There are numerous ways that bands reach out to potential and current fans, and you can add a few more to the list with Noisetrade
and Concert Window
. Noisetrade allows artists and bands to give away music, like a few tracks and covers from Dr. Dog and Saint Rich
, to the whole First Album Live from They Might Be Giants
, and now e/audio books
, too, in trade for an email address and zip code. If you prefer live music, Stageit and Concert Window allow fans to watch unrecorded, streaming shows from bands anywhere in the world, for whatever price fans see fit. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on Jul 9, 2014 -
It used to be that a CD or good old fashioned 12" vinyl would simply play, and your only indication of when it was about to end would be the album tracklisting printed on the sleeve. Hearing another song start up just as you thought the album was finished and got up to change the record was always an unexpected thrill - a surprise encore in your bedroom, a sort of reward for listening right through to the end. Yes, the iPod and its many variants have transformed the way people listen to music, but as someone who grew up waiting excitedly when an album finished to see if there was an extra hidden treat at the end of an album, I'll always see the death of the secret song as the sad flipside of its success. [more inside]
posted by mannequito
on Dec 16, 2013 -
Looking to freshen up that old October playlist? Allow me to recommend Halloween Booootie
, three free, full-length compilations (2009, 2010 and 2012) of bootlegs and mashups all perfectly themed for your next graveyard smash.
But do you want some more?
Are you looking for, dare I say, the real wicked shit?
Then please, step this way... [more inside]
posted by Faint of Butt
on Oct 22, 2013 -
Very obscure and super rare selection
of cumbias, gaitas, mapalé, charanguara, musarana, charanga and guarachas for your ultimate enjoyment! [more inside]
posted by Tom-B
on Apr 28, 2013 -
Amazon just announced AutoRip
, a service to provide MP3 versions of any song you buy on CD from their store. That's all well and good, but the kicker is that "Amazon is retroactively giving free MP3s to any customer who has purchased an AutoRip compatible CD since its Music Store first opened in 1998". Looks like I'll be knee deep in Blink 182, Cake, and The Spin Doctors again.
posted by mathowie
on Jan 10, 2013 -
hand-picks the best new tracks from independent & underground artists, simmers on low, and delivers beautiful online issues every 2 months." Issue #1 is free, available as a sample.
posted by Memo
on Feb 10, 2011 -
Midwest label Suburban Sprawl
puts out a CD of X-Mas music every winter. They've collected the last eight years of them here
. Highlights include The High Strung, The Hard Lessons, and the common lament, "Santa Just Crashed Into My House and He's Drunk as Fuck."
posted by klangklangston
on Dec 1, 2010 -
Online UK label Serein's last redesign
saw a number of ambient and experimental albums released for free. They've redesigned again with a slightly more realistic business model, and in addition to the two releases
out so far, they've put out three free "forecasts
" so far, mixtapes of a sort, arranged by the artists. Three
is the latest, and by halfway through I knew it would likely be appreciated here.
posted by BlackLeotardFront
on May 18, 2010 -
Summer Mix Series
is the soundtrack to your summer. Created by yewknee.com
, this collection of user submitted mix CDs encourages submissions to have unique, specific themes, giving many of these mixes a more cohesive edge than "Bill's Favorite Tunes June 2009". Listen to summer, 48 CDs and counting! [more inside]
posted by CharlesV42
on Jul 24, 2009 -
Pilgrim Productions Presents: Voices Across America,
an archive of gospel music in a variety of genres, submitted for free play and download by church groups and folk and traditional groups across the country and beyond. Style, age, and quality vary greatly, but fans of noncommercial music will enjoy hunting for the gems of blues, Cajun, bluegrass, choral, shapenote, country, vintage, and mountain gospel and more.
posted by Miko
on May 24, 2009 -
The Folkways Collection
is a downloadable, 24-part podcast series that "explores the remarkable collection of music, spoken word, and sound recordings that make up Folkways Records (now at the Smithsonian as Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)."
posted by Miko
on Feb 16, 2009 -
“You can’t roll a joint on an iPod”
or how the iPod killed the music industry. First the music biz overlooked the computer CD rom when they put copy control on cd burners. Then they eliminated the single. Shortly after that "mp3" replaced "sex" as the most popular search term. Apple has become the largest music seller largely against the wishes of the music biz, but 99 cents beats free. Yesterday Apple announced they were eliminating DRM
. The questions remains, who needs Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, Warner Music Group, and EMI, does Apple? When is Apple just going to replace them? There were rumors a year ago that they would launch a record label with Jay-Z
but that does not appear to have come to fruition.
posted by caddis
on Jan 7, 2009 -
In the 1980s, songwriter, artist and cultural critic Momus
recorded a number of albums for the legendary indie label Creation Records, combining influences as diverse as Jacques Brel, Serge Gainsbourg, Pet Shop Boys-style synthpop and Balearic acid-house. These have largely languished in Sony Music's vaults over the past few years, occasionally fetching hefty prices on eBay. Now, Momus has taken the step to commit auto-piracy and release his Creation albums online, for free; over December, he will post MP3s of all six albums to his LiveJournal blog
, each with freshly written liner notes. The first one, 1987's The Poison Boyfriend
, is here
. [more inside]
posted by acb
on Dec 9, 2008 -
"So, that’s my long and winding history of a little postcard from the Upper West Side of Manhattan!" Suzanne Vega writes about
writing the hit song Tom's Diner
, coping with its numerous remixes, and its part in the birth of the MP3 music compression format.
posted by Blazecock Pileon
on Sep 24, 2008 -
Have you ever wondered what the national anthem of Bolivia, Nepal or The Republic of Seychelles sounded like? Well wonder no more because NationalAnthems.info
has got you covered! It claims to have the national anthem for every country in the world in MIDI format, along with downloadable lyrics and sheet music so you can sing and play along. But if the MIDI format isn't doing it for you, there's also other sites that you can visit that have downloadable MP3s of pretty much every national anthem this planet and its inhabitants have to offer, such as this one
or this one
, which is notable in that the anthems featured there were performed by the US Navy Band. And finally, for your further reading and listening pleasure, check out this forum
which contains background information on and even more links to downloadable national anthems.
posted by Effigy2000
on Sep 22, 2008 -