We’d love to promise to do this every week, but we can’t, so we won’t. Still, it’s the thought that counts, right?
Here’s a selection of brilliant free music, so you don’t have to have a guilty conscience over funding international terrorism through your illegal downloads. On a more serious note, support your local artists, and if you like them, go and see them!
Here’s a selection of goodies from around teh interwebz.
Oh Chan Marshall, how we’ve missed you. Returning after a four-year absence, Cat Power conjures up something entirely different from her brass/soul driven sound on 2008’s Jukebox. There’s a clear return to her more sparely produced roots, but she’s taken a very different road to get there.
Another warmly welcome return, this time for Crystal Castles. Whose gothic electronica seems to have been ripened for the masses. Consider our appetites whet.
Odd Future are rapidly doing for second decade 00s hip-hip what the Wu-Tang Clan did in the 90s, with each member offering absolutely superb solo albums. Tyler the Creator, Hodgy Beats and Frank Ocean have each produced massively innovative works in the last 18 months, and Domo Genesis isn’t going to be left out. Here we’ve got an entire mix-tape worth of free material. And it’s very good.
There are few more chameleon-like performers than Doom, aka MF Doom, aka Madvillain, aka King Geedorrah, aka Viktor Vaughn, aka Love X, and numerous other alter-egos. His latest album, (as JJ Doom) features a wealth of tantalising collaborations, including Beth Gibbons, Dave Sittek and this one with Radiohead’s Thom York and Johnny Greenwood.
Okay, not strictly a freebie, but for $1 you can get an entirely different take on one of America’s finest songsmiths’ best works. Smith took his own life in October 2003.
There aren’t many more prolific acts in the world than The Oh Sees, and if garage-rock is your want, they satisfy like few others. Lupine Dominus is from their 14th album, Putrifiers II, and will take a while to get your head around. Do not eat the brown acid.
There’s plenty of bands around at the moment who are trying to revive the Spirit of ’91, but none of them sound quite as good as Paws. Scotland’s three-piece don’t just tip their hat to Nirvana, like some, but there’s a healthy dose of Husker Du and Sonic Youth in there as well. Speaking of Husker Du, there’s some brilliant new Bob Mould stuff out as well…