Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Year End Lists Update...

So the end of the year is approaching and you know what that means, Idol Threat’s 2nd annual ‘Top Albums of the Year’ list is coming as well. We’ll also have a few mini-lists that will lead up to it so be on the lookout for them all in the coming weeks. I’ve been keeping a running tab of albums that have caught my ear throughout the year so now all I need to do is whittle it down to the top 10 and actually write the damn thing. In the meantime I’ll be trying to avoid any and all year end lists so that they won’t subconsciously influence my opinion. That will mean me staying off of a few internet sites for now and putting off reading the newest issue of Decibel. Resisting the temptation will be tough!

This will be a great jumping on point for new readers too since I’ll also be doing a ‘Top FREE Albums of the Year’ list of stuff I have posted. That means anything I have posted for free download throughout the year, no matter when the album was released, will be eligible for the list. Feel free to make your suggestions for mini-lists and top Idol Threat free albums of the year in the comments, knowing what free albums the readers all enjoyed will help me make my decisions. Hopefully you all will be more vocal during this next year so that I can leave the top list all up to reader votes. In the meantime browse through the previous posts and enjoy the 5 (technically 9) free albums and 2 free songs I posted during Black Friday weekend.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Slayer Christmas Lights Video

Just when I was getting tired of hearing Christmas songs and seeing lights put up too early I see this video on Invisible Oranges. Enjoy.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

DJ Muggs & Bambu – Los Angeles, Philippines [2 Versions]

DJ Muggs is the DJ/Producer for Cali legends Cypress Hill & the Soul Assassins collective. He's done alot of collabos with artists and is a strong producer, so any collaboration he puts out for free should be jumped on quick. This time he teams up with fellow Cali native Bambu from the Filipino rap duo Native Guns. The Native Guns combined conscious politics with gangster rap much like popular rap duo Dead Prez. Their name was even a play off of the well known "Native Tongues" collective that was made up of conscious rap groups A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and The Jungle Brothers. So Bambu's style was a perfect match for the dark production of DJ Muggs. This is a dope release that's highly recommended and is even offered in a mixtape style & unmixed version. The unmixed version has a slightly higher bitrate while the mixed version contains a bonus track. I've combined both versions into one easy download for you lazy bastards so enjoy. [for all you latepassers the combined link expired so you'll have to settle for the complete/full version]

Get it Free: DJ Muggs & Bambu – Los Angeles, Philippines

Soul Assassins Link:

Brains - Strange Meat (demo 2010)

Brains is a band from Cork, Ireland who describes their sound as "Blackened Rock & Roll" and fusing Varg Vikernes with Tom Petty. I don't really hear the blackened part but there's definitely a lot of Rock & Roll in their sound, there may be a little bit of classic doom in the mix but the black metal is probably more approach and "spirit" than actual sound elements. This is a demo but doesn't sound like one (it DEFINITELY doesn't sound like normal Black Metal demo production) it's got a nice clean and warm sound to it. Brains has put their demo up for free download on Bandcamp and didn't even put the option to donate so if you like classic rock you should definitely cop this album.

Get if Free: http://brainscork.bandcamp.com/

Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/laapot666

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Atlas Sound: Bedroom Databank Vol. 1-4

Deerhunter is a indie rock band from Atlanta, Georgia (which seems to be a nice little hotspot for great bands.) They describe themselves as "ambient punk" which sums up their sound nicely although it does sometimes incorporate other genres such as shoegaze, electronica and psychedelic rock. Whatever the original mix is pristine indie pop is usually what ends up as the framework leaving a much more commercially digestible byproduct as a result. Bradford Cox is the vocalist for that band and also does solo work under the moniker "Atlas Sound."

Mr. Cox has been awesome enough to offer not just one free album, but FOUR free albums for download on his blog. Each album is a different volume of his "Bedroom Databank" series and includes a bunch of home recordings and rare work. Most of the songs where recorded on computer or a TASCAM DP-08. Some controversy has occurred with the release of these recordings when Sony music apparently requested that some of the files be deleted. He has since uploaded the files with new links and requested that anyone who wants to share their thoughts about what Sony did should contact them. Get the links to all four albums after his reaction to what happened and check his blog for full details. Hurry because you'll never know if Sony will take these links down as well:

"The file Atlas_Sound_Bedroom_Databank_Vol_2.zip identified by the key (17q0oya5mkx84ow) has been deleted by Sony Music Entertainment on November 26, 2010 at 12:44pm.

Apparently Sony Music Owns my bedroom. Feel free to call or email and let them know what you think. I can understand them requesting for me to remove a cover but the only one I can imagine that happening with is Dylan. Which was on Vol. 1. Which was not deleted. I am re-uploading the files now. I'll put new links in the posts."

Atlas Sound: Bedroom Databank Vol. 1: Bedroom Databank Vol. 1

Atlas Sound: Bedroom Databank Vol. 2:
Bedroom Databank Vol. 2

Atlas Sound: Bedroom Databank Vol. 3:
Bedroom Databank Vol. 3

Atlas Sound: Bedroom Databank Vol. 4:
Bedroom Databank Vol. 4

Check out his blog here:

Contact Sony Here: 212.833.4976 or anti-piracy@sonymusic.com

Dark Time Sunshine - Believeyoume

While checking out Aesop Rock's latest collabos and guest spots I stumbled across a free album called 'Believeyoume' by the duo "Dark Time Sunshine" on Fake Four Inc. Records. The duo consists of Cape Cowen (aka Onry Ozzborn of dope Seattle-based Hip Hop group Grayskul) & Chicago-based producer Zavala. I'm a fan of any album with one producer, I always feel that it's a better and clearer way to get a vision across. This ringtone/single MP3 world has lost the meaning of cohesive sound and having a dope ALBUM, not just a collection of dope songs. Believeyoume has a gritty but light sound and is a solid listen from start to finish so definitely click the link hoard. Check the press release and download link after (plus a BONUS link to download the instrumentals) and if you like this cop their new album "Vessel" which contains guest spots from Aesop Rock, P.O.S., Qwel & more:

"I guess it was only a matter of time before 2 loggers from Northern Ireland would meet up in the states one day &make way. For what you ask? Music composed for the sole purpose of courting dames who will later give birth to snobs ,archers ,zombie lovers ,&rappers.. while yet still being able to remain REGAL & JUST throughout thines conflicts & obstacles. A positive light during a dark period I say.

Born as Ludwig & Lair, the 2 reside distant in body (Seattle U.S.A., & Chicago Illinois) but closely encountered through beat ,vocal , & Google. With only about ONE year of mixing formulas.. DARK TIME SHINE has managed to "shoot the gift" per se ,& title it BELIEVEYOUME.. Free for you & yours.

With a sound blending the Golden age of Hip Hop, with todays synthesized dro drop ,simply makes you feel as if time travel is surely possible with every listen. Experienced & well whittled, these 2 individuals set fourth to quite honestly make you smile, think, fight, fantasize, smile some more, dance, & eventually leave you with some of those feelings/goosebumps that perhaps could lead to a GOOD DAY!
Both men have treaded along side some of the most re-known musicians this world has to offer. From Atmosphere to Del.. Aesop Rock to Sleep.. Sage Francis to Molemen.. Jedi Mind Tricks to Qwel & Maker (the list goes on & on) these 2 Semi-Pro baseball dropouts have put a lot of blood ,sweat,& tears into this love of theirs, & have happened to be accompanied by some of the best to ever do it along the way.. The future looks bright for Cape Cowen & Zavala ,with the help of FAKE FOUR INC., there will be a lot more gifts for you.. (the listener) if you choose to oblige & indulge."

Get it Free Here:

Download Instrumentals here: Dark Time Sunshine – BelieveYouMe

Buy "Vessel" Here: http://www.circleintosquare.com/

Friday, November 26, 2010

Aesop Rock - Bosico Remix & Ghosts of the Barbary Coast [Free Downloads]

If you don't know about Aesop Rock yet then you need to catch up, the wunderkind wordsmith has been helping shape the sound of underground & indie Hip Hop since the late 90s. I don't want to get too into it because I'll just be writing forever & I'm trying to keep the freebies moving - but his complex & unorthodox rhyme schemes and imagery was so futuristic when he came out that there are few who can match him even to this day. His early releases were classics but some fans haven't enjoyed Aesop taking over most of the production duties on his albums of late.

I personally dig alot of his production and think he's just starting to find his new voice and style in beatmaking. I particularly enjoy all the remixes he does for indie artists (which he seems to have done a lot of since his move to San Francisco from NY.) His appearance on Tobacco's album 'Fucked Up Friends,' his remix of The Mountain Goats John Darnielle's song "Lovecraft in Brooklyn," and his remix of Grimace Federation's track "Catch 22" are all wonderfully dense, lush and refreshing and some of the best tracks I've heard from Aes in awhile. This new remix of another Grimace Federation track might even be the best track I've heard from him since "Food, Clothes & Medicine" off of his 'Fast Cars, Danger, Fire & Knives' EP from 2005. You can catch the video of the remix below along with links to download that track from 900 Bats for free & a bonus free track he did as a collaboration with artist Jeremy Fish. The project was called the "Ghosts of the Barbary Coast" and was made to go with a slideshow of drawings from Jeremy Fish and is called "Tomorrow Morning." Check it out below:

Download Ghosts of the Barbary Coast: http://www.definitivejux.net/store/

Buy Grimace Federation's album here: http://grimacefederation.bandcamp.com/

WINTER Reunited to Play Roadburn 2011

FUcking hell I'm tired of sharing news that does nothing but piss me off. Again in spirit of the fucking brutal cold I bring you news of legendary doom band WINTER reuniting for the Sunn O))) curated Roadburn festival in Holand next year. First Co Flow in London and now Holland? USA step your game up, hopefully this news means a permanent reunion and not a one-off and maybe a new album and tour? C'mon son! (*Ed Lover voice.) I wonder what's up with Winter - Into Darkness Southern Lord reissue? Check the press release below from Blabbermouth.net:

"19 years after the band split in 1992, New York's cult doom band WINTER has reformed and will play at the Roadburn festival in Tilburg, Holland next April. The band will perform on Friday, April 15 at the 013 vnue as part of SUNN O)))'s curated day along with EARTH, SCORN, BEAVER, ALUK TODOLO, MENACE RUINE, HOODED MENACE, THE SECRET and Atilla Csihar's VOID OV VOICES."

See the full release here: http://www.roadrunnerrecords.com/

Alaskan - The Weak and the Wounded

So in the 'spirit' of Black Friday I thought I'd try and give you guys as much free shit as I can today. Or at least as much stuff as my insomnia allows. Let's see how this works out. And in the spirit of this 18 degree/feels-like-5-degree weather I thought I'd start with a Canadian band called Alaskan. Their album 'The Weak and the Wounded' was recorded by Topon Das of fellow Canadian Grindcore band Fuck the Facts, but don't expect much Grindcore here (besides the movie samples scattered throughout.) Here you'll find more grim, atmospheric post rock tinged doom/sludge much like early Isis with Envy-esque vocals. This is pretty good stuff and not a bad start for today so download for free or for however much you like and maybe pick up some merch or the album on tape. Get em:

Download here:

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

COMPANY FLOW to Reunite & Open for Portishead at London's ATP 2011

Fuck me this is big news! Company Flow, the group who arguably defined the new age of underground Hip Hop in the 90s is reforming for one show as they open up for Portishead for the 2011 All Tomorrow's Party festival. Their album "Funcrusher Plus" (a fleshed out re-release of their EP 'Funcrusher') was a seminal release for underground Hip Hop and one of my favorite albums of all time. MCs El-P, Bigg Jus and DJ Mr. Len re-defined the sound and style of underground Hip Hop with that album and also birthed tons of followers and biters in their wake. Unfortunately Big Juss' amicable split and their highly publicized beef with their label Rawkus Records spearheaded the groups demise by 2000.

The members went their seperate ways and El-P went on to form his own label "Def Jux" and has had a successful solo career. The group reunited for a Brooklyn show in October of 2007, but it was only a partial reunion since Mr. Len was noticabley absent. I was unable to make that show and it looks like I won't be able to make the full reunion being that it will be in London. El-P has confirmed through his Twitter that this will be a one-time show, I hope you know how lucky you are London. Who knows, maybe with
Def Jux's recent hiatus there may be a tour or possibly a Co Flow reunion in the works? One can only hope. Check the full press release after the jump.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

New Unsane Digital EP Available at Coextinction Recordings

Unsane was absolutely INSANE when I saw them last at The Empty Bottle where they played 'Scattered, Smothered & Covered' in it's entirety. I thought that would be all the Unsane excitement I'd get for at least the rest of the year but thankfully I was wrong! Unsane have just released a 3 song, digital-only EP through their newly launched label/website called Coextinction Recordings. This forward-thinking endeavor is an artist-owned site that offers releases that are recorded at their own bare bones, raw diy professional studio. Along with this 1st Unsane EP they have material from Shrinebuilder, Goes Cube, Julie Christmas & Unsane member Dave Curran's side band Pigs slated for release as well. I just bought the EP myself and it sounds amazing (although I would've liked for the last instrumental Noise track to be longer.) Check after the jump for the press release and links to download and listen to the new EP:

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Decibel Magazine To Have Monthly Exclusive Flexi Discs Vinyl In 2011

HOLY SHIT, DECIBEL (Americas only Monthly Metal Magazine) is now going to offer FREE monthly Flexi Discs with their subscriptions!!!! I can't believe they're bringing those back-am I the only one old enough to remember these things? Flexi Discs were these cool super thin vinyl discs that sometimes came in magazines or were used for really cheap childrens records. They usually came in a square that you could "pop out" the vinyl from. Not only is this this free with each issue, but each disc will have EXCLUSIVE material not found anywhere else! And the first disc is from Grindcore legends BRUTAL TRUTH!!! This just made this magazine even greater and is another reason why it's still the ONLY magazine I subscribe to. If you listen to metal music there is no reason not to subscribe to this magazine, ignore the stupid hipster tag that some people attach to it and support this publication! Some select indy locations will have the magazines with the Flexi Discs but subscribing is the only way to get them for sure, check after the jump below for the announcement from Metalsucks.com and a link to subscribe, GO GO GO!!!:

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Hollow Leg - Instinct [Free Download]

So it seems like the closer winter gets the more doom metal creeps into my rotation. Something about the premature darkness and gloom definitely makes me want to be angry. But the anger needs to come as a slow burn, makes it easier to cope with the coming cold.

Hollow Leg is a doom metal duo that comes to us from Boston via Jacksonville, Florida. Being from Boston it was natural that the duo originally start in the hardcore scene, but they chose to relocate to the swamplands as a fitting backdrop to add more sludge into their sound. It's not all dirge and dirt however since they manage to sneak in some slight stoner groove to make some of their tracks more upbeat. I really like the barking, distorted hardcore vocals that scrape across these tracks too. This is a great release that they're offering for free on their bandcamp so jump on this quick and let the riffs welcome you into the coming dark:

Download Here: http://hollowleg666.bandcamp.com/

Hollow Leg Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/hollowlegband

Saturday, November 13, 2010

J.Period/Black Thought Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition) Free Download

Okay, now THIS is more like it
. Black Thought of The Legendary Roots crew is one of the best lyricists out there, some say possibly THE best. He is definitely one of my favorite MCs so the guys over at Beau Monde knew that they had to pass this along to me. J.Period aka "The Mixtape Assassin" has been making some dope remixes and mixtapes for quite some time and this is another solid addition to his resume. You can find the download link after the press release & behind the scenes video below.

"Truelements + Lyrics to Go present the "J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)" EP, a first-of-its-kind J.Period mixtape recorded LIVE onstage at Toronto’s premiere hip hop festival, The Manifesto, Sept. 26, 2010. Starring legendary MC Black Thought (The Roots), the "J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP features a 30-minute barrage of live J.Period remixes with Black Thought ripping rhymes over new and classic hip hop hits, Roots fan favorites, plus a finale segment where Thought pays tribute to his favorite MCs by impersonating them (a la The Roots’ “Boom”)...the “J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP offers fans a glimpse of the Live Mixtape experience and showcases one of hip hop’s ultimate emcees over beats from Jay-Z, Biggie, Snoop, Damien Marley, Toronto’s own Drake, and more!

“What I love about the Live Mixtape is that it separates the real MCs from the studio MCs,” says J.Period. “As a performer, Black Thought is unmatched in his breath control, and his voice live on stage is just as compelling as it is on wax. That was the motivation behind this EP, and the fact that it plays as well as a mixtape as it does as a live show is a testament to Thought’s incredible abilities as a live MC. There’s no one else in his league in that regard.”

Download the Mixtape Here: J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)

J.Period Website: http://www.jperiod.com/

Team Teamwork: The Ocarina of Rhyme

OK, this maaaaaay be a little too corny even for my taste but what the hell. "The Ocarina of Rhyme" is an album mash-up of Hip Hop acapellas and beats made with samples from the video game 'The Legend of Zelda.' The name of the album is a play on words of "Ocarina of Time," the title of the pre-quel to the famous Zelda series. Video Game nerds will geek over the "oh shit" factor of the combo on initial listen but there isn't much here to constitute multiple listens to anyone but hardcore gamers. Most of these sound a bit forced and it seems like they just looped the soundtrack songs over drums. So why even download this you ask? The songs are pretty humorous and the MF Doom track works so fucking well it almost makes the entire album a 'win.' Almost. Plus, it's been a slow week. Check the LINK below (get it? heh?!)

Download here: Team Teamwork: The Ocarina of Rhyme

Team Teamwork Website: http://teamteamwork.tumblr.com/

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"The Death of Spider-Man?!?!"


"CBR News has obtained the cover for Marvel Comics' section of the February, 2011 "Previews," featuring an image boldly declaring "The Death of Spider-Man." No further information has been made available at this time as Marvel offered a firm "No comment" on the cover, but stay tuned to CBR for more information on the story as it becomes available."


Mogwai Announce New Album & Tour

The last time Mogwai toured the Chicago date got cancelled so that better not happen again. Their 2008 album "The Hawk is Howling" was pretty good but I have high hopes for their follow-up simply because of it's name: "Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will." It'd be hard to think of an awesomer name than that. These Scottish Post Rock veterans will be playing an insane amount of shows next year, 69 to be exact, so you have no excuse to miss this one. Unless they cancel it. Then you have an excuse. A good one too. 'Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will' is Mogwai's 7th album and it comes out February 14th on Rock Action Records and February 15 on Sub Pop Records here in the States. There will also be a Limited Edition version which includes a bonus CD featuring a 26 minute piece called ‘The Singing Mountain’ recorded for Douglas Gordon and Olaf Nicolai’s ‘Monument for Forgotten Future’ installation in Essen, Germany. Check the jump for tracklist and tour dates:

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Torche on Fox News?!

How in the FUCK did this happen?!?!?!?!

“...Torche is the world’s greatest band. And if you haven’t heard of them you’re probably a racist homophobe. You ought to be in prison forever in a cage made out of your own bones.”
- Mike Huckabee former Arkansas Governor

"...they pretty much sodomized my earholes." - Greg Gutfeld

Crucial Blast - BLASTWAVE X: 2010 Compendium [FREE]

Cheese and crackers this is a huge comp! Crucial Blast is offering a compilation of tracks by the artists on their label to celebrate their 10 year anniversary and they didn’t cut any corners to do it! A whopping 54 tracks is what you get FOR FREE thanks to the extreme metal label so don’t hesitate to click the link. There’s a TON of great artists on this comp but I recommend the tracks by prolific drone duo Nadja, noise legends Skullflower, noise rock band Black Elk, the ambient solo works from Pig Destroyer guitarist Scott Hull, and the tracks by “Gnaw Their Tongues” (not to be confused with the new post-Khanate band 'Gnaw' who I also recommend you check out.) Gnaw's combination of noise/black metal/evil is one of the most abrasive stuff I’ve ever heard. Check the press release below and take a look at the jump for the complete tracklisting:

"After ten years of exploring the outer fringes of extreme underground music, CRUCIAL BLAST has amassed a considerable catalog of titles from such reknowned artists as GENGHIS TRON, WEEDEATER, SKULLFLOWER, GNAW THEIR TONGUES, TOTIMOSHI, MONARCH!, SCOTT HULL, SUBARACHNOID SPACE, NADJA, BEHOLD... THE ARCTOPUS, and more, spanning the realms of avant-grind, black industrial, sludgecore, extreme doom, brutal prog, and heavy psych. In commemoration of the label's ten year existence marked by the arrival of 2010, we have assembled a massive digital compilation that features over fifty tracks from our catalog of artists and releases, as well as unreleased tracks from some of our upcoming 2010 releases and exclusive material from black metal/industrial terrorizers NEKRASOV, cavernous black orchestral drone demons ROBE, the dystopian industrial deathdub of LYCANTHROPIC WARHEAD, and a blistering assault of blackened synth dread from THEOLOGIAN."


Crucial Blast website: http://crucialblast.net/

Monday, November 01, 2010

Panasonic discontinues Technics Analog Turntables

I heard rumors about this last year but I guess they finally made it official. The most recognizable and trusted name in Turntables is calling it quits. A lot of people nowadays are calling themselves deejays when they’ve never even owned a record or turntable, and now they have even less of a reason to do otherwise. This is truly the end of an era and proof of the decline of the turntablist and rise of the “Idj.” Technics last forever so hold on to them if you go em, it looks like they're already selling for more on eBay. I got mine almost 13 years ago and one of them was already over 10 years old, and they’re still going strong to this day. Check the jump for the full article from Tokyoreporter.com:


This is a pretty awesome event for comic lovers in Chicago and it's running through the entire month of November! This makes up for the San Diego Comic Con Registration failing this morning and postponing ticket sales for AT LEAST a week. Here's the official info for the event:

"All November long, Challengers Comics + Conversation, Chicago Comics, Third Coast Comics & First Aid Comics are celebrating the diversity of Chicago's Comic Shops. Starting November 1st, stop in to any of the 4 stores and pick-up a Comic Shop Passport. You then have all month long to get it stamped at each store. Each store is also offering a 20% discount to Passport holders and 4 winners will be drawn from all completed passports to split a prize total of over $1000.00 worth of comics, graphic novels, toys and statues.

And if that wasn't enough, all 4 stores are throwing a huge Comic Shop Party on Saturday, December 4th, 7pm to 1am, at the American Legion Hall, Roosevelt Post, at 1824 W Cortland St. in Bucktown. That's when the prize winners will be announced, and that party is open to ALL comic fans 21+, not just those with a Passport. Further details about all of this is available at any store."

Chicago Comics
3244 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL, 60657

Challenger Comics
1845 N. Western Ave. 2R
Chicago, IL

First Aid Comics
1459 East 53rd Street 2nd Floor
*Ring Buzzer*Chicago, IL, 60615

Third Coast Comics
6234 N. Broadway
Chicago, IL60660