Streamlined: Stream 18 new releases from Imogen Heap, Pallbearer, The Provincial Archive, & more before their Aug. 19 release date

Album artwork for Celebration’s ‘Albumin,’ due Aug. 19 and available to stream in full now, among 18 albums releasing early next week.

Album artwork for Celebration’s ‘Albumin,’ due Aug. 19 and available to stream in full now, among 18 albums releasing early next week.

Every week, new albums get official releases and stream legally on music magazine websites, blogs, and straightforward streaming services for promo purposes. Streamlined is an aggregate of links to free, legal, and full album streams for every week, posted in weekly instalments and updated as new streams become available. Filed under “Music” on the homepage.

Streaming availability infinite/unknown unless indicated otherwise. Please report any expired links or dead streams below. If a stream is blocked in your region, try using a proxy server extension on Chrome or Firefox.

Streamable albums releasing August 19, 2014
Bahamas – Bahamas Is Afie (Brushfire/Universal)
Benjamin Booker – S/T (ATO/Maple)
Bishop Allen – Lights Out (Dead Oceans)
Castanets – Decimation Blues (Asthmatic Kitty)
Celebration – Albumin (PIAS)
Cliff MartinezThe Knick (Original Series Soundtrack) (Milan)
Desertshore – Migrations of Glass (Darkhan/Caldo Verde)
Dirty Loops – Loopified (Verve)
The Fat White Family – Champagne Holocaust (Fat Possum)
Imogen Heap – Sparks (RCA)
Jason Feathers – De Oro (Totally Gross National Product)
Kimbra – The Golden Echo (Warner)
Music Go Music – Impressions (Thousand Tongues)
Octoberman – What More What More (Ishmalia)
Orenda FinkBlue Dream (Saddle Creek)
Pallbearer – Foundations of Burden (Profound Lore)
The Provincial Archive – It’s All Shaken Wonder (Black Box)
Wiz KhalifaBlacc Hollywood (Atlantic)

Other albums out August 19, not available for streaming (yet)
Accept – Blind Rage (Nuclear Blast)
Apache Dropout – Heavy Windows (Magnetic South)
Buckcherry – F*ck EP (F-Bomb/Caroline)
Die Antwoord – Donker Mag (Zef)
DragonForce – Maximum Overload (Universal)
Electric Würms – Musik, Die Shwer Zu Twerk (Warner)
Funeral Circle – S/T (Megaforce)
Halcyon Way – Conquer (Megaforce)
Heartsrevolution – Ride or Die EP (OWSLA)
JJ – V (Secretly Canadian)
Karl Wolf – Stereotype (Universal)
Michael Barnett – One Song Romance (Compass)
Moon Duo – Live in Ravenna (Sacred Bones)
Museum of Love – S/T (DFA)
Naomi Punk – Television Man (Western Vinyl)
Otis Gibbs – Souvenirs of a Misspent Youth (Thirty Tigers)
Sarah Jaffe – Don’t Disconnect (Sony)
Sean Johnson & The Wild Lotus Band – Unity (White Swan)
Slaine – The King Of Everything Else (Sony)
Sleeping Bag – Deep Sleep (Joyful Noise)
Sleeping Giant – Finished People (Century Media)
Twin Atlantic – Great Divide (Red)

Streamlined: Stream 19 new releases from Cold World, Mozart’s Sister, The Number Ones, & more before their Aug. 4 and Aug. 5 release dates

Album artwork for Rioux and Stephon Alexander’s ‘Here Comes Now,’ due Aug 4 and available to stream in full now, among 19 albums releasing early next week.

Album artwork for Rioux and Stephon Alexander’s ‘Here Comes Now,’ due Aug 4 and available to stream in full now, among 19 albums releasing early next week.

Every week, new albums get official releases and stream legally on music magazine websites, blogs, and straightforward streaming services for promo purposes. Streamlined is an aggregate of links to free, legal, and full album streams for every week, posted in weekly instalments and updated as new streams become available. Filed under “Music” on the homepage.

Streaming availability infinite/unknown unless indicated otherwise. Please report any expired links or dead streams below. If a stream is blocked in your region, try using a proxy server extension on Chrome or Firefox.

Streamable albums releasing August 4, 2014
Adult Jazz – Gist Is (Spare Thought)
Rioux / Stephon AlexanderHere Comes Now (Connect)
The Number Ones – S/T (Static Shock/Deranged)

Streamable albums releasing August 5, 2014
Arkells – High Noon (Universal)
Bear In Heaven – Time Is Over One Day Old (Dead Oceans)
Blues Pills – S/T (Nuclear Blast)
Christopher Denny – If the Roses Don’t Kill Us (Partisan)
Cold World – How the Gods Chill (Deathwish Inc.)
David Kilgour and the Heavy Eights – End Times Undone (Merge)
Eluveitie – Origins (Nuclear Blast)
FREEMAN – S/T (Dine Alone)
Naomi Punk – Television Man (Captured Tracks)
Mozart’s Sister – Being (Asthmatic Kitty)
Prairie Cat – Who Knows Where to Begin? (Wyrd)
The RosebudsSand + Silence (Western Vinyl)
Spider Bags – Frozen Letter (Merge)
Spoon – They Want My Soul (Loma Vista)
T. Nile – Tingle & Spark (Independent)
Twin Peaks Wild Onion (Grand Jury)

Other albums out August 5, not available for streaming (yet)
Alestorm – Sunset On the Golden Age (Napalm)
Belphegor – Conjuring The Dead (Nuclear Blast)
Darkest Hour – S/T (Universal)
Ian William Craig – A Turn of Breath (Recital)
Icarus Line – Avowed Slavery (Agitated)
John Garcia – S/T (Napalm)
Stella Ella Ola – I Think We Should Hang Out All the Time (Royal Mountain Records)
VardanEnjoy of Deep Sadness (Dismanic)

Hillside Reviews: The Super Friendz @ Island Stage – July 26, 2014

By Tom Beedham

The Super Friendz @ Island Stage - July 26, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

The Super Friendz @ Island Stage – July 26, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

“Thanks a lot everybody, we’re doing a workshop later tonight on grunge dynamics: ‘When You’re Mad It Gets Louder; When You’re Sad It Gets Quieter,’” Super Friendz bassist Charles Austin quipped after the band played the final notes of “Rescue Us From Boredom” at Hillside’s Island Stage yesterday afternoon.

To his left, guitarist Matt Murphy resembled some kind of indie superhero sporting a guitar strap improvised out of a Sled Island tote bag that didn’t look unlike a cape. Indeed, for the special part of the crowd eagerly assembled under the Island Stage tent specifically keen on catching the Halifax, Nova Scotia band’s only scheduled gig of the year, the Super Friendz definitely played the part.

Austin, Murphy, and Drew Yamada spent the 45-minute set democratically trading mic duties as they ran through the better half of 1995’s ‘Mock Up, Scale Down,’ and Murphy’s “cape” was just one of the blatant signifiers that spoke to the ongoing adaptable nature of the indie rock veterans, performing at Hillside 20 years after their formation.

“Never borrow a bass you don’t know,” Austin advised from behind a three-stringed loaner while Yamada cracked a smile.

Kieren Adams rounded things out filling in for drummer Dave Marsh directly after playing a half-hour set for his regular gig, DIANA, and there were a couple more cracks about Adams being “pooched,” but he did just fine managing Marsh’s kinetic Keith Moon vs. Topper Headon primitivism.

They were nearly rushed off the stage at the end of ‘Slide Show’ opener “Up and Running,” but they managed to swindle another two minutes out of the stage managers in order to wrap things up with a face melting guitar jam. The brevity of that performance and the set that contained it all served to highlight the fact that 20 years on, the Super Friendz are still capable of proving that you don’t need a big production or an arsenal of effects to make interesting guitar music: just grab whatever guitar you have lying around, play it loud, and make it work.

Setlist:
“Better Call”
“Come Clean”
“Rescue Us From Boredom”
“Girls and Their Boys”
“Fireflies”
“When They Paid Me”
“Undertow”
“Down In Flames”
“Karate Man”
“10 Lbs”
“Up and Running”

(Review originally published at HillsideFestival.ca)

Hillside reviews: Hydra @ Island Stage – July 25, 2014

By Tom Beedham

Hydra @ Island Stage - July 25, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

Hydra @ Island Stage – July 25, 2014. Photo: Tom Beedham

Hillside workshops are known for bringing together otherwise separate musical acts for dynamic onstage collaborations, but Hydra is an entirely different beast. Originally ushered into existence as an outfit that would help Feist showcase differently formatted material from her 2011 album Metals at the 2012 Polaris Music Prize gala (she won after that), the super group’s since established its own notoriety for also turning renditions of songs by husband-and-wife duos AroarA (Ariel Engle and Broken Social Scene/Apostle of Hustle’s Andrew Whiteman) and Snowblink (Daniela Gesundheit and Dan Goldman) into larger productions that were never possible with the hands those groups brought to their respective tables.

True, the group gets a lot of its hype from Leslie Feist’s involvement, but while fans assembled under the Island Stage tent were easily more familiar with the group’s performances of Feist’s Metals tracks, it’s not as though AroarA’s smoldering “#2” or Snowblink’s spiraling “Cyclone” – both still new tracks when their respective groups performed them at last year’s Hillside – were perceived as coming out of left field. In fact, all seven of Hydra’s heads represent Hillside alumni – even bassist Charles Spearin (Broken Social Scene, Do Make Say Think) and drummer Don Kerr (Communism, Rheostatics, Bidiniband) have performed at Hillsides past. It doesn’t hurt that Engle’s and Gesundheit’s voices vent sonic gold, either.

For all of its grandeur, the set was still wrought with production problems – Feist’s “The Bad In Each Other” had a false start, Engle’s in-ear monitors cut out in the middle of AroarA’s “#14,” and persistent feedback interrupted all throughout – but Hydra soldiered on through all of it and over the course of their performance it became glaringly certain that none of the technical difficulties in the world could hurtle a set from a group of this aptitude into a state of any significant disrepair.

They capped it all off with a fitting encore cover of Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song” and sent everyone on their way with a fresh reminder about Hillside’s idyllic landscape: however soft the green fields that cover Guelph Lake Island, those grounds can still whisper tales of gore. Now we know the Hydra are our overlords.

Setlist
“#4” (AroarA)
“The Bad In Each Other” (Feist)
“Armageddagain” (Snowblink)
“#2” (AroarA)
“The Undiscovered First” (Feist)
“Feel Like A Man” (Snowblink) (28:40)
“#6” (AroarA)
“Foothills” (Snowblink)
“Another World” (Antony and the Johnsons cover)
“Cyclone” (Snowblink)
“How Come You Never Go There” (Feist)
“Look At You” (Snowblink)
“#14” (AroarA)

Encore:
“Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin cover)

(Review originally published on HillsideFestival.ca)

Streamlined: Stream 10 new releases from Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Hooray For Earth, & more before their July 29 release date

Album artwork for Hooray For Earth’s ‘Racy,’ due July 29 and available to stream in full now, among 10 albums releasing early next week.

Album artwork for Hooray For Earth’s ‘Racy,’ due July 29 and available to stream in full now, among 10 albums releasing early next week.

Every week, new albums get official releases and stream legally on music magazine websites, blogs, and straightforward streaming services for promo purposes. Streamlined is an aggregate of links to free, legal, and full album streams for every week, posted in weekly instalments and updated as new streams become available. Filed under “Music” on the homepage.

Streaming availability infinite/unknown unless indicated otherwise. Please report any expired links or dead streams below. If a stream is blocked in your region, try using a proxy server extension on Chrome or Firefox.

Streamable albums releasing July 29, 2014
Devin Cuddy – Kitchen Knife (Cameron House)
Duplekita – The Sound of My Name (Kinsella)
Eric Clapton & Friends – The Breeze: An Appreciation of JJ Cale (Universal) http://itunes.com/ericclapton
Hooray For Earth – Racy (Outside)
Jenny Lewis – The Voyager (Warner)
The Muffs – Whoop Dee Doo (Burger)
QuetzalQuetzanimales (Artivist Entertainment)
Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty (Sub Pop)
Tom Petty and the HeartbreakersHypnotic Eye (Reprise)
Wildest Dreams – S/T (Smalltown Supersound)

Other albums out July 29, not available for streaming (yet)
Beck – Song Reader (Capitol)

Streamlined: Stream 10 new releases from Alvvays, Monomyth, PS I Love You, & more before their July 22 release date

Album artwork for Monomyth’s ‘Saturnalia Regalia!,’ due July 22 and available to stream in full now, among 10 albums releasing early next week.

Album artwork for Monomyth’s ‘Saturnalia Regalia!,’ due July 22 and available to stream in full now, among 10 albums releasing early next week.

Album artwork for Monomyth’s ‘Saturnalia Regalia!,’ due July 22 and available to stream in full now, among 10 albums releasing early next week.

Every week, new albums get official releases and stream legally on music magazine websites, blogs, and straightforward streaming services for promo purposes. Streamlined is an aggregate of links to free, legal, and full album streams for every week, posted in weekly instalments and updated as new streams become available. Filed under “Music” on the homepage.

Streaming availability infinite/unknown unless indicated otherwise. Please report any expired links or dead streams below. If a stream is blocked in your region, try using a proxy server extension on Chrome or Firefox.

Streamable albums releasing July 22, 2014
Alvvays – S/T (Polyvinyl)
Crown The Empire – The Resistance: Rise of the Runaways (Rise)
Got a Girl – I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now (Bulk)
I The Breather – Life Reaper (Sumerian)
Joyce ManorNever Hungover Again 
Liam Betson – The Cover of Hunter (Double Double Wammy)
Monomyth – Saturnalia Regalia! (Mint)
PS I Love You – For Those Who Stay (Paper Bag)
The Verve Pipe - Overboard (BDC)
White Fence – For the Recently Found Innocent (Drag City)

Bonus: Scottish post-rock kings Mogwai  are dropping a deluxe reissue of their 1999 LP Come On Die Young July 21 via Chemikal Underground, complete with bonus material collectively identified as the Appendix to that album. Exclaim! is streaming the Appendix.

Other albums out July 22, not available for streaming (yet)
Alex Clare – Three Hearts (Island)
The Black Angels – Clear Lake Forest (Blue Horizon)
Common – Nobody Smiling (Def Jam)
Eric Copeland – Ms Pretzel (DFA)
Luke McMaster – The Heart of Soul (Green Hill)
Milky Chance – Stolen Dance (Republic)
Nico Vega – Lead to Light (Five Seven)
Nona – Through the Head (6131)
Paul Oakenfold – Trance Mission (Astral)
Yes – Heaven & Earth (Frontiers)

Streamlined: Stream 18 new releases from Mexican Slang, Luluc, Melted Toys, & more before their July 15 release date

Album artwork for Big Deal’s ‘Sakura’ EP, due July 15 and available to stream in full now, among 19 albums releasing early next week.

Album artwork for Big Deal’s ‘Sakura’ EP, due July 15 and available to stream in full now, among 19 albums releasing early next week.

Every week, new albums get official releases and stream legally on music magazine websites, blogs, and straightforward streaming services for promo purposes. Streamlined is an aggregate of links to free, legal, and full album streams for every week, posted in weekly instalments and updated as new streams become available. Filed under “Music” on the homepage.

Streaming availability infinite/unknown unless indicated otherwise. Please report any expired links or dead streams below. If a stream is blocked in your region, try using a proxy server extension on Chrome or Firefox.

Streamable albums releasing July 15, 2014
Anand WilderBreak Line the Musical (Secretly Canadian)
Big Deal – Sakura (Mute)
The Creeps – Eulogies (It’s Alive)
Honeyblood – S/T (FatCat)
Jungle – S/T (XL)
Landlady – Upright Behavior (Hometapes)
Little Daylight- Hello Memory (Capitol)
Luluc – Passerby (Sub Pop)
Melted Toys – S/T EP (Underwater Peoples)
Mexican Slang – Inside the Velvet Castle (Buzz)
Morrissey – World Peace Is None of Your Business (Harvest)
Reigning Sound – Shattered (Merge)
Rise Against – The Black Market (Interscope)
Slow Club - Complete Surrender (Wichita)
Slow Learners – Grow on You (Debt Offensive)
Suicide Silence – You Can’t Stop Me (Nuclear Blast)
Trampled By TurtlesWild Animals (Banjodad)
United Nations – The Next Four Years (Temporary Residence)

Other albums out July 15, not available for streaming (yet)
Anna Calvi – Strange Weather (Domino)
Antemasque – S/T (Nadie Sound)
Guerilla Toss – 367 Equalizer (Infinity Cat)
I, Omega – Transients (Bullet Tooth)
JPNS Girls – Circulation (Universal)
Puss N Boots – No Fools, No Fun (Blue Note)
Twista – Dark Horse (Universal)
Weird Al Yankovic – Mandatory Fun (RCA)