Anyone who was listening to John Barker’s Totally Irish on Dublin’s 98FM would have heard yours truly talking about O Emperor, I am Not Lefthanded, free music, as well as upcoming gigs. I promised to post links to all the free music (as well as the other stuff I covered), so here it is:
O Emperor – Reverie EP
I Am Not Lefthanded
Cast of Cheers – Chariot – debut album of Bloc Party style rock from the Dublin band, made available for free, were due to play the Best of IMRO Showcase Tour last night, but pulled out due to concerns over the IMRO Licence, as “a show of solidarity in support of blogs, upcoming artists and artist-led labels.”
Holy Roman Army – Desecrations EP – excellent collection of five covers from the Carlow duo. Their version of Bon Iver’s ‘Skinny Love’ is a standout.
Fight Like Apes – Live at Eurosonic – represented Ireland at the 2008 Eurosonic Festival, this year’s representatives were And So I Watch You From Afar, Imelda May, Delorentos and Villagers.
Bill Coleman – Black and Red EP, Black and Green EP, Black and Blue EP, but you can also download his older material, like his excellent 2007 album I Tear My Own Walls Down.
Sacred Animals – Sacred Animals EP – Thanks to Peter at 2UIBestow for pointing me in the direction of the wonderful three song EP from up and coming Sacred Animals as well as the fact that Declan de Barra is offering up his past catalogue for free.
Declan de Barra – Song of a Thousand Birds his debut, he’s working on a new album, A Fire to Scare the Sun, at the moment. de Barra also represented Ireland at last year’s Eurosonic Festival.