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Archive for December 2008

Heard about this a while back from Lifehacker: Live Drive provides free, unlimited storage space online.  I didn’t sign up for it, so I can’t vouch for its usability, but personally I thought the website looked a little sketchy in the “hidden cost” kind of way.

I don’t know, it looks like it could be promising – no harm in trying it if it’s free.  Seems that it is purposely named to confuse people away from Windows SkyDrive.

I really wish I could give you an extensive list of places online that are offering free music in the spirit of Boxing Day, but I can’t – I am honestly writing this post in advance and I am likely not on the Internet at all right now as you read this.

But I do have some free tracks to send your way, courtesy ARTISTdirect.com:

Lady Sovereign’s “I Got You Dancing”

Common – “I Used to Love H.E.R.” feat. Little Brother, Joe Scudda, & Chaundon

There are a lot more, though most of the stuff is not too well known; browse through, listen, and download what you like – it’s 100% free.

Just wanted to let people know that I am going on vacation (out of town) for the next two weeks, starting tomorrow.  As I write this post I hope to have a couple of entries scheduled to pop up automatically (I’m thinking some Friday Morning Free Music posts), but I’m not going to have reliable access to be able to make regular updates.

However I will be back full steam in 2009, so I hope you stick around.  Thanks!

Steve

If you’re looking for the perfect Christmas gift for the space geek in your family, NASA will be giving away its space shuttles, once they’re retired.  Well, okay, that is a little misleading – they’re giving them away, but asking for $42 million to move them.  And they’re looking at schools and museums, primarily.

The shuttles will be retired in 2010 – unless Barack Obama decides to extend their service dates.  In which case, you won’t be able to get your hands on one of these shuttles.

Speaking from an Ottawa perspective, I think it would be really awesome if the museum of Science & Technology shelled out the money to get a shuttle to display in their space exhibit.  From what I remember, that exhibit is already pretty awesome – how much cooler would it be with a REAL shuttle?

ae.com

ae.com

I hope that I’ve at least got your attention with the subject today, but please be assured that American Eagle has NOT released an album consisting of songs sung by their employees.  Or at least, I hope not.

In actuality, they’re offering free music.  I discovered this once again to the fantastic deal site Red Flag Deals, and this week they’re offering Jack Johnson (from the album This Warm December I reviewed yesterday) and Q-Tip.  Every Monday they release some new music, and from the looks of things, they keep an archive of what they’ve released on a playlist.

Cool stuff, and I guess it makes sense for a clothing outfitter that is supposed to be “hip” to offer up some music for potential paying customers.  Or for those who just want free music, like me.

Enjoy!

This Warm December

This Warm December

Christmas is next week, and I’m itching to get into the holiday spirit!  Courtesy once again of ARTISTdirect (I love this site!), I listened to a stream of This Warm December: Brushfire Holidays Vol1.  It’s not available through AD, but you can check it out at Chapters.ca or amazon.ca.

This is your standard collaboration Christmas album: plenty of different artists for everyone, from Jack Johnson all the way to Matt Costa.  The difference with this album is in the range of songs: there are a few instantly recognizeable songs on there, but for the most part, it looks like it’s more of a unique holiday offering.

Which is what I liked about this album: it’s different.  It’s contemporary and I think a lot of people will enjoy it for that reason alone.  Everybody hears the same Christmas music from year to year, so it’s refreshing to hear some new stuff – and I don’t just mean covers by contemporary bands every year.

This Warm December is short, but that is to be expected: Christmas songs are short.  Not a surprise here.  The album is less than an hour long so I wouldn’t make this your only music selection at a party (especially since the songs are very light and might put some people to sleep).  But if you’re like me and have a relative that puts on mostly unlistenable holiday music, you’ll be able to slip this CD in without too much notice.  It’ll fit in without being too jarring.

If you’re looking for a good holiday album, pick up This Warm December and you’ll be pretty pleased.

I always find the searches that bring people to my blog to be quite amusing.  For a long time, people getting to my blog were getting here because they were looking for a picture of somebody wearing a sombrero (much like I was a while ago when I made my post about diamonds from tequila).  Lately, it’s people looking for Oprah holiday hits cover art.  So mostly, image searches.

Moving along, I just wanted to point people toward a new blog showcasing a unique art form: dry-erase marker paintings.  Check out Art-Erased for some pretty cool stuff!