Sea Monsters 3 streaming now!

Sea Monsters 3 is still a few weeks away yet, but to get us in the mood, they’ve put up a Soundcloud stream of the cd that they’re giving out to people who buy a week ticket. It features one track from each band who are playing, so if there’s anyone you haven’t heard of (which is still quite a few even for us), you can take a listen here:

That’s not all though. Over on Bandcamp, they’re GIVING AWAY downloads of the past two years compilations! There was some great tracks on there (Fear of Men’s Doldrums and Us Baby Bear Bones’ Rain still get a lot of plays around here):


Free New Music

Three bands, each with a free exclusive track to give away. How’s that for a nice late Christmas present?

House of Hats new single Sewing Machine is available as a free mp3 by signing up to their mailing list, or over at bandcamp. It’s a lovely thing, quite minimal, with their trademark close harmonies, simple acoustic guitar and chiming piano, and it was produced by the band and Ally Young from Mirrors.



Abi Wade has just given away a free download of live favourite Charade, recorded in the same session as her recent Heavy Heart 7″. There was a bit of time at the end of the session to record what’s effectively a live version of the track, and this is what’s been sent out. You’ll need to sign up to her mailing list in order to get the link, so unfortunately there’s embedded preview here. If you’ve heard either of Abi’s releases so far, you’ll know what to expect – haunting vocals, cello, and percussion. Highly recommended.

Abi Wade at Latest Music Bar

The last track, Circulation, is from The Muel, and is also available as a free download via their mailing list (which you can sign up to on the front page of their website). Sam Walker’s band aren’t just giving away the one track though – they’ll be giving away a track every month this year to subscribers. January’s track is a jazzy instrumental taken from the Rough in the Bedroom album, which came out over ten years ago and is now long out of print, so this is probably your only chance to get hold of this. I look forward to hearing what else they’ve got in store for us over the next twelve months. The Muel will be supporting Jaime Regan at the Brunswick on 31st January.



Bat For Lashes / Marilyn – video / free download

Bat for Lashes is giving away a track from her forthcoming album The Haunted Man. Marilyn is available to download from Amazon for no pence, so head over there now and get clicking!

The Haunted Man is released on October 12th on Parlaphone, and Bat for Lashes play the closing night of their tour at Brighton Dome on 4th November.

New free Munich download / Just Like You

Have you downloaded the new track that Munich are giving away yet? Because if you haven’t, you ought to. We gave it a re-tweet last week, but it deserves a post all of it’s own, because it’s such a great track. It starts off with beautiful cascading guitars, like Doves or Vampire Weekend on a good day, but like all the best Munich tracks it morphs into a huge epic tune by the end. A true anthem for the summer!