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I knew it was a good idea to write this post until I got to my laptop.  I have a folder in my bookmarks labelled “music”, and while I have a good list of free resources, a lot of it is actually bands that I found with free music.  But one site on the list is a gold mine and I forgot I even had it.

It’s the Ultimate List of Free & Legal mp3 Music Downloads.  I like this list not only because it is very thorough, but for this exerpt from his mission statement (so to speak):

Although stealing music is fairly easy, it’s not as fun and fulfilling as having a legitimate library of tunes. By compiling an exhaustive list of legal alternatives, I hope it will suppress your desire to pirate music and be caught with the penalties. I personally think digital and music law needs reform, but we should be cautious of some of the illogical interpretations of the law so we don’t get into trouble. There are trillions of audio files roaming around the internet in a legal haze of lawsuits, and whether on purpose or not, I’m sure you’ve stumbled across them.

Definitely check out that site.  It is not a complete list but it is just about perfect.

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Music Pirate

Music Pirate

Okay, I will admit that my title today is a bit of a dirty trick.  But it’s not entirely misleading, since I am talking about free music – as in, where to get it.  This post was precipitated by Lifehacker‘s recent blog post about how to save money by getting free mp3’s – the post itself has some good ideas at heart, but is basically promoting piracy.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that nobody is a music pirate or that I think that’s the only way to get music.  Seriously, we live in the Internet age; I’m sure everybody is a pirate, at least a little bit.

I’ve gotten a little sidetracked though.  While the Lifehacker post was essentially about finding free, mainstream music (and I don’t recommend using a google search anymore, as is pointed out in the comments, you’re more likely to get to a scam site), there are plenty more resources for finding really good free music, legally.  Oh yeah, no question, it’ll be stuff from people you’ve never heard of before.  Ask yourself though: don’t you want to be one of those people who listened to so-and-so before they were top 40?  Maybe not, but don’t you at least want some cool music that you won’t hear on the radio?

I hope your answer is yes, because otherwise the rest of my post will be a disappointment.  Obviously, one of the easiest ways is to just browse myspace.  Not everything on there is good, or downloadable, but there are plenty of good bands to be found.  Some other options that may interest you, however, I only myself found out about today through some of the comments of that Lifehacker post:

  • http://music.download.com/ – this site is run by the fine folks at cnet.  Being at work I haven’t had the chance to take a good look through their collection, but it looks pretty extensive – and it even has some mainstream stuff.
  • ZW – This isn’t actually a place to download music, but has a list of places for downloading free music.  Again, I haven’t been able to look through the list/sites thoroughly, so tread carefully if you’re worried about legalities.
  • BestMP3Links – Again, another list of free resources, however this one seems to be more of the legal variety.

I’m going to do a follow-up post as I have a more extensive list of free music resources at home – I think I may have some bookmarked on del.icio.us but I’d still need to come back and do a follow-up.

In the meantime, check out this well-written piece about DRM driving someone to piracy (you may have read it before).

There are two songs that are stuck in my head on a constant basis these days (well three, if you include When I Grow Up, or four if you include Hot & Cold by Katy Perry), and I don’t know how to get them out – but figured I’d try this method.

1) One Step At A Time – Jordin Sparks

There’s nothing that I particularly like about this song that makes it stuck in my head over any others, but it’s there.  I don’t know why.  Heck I don’t even know what it’s about except that she says learning how to fly takes one step at a time (I think).  I think part of it is my girlfriend told me to get this song and I haven’t done it yet; perhaps it is my mind’s way of telling me I should get on that ASAP.

2) Pocketful of Sunshine – Natasha Beddingfield

At least this one, I can recognize why it’s stuck.  It’s catchy, and I kind of like it.  The only song from Natasha that I’ve heard other than this one though is “Unwritten” – and having heard that song several billion times while working at my college’s internet radio station, I can tell you without a doubt that I much prefer Pocketful of Sunshine.

That’s really all I had today; I haven’t gotten much new music.  I was going to check out the Pussycat Dolls’ latest offering, but after previewing the tracks on their website, I can honestly say that other than When I Grow Up, there’s nothing on this new album that makes me want to go get it.

Sept 4

I haven’t made any progress with regards to the “Funkmobile” project – haven’t even started any work at all, actually.  That’s alright – plenty of time for that one.

Some new stuff I’ve heard though.  Hawksley Workman came out with a new album last week.  I bought it on itunes, and I was pretty damned pleased.  It’s more of a rock/alternative album than “Between the Beautifuls”, which I guess explains why he’s got a second album out within a year of the last one.

Other things: I have a long list of music floating around in my head to download (or buy, I do have that $10).  So here’s the list from what I remember:

  • Blink 182 (anything I guess)
  • Sum 41 (select songs…we’ll see)
  • Rheostatics (or is it Reostatics?  I don’t know)
  • Two Hours Traffic – “Little Jabs”

So far, that’s it.

There’s an mp3 on the “Hero Hill” blog I want to listen to.  I forget why, but it will determine, I suppose, if I want to hear more.

Oh and I just remembered I need to get Red Jumpsuit Apparatus from Mike, and look into the latest Offspring album.

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Sept 5

Is it a coincidence that after listening to Rae Spoon’s “Come On Forest Fire Burn The Disco Down” on Radio 3’s podcast yesterday, I’m reading a review on it today on Hero Hill?

It’s a pretty damn good song – and so were many of the tunes from R3’s Pride Podcast.  I’ll have to get a list of the tracks later.

I got a copy of the latest Offspring album, but I haven’t listened to it yet.  I’m more interested to find out about this other album I got:

“Americano: The Bluegrass Tribute to the Offspring”

I always love out-of-genre covers so I can’t wait to hear this one.  Add the fact that it’s The Offspring covered in Bluegrass and I think I found a winner.

Will post later tonight what I think of it (hint: it’s great).

Sweet song from CBC Radio 3 Podcast #151.  It’s called “Shoulder Pads & Shiny Shoes” by A.M.  It’s really nifty.

Pretty sure I won’t find that Genesis cover any time soon, and the only way I’ll get that song by A.M. is by editing it out of the CBC3 podcast.  Which I should do tonight, why not?  Because I’m having issues with Adobe Audition, that’s why not.

Edit: if it’s on itunes I can get it there.  Still have $10 to blow.

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August 12

Got a great idea for a playlist and I don’t know why I didn’t geti t before.  Was listening to Rick James “Bustin Out” and the idea came to me: Funkmobile.  I don’t think I should say anymore. (Edit: haven’t worked on it yet.)

I checked out the Hero Hill blog this morning and was pointed to Revival Dear.  Honestly I skimmed through the review and it was the picture that led me to take a listen.  Good stuff, I’ll have to find their CD.

And an update on Catherine MacLellan (mentioned in my previous post of music I’m looking for).  I found a copy of her CD through the CD Warehouse website.  They don’t seem to have Revival Dear – but I found that at HMV (online only though, they don’t have it in stores).

August 6, 2008

I have a bunch of songs from the long weekend to copy from my phone but first I wanted to write down “Hot Blooded” by Foreigner (edit: who knows why, though!).

I’m going to be making a new road trip mix and I like these songs for it:

  • Sugar Hill Gang – “Rapper’s Delight”
  • Some country cover of Genesis’ “That’s All” (edit: still haven’t figured out the artist behind that one)
  • Rick James – “Superfreak”
  • V.I.C. “Get Silly”
  • Chamillionaire “Ridin Dirty”
  • R. Kelly “Ignition”

And a note, some shows I see coming up at Zaphod’s:

Chad Van Galen – Wed Oct 2

Fembots – Sat Oct 4

Apostle of Hustle – Sat Nov 8

I also forgot Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life” and Pussycat Dolls “When I Grow Up” on that list.


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