iTunes: Free Stuff Tuesday
by Erica Sadun
US: Plan B by Mute Math
Mute Math's twisted, blissful indie rock is synth-powered, but not exactly synth-pop. They enjoy the rock. The intricacy and fidgety blast of "Plan B" shows the group at its most guitar heavy, with vocalist Paul Meany walking the fine line between expressing anger and inner turmoil. Riddled with spacey, electronic glitches and organic passion, Mute Math proves that angst isn't limited to the earthbound.
US: Our God Reigns by Brandon Heath
From the waltz-like tempo to the crashing piano and guitars in the chorus, this tune from the Nashville-based singer/songwriter was built to get those lighters . . . er, cell phones, aloft. Heath proves that he can bang out epic rock just as well as he can do the more hushed, acoustic pop that he's most often associated with. This track, our free Single of the Week, is taken from Heath's organic and heartfelt major label debut, Don't Get Comfortable.
US: Bones Season 2 Episode 1
The second season of Bones follows Dr. Temperance Brennan's discovery about her parents' real identities, her mother's murder, and her father's disappearance. Special Agent Seely Booth has pledged all his FBI muscle and steadfast support to follow the trail of clues, find Brennan's father, and give Brennan the answers she's been seeking for 15 years. Brennan and Booth investigate the site of a train wreck where the bodies of a senator and a high-profile businessman are found within the wreckage. The businessman's body is found in a car on the train tracks, and at first glance, it is an apparent suicide. While investigating a possible connection between the two victims, Brennan and her team discover the businessman is still alive, but severely injured, at a local hospital, and the body at the scene is someone else. As the clues begin to unravel, the investigation gets more complicated when details of the man's private life are revealed, leading Brennan and Booth to a private detective who may hold key information. Meanwhile, Brennan is introduced to Dr. Camille Saroyan, a first-rate pathologist who has been hired as the head of forensics at the Jeffersonian, and more importantly, Brennan's boss. It doesn't take long for Brennan to figure out "Cam" is a little too familiar with Booth and that they share something of a past. Also, Booth encourages Brennan to visit her mother's gravesite for the first time.
US: Welcome Back Carter
The Carters are no stranger to controversy. They have had both good and bad times in the spotlight -- from Nick's success with the Backstreet Boys and Aaron's solo pop career to the parents' bitter public divorce that left the family fractured. The premiere season of this reality show introduces viewers to the five Carter kids as they come together for the first time in years. The goal: attempt to mend their rocky relationships. The cameras are there as Aaron, Angel and Leslie work on their separate careers, while BJ struggles to find her own path away from the spotlight. Through it all, big bro Nick takes over as head of the household. Will the siblings accept their brother's new role without tons of drama? Yeah, right.
US: Three Moons over Milford Pilot
["Retro" offering, still free] The moon has split into three parts and the town of Milford is living as if today were their last. The Davis family is no exception.
US: Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far
Before all new episodes of Battlestar Galactica arrive on October 6th, don't miss the chance to relive the entire first and second seasons as Sci Fi turns over 30 action-packed hours into one 44-minute adventure. This exclusive special traces mankind's fight for survival back to Battlestar Galactica's rebirth as a ground-breaking miniseries, and follows the last of humanity as they struggle to outrun their relentless enemy. Narrated by Mary McDonnell, Battlestar Galactica: The Story So Far is an essential look inside the events and people that define life on the edge of extinction. Whether a series fan, or first-time viewer, this special will leave you up-to-date and prepared for the premiere of the third epic season of Battlestar Galactica, October 6th.
Australia: Stone Hearted by Transport
Transport does its part to reinvent the power rock trio with its blend of punk rock spirit and sludgy '60s psych rock. But Transport's sound is definitely 2006. In contrast to the increasingly prevalent retro trend, Transport offers a decidedly modern twist on classic rock. Check it out right now - it's our Single of the Week.
Canada: Burn 2 Ash by Chad VanGaalen
Chad VanGaalen does everything save for slap you around the face with this burning little slice of indie pop immediacy. "Burn 2 Ash" bolts out of the speakers with a precise, choppy guitar line and a retro-futuristic synth burning the melody in your brain. VanGaalen tops it off with a great vocal that oozes lackadaisical cool. A Single of the Week, as we like to call it.
UK: As I Choke by Ross Copperman
Ross Copperman's "As I Choke" is a haunted tune that seems to be informed by the spirits of Thom Yorke, Chris Martin, and Richard Ashcroft. But Copperman hails from the States: Virginia, to be exact. He's also got a good sense of the vocal dynamics that make each of those previous vocalists so effective. Copperman's own tune is a piano-led number that unwinds into a bit of claustrophobic radio-ready pop. It's our stark, yet sweet, free Single of the Week.
France: Slo Fuzz by Sol Seppy
Les fans des rockers des années 90 Sparklehorse reconnaîtront peut-être la voix de Sophie Michalitsianos, qui a chanté avec le groupe sur deux de leurs meilleurs albums. Michalitsianos revient sous le pseudonyme de Sol Seppy. On l'entend presque marcher au fond de l'océan en dirigeant des symphonies pop au ralenti. Le flou gélatineux qui entoure ce single de la semaine gratuit est un véritable bonheur.Les fans des rockers des années 90 Sparklehorse reconnaîtront peut-être la voix de Sophie Michalitsianos, qui a chanté avec le groupe sur deux de leurs meilleurs albums. Michalitsianos revient sous le pseudonyme de Sol Seppy. On l'entend presque marcher au fond de l'océan en dirigeant des symphonies pop au ralenti. Le flou gélatineux qui entoure ce single de la semaine gratuit est un véritable bonheur.
In other news:
New Expensive PBS Shows
On the not-free-at-all side of things, PBS just added about a half dozen shows to the iTunes store. Offerings range from half-hour episodes of Arthur ($1.99) to hour-long episodes of Nova ($7.99!!)
Season 3 episodes of Battlestar Galactica are still Missing-in-Action over at the iTunes store.
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How great is that?! iTunes free?! I can't live without my iPod, not to mention without iTunes.