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  1. DZ Deathrays – Gina Works at Hearts

    Thursday 24 April 2014, 15:02

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    Scuzzed out Aussie duo DZ Deathrays (formerly Velociraptor), deliver a pop song as noisy as is catchy for today’s MPFREE. ‘Gina Works at Hearts’ is the thrashing lead single from the band’s second album, Black Rat – following 2012’s Bloodstreams – which you’ll be able to get your mitts around on 2nd May.

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    Brisbane’s Shane Parsons and Simon Ridleyare currently tearing their way through a UK tour in support of comrades-in-noise, Blood Red Shoes on certain dates, and Slaves with the others. You’ll probably want to catch them before they head back home – after all, we’re talking about a band that got kicked off stage at their SXSW showcase for disregarding all notions of ‘sound restrictions’. Naughty boys! They play:

    Tonight - Birmingham Academy 2

    25th – Brighton Concorde 2

    26th – Carlisle Brickyard

    27th Glasgow Oran Mor

    28th Manchester Club Academy

    29th Norwich Waterfront

    30th London Electric Ballroom

    1st May Liverpool Sound City

    2nd Leeds The Cockpit

  2. MPFree: La Sera - Running Wild

    Wednesday 23 April 2014, 11:31

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    Today’s free download comes from a former Vivian Girls bassist Katy Goodman, and a great slice of fun-time-punk-power-pop it is too. 

    Download La Sera - Running Wild

    Kickball Katy certainly has been busy since Vivian Girls went their separate ways in January, soldiering on with solo project La Sera. Their new album Hour Of The Dawn is due out 13th May and ‘Running Wild’ follows previous single ‘Losing To The Dark’. Kickball says: "I wanted the new La Sera record to sound like Lesley Gore fronting Black Flag. I didn't want it to be another record of me sad, alone in my room. I wanted to have fun playing music and writing songs with a band." And we’re really not too sure where she found the time to release two previous full length LPs and form a side project with Cat Power's Gregg Foreman named All Saints Day. But long may the riffing continue. 

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  3. Memory Tapes: Good Wedding Times

    Wednesday 23 April 2014, 10:43

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    Today's Memory Tape comes from Mye Butler, and we must admit we do have a soft spot for alternative wedding playlists on this show. And as the sun is shining, why not let's a boogie:

    I have had help compiling this memory tape from my friend Michael Culleton, who happens to be my husband Eoin’s cousin and a huge music fan like me - I just live and breathe music.

    Michael lives in Wexford, Ireland, and when I’m not visiting in Ireland we are always messaging each other sending each other links to YouTube videos for new artists and bands. Eoin and I got married in September 2011 and, being the massive music fans that we are, created most of our wedding playlist (with some input from Michael of course) and passed this to the DJ for playing after our band had finished.  We knew a lot of it wouldn’t really be the stereotypical wedding type of music, however, it went down a storm! Since then, we managed to put together another playlist again at a New Year’s Eve party last year; a few classics from the wedding made an appearance as well as some new tracks from artists we had recently discovered, either by hearing them on the radio or seeing them at festivals.  This mix reminds me of...

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  4. MPFree: Papercuts - Life Among The Savages

    Tuesday 22 April 2014, 11:41

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    Well, the rain and the clouds are back just when we thought summer was about to douse our toes with some ray, we thought we’d try and lighten the tone by giving away some free music to you and yours. Today’s MPFree comes from across the pond and is by a chap called Jason Robert Quever.

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    Papercuts is a San Franciscan / San Francisco-ite / San Franciscon (?) who likes to get help from friends David Enos, Frankie Koeller and Graham Hill. This is the title track from his new album, due out 12th May and follows 2011's fourth album proper Fading Parade. Jason...

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  5. MPFree: Petit Fantôme - Peio (Pello-Mikel Laboa)

    Monday 21 April 2014, 11:51

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    Whether you've just got back after a long weekend away, woken up with a sore head or not got out of bed at all this Bank Holiday, take a moment to listen to Petit Fantôme aka Pierre Loustaunau. He provides you with today's MPFree, a track off his new album Stave, which is available for free download from his website. We give you a wee taster to the album with it's opening track 'Peio (Pello-Mikel Laboa)'.  

    Download - Petit Fantôme - Peio (Pello-Mikel Laboa)

    Pierre Loustaunau is also a member of Crane Angels and François & the Atlas Montains and he started his personnal project Petit...

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  6. MPFree: David Douglas - Selene

    Friday 18 April 2014, 11:46

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    Good Friday is upon us! Hurrah! Lets celebrate the long bank holiday weekend with shimmery summer beats courtesy of David Douglas. This Nordic DJ/Producer is about to release his new LP Moon Observations  next month. 'Selene' is track 3 off the LP and is yours for the taking today!

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    Moon Observations is set for release on the 22nd May via Atomnation. David released his debut EP Royal Horticultural Society in 2012 and released  the single 'Higher' at the start of this year. The new album is set to be released later on this year!

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  7. Desert Island Disco: Toes in the Sand - Hands in the Air

    Friday 18 April 2014, 10:30

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    This week's Desert Island Disco-er reckons the first track at the party will set the tone for rest of night ahead. And so, with that responsibility we let listener, Paul Gover take control of the 6 Music dance floor.

    "Like any good party I believe it's the first track that sets the scene for the night ahead, the first track gets everyone to the floor, can't go in too strong, can't play your best hand so early in the night - once the beach is jumping throw in some crowd pleasing classics and then slowly build  up the tempo and as the sun hits the sea and the moon starts to rise crank up the tunes...

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  8. MPFree: Wild Smiles – Fool For You

    Thursday 17 April 2014, 11:41

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    Seeing as the weather’s looking rosy at the moment, we thought we’d get you even closer to the vitamin D provider with a little bit of rock surf pop, evoking the ghosts of The Ramones, Dinosaur Jr. and The Jesus And Mary Chain.

    Download Wild Smiles – Fool For You

    This Winchester trio – brothers Chris and Joe and drummer Ben – recently signed to Rob Da bank’s Sunday Best label and is due for a full release on 9th June. Debut album details are sketchy but there are rumblings so keep you ears peeled, as these guys are going sky high. And you can catch their buzz live as they play Detestival...

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  9. MPFree: Minor Alps – I Don't Know What To Do With My Hands

    Wednesday 16 April 2014, 11:00

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    We all love a good super group don’t we? And they don’t get much more super than this. Juliana Hatfield, Nada Surf…it’s the stuff dreams are made of.

    Download Minor Alps – I Don't Know What To Do With My Hands

    Matthew Caws of Nada Surf and Juliana Hatfield, who has released solo material as well as being a part of Blake Babies, The Juliana Hatfield Three and Some Girls have joined forces. In 2008, Caws added guest vocals to Hatfield’s song ‘Such a Beautiful Girl’ and following this, the two joined forces – a bit like what superheroes do - to record together under the name Minor...

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  10. Memory Tape: The 6th Form Common Room

    Wednesday 16 April 2014, 10:46

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    Do you like memories? Do you like music? Well...that's exactly what Memory Tapes attempts to combine, and today's taper is Tim Parsons who has fond memories of his 6th form common room. And punk. Here he is in his own words:

    "I’ve often thought of Memory Tapes as being something I ought to try and contribute to. Apart from the fact that in the late 70s and all through the 80s I was forever making tapes and getting odd sequences stuck in my head as a result, I’ve never really been able to pin myself down to a create a manageable list of “throw everything I’ve ever loved into the mix.”

    Then...

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