Tom Morello has joined forces with his 'brothers in arms', Serj Tankian from System of a Down and Tim McIlrath from Rise Against to create 'a huge riff-rock anthem' for the Occupy Wall Street movement to rally around. Pop your email in the box below to be sent the song for free. There's plently of features on this that a quick Google will reveal and I don't want to plagerise any of them plus it's my birthday so I'm in a bit of a hurry so that's enough information for you to be getting on with.
Ruby Rae started as the side project of NYC based pop-punk band The Ex-Debutantes in 2010. Her debut release title 'Double Feature' could easily be mistaken for a night at the local drive-in when rock'n'roll still flirted with its honky-tonk roots. The songs 'It Came from the Swamp' and 'Invisible Man' showcase rockabilly inflected instrumentation paired with sinister stories of monsters, love, and guns. This is a demo track from what will hopefully be the first album, there's a Pledge page here, why not have a gander.
Sky Ferreira is an ElectroPop singer, model and actress from Los Angeles, California. She stared out on MySpace which is how she built her buzz and shortly before her 15th birthday, she caught the attention of Swedish producers Bloodshy & Avant by sending them a message through the social networking site. The producers were impressed and subsequently decided to work with her. She signed to Parlophone in July 2009 and subsequently appeared in the video for 'Pop the Glock' by Uffie and it's been non-stop for her since then. Her song 'Obessions' is featured on the Vampire Diaries soundtrack. Here's her take on Lana Del Rey's 'Blue Jeans'.
Rachael Yamagata is a singer/songwriter from Arlington, Virgina. 'I'll Find A Way' is the fifth track on her 2004 debut album 'Happenstance' and is much more of a ballad than 'Starlight' which I've previously blogged about.
She's worked with Jason Mraz, Toots & The Maytals, Ryan Adam & The Cardinals, Rhett Miller and Mandy Moore (each song I've conveniently linked in there) and her songs have featured on several TV shows including How I Met Your Mother, ER, Nip/Tuck, Men in Trees, Alias, One Tree Hill, Brothers & Sisters and The O.C. Anyways, that's way more than enough links, the song is below. Enjoy.
Rachael Yamagata is a singer/songwriter from Arlington, Virginia. Here's her 2011 single 'Starlight' taken from the album 'Chesapeake'. Having left a major label, she said in interviews that "there was no attempt or requirement to be anything but what we felt like doing in the room." For fans of Fiona Apple, PJ Harvey and Tori Amos. Also, ignore the man in the photo and just enjoy the music.
Jenny O. is from Los Angeles and I've read that her music reflects California's 'roots of sunshine and slow-paced atmosphere' and after listening to all her tracks on 'SoundCloud' I felt quite spaced out. You can watch the video for this track here. 'Well, OK Honey' is the first track from her 2010 self released 'Home EP'. I discovered her music whilst working on my gig guide and saw that Birmingham Promoters had booked her for a show at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath, tomorrow night and looked her up out of curiosity, liked what I heard and then went on a mini-mission to find this download to share with you. Her voice and songs remind me of a cheery upbeat Alessi's Ark. Have a listen and if you're in the area tomorrow, there's far worse ways to spend a Tuesday evening then going to see her.
Here's a lovely bit of indie pop from Seattle's own Seapony. The band is Jen Weidl (vocals and guitar), Danny Rowland (guitar), & Ian Brewer (bass). Their first release was the 3-song 'Dreaming' single followed by their debut album, Go With Me which puts Jen Weidl's youthful melancholia and yearning on display and wraps it in a blanket of twee/surf/jangle pop. Whilst doing a bit of research for this piece I read that: 'Most songs on Go With Me use no more than three chords, with an average running time of around two-and-a-half minutes. In lieu of a human drummer, the Seattle trio entrusts time-keeping to a vintage gizmo the size of a desktop calculator. The lyrics to 'Dreaming', the track that catapulted them into the spotlight, are just six lines long.'
Signed to the mighty Sub Pop offshoot label Hardly Art, this is track 3 from their forthcoming second album 'Falling' which is set for release on 11th September, why not get ahead on things and add this to your collection now. I'd recommend this for fans of 'The Scool', 'Girls Names', 'Blouse', 'Beach Fossils', 'Widowspeak', and 'Le Sera' plus the brilliantly named 'Kids on a Crime Spree'.
You'll want to go to the SoundCloud page itself to see the download link.
Vivian Girls are a popular noise pop/indie rock band from Brooklyn, New York. I think there's a good chance you'll recognise the track once you hear it so give a try. I'll confess that I don't know a huge amount about the band other than a familiarity with their music, but I do know that they have supported Sonic Youth and I'd read that their second drummer, Ali Koehler, left to join Best Coast as a tour drummer. Anyways, enjoy the track.
Mike Hadreas, also known as Perfume Genius is a singer/songwriter from Seattle, Washington, US. Perfume Genius began when he moved from New York to his mother’s home in Everett, WA. In these relatively isolated conditions, Hadreas felt a compulsion to make music and began composing fragile yet brutally honest songs on the piano. By 2008 he had set up a MySpace page and began offering his music there, along with similarly spare and evocative homemade music videos.
From the BBC: Even if this follow-up to 2010’s debut Learning makes Bon Iver resemble Mastodon in comparison, the album title reinforces an emotional show of strength, and sometimes even an injection of musical welly. Though Learning’s stripped vocal/piano blueprint is Hadreas’ default setting, a fizzing guitar coda elevates AWOL Marine, Take Me Home adds echoing drums and pedal steel swoons in a doo-wop fashion, his own flights of falsetto included, and Hood is an even stronger take on that style. Normal Song also taps a 1950s dramarama, with the string synth mirroring the similarly retro-haunted region of David Lynch’s Twin Peaks.
But altogether Put Your Back N 2 It exists in a bleakly beautiful twilight zone of Hadreas’ own making. Indicative of this is No Tear, with his tremulous vocal (a touch Sufjan Stevens) on the chorus echoed by a creepy (as in Twin Peaks creepy) slowed-down vocal counterpart. But then Hadreas’ way of dragging you in to his sadness and confusion (and mirroring your own in the process) is a most bizarrely comforting feeling once you’re alone with him. And as Dark Parts puts it, in one of many memorable images or statements, “He’ll never break you, baby”.
Ooh, free music from Smashing Pumpkins. (They appear to have dropped the 'The' part.) What do you want me to say about them, that they're from Chicago, Illinois? That they formed in 1988? You know all this, at least you should do. Look, nevermind any of that, just whack your email address in that there box below and watch this while your free music is downloading.
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.