This is the last review post from 2011 I promise! I plan to catch up with the times again here shortly. I did however find it important to spotlight some of the most popular free music downloads from our site that are still available to download! So if you see any music listed below that you are unfamiliar with, take a listen. This is the best that 2011 had to offer.
Green River Ordinance
Download: Out of My Hands
This group was our best music discovery of 2011. I was searching the ranks of Noisetrade and found this album near the top of the popularity charts. I am very surprised that this album is still available on their site because it truly is a full-length high quality album. It appears that giving free music to the fans has paid mighty dividends because they are releasing a new album on February 28th that was fully fan-funded from their Kickstarter project. This group has massive appeal and their music was tops on my iPod this past year.
The Rocket Summer
Download: His Instrument And Your Voices
This selection was the easiest to make when considering the best free albums from 2011. Our Rocket Summer post from May 25th has dominated our sites traffic and received the highest fan response on Facebook, Twitter, and around the web. The Rocket Summer has a pretty passionate fan base that's fueled by a pretty passionate performing front-man in Bryce Avary. This album shares 16 tracks and it features a solo Bryce performing some of his hits for fans across the U.S.
The Civil Wars
Download: Live at Eddie's Attic
If you are wondering why a free album from The Civil Wars would be such a big deal, then you probably weren't paying attention the music scene in 2011. This duo blew up in a big way this year with their very first album release. This album is a live set that they performed at Decatur GA's famous Eddie's Attic and it features many songs that were featured on their award winning first album.
Download: Noisetrade Sampler
The Damnwells have done a lot for the fans, and independent music artists everywhere. After being chewed up by the major music industry, they released a full length album to their fans at no cost without the backing of a crowd funding social platform. They then went on to partner with Pledge Music for their next release which helped set the standard for the fan funded music movement. This free download is a music sampler from many of the albums that The Damnwells have released including their newest release "No One Listens to the Band Anymore". This one might also be a bit personal, because The Damnwells are high on my list of favorite music.
Download: Live at The Cactus
This guy is a modern day music troubadour. As far as I've seen, he is always on tour packing his 6 string and some heavy lyrics to any stage that will have him. I have noticed many times on his Twitter feed asking his followers for a place to play and a couch to sleep on based on wherever he was currently located. He has also made at least 5 sets of music releases and distributed them for free in 2011 that I can think off of the top of my head. And most importantly, he is a damn good artist. I'll definitely hit one of his shows this year if I can catch up to him. This free download will give you a preview of his live show.