Free (and Legal) Music Monday: Amazon

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This Week’s Theme: Who Are You?
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Y’all are SO going to love me after this post. I mean even MORE than you do now.

(I KNOW, right? I didn’t think that was possible EITHER!)
I am about to dissolve the obstacles that you think have been keeping you from new music. Poof! Gone. No, don’t look around…I’m talking to you. Yes, you – the one who has no idea WHERE to find new music…the one whose life is so unbelievably full that there is just no TIME to find new music…the one who wouldn’t spend the money on herself, anyway. The one who doesn’t own an iPod, and knows nothing about digital music. This one’s for you.

(But, the rest of you have to stay, too. No jumping ship on me.)

So, last week I got a new Netbook. (My three year old named it “Pippi”. Long story – buy me a beer and I’ll tell you about it.) Now, this thing may be small, but it’s got a 250 gig hard drive. Plenty of room for music. And, since I absolutely require access to music at all times, I finally got around to thinking about putting some on Pippi.

I have an iPod and use iTunes quite happily. I know others may use other platforms and mp3 players, but for our purposes we’re just going to stick with Apple and the evil that is Steve Jobs. So, I went to the Apple site and downloaded iTunes for Pippi. It’s free. Took me about six minutes.
I had every intention of transferring music from my Desktop computer to Pippi, but…I have BOATLOADS of music. Something like 8,000 files. And, I’m pretty damn lazy. And THAT is when the inspiration for this post struck like a bolt from the blue!
Pippi is going to be my “Free Music” computer.
Yep, folks…”Free (and Legal) Music Monday” is going to be a recurring theme here at Music Savvy Mom. I shall scour the net for the best free, authorized, legal downloads from reputable sources and bring them here to you. Hell, if I made it any easier I’d have to come to your house and do it for you. (And, I will TOTALLY do that…for a fee.)
First stop on our caravan o’ ducatless tunage: Amazon.com . Specifically, the mp3 download section. Type in the word “free” in the search, and feast your eyes on the cornucopia of sound that’s just waiting to nestle itself in your hard drive. Yes, you may need to listen to some samples, and yes, some of them are HUGE bombs. But, I say again:
It’s free.
I took about a half hour and downloaded 77 songs. Yes, I’m serious. And the good news? I think I’m going to like EASILY two thirds of them. The rest, I’ll delete – no harm, no foul. I do this every week or two…and feels so deliciously evil!
So, to recap:

*Download iTunes. It’s FREE.
*Download Amazon mp3’s. The FREE ones.
*The Amazon Downloader will automatically dump them into your iTunes.
*iTunes will play them on your computer – no iPod needed.
*ENJOY!

I pulled out a few of them for your listening pleasure, and listed the album to look for on Amazon if you want to go grab them yourself. All available at Amazon right now. FREE.
You’re welcome. :)
Oh, and I should probably mention that I’m receiving NO compensation from Apple, Amazon or anyone else for this post. Unfortunately, I’m not smart enough to make that happen, because trust me – I’d GLEEFULLY take any compensation they’d like to throw my way…

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Say Hi: Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh Oh
Barsuk Records: 2009 Amazon Digital Sampler

Easily my favorite. I love this song. Be warned – it’s a TOTAL earworm, but in a good way.

Son, Ambulance: Horizons
Saddle Creek Sampler 2008-2009

Just listened twice, but I like it.

Death Cab for Cutie: For What Reason
Barsuk Records: 2009 Amazon Digital Sampler
Not a HUGE DCFC fan, but for free, I’ll take it. It might grow on me. Like moss.

Troubled Hubble: Ear, Nose and Throat
Be On The Lookout!

At first listen it’s reminiscent of Billy Joel – a bit “We Didn’t Start the Fire”-ish. But, I forgot that as I listened to the lyrics. Good stuff.

House of Heroes: In the Valley of the Dying Sun
The End is Not the End EP

Only heard part of this and I love it.

The Raveonettes: Dead Sound
Lust Lust Lust

Again – all I needed was a snippet to click “download.” Nice. Rich layers.

Loudon Wainwright III: Motel Blues
Recovery

He’s the original Wainwright. ‘Nuff said.

Mates of State: My Only Offer
Barsuk Records: 2009 Amazon Digital Sampler

Just download the whole Barsuk Sampler. They’re all great.

Nord Express: The Natural
Slumberland Records Spring 2009 Sampler

Need to hear this a few more times, but there was something about it that I liked.

Cocoon: On My Way
My Friends Died in A Plane Crash

This one intrigues me. Her accent, maybe. Hmmm.

Ted Leo & The Pharmacists: Under the Hedge
Be On the Lookout!

Liked this whole sampler, too. I know I’ve heard some Ted Leo before…

The Posies: I Guess You’re Right
Every Kind of Light

Not sure I like the jarring of the mismatched voices, but I DO like the song. More listening is clearly required.

The Lemonheads: Waitin’ Around to Die (Townes Van Zandt Cover)
Varshons
It’s a TVZ cover. It’s Evan Dando. Win-win in my book.

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