Friday Napster Freebies (Week of Jan 20 - Jan 26)
by Erica Sadun
Welcome to another week's edition of Friday Napster Freebies. These free downloads are in un-DRM'3d MP3 format and can be accessed from around the globe. So load 'em up on your iPod or other portable music player and enjoy!
"Weekend Warriors" by A Change of Pace
These Peoria, Arizona high-school buddies share a love for pop-edged alternative rock that has led them to the Warped Tour and touring stints with groups like Senses Fail. This track is from their recently released sophomore album, Prepare the Masses.
"Senorita Mia" by Louie Cruz Beltran
"I was born to play congas. I am a rumbero," declares this Bakersfield, California percussionist. His love for Afro-Cuban and Puerto Rican rhythms has led him to perform with heavyweights such as Santana and Coke Escovedo, his mentor. Today's free download is from his album It's My Time.
"Elephant Gun" by Beirut
Led by high-school dropout/musical prodigy Zach Condon, Beirut combines musical styles ranging from indie-folk and lo-fi rock to Eastern Euro gypsy. This track from their new EP, Lon Gisland, offers more of what made them one of 2006's surprise success stories.
"If You Could Read Your Mind" by Clinic
This quartet from Liverpool has been winning over shoegazers and critics alike since 1997, creatively flavoring their indie rock with a strange, sour beauty (they've even toured with Radiohead). This track is from their latest effort, Visitations.
"Keep on Lovin' Me" by Bleu Collar
This Los Angeles-based hip-hop group comprises MCs Reese One and Basik, and as their collective name suggests, they're not afraid of working hard to build a following. When not rocking sold-out shows, they're recording tracks like this one from their forthcoming EP.
"Kiss Your Soul" by Jon Quesnel
Jon Quesnel (pronounced Ka-Nell), a 22-year-old from suburban Minnesota, has a passion for soulful melodies and plies them with a disarmingly powerful voice. Today's download is from his debut album, Packin' Up My Bags.
"Told You So" by The Guggenheim Grotto
Already a hit in Ireland, this track from the Grotto's critically acclaimed debut album, ...Waltzing Alone, demonstrates their deft blending of contemporary folk and pop styles.
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