1. Black Mountain – ‘The Hair Song’
Canada’s Black Mountain have just released another single from their forthcoming album, ‘Wilderness Heart’ (out September 14th). This follow-up to ‘Old Fangs’ is a track you can really just rock out to. Vocalist Amber Webber told Spinner, "We tried the song a few different ways and nothing seemed to work…We ditched it for a bit and then came back to it, and that's when it became not-so-minimal.”
2. The Drums - 'Down By the Water'
Brooklyn indie boys The Drums have just released this fresh, mellow track off of their self-titled, debut album. They'll be setting off on a North America tour with Surfer Blood soon, then will be back in the UK in November.
3. Jason Mraz – ‘Spirit In the Sky’
Levi’s Jeans have been hosting a series called “Pioneer Sessions 2010 Revival Recordings”, featuring free downloads of classic songs covered by some of today’s biggest recording artists. This week, you can grab Jason Mraz’s rendition of Norman Greenbaum’s forty-year-old track, ‘Spirit In the Sky’.
4. Les Savy Fav – ‘Let’s Get Out Of Here’
In exchange for an email address, this new track can be yours. Taken from the band’s forthcoming fifth studio album ‘Root For Ruin’, it’s bubbly and summery and it should be loaded onto your iPods immediately.
5. The Sword – ‘Tres Brujas’
The Sword are a heavy metal rock band from Austin, Texas. They’ve toured the globe with Metallica, they recently supported Ozzy Osbourne at the iTunes Festival, and their album ‘Warp Riders’ is out on August 23rd. Here’s a free download of the studio version of ‘Tres Brujas’ (aka “three witches”).
6. Timber Timbre - 'Demon Host'
Timber Timbre will be releasing his self-titled debut album on September 20th, and Full Time Hobby are offering a free download of title track 'Demon Host'. This Canadian folk/country/blues musician will be supporting Phosphorescent on tour in September.
7. Dinosaur Pile-Up – ‘Headspinner’
They’ve just released their new single ‘Birds and Planes’ (from the album ‘Growing Pains’, due out October 4th), and now you can download the song’s B-side, ‘Headspinner’, for free for a limited time. They’ll also be heading out on a UK tour in October, so be sure to check them out.
8. Jenny Wilson – ‘Like A Fading Rainbow’
Another excellent free track courtesy of Urban Outfitters, this one’s from Swedish singer-songwriter Jenny Wilson. She can do some amazing things with her voice, and this song’s got a lot of soul. This track’s off her 2009 album ‘Hardships!’.
9. Sean Bones – ‘Let’s Do Something Else’
If you gave Belle and Sebastian a bit more groove and funk, it might sound something like this. The video (which you can watch below) features a crowd of people in funny costumes riding children’s bikes in the rain – which looks just as fun as the song sounds.
10. Huoratron – ‘gBay’
Huoratron is the solo project of this Finnish producer and member of Aku Raski (who used Game Boy consoles to produce dark electro). His ‘Prevenge’ EP was released digitally yesterday (with a full-length due out in 2011). Go get your free download of his latest release, ‘gBay’.