Music Monday: Big Freedia drops free EP & video

Homo-hopper Big Freedia clearly knows how to burn the cardio as he teaches this aerobics class how to bounce the pounds away in his new video for “Excuse.” The queer rapper released this vid recently and also teamed up with Scion A/V to release a free five-song EP download on Soundcloud. Score!

He’s back on tour according to his website. These tour dates don’t include Dallas, yet, but how can we ever forget his show at The Loft here in December last year? Or his appearance at NX35 this spring? Here’s hoping he brings some of that “Azz Everywhere” back.

Scion A/V Presents: Big Freedia – Excuse from Scion A/V on Vimeo.

—  Rich Lopez

Free song download this week from Jeffree Star

Jeffree Star, Lollipop LuxuryLast week, Owen Pallett was giving away a downloadable EP for a limited time. We jumped on that pretty quick. And now, another gay artist gets on board.

Jeffree Star tweets that his “Lollipop Luxury” single is available as a gratis download all week long. We were a little hard on his album Beauty Killer late last year, but we’re never above hopping on the “free” bandwagon. Just click here, sidestep the pop-up ad and download away.

Fair warning — it’s explicit.

—  Rich Lopez

Free Owen Pallett download available for one week only

Owen Pallett, The National, Lewis Takes His Shirt Off, Heartland
Owen Pallett

I received a couple of tidbits about gay musician Owen Pallett. First, he’s coming back to town in October. I’m kinda stoked that he’s coming back to perform with The National at House of Blues Oct. 9. He’s on tour supporting Heartland and played here already at the Granada back in April. You might remember that.

Second, for a limited time, he’s got music for free! If you click here, you can download his EP “Lewis Takes Off His Shirt,” the lead single from Heartland. Four remixes of the song and two mixes of other tracks from the album can be all yours. Score! Even though I got the notice today, the page itself is dated July 9 and the download is available only for a week.

—  Rich Lopez

Getcher 'legalize gay marriage' poster here — mostly because they are free

In case you missed it, PoliticalLoudmouth.com has been offering free downloads of posters like the one above for the legalization of same-sex marriage. Cool and colorful, just download these suckers and plaster them all over the place. The site pushes targeting conservatives (um … who else?) with these posters, but the bright whimsy keeps them from coming off as too militant. OK, here’s what they say:

You’ll see that we’ve aimed these posters at conservative audiences, and we’re making arguments that they would have a hard time disagreeing with. It’s all part of showing our conservative friends that we love them, too, and that legalizing gay marriage is something that’s in the interest of all of us, including them.  : )

According to the site, this is their first set of same-sex marriage posters. Can’t wait to see what’s in volume two. While you’re at it, if you’re into Rethinking Oil or Legalizing Marijuana, this is your stop as well.

—  Rich Lopez

Random music tidbits: Download local dj MicahB's mixes; China's own Whitney Houston

DJ and musician MicahB has been back on the scene lately spinning gigs at the Windmill Lounge, Alexandre’s and the Brick. Today, he reminded that  his mixes are available for free download. Right now, you can snag his indie house mix (which I’m listening to right now) or his underground/Euro mixes. But I’m sure he wouldn’t mind if you checked out his site as well for more music. You know, if you’re into the whole dance music thing.

His next gig is Sloppy Seconds this Saturday at the Windmill Lounge.

—  Rich Lopez

Rob Halford offers free song download

Rob Halford's band, um, Halford, brings a hard rockin' Christmas this season.
Rob Halford’s band, um, Halford, brings a hard rockin’ Christmas this season.

This week I reviewed Halford’s holiday CD, Winter Songs. If you’re not sure about mixing heavy metal and Christmas carols but curious, click here for a free download of “Christmas For Everyone.” It’s  a fun song, actually, that’s less carol and more pop-rock.

Hard to believe from a heavy metal god, huh?

I also had a very pleasant phone converation with the out singer talking about the new album and his coming out experience 10 years ago. We’ll have that for ya in the new few weeks in the paper.

—  Rich Lopez