Alex Bleeker and the Freaks – “Don’t Look Down”

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While Alex Bleeker spends his days as the bassist in popular indie rock band Real Estate, he also moonlights as the guitarist and frontman in his own band, Alex Bleeker and the Freaks, which takes more from Crazy Horse, the Grateful Dead and Little Wings than The Feelies or Yo La Tengo. Over the past several years, Bleeker has performed sporadic shows in New York and Brooklyn either solo or with a rotating cast of musicians that has, at times, included members of Real Estate. During that time he also released a 7″ and an EP on Underwater Peoples, and will now release his debut full-length, titled How Far Away, on Woodsist in the Spring of this year. Stream “Don’t Look Down,” the lead track on the album, below.

How Far Away comes out May 28 on Woodsist.

Catch Alex Bleeker and the Freaks alongside Quilt and Weyes Blood at our show this Sunday at Glasslands Gallery. RSVP.

Neil Young – “Interstate” Bonus Vinyl Cut

Neil Young and Crazy Horse’s 1996 album Broken Arrow was largely shunned by critics upon its release. The loosely structured, fuzzed out, even more jam sessiony playing than usual is likely something only die hard Neil fans ate up. And so, as many of the album’s best songs fell the way of the wind, so did perhaps one of Neil’s best songs from his many 90s releases—a song included as a bonus track only on the vinyl release. Recorded during the 1990 Ragged Glory sessions, but never included on the album, “Interstate” is an acoustic masterpiece right alongside Neil’s best works. Deep low-tuned guitars, heavy handed strums, fingers sliding up the fretboard, a wanderer’s tale…

MP3: “Interstate