iTunes: Free Wednesday

by Erica Sadun

Sorry for the delay in posting this. I was sick for most of the last week. On the other hand, it's a total freebiepalooza--I've included a lot of new items and a few old ones, all still free--so hopefully it's worth the wait. And you Australians? SIX freebies this week! Happy 1st iTuniversary. -- Erica

US: Apocalypso by Mew
In a music industry where things are too easily compartmentalized, the Danish quartet Mew is able to avoid classification. The group is as ethereal and adrift as Sigur Ros, as compelling and inventive a rock band as Sunny Day Real Estate or Muse, but also contain a grandiosity that is nearly theatrical and yet also melancholy. Check out our free Single of the Week, "Apocalypso," and decide what for yourself.

US: Always Something Better (Trentemøller Remix) [Bonus Track] by Trentemøller
Copenhagen's Trentemøller creates dark, minimal house music that is as heavy on thought as it is on creating the bone-shaking polyrhythms. Our Discovery Download track this week is "Always Something Better" - a track which originates somewhere on a cold isolated dance floor, but by the end, has turned into a more organic, cathartic experience.

US: Little G's Halloween (Short Movie)
The first in a series of Little G's adventures, this animated Halloween story follows our ghostly preschool hero as he trick or treats for the first time. Little G soon realizes that being a ghost, even on Halloween, can be challenging.

US: The Nine (Pilot)
The Nine is a character-based series that will unravel the mystery of what transpired during a 52-hour hostage situation in chronological flashbacks that open each episode. The heart of the series is how the experience impacted the key characters in their present day lives, as they continue to intertwine, deepen and complicate their connections to one another. Will the characters reinvent themselves after this harrowing ordeal or will they struggle to recover from fateful decisions?

US: Skyland - Dawn of a New Day, Part 1
The year is 2251, and the Earth has been shattered into millions of blocks that now drift aimlessly in orbit around the Earth's core. This area now known as "Skyland" is governed by the mad dictator, Oslo. His telekinetic or "Seijin" powers have allowed him to seize control of the area's most precious resource: water.

US: Commercial Parodies from the Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Finally, the very best of late night television comedy is right at your fingertips! Now you can download your favorite The Tonight Show with Jay Leno comedy sketches and watch them over and over again. Relive the laughs with healthy doses of fan favorites such as Ask The Fruitcake Lady, Photobooth, Pumpcast, Dealing With the Public, and of course, Headlines. So whether you missed them the first time, or if you watched and just can't get enough, look no further!

US: Tenacious D - The Free Preview
The time draws near when the titans of rock give rise to an album destined to occupy its place in the center of the sonic solar system. The album that is tenacious D's The Pick of Destiny.

US: Breaking Bonaduce/Danny Had an Affair
On the verge of moving out of his home and possibly leaving his wife, Danny realizes that he has a great life...worth keeping...but the small thing that's missing is just so important. Dr. Garry tries to get through to him one last time that Gretchen is not the woman Danny wants her to be. Still unconvinced, Danny has high hopes for his Father's Day present. But true to form, Gretchen botches the romantic element again. After a bout of anger, Danny finally realizes that Gretchen can't speak his language, and he can't ask her to. Will they now live happily ever after?.

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.

US: Glamour Reel Moments: Dealbreaker
Get short films from glamour's Reel Moments series. The making of these films - by women and for women - provided direct benefits to FilmAid International. Dealbreaker was written and directed by Gwyneth Paltrow and Mary Wigmore and produced by Moxie Pictures.

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.

US: Noah's Arc: Tales from the Arc Side
Noah, Alex, Ricky, and Chance are back as Logo brings Season 2 of this daring new series to life. Deception, devotion, and deviation are the name of the game as things get a little shaken up right off the bat. Will new relationships blossom? Will old relationships crumble? Will fresh faces mean big changes? Brace yourself for Noah's Arc, Season 2...

US: NOPI TunerVision/Firebird International Raceway
NOPI TunerVision features the fast cars, live entertainment, great racing action, and a celebration of the automotive lifestyle of the National Dirt Racers Association (NDRA) Series for the XBOX™ Cup. This exciting show combines footage from the NDRA and allows you to get up-close-and-personal with the world's best drag racing competitors, along with amazing burnout footage, bikini contests, Jell-O wrestling, foam parties, and night drags.

US: Three Moons over Milford Pilot
It may be cancelled, but it's still free. What would you do if the world were coming to an end? In this series set in the small town of Milford, the residents deal with the effects of a cosmic explosion that threatens Earth's existence. Living under three moons, the townspeople take life to the extreme, as if any day could be their last, and the Davis family is no exception.

US: Best of Ghost Hunters, Volume 1
Jason and Grant are back for an all-new season of unpredictable adventures. Whether it's a poltergeist in your pantry or a leaky pipe in your basement, these plumbers by day, paranormal detectives by night are up to the task. As they gear up and ready to get to the bottom of another season of spine-tingling cases, you can catch up on some of their past exploits with episode downloads from iTunes. Watch as these two intrepid investigators jump headfirst into some of the most perplexing situations, with results that vary from the outrageous to the unexplainable.

US: Andy Milonakis Show, Episode 201
The Andy Milonakis Show is an absurdist comedy centered on Andy Milonakis, a young boy stuck at home in his apartment in New York's Lower East Side. The program is comprised of strange short films that Andy makes starring himself, his dog, his neighbors, strangers, inanimate objects and the occasional celebrity. And the comedian does it all, he raps, he sings, he dances.

Australia: Only a Rake by Holly Throsby
Take the atmosphere from late nights spent outside, mix in some shuffling folk sounds that creak like an antique rocking chair, add in the fragile, slightly off-kilter timbre of Holly Throsby's breathy voice and you've got the whimsical, introspective folk sounds of "Only a Rake".

Australia: Getting Better by Celebrity Drug Disasters
Celebrity Drug Disasters is not the name of the newest entry into the reality television game (not yet anyway), but instead they are Sydney's latest entry into the disco-electro-punk sweepstakes. The songs are riddled with synths, but driven by basic riffs and the heated exchange of male and female vocals. Check out the song "Getting Better" - it's free today on iTunes.

Australia: I've Been Loving You Too Long by The Hiptones
A generous serving of soul, funk, and blues is next up on our mammoth anniversary giveaway. "I've Been Loving You Too Long" has been spinning in clubs as a remix for the past three weeks. The album Right Now is coming up next week and defines the word "eclectic". Look out for it on iTunes and, to whet your appetite, enjoy the original version of the twangy, reverb-drenched "I've Been Loving You Too Long."

Australia: Ladies and Gentlemen (Radio Edit) by Tyree featuring Kardinal Offishal & Deach
Tyree lets it be known that he's the New Zealand MC most likely to take party style hip-hop to the bank. His rhythmic, fast-paced delivery show that he can walk with the big boys, which is no surprise seeing how well he fared in his recent collaboration with Chamillionaire. "Ladies and Gentlemen" is taken from Tyree's debut, Now or Never and is free today on iTunes.

Australia: Christian Girl by The Follow
The Follow have risen from the underbelly of the Sydney goth/punk live scene, where their live show has developed into a frenzied, all-embracing, powerfully raw, and emotive adventure. Our free track, "Christian Girl," is a bold tune that draws its simplicity from a simple primal blues idea, but finds a profound new way of expressing the emotion. Feel the need for some catharsis? Take a listen.

Australia: The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay
This Uplifiting 1996 bestseller from Bruce Courtenay is here narrated by Humphrey Bower. The story chronicles a young English boy's experience at a volatile boarding school in South Africa.

Canada: Harvest (Within You) by Clinic
For those new to the Clinic brigade, the Liverpool group excel at creating unnerving melodies steeped in paranoia. For this track from their newest album, Visitations, vocalist Ade Blackburn seems to be gritting his teeth while he sings, letting the words escape like air. The band, however, are churning out some voodoo art rock while a wheezing organ spits out some haunted house-style atmospherics. A very special Single of the Week, we'd like to say.

Canada: Time Fixers by Tenacious D
The time draws near when the titans of rock give rise to an album destined to occupy its place in the center of the sonic solar system. The album that is tenacious D's The Pick of Destiny.

UK: Wake Up Scarlett by Duke Special
With his dreadlocks completely askew and his eye makeup a bit smeared, you might mistake Duke Special for an angst-ridden goth/emo hybrid. Truth is, this Dublin native has a romantically rich voice, which he tends to wrap around old, wheezing instruments and household items in order to create a ramshackle vision of contemporary pop, kitchen sink possibly included.

France: Shadows by Honeycut
« Shadows », par Honeycut, c'est ce qui se passe quand on prend l'un des chanteurs les plus en vogue et les plus talentueux de San Francisco et qu'on le place devant deux personnes qui comprennent et apprécient le meilleur de Motown, du disco-pop et de Stereolab. Ce morceau du premier album de Honeycut est une petite chanson pop bien agréable, bien rythmée, et qui devrait faire un malheur dans les clubs, et c'est notre Single de la semaine sur iTunes.