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Thursday, August 11, 2011

Amazon Music - Get Your Free Music Fix

There are times when I get the urge to hear something new, but then I have no idea what kind of music I am in the mood to listen to. This is when I turn to the wonderful services of Amazon.com. As most of you probably know, Amazon has tons of free music. So much free music I can't get to it all. But I like to occasionally cruise through the top free albums and the top free song downloads.

Free Amazon MP3 Albums
Free Amazon MP3 Songs

I found a lot of good music today so I wanted to share some of the free albums with you. Since there were so many, I figured I would break it down by genre and then comment on my favorites. Everyone should be able to find something they like from this list.

Rock - Fearless Records Summer Sampler '11

I love me a good rock sampler. Because solid rock music is a great soundtrack to the summertime. The Fearless release is about half modern rock and half screamo. Now I am not a fan of screamo but I did find several songs on this sampler that deserve some play. "Blackout" by Breathe Carolina features a cool electronic sound that cuts out the audio during the chorus to create an actual "black out" vibe. Other tracks I like are from artists Every Avenue, Sparks the Rescue, Amely, and one of my favorites Go Radio.



Indie Pop - 23 This Year: The Sub Pop Amazon Sampler

So many different sounds coming off of this sampler. It's definitely a free download to check out. I love how the song "Helplessness Blues" by the Fleet Foxes builds throughout the song. I love the words to the chorus of "Lost in My Mind" by The Head and the Heart. I love the acoustic guitar on "Not Enough" by J Mascis.






Soul/Funk/R&B - Ubiquity 2011 Summer Sampler

Everyone could use some solid Soul/Funk in their lives. Several songs sound familiar on this sampler but I have no idea where I may have heard them. All of the these songs really have a solid sound. My favorite beats are provided by the artists PPP, Radio Citizen, Orgone, and Nomo And Shawn Lee.







Sleep Music - Native American Flute Lullabies

Go ahead and call me crazy on this one. I myself almost laughed when I read the title of this free Amazon album. But seriously, take a moment to giggle and then check out a few of these songs. If I was a person that had trouble getting sleep or trying to relax I would love this compilation of songs. They of course feature a Native American flute, but each track also features the sound of nature. Most of the nature sounds create a backdrop like you are camping out in woods in the middle of the night. Perfect soundtrack for bedtime. That's if you are used to the woods and not the waves!



Electronic / 80's - Stockholm Belongs To Us - A Labrador Records Compilation

This album was probably the hardest to categorize. Most of the songs carry an electronic vibe and reminds me of some sort of 80's hits album. My favorite track is the first on this album titled "Heaven's Fire" by The Radio Dept. It has a great vibe and backbeat and I really dig the use of the audio soundbyte at the beginning of the song. Other tracks I liked were "Would You Say Stop?", "Jesus, Walk With Me", and the winner for the best title award "I Love You, You Imbecile" by Pelle Carlberg.



Singer/Songwriter
Artist Sampler A Home for Singer Songwriters
The Artist Sampler Mishara & Friends

If you want to hear the next songs that might be featured on your favorite TV shows this fall, these albums would be a good place to start. The singer/songwriter genre dominates today's TV shows and leaves everyone wondering "Who sings that song?!?!". You will look pretty impressive to your friends if you could name it without using Shazzam on your iPhone. Favorite songs off these albums are all of the songs by Peter Bradley Adams and Colin Devlin. I also like the song "Seed In The Ground" by Jason Spooner.


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