This week's free album streaming includes a number of hugely popular veteran artists (Robert Pollard of Guided by Voices, Bonnie Raitt, and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson) as well as some acclaimed new performers, such as the debut album by the Alabama Shakes.
Also in this week's streaming in-box are two anthologies. One is of the '80s & '90s band fIREHOSE (featuring Mike Watt of The Minutemen), which is reuniting for some western U.S. shows beginning this week. The other collection features the solo work of David Sylvian, the British singer, songwriter, and musician who was frontman for the late-1970s/early 1980s band Japan.
Among the other notable releases are albums from several fine female singers: Chantal Claret, former singer of Morningwood; Canadian chanteuse Jill Barber; and the acclaimed and widely traveled Morley. And there's the folk-rock stylings of Colorado's The Lumineers, out with their debut album, and another Canadian act, the award-winning roots band Great Lake Swimmers.
NPR First Listen:
"Boys and Girls" by Alabama Shakes
"Slipstream" by Bonnie Raitt
Spinner.com's Listening Party:
"Mouseman Cloud" by Robert Pollard
"Thick as a Brick 2" by Ian Anderson
"The Pleasure Seeker" EP by Chantal Claret
"Mischievous Moon" by Jill Barber
"New Wild Everywhere" by Great Lake Swimmers
"Holiday Life" by Ravens & Chimes
"Undivided" by Morley
"The Lumineers" by The Lumineers
AOL Music Listening Party:
"lowFLOWs: The Columbia Anthology" by fIREHOSE (Mike Watt webpage)
"Walls of the World" by Clarence Bucaro
"A Victim of Stars, 1982 - 2012" by David Sylvian
"Love Stories & Other Musings" by Candlebox
"Broke in New York" by Glory Days
"Black Coffee" by David & Rachel Diggs