Friday Napster Freebies (Week of Jan 6 - Jan 12)

by Erica Sadun

Welcome to the week of January 6 - January 12 edition of Friday Napster Freebies. As always, these freebies can be downloaded from around the world. So if you've got an iPod, a Zune, iRiver, Creative Zen, or whatever, get ready to enjoy another bunch of DRM-free MP3 files to feed your player. Here are this week's selections:

"Buddy Bye" by Johnny Osbourne
This "Godfather of Dancehall" has built a 25-year-long career with his warm voice and soulful singing style. Download one of reggae's all-time classics, "Buddy Bye," taken from King Jammy's Selector's Choice Vol. 1.
[Jan 12]

"Better That Way" by Janell Marie
This folk rockin' Oregon native knew she was born to sing since experimenting with a mini microphone and a cassette recorder at an early age. Growing up on a steady diet of classic rock and the Beatles, she's grown to appreciate all styles of music. Today's download is from her upcoming EP, Better That Way. [Jan 11]

"Time" by DJ Drez
With his numerous independently released mixtapes and full-length albums, this DJ has become a staple of the Los Angeles underground hip-hop scene. Check out his more worldly forays into Indian and North African music from his latest offering, Jahta Beat. [Jan 10]

"When I Wake" by The Changes
Chicago's very own indie rockers were the only unsigned band to be invited to perform on the 2005 Lollapalooza tour. Since then, they have toured with the likes of Ted Leo, the Walkmen, and Kaiser Chiefs. Check out today's track from their current album, Today Is Tonight. [Jan 9]

"Dart for My Sweetheart" by Archie Bronson Outfit
This UK trio have come a long way since being discovered in a local pub by the president of their label, Domino Records. Download this song from their current album, Derdang Derdang, and see why they were nominated for Best New Act on the 2006 MOJO Honours List.
[Jan 8]

"Murderer" by Barrington Levy
One of reggae's most respected performers, Levy has enjoyed unusual career longevity. Since releasing his first single in 1974, he has gone on to record with many of today's biggest artists. This track is one of his classic dancehall smashes taken from the collection Original Ragga Muffin, Part One. [Jan 7]

"The Apothecary" by Enter the Haggis
Since their inception in 1996, ETH have built an international touring and recording career on their high-energy performances and unique approach to Celtic-based music. Today's download is from their latest album, Soapbox Heroes. [Jan 6]