Last Day of Summer is the aptly-titled new record from Austin’s White Denim released last week. The band have been busy in the studio this summer laying tracks for their un-titled third studio album, this from the same session serves as a stopgap until album number three arrives.
Musically Last Day of Summer is a bit brighter, breezier and mellower than what has gone before. It was released via their website for free or you can send a donation to help the band pay for the cost of upcoming tours and the third album.
Galway musician Evil Uncle has released a new EP Songs for the Road. In a novel move sure to endear him to many a cash strapped music fans the price has been set at rather reasonable €0.00. The release coincided with an intriguing guerilla distribution campaign, 5,000 copies been left on cars down at Electric Picnic with a further 2,000 copies left in random places around Dublin, Cork and Galway.
“We were going through the process of getting the EP into record stores and trying to decide a price and I just decided, fuck it, why not just give it away? There’s a recession going on and the people must have music. Besides, every drug dealer worth
his salt knows that you give the first hit away for free….”.
It’s a rather curious mix of influences and styles all wrapped up in a DIY box with interesting lyrics, beautiful melodies, strong vocals (al a Simple Kid/Ray Davies) and some serious melancholy.
A Debut album is nearing completion and nationwide tour is pencilled in for November, if this is a taste of things to come we’re in for a treat.
Here’s two reasons to grab Songs For The Road for free now from www.eviluncle.eu
Max Tannone the brains behind Jaydiohead and Mos Dub is back, previously he’d mashed Jay-Z over Radiohead and Mos Def over old school reggae and dub cuts. The New York mix specialist has returned with Dub Kweli, yeah you guessed it, this time he’s turned his attention to the other half of Blackstar, mashing Talib Kweli with classic dub and reggae tracks.
This fusion of Kweli’s rhythmic delivery of intelligent, insightful and political lyrics with the old school Jamaican reggae and dub vibes feels honest and fresh, with Tannone’s eye for mixing and timing coming to the fore. The end result isn’t too dissimilar to Mos Dub, excellent feel good vibes and rhythms that you can nod your head to, a must have for fans of hip-hop, reggae and mash-ups, and, oh did I mention it’s free?
Here’s three very good reasons to grab the entire album from his website
Ireland’s premier purveyor of hip-hip Captain Moonlight has made his exceptional Agroculture Trilogy available for free digital download via bandcamp. He’s one of the few musicians willing to speak his mind on serious and controversial political issues while producing intelligent, honest, hard-hitting, often humorous hip-hop.
My admiration for this guys talent is well noted so I won’t digress any further – here’s three reasons to get the albums.
Grab all three albums from the Agroculture Trilogy – Live From the Farmshed | Return of the Barnstormers | On the Loughhere
Like old school Rock or Eagles of Death Metal? Then Diggus Diccus ‘Home of the Hot Throbbing Riff’ are the band you’ve been waiting for. I’ve been spinning the album all day and not for the first time I’ve been beaten to it by Nialler9 who’s description; ‘Ireland’s premier providers of hard cock-rocking riffs are waiting for you to climb their flagpole of love’ can’t be bested – says it all really.
Download their album Twelve Inches Of Love for free. They play their debut gig at the free State vs. Popical Island gig in the Mercantile, Dublin tomorrow night.
It’s not often a mysterious release arrives from a band so elusive it’s near impossible to find anything about them online. It seems everyone’s struggling to discover more about Guards, all that’s known so far is they are based in NY and buzz band Cults bluntly announced via twitter they featured on this new debut EP. It might as well have dropped straight from the sky.
This kind of inscrutable nature intrigues me (it’s probably designed to do so). It turns out if you didn’t already know, not knowing anything about a band doesn’t inhibit the enjoyment of music especially when it’s this good, memorable 60’s inspired, breezy, lo-fi garage rock at it’s very best.
The EP features collaborations with Caroline Polachek of Chairlift as well as Cults. It’s solid as a rock the whole way through but don’t just take my word for it, download it for FREE from their bandcamp page – here’s two very good reasons why you should below.
The more I hear from Lady Chann the more impressed I am and this latest mixtape is no different, in fact it pretty much confirms all my suspicions. Dun Dem Season Vol.1 is mixed by Mad Decent’s Dancehall-Electro-Soundsystem South Rakkas Crew and along with the UK’s proclaimed ‘Dancehall Queen’ Lady Chann it includes Serocee, Toddla T, Warrior One, J2K, Beenie Man and Sticky.
If that wasn’t enough its FREE to download from her MySpace, enjoy.
Summer has arrived and it’s got a new best friend, Mos Dub. The album is the brainchild of New York producer Max Tannone who has by now a pretty solid reputation for mashups. It can be an arduous task trying to find great mashups and mixtapes sometimes, due to the sheer volume on the web these days, fear not, this guy doesn’t disappoint.
The idea of pitting the lyrical stylings of Mos Def against the classic sounds of old school Jamaican reggae and dub is nothing short of genius and would be littered with pitfalls for most. Mos Dub cares not for pitfalls and strides majestically forward fusing the finest elements of styles and genres, capturing all the feel good vibes and rhythms of reggae and rap to give an honest and fresh feel. Max’s skills for timing, mixing and mashing are impeccable without doubt. Similarly chosing the intelligent, political and insightful lyrics of Mos Def’s which aren’t too far from what you would see from actual reggae artists gives it a true authentic Jamaican feel.
Whether or not like me, you’re a fan Mos Def and all his musical guises be it solo or in Blackstar with Talib Kweli, this blend with reggae and dub is a marvelous piece of work, let’s hope we get plenty of scorching sunshine to go with the cracking summertime tunes!
There is something hugely endearing about mashup records, perhaps it’s the unique blend of familiarity and the intrigue of the unknown involved. They became an art form in their own right (for me) after discovering 2 Many Dj’s, Girl Talk and brilliant bootlegs like The Clash: London Booted and Blur: Parkspliced. So what of the here and now?
UK-based The Reborn Identity has put together a clever and slick mashup record in ‘Britpop Rebooted’, which rework some old Britpop classics from the likes of Blur, Supergrass and Oasis with a multitude of other tracks and genres. This is far from a simple excercise in ‘Britpop nostalgia’, bolstered by the use of other artists both past and present adding greatly to the value of the record, most notably ‘Rebel Stereo’ and ‘Blurring the Sheets’, mash-ups of Supergrass/Bowie and Blur/Ellie Goulding respectively.
It’s obvious that a huge amount of time, effort and dedication has gone into this work, especially when you take into account that many other bootlegs are collaborative ventures involving numerous different Dj’s. It’s great to see that there is still a vibrant and burgeoning mashup scene which is very much alive and well. Equally refreshing is the continuing tradition of the online bootleg which demonstrates the dedication and love for this unique form. The good news is you can download the full album for free here, but if you still need convincing there are two very good reasons after the jump.