… and then it was 2011. Hopefully your New Year’s celebration involved doing something more celebratory than being berated by a solo Ariel Pink from a makeshift stage in a Bushwick warehouse, and hopefully you are back on the internet with a lot of hard drive space and some well rested ears: There was a lot of good music last year, but there’s even more to look forward to. Before we dive in full force, let’s collectively shake off the brain rust with this little roundup of the noteworthy downloads that came down the tubes during the internet’s post-holiday/pre-NYE holiday malaise, including links to so many mixtapes, a free Radiohead DVD, an album made by primatez on an iPad, and the various live sessions blog-bands like to offer up to stay in your hearts and minds over winter break (Always Be Buzzing). Pour a coffee, grab some headphones, tell your boss “you’re working on it” and let’s start the year in workplace procrastination on the good foot. Good habits for a good year ahead. Welcome to it.
Radiohead For Haiti DVD Download
A year ago Radiohead played an intimate charity gig to help fund Haitian relief efforts, now that show can be seen via multi-cam DVD release. In fact the video is being offered as a free download by fans; the band has given the internet its blessing, and asks only that, in exchange for trading this torrent, you donate to Oxfam. You can watch it here, too:
M.I.A. Vicki Leekx Mixtape
Vampire Weekend iTunes Session
The band recorded the six-track session at NYC’s Avatar Studios back in September, featuring four originals along with covers of the Honeycombs’ “Have I The Right” and the Boss’s “I’m Going Down.” Download at iTunes.
jj Kills Mixtape
Dave Grohl Reunites With Krist/Butch On Foos LP7
After running into Vig at a party, Dave Grohl offered the Nevermind producer the job of producing the next Foo Fighters record in an effort to make the band heavier than ever and to “come to terms” with their seminal collab twenty years ago. The album doesn’t have a title yet, but the song that features Krist Novoselic on bass and accordion does, so memorize the name “I Should Have Known” for your future rock trivia nights. More info via Rolling Stone and, well, Rolling Stone.
Justin Timberlake’s New Song Leaks, Forgettably
It’s called “Take You Down,” apparently produced by the Neptunes, and apparently not a sign that a new album is on the way. (He’s not ready to record a full length/shopping around his Social Network buzz for more Hollywoody type ventures.) It also might be a demo? Who knows. Stream it below.
Gorillaz – The Fall
Yeasayer Drop A Free Live Album
A holiday gift from the men Yeasayer came on Xmas in the form of a live album recorded 10/28/10 at Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. The price: up to you.
Klaxons Landmarks Of Lunacy EP
Download it all here, stream it below:
Yu(c)k/Porcelain Raft EP
New two-track release (via Transparent), with Yu(c)k and Porcelain Raft giving each other some cover love.
Korallreven Drop Another Dream Mixtape
The sequel to Korallreven’s A Dream… mixtape comes with an edited take on “Honey Mine,” some SALEM and Gucci and Waka, and an appropriate amount of Julianna Barwick.
01 Julianna Barwick – “Cloudbank”
02 Korallreven (Feat. Victoria Bergsman) – “Shine On”
03 Estasy – “Wonder” / Cocteau Twins – “Cherry-Coloured Funk (Seefeel Remix)”
04 Slim Thug Feat. Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Mike Jones, Pimp C, Bun B, Lil Keke, Z-Ro, Trae Etc. – “Welcome 2 Houston”
05 Cocteau Twins – “Cherry-Coloured Funk (Seefeel Remix)”
06 Zomby – “Natalia’s Song”
07 Kreayshawn – “Bumper (Stalker Remix)”
08 SALEM – “Sick”
09 Julianna Barwick – “Cloudbank” / After School Sports – “Heartbroken”
10 Gucci Mane Ft. Soulja Boy Tell ’Em & Waka Flocka Flame – “Bingo”
11 Korallreven – “The Truest Faith (Some Remix)”
12 The Radio Dept. – “The One”
13 DJ Elmoe – “Whea Yo Ghost At, Whea Yo Dead…”
14 Cola Boy – “Do You Dream In Cola” / Estasy – “Wonder”
15 Memoryhouse – “Heirloom”
16 Julianna Barwick – “Cloudbank”
Liam Gallagher’s Beady Eye Make A Video
For the track “Four Letter Word,” directed by Julian House and Julian Gibbs.
Teen Inc. Now Just Inc., Make A Video
In time for their first official music video, CMJ heroes Teen Inc. have dropped the “Teen,” and release a video for the songs “Special Tensions” and “Fountains” from a one-take live rehearsal, directed by Nicolas Amato.