In honour of this week’s Think Free issue of NOW, Anti-Records is offering free downloads of unreleased tracks and recent favourites. Stream the playlist below and download your top picks here (click the arrow pointing down to the right of each track).
But first, a little about the bands:
For the better part of two decades, the acclaimed band Calexico has crossed musical barriers, embracing a multitude of styles, variety in instrumentation and well-cultivated signature sounds. Tapping on the Line is a new song from their forthcoming album Edge of the Sun, out April 14.
Opera is from Lanois’s Juno-nominated album Flesh and Machine, which bristles with new ideas. Deploying every sonic weapon in his arsenal, Daniel spent countless hours processing an array of sounds – steel and electric guitar, piano and voice to create the headphone album of the year.
Heart Races is from Live at a Flamingo Hotel, which marks the first ever bottling of Dr. Dog’s legendary rollicking and celebratory live show.
The Lady’s Letter is a track from Don’t Lose This, an album of previously-unreleased music by the late Pops Staples with new production by Mavis Staples and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, and will be released on Feb. 17.
The River is from Son Little’s first ep ‘Things I Forgot’ the first long-form release from the artist who inventively merges soul, blues, hip-hop, acid rock and more into an exhilarating and provocative new sound.
‘Chlorine’ is from Title Fight’s album Hyperview out Feb. 3. A band that have boldly and brilliantly evolved from their punk roots. The vocals are remarkably muted and lovely when compared to the blood-curdling caterwauling of earlier work and the lyrics are almost defiantly opaque.
The album, Sukierae (sue-key-ray), is not quite a solo effort. It is the debut release by the aptly-monikered duo, Tweedy, which features Jeff Tweedy (of Wilco) performing in a musical collaboration with his 18-year-old son and drummer Spencer Tweedy.