Amazon is selling their 50 best albums of the year for only $5 a piece. You should have most of these by now, but check it out now if you don’t.
Black Keys front man Dan Aurbach has a new song from his solo debut streaming over on Stereogum. How is this not The Black Keys again?
Download a free EP from Bug Lung Baby on the RCRD LBL website.
Elvis Perkins is streaming new tunes from his new album due out this spring.
WOXY is offering a double album of free digital downloads featuring some of the best performances in their studio this year.
Download a free Ragged Claws EP from the band’s website.
Marc Mallman has a best of 1998-2008 compilation availabe to download from his website.
The Black Lips gave us new song “Starting Over” from their 2009 album 200 Million Thousand. Get it below.
Lastly, our friends The Hood Internet created this tasty little mash up featuring Fleet Foxes vs. Beyonce. Yeah, that’s how they roll.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/black-lips-starting-over.mp3]
Download: Black Lips – Starting Over [MP3]
Download: The Hood Internet – Single Foxes (Put A Wood On It) [MP3]
Southern California rockers, The Golden Animals, have been busy recently making appearances in the Woxy studios as well as the Minnesota Public Radio studios. Both sessions feature 3 songs from the band’s debut LP Free Your Mind and Win a Pony. The Woxy session has a little added bonus with previously unreleased track “Call my name”. Check out the MPR session on The Current blog & The Woxy session over on The Futurist. Here’s that new tune for ya live in the Woxy studios.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/golden-animals-call-my-name-lounge.mp3]
Download: Golden Animals – Call My Name(live on woxy) [MP3]
At the end of the year, everyone seems to go crazy with the free music samplers! Getting in on the fun today are the folks at Bladen County Records. This compilation features 11 songs from the artists represented by the company and can be downloaded now for free.
Uk record label, 4AD, are yet another record label getting in on the year end digital sampler fun. The label is full of great acts like Mountain Goats, Department of Eagles, TV on the Radio and a whole lot more, so you’re sure to enjoy this one. Head to the 4AD website to download the 12 song sampler now. Here’s one of our favorites from Department of Eagles called “No One Does it Like You”.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/noonedoesit.mp3]
Download: Department of Eagles – No One Does it Like You [MP3]
This just in: One of the best live bands around, Arcade Fire, are planning to release a live documentary DVD covering some of their recent touring escapades. The DVD entitled, Miroir Noir, won’t be released physically until March but you can pay for a digital download in various formats now. You can also pre-order the DVD in regular or special packaging options. Head to the DVD’s website to see a trailer and/or see some purchasing options. Can’t go wrong with this one.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/the_arcade_fire-black_mirror_128.mp3]
Download: Arcade Fire – Black Mirror [MP3]
Whether or not you’re a fan of Ryan Adams recent material, you’ve got to admit that the guy can still bring it with the best of them in the live setting. You can test this theory now if you’d like with a live recording/interview of Ryan Adams & The Cardinals in the Minnesota Public Radio Current studio. The band plays 3 new songs, all from recent effort Cardinology. Head there now and have a listen.
Several months ago, we told you about the brand new digital download store from Sunken Treasure Records. Now the label that spawned from the Done Waiting blog is making all of their releases available for free download. That’s right, free. Not pay what you want, not email subscriptions, but free. The label has some pretty good acts like Miranda Sound, The Evil Queens, Celebrity Pilots, and a few other sweet bands. Check it out now, music is only free till the end of the month.
Swedish rock band, Soundtrack of Our Lives, have been hard at work on a new double LP (that’s right, double LP) and are streaming new song “Flipside” from the album on Rollingstone. The huge new album is entitled Communion and is due out digitally on January 6 & physically March 3rd. Anyone else remember the lead singer running out into the crowd at the band’s early ACL set several years ago?
Brooklyn band Dirty on Purpose have quietly been one of those great bands that filled my heart with joy. Their combination of noise and warm pop won me over every single time. Sadly, the band has decided to call it quits, playing their last show this New Year’s Eve in New York City. You can download a few of their amazing tracks, as well as their final EP, by visiting RCRDLBL.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/12/01-audience-1.mp3]
Download: Dirty on Purpose – Audience [MP3]