Woo, first Friday Freebies of the year, what a momentous occasion! Or not. First one I’ve remembered to do in a while, which is probably more momentous.
Let’s see what we’ve got this week then, along with a few things I’ve missed previously.
Sadly, The Plimptons have announced their intention to pack it in, with a farewell gig at the end of March being their last outing. Shame that, since they are one of the most fun live bands around, but at least there’s one last chance to catch them on stage. Meanwhile, The Plimptons have made their last – in all senses of the word – album The Plimptons are Cynical and Bloated available to download for whatever price you fancy here.
Another old favourite round this way, The Paraffins have stuck out a live album, Armed Response, as a pay what you want download here. Recorded on phones and ghettoblasters, the results are somewhat rough. If you’d prefer something more polished then the first album from The Paraffins, Snout to the Grindstone, can be had for your choice of price at the moment too, here.
James Clark Jones
Taking a diversion away from our shores to Canada we have James Clark Jones, although his roots are firmly in Scotland, so don’t be afraid of something from elsewhere. James has made his latest album available to download for what you like this week only, so head over here quickly. He’ll be paying another visit to Scotland soon, so if you like what you hear keep an eye out for that.
While we are going round other countries, it’s off to Brooklyn to pay a visit to Magnetic Island. I never did get round to writing up a best albums of 2012 list for the blog, but if I had, and on lists I submitted elsewhere, Magnetic Island’s self titled album from last year took a top five place. You can grab a collection of all their singles for whatever you want to pay here.
Sticking with bands I really like with Island in their name, time for a quick stop in Manchester. I mentioned the then upcoming new album from Monster Island a few times in the freebies before it came out, but never got back to telling you when the album was actually out. Well, the new album from Monster Island. is currently available. It’s right good, and you should go and get yourself a copy of The Retaining Wall for free here.
Armellodie release some of my favourite records. This year shows no sign of that stopping, with new stuff from Cuddly Shark and Galoshins imminent. For a flavour of the label grab their free 2012 sampler here.
Luminous Monsters / Guanoman
Not many people can release a split single with themselves. Since Luminous Monsters and Guanoman are the same person, they (he?) could, and did, and you can get hold of it here.
The New Fabian Society
If you never got around to getting a copy of the first EP from The New Fabian Society then I’ve got good news for you, it’s currently available to download free here. If you’ve missed out in the band in geenral up till now then it’s not to late to get caught up. Have a listen, they are rather ace.