In 2011, William Fitzsimmons released a sleeper, but one with staying power on Nettwerk. Gold in the Shadow is an incandescent recording that should have been on many more year-end lists as a noteworthy entry in the indie folk category.
Noisetrade is offering a free Fitzsimmons sampler (say that three times fast!). Embed is below.
Brassland 2012 Free Sampler
(Download it now at Amazon here. US only.)
1. Buke and Gase – “Your Face Left Before You”
2. Clogs – “Cocodrillo” (ft. Shara Worden)
3. The National – “90-Mile Water Wall”
4. Doveman – “Aftermath” (ft. Norah Jones)
5. Baby Dayliner – “The Way You Look Tonight”
6. Pela – “Episodes”
7. Clogs – “Kapsburger”
8. Erik Friedlander – “May It Please Heaven”
9. Baby Dayliner – “Raid!”
10. The National – “Cold Girl Fever”
11. Doveman – “Sunrise”
12. Clogs – “Pencil Stick”
13. The National – “About Today”
14. Doveman – “Tigers”
NoiseTrade is a terrific site to search for new music. They offer thousands of free downloads by emerging artists and indie labels.
Today, they announced a label sampler by Nettwerk, which features pop and electronica acts such as Submarines, Ivy, Ladytron, and Sarah Mclachlan. Sound eclectic? Sure, but Nettwerk’s byline is “releasing music we love,” not “releasing music according to a tightly wound marketing strategy.” Got to respect that.
Here’s another Nettwerk artist you’ll likely love: Morgan Page, in a new video with a passel of guest artists.
Bang on a Can is celebrating twenty-five years of music making in generous fashion. Between now and Jan. 25th, you can download their new album, Big Beautiful Dark and Scary, via bangonacan25.org. In exchange, they ask for an email address and a memory of a BoaC moment: the former is kept confidential, the latter is published in a scrapbook commemorating the album.
Think this is marketing against one’s own self-interests? Probably not. The iTunes version is for sale from 1/31, and features a bonus track of the ensemble performing Philip Glass’s Closing, with Glass, live. When the physical streets on 2/28, it will be a double disc of premiere recordings that will also feature films of the ensemble. So, instead of a “loss leader,” I tend to think of this release as downtown’s answer to Radiohead’s In Rainbows. In the meantime, Happy New Year, and happy downloading, all!
For those in need of a respite from the constant barrage of overexposed holiday ‘favorites,’ Todd Reynolds has provided just the thing. His recasting of Greensleeves into a deconstructed looping meditation manages to remain in the “festive wintry” pocket while avoiding all the tinsel-laden cloying of so much seasonal dreck. (Note: the video art behind Todd is by R. Luke Dubois).
The track can be heard on his latest Innova release, Outerborough, a double CD that is, in my opinion, one of 2011′s finest alt-classical recordings.
Or, if you prefer to grab this track a la carte, download it here for 99 cents.
New Amsterdam Records has decided to give potential donors an extra opportunity to give to their 2011 fundraiser, extending it today for an additional day. They’re also offering for free download one of the imprint’s finest recent releases (and a Grammy nominee to boot!), Jefferson Friedman’s Quartets played by the Chiara SQ (embed below). Chrismukkah comes early.
We wrote about yMusic a little while back on the blog, but their CD is cause for celebration anytime, even after its formal release. This past week, the group played a “release party” show at Rockwood Music Hall. But if you missed it, fear not, they are also performing at the Beacon Theatre, sharing the bill with My Brightest Diamond.
Shara Worden has done more than share a bill with yMusic. She’s collaborated with them on both her recent CD All Things Will Unwind and appeared as guest vocalist on yMusic’s Beautiful Mechanical CD. The band is sharing “Skin and Bones,” a track featuring Worden, via their Bandcamp page.