Friday Napster Freebies (Week of Dec 30 - Jan 5)

by Erica Sadun

A big howdy to everyone stopping by to pick up their weekly dose of Napster freebies. These freebies can help you fill up your iPod or Zune or Zen or whatever with fun new artists. The links provided here appear to work without limitations in many countries around the world. As always, if you have any feedback drop me an email or leave a comment below.


"For You" by Raul Malo
Influenced by Hank Williams and Johnny Cash, this Miami-born Cuban led The Mavericks to Grammy and Country Music Association awards success. While his recent solo work has seen him return to his Cuban roots, it's still infused with his love for American country. [Jan 5]


"Glassbottom Lights (Remix)" by The Tyde
Half the members of this So-Cal rock group are also members of Beechwood Sparks. Download this track and get into the synthy dance remix courtesy of James Figurine (aka Jimmy Tamborello, of Postal Service fame). [Jan 4]


"Lady Don't Tek No (Live Version - EXPLICIT)" by Lyrics Born
This S.F. Bay-area rapper was the first to put out an album on the influential Solesides label (also home to Lateef and DJ Shadow). The label may be gone, but the music is still strong. Check out this track from the live album Overnite Enco [Jan 3]


"Step Out of the Shade" by Amy Speace
This talented songstress fuses folk, country and pop styles in her music. Check out this breezy number from her latest album, Songs for Bright Street. [Jan 2]


"There'll Be Some Changes Made" by Tess Williams
This hard-stomping take comes from Williams' live album Totally Tess. Though she's a relative unknown, her bluesy delivery and this jazz standard's subject matter are just the thing to start the New Year off on the right foot. [Jan 1]


"Lost in Boston" by The Walkmen
These guys hustle. Not only have they done world tours and appeared in the TV series The O.C., but they also run their own rehearsal space and recording studio in New York City, where they make music like this rocker from A Hundred Miles Off. [Dec 31]


"Untitled Pt. 1" by The Punks
This noise-rock outfit from Olympia, Washington creates experimental, improvised soundscapes that may be baffling to some, but have kept the quartet recording and playing for fans for three years running. Download this "song" and draw your own conclusions. [Dec 30]