Free Music Friday

So who doesn’t love the weekend and free music? We dig both and want to share the love. PopWreckoning is proud to present ‘Free Music Friday’ — we’ll give you a quick rundown on a band and have an mp3 streaming and available for download. We think it’s a solid idea and hope you do, too!

Juliette Commagére

Juliette Commagére of LA outfit Hello Stranger will be releasing her first solo effort, Queens Die Proudly, on October 24th through Aeronaut Records. Joining her are Ry and Joachim Cooder, as well as up-and-coming songwriter & brother, Robert Francis.

She’s already toured with the Foo Fighters and now she’s got residencies with the likes of Joachim and Petra Haden in LA and NYC. Listen to the title track from her forthcoming album.

“Queens Die Proudly” (download)


Whales and Cops

We just reviewed Whales and Cops’ EP, but it should be pretty obvious by now that we love anything with any sort of relation to Philadelphia’s Man Man, and since Whales and Cops boasts former members of the chaotic rock group as well as a similar sound , we’re enamored.

Today, we’re bringing you “Bosuns of the Yard,” a heavily electronic track with lots of beeps and boops layered under deep, raspy vocals reminiscent of their former act.

“Bosuns of the Yard” (download)


Emanuel and the Fear

Here we have a newly recorded track from Emanuel and the Fear’s debut album. The Brooklyn ten-piece lists influences from John Coltrane to The Shins to Daft Punk. This tune is a bit mellow but some electronic flourishes and a lovely violin and flute melody.

“Alright (We’re All)” (download)


Nicole Atkins & the Sea

Rock and roll chanteuse Nicole Atkins lent a previously unreleased track to the Choke soundtrack. PopWreckoning fell in love with Nicole at Austin City Limits and we’re pretty sure you’ll dig her, too. This song is pretty sultry, fitting for Choke, and shows off a bit of Nicole’s darker side.

“Crystal Ship” (download)

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Whales and Cops – Great Bouncing Icebergs EP

Reigning from West Philadelphia’s late “Soft Batch” scene, Whales and Cops is comprised of ex-Man Man members and half-brothers Mr. Nathaniel Cops (keys, bees, bells, percussion) and Finger Julius Mountain (drums, marimba, keys, percussion) accompanied by the multi-talented instrumentalist Otzi Bogman (trumpet, bass, Flugelhorn, keys, percussion) . Shortly after the high velocity exit from Man Man, the Great Bouncing Icebergs EP was recorded due to an energetic schedule of immediate rehearsals.

A little over 21 minutes long, the EP includes five tracks, not including the untitled track number three, which consists of a sixteen second soundtrack to what seems like a carnival ride. The first track “Futuro Futuro” starts off with an in your face polyphonic texture and a mixture of instruments that I just can not put my finger on. It reminds me of a Man Man sound mixed with a less creepy electronic version of The Beatles “Revolution #9”, and if you think that’s weird, you should check out the music video.

After the first track, the EP rounds out with songs like “Bosuns o’ the Yard” and “Fifty Black Marines” that are slightly mellower. Whales and Cops definitely saved the best for last. Bringing up the rear, “Bent Cop,” ends the EP on a somber tone with tribal sounding percussion, chilling vocals and a slow tempo.

After listening to the EP, I’m not sure if I’ll be looking forward to a full length album in the future. This “Soft Batch” genre seems to be a little too much for my liking, but if you are into the genre, Whales and Cops is your man!…man?

01. Futuro Futuro
02. Bosuns o’ the Yard
03. (untitled)
04. Fifty Black Marines
05. Suave Homeless Asshole
06. Bent Cop

Whales and Cops: myspace

Written by: Joe Gotschall