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

    Wednesday 16 April 2014, 11:00

    Ashley Team Laverne Ashley Team Laverne Assistant Producer

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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 Alps. And the result was last year’s album Get There, of which this free download is cut from. Aside from drummer Parker Kindred on drums, the pair play every instrument and conjure every sound on the record, from “primitive electro dub pulse to straight-up indie guitar hooks”. And you can catch them at the following dates: 23th April- ABCO2 in Glasgow, 24th The Roadhouse in Manchester, 25th The Shacklewell Arms in London, Bermuda Triangle in Brighton on 26th and coming back to London at The Islington on 27th April.

    Minor Alps

  2. Memory Tape: The 6th Form Common Room

    Wednesday 16 April 2014, 10:46

    Ashley Team Laverne Ashley Team Laverne Assistant Producer

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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 I started thinking about, back in the day, my first big experiences of music that (a) didn’t involve my parents’ taste, and (b) actually felt like I was going somewhere important and new.

    So: enter the other 6th Form Common Room - there were two. I didn’t use the other one. It was a sort of cross between a terrapin and a tin hut. It had a dartboard, a table tennis table... and a record deck with some sensibly large and properly installed big speakers attached. The turntable was in a partitioned-off area that we used as a combined kitchen and tuck shop, and a group of friends and I took...

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  3. MPFree: Temple Songs - Point of Origin

    Tuesday 15 April 2014, 11:36

    Ashley Team Laverne Ashley Team Laverne Assistant Producer

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    The good ship MPFree setting sail once again just handing our free music as if it was…free. Today’s download comes from Jolan Lewis and his Manchester quartet who declare that; “We're a Pop Group”. Indeed. 

    Download Temple Songs - Point of Origin

    In addition to being a free download, this is also available as a translucent red flexi disc, because objects are completely cool! This single follows the fiercely addictive I ‘Can’t Look After You’ and ‘Passed Caring’ and, although there’s no sign of an album, there must be one lurking around the corner somewhere.

    Temple Songs
  4. MPFree: Daughter - Youth (session)

    Monday 14 April 2014, 11:40

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    Hello and welcome to another week on the Lauren Laverne show. Today’s MPFree is a bit of a goodie! Well…aren’t they always? A nice, lovely live version of a Daughter track. By Daughter. Can’t think of anything better for a Monday. 

    Download Daughter - Youth (4AD Session)

    Daughter have unveiled their next release which will be a 5-song performance recorded in London’s iconic Air Studios with composer Joe Duddell – whose CV includes collaborating with Elbow and composing for the BBC Proms – and a 10-piece classical ensemble. The session will be released as a digital EP this Wednesday...

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  5. MPFree: Eyedress – My Hologram

    Friday 11 April 2014, 11:40

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    Today’s MPFree isn’t just a one-song type affair, oh no! You can get your ears around a 12 track mixtape courtesy of Filipino producer, Idris Vicuña AKA Eyedress.

    Download Eyedress – My Hologram

    Based in Quezon City, Manila, the 23 year old recorded this in his bedroom with friend Skint Eastwood on a laptop handed down to him by his father. It’s the follow-up to his debut EP ‘Supernatural’ and has had NME declaring; “far from the cliché of a bedroom producer as it’s possible to imagine – it’s punk, weird and utterly compelling”. He’s also picking up the plaudits have recently...

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  6. Desert Island Disco: Dances with Fingers

    Friday 11 April 2014, 10:33

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    We love music we do. And we especially when it us move, groove, shimmy and shake. And that's what today's Desert Islander Disco-er is providing; listener Louise Jack from Dundee welcomes you to her party:

    "Okay, generally speaking, I think any track that's danceable is a happy track and all of mine genuinely turn me into a grinning idiot whenever I hear them. I walk miles to and from work every day and love nothing more than cranking up the iPod and pounding the pavements and there are two things that all these tunes have in common: 1) they quicken my pace almost immediately (out of the way dawdlers...

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  7. MPFree: Douglas Dare – Swim

    Thursday 10 April 2014, 11:31

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    Today’s MPFree is a haunting, broody piece that evokes the likes of Rufus Rainwright with a bit of Ed Harcourt thrown in for good measure.    

    Download Douglas Dare – Swim

    Douglas is a London-based singer-songwriter, originally from the lovely coastal town of Bridport. And being the son of a piano teacher, you can see why his instrument of choice is the ivory percussion’d one. He’s still only 23 – which may just completely anger some – and started composition from an even younger age as well as studying popular music at Liverpool. His debut album Whelm is out 12th May and is certainly...

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  8. MPFree: Split Secs - I Stand Alone (Mike Simonetti Mix)

    Wednesday 9 April 2014, 11:40

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    Today’s MPFree celebrates the mid-week point in the…week…and takes you to the straight to the dance floor ready for the weekend (bit early?). But it’s a bit more early morning dance floor, underground neon in New York if you will.

    Download Split Secs - I Stand Alone (Mike Simonetti Mix)*

    This is taken from the I Stand Alone EP from LA DJ / production duo Split Secs. And it’s only being remixed by New Jersey-based Italians Do It Better label boss Mike Simonetti – one of four remixers to appear on the EP. And the whole EP can be yours on 14th April, but if you can’t wait until then...

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  9. Memory Tapes: Forever Diesel

    Wednesday 9 April 2014, 10:44

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    An incredibly emotional Memory Tape today from Tom Piercy, who spoke to us all the way from Kyoto, dedicated to his mum and celebrating her life. Here he is in his own words:

    "Dear Lauren and the 6 Music team,

    I am constantly touched, inspired and moved by peoples Memory Tapes and have felt a strong urge to submit my own in memory of my recently departed dear mother.

    Known to friends as Dee, family as Diana, but forever to me and my sister Lisa as Diesel, she passed on the 17th December somewhat out of the blue when it was discovered that she had an inoperable brain tumour and not a whole lotta time...

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  10. MPFree: Conner Youngblood - Confidence

    Tuesday 8 April 2014, 11:35

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    MPFree travels the globe once again to source the world’s greatest free music. Today’s choice cut comes all the way from Dallas, Texas from resident singer / multi-instrumentalist Conor Youngblood. 

    Download Conner Youngblood - Confidence

    This is taken from the EP of the same name, which was released last week. He played his one man show at SXSW this year and he has been said to be able to play around 30-40 instruments. Inexplicably, he’s still unsigned but continues to release EPs as and when he feels, many of them for free. He says: “The reality of it is that people don’t always want...

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