Friday Napster Freebies (Week of Jan 13 - Jan 19)

by Erica Sadun

Welcome to another week of Friday Napster Freebies. Once again, here's a week's worth of free music you can download and enjoy on your favorite media player.

This week, I've been corresponding with reader Doug Ransom about ways to play with or enhance this feed. Among other things, I mentioned to him how you can use the command line say utility to convert song descriptions into audio files. e.g. say -o blogtext.aiff "put the actual text here". If you have fink and lame installed, you can then convert the aiff output from say into MP3 files. Doug has also been working on building a podcast version of my Friday posts to load the music and descriptions automatically into iTunes. More as this develops. Have a great week and enjoy the music!

"Time2hitdaclub (EXPLICIT)" by 8Ball
Representing half of legendary Memphis rap duo 8Ball & MJG, this solo outing does the legend proud: all downtempo boom, hairy synths, and lyrics devoted to everyone's favorite activity after a long week.

"That's My Way" by Samantha Jo
Already the recipient of numerous awards for her songwriting, expect this country up-and-comer to make a lot of noise this year. Check her out on this track from her new, self-titled album.

"I'm Not Worthy" by Andre Williams
This multi-talented singer, songwriter, and producer has written with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Mary Wells, and Edwin Starr and has worked with Parliament, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and The Spinners. Enough said.

"In the Morning" by Junior Boys
This dance-floor cut from the Canadian synth duo is sure to get the party started. Taken from their newest collection of electro niceness, So This Is Goodbye.

"Soul Traveler (featuring J2 & Prince A)" by Destruments
Few groups have what it takes to combine classic hip-hop and soul and still make it sound original, but these San Franciscans' pure, organic approach gets the job done.

"Reel" by Jawbox
Jawbox is one of a few groups to successfully make the switch from credible indie label to a major. Today's download is taken from their reissued major label release, For Your Own Special Sweetheart, which many fans doubted at first but later embraced.

"A Little More Time" by The Early November
Armed with a solid demo and a huge internet buzz, this New Jersey–based quintet strengthened their fanbase with their performances on the Warped Tour. Today's download is taken from their ambitious triple-disc album, The Mother, the Mechanic, and the Path.