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Free Friday: Arcade Fire Edition

Arcade Fire's next album The Suburbs will be released on the 2nd of August in the UK, and the 3rd in US and Canada. Brothers Will and Win Butler introduced two of the songs on NPR this morning: "Month of May" and the title track "The Suburbs." The album is available for pre-order from the Arcade Fire site in several flavors including digital, vinyl, and CD. All versions include premium digital tracks in 320 kbps MP3, FLAC or Apple Lossless. And pre-orders get an instant download of "Month of May" and "The Suburbs."

By | May 27th, 2010|free friday, Songs|

Free Friday: Power Pop Edition with Bleu

Selena Gomez. Jellyfish. Hanson. Singer-songwriter Bleu performs with and write songs for an odd mix of artists. The Jonas Brothers? "No Such Thing as Love" is from A Watched Pot, described on his Facebook page as "the album that all Bleu fans want to own, but almost never could."

By | May 13th, 2010|free friday, Songs|

Free Friday: Moby Edition

How long does it take you to write a song? If your answer was "forever", you are not alone.  NPR's Project song gives an artist some cues, then challenges them to write a song in two days.  Most take every minute of those two days.  Moby and Kelli Scarr finished their piece in six hours.  [...]

By | May 6th, 2010|free friday, Songs|

Free Friday: iPad Edition

The "Mozart of Madras" Shows Off His Mad Bebot Skillz Slumdog Millionaire composer A. R. Rahman stops by MTV Iggy, whips out one of his eight iPads, and improvises a quick compostion on what he calls a “polyphonic theremin.” The Bebot Robot Synth brings 4-finger multitouch polyphony, multiple synthesis modes, and user-definable presets and scales [...]

By | April 29th, 2010|free friday, Gig Bag, iThing, Tech|

Free Friday: UK Edition w/Maybeshewill

It is hard to make a living as a musician.  It is hard to find to find bookings for bands playing original music.  Make that original instrumental music and you're off the charts.  Maybeshewill then kicks the degree of difficulty up a few notches by doing it all on their own. Maybeshewill don’t really like [...]

By | April 15th, 2010|free friday, Gig Bag, music industry, Songs|

Free Friday: David Byrne / Imelda Marcos Edition

Perform > Please Don't - David Byrne & Fatboy Slim, featuring Santigold David Byrne and Fatboy Slim have created a 2-CD set that features 22 songs and 22 singers including Sia, Santigold, Tori Amos, Cindi Lauper, and Charmaine Clamor.   Charmaine is the only Filipino singer on Here Lies Love, a musical telling of the life [...]

By | March 31st, 2010|free friday, Gig Bag, Songs|

Free Friday: House Of Echo Edition

This installment of Free Friday comes one day early to allow for drive time. DC's Best Band? House of Echo may well be DC's best band.  Not just my opinion -- in April 2009 they were named the winner of Washington, DC’s DMV Idol. Sponsored by Fox Channel 5, this multi-round competition included Grammy-nominated producer [...]

By | March 24th, 2010|free friday, Gig Bag|

Free Friday: Austin Edition

SXSW Music Mix and Free Dave Sebree mp3 Download The 2010 South by Southwest music festival will be held in Austin from March 17 -21, featuring over 1,000 acts.  The Music staff at NPR picked out 100 songs for a six-and-a-half-hour mix that is well worth a listen. The Austin 100: A SXSW Mix For [...]

By | March 5th, 2010|free friday, Gig Bag, Guitar|