New Music Friday

 

Amazon MP3, which has been making waves with its music download deals, steals and collaborations is offering 100 albums for free right now!

Check em out RIGHT HERE.

The cool part is that not all 100 mp3 albums suck. In fact, there’s some pretty good stuff to be found. For free!

This is what I “purchased” for $0.00:

The following items were ordered:

Animal [MP3 Download] $0.00
By: Miike Snow
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Saddle Creek sampler 2008-2009 [MP3 Download] $0.00
By: Various
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Sargent House Sampler [MP3 Download] $0.00
By: Various Artists
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Frenchkiss Records Super Sampler [MP3 Download] $0.00
By: Various Artists
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Sample This Sh*t [MP3 Download] $0.00
By: Various
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
Digital Bang: The 2010 Sub Pop Sampler For Amazon [MP3 Download] $0.00
By: Various Artists
Sold By: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

I haven’t listened to any of it yet, but judging by the buzz I’ve heard of Miike (two “i”s) Snow and the bands I do know on these indie labels, I should have some good findings to report.

(RX Bandits – Sargent House, The Faint, Bright Eyes – Saddle Creek, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes – Sub Pop, and Local Natives – Frenchkiss)

Arcade Fire, Amazon MP3s, Warriors of Rock

By now, the entire world has heard the new Arcade Fire album, “The Suburbs.” OK, not everybody…but it came out August 3, so in the blogosphere it’s been pretty much forever.

And the seven-piece Canadian ensemble sold out Madison Square Garden in New York, two nights in a row. Rolling Stone has an excellent review of the show, which was also streamed live on YouTube last week . Now that’s a win for “indie” — if you can still call it that….and turns out you can. The critically acclaimed group is on Merge Records, an independent label, so the term indie stands.

The third Arcade Fire album is amazing. It hooks you in from the beginning with the title track “The Suburbs”, wrapping you into the story of a youth growing up Mormon in The Woodlands, Texas. The dramatic, over-the-top, and fast-paced  nature make Arcade Fire songs run smoothly, but after 13 tracks not much yearning is left.

Pitchfork gave the album an 8.6. So you know there’s something to what I’m saying. The band’s previous album “Neon Bible” got an 8.4, while the debut “Funeral” received a 9.7. This are impressive simply because anything above a 6 from this music blog pretty much means “does not suck.”

If you haven’t got your hands on this album yet, Amazon MP3s seems to be making progress in the digital download lifestyle by offering mp3 albums cheap for a 24-hour period. You can pick it up (well, down) for $7.99…still not bad at all.

In other rock news, I was shocked to hear one of my favorite artists, RX Bandits, have a track on the upcoming sixth installment of the Guitar Hero franchise. I caught drift via @sargenthouse, the label run by Mars Volta guitarist Omar Rodriguez Lopez. Guitar Hero 6, now being called “Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock” features “It’s Only Another Parsec…”, a groove-worthy track from RXB’s latest, “Mandala.” I don’t know about you, but I’m excited to see RXB play its three albums in their entirety, back-to-back in September at the Troubadour from the 24th to the 26th.

I haven’t played guitar hero in a good long time, but judging by the list of other bands appearing on the game, the Long Beach-based experimental/formerly ska act is a standout amongst the likes of big names like Muse, Nine Inch Nails and The Rolling Stones. There are some indie staples like Silversun Pickups and Anberlin, but RXB don’t have nearly the same namesake. Way to go guys. You can check out the full tracklist for “Warriors of Rock” here if you’re curious.

I’ve uploaded “It’s Only Another Parsec…” to the box.net widget on the right of this blog for your utmost convenience!

As for the Arcade Fire’s new stuff, give it a listen on NPR if you want to try before you buy.