You probably don’t need me to tell you that Adele‘s new single “Hello” is currently ubiquitous. Open up your window, wait a moment, and you’ll surely hear it on the wind. There’s evidence that “Hello” has become self-aware and fully sentient, and rumor is that the song has secured its own recording contract and may or may not be dating Taylor Swift. Covers of this zeitgeist single are pinging off every corner of the Internet — a thing with corners, obviously — with mixed results. It’s best left to Yonas, then, to really do something new with this song. Yonas has spent the last couple of years helping redefine the term “remix,” taking popular singles and essentially rewriting the bulk to create a unique track. As with previous efforts, the Bronx MC forgoes samples in favor of a well-crafted full band version, collaborating in this case with the modern rock band Living In Fiction. Yonas riffs on the vibe of the original lyric with some self-reflexive, rapid fire verses of his own. As always, he proves himself one of the best independent rappers in the game. Check out this clip, directed by Mike Squires, and get a free download of the song here. Follow @.
One of the best amp’d up yet chilled out retro garage surf rock bands in America is giving away free downloads of their latest EP. The Wallies, who released the Vanilla Sex EP back in April, have teamed with Noisetrade to offer the downloads in exchange for nothing more than a valid email address. Take advantage right here.
We recently featured Stellar Young‘s video for “Nomad” as our Video of the Month here at OurStage (you can see the current VotM on the homepage). Turns out that the Albany quintet is the band that just keeps on giving, and right now they’re offering their entire discography on a name-your-price basis, even if that price is ZERO. We particularly recommend their latest LP Vessels. Get it now! You can watch the “Nomad” video below.
Jitta On The Track continues to be one of the most prolific rappers in the game. Chances are pretty solid that he’s tracking a new song right now, whenever you might be reading this. And now you can get some of the most recent Jitta releases for free. Start with his brand new single “1 Million,” released to commemorate a million plays on Soundcloud.
And then by the time you’re done with those, Jitta will probably have like 4 more singles out.
The Shills have just released a new single, called “Some They Try,” and are now offering it as a free download. The band is celebrating having reached their PledgeMusic goal, with the funds going toward a new album. “Some They Try” is an exciting, upbeat, pop-soul song, but like most Shills material, defies standard categorization. You’ve got to hear it. Get it free here.
I don’t know how we missed this, but a couple of weeks ago, one of our longtime favorites, The Well Reds, released a new video for their song “Carousels.” The song is characteristically grand, driving, and melancholic, but ultimately hopeful. Singer Jeremy Ezell describes it: “We all have a story. We all have a cycle to break. Carousels is a song for those who believe in something bigger than their circumstances.” Watch the video below and download the song (+4) for free at Noisetrade.
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Were you hoping this headline meant guitarist Jonny Greenwood had finally pushed the right sequence of buttons on his daisy-chained synthesizers and effects pedals to launch himself and his bandmates in Radiohead back a couple of decades, unleashing their experimental outer-space anti-rock stylings on a Stone Temple Pilots-fatigued 1995 public, Ziggy Stardust-style? Me too.
It’s still pretty good news though. Paste Magazine, which hosted a show at New York’s Tramps nightclub heralding the release of Radiohead’s smash second record, The Bends, has made available to the public a recording of that night’s set as a free download. It’s a great show, and a gift to both die-hards as well as the more faint-hearted Radiohead fan who doesn’t understand what all this bleeping and blooping has been about since OK Computer. Go on and get it!
The Hood Internet have a long history of creating genius musical concoctions from the best and brightest efforts out of urban music. This morning, a new release fromt the outfit title “Doin’ It Good” found its way online, and I think it may be their best effort to date. The Chicago based production-duo takes Kanye’s hit song “Good Life” and sets it to the tune of “Doin’ It Right,” off of Daft Punk’s new album, Random Access Memories. Click here to stream and download the offering.
Kaye West’s new album, Yeezus, hits stores next month. Random Access Memories is available now wherever musc is sold.
Alt-rock pop-punk outfit Pentimento have been through a rough patch for the past few months, dealing with the ugly legal side of the music industry. On their website, the Buffalo-based band explains that they have been at battle with their former label Panic Records over the rights to their recordings and the release of their debut self-titled album. The label has issued a legal threat to the band as well as to their current label Paper + Plastick and their second distribution label Black Numbers. As a result, the band has been unable to set any specific release dates or have any physical copies pressed. Even worse, they have decided to part ways with their labels in order to protect them from legal action.
Today, Panic Records released a statement in response to this matter, which you can read on their Facebook page. The message basically points out that “there are two sides to every story,” claiming that the band are responsible for the initiation of this legal debacle.
While the situation is still unresolved, Pentimento still want to get their music out, so they have made their debut LP available online for free, with the humble option of donating to help them cover the costs of recording. If you would like to support them, click here to read their side of the story, check out their music, and consider offering a contribution.
If you like Pentimento, you might also like OurStage’s own Otenki.
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