10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Iggy Pop, Dan Deacon


It’s Friday, and we’re back with another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week there’s, um, Iggy covering the Black Keys, along with a slew of other interesting new tracks — everything from the return of Dan Deacon and Los Campesinos! to a new signing for one of our favorite labels and a soundtrack for entering a spaceship and leaving Earth for good. In other words, there’s plenty of interesting sounds awaiting you after the jump, and since they won’t cost a penny or land you an RIAA lawsuit, as your attorneys we advise you to start downloading immediately.

Iggy Pop and Ginger Baker — “Lonely Boy” In which Iggy and former Cream drummer Ginger Baker join forces to do an earnest cover of “Lonely Boy” for a tribute album to The Black Keys… um… wait, what?! There’s a Black Keys tribute album? And it features Iggy? 2012, you are eternally mystifying. Still, if you’re interested, you can get the song via Stereogum.

Dan Deacon — “Lots” Baltimore DIY electronic wizard and neo-classical composer is back with a new album called America, which is due for release in August. This is the lead single, a fists-in-the-air roof-raiser that should go down a treat at his famously freeform live shows. Grab it here.

Los Campesinos! — “Tiptoe Through the True Bits” While we have not always been huge fans of Los Campesinos!, we are always in favor of a good Tiny Tim reference. This track is a world away from the shouty indie pop Los Campesinos! are known for — it’s almost, whisper it quietly, a power ballad. Um. Anyway, you can get it via the band’s website.

Laetitia Sadier — “Find Me the Pulse of the Universe” Here’s a new track from former Stereolab vocalist Laetitia Sadier, taken from her upcoming solo record Silencio, which is out on July 24. It sounds like… well, like an acoustic Stereolab, basically — Sadier’s vocals are instantly recognizable, even if they’re set against acoustic guitars instead of synths and loops. Get it via her label Drag City.

Silver Jews — “Secret Knowledge of Back Roads” Also from Drag City: a new compilation of unreleased Silver Jews tracks dating from the band’s very earliest days. This track sounds like it was recorded into a dictaphone that someone accidentally stepped on, but it’s fascinating listening nonetheless. Grab it via The Fader.

Micachu & the Shapes — “OK” Meanwhile, here’s a new track from the eternally weird Micachu and her band the Shapes. This track doesn’t feature vacuum cleaners or broken bottles, but it’s strange and interesting listening nonetheless. Get it here.

Holy Balm — “Take It” We were thoroughly delighted to discover this week that one of our favorite Australian bands, Sydney-based Holy Balm, have signed with a US deal with one of our favorite labels, the excellent Not Not Fun. This track is from their upcoming album It’s You, and we highly recommend clicking right here to download it immediately.

Ty Segall Band — “I Brought My Eyes” A couple of new Ty Segall songs have surfaced this week — apart from this, there’s a streaming-only track called “Swag”, but you can download “I Brought My Eyes,” and do so right here.

D’Eon — “Transparency Pt II” Also ever-generous on the downloading front is D’Eon, who’s already released two entire albums this year, and is back with another excellent track this week. Grab it via Stereogum.

SPACEROCKS — “BFOSR” And finally, here’s some spaced-out neo-psych to soundtrack the rest of your afternoon. We don’t know a great deal about SPACEROCKS — we discovered this via the excellent 20 Jazz Funk Greats, the blog that keeps on giving — but it sounds like it should be soundtracking an interstellar voyage spent in the company of a large analog synthesizer and a couple of earnest Germans. Get it right here.