January 10, 2006
For the love of all things holy go download MuteMath's "Chaos" for free right now. No, don't stop and think, don't file it for later. Now. Go. Download. It's free.
I first saw MuteMath thrashing across the stage at Sonshine 2005, which included over-turning the drum kit twice and standing on the piano and playing it with your feet. The duct-tape holding the drummer's headphones to his head couldn't keep from partying itself and gave up its headphone holding duty.
Now MuteMath is celebrating its debut album with free "Chaos" download goodies. You can thank me later.
November 2, 2005
A couple of worthy free songs on iTunes this week:
October 4, 2005
You can score a free track of atmospheric Daniel Lanois guitar work on iTunes. The free track, "Sketches," is available this week for free and his from his new album, Belladonna, which came out this summer.
If Daniel Lanois sounds familiar and you can't quite place him, he has production credits on quite a few albums, including U2's Joshua Tree.
September 27, 2005
And if Barlow Girl sounds familiar, yes, they were the subject of the Superchick song "Barlow Girls," which was written about the three Barlow sisters and eventually led to them getting their own record deal. Thankfully they can rock on their own power.
August 16, 2005
The Robbie Seay Band from Houston's Ecclesia Church is this week's Discovery Download on iTunes. Snag a free copy of the quiet acoustic worship number, "Better Days", from their Better Days album that came out today.
June 21, 2005
If they sound a bit like Coldplay, that's because Coldplay's Chris Martin wrote "Gravity" and offered it to the guys in Embrace, saying it was meant to be an Embrace song.
May 16, 2005
It's loud guitar rock from a trio of women, and if you can handle their at times screeching vocals, the killer guitars are worth it.
May 3, 2005
A quick trip to purevolume lets you download three older tracks and samples from the new album. I haven't heard the new album yet, but the three downloads have been racking up play counts on my iPod.
"Grand Theft Autumn" has a nice emo attempt at decent singing before it really gets started. "Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner" is an acoustic demo version (the real version is available on From Under the Cork Tree), though for me it's better unplugged. "Dead on Arrival" is just fast, fun—and hey, it's free.
The iTunes Discovery Download (brought to you by Carson Daly) for this week is "Don't Walk Away" by Shawn McDonald from his Simply Nothing album. His music is mostly acoustic, though a few songs have a touch of hip-hop reminiscent of Mat Kearney. McDonald has a down and out story of getting messed up in drugs and hitting the bottom before finally coming to God.
Last night folk artist Bright Eyes (aka Conor Oberst) performed his concert favorite, "When the President Talks to God," on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. While the song is not available on his two most recent albums, I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning and Digital Ash in a Digital Urn, you can download the track for free from iTunes.
May 2, 2005
This interview covers Davis' rock star finds Jesus story, which is basically him hitting the bottom with stardom and alcohol and returning to the faith of his youth.
All he asks of his Superdrag fans? "The only thing that I ask is that they give me a fair shake—nothing more, nothing less."
April 28, 2005
This three-piece rock band (formerly known as No Tagbacks) released their self-titled debut album this week—and it's worth a listen. You can hear some lengthy samples online and download the single "Serial Sleepers."
The alt-rock band Afters is giving away a Sony PSP to the best fan-created Afters web site. Check the details, download the goodies and build yourself a web site. The downloadable goodies include a $5 off coupon for their new album, I Wish We All Could Win, as well as a free 90-day download of their song "Beautiful Love."