Willy Mason

The 10 Albums You Need to Hear in December

December is traditionally a pretty dire month for album releases, and this year is no exception — but still, having said that, there’s enough noteworthy records dropping over the next four weeks to at least make our regular monthly “Albums You Need to Hear” post worth writing. It’s not just box sets and fancy reissues, either! The headline attraction this month is clearly the new Scott Walker record, which stands as one of the most remarkable things anyone’s released in 2012 and also a testament to the danger of starting your end-of-year-lists in November, but we’ve also tracked down a bunch of other releases that will do a fine job of bulking out your Christmas stocking. As ever, do let us know in the comments section what’s on your shopping list this month. … Read More

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10 MP3s You Need to Download for Free This Week: Thee Oh Sees, Prince Rama

It’s Friday, which means a) we survived the apocalypse and b) it’s time for another installment of our regular roundup of downloadable MP3 goodness from around the web. This week we have Prince Rama welcoming in the post-apocalyptic age, along with Thee Oh Sees covering the Velvet Underground, another beautiful home recording from Marissa Nadler, melancholy songsmithery from Willy Mason and El Perro del Mar, retro-futurism from Chrome Canyon and Ital Tek, and various other goodness for your downloading delectation. Since all this action costs precisely nothing, what are you waiting for? All the download links await after the jump. … Read More

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10 Contemporary Alt-Country Bands You Should Know

Alt-country (or Americana, if you must) was all over the music press in the late 1990s and early 2000s, with Uncut magazine, in particular, making the genre its de facto in-house sound. Since then, its visibility has faded somewhat, but the quality of the music hasn’t suffered — while the work of artists like Lambchop, Jason Lytle and Grandaddy (who’ve recently reunited — yay!), Wilco, Calexico, Iron & Wine, Mark Kozelek et al remains well-renowned, there are plenty of other artists similarly deserving of your attention. We’ve rounded up a selection of such musicians after the jump. Do let us know who your favorites are, too. … Read More

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10 Free MP3s You Need to Download This Week

Regular readers will know that the Flavorpill editorial crew spends its Monday mornings scouring the web for a selection of albums that are streaming for free over the course of the week. But what of tracks you can actually download? Never fear, because as of this week we’ve got that base covered as well — every Friday, we’ll be posting a selection of the best free legal downloads to have hit the blogs over the course of the week. Rejoice! And then click through and get downloading tracks from Karen Dalton, Barry Adamson, Mark Kozelek, Chromatics, and more. … Read More

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