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  • Clap You Hands Say Yeah side project Radical Dads have a song to give away from their website but don’t expect any lectures.
  • One of only 2 German blogs (here’s the other) we read (no strictly true since we’re languagephobes) Coast Is Clear has a admirably defined taste. Today there are too tracks from the Hives/OMD (!) Paper.
  • There ain’t much better than enjoying a brew to the sounds of a boy/girl pop group, or so said my sadder older sister. I’d imagine the kettle would have run dry with this one from Cotton Jones, I’d probably join her. Posted by the terminally cool Aquarium Drunkard.
  • Despite for all the world sounding like a Eurovision song (see photo above for confirmation) Stytzer has seen to post the number 1 in Denmark from Forest & Crispian. Totally forgiveable because in an unguarded moment we spotted one of own toes tapping. Another +1 for the cutie piano player.
  • Oh no! Matthew is being ambivalent again, that said we agree with him except for Shilpa Ray ’cause she’s great.
  • Brian Sendrowitz’s Beat Radio like nothing more than to give tons of free tracks away and the best thing is the tunes are top notch. Try ‘Treetops’ and ‘Strange Flowers’ for starters, proper songs from a proper band.
  • Countrified Irish band the Harvest Ministers have bubbled under for many a long year but that hasn’t dented Will Merrimen’s passion and aren’t we the lucky ones. There are about half a dozen tracks to download from the band’s site (scroll down), the best of which we think is ‘That Won’t Wash’.
  • Sometimes we scratch our heads at all the attention that White Lies get (and then she proceeds to focus on the self same band) but how could you resist the little scamps when they hand over the ‘Is Love’ files to Stereolab for a hammond fused retailoring? Nope, nor could we. You can download the Gallic/Scottish play acting below. No mention of White Lies on here for at least 24 hours…….
  • Indie Rock Cafe does periodic blockbuster posts with mp3 player filling downloads which are pretty much always on the money. The latest missive does a retrospective on the year just passed and includes songs from among others Deerhunter, Arcade Fire, Wild Nothing and Two Door Cinema Club.
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Nowadays everyone wants everything for nuttin’, you’ve come to the right place

  • Venezuelan electronica ain’t what it used to be, that is until Algodón Egipcio gave it the requisite kick up the arse. Looks like Lefse have done it again and pulled a winner from nowhere. The simply wondrous ‘El Ingenio Humano’ is downloadable from the label‘s site. Dance, dance, dance to the internet.
  • Bitchspoon have a great track record in uncovering top new stuff but they’ve gone and revealed something new from the already brilliant Swedish troupe I’m From Barcelona. ‘Get In Line‘ sounds like their usual mix of group mirth and madness.
  • Pasta Primavera hit the jackpot with New Yorker Ghost Pal and his retro stylings. This is top notch new music with plenty of spirit.
  • My Old Kentucky Blog is one of the old guard but that doesn’t stop dodge from posting some of the best stuff out there. Today he got to premier British band Fujiya And Miyagi‘s ‘Yoyo‘ and a snazzy little download it is too.
  • Quickly Before It Melts is quick off the mark with the new Hey Rosetta! song, he’s quite the fan and by the sounds of the anthemic ‘Yer Spring‘ we will soon be too.
  • Sign up to his teacosinesses mailing list and get 4 free tracks. Sounds like a good deal to us even if he has been less interesting of late.
  • Chromewaves is named after a Ride song (wonder does he use google’s browser) and that’s good enough for us. One of the most music respected and hard working blogs on the web Frank (the blogs sole author) spends a large portion of today’s post talking about the Concrete’s (including 2 d/ls) and their show at the Horseshoe in Toronto.
  • Every day since the beginning of time David from Largehearted Boy has been posting free and legal mp3’s. We reckon he is about 3 thousand years old but thankfully he hasn’t let his advancing years affect his quality control. Here is today’s varied batch.
  • Connor from IGIF has a delirious ramshackling indie shuffle from Mean Wind.
  • Song, By Toad gives the new Decemberists album a guarded thumbs up and also posts 2 song choices to back up his supposition.
  • Not sure how we missed this back in October but here it is regardless, the newish song from the Go! Team called ‘T.O.R.N.A.D.O.’. They haven’t shifted all that much but do they sound more polished (boo!)?
  • The utterly haunting Her Name Is Calla‘s back catalogue can be downloaded in full, lots of slowcore to get through here so have some chocolates at the ready.
  • Yesterday we cried as we heard the watery new track from the Trail of Dead but fear not as here is a reminder of their glorious past.
  • Don’t rue your chance to snag some great tracks from NY based Rioux. He has a new album coming out ‘Everything You Need Is Right Here’ on vinyl amongst other physical media. Fans of electronica will be enraptured.
  • And speaking of whistling and happiness you should try out this free EP from Hi Ho Silver Oh, that is unless you have something against smiling.
  • First of the morning and it’s a goodie from those ingenious whistlers from Sweden Peter Bjorn and John. To get their new song ‘Breaker, Breaker’ sent to your inbox just fill in your email address below. New album ‘Gimme Some’ is out soon on Star Time International (Columbia offshoot).
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To mp3 or not to mp3, that is the question

  • Amazon have a free White Lies mp3 (‘Bigger Than Us’) from their new album ‘Ritual’, better be quick though as it’s likely to be only for today.
  • Bologna’s favourite indie sons A Classic Education (now signed to the best new label on the web Lefse Records) are preparing to tour with British Sea Power and have also unveiled a couple of new songs – the jangly epic (and somewhat early U2 sounding) ‘Night Owl‘ being our favourite available over here.
  • What do Badly Drawn Boy, the Charlatans, Martina Topley-Bird, Idlewild and El Guincho have in common then? Why they all have free mp3s available for download from the Insound free mp3 page(s)!
  • Lovely bedroom pop doesn’t get much lovelies than Pinkle. Rumours of a reunion with Perkle seem wide of the mark however. You can download his latest album ‘House Plants‘ from his label.
  • Nobody can quite do feisty like Shilpa Ray. She started out with Beat The Devil but now flies the flag along with her backing band the Happy Hookers. There’s a new album in the offing but in the meantime try some old songs (click mp3s on the left sidebar). A seminal talent.

  • The cryptically titled Rawkblog finds a little belter in Little Scream.
  • Some classy old school indie from Brooklyn band Bronze, by way of introduction you should head this way to get their self-titled debut EP on a silver platter.
  • Sao Paulo is big and scary but inside the heaving metropolis sits a band called Some Community who sound like Bis 15 years ago. Suddenly we’re making plans to give the city another go as ‘Random Words‘ plays like a hyperactive 3 year old in the corner.
  • Lia Rose has stolen our hearts so easily we hardly noticed the tears in our eyes. Download ‘Sister’ and watch as the gibberish flows from your heartstricken head.
  • For lots of reasons Colin Clark from And Before The First Kiss is our favourite blog author, mostly because he writes from the heart rather than the head and also because he sync’s up perfectly with our tastes. Here he introduces Bear Pilot from Sweden who made a lovely video about outdoor bingo (which should probably be outlawed in upper Europe except, of course, for those countries seeking to lower their pension bill).
  • All we had to do was listen to ‘A Finch That Flew Beyond The Sky’ and we were sold on Texan band Treebends widescreen electro forays. The band are offering up 2 EP’s worth of material for free.
  • Yusuf Azak‘s ‘Eastern Sun‘ was one of our favourite tracks from 2010 and was taken from ‘Turn on the Long Wire’, released on the Edinburgh micro (but on a relentless upward curve) label Song, By Toad Records.
  • Here is a song from one of Dublin’s great hopes the Gorgeous Colours, they can write songs with bright melodies, yeah from Dublin I know! From the evidence of ‘The Creatures Down Below’ they are obviously big Flying Pickets fans. Forgiveable.
  • Imagine what the Pipettes would have sounded like had they grown some hairy ones. That’d be the Dum Dum Girls and this be ‘Bhang Bhang, I’m A Burnout‘ from the dreamy Slumberland Records label.
  • We’ve consistently held the belief that Tuesday is the most boring day of the week so why not kickstart it with a little madness from Thick Shakes who’ve got a free EP to giveaway on their bandcamp. ‘Neighbor’s Goods‘ had us thinking it was Friday afternoon.
  • One of the true original free music download websites (and probably still one of the best) Epitonic is back from the dead and has started posting daily tunes. Listen, download and praise the skies that they’ve seen sense.
  • Excited, exited….And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead have a new one on the way! Brooklyn Vegan have a new track called ‘Weight of The Sun’ to giveaway. Hooray, pity it is such a let down (when did they turn into Korn?). Not so excited….
  • A new song is available for free download (if you are in Europe, what is that all about?) from the forthcoming Glasvegas “EUPHORIC /// HEARTBREAK \\\” LP. It’s called ‘The World Is Yours’ and doesn’t stray too far from the template offered on their debut.
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Getting Down & Dirty

  • Straight off the press from Sweden’s This Year’s Model, a classic slice of indie from their new album ‘We Walk Like Ghosts‘. ‘No Miracles’ is available for save-link-asing as well as several older tracks. Wonderful stuff.
  • The Dodos are offering a 10 minute drone piece (their words) for download from their site. Sounds like Eno recording something from an airport lounge (our words). The band have a new album due in March called ‘No Color’ (or european spell checker).
  • mp3hugger in pants wetting stereo moment owing to his admiration (it’s more than that) for San Diego’s TV Girl. Having to change lots of nappies in the corridors of Dischordant after hearing this too.
  • Jared from 5 Acts may not say an awful lot but then he doesn’t need to as the music he posts is for the most part wonderful. Listen to this languid piece of electronica from Exact Index he posted recently for all the evidence you need.
  • The Devil Has The Best Tuna is futuregazing and giving some French electro a right good talking up, hard to argue with this grimy industrial piece though.
  • Some fuzzy near shoegaze from All Saints Day on one of the oldest music blog’s indie-mp3.
  • Town Full of Losers shows us why Midlake are far superior than their last album ‘The Courage of Others’ would have you believe. ‘Roscoe’ is a classic at this stage.
  • Pretty Much Amazing does it again with a so-so new track from Cold War Kids. Video posted for the same song also.
  • If you are looking for an authority on the Irish music scene then you should try Harmless Noise, run by Nay McArdle. She recently posted a demo track from Jape‘s forthcoming album so she’s on the ball.
  • Here is something a little different from Ireland, Cork to be precise, Meadhbh Boyd does a nice line in experimental traditional music (no, us neither). Head over to her soundcloud for lots of free stuff.
  • Wowsers, we thought Cut Copy were a dance act, not anymore!
  • Germany’s answer to Teenage Fanclub, Seaside Stars, are giving away a melody flush 5 track zip to everyone once you tell the world how great they are….and they are.
  • Another lovely release from San Fran label Shelflife Records, this time from White Wishes who are giving their new EP ‘Today’ for nowt.
  • Radiohead are at it again, this time offering a free download of one of their concert DVD’s. This time they’ve desisted with the admin charge, karma police take note, but then Haiti could do with some of your help.
  • Norweigan twee poppers My Little Pony have a free track called ‘Miracle’ (as in the fact that Hasbro haven’t been knocking down their door) to give away courtesy of their label Spoon Train.
  • We predict that this Nashville girl is going places, or as Chrissie Hynde might have said pretty soon Natalie Prass will have you in her pocket. Here’s a free track (‘Deer’) from here latest EP ‘Small & Sweet’.
  • There are a lot of free albums out there but not many are that good. Here is one that is from youthful types Midi & The Modern Dance.
  • With Sub Pop‘s glorious catalogue new band announcements tend to be worth checking out and so it came to pass that Mister Heavenly instantly won our approval. You can download 2 tracks from their upcoming LP from their website. Actor Michael Cera is a member don’t you know.
  • Great piece from Stereogum on 20 great overlooked album’s from last year. Includes lots of tracks to transfer to your hard drive.
  • AudioPorn Central and several dozen other onliners herald the arrival of Rainbow Arabia‘s 7″ ‘Without You’, and with that so did we!
  • Verbose and witty Asleep On The Compost Heap goes all historical with classic tracks from the Stone Roses and Rollerskate Skinny.
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Maybe We Should Feed Them After Midnight

  • The Music Alliance Pact gathers 35 blogs from differing nations together each month, each giving the lowdown on a new band from their territory. Great idea, well executed. IGIF has this month’s effort.
  • With a lead singer called Murray Lightburn the chances of the Dears doing well were always high. Spinner has a new tracks from the Canadian band that touches on old skool Radiohead.
  • Pretty Much Amazing is reporting a new Panda Bear song which is downloadable from the site, always good news.
  • Here’s are some tropical beats from Canarian El Guincho. Watch his latest vid, it’ll open your eyes and maybe your mind!
  • What a shock to hear of the death of Broadcast‘s Trish Keenan, 42, from swine flu. Now that’s what I call a chanteuse. As you’d expect there are tons of Broadcast songs around the place, the pick of the bunch include an unreleased multi-song mixtape on the Arts Desk, ‘America’s Boy’ on the Daily Growl, ‘Before We Begin’ on mp3hugger and ‘Pendulum’ on Rjominn.
  • The chances of them producing another great album seems to be receding but at least Mogwai are still giving it a go. ‘Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will’ is the title of their newbie and Das Klienicum has ‘Rano Pano’ and ‘San Pedro’ from it.
  • For a good taster of what’s going on in the Irish scene you can listen/download 2 U I Bestow‘s 10 ones to watch. Our money is on Milan Jay.
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Hello Cruel Webworld!


  • Daytrotter is one of the most unique music sites on the web offering full downloads of their carefully recorded performances from some of the best bands in the world. The most recent one came from low slung genius of Iron & Wine.
  • Obscure Sound is dedicated to his blogging trade and carefully pours over every download, this time around he has 5 mp3s from the fab Swedish neugaze shoegazers the Radio Dept.
  • If you’re not sick of best of 2010 lists by now then you should check out snotty blogger I Pick My Nose, if only to marvel at his/her on the money choice for top song of the year from Frightened Rabbit. Lot of downloads including the aforementioned ‘Nothing Like You’.
  • Subpop have a veritable treasure trove of free tracks on their website, why not start your hunt for them with dreamy duo Beach House.
  • Europe’s premier expo for new bands (including some old stagers like Grinderman and Blonde Redhead) Eurosonic has just kicked off and they have a clutch of free downloads from participating bands.
  • Songs from Northern (and erm Eastern) Britain as Normal Blake of Teenage Fanclub and Euro Childs from disbanded Gorky’s Psychotic Mynci form Jonny. Despite not having releasing anything as of yet they are already giving a free EP away. Bandwagonesquers.
  • Shortlist for the Irish version of the Mercury Music Prize was announced today. On the list are the jerky chord meisters the Cast of Cheers who are giving their album away for free.
  • Getting serious on us are you A Lull? You’ll shoot your eye out with those weapons.
  • An oldie but a goldie (or should that be a silvery?) from Spoon.
  • Nialler9 is all about summery electro head Lord Huron. About time Niall.
  • Swedish sweathearts Labrador have an electro song from Pallers that is perfect for a crisp January morning.
  • The ever reliable Spinner has a promo track from British Sea Power. It’s pretty dull so let’s hope the album is a big improvement. The reviews have been mixed to date.
  • Music blog mp3hugger reports on the untimely demise of jangle meisters the Twin Atlas with a cute one called ‘It Ever Happened’. The band are giving every single bit of their music away for free on the site, nope, Christmas ain’t over yet!



And so it begins……

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