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Free Music Friday!
Having taken a week off to man the Hot Press Chatroom @ Electric Picnic, Free Music Friday is back with a seriously bumper selection of music for you to luxuriate in.
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 07 Sep 2012
First up we head to the Netherlands for album streams from Calexico, Nathan Fake, Audacity, Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, The Orb feat. Lee “Scratch” Perry, The Vaccines and Mono. You can here them all from the ever-brilliant http://3voor12.vpro.nl/luisterpaal/albums.html page.
http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/#/1 adds Smash Mouth, Young Guns, The Icarus Account, Tinita Tikarem and Matchbox Twenty to the mix; http://music.aol.com/new-releases-full-cds/spinner#/1 has new offerings from Stars, Two Door Cinema Club, Deerhoof, Azure Rey, Sondre Lerche, Jens Lekman, Two Gallants and former Mott The Hoople man Ian Hunter and https://www.npr.org/series/98679384/first-listen has a good few of the aforementioned plus The xx, Cat Power, David Byrne & St. Vincent, The Avett Brothers, Astro and Animal Collective.
You can also stream Stars’ new The North album – it’s a belter by the way – courtesy of this nifty little widget.
We’re not sure about Nicki Minaj – or Nicki Minger as Matt Cooper called her this week on The Last Word (no slip more Freudian!) – rapping that she’s going to vote for Mitt Romney on it, but otherwise Free Music Friday is loving Lil’ Wayne’s free Dedication 4 mixtape.
If it’s something more old skool and less yo-ing, ho-ing and bitching you’re after, check out this ace http://stupiddope.com/2012/08/27/dj-jazzy-jeff-life-colors-mixtape-stream-download set from DJ Jazzy Jeff.
The free mixtapes keep on coming at http://www.livemixtapes.com/mixtapes/18378/aap_mob_lord_never_worry.html with this offering from A$AP Mob which has been receiving serious amounts of spins chez Free Music Friday.
“Return to form” is a bit of a hoary old journalistic cliché but Bob Dylan really has done the business on The Tempest.Check it out at http://www.hotpress.com/Bob-Dylan/news/LISTEN-Dylans-new-album/9133897.html?new_layout=1
Interpol singer Paul Banks has ditched his Julian Plenti alias and is releasing his second solo album as plain old Banks. Get a free taster at http://bankspaulbanks.com; http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2012/sep/03/pet-shop-boys-elysium-album-stream lets you listen to the very fine new offering from the Pet Shop Boys, Elysium; http://radio6.nl/luisterpaal is the go-to place for one of the blues albums of the year, Nothin’ But Love by The Robert Cray Band and the long overdue return of Mory Kante whose ‘Yeke Yeke Yeke’ was a dancefloor monster back in the day; Danko Jones preview Rock And Roll Is Black And Blue at http://www.dankojones.com/raribab; and Bob Mould’s fabulous Silver Age is streaming at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/album-premiere-bob-mould-silver-age-20120827
With Of Monsters And Men going supernova – we’ve an interview with them in our next issue – the musical spotlight is once again being shone on Iceland.
Check out the likes of Gusgus, Lay Low, Sykur, Retro Stefson and our old pals FM Belfast at http://www.icelandmusic.is/music/made-in-iceland/made-in-iceland-5
The hot Icelandic tuneage doesn’t end there with My Bubba & Mi asking you to “name your price” for their Wild & You: Reaching For The Garden five-tracker.
While Franz Ferdinand prepare for their big album return in the New Year – we cannot wait! – the band’s Nick McCarthy has recorded this excellent hip hop stomper under the Nice Nice Boys moniker.
Juliana Barwick, B-Movie Lightning, Julia Holter, Amon Tobin, Grouper and Katie Kim are among those featured on http://www.rte.ie/rnag/att5, a download companion to Colm Ó Cíobháin’s excellent An Taobh Tuathail show on Raidió na Gaeltachta.
This week’s visual treats start with Andrew WK partying… guess… hard! on Conan.
The National emerged from studio hibernation this week to play a Des Moines fundraiser for Barack Obama.
As well as streaming their new album – see above – Calexico have produced by this fabulous sci-fi promo for the lead ‘Splitter’ single.
And that's where Free Music Friday must leave you, put on its best hat and head this weekend to not one, but two weddings. Remember to send all your lovely links to email@example.com