I normally leave this kind of thing to my friend/occasional promoting partner/arch nemesis Peenko for his Friday Freebies series, but he occasionally misses stuff I think is worthy of a plug.
I could tell him of course, but hey, why let him have all the traffic from the freeloaders? He gets enough from me tweeting stuff I’ve found on Bandcamp anyway
Anyway, here’s a few things I like that are available as free downloads, or in some cases name your price with no minimum, so you can decide for yourself if you want to pay for it.
There can never be enough side projects from members of Dananananaykroyd, can there? This one comes from Duncan Robertson, with a little added drums from Paul Carlin. The description on Bandcamp reads “I was trying to teach myself to use a new bit of software, but the only lesson learnt was how bad I can be at letting songs just go. Listen quick, before I change my mind and gather them all back up.”
Do be sure to get in there quick then, because the songs are pretty good.
Peenko did cover this one, but as it follows nicely from Duncan and the Ex-Teens I’m including it too. In case you don’t know, the reason it follows nicely is that Ghost Pants is, mainly, Dananananaykroyd’s Paul Carlin. This single is described as a thank you to everyone who has paid attention to Ghost Pants over the last seven months. If you haven’t paid attention so far now would be a good time to start. The single is available for free, along side the three already released Ghost Pants EPs which are on a name your price basis.
Laeto mostly grabbed attention this week by surprising everyone with the release of their third album, which you can find here. To celebrate the release of that Too Many Fireworks have made the second Laeto album, Zwoa, available on a name your price basis for a limited time.
We love The Japanese War Effort round these parts. This is, as the name suggests, a protest song touching on a regular Japanese War Effort theme of football, and why giving the World Cup to Qatar isn’t great. Really, really good.
An extra free track from The Japanese War Effort, this time remixed by dems. When I eventually get round to a post with my favourite songs both The Japanese War Effort and dems will both be making appearances. You can find the original version of Ribbit on the new Gerry Loves Records Split 12″, which is well worth a purchase.
Posted a bit about this yesterday, but if I’m rounding up free downloads I may as well include it again. Short version – this is a 16 track compilation released by Electropapknit Records, featuring loads of good music.
As mentioned in the gig guide this week Gargleblast Records have a Christmas party happening tomorrow night. Nice timing then that they’ve put this release up for free download. Two songs each from Foxface, Pan and De Rosa, originally given away as a free CD-R at the 2007 Gargleblast Christmas party. Someone once tried to sell me one of the CDs for £25, I’m glad I resisted and waited two years instead. Incidentally, whatever happened to Foxface? They seemed to quietly vanish a year or so ago and I miss them a bit.
Released before I’d even had a chance to plug Batch 1, so go grab both free from Soundcloud.
Fence Collective members Viva Stereo are preparing to release their fourth album early next year and have released this teaser for it. Since I first looked at the Bandcamp page they’ve also added a second track to the download, a little Christmas song. That’s either sneaky of them, or punishment for me spending too much time lurking around Bandcamp and downloading things too early. The single is only up for a limited time, so get in quick. You can find out more about Viva Stereo at their website. Oh, fun fact, Viva Stereo share a member the The Vitamin Sees, who I interviewed here a wee while back.
Hailing from Aberdeen but now based in Paris – which is a far more sensible move than going to Aberdeen from Motherwell – Mark McCabe will be making an appearance in the advent calendar in the coming days. Before then though he has an EP available on name your price which is worth a listen. He ploughs the same folky acoustic pop furrow that so many do, but does it well. There’s even a little Xcerts cover version in there.
Quite simply one of my favourite songs released this year. Originally on the Blooms EP Miaoux Miaoux has now released Snow as a free download single, backed with a remix featuring real, actual snow. Just a beautiful song, basically.
There’s also a variety of Christmas themed freebies kicking around, but I’m saving those for the advent calendar!
Now to sit back and wait to get sued/battered.