05 August 2011

Friday Freebies

The Moth and The Mirror
In case you missed our wee announcement at the start of the week, our label Olive Grove Records have added another band to the family. They're called The Moth & The Mirror and they're fucking great, we wouldn't have worked with them if they weren't. To celebrate the joining Team Olive Grove they're giving away a free download of their track 'Lights in the Sky' via their Bandcamp, I hope you'll agree it's great wee tune.

Martin John Henry
In a few months time the former De Rosa frontman is set to release his debut album, something I have been pretty excited about for a while now. In fact I bumped into Martin backstage at the Wickerman Festival were he was down helping his former band mate Chris, run the Solus Tent. I spent the majority of the weekend pestering Martin to play me some songs, then at the last minute he had to step in to play some songs as Rachel Sermanni was running late. I of course missed this performance as I was busy fannying about elsewhere, I then spent the remainder of the weekend moaning at Martin, for which I should really apologise. I am just a bit of an over excited kid some times, thankfully though he's going to be playing some shows soon and hopefully we'll get him in to record a Peenko Session at some point. Anyway, enough of my inane ramblings, on with the freebie, you can download his new 'First Light' which is taken from his forthcoming album "The Other Half of Eveything", for free on his Bandcamp page. It's a great fucking song, if this is the standard of the album then boy are we in for a treat.

Adam Stafford (remixed by Miaoux Miaoux)
I haven't done any shameless plugging for the forthcoming Ayetunes vs Peenko gig (two weeks tomorrow), so it's pretty fucking ace when two of the artists playing decide to work together. I have been banging on for ages how fucking great Adam's forthcoming album, Build a Harbour Immediately, is. That's because it is fucking great, trust me kids would I lie to you (I probably would, but not in this instance). Anyway in anticipation of the albums release Miaoux Miaoux
has done a wee remix of Adam Stafford's Shot-down You Summer Wannabes , which you can find on the b-side of his new single Fire & Theft, which you can download for free from Wise Blood Industries.

I really meant to mention this in my last freebies, but due to an overload of links I stupidly over looked it. As you might already know, I really liked the Edinburgh outfit, Seafieldroad's first album, There Are No Maps For This Part Of The City. With their sophomore album due out in November, they really could come up with the last great album of 2011, if their new single 'Cramond Island Causeway' is anything to go by, then we should be in for a treat. The single is available to download for free on their Bandcamp page, plus it also includes a cover of Walking on a Dream by Empire of the Sun which you might remember I posted a few weeks back.

Rod Jones
Seeing as Idlewild are taking a bit of a hiatus, the two Rod's are both off following their own solo projects, Roddy is off doing his folky stuff and Rod Jones is continuing to rock out with his backing band 'the Birthday Suit'. If you head over to The Skinny magazine's website you will find their first single free to download, ain't that nice of them.

T Break
I didn't just forget to post about Seafieldroad last week, I also completely forgot to mention that there are a whole load of free downloads up for grabs from the bands that played on this years T Break stage at T in the Park. You can stream the full sets and download one live track from each of the bands that played, including songs from Aerials Up, Cancel the Astronauts, Lady North and PAWS. Get downloading here.

Shambles Miller
My favourite Scottish troubadour, Shambles Miller has been busy writing great wee pop tunes again, this time round he's written a song about how the the end of the world, might be a good excuse to tell a girl you like how you feel. Appropriately enough the song's called Rapture and you can nab it for free on his Soundcloud.

Scottish Fiction
It honestly feels as if at the the moment a new Scottish music blog crops up every week, most of them soon lose interest when nobody pays attention to them (much is the way of the blogger). One of the more interesting sites to have started up is by a guy who goes under the guise of Scottish Fiction (an Idlewild pun I presume), he also runs a weekly radio show, so he does seem to know his stuff. Anyway, following in the footsteps of wur pal Kowalskiy, he too has taken up the challenge of posting a free monthly EP. To start him off he's roped in Michael Cassidy, Campfires in Winter, Night Noise Team and Adam Holmes And The Embers. You can download the EP for free here.

Good Weather For An Airstrike
Scottish experimental/post-classical outfit, Good Weather For An Airstrike, released their new album 'A Summer' just last month. As a wee taster of what to expect you can download their track The Beginning Of The Rest Of Our Lives (Revisited) for free on their Bandcamp.

Negotiations. & LA MORENA
I have joked in the past about Matthew from Loch Awe pretty much being featured every week in Friday Freebies, I actually was only jesting, however, he seems to have taken me up on this challenge as once again he's been off recording yet another new project. His latest outfit go under the name of Negotiations and you can download their free EP here.

Scrap Brain
Edinburgh glitzs-grungers, Scrap Brain have not only made a cracking wee video for their song Take It, they're also very kindly giving away the song for free on their Bandcamp page.

Radio Trees
I actually meant to include this last week, but there was a bit of an overload of free tunes to catch up with so I managed to over look it. Zoey Van Goey frontman and sometime accordion player for Aidan Moffat, The Trembling Bells and Lord Cutglass, Michael John McCarthy has posted up a free download of his one-man project Radio Trees.


  1. I cant seem to find the Rod Jones stuff on the Skinny site...is it just me or...?!

  2. here you go dude http://www.theskinny.co.uk/media/downloads/the_birthday_suit_do_you_ever.mp3

  3. Just stumbled across this! Cheers for the plug! And you presume correctly!