Free Music Friday!

In what now looks to become a new recurring feature, kids, it’s time for another Free Music Friday. For the low, low price of my email address and the implied promise of free whoring on my part, the powers that be at the labels and distributors that be have deigned to fill my in-box with all sorts of free mp3 goodies. After all, what good is being a whore if i didn’t have anything to offer the fine, greedy readers of LET?

Enough with the chit chat, let’s get onto business, shall we?

From Domino Records, we actually have more than one goodie today. To get this party started, here’s an offering from the upcoming Pavement greatest hits project, Quarantine the Past, with their remastered version of “Gold Soundz.” If you’re a longtime Gen X indie freak, odds are you’re familiar with this track originally found on Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain. If you’re not, well, now as good a time as any to find out what the hell your older sib/parent has been going on and on about for however many years now. And as if that wasn’t enough, those daffy bastards also are giving away the latest digital 7″ single from Dirty Projectors, Ascending Melody. Now, i’m not entirely sure how a computer file can be measured to reach 7″, but it comes with two tracks, so why are we spending our time quibbling over such details? Yeah, i’m on pain meds, but what’s your excuse? Still, i know you hungry bastards, you still want more, don’t you? Fortunately, Domino, perhaps inspired by their namesake pizza stepping up their game of late, are bringing us one more treat today, the latest from Quasi, Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouller, from their upcoming release, American Gong. For those of you not in the know, Quasi is made up of such stalwart rockers as Sam Coomes, Joanna Bolme and the greatest female drummer of all-time, Janet Weiss.

mp3: Gold Soundz (Pavement from Quarantine the Past)

mp3: Ascending Melody (Dirty Projectors from Ascending Melody 7″)

mp3: Emblem of the World (Dirty Projectors from Ascending Melody 7″ )

But wait! There’s more!

Insound wants to hip you to Bad Sports. While i could wax philosophic on their grungey, rough-around-the-edges sound, i’m simply going to mention the fact that their eponymous release is on the Douchemaster Records label. That alone is worth the price of admission.

mp3: And It Goes (Bad Sports from Bad Sports)

Still not full, you avaristic bastard? Well, i suppose it’s a good thing that Amie Street dropped off something in ye olde inbox today, too. Not familiar with singer-songwriter Joey Ryan? He’s been called “One to watch” by BBC Radio DJ Jo Whiley, and his music has been featured on One Tree Hill, KCRW’s “Weekend Becomes Eclectic” and various commercials. I’m considering holding the One Tree Hill gig against him (too good for Smallville, eh?), but i suppose we’ve all got to do what we’ve got to do to pay the bills, right?

Still you want the wafer thin mint? Sweet Jebus, don’t say i didn’t warn you.

Straight from the Sincerely Yours label, two more goodies from one of my latest favorite newbies, jj. The Swedish band just signed to Secretly Canadian for North American distribution, so expect their upcoming sophomore release to hit in early March 2010. In the meantime, groove to these gems. And yes, that is Lil’ Weezy on the first one.

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3 thoughts on “Free Music Friday!

  1. Uhm, I'd like to thank you for being so awesome. There's nothing greater than free music. Especially when it's good free music. I've just found your blog and I'm glad I did!

  2. Chris, y'know I love you and all, but I just have two words for you, just two words:


    You ignorant bastard.

    (Plus, she's one of the nicest people I've ever met!)

  3. Patricia: Glad you found us and welcome to the party. Leave your pants at the door and be sure to try the dip. Come on in, the water's fine.

    Mark, my good man: At first, i somehow read "Maura Tierney" and couldn't figure out what news radio had to do w/ anything. And while it's hard to argue tht the Velvet Underground's drummer wasn't the top of her field, since i didn't see them live, that perhaps gives an unfair advantage to Ms. Weiss. That being said, having seen Janet, lawd have mercy, that woman beats the skins like they said her ass looked fat in those jeans. i also considered Shelia E. (having seen her during both the Purple Rain and Lovesexy tours) and Cindy Blackman (Kravitz's Universal Love tour), but had to stick w/ Janet. i calls 'em likes i sees 'em, plain and simple.

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