Monday, October 24, 2011

Alex Dezen of The Damnwells Joins The Rebecca West

Big news in the world of my musical interests this past weekend was that Alex Dezen of The Damnwells will be joining his sister Cameron Hammon and brother-in-law Matt Hammon to make a trio out of the group The Rebecca West. This is big news for me because Alex has transitioned in to one of my favorite artists because of his writing talent and that soothingly empathetic voice of his.

What makes this move most intriguing is that these three artists have been working with each other for quite some time, just not associated with the same band. Alex found success with The Damnwells and Matt joined him as their drummer for a short while. A few of Alex's songs are inspired by his family life and Cameron has been clearly featured in songs like 55 Pictures. Perhaps the most exciting part of this merger is that The Rebecca West is an acoustic group which will benefit greatly by Alex's vocal presence and writing ability. It will be exciting to see him matched up with family and an already talented duo of musicians. To read the official announcement and news about the new direction, read the statement from the band on their Blog Page.

If you are new to The Rebecca West, I have a free song download for you to sample. You can stream the song using the widget below and download it by entering your email address. Any comments from the Damnwells fans out there?

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

American Songwriter - The Muse October Sampler

Contrary to the current trending topic on this website, we still cover free music downloads, hah. Our Twitter feed has been blowing up with the Movember Movement, but we are not going to cease with bringing you free music!

Today I was delighted with a free October music sampler from that I played a couple times through today. It was a great introduction to a lot of new bands for me and I really enjoyed pretty much everything on the sampler. This was also my first introduction to American Songwriter and I am loving their content! I might just sign myself up to receive their publication.

So make sure you check out this free download. Some of the genre tags associated with this sampler are Americana, Alt-Country, Indie-Rock, and Singer Songwriter but see what you think. I personally got a taste of the Ramones with "Mayday" and Bruce Springsteen with "The War on Drugs". My other favorites were "I Found You" by the Alabama Shakes and "Gasoline" by Shovels & Rope.

Free Download - The Muse October Sampler

A Music Sourced Movember !!

As a way to promote health among men everywhere, we at Music Sourced have came up with a proactive approach to spread the word about prostate cancer. Nearly 1 in 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime, many of them after the age of 40. This is why it is beneficial for men to get a yearly checkup to help detect it early.

A great cause has grown over the past years known as Movember. The idea behind it is simple, during the month of November grow a mustache and help spread the word. All it takes is one person to pass the word on to others to keep raising awareness. I have created a team on the Movember website, don't hesitate to click here to join our cause, the more the merrier! It doesn't matter if you've never grown a mustache in your life or if you are a Tom Selleck look alike, all are encouraged to help do their part.

We would like to see what kind of response we can get with this idea, if you support our cause (male or female) please comment on this post. Jamen "Baby Face" Elbert mentioned he would only grow a mustache if Music Sourced readers requested him too, so please feel free to give him words of encouragement....

As a way to tie this into our music theme I decided to create a list of my top 5 mustaches in music history.

5.Ted Nugent

4.Jim Croce

3. Freddie Mercury

2. Ricky Skaggs

1. John Oates

Again, if anyone is interested in helping our cause or joining our team it is very much appreciated, Happy Movember!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lecrae - Rapping for Reach

To close out what has been a well received week of Rap and Hip Hop artists, I would like to share with you the talents of rap artist Lecrae. As with most artists I gravitate towards, I enjoy it when there is a message attached to the music. When you can feel the passion an artist has for his music and genuinely has something to share with the fans, the song becomes more than just a good sound or the latest trend.

Lecrae as an artist is no different. However his successful rap career takes a backseat to the message that he desperately wants to share with those who choose to listen. At 19 years old, he was encouraged by the message of a Christian leader who showed him his need for a Savior. Since then, Lecrae has made it his life's work to share that same message with as many people as he can reach. As you can see with the video below, his message is a powerful one.

Now the stereotypical rap song is not inspired by the word of God, but Lecrae's upbringing fits the mold pretty well. Growing up in a neglectful world of drugs and violence, he found himself trying to figure out where he fit in. Ever since God came in to his life, he has used his music as a means to offer the hope and encouragement he never had growing up.

Even though rapping has become his best means of communication, the majority of his efforts goes in to his ministry. In 2005, he co-founded ReachLife Ministries as a means to provide spiritually sound resources to other Christians and religious leaders. You can follow more of Lecrae's work by checking out his BLOG. If you want to check out some more of Lecrae's music, I found a free download to his 2010 album release titled "Rehab". This album garnered him top 20 spots on both the Billboard and iTunes charts.

Free Download: Lecrae - Rehab

Other Resources:
Lecrae's Artist Page
ReachLife Ministries
Lecrae - I Am Second

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Pretty Lights and The Hood Internet

Let me start this one off by saying that this will not be a normal Music Sourced post. I am about to share some links that will give you access to over 500 free song downloads. Continuing on with our Rap/Hip-Hop/R&B drop the beat week, I will introduce the groups of Pretty Lights and The Hood Internet. But these two groups aren't your typical artists. These groups specialize in mixing the beats and keeping the records both directions. You can call them sound engineers, mashup kings, music producers, or just simply DJ's.

The Hood Internet

The Chicago based duo of Aaron Brink and Steve Reidell have been mixing sounds as The Hood Internet since 2007. Since then, they have mixed 100's of mashups that combine some of today's best hip hop artists with the instrumentals of some well known and lesser known songs. Even if you're not a fan of mashups, some of the songs that these guys create are even better than the originals. What is even better, every song they mash and mix is available as a free download to anyone. You don't even have to sign up for anything. You will find hundreds of songs on their Blog or SoundCloud page that feature artists like Lil Wayne, Jay Z, Kanye, Snoop Dog, and plenty Indie artists to match. Check out my favorites below.

The Hood Internet - Last Knuckle (Big Sean x Man Man) by hoodinternet

Some Other Hood Internet Goodies
How Purple Can You Go - (Ludacris x Joker & Ginz)
Last Knuckle - (Big Sean x Man Man)
VCR - Freddie Gibbs, Telli (ninjasonik), Elizabeth Harper
All of the Lights - (Ellie Goulding x Portland Cello Project x Kanye West)
The Pains of Going Hammer - (Soulja Boy x The Pains of Being Pure at Heart)

Pretty Lights
The sound behind Pretty Lights comes from Colorado native Derek Smith. Derek will mix together all sorts of Hip Hop, Electronic, and Funk to piece together a really impressive sound. Some of the tracks I have sampled actually have so much pieced together that you never hear the shift coming. Some of my favorite tracks from Pretty Lights feature remixed versions of hits from Kanye and Jay Z. Derek also put his craft to work on one of Daft Punk's tracks (Solar Sailer) that was featured in the movie Tron Legacy. The soundtrack to Tron Legacy is a testament to what these guys can really do. Daft Punk's sound creation really made "The Grid" a dark and sinister place in that movie (Listen to: The Game Has Changed). My home entertainment system got a workout when I watched it! Check out the sounds and experience of a Pretty Lights show with this YouTube video I Know The Truth and sample my favorite track below.

Free Download: Pretty Lights Tracks

Pretty Lights - Jay Z Empire State Of Mind Remix by prettylights

Monday, October 10, 2011

Intro to Rap Week

So as stated earlier this afternoon. I'm going to spread the love for the rap game. We have nearly released 100 posts now on Music Sourced and to my best recollection we have yet to share any Rap, Hip-Hop, or R&B on the site. I'll be the first to admit that rap is not my genre of choice and it's not part of my culture. But that doesn't mean that it doesn't have a place on my iPod.

So where does rap and hip hop fit in to my lifestyle? Well, sometimes you just got to dance and break it down. What's great about rap is that you don't have to be a good singer, you can yell it, hum it, speak it, beat-box it, and practically make it your own. And the best body moving beats come from this genre and there is definitely a time and place for it. I have a dedicated playlist on my iPhone for those times when its time to break out a dance party.

With that being said, one of the downfalls of the rap genre is that there is a lot of NOISE out there to filter through. Since anyone and everyone has the ability to rap, you will find a lot of garbage out there. But the best of the best can rhyme on the fly and mix a beat that can stand alone without any words needed. For me personally, I tend to gravitate towards the artists with high production value that will make your stock car audio system sound like the dance club. I also like the artists that don't over-saturate their music with sex, drugs, and vulgar language. It's not part of my culture, so it's hard to gravitate towards that type of music no matter how awesome the beat is.

Now when it comes to downloading free music, rap music is the easiest music to obtain a free download. Everyone wants to be heard. As a matter of fact, nearly all rap artists release free mixtapes to their fans no matter how well known they are. Sites like and feature thousands of free rap mixtapes by just about any artist. However, these sites are littered with ads and they require you to sign up to obtain the vast majority of the content. They even require you to give them your cell phone number! That's way too invasive for my taste. My goal this week is to bring everyone some high quality beats from some incredible artists without the ads, spam, viruses, and headache.

To start of on the right foot, here is a free download to a seriously good Rap and R&B artist. His name is Chancellor Warhol. He is a Hip Hop Indie sensation who is bringing a new sound to Nashville (The Country Music Capital of the World). Brite Revolution offers two of Chancellor Warhol's tracks as a free download. You can preview Chancellor's flow below by viewing the behind-the-scenes acoustic performance of "Wings". I dig the cooler in this video.

Brite Revolution: Download Chancellor Warhol

Matt Nathanson Download - Redemption Post

I feel like I need to redeem myself today. This redemption post has been on my "thing s to do" list for quite some time now and I feel like today is the day. Let me fill you in on what I'm referring to.

So several months ago back in June, I wrote a post about Matt Nathanson's new album release "Modern Love". I've been a fan of his music for a good long while now and I was pretty excited about hearing new music from him. Leading up to the release date, Matt released a free download of one of the single's off of the new album which I was eager to share with the Music Sourced community. I shared the free download of "Mercy" with my "Matt Nathanson - Modern Love Download" post. The free download only lasted a few days and that post has gone on to be the most frequently viewed post in our sites existence...

Now I'm assuming that people aren't ending up on our site to read me blather on about artists and their awesomeness. Most people have their favorite bands in mind so they hit up a Google search for <Insert Band Name Here>  Free Music and viola you have arrived here. So I have always felt bad that so many people had an interest to get a free download from Matt Nathanson and came away with nothing.

So it's redemption day! Matt Nathanson fans rejoice because I am sharing a free download to an entire live recorded acoustic show (25 tracks!). This download offers 4 tracks that are featured on his newest album and plenty of other classics. Also featured in between songs is Matt's sense of humor which is like a professional ad-lib comedy sketch. They guy is just a funny dude and he jokes about older women, osteoporosis, Justin Bieber, misogyny, ninjas, turn-on's, small type font, and airport terminal announcements (How awesome does that sound already?). My favorite songs on this album are "Suspended" with the crowd participation and also Matt's cover of Simon and Garfunkle's "Boxer".

Enjoy this free download! And if I need to write a redemption post on any other artist please let me know. Otherwise I think I might take a shift and spend the rest of the week sharing free downloads from the rap & R&B genre. So speak now or hold your peace!

If that wasn't enough, heck here's more! Found this a few hours later from the wonderful people that run Download Matt's Daytrotter session HERE.

Download: Matt Nathanson - Live at the Soiled Dove

Friday, October 7, 2011

Quick Hits - 10/7/2011

Tony Lucca - Dirty Work

I enjoy a good Tony Lucca acoustic ballad. He has a great voice for it. Lucca has just recently released a new album called Under The Influence and I hope to hear some great tunes from it. He released this song as a free download to precede this albums release. This song is a lot more pop than I'm used to hearing out of Tony but it's a solid tune.
Download: Dirty Work
Foster The People - Pumped Up Kicks

So all of a sudden I hear this song everywhere. I get notified by a friend from Texas that "Pumped Up Kicks" is all over the radio there. In the days that followed I heard it on the radio, saw it on TV, saw it performed live by Mat Kearney, and learned to play it myself on guitar. Everyone's pumping up their kicks and there are also a lot of people making remixes and I have three versions for you as a free download.
Download: Pumped Up Kicks
The Rifles - Long Walk Back

I love free music shopping on Amazon. Out of the top 50 songs on the free download charts, this is the one I enjoyed most. Maybe I should listen to more of these guys. Heck, maybe there is some more of their free music out there. I'll have to take a look.
Download: Long Walk Back

Backseat Goodbye - This Summer Love

I can't peg the time and the place, but I know I have come across the music of Backseat Goodbye. Chad Sugg is the solo driving force behind the music of Backseat Goodbye and he also puts out solo music under his own name. This song was released as a sample from his latest EP Oh, How I Waste These Days.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

The World Cafe Next 20 - NPR

When I think of National Public Radio (NPR) I slowly start to fall asleep thinking about the hours of talk radio I've consumed riding in a vehicle with my dad. Until today, the best thing that NPR has influenced has been the SNL comedy sketch spoofing the monotone delivery or their radio hosts.

But everyday brings new things to your life and if I may ask, has anybody heard of NPR music? I stumbled upon this today as I was filtering through all the retrospectives of the life of Steve Jobs. Apparently NPR's World Cafe radio show has been nationally syndicated for 20 years. The World Cafe Next program specifically focuses on emerging up and coming artists. I really am amazed at how I have missed this. NPR radio has emerged on my radar with a free 20 song download of emerging artists to celebrate their 20 year history. After a quick pass through the music it looks like a really good mix of artists, genres, and music styles. The music is offered up on their site which you can get to with the link below. The downloads are offered individually or as a full download so go an pick out what you like!
As for the life of Steve Jobs, it really is amazing to look back on the guys life and really consider how much he has shaped our day to day life. For me individually, he has played a major role in developing everything that I have based my professional career around with music and technology. Music Sourced has been developed, researched, and consumed world wide on Apple products. And the inspiration for this site hinges almost completely on the digital music landscape Mr. Jobs envisioned and brought to life for us all to enjoy. Thank you Steve.

Twitter Delicious Facebook Digg Stumbleupon Favorites More

Music Sourced - Blogged Blog Directory Online Marketing
Powered by Blogger