Frightened Rabbit

Frightened Rabbit, the indie band from Scotland charmed us last year with The Winter of Mixed Drinks.

Lead singer Scott Hutchison has a most distinctive Scottish brogue.

The band is giving away a free 3-song EP on their website.

The EP begins with “Scottish Winds”.

Veronica Falls

Spin’s November offering of free downloads includes the band Veronica Falls.

This quartet from London recently released their eponymously titled debut.

Hear charming indie pop in the song “Bad Feeling” via Spin and “Right Side of My Brain”, free from the band’s website.

“Bad Feeling”

“Right Side of My Brain”


Moby is set to release a deluxe version of Destroyed, his latest album.

It will be a 3-disc set consisting of the original album from earlier in the year, a bonus CD and a full-length DVD.

“The Poison Tree” is the lead track from the bonus disc. He also donated this song to the David Lynch Foundation album Music That Changes the World.

It is now a free download on Moby’s website.

“The Poison Tree” is Moby at his finest, an electronic slide-guitar blues rocker.

Class Actress

Class Actress is a Brooklyn-based trio fronted by Elizabeth Harper.

Born in Los Angeles, she moved to New York and began as a solo acoustic performer.

Teaming with Mark Richardson and Scott Rosenthal, the synths now ring true on their Rapprocher album.

“Weekend” is a free download from the Class Actress website.

Radiohead Remixed

Radiohead has remixed their superb The King of Limbs album.

It’s entitled TKOL RMX1234567 and features remixes by various producers of the 8 songs from The King of Limbs. 19 remixes in all. Obviously some songs are remixed multiple times.

Here are two remixes of “Lotus Flower”. Almost like new songs. (The original here.)

Lotus Flower (Jacques Greene RMX)

Lotus Flower (SBTRKT RMX)

More CMJ

Yesterday we linked to two free CMJ samplers.

Another appears today from Spin via Facebook.

Download and explore more music of the future.

One of these bands is Slowdance, a Brooklyn-based 5-piece, led by the French-born Quay Quinn-Settel.

“Sweetness” is from their Light & Color EP.

“Sweetness” by Slowdance

CMJ and Weekend

The annual CMJ Music Marathon is currently taking place in New York.

Going strong since 1980, hundreds of indie bands of differing genres showcase their talents throughout the city.

Both CMJ and RCRDLBL have excellent free download samplers of some of the bands performing, including more than a few who have been featured here in the past.

You will also find a San Francisco band, Weekend, that I am particularly fond of.

“Hazel” is from their recently released Red EP.

Occupy Wall Street

Occupy Wall Street calls for a new American Revolution.

This video is good summarization for the uninitiated.

Join the Revolution!

Oh Land

She calls herself Oh Land, a play on her middle name Øland. She’s a Danish singer/songwriter living in Brooklyn.

A former ballet dancer, she creates dreamscapes onstage to her electronic pop sounds.

Here she covers one of my favorite songs, “Bloodbuzz Ohio” by the National. We’re used to the deep baritone of Matt Berninger. Her upper register lends both a new interpretation and new appreciation for the song.

And it’s a free download.

“Bloodbuzz Ohio”

Bombay Bicycle Club

Bombay Bicycle Club is the latest band from England that will soon make a splash in this country.

This quartet from North London take their name from a chain of Indian restaurants.

Their third album, A Different Kind of Fix, was released at the end of August and is beginning to garner the attention it deserves.

“Shuffle” is the first single.

Kate Bush

Earlier this year Kate Bush released Director’s Cut, a remix/reinterpretation of songs from her previous albums, The Sensual World and The Red Shoes.

Director’s Cut was her first album on her own label, Fish People.

She follows now with 50 Words of Snow, an album of entirely new material.

“Wild Man” is the first single.

Real Estate

Real Estate is a relatively new band hailing from New Jersey.

They follow their well-received debut from 2009 with their second album, Days, in the middle of the month.

“It’s Real” is the jaunty first single and is a free download from the Domino Records website.

“Green Aisles” is softer and moodier and is free on SoundCloud.

“It’s Real”

“Green Aisles”

The Humans

Toyah Willcox has had a long illustrious career as both a musician and an actress.

She fronted the punk/new wave band Toyah in the late 70’s and early 80’s and then disbanded the group and turned solo.

Concurrently she appeared in numerous stage productions, films and television shows in England.

Her new group is The Humans, a trio. Bill Rieflin-bass/percussion/keyboards-has contributed to a diverse group of bands most notably REM (when Bill Berry left departed) and Ministry. Chris Wong plays bass and guitar.

Sugar Rush is the new album and features the guitar playing of Toyah’s husband, Robert Fripp, throughout.
Titanium Girl” is the lead track, and I’m particularly fond of “Playing in the Dark”.

“Titanium Girl”

“Playing in the Dark”

Dum Dum Girls

We featured “Bedroom Eyes” by Dum Dum Girls in July from the album Only in Dreams.

The song is pure pop perfection, irresistible, and one of the best of the year.

It is still available as a free download from the band’s website and the video has just been released.

Zola Jesus

The monthly offer continues at Spin with a free download of 12 tracks from the October issue, including a number of artists heard here previously like Blitzen Trapper, Dum Dum Girls, Mates of State, Neon Indian and Wild Flag.

Also featured is Zola Jesus (Nika Rosa Danilova). She’s only 22 but there is such mature dark beauty in her voice.

“Vessel” is from her third album Conatus.