17 February 2012

Friday Freebies

Due to me being out last week catching the Twilight Sad, I didn't get a chance to draft up a Friday Freebies, boo me. The good news is that this week is double roll over, yay me!

Randolph's Leap
You might have noticed that I have been talking a lot about the forthcoming Randolph's Leap cassette album 'The Curse of the Haunted Headphones', and seeing as it comes out on Monday I will warn you that I am going to continue to bang on about it for the foreseeable future. The album launch night is this coming Saturday at the Captain's Rest, with support from Kith & Kin, Donna Maciocia and a very special guest (ooo who could it be!). As a wee teaser the band have made the track Dying In My Sleep free to download. A catchy wee bugger it is too, then again most of the album will ingrain itself on your brain.

Human Don't Be Angry
As I am sure that most of you are already aware, Malcolm Middleton has been busy recording an album under the guise of Human Don’t Be Angry.. It's just been announced that the album will come out on the legendary Glasgow label, Chemikal Underground on the 23rd of April. The project sees Malcie taking a new direction to his previous solo material, with this mainly instrumental album, as a prelude to the album you can now download the title track from the album, 'H.D.B.A Theme' for nowt here.

The 2 Bears
First up we have a Joe Goddard of Hot Chip fame's new side project,  The 2 Bears, who's new album 'Be Strong' has been keeping me in a positive frame of mind this week. You never know it might do the same for you too, find out for yourself by downloading their track 'Work' for free from DFA Records SoundCloud page.

we're only afraid of NYC  
If you haven't already downloaded we're only afraid of NYC's latest EP, 'zero​.​four' then you really should get that rectified now. If you have already checked it out then you'll appreciate just how good it is, what you might not know is that they've just added bonus track 'Hoppa Inte' to download for free (as is the whole EP). The boys have also just announced that they'll be playing at Never Make Friends presents, alongside This Silent Forest and Mike Nisbet at the Captain's Rest on Saturday the 24th of March.

We Are Augustines
What with this obsession with Scottish music, nowadays I often find that I am nowhere near as clued up on what's going on in the world as I used to be. Most of my new discoveries either come from recommendations from friends or by catching support bands, We Are Augustines fall into this category as I caught them supporting Frightened Rabbit in Edinburgh last Friday and boy did they impress. I guess it's safe to say that We Are Augustines own a few Springsteen records, not something that would normally be my cup of tea, but the three piece were mightily impressive. Find out for yourself by 'liking' them on Facebook and they'll give you a free tune as your reward.

Kowalskiy's Free Monthly 5-track Scottish EP
Another month and once again Mr Kowalskiy's has pulled together another cracking free EP full of Scottish goodness. This month we have free tunes from Ayrshire singer-songwriter, Little Fire, buzz band, Brown Bear & The Bandits, Glasgow folksters, New Town Triptych, Edinburgh starlets The Last September and the rather awesome, Ajimal. Five great tunes in exchange for no pennies, the boy's excelled himself once again.

Andrew Bird
It's been an age since I last listened to anything by Andrew Bird, having been a bit over obsessed with his track 'Fake Palindromes' a few years ago, I now find myself realising that I haven't gone back and listened to his records in ages. So what made me start listening to Mr Bird again, well as you've already guessed it was of course a new free song that I stumbled across. You can download his new track 'The Crown Salesman' for nowt over on his Facebook page, for me it just reminds me why I liked him so much the first time round.

In case you haven't already heard, Glasgow alt-rock outfit, Pareto have called it a day, as a parting gift they've made their final single 'These Men Can’t Dance' free to download on Bandcamp.

Seas, Starry
Aberdonian instrumentalists 'Seas, Starry' have just released their new single Faint Praise for free download on Bandcamp, rather lush it is too. With their debut album due out later in the year, just now would be a good time to get yourself acquainted with the ambient/shoegaze five piece.

In Session
 Over the past year or so In Session, a show on Edinburgh Student station, Fresh Air have recorded a number of acoustic sessions, which they've now decided to share with the world. If you fancy some free tracks from the likes of The Twilight Sad, Broken Records, Endor, I Build Collapsible Mountains and Loch Awe, then just follow this link.

Blue Rose Code
I can't quit recall as to whether or not I have ever posted anything about Blue Rose Code before, if I haven't I meant to and at least I'm trying to make up for it now. If you fancy something nice and laid back to ease you into the weekend, then this celtic tinged folk song is a blissful wee number that should soothe the pains of a weeks work away. The song is called Where The Westlin' Winds and it's free to download on SoundCloud.

Drunk Mule
Another week and yet another free tune from those fabulous Drunk Mule boys, this weeks offering is called 'Shoot The Fingers, Kill The Hand' and you can get your grubby mitts on it here.

i like ceareal, my friend
What the world needs now is a new a douglas firs side project and thankfully such a thing now exists in the form of "i like ceareal, my friend", who have just has released an ep by the name of 'season's greetings' (bit late?) which is one of those Buy Now/name your price deals on Bandcamp.

Spencer Krug he of Wolf Parade and Sunset Rubdown fame has just announced that he's going to be releasing a new album for his Moonface project. The record which is due out in April is called With Siinai: Heartbreaking Bravery, and as a wee taster you can download the track "Teary Eyes And Bloody Lips" for free on Pitchfork.

In Sound Mixtape
Uber cool online indie record store, In Sound have just posted up their monthly mixtape. This latest release has tracks from the likes of Bowerbirds, Damien Jurado, of Montreal and Sharon van Etten and it's free to download here.

Bear In Heaven
To finish up here's one for all you hipsters out there, it's a free download from Brooklyn trio Bear In Heaven. The track is called The Reflection of You and I am pretty sure you can expect to see Pitchfork/Stereogum/Gorilla vs Bear... creaming their tight hipster pants over this wee number.

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