What, no six week gap between freebies? Shocker.
There’s a new album from long term blog fave Adam Stafford coming up in a couple of months. Smugly I’ll now tell you that I’ve already heard it. It’s brilliant. It’ll be released by Song, by Toad Records in July, which is good, since it keeps up Adam’s recent track record of releasing things with labels I really like, what with his last single having been on Gerry Loves Records and all. You can get a wee taster for yourself now, with the first single from the album, Please, available as a free download here.
Sparrow and the Workshop
Carrying on the “really good bands with albums out from Song, by Toad” theme, here’s a new single from the always ace Sparrow and the Workshop. The Faster You Spin is the second single to be taken from their new album Murderopolis, and you can download it for free here. If you like the sound of that – and why wouldn’t you? – then you can buy yourself a copy of Murderopilis here.
Cash always tend to be pretty tight around Aye Tunes towers, so it’s a compliment and accomplishment that every time Kellar stick out a new album I happily pay money for it at the earliest possible opportunity. Their last album Fulminant was no different. The band have made some stuff available for free now, so I’m off to grab them post haste. Get your paws on four out takes from Fulminant for free here.You can get some free remixes here too.
I love Cuddly Shark. Great band, fab name, swell songs. They’ve got a new single out this week, which I also, unsurprisingly, really like. Out of Sight, Out of Mind is a pay what you want download, available here.
The Lonely Oatcake
I went to a Lonely Oatcake gig years ago, really enjoyed it, but could never get anything to listen to afterwards. Lots of patience has apparently paid off though, as along comes an EP at last. A free one at that, meaning I get to plug it here. A Portrait of the Oatcake as a Young Man is available as a free download here. I rather enjoyed it.
Rounding off this week is one of my favourite new bands. One of your favourite new bands too, if the last set of Readers’ Poll results are to be believed, though there’s been a name change since then, with The Bad Books moniker being dropped in favour of Book Group. Their debut EP Homeward Sound is out at the end of this month, but the lovely Book Group gentlemen will let you have one song, Year of the Cat, from it right now for absolutely free, over here. Edinburgh dwellers can thank them and buy a copy of the EP at the launch gig on May 18th, tickets for that are available here.