Friday Napster Freebies (Week of Dec 9 - Dec 15)

by Erica Sadun

Since last week, more and more international readers have e-mailed me to let me know that they've been able to download tracks from the O'Reilly Friday Napster posts. Because of that, I'm just going to stop saying "US Only", because clearly it isn't. As always, if you enjoy these posts or want to give me some feedback, drop me an email or leave a comment. And don't forget to tell your friends to pop by on Fridays and pick up their freebies.

"Tightwire" by Tom Langford
Over a decade has passed since Langford hitchhiked through Europe, living on bananas, tea, and toast while playing in caf├ęs and bars. Download this track to hear why XM Satellite Radio named him Best New Acoustic Rock Artist of 2005. [Dec 15]

"Do the Coup D'Etat" by Hot One
Not content with having made the transition from post-punk rocker to busy film composer, singer/guitarist Nathan Larson assembled this politically charged band featuring musicians who have worked with both David Bowie and Guided By Voices. [Dec 14]

"Can't Stop, Won't Stop" by Romeo
Following in his father's footsteps, the son of rap mogul Master P has already has four albums and his own Nickelodeon show under his belt. Not one to rest on his laurels, the young man is back with a first single from his latest release, God's Gift. [Dec 13]

"Confidence" by Motion Man (with Kutmasta Kurt)
You may know this Kool Keith cohort from his many appearances on the Wake Up Show and his work on the Masters of Illusion album with another Keith crony, beatsmith Kutmasta Kurt. The two team up again for this cut from Motion Man's Pablito's Way [Dec 12]

"Down" by Terron Brooks
Terron Brooks is an accomplished singer/songwriter/actor who has performed and won fans all around the globe. He has also performed on Broadway in the The Lion King and Hairspray. "Down" is from his new album, coming in early 2007. [Dec 11]

"Calima" by Armik
This accomplished, passionate flamenco guitarist turned pro at 12, has had a unique instrument created for him, and had his music played during the 2004 Summer Olympics. Listen and be moved. [Dec 10]

"Drown You Out" by Amity Lane
Members of former band Trust Company changed their name after getting caught up in the major label shuffle. Now with a new label and a new album, they continue to rock, as on this appropriately titled free download. [Dec 9]