Free Music: The Vagabonds – Another Victory For Hysteria

There’s been freebies galore this week. Dublin based punk quartet The Vagabonds have done their bit by making their fantastic debut EP Another Victory for Hysteria available for FREE.

These guys have come in for quite a bit of well deserved praise on the blog in the past – they’re definitely one of the top breakthrough bands in Ireland at the moment.

The EP was put together with the help of Stephen Street (The Smiths, Blur, Babyshambles). It’s a fantastic blend of bash-em-out punk and stirring renditions of personal heartache, strife and politics.

Think of the bastard child of The Pogues, Stiff Little Fingers, The Clash and Whipping Boy – there you have it.

Give it a spin and grab it for FREE via bandcamp below.

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Download: Klaxons – Landmarks of Lunacy EP

On Christmas Day, Klaxons released the Landmarks of Lunacy EP for free. These are from the ill-fated 2008 sessions with Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford rejected by their label for being ‘too experimental’.

As the band put it:

There are periods of time that we have spent together as a band that the only suitable word that comes close to describing them is “Magical” . The three nocturnal weeks spent at Black Box studio in 2008 under the loving guidance of James Ford was undeniably the point where the magic was peaking…Sometimes the only way to let a story release it’s full power and potential is to offer it up to the universe.

The EP is a grower, a down tempo affair but an interesting listen nonetheless. ‘Marble Fields’ is deserving of individual accolade, experimental yet also very absorbing and engaging – no mean feat.

After the decidedly lackluster Surfing The Void one can’t help but wonder what would have happened if the record company hadn’t stuck their oar in?

Landmarks of Lunacy is available to download for FREE in large zipped WAV files here or listenable below.

 Klaxons – The Pale Blue Dot

Klaxons – Silver Forest

Klaxons – Ivy Leaves

Klaxons – Wildeflowers

Klaxons – Marble Fields

The Brothers of Chico Dusty (Big Boi vs. The Black Keys)

Who doesn’t love a good mash-up record?

Over Christmas the little known DJ Wick-It the Instigator (aka Andrew Owsley) introduced us to The Brothers of Chico Dusty. The project pits together tracks from the Black Keys’ Brothers album and Big Boi’s Lucious Left Foot: The Son of Chico Dusty.

The end results are really quite impressive, feels remarkably organic with nothing sounding out of place. Let this be DJ Wick-It’s formal introduction.

You can grab it for FREE from SoundCloud. Here’s two fine reasons to below!

Wick-It The Instigator – You Ain’t The Next DJ

Wick-It The Instigator – Black Bug

Free ‘Chemikal Underground’ Label Sampler

There’s been quite a few record label samplers floating about as 2010 draws to an end. Not to be out done seminal Scottish indie label Chemikal Underground has done the very same and dropped a free MP3 sampler from their roster.

The excellent 16-track compilation includes tracks from MogwaiThe Phantom Band, Panico, Radar Bros and lots more from Chemikal Undergrounds catalogue. It get’s a definite thumbs up! There’s a lot of great stuff on here that would have gone unnoticed.

It’s available to download for FREE from here. Here’s a couple of excellent reasons why you should!

 Radar Bros. – Breathing Again

The Phantom Band – Left Hand Wave

 Sister Vanilla – What Goes Around

 Panico – Bright Lights

Gorillaz Release New Album ‘The Fall’

As promised, Damon Albarn released the new Gorillaz album The Fall on Christmas day. The album was recorded using an iPad while on tour in North America over 32 days. Essentially it’s a diary to the said tour – hence the track titles ‘Detroit’, ‘Phoner To Arizona’ and ‘Bobby In Phoenix’.

It’s a pretty chilled and relaxing listen. Mick Jones, Paul Simonon, Bobby Womack and others pitch in but it’s Albarn’s vocals, instrumentation and a serious dose of synths which takes centre stage.

It’s available to stream or to download via the fan club.

Here’s the video for ‘Phoner to Arizona’ and ‘Detroit’.

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 Gorillaz – Detroit via wewanttobeyoung