Hey, remember last week when everyone went ballistic over the new David Bowie song? I didn’t, I was in a coma.
Anyways, the good people from Simian Ghost have released a cover of David Bowie‘s classic ‘Be my wife’. And it’s free. Don’t say we don’t give you free* stuff. Enjoy!
*Actually, it’s the band giving it away, so we are still a bunch of pricks.
Hey up! Here’s a few MP3s we’ve received for you, lovely people, feel free to nick away!
DJ Shadow & Irn Mnky – ‘I Gotta Rokk’ - Kudos if you recognise the samples! I’m pretty sure ‘Voodoo people’ and ‘Robot rock’ are there. Check out the scratch skill!
Heart of Hearts – ‘Unbound’ – The breezy folk & electronica mixture works quite well, resulting in a swanky lil’ track. Their new album, My Society, is out now!
Rupert Stroud – ‘No peace of mind’ – You know? Sometimes I feel these tracks seem to find me just when I feel in certain moods (milky moods!). One for you acoustic lovers.
Gizeh Records have been kind enough to offer a brand new sampler for you! If you like music of the ethereal and dreamy disposition, you can’t go wrong with this. Check this lovely track by Sleepingdog while you download the sampler.
What? You thought we only were going to do one free mix cd this year?
Aw hell naw. We took a cue from The Smashing Pumpkins (the first band to release a free album on the Internet, check it!) and we just neg’ed the cover and got more awesome bands to donate tracks. Since the previous one was based on a Mexican festivity, why not make this second one based on a British one?
Yes, Boxing Day, a mystery to anyone who isn’t British or who just wasn’t paying attention in school. I think I fit both bills (I was in Catholic school…).
Anywho, we have 14 excellent tracks for you on this glorious December 26th. Why is it glorious? Well, it’s a bank holiday and you’ve got a Doctor Who special to look for. Unless you’re in Mexico like me, so no bank holiday nor a silly dude on a blue box.
Enough complaining, it’s boxing day, so get some leftovers and let’s have a recce of what waits for you in this mix cd.
Ladies first and we have none other than Anna Kashfi and her dreamy music. Out of the water has that element of otherworldly nostalgia that gives her music so much atmosphere. This track is part of the Seasonalia compilation that Little Red Rabbit Records are giving away.
Funny enough, Conquering Animal Sound do have that special atmosphere-thick music. The sounds of a thousand thoughts and daydreams, flying likes wasps through your mind and soul. They also feature on a free compilation (which we do endorse it thoroughly).
We love Dead Sons. Both on record and live, they deliver a desert rock that’s both heavy on the retro and on the harder hitting emotions, all wrapped up lovingly in an organ-fuelled atmosphere. If you missed ‘Junk room’ the first time around, now it’s the time.
Speaking of retro and atmosphere, Dust on the Breakers made an EP on 2010 that touched so many emotions that the hangover still resonates with the saddest sounds (check ‘Frontiers’…). We managed to squeeze a lovely track from them and for that we will drive around the block on my mom’s Datsun, 8-track blastin’ through…
Straight up from México we’ve got Ewor. Rap and hip hop might not be the first thing you think of when you hear the term Mexican music, but we reckon he is unto something…Do check his soundcloud, two very good albums are waiting for you.
Jay Leighton does some acoustic loveliness and slowly but surely is getting some good attention. First time we caught him was in Manchester, playing with the likes of Les Shelleys and Gregory & The Hawk. A recent tour in the Continent with Lamb (legends!) and a new album in 2012 are something to brag about too.
Likes Lions delivered an EP of Math Rock and syncopation. If that weren’t enough to get your attention, you’ve got one of Basement Cat’s many minions on the front cover. We reckon they made a deal with said feline to create this music. Hail Kitteh!
If you ever need some heavy psychedelic riffs clashing with Jazz, Mega Aquarians and their interdimensional rock is your poison. Two guys, a shitload of amps and a drumkit equal a sound that travels from the Inner Planes to the Outer Planes with a couple of Celestials working as groupies.
obLONG have been making a racket for a couple of years in Sheffield. Louder than what you might expect, there’s no big tricks or gimmicks to their sound, just the right combination of talent, composition and brickloads of energy on their ever so lively shows. Their new stuff is being produced by Midas-like Ross Orton.
Repomen are the band you’ve never heard about but that’s been making noise for 20 years and a cornucopia of EPs. Taking their name from one of the best films of all times (shame on you if you haven’t seen it), their punkish sounds are sometimes baggy, sometimes straight up punk and always a holler. They’ve got a new EP, go check it out!
It’s a hard thing trying to ignore the elephant in the room at every gig by The Unfortunate Incident. Whether it’s the stylish guitar case, the fantastic bass line or the self-defeating, dark humoured lyrics, they always give their best on stage, even when sometimes it feels like it’s a “man and his dog” gig and the man’s off to the toilet. Let’s hope they are around in 2012, because the changes from Rock, Country and Punk they do are always good. ‘Stopgap’ is one of the slower, sad ones from their Fool (free!) EP and it’s here because, heck, it’s very raw, honest and fitting with the season.
Speaking of raw feelings, there’s nothing but honesty in the music of The Whiskey Priest. Basing its sound on a very introspective flavour of country rock and folk, this is the baby of multi-instrumentalist (and owner of an awesome beard) Seth Woods, who plays songs that touch both memories and the emotions that seep through every pore of your body.
Hanging on that analogy (a bit yucky, eeeew!), Sad Accordions is… Seth Woods and friends. Again, honest feelings and poetic thoughts on life are the name of the game, but whereas the sound of The Whiskey Priest is more acoustic and solemn, Sad Accordions goes for a very expansive palette of sounds. The synth breakdown in ‘Savage’ is simply beautiful and we just had to include this song in the compilation. Let’s hope we hear more from this band in 2012.
Last but not least, we’ve got Oxo Foxo, who got a lot of good karma points from their participation on G2 Studio‘s album in a day (which we reviewed). A very fitting track for the snowy winter atmosphere, this is just another tantalising slice of what this band promises to bring to the table.
…and that’s it. Again: thank the artists. We are just the people sweet-talking them into giving tracks for free, they are the ones with the artistic talent. Go check them out, drop them a line and become fans of them.
Oh, and spread the gospel. Happy holidays and thanks for a good year, dear readers.
Now…. DOWNLOAD ! :D
Not exactly a new band, but surely an excellent live band, Skeletons and the Empty Pockets (who will change names soon) are from Rotherham & Sheffield and play…well, God knows what they are playing but I like it.
First time I heard them (back in the Harley), they made me think of that Disney cartoon with the dancing skeletons in the graveyard. Dunno why. Then I listened to them on the Too Pure compilation of 7″ and loved what I heard (pay attention to ‘In the woods’).
They recently rocked out the O2 Academy during Tramlines 2011 and between having a drummer that will achieve escape velocity (he jumps without missing a beat, talented bugger!), a guitar and bass player doing a talent tug of war, a semiquiet keyboard player who adds thick atmospheres and an excessively charming lead singer, Skeletons and the Empty Pockets offer a grand old time. Here’s ‘In the woods’.
Do visit their Soundcloud, as there’s a couple more free tracks there. Totally worth your time.
Skeletons and the empty pockets
A proof that creative worlds can coexist instead of colliding, Decibully delivers as many varied tunes as there are members in their band. The sexiest, vintage, harmonious tunes. This is a taste of real music democracy immersed in moog textures.
They sadly are no longer with us as they have embarked into newer adventures (which will bring exciting results, of that we are sure). Heck, we had a chat with Ryan Weber a while ago for his project Eric & Magill.
So, without any further ado, here’s the newest and last (sniff sniff) album by Decibully. Listen to it and if you like it, it’s pay what you want.We reviewed it, by the way…
Blacklisters. The name reminds me that I can’t show my mug in a couple of clubs in Sheffield (it wasn’t my fault). It also reminds me that you can have a sense of humour (although a bit sordid, but that’s cool) while rocking out and scaring a few vicars.
This band consists of Billy Mason Wood (vocals), Dan Beesley (guitar), Owen Griffits (bass) and Alistair Stobbart (drums). We know for a fact that Sheffield (alabama) own Wet Nuns like these fellas, which is already a guarantee of rockness. Add to this the fact that they have just signed with Brew Records and opened for Melt Banana (yeah!) and Rolo Tomassi (fuck yeah!) .
Here’s ‘Swords’, you guys. While you listen to Owen do some cool bass shenanigans, you can check our review of their split 10″ EP (with fellow rockers Castrovalva, Dolphin and Hawk Eyes).