27 May 2011

Friday Freebies

Steven Milne
I know I am about to lose a lot of credibility in a lot of eyes, by saying this, but I don't really care for Bob Dylan. There I have said it, I know that we're all supposed to bow down to his suppose genius, however, I really couldn't give less of a fuck about him or his music. So in the week when the world celebrated his 70th birthday, I shrugged my shoulders and moved on. God, that was a terrible introduction to this freebie, I'll stop rambling and get to the point. Singer song-writer and frontman of The Little Kicks, Steven Milne, has posted up a free download of his cover of the Bob Dylan song, Lonesome Death of Hattie Carrol for free download on his Bandcamp page. Hopefully my rantings won't put you off checking it out (sorry Steven).

White Denim
At the start of the year there were three albums that I was really looking forward to, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver and White Denim. So far the Foxes and Bon Iver have been a bit of a disappointment, perhaps they'll grow on me more with repeated listens, I guess we'll see. White Denim however, haven't let me down with their new album 'D'. You can download a live version of their song 'At The Farm' for free now from RCRD LBL.

She's Hit
I am still undecided about She's Hit, I have been listening to their album a fair bit lately on my way home from work. It's a grimy scuzzy listen, it's not something I would normally find myself listening to, but I do keep going back to it so I guess must be seeping into my brain though. If you head over to NME.com you can download the album track Miriam Hollow for free for one week.

I don't think I have mentioned this on the blog yet, I so I guess this as good a time as any. Next month myself and my fellow bloggers, Matthew from Song By Toad and Jason from the Pop Cop have been asked to take part in this years goNorth festival. As part of our involvement we're going to be taking part in a panel all about surprisingly enough, blogging. In addition to this we're also putting on our own showcase night, featuring Kid Canaveral, PAWS, Indian Red Lopez and LightGuides (see there was tenuous link there). Funnily enough LightGuides are giving away their new single 'Old Bucket Seats' as a free download ahead of their debut album being unleashed this summer.

Frightened Rabbit
This week was the fifth anniversary of Frightened Rabbit's debut album, Sings The Greys, being released. To celebrate this the band have posted up old OLD demo of 'The Greys', which was recorded on one £35 microphone to cassette. Download it here.

You've all checked out the Peenko Session we recorded with Beerjacket didn't you? If you haven't you should, as it's fucking awesome. If you liked it an you want to hear more you can download a fair few songs for nowt from Soundlift.

Piet Haag
How could I resist a press release which describes an artist as being like 'Jim Noir, Arab Strap, meeting vaudeville era Erik Satie and Kate Bush up a close in Govan'. I know I certainly couldn't! You can download some free tunes using this link, I'd suggest you start with Sign Me Up To Chemikal Underground.

Running on the Rooftops
Glasgow based folk-rock band, Running on the Rooftops got in touch with me a while back, but I only got round to listening back to them this week. I must admit I was pleasantly surprised by their gentle folk lullabies. You can check them out for yourself by checking out their Soundcloud page where there are several songs up for free download.

White Heath
Stow College have released an array of local talent on their Electric Honey label over the past decade, their past roster boasts artists such as Belle and Sebastian, Snow Patrol and Biffy Clyro. Now you can add White Heath to that impressive line up, this week they've released the bands new single '7:38AM' which you can download for free on Soundcloud.
Also as if that wasn't enough they've posted up a cover of Benjamin Britten's 'O Waly, Waly' for download, plus their debut single GG is still available to download for free on their Bandcamp page.

Blank Canvas
This weeks Fresh Meat starlets, have posted up a live recording of a live recording of their recent set at the Wee Red Bar in Edinburgh, download it for free here.

To celebrate Villagers' Becoming A Jackal winning an Ivor Novello award for Best Song Musically & Lyrically, Domino Records are giving awat an acoustic rendition of the victorious song taken from the Live At Working Mans Club LP. Just sign up to the Villagers mailing list to get your download.

Stuart Newman
Fans of your more chilled out indie-folk music might well find something they like in Stuart Newman's songs. He's got a whole load of song available for free download on his homepage. 'The Temperature Rising' and 'Head Hurts' would probably be your best a starting point.

Dalyrimple Goes Wrong
There are two things I like about this freebie, the lo-fi sound and the obscure song titles. What you need to know is that this is the work of Edinburgh musician, Daniel Parry, and it's rather nifty. Then again I think I was also going to like songs with titles such as 'The Iceberg Melting Atop the Dinner Table Makes a Mess of the Meal' and 'It Stinks in Here Like Fetid Brains in a Hirst Gallery'. You can download his EP for free on his Bandcamp.

The Black Ships
You can download a free copy of The Black Ships EP, Kurofune for free here.

Three Trapped Tigers
Here's a late addition to this weeks freebies which comes from my blogger friend from the East, Stuart from the Tidal Wave of Indifference, who's just posted an MP3 and a review of Three Trapped Tigers, enjoy.

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