Free Downloads from the Labels

13 09 2012

Moshi Moshi Records Label SamplerWe are of course fully within the digital world now and whilst I still like to purchase music and books in a physical form I also download and listen to music tracks on my phone or iPod (yes even I have one!)

A number of the record labels offer free tracks for download from their artists, the obvious reason behind this is to build a fanbase around the music and to market an artist for very little cost.

One of the labels doing this is Moshi Moshi Records. The London based label has been, or is, home to the likes of Bloc Party, Friendly Fires, Kate Nash, Architecture in Helsinki and Florence and the Machine.

If you browse the website and find yourself at the Store page (which I did of course) then you will see a link to free downloads, to get the downloads you need to subscribe to the email list – no real headache and you can always unsubscribe later if it’s not to your taste.

For this little bit of work – and let’s face it entering an email address into a box is not the hardest thing on earth – you get 7 free tracks when you log back into your account via the free downloads link.

The track list is as follows:

  • Veronica Sawyer by Summer Camp
  • Sweetheart by The Wave Pictures
  • Free the Pterodactyl 3 by Hot Club de Paris
  • Another Likely Story by Au Revoir Simone
  • Finn Bikkjen by Casiokids
  • See Spaces by Teeth
  • Stay Wild, Tokelau by Still Flyin’

Another place to get some free tunes is Constellation Records, bands like Tinder Sticks and Godspeed You! Black Emperor have released material with this indie label. What you get from Constellation at the moment is a Free Label Sampler from releases in 2011. In addition the label has another page with a further 40+ free downloads for your aural pleasure.

I will confess that whilst I have been downloading these tracks today I am yet to listen to a single one!

Hope you enjoy the blog post and if you have any other favourite spots for some free music then please comment below.

 





Lots of Free Tunes

14 10 2011

I think one of the things I am going to use this blog for more and more is links and articles on free music. By this I don’t mean illegal downloading, I mean genuinely free tracks that are available out on the web.

There are thousands of tracks that you can get access to legitimately and some of these sources are high profile music blogs. This week I have already downloaded four albums worth of music from two of the blogs that I follow.

The first one offers up some very good music on a regular basis and seems to have a link with many up-and-coming artists that are prepared to give away tracks or produce cover versions in order to promote themselves – makes sense right? Especially in this digital age.

The website/blog I am mumbling on about is Stereogum a music blog with some fantastic writing  that always seems to be on the pulse of what is new.

I never hide the fact that I am a massive fan of Radiohead and I was delighted to have found hosted on Stereogum a tribute album to Radiohead’s 1997 masterpiece OK Computer. OKX as it is known (celebrating 10 years of the album) is a release featuring 14 artists providing cover versions of these great songs. There are of course 12 original tracks on the album and these are joined by a second version of No Surprises by Northern State and the B-Sides Polyethylene Parts 1 and 2 by Chris Walla.

Some of the tracks are replications of the originals but two of my favourites are probably Exit Music (For a Film) covered by Vampire Weekend and the Twilight Sad’s version of Climbing Up The Walls.

You can find the full track list as well as download the entire album including artwork right here.

I also made two more ‘full length’ downloads from Stereogum, both tribute albums as well. Rather than go in depth in this post I will just let you know they are cover versions of Bjork’s ‘Post’ album and REM’s classic ‘Automatic for the People’. Having not had chance to fully give them a listen yet I will post and link to these in another blog post.

If you are prepared to explore there is so much excellent, free music available. It may not be by chart toppers (although in some cases can be) but I have always like exploring music and trying to unearth something that really appeals to me.

Another great source and where I got the final download from is Obscure Sound. They put together a monthly ‘best of…’ mix that you can download and listen to at your will.

If you are reading this then firstly thank you, and please don’t be put off if I have fed you information that you already know. I am looking to share plenty more free stuff for your aural pleasure over the coming months.

I will have a good listen to the downloads i have made this week and post up a couple of quick reviews.





Need bigger more efficient batteries

26 01 2011

Travelling on a train today to and from London. I use my HTC Desire to help with the monotony and provide some music. Trouble is even a fully charged battery lasts less than 8 hours, they need to be more efficient or bigger – I prefer efficient!








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