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Bleech are an exciting three piece from London consisting of sisters Jen and Katherine, as well as drummer Matt. They started out in 2008 (that's when they created their facebook page) and I've got a couple of their singles that they put out in 2009 on Juno records, namely 'Is It True That Boys Don't Cry' and 'The Worthing Song'. Since then, they've put out an ep (Deadhead), been endorsed by Kangol and a full length LP called 'Nude' in 2011. So far this year they've continued to play all over the place, including the mighty Now We Are festival where I was working and managed to film them (only the one song though) and they were a lovely bunch. They're having an album launch at The Sunflower Lounge in Birmingham on Saturday 2nd July and releasing their new single 'Adrenalin Junkie' was released (into the wild) yesterday (Monday 28th May) and their album is coming out on Monday 4th June, perfectly in time for the Royal Jubilee celebrations. Make sure you get their previous single for free by clicking below.
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_I was a big Pipettes fan and used to spend loads of time on their messageboards. I was quite sad when the girls parted ways, that was until I heard Rose's new music. I was a bit under the influence when I first heard 'The Distractions EP' and was not expecting the experimental shoegaze that you're about to stream and hopefully download, but download the free EP from here instead of the SoundCloud widget below please. It's still free for you but better for her.
Alice Jemima is an 18 year old singer/songwriter from Devon. I've already mentioned her on here before so rather than repeat myself, I figured I'd repeat some facts from her official website incase you're not already familiar with Alice or her music. If that's the case, click play below and have a listen while you read the rest of this.
2011 saw Alice Jemima performing at a couple of high profile gigs, including the unveiling of the Olympic Rings at St Pancras International (where she played to the likes of Seb Coe and Boris Johnson). She was selected from hundreds for a spot on the BBC introducing stage at Wychwood Festival where Elisa Bray (Independent Newspaper) declared Alice to be ‘first and top of my list’. And chosen by BBC Introducing Bristol to ‘demonstrate the terrifically high standard and variety of music in the local area’ by playing at the BBC’s first live gig in Bristol.
Radio 1’s Rob da Bank played Alice Jemima, and later in the year, Tom Robinson at Radio 6 courtesy of Breaking More Waves Blog who lined Alice Jemima up alongside the likes of Rizzle Kicks, Curxes and made her the lead choice of song with ‘Red Coat’, produced in the studio of Grammy nominated producer Andy Chatterley and Jason Tarver, both of whom worked with Kylie Minogue on her album Aphrodite. BBC Bristol have been heralding Alice Jemima since her win at Teenage Rampage, Exeter in 2010, and she is a regular on their BBC introducing slot.
Look, that's enough writing and reading, by now you'll have heard enough to have made up your mind and I'll bet good money that the song is already in your downloads folder. Well done you, make yourself a hot chocolate, break open the biscuits and have another listen to it.
Bloody Mammals are a punk rock/post hardcore band from London. Here we have a 4 track demo EP that was released just last month. Fresh
I'll warn you right now, this is not your normal cup of musical tea. If you've been thinking about trying a different scoop of the 32 flavours, then here's an act that I recently discovered whilst researching Grimes for another post on this blog, which led me to read about the genre 'Witch House'. I was trying to work out if it was a real genre and that's when I fell down the rabbit hole that is 'Trianglecore'. There's way more acts than I even care to think about, all with their names and track names full of symbols making then unGoogleable (there's a word I never thought I'd type). It encompases several subgenres such as Crack Wave, Crunk-Gaze, Ghost Drone and Zombie Rave. It all sounds a bit silly at first until you start listening to some of it and thinking to yourself, well, this is shoegaze...and this is crunk, so I guess it does make sense to call this crunk-gaze, but by that point you'll have listened to enough to get you hooked in. After a while it all becomes quite normal and it's then when you stop and start listenig to a standard singer/songwriter you realise how far removed this music is. To me it sounds like an extension of post-rock and this track in particular sounds like it could have been on the soundtrack to Rob Zombie's film 'The Devil's Rejects'. Go on, hit play below...see what I mean? If you like what you hear, I can tell you that this is Track 4 from the EP Demo "N" WitchHouse which was released in 2011. It's pretty hard to find anymore info these artists but if you are intrigued then why not check out ϟ▲卐▲\\, эqЏıђ•x, ▼□■□■□■, ‹‹ʘ››, I††, †rzeci Świ▲† and last but not least ██▓♅▓██.
It's all there for your free click/play (dis)pleasure so why not listen to some weird music today.
Can Diplo do any wrong? Both members of Sleigh Bells had previous experience performing and touring in a musical ensemble. From age 17 to 22, Florida-native Derek Miller was a guitarist in the hardcore band Poison the Well. He last performed on the band's 2003 major-label debut You Come Before You, leaving the following year due to creative differences. He wrote songs while working as a waiter or barback in various cities across the United States. Alexis Krauss grew up in New Jersey and has a background in theater and television. As a young girl she appeared in a Nickelodeon Magazine commercial and winked at the camera. From age 12 to 16, Krauss performed in the teen pop group RubyBlue. After RubyBlue broke up, Krauss went to college (majoring in political science), taught Spanish to elementary school children in The Bronx and performed at weddings on the side for fun
Ah the wonder that is Paloma Faith. What can I say that you won't already know? She first started performing in 2007 in a band called 'Paloma and the Penetrators', she was scouted by an A&R from Epic Records who invited her to play for the boss. Twenty minutes into the audition, Faith asked the manager to turn his phone off and when he refused, she walked out. She was later offered a position in Amy Winehouse's band but turned it down to continue working on her own material. She's got her second album coming out in a week's time, 'Fall to Grace' which I've heard and it is glorious! Whilst you're waiting, why not click here to get your hands on this free acoustic version of Black & Blue which is an Amazon exclusive, which means that you'll need an account/profile with them. This doesn't cost anything but will take a minute to do, which I know might sound off-putting but come on, 1 minute for a free exclusive Paloma song, and I can tell you right now, it's a corker.
Local Worcester music impresario Tina V fronts up her band This Wicked Tongue, hosts her own open mic night, is a judge on Txt Factor and has a solo career as well. What we have here is the title track from her first EP of the same name from back in 2009. There's 8 other tracks available for download plus a sampler track, it's all there for the taking. Google Analytics has shown me that I get twice as many visitors to this site from Birmingham than I do from Worcester so if that includes you, you may have seen Tina play at The Free Love Club at the Island Bar or her band at the O2 Academy. They're currently in a competition to win a record deal with RoadRunner records, so if you do know her (despite what she says) or you just like what you hear, why not click-through to this page and check out her band. You need to create a profile to vote but if you don't particulary feel like going through that process, you can still listen to three of their newest tracks on there which will push their play counts up a little and make them seem that little bit more popular. Ah go on, you know it's not that hard to sit on your bum listening to quality music!
Nerina Pallot is a great singer/songwriter based in London. Today you can download a track called 'English' which is a lovely song about her mum and imagration. You'll need to click here and pop your email in the box. It's worth it. I was thinking about what I could write about Nerina and whilst looking at her Last.fm page, I read this (about my favourite song of hers) which I thought was interesting and worth sharing:
Nerina Pallot is classically trained in singing and piano, and then engaged in a peripatetic career around the fringes of the music industry. Outside these various industry-related jobs, Nerina Pallot was an active part-time musician with an ambition to follow a career in performing and song writing. At some point her career took her to her favourite job of this time, as PA to the music industry executive Andrew King; a key figure in the management of Pink Floyd from its earliest days. Still following her ambition to pursue a musical career, Pallot signed to Polydor in her mid-20s, despite misgivings from Andrew King. This signing resulted in the release of an album containing self-penned songs; the ironically titled Dear Frustrated Superstar (2001). However, singles released from this album failed to make a sales mark as did the album. Following this, Nerina Pallot was dropped by Polydor among some bitter recriminations which are documented on her web site. This experience was later to lead to the writing of Mr. King, a touching, and very probably unique tribute to a senior music industry executive.
Making your music folder better, one song at a time.
_Pretty much everyday I seem to find some amazing exclusive tracks that
some awesome artists are giving away for free as a special one off
promotion. Today, it occured to me that instead of just downloading
them, maybe reposting them on facebook if they're special enough/someone I know and
then moving on, I should start a little music blog on here. Even if it
doesn't last forever, it's still a free song for you each day that it
does! I'd say the character of this blog is mostly electropop and singer/songwriter but I've got plans for mathcore, post-rock and glitch-hop. A lot of these tracks have a download limit of 100 so get in there on the quick. I'd also point out that a lot of the songs will need renaming once you've downloaded them so I'd do them one at a time.