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Free music Wednesday!
We've been inundated with some fantastic new Irish music...
The Hot Press Newsdesk, 21 Sep 2011
You really can't trust that weather today, so stay in and indulge in some brand spanking new and totally free material from some musical heavyweights.
Earlier this week we brought you the new video from Villagers (it really is worth a look) for new track 'Ceceila & Her Selfhood' which you can now grab as a free download from www.wearevillagers.com/.
Elsewhere in free music land today...
A stream of Mastodon's forthcoming The Hunter album is up @ www.mastodonrocks.com
A 30-track compilation to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Polyvinyl Records can be found over @ iheartvinyl.polyvinylrecords.com/em/pv15sampler
Wilco's new full-length The Whole Love (which gets the HP verdict in our brand new issue out tomorrow) is @ www.npr.org/2011/09/19/140476897/first-listen-wilco-the-whole-love
There's a couple of new efforts from rising rap star Drake @ www.octobersveryown.blogspot.com/
Three tracks from An Appointment With Mr Yeats, the new album from The Waterboys, are available @ mikescottwaterboys.com/waterboys-news.php
There's some fantastic Irish post-rock for your ears @ overheadthealbatross.bandcamp.com/
Five-track download EP from Dublin dirt, funk ‘n’ grunge merchants The Dirty Valentines.
Not content with being one of the best things at the Electric Picnic, Dublin big beaters – if that’s still the phrase! – Le Galaxie gift us another of their TUNES!!!
Stream of a cracking single from the band that rose Phoenix-like out of the ashes of Giveamanakick, Windings... www.windings.bandcamp.com
Cop an earful of this Waterford quartet who caused a major stir recently at Manchester’s Great GetAway, with big ups from both BBC Radio One and the Daily Mail.
Track Dogs, The Artists Formerly Known As The Garrett Wall Band, funk their way through a great summery pop tune.
Amazing bluegrass band from Bray stream their eponymous debut album – you can also buy it if you want! thecujofamily.bandcamp.com/album/the-cujo-family
The Bard of Dundalk, Jinx Lennon, takes absolutely no prisoners on this 12-track album. jinxlennon1.bandcamp.com/album/hungry-bastard-hibernia
A taster from The Plea’s debut album, which is produced by Richard Ashcroft, U2 and The Verve man Chris Potter. soundcloud.com/planet-function/the-plea-praise-be
Dublin ska merchants Chewing On Tin Foil have an excellent 17-tracker out on the first ever donation-based record label. Technically free but you should cough up a few yo-yos!
Drogheda’s Valentino Is Dead, who used to trade as The Keds, preview their new single. Head to their Facebook for a deadly cover of The Ronettes/The Ramones’ ‘Baby I Love You’. valentinoisdead.com
Lots of lovely streams from Tim Burgess’ O Genesis label including poet Jack Underwood.
79 Cortinaz have a tonne of stuff, both old and new, to download. soundcloud.com/79cortinaz
A&R alert: Insanely catchy single from Kilkenny four-piece Neon Wolf! neonwolf.bandcamp.com
Middletown, Co. Armagh alt. punks Gascan Ruckus have two free EPs for download – and very nifty they are too! gascanruckus.bandcamp.com
Dublin alt. folkers – yes, there’s a hint of the Mumfords about them! – treat you to their Hometimes mini-album. longtails.bandcamp.com
Dreamy – dare one say ethereal – slo-mo instrumental from Letterkenny’s Alaskan. We like!
Not one, not two, but three free EPs from Dublin electro house funk man Bantum. Quality stuff.
Recorded in both Dublin and the Moroccan town of El Jadida, this deliciously soulful tune showcases the talents of both DJ Izem and featured vocalist Aminah Dastan. Another one for the A&R fraternity to get excited about! djizem.bandcamp.com