Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Lauren Melendez : A Very Ukulele Christmas

It's my plan to try and post something promoting the holiday season at least once a week for the next month.  After I ran into the free Drew Holcomb album last week I also came across this lovely EP by Lauren Melendez titled  A Very Ukulele Christmas.  Although it's only 3 songs, they are still 3 very well done songs.  As someone who plays a ukulele from time to time, I definitely appreciate the sounds Lauren brings on this record.

With the ukulele, she offers us a different feel to the traditional songs O Come Emmanuel and The First Noel.  I can envision listening to these songs in front of a nice fire, sipping eggnog, all while spreading Christmas cheer to all of those who happen to be lucky enough to be around me ..... (ok, ok that may be a bit of an exaggeration but you get the point.)  

I think you'll be pleasantly surprised with this album and may even grow a greater appreciation for the ukulele, and realize that its music isn't always the same as stereotypical uke songs such as Mele Kalikimaka. I hope you enjoy these songs as much as I do, let me be the first to tell you they fit perfect in any holiday playlist. 

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Movember Finale!

The Music Sourced team will soon be saying goodbye to their month long mustache and we want to thank all those who supported us along the way. Thank you to all of our team members who rocked the stache this month! There is also a lot to look forward to on our site for the holiday season. It's not too late to help us raise funds and awareness, you can support us at the following link:

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Friday, November 25, 2011

Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors : Neighborly Christmas FREE Download

Happy Holidays! I hope everyone is alive and well after bountiful Thanksgiving meals as well as those of you who braved the crowds for Black Friday shopping.  As the holiday season is officially underway I had planned some holiday themed posts for the upcoming month, not knowing exactly how I planned to start it off, I was pleasantly surprised yesterday to find out via Twitter that Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors were offering their A Neighborly Christmas album to anyone who wants it for the one time low price of  $0.

This is exciting news, many of you that have been following us for awhile know that The Neighbors are one of our favorites and it just so happens that the Music Sourced crew is planning on making a much needed trip down to Nashville in December to watch Drew and the gang jam out as part of the  annual Christmas tour.

A Neighborly Christmas offers a fresh take on many of the holiday favorites you have known and loved for years. When I first listened to the album one word that came to mind was "Fun", you can tell that the group really enjoyed making it.  I really enjoyed Drew and Ellie's rendition of Baby it's Cold Outside as well as the Elvis classic Blue Christmas.  All you have to do to get the album is go to Noisetrade, or the widget below, and enter your email address and zip code.  You will receive an email with a  zip file in which you can download to your PC.  You can be sure to thank Drew, Ellie, and the rest of the Neighbors by heading out to see them on their upcoming Christmas tour, or by checking out more of their music at

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Thursday, November 24, 2011

What's Making Noise - 11/24/2011

Here is another edition of What's Making Noise where we dive in to some of the best free music downloads from NoiseTrade. Happy Thanksgiving everybody!

Matt Wertz - Twenty Three Places

I have owned this album for several years now and it's my favorite release from Matt Wertz. It is a great introduction to his music and a fantastic free download. Don't miss getting it. Songs like "Red Meets Blue", "Marianne" and his holiday bonus track titled "Snow Globe" are really enjoyabe.
Red Meets Blue by Matt Wertz on Grooveshark

Jillian Edwards - Galaxies and Such

Well hello Jillian Edwards. This NoiseTrade sampler is my first introduction to her music and I'm in love with the voice! I also found myself enjoying the creative composition of her music on this sampler. This Thanksgiving I can be thankful for this discovery and free download.
Songbird by Jillian Edwards on Grooveshark

Jars of Clay - Gather and Build

Not a whole lot needs to be mentioned about Jars of Clay. They have been on the scene since the 90's and have been making good music ever since. This sampler includes their song "Closer".  I want your kite strings tangled in my tree all wrapped up. 

Good line.
Closer by Jars of Clay on Grooveshark
Dispatch - NoiseTrade Sampler

Here's another sampler from another group that has been around for quite a while. Once again this is a sampler from the groups collection as a whole. I'm a big fan of their song "The General" and it is a part of this free sampler. I actually first heard the song as a cover from another band and I constantly hear it covered by many artists.
The General by Dispatch on Grooveshark
Download: NoiseTrade Sampler

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Movember - Week 4 Update

The Music Sourced team has entered final week of the Movember campaign! Check out the video below to see how the first week of mustache growth has gone for the Music Sourced crew. To help us raise funds and awareness, you can support us at the following link:

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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Movember - Week 3 Update

The Music Sourced team has entered week 3 of the Movember campaign. Check out the video below to see how the first week of mustache growth has gone for the Music Sourced crew. To help us raise funds and awareness, you can support us at the following link:

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Also here is the link we mentioned regarding free mammograms for underprivileged women, it just takes a few seconds to do. Free Mammograms

Friday, November 11, 2011

Mockingbird Sun : Muscle Shoals EP

One band whom we've mentioned before at Music Sourced is Mockingbird Sun. Earlier this year we just so happened to be at The Exit/In the night they opened for another Music Sourced favorite in Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors.  Immediately after hearing how well these guys performed I was instantly a fan and downloaded their first self titled EP.  After jamming to their 3 part harmony on those 4 songs I instantly wanted to hear more of their music.

In September Mockingbird Sun released 4 new songs on The Muscle Shoals EP, and I bought it the first day it was available (side note, I know we like to get out free music but this EP is only $5, which is practically like stealing from the band itself). Upon hearing the first track Lucky Guy  I knew the band still packed the same punch they had in their first EP. My personal favorite song off the EP is Sun Drop Girl, which brings almost a playful energy that keeps you tapping your right foot along to the beat (for those of you that have rhythm).

They finish up the EP by slowing down a bit on Oh Virginia and End of the Road.  I look forward to hearing more music from Mockingbird Sun.  If you haven't heard of them, I promise you will be pleasantly surprised once you do. You can check out the bands touring dates at their website , I also recommend following the group on Twitter to stay up to date on what they are up too as they tour the country.

Ps. If you are reading this and haven't heard of Movember or how we at Music Sourced are raising awareness, please direct your attention to the bottom right side of the screen and click on the picture to learn more , Happy Movember!

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Movember - Week 2 Update

The Music Sourced team has entered week 2 of the Movember campaign. Check out the video below to see how the first week of mustache growth has gone for the Music Sourced crew. To help us raise funds and awareness, you can support us at the following link:

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To learn more about the Movember campaign you can click the following link to find out more information: About Movember.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Cover Music Worth Covering - Dashboard Confessional

I've got a solid lineup of cover music to share today. A few days ago Chris Carrabba from Dashboard Confessional released a 4-song covers album that spurred on this latest post of Cover Music Worth Covering.

Dashboard Confessional - Covered in the Flood
Chris Carrabba is one of my favorite acoustic performers. So I am always happy to hear that he has released some new music. His latest release titled "Covered in the Flood" is a covers album of 4 songs that I have never heard of before. As a matter of fact, I have never even heard of the bands that originally performed these songs. Cover songs or not, it is good music. You can download the songs using the widget below.

The Coastals - Under The Covers
The Coastals offer up a 7-song cover album featuring music from some more recognizable names. The American punk rockers pay tribute to a host of UK bands including The Beatles, The Clash, and Modern English as well as American influences Elliott Smith and The Shins. The production value for these songs is uncommonly high for a covers album and it's a good listen. Sample and download the songs with the widget below.

The Coastals - Under The Covers by thecoastals

Since Forever - Cover Songs
Just came across these guys today. I know nothing about this groups original music, but it seems they have made somewhat of a name for themselves performing these cover songs a la Boyce Avenue. The link below provides a download of 20 songs of modern hits performed by the lead singer and guitar player. I love their punk rock music selections but unfortunately the production value is not that great on this download. All Time Low, Mayday Parade, The Maine, and more. One of my favorites is their cover of All Time Low's "Coffee Shop Soundtrack" shown below.

Download: Since Forever Cover Songs

Friday, November 4, 2011

David Ramirez - Live at the Cactus

David Ramirez continues to release his quality music free to music fans everywhere. It seems like every time I hear about a new release from Ramirez, it is offered as a free download. As long as this trend continues to happen, I will continue to share it on this space. I'm a fan.

This time around he has released an 11-track live album that was recorded at the Cactus in Austin Texas. Fortunately for me, 7 of those songs are new to my ears. A few of the songs on this live album are also new songs that Ramirez hasn't released yet until now. I really enjoyed David discussing the backstory to "Wandering Man" and the sacrifices and lifestyle that comes along with being a musician. This admission to the crowd lead him up to his song "Deal Me In" which is one of the first songs he wrote for himself as a solo artist. I also really enjoyed the live verion of the song "Arithmetic".

The inhabitants of Austin Texas and the surrounding area are fortunate to have this guy as a part of their local music scene. I was happy to hear David Ramirez in his live form and I believe you might as well. Click the link below to download his live album from his Facebook page and you can also check out our other David Ramirez posts for more of his Free Music.

Free Download: David Ramirez - Live at The Cactus

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Quick Hits: November 1, 2011

A new month means more new artists to discover and more free music for your iPod! Quick Hits is back with 4 great songs to check out from 4 different artists/groups. Read, sample, and download below and let me know what you think!

Grouplove - Colours

I caught this group live on Conan Obrien's late night talk show. I was glued to the TV watching them perform and their on-stage energy. This is also one heck of a catchy song. Glad I found this one as a free download.
Download: Colours

Doomtree - The Grand Experiment

Awesome beat to go with a unique flow of vocal deliveries. This group seems like a bunch of talented misfits that quite honestly fit quite well together. Doomtree's "Grand Experiment" keeps building and building throughout the song for an enjoyable listen that will get you moving. 
Cowboy Junkies - Spiral Down

I really enjoy where this song begins and ends. At first verse you solely have acoustic guitar and subtle lyrics, but by the end you have quite a composition of stringed sound. I love a good sad song.
Download: Spiral Down

Megafaun - Second Friend

Simplistic, carefree, and easy going. "Second Friend" is light on vocal and instrumental range, but these three hairy fellows put together a very pleasant sounding harmony.

Movember is Upon Us

Today starts day one for our Movember team in our quest to grow mustaches for men's health. I am excited to report that we have 9 team members signed on to help raise money and awareness! If anyone is capable of supporting our team for Movember you can click the link below to donate or even join us to help raise awareness. In the meantime, we will all do our best to grow wicked awesome mustaches for you.

To learn more about the Movember campaign you can click the following link to find out more information: About Movember. Jordan and I have also prepared a video for the occasion just to kick things off.

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