's the usual sign up to their mailing list get the song routine.

Kill Rock Stars
The uber cool indie label has a sampler record up for free download, featuring artists such as Elliot Smith, Deerhoof, The Decemberists and The Thermals. As you already know, it's free and you can nab yourself a copy here.

Kowalskiys Komplimentary Korner

Three Blind Wolves

This week the legendary Kowalskiy has a wee freebie from Ross Clark's band, Three Blind Wolves. You can download"Emily Rose" from taken from their debut "The Sound of
the Storm", which came out last week. If you like what you hear then get yourself along to Stereo tomorrow night, where they are playing with the fabulous French Wives.

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