Welcome to this week’s edition of Friday Napster Freebies. These un-DRMed MP3 files are free for a limited time and can be downloaded from just about any country. Enjoy! In other news, ever hear of Michael Brennan? Nope, neither had I. Apparently eMusic had this contest where Mr. Brennan made their 100 millionth eMusic download. The Barenaked Ladies composed a song in his honor, which you can download for free from the eMusic site for the next month or so. Like the Napster freebies, it is MP3 without DRM. I’m not sure whether the download works internationally or not, so let me know in the comments.
“Different Than You” by The Exies
Formed in Los Angeles in 1997, The Existentialists have seen the ups and downs of the music industry from touring with Mötley Crüe to losing their record contract after returning from that very tour. Today’s download is a sneak peek at their new album, due out in April.
“Wouldn’t Wanna Go Without You” by Dalminjo
This Norwegian producer, who now has four albums to his credit, cites inspirations including the the synth sounds of Orbital and Masters at Work and the drum ‘n’ bass of 4 Hero. This downtempo track is from his current release, One Day You’ll Dance for Me Tokyo!.
“Ghostriders” by The Rewinds
After opening shows for established acts such as Snow Patrol, Eisley, and My Morning Jacket, this power-pop group from Birmingham, Alabama signed with Universal Records. Today’s download is from their recent self-titled album.
“Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame” by Sunny Sweeney
Country’s newest starlet realized her calling only after exploring a variety of occupations including dog walking, waitressing, and improv comedy. Hear her do what she does best on this track from her debut album, Heartbreaker’s Hall of Fame.
“Feel the Sway” by Matt Wilson
A lifelong percussion student, this jazz drummer/composer has just delivered his seventh album, The Scenic Route. Wilson was recently voted Downbeat’s “rising star” drummer for the fourth year in a row. Download today’s track and find out why.
“Mojito” by Times 4
This San Francisco jazz quartet provides the perfect sounds to ring in the weekend with this dedication to their favorite libation. Today’s free download and other fresh modern jazz compositions appear on their sophomore album, Relations.
“When We Were Golden” by Crush Luther
Warped Tour audiences may already know the fresh pop/rock sound of this five-piece band from Toronto. With such unexpected influences such as Lyle Lovett and Tom Waits, their self-titled album is already a hit with critics. Hear for yourself on today’s free download.