It’s been several months since we’ve done a Forkast update. There are two main reasons for this. The first is, you know, who cares anyway? You have plenty of stuff to listen to without this. The second reason is that the Fork has been posting a lot fewer actual mp3s lately. They’re posting lots of videos and iMeem streams, but the mp3s have been few and far between. Here are the good ones.
• Matthew Dear – “Pom Pom” [fr0k]
• Throw Me the Statue – “Lolita” from Moonbeams. [fr0k]
• Augie March – “There is No Such Place” (acoustic version) from Moo, You Bloody Choir. [fr0k]
• Soulsavers – “Through My Sails” (Neil Young cover featuring Mark Lanegan and Will Oldham) from It’s Not How Far You Fall, It’s the Way You Land. [fr0k]
• Schooner – “Carrboro” from Hold on Too Tight. [fr0k]
A bunch more after the jump, including Kanye West, Radiohead, Chris Walla, and Lou Reed…
Continue reading Forkast Roundup: Round VII
Another round of mp3s featured on Forkast recently…
• Happy Mondays – “Jelly Bean” [fr0k]
• Arthur & Yu – “Come to View (A Song for Neil Young)” from In Camera; due June 19 on Hardly Art [fr0k]
• The New Pornographers – “My Rights Versus Yours” from Challengers, due August 21 on Matador [fr0k]
• Kanye West – “Young Folks” from Can’t Tell Me Nothing mixtape. Yes, it is exactly what you fear it is… [fr0k]
• Okkervil River – “Our Life Is Not a Movie or Maybe”from Stage Names due August 7 on Jagjaguwar [fr0k]
A couple more after the jump…
Continue reading Fun with Forkast, Round VI
Anybody else notice that Forkast has recently become skimpier with the mp3s? They’ve been pointing to a lot more imeem streams than mp3 downloads.
Maybe that’s fine. I rarely keep free mp3s from the web; I play them once or twice, and if I really like it I’ll either buy or download the album. Unless it’s something that I know I’m only going to like the single, like “Crazy” or “Ring the Alarm” or “Young Folks.” So maybe streaming is okay as long as we’re always on the internet (which we are).
Anyway, some recent good stuff from Forkast after the jump…
Continue reading Still (Occasionally) Having Fun with Forkast
Some recent good stuff from Forkcast:
• Great Lake Swimmers – “Your Rocky Spin” from Onigiara, due 05/08/07 on Nettwerk.
• Of Montreal – “Green Typewriter Suite” Olivia Tremor Control cover live in Dallas.
• Ted Leo – “Bomb.Repeat.Bomb.(1954)” alternate take from Living With the Living, due 3/20/07 on Touch & Go.
• CSS – “I Wanna Be Your J-Lo” Sleater-Kinney interpolation from a BBC session.
Previously: 1, 2.
Some recent good stuff from Forkcast :
• Of Montreal – “No Conclusion” from Icons, Abstract Thee, exclusively available from Polyvinyl online.
• Frog Eyes – “Bushels” from Tears of the Valedictorian, due May 1 on Absolutely Kosher.
• Lee “Scratch” Perry – “Black Panta” from Jonny Greenwood is the Controller, due March 6 on Trojan.
• Dinosaur Jr – “Almost Ready” from Beyond, due May 1 on Fat Possum.
We’d be happy to provide links to the individual entries but unfortunately they don’t include permanent links in their RSS feed.
Pitchfork first created an MP3 page back in the autumn of 2001. But until a couple weeks ago when they rebranded it as Forkast, the mp3 page was strictly an ad revenue channel, just like the free CD that comes with Magnet magazine. Bands and labels paid Pitchfork to post their mp3s. The small print at the bottom of the page disclaimed: “Paid promotion. No critical endorsement of these songs by Pitchfork should be assumed.”
Who knows how bands and labels get their mp3s posted on the new Forkast, but so far they’ve given out some pretty interesting tracks. We’ll try to give a regular round-up of the best stuff that isn’t available elsewhere, or at least the stuff we think you ought to hear.
• Bright Eyes: “Tourist Trap” from the Four Winds EP, due March 6 on Saddle Creek.
• Charlie Louvin [ft. Jeff Tweedy]: “The Great Atomic Power” from Charlie Louvin, due Feb 20 on Tompkins Square.
• Andrew Bird: “Heretics” from Armchair Apocrypha, due March 20 on Fat Possum.