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BOXTOP JENKINS' 2012 album YOU'RE HAPPIER WHEN YOU'RE HAPPY is a fun album, but one of many that I just haven't gotten to properly feature here on The Rock Father, despite it being released just over a year ago. But here we are in October, and with Halloween approaching once more, I'm circling back around to 'Ol Boxtop to feature a pair of tracks from that album - a duo that he himself has deemed "Spooky Sights and Nervous Nights." "Rattlin' Rattlin' Bones" features SHAWN MULLINS as the Spooky Skeleton, and "Gettin Down on Halloween" is a perfect little ditty that pays homage to some past frights (THE MUNSTERS for sure), and both land at Day 10 on 31 Days of Halloween this year. Stream them below, and as an added bonus - grab a FREE DOWNLOAD of Boxtop's Spooky Handsaw Halloween Howls!

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New York singer/songwriter STORY LAURIE knows a thing or two about gardening (she once sent me some rare corn to plant from the Woodstock region), and with October here, it's time for Pumpkin Picking. Her new song, "Picking Pumpkins in the Pumpkin Patch" was co-written by 1st graders (Mrs. Bailey's 2012-2013 class, South Kortright School, NY) who took part in one of Laurie's "Cultivating Connections" songwriting workshops. It's a fun sing-along for the little ones, and it lands at Day 9 in my 31 Days of Halloween here on The Rock Father this year. Listen or grab a FREE DOWNLOAD via the widget below...

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Oddly enough, it was almost exactly one month ago when we last caught up with METROPOLIS AMERICA, when the Philly New Wavers last dropped some FREE MUSIC for the masses. Now, the band is back with "A Stolen Heart in a Stolen Car," a brand-new FREE DOWNLOAD, and they've released a music video to go along with it. Check it out below...

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The crew over at ANTI Records have released a FREE, 10-song Summer Sampler via Noisetrade. The collection features tracks from NEKO CASE (new album out September 3), MAVIS STAPLES, TOM WAITS & KEITH RICHARDS, BETH ORTON, and more. Grab it as a FREE DOWNLOAD via the widget below.

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Some news from PRODUCT OF HATE, a band managed by The Rock Father himself, James Zahn...

Wisconsin-based metal crew PRODUCT OF HATE have released a Special Edition summer EP via Noisetrade, available immediately as a FREE DOWNLOAD. “Revolution of Destruction” b/w “A Well Deserved Death” pairs together the band’s recent digital singles for the very first time, while bringing their crushing sound to new listeners gratis. Both songs were recorded and engineered by Chris Wisco (LAZARUS A.D., JUNGLE ROT) at Belle City Sound in Racine, WI. Wisco previously helmed the band’s 2010 release, THE UNHOLY MANIPULATOR, which was mixed by James Murphy (DEATH, TESTAMENT, OBITUARY).

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Now this is the RADIOHEAD that I enjoy. I'm well-aware that my opinion of current RADIOHEAD is an unpopular one - that the band stopped rocking after THE BENDS and started going down a rabbit hole of blips and blorps that didn't interest me, all while convincing audiences that what they're doing is just "amaaaaaaaazing" (I HATE when people use that word in such an extended form). In fact, OK Computer was not just an album title, but an actual quote: what the band said to their P.C. upon recording all subsequent albums. But my opinion on the current state of RADIOHEAD is not important when it comes to this... LIVE AT TRAMPS JUNE 1, 1995. It's a full live album available as a FREE DOWNLOAD courtesy of Noisetrade and Paste Magazine. Get a taste below...

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