iTMS: Free Tuesday!

by Erica Sadun

US: Sailed On by Landon Pigg
Like any self-respecting songwriter-on-the-rise should know, if you can't cut a plaintive piano ballad that stirs up the heart and mind, you might as well back out of the game right now. Luckily, newcomer Landon Pigg hits it immediately with "Sailed On," a pebble of a tune that quickly gathers moss and rolls into Rufus Wainwright or Coldplay territory by the end.

US: Do Right By You by Elan
Elan has a strong roots-reggae style that comes through loud and clear on "Do Right By You," so it's no surprise that Aston "Family Man" Barrett chose him to be the new frontman for the Wailers. Our free Single of the Week comes from Elan's first solo release, Together As One, an album that showcases the emerging vocalist's ability to mix up roots reggae and dancehall.

US: Rollin' With Bob Saget
MTV's Blowin' Up follows actor Jamie Kennedy and his sidekick Stu Stone. Their debut music video, "Rollin' With Saget" features none other than comedian Bob Saget on the mike.

US: Invader Zip (Episode 1) on Nickelodeon
The Irken armada is poised to conquer the universe, but it would be a lot easier without Invader Zim! Thickheaded, brash, and overzealous, Zim has been banished into food service for wrecking the Irken home planet. He begs the Almighty Tallest for a second chance to reclaim his honor. Zim is sent on a "secret" mission to a planet far away on the edge of the universe – Earth. Now Earth's only hope rests with a young UFO-hunting paranormal enthusiast named Dib. Seeing through Zim's human disguise, Dib makes it his sole mission to defend our planet from this fiendish alien menace.

Australia: Diamond Bike by Offcutts
Offcutts are Australia's freshest proponents of progressive blues rock, funk-a-fied in a way that only they know how. Returning from some marathon studio sessions and working with talented US-based producer David Bianco (Teenage Fanclub and the Posies), Offcutts are now set to deliver their highly-anticipated debut album, What Happened Don't Lie, featuring the single "Diamond Bike". We've chosen this great track to be our free Single of the Week.

Canada: Put Your Records On (Acoustic) by Corinne Bailey Rae
The reflective summertime soul of "Put Your Records On" gets even more personal when Corrine Bailey Rae sits down with an acoustic guitar for our free Single of the Week. Back in the UK, Rae's self-titled debut entered the charts at number one. The British sensation's success makes sense: her organic take on pop and soul feels like it flows effortlessly from her.

UK: Waves by Adem
Once upon a time, Adem played bass in the band Fridge, whose elliptical instrumentals were among the brief moments of brilliance to come from the post-rock sound of the late '90s. Fridge's fragmented vision extends to the solo work of member Kieran Hebden (a.k.a. Four Tet); Adem has also ventured out beyond the band, but this time he's armed with an acoustic guitar. The cosmic folk of "Waves" is our free Single of the Week.

France: Take It From Me (The Weepies)
Les Weepies, le duo californien de folk-pop nous offrent avec « Take It from Me » un mélange de richesse et d’accessibilité mélodique. Le morceau présente une qualité limpide estivale avec une tristesse sous-jacente qui offre une pause pour réfléchir. Imaginez l’équivalent musical d’un nounours qui plonge sa tête dans un four. Téléchargez gratuitement « Take It from Me », notre Single de la semaine.


Sherm Pendley
2006-06-20 08:44:58
Erica, if I may ask, judging by the frequency of your articles here, it appears that your job is basically "surf around, find interesting stuff and write about it". I'm jealous! Where do I apply? :-)