February 14, 2012


Free Music: Sleigh Bells Album, Nicki Minaj & More

Sleigh Bells: Reign of Terror
The future of this Brooklyn duo is so bright, they gotta wear shades. You can steam their entire sophomore album on New York Times site right now. It’s surprisingly melodic given how catastrophically loud their debut was, but thankfully there are still plenty of tracks here to shatter your nerves. Happy Valentine’s! [NYT]

Nicki Minaj: “Starships”
Tapping producer RedOne (Gaga’s “Just Dance”), Minaj turns in a vaguely Europop club jam with a sprightly riff that would hardly sound out of place on a Miley Cyrus album. “Starships were meant to fly” is a confusing platitude, but something tells me it will sound completely sensible after the 100th time I hear it during Summer 2012. [Stereogum]

Ed Sheeran/Yelawolf: Slumdon Bridge EP
FUSE spoke with the 20-year-old British press favorite (his rap has an acoustic guitar bend) about his collaborative EP with American MC Yelawolf. Watch that here, and download their four-track EP for free here. [Ology]

Kendrick Lamar: “Cartoon & Cereal”
Opening with a mechanized mini-monologue that you could almost imagine Prince delivering circa Sign O' The Times, the new song from the thought-provoking, ever-reliable Compton rapper is a promising tease (presumably) from his upcoming Good Kid in a Mad City. [XXL]

Sinead O’Connor: How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?
With all her blogging, marriage divorce craziness, I almost forgot that Sinead’s return to the public eye was actually pegged to an album. Listen to her attempted comeback here and see if you think she’s still got it. Of course, if she doesn’t have it, she probably doesn't care anyway, since she does not want what she hasn’t got. [NPR]

Charli XCX: “Valentine”
I choo choo choooose this free download—from British electro-pop songstress Charli XCX—as the best Valentine-related track of 2012. Stream it below!

The Drums: “Do I Love You?”
The Brooklyn indie boys deliver fans a V-Day present by way of a Ronettes cover. In their own Facebook'd words: "Hey it's Jonny. We wanted to buy you something but we made you something instead. It's Valentines Day so don't be shy with your love. See you soon." Isn't that sweet of him? [ThoughtOnTracks]

Perfume GeniusPut Your Back N 2 It
Stream the lovely, fragile album of bedroom pop from Seattle’s Mike Hadreas. [Spin]

Joanna Newsom: Portlandia sketch
And just for fun, here’s a clip of Joanna Newson jamming on her trusty harp in the middle of a sun-kissed field, taken from an upcoming episode of the hipster-skewering Portlandia. Apparently, harps are difficult to fit into eco-friendly cars. [Stereogum]