The Free Albums Series, Vol. I – Samplers from Dr. Dog and Freelance Whales Via Noisetrade
Who doesn’t love free stuff? Especially when it’s offered up by heavyweight indie rock and pop talents like Pennsylvania‘s wildly adored Dr. Dog and New York blogger-buzz-band-turned-indie-VIPs, Freelance Whales. While they last, download these two unique samplers from Noisetrade, featuring songs from two of the best albums of 2012. Each sampler also includes tracks from other previous releases.
We always encourage, when it’s offered, to thrown in a tip (even if only for one dollar) for an otherwise free offering to show your love to the band (and, as it should, a portion goes to NoiseTrade). With indie bands struggling to make money from album sales, thousands of tips at one, two, five or more dollars can really add up for a band, allowing them to make more music, shoot cool videos, hire great producers and raise more money to go on the road. The more cash they collect from tips, name your price and regular album and song sales, the more they are able to bring their A-game to fans.
Brotherly Love For Dr. Dog Fills The Void
Last February, Dr. Dog dropped the fantastic album, Be The Void (the band’s second release on Anti-Records), showcasing the critically adored band’s renewed commitment to cultivating a stripped-down live sound. The LP was featured as IRC’s top choice for the first week of February’s Best New Releases, which includes two singles from the album that are not available on this special six-track sampler. Not surprisingly, the singles from Be The Void were also favored by listeners as top tracks via the Top 10 Songs playlist mix for the week prior to Valentine’s Day.
“This record comes from our pushing toward a rawer, more powerful, somewhat jittery competence,” guitarist-vocalist Scott McMicken said. “We drew a lot of inspiration from soul music and the Rolling Stones and the Velvet Underground—music that’s got its roots in live expression rather than that studio-perfected sort of vibe.”
In addition to two tracks from one of our favorite albums of the year, the sampler includes a pair of tracks from the Wild Race EP as well as two tracks from the deluxe edition of 2010′s brilliant LP, Shame, Shame.
“Black Or Red” – Dr. Dog from Shame, Shame (Deluxe Version, 2010)
Dr. Dog is RIYL: Delta Spirit, My Morning Jacket, M. Ward, Givers, The Avett Brothers
Queen’s Freelance Whales Offer Up Free Sampler
After rising to prominence in 2010 with the release of their wildly popular debut album, Weathervanes, and two years of nearly endless touring, Queens‘s revered indie pop band Freelance Whales dropped their sophomore full-length, Diluvia on October 9th via Mom+Pop/French Kiss. The album topped IRC’s picks for Album of the Week for the Best New Releases, Week of Oct. 9th, although it had stiff competition from Lord Huron‘s brilliant new LP, Lonesome Dreams, as well as Ty Seagall‘s Twins , not least the sophomore release from Tama Impala Lonerism. in addition to the newest, splendid album from A.C. Newman, Dana Falconberry and Black Marble. It’s enough to make your head explode trying to sort them all out, because they each have their own lasting qualities.
To make things even more complicated was the surprise album, Cokefloat! from the Glasgow band, PAWS, that has received across the board high marks from the blogosphere and more mainstream press and music sites. So, a bit off topic at this point, but still, it’s important that we bitch slap ourselves for getting that wrong. That’s not to diminish Diluvia one bit – it’s a stunning album at times. Even without Freelance Whales in the mix, it would have still been hard to pick the best of the many other contenders for that week. If you’re looking for albums to add to your collection, or again, to give as gifts, just about any one of those listed above are solid bets.
The fact that the Freelance Whales have dropped this free EP, with a play on the original album name to boot, just weeks after the release of their sophomore release, is certainly a welcome gesture during this holiday season.
“Spitting Image” – Freelance Whales from Codec Diluvia
Diluvia, which was recorded over a two-month period with producer Shane Stoneback, finds Freelance Whales exploring new instrumental experiences; the band clearly grew musically, personally and professionally from their buzz saturated debut to their latest effort. Now, well established, Freelance Whales are considered one of the best ‘indie’ pop bands in the NYC scene, which, in and of itself, speaks volumes when you consider how many amazingly talented bands and artists exist within a 15-mile radius of midtown Manhattan.
“Locked Out” - Freelance Whales from Codec Diluvia
Freelance Whales RIYL: Local Natives, Head and The Heart, Walk The Moon, Passion Pit, Ra Ra Riot