Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Free Album Streaming: New CDs from Sinead O'Connor, Islands, Amos Lee, Poliça, & More

The new album by Tennis is one of many streaming free this week. Band members Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley are seen here at Bumbershoot 2011. Photo: musicisentropy

There's a full load of new albums for online preview this week, including the new releases from Sinead O'Connor, Islands, Tennis, Poliça, and Amos Lee.

No matter what you think of O'Connor's political beliefs, multiple marriages, or hair styles, she still has one of the most unique and beautiful voices in the business, and no one can accuse her of getting stuck in the same style or genre for long. Her new release "How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?" is one of the first new albums I'll be listening to this week.

Other albums I'm looking forward to: the latest from Northhampton, Mass. indie rockers Winterpills; the husband-and-wife band Tennis; the Canadian group Islands; and the band of Texas siblings known as Eisley (just an EP, unfortunately).

Some albums streaming on one site last week are now available for listening on other sites, so you get another chance to listen to the new albums by Heartless Bastards and Band of Skulls, to name a couple. 

NPR First Listen:
"How About I Be Me (And You Be You)?" by Sinead O'Connor
"Sorrow And Extinction" by Pallbearer

KCRW Album Preview:  (both also streaming on NPR Music)
"Visions" by Grimes (streaming through Feb. 20th)
"Mr. M" by Lambchop (streaming through Feb. 20th)

Spinner.com's Listening Party:
"Young and Old" by Tennis
"A Sleep & A Forgetting" by Islands
"Give You the Ghost" by Poliça  (learn more about them at this KCRW blog post)
"All My Lovely Goners" by Winterpills
"Plumb" by Field Music
"Sweet Sour" by Band of Skulls
"Deep Space EP" by Eisley
"Arrow" by Heartless Bastards
"Form & Control" by Phenomenal Handclap Band
"War Dancer" by Jesse Thomas (get her song "Fire" as this week's iTunes free indie download)
"Soundtrack for a Revolution" by Various Artists (featuring Wyclef Jean, Richie Havens, The Roots, John Legend, Joss Stone, Anthony Hamilton, and more)

AOL Music Listening Party: 
"As the Crow Flies" by Amos Lee
"The Breakdown of a Breakup" by Terry Radigan
"Sabani" by Leni Stern
"Try My Love" by Philipp Fankhauser

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