Ten new downloads for y’all…
1. Neko Case & Nick Cave – ‘She’s Not There’ (Zombies Cover)
Sunday night was a big night – HBO’s True Blood returned to TV, and the second it became available to watch online over in the UK, I sat myself down in front of my laptop to find out what was new with the vamps in Bon Temps. I’m a bit of a Trubie (I think that’s what they’re being called nowadays?) Anyway, the producers of the show also commissioned this cover for the upcoming Series Three soundtrack and just like the show, it’s dripping in dark, brooding sexiness.
2. CSS feat. Bobby Gillespie – ‘Hits Me Like A Rock’
This track is up there on my summertime jam playlist. Yes, that is Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie singing along, and yes, it is wonderful. This one’s the first single to be taken from CSS’s latest album, ‘La Liberación’. In case you were wondering what the song’s about, lead lady Lovefoxxx says it’s “a song about another song…about the power of music to date our lives.”
3. YACHT – ‘Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)’
One of music’s quirkiest couples are giving away their most recent single, taken from their new album ‘Shangri-La’. If the song itself doesn’t win you over, at least check out the new Rene Daalder-directed promo video. It’s got two tracks in there (this one, along with ‘Utopia’), for a totally bonkers heaven-hell/utopia-destruction split scenario.
4. Evaline – ‘Beneath The Fire’
I know I’ve raved about these guys before, and for good reason. (And it’s not just because they’ve supported Placebo on tour loads of time and their old drummer is now in Placebo…although that does help). Give their new single a spin, and download it for free over on their Soundcloud page. You can find it on their album ‘Woven Material’ (out now), and can catch them playing at London’s Bull And Gate venue on Wednesday (as well as supporting My Chemical Romance at their July 9th iTunes Festival gig).
5. Radiohead – ‘Staircase’ (Live From The Basement)
So not only are they making surprise “secret” appearances at festivals, but they’re also continuing to roll out the new tunes. Radiohead unveiled a new track called ‘Staircase’, live from Nigel Godrich’s studio (via his From The Basement web series). The band are expected to play ‘The King Of Limbs’ in its entirety on July 1st through the website, and it will also be broadcast on the BBC.
6. Andrew Bird – ‘Bein’ Green’
When it comes to this song, it’s pretty hard to compete with Kermit The Frog – but Andrew Bird sounds oh so lovely trying to. Here’s an early live preview of his cover of the Muppets classic. He’ll be recording a studio version for the forthcoming Muppets tribute album, ‘The Green Album’, which will also feature contributions from the likes of Weezer, Paramore, OK Go, The Fray and Alkaline Trio.
7. AWOLNATION – ‘Sail’ (Innerpartysystem Remix)
On the market for some new dubstep tunes? Innerpartysystem are giving away a big remix of AWOLNATION’s latest single, courtesy of Red Bull Records. You can get AWOLNATION’s new album, ‘Megalithic Symphony’ (which you can stream in its entirety here), on July 4th. And if you want to catch them live, they’ll be hitting up a couple of London venues this September.
8. Hyde & Beast – ‘(And The) Pictures In The Sky’
Two drummers found each other unexpectedly and formed a band. These two drummers also happen to be The Futureheads’ Dave Hyde and ex-Golden Virgins’ Neil Bassett. They’ve been working on an album (with Field Music’s David Brewis contributing on a few tunes) and have just released their first single – which you can swap for an email address on their official website.
9. HeartsRevolution – ‘Are We Having Fun Yet?’ Mixtape
NYC electro-duo HeartsRevolution are giving away a rather excellent half an hour of mixtape over on their official website. A Marilyn Manson cover, Joy Division, Flock Of Seagulls…there’s even a song from a Disney film in there. It’s probably the most eclectic batch of tracks you’ll come across in this lifetime.
10. CREEP – ‘You’ (Planningtorock Remix)
What happens when you leave the dark, minimalist electro-duo CREEP with the bizarre, oddly-shaped prosthetic-nosed Planningtorock? A twisted, gloomy, demonic remix like this. So if you’re not in the mood for those jangly summery anthems, pop this one onto the player instead.