Friday Napster Freebies (Week of Dec 16 - Dec 22)

by Erica Sadun

Here's this week's edition of Napster Freebies. To sum up the feedback from the last few weeks, these links seem to work internationally and do not require a Napster account to use. If you find otherwise, let me know by email or add a comment below. I hope you enjoy the music and that you discover an artist or two this way.

"O Come, O Come Emmanuel" by Aaron Shust
This staff member and worship leader of the Perimeter Church in Atlanta paid his dues playing colleges and coffee houses, drawing on influences including Motown, Bob Marley, and U2. Hear the result in his take on this enduring carol. [Dec 22]

"Stalk U" by Los Abandoned
Los Abandoned unite the Casio keyboard with gritty electric guitars and bittersweet ukulele to form their post-punk/Latin-alternative sound. What does that sound like? Download this track and find out. [Dec 21]

"How Long" by Kenny White
Veteran songwriter/composer Kenny White has done everything from commercial jingles to working with the likes of Linda Ronstadt, Dwight Yoakam, and Gladys Knight. This track is from his latest album, Never Like This. [Dec 20]

"The Awful Things" by Simon Dawes
Malibu's most wanted indie-rockers keep it loose, clanky, and cool on this fan favorite from their first full-length album, Carnivore. Enough chunky guitars, melodic hooks, and hand-claps to satisfy the most jaded power-pop aficionado. [Dec 19]

"Grim Reaper Blues" by Entrance
On his fourth Entrance album, Guy Blakeslee realizes a fully amplified electric orchestra to channel his free-flowing spiritual theater, equally inspired by the Tibetan Book of the Dead, Timothy Leary, and Delta-Blues legend Charley Patton. [Dec 18]

"When We Were Young" by Life of Riley
Houston-based alt-rock brothers Cassidy and Brice Campbell made a name for themselves producing hits for Christian groups including Inhabited and Modern Day John. This wistful rocker is the first single is from their new band's debut album, Days Aw [Dec 17]

"Posters" by Jeffrey & Jack Lewis
Already known as an underground comic book artist and for his association with the Moldy Peaches, Jeffrey Lewis has just released his third album, recorded with his bass-playing younger brother, Jack. Is that a snippet of Gilligan's Island melody we detect at the top? [Dec 16]