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The Cheapskate: The Month In Free Tracks

The Freemium economic philosophy seems to be establishing as the way to go in the world of music. Each week there is more and more top notch material given away. This week’s selection begins with the welcome return to shape of electronic titans UNDERWORLD, who take advantage of the fact British electronic music from the nineties is back in trend. The band is offering their surprisingly catchy comeback single ‘Scribble’ in exchange for your mailing details.

Another of the ongoing retro trends is the revisiting of the C-86 British indie sounds, and no one has done it with more tuneful charm and accuracy than THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART. The four piece from Brooklyn are giving away their brand new single ‘Say No To Love’ and its B-side ‘Lost Saint’ one month ahead of its physical release. At the same time, they have launched a video for their former track ‘Higher Than The Stars’.

And hotly tipped for glory US youngsters THE DRUMS have just released their eponymous debut album surrounded by rave reviews. A remix of their latest single ‘Forever & Ever Amen’ by British indie legends St. Etienne is been offered as a freebie for their growing number of fans.

The world renowned Daytrotter sessions added two new artist to their illustrious list of performers: British energetic rock trio MALE BONDING and Brooklyn popsters TWIN SISTERS. Both recordings are available for everyone to download at Daytrotter’s webpage.

The latest FOUR TET album was a welcomed recovery of Kieran Hebden’s top form and the most recent track taken off from is ‘Angel Echoes’ as remixed by CARIBOU. More electronic artists who return: MATTHEW DEAR premieres his new album under his real name with first taster ‘I Can Feel’ and Dubstep star Kode 9 is responsible for the latest FACT mix. One of his new tracks, ‘You Down Wash’ is also available as a free download.

Exploring more indie ground, JOSE GONZALEZ reignites one of his past projects, the band JUNIP, and offers a krautrock infused 4-track EP anticipating the arrival of their first work in the autumn. Portland trio MENOMENA keep on teasing about their imminent comeback by offering another track ‘Five Little Rooms’; Classic rock revivalists BLACK MOUNTAIN gave away their new single ‘Old Fangs’ and Sub Pop’s all-girl garage band DUM DUM GIRLS were also in generous mood by making their last two singles available gratis.

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9-THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART-The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart

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The C86 revival at his most accomplished. This new Yorkers made an impressive debut by revisiting the different British indie trends during the 80’s – shoegaze; twee boy-girl pop; etc. – showing such reverence that rather than just a tribute to the many seminal bands of the era –Jesus & Mary Chain; My Bloody Valentine; Heavenly, The House Of Love- they looked like a fully-fledged aesthetic rebirth. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart effortlessly appeared as the genre’s natural heirs two decades afterwards, up to drive it forward into the XXI century.

Released on Slumberland/Fortuna Pop. Available to listen in Spotify.

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Primavera Sound Festival 2009: Artist List Announcement

spanish-flag.jpg Ya sabíamos que Pitchfork estaba encargada de uno de los escenarios, y llenaría la edición del Primavera Sound de este año con los mejores sonidos del indie norteamericano; pero el reciente anuncio de la primera lista de bandas participantes ha multiplicado nuestras expectativas hasta el infinito. A las esperadas actuaciones de My Bloody Valentine; los reunidos Throwing Music y Vaselines; Alela Diane …se unen los pesos pesados Sonic Youth, Yo La Tengo Jarvis, Aphex Twin, A-Trak, Shellac, Sunn o)) y un largo etcétera. Aun quedan nombres por confirmar (PJ Harvey & John Parish; Beirut and Brian Eno & David Byrne todos están de gira por Europa en fechas adyacente. Pudiera ser que…). La lista completa tras el salto.

small-uk-flag.jpg We already knew Pitchfork was curating one of the stages, filling this year’s edition of the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona with the best of north America’s current indie crop. However, today’s announcement of the first list of participating band has multiplied our expectations towards the infinite. Next to the already announced highlights of My Bloody Valentine, the reunions of Throwing Music andTthe Vaselines; Alela Diane…heavyweights such as Sonic youth, Yo La Tengo, Jarvis, Aphex Twin, A-Trak, Shellac, Sunn o))) and a long etcetera. There are still names to be confirmed (We could dream or bet on people like PJ Harvey & John Parish; Beirut or Brian Eno & David Byrne all with European live dates not too distant from the Festival). The full list of participating artists after the jump… Read the rest of this entry »

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