Tuesday, December 28, 2010

FREE MUSIC 12/28 [Mash-Up, Joe Pug, Klaxons, The North Country, & more]

       Free music is always awesome. I've been inspired by some blogs, namely A Truer Sound [which I am starting to really enjoy], which have been posting some free tunes today. I'll try and keep this a weekly or bi-weekly post because I know we always don't have music to spend money on. Wait, I got that wrong, it would be nice if it was that way, but then we would be listening to some pretty shitty music. I guess the music-world is more giving around the holiday season because there is a lot of good, free music out there right now.

Mr. Pug is so confident his music is good [if you didn't hear his 2010 release, Messenger go check it out] that he is MAILING physical CDs out to anyone who requests them. That's right, he's sending actual compact discs out to people who request them, so you can pass them out to your friends and their friends and so on. I highly recommend that you do this.

The Band's Bandcamp [link below] says that this album was written and recorded in Andrew Grossman's bedroom during 2010. This is an amazingly good album for the price and for the low remarks given on the site. It's a great acoustic album but in parts instruments are thrown that compare to the Black Keys blues side then it switches straight to a poppy Freelance Whales song. It's so diverse and so good.

Big Boi vs. The Black Keys
If you haven't heard of this mash-up album by now, you're living under a rock. Its a brilliant idea. Why not combine two of the best albums of the year and make something beyond imagination. Well there is only so much to work with but wick-it puts the right beats with the right lyrics on this one. It pleases Big Boi/Outkast fans and Black Keys fans alike.

I'll have to say that I wan't a big fan of their 2010 release Surfing the Void but I sure did love the cover. Well they have released a free EP, Landmarks of Lunacy, of stuff they recorded back in 2008 but hadn't yet released. And they made it available for free.


jj - KILLS Mixtape 
[YTE POST] If you haven't already got the brilliant chill-hop mixtape from the Sweedish duo, do-it now.

Yeasayer – Live at Ancienne Belgique 
[YTE POST] Yeasayer doesn't disappoint ever. This is a recording of the high-energy performance they always bring.

Ray Ban - Never Hide Noise EP2
[YTE POST] Great compilation of up-and-coming bands. The artists on this will make a name for themselves in 2011, know them before your friends.

Mike Cooley - Live at the 40 Watt 
[YTE POST]Great live recording of a solo show by the singer from Drive-By Truckers back from 2005.

Check out the tags that I have been using for a while "Free Album" and "Free" to find some more $0.00 tunes, some of it may be dated though.

[FREE ALBUM] Mike Cooley [of Drive-By Truckers] Live At The 40 Watt 2/25/05

       Well folks, it looks like I've passed the 500 post mark along with turning one year. Looks like the accomplishments are all coming at once. Well I went deep into the vault for this post. Let me start off by saying this, if you have illegally downloaded an album in the last week I bet this free, live album will knock its socks off. Yes, even if it's Kanye or The King Is Dead.
       Mike Cooley doesn't really do back-up vocals for the Drive-By Truckers, he's more of a second lead-singer behind Patterson Hood and shares the spotlight behind Hood with Shonna Tucker, both usually have 2-3 tracks on each album. No discredit to Hood, but Cooley writes some of the best songs the Drive-By Truckers have in their collection. I downloaded this free recording of the live show over the summer and came back across it last night. If you are interested in the Drive-By Truckers, a die-hard DBT fan, semi-interested in song writing, or are a fan of alternative country, you are sure to find this precious recording a steal. His stories are usually dark and you wouldn't be hard-pressed to find these stories true if you were to head down South .[yes, further down South than NC] To quote Cooley from the album on the realness of the stories "It's true just like the rest of the stories." This album is just Cooley and an acoustic guitar on stage and the relatively quiet crowd makes the quality sound that much more studio-quality than live.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

[YTE Year End] Top Albums of 2010 |10 - 1

Here is the final installment in Your Third Ear's Top Albums of 2010. Hopefully you have listened to or own these albums. If not, listen to and download the included mp3s which are my favorite songs from the albums.


10] Deerhunter - Halcyon Digest

9] Yeasayer - Odd Blood

8] Black Mountain - Wilderness Heart

7] The Gaslight Anthem - American Slang

6] The National - High Violet

5] Band of Horses - Infinite Arms

4] The Hold Steady - Heaven Is Whenever

3] Beach House - Teen Dream

2] Drive-By Truckers - The Big To-Do

1] The Black Keys - Brothers

Sunday, December 26, 2010

[MP3] Porcelain Raft | Come Closer

Check out the video below and grab the song for free over at his BANDCAMP. A perfect song for a white day. I'd highly recommend helping yourself to more of his free downloads while you're over there.

[MP3] Telekinesis | Please Ask For Help

Here is a second track set to appear on 12 Desperate Straight Lines, and fittingly it's the second song on the album. It is exactly what you would expect from Telekinesis, a short catchy pop song on the outside with serious and large topics in mind on the inside. Check out a previous POST on "Car Crash," the lead single from the album, set to be released on Feburary 15th, through Merge Records. After these two songs, this sophomore really shaping up nicely. Pre-Order it HERE.

Yeasayer | Live at Ancienne Belgique [Name Your Price Album]

It wasn't the best concert I went to all year, but it was the most fun. Yeasayer stopped by Cat's Cradle back on my Birthday [Apr. 4] and really knocked my socks off with how good they sounded. This NAME YOUR PRICE live album is nothing less than I expected when I came across the great news. The quality is outstanding for this free download. Here is a little message from the band:
"Dear Wonderful Fans,
To celebrate the close of 2010, your amazing support, and numerous requests, we have decided to unlock the Yeasayer vault and release this live show recorded at the lovely Ancienne Belgique in Brussels. We are letting you, the fans, name the price. See you in 2011.
– Much Love, Yeasayer"
Head over to their WEBSITE to download this album. And, Yes, the Name-Your-Price includes FREE. 

[FREE EP] Ray Ban Never Hide Noise EP2

Here is a 5 song EP from the sunglasses maker Ray Ban. They have rounded up a few artists that will surely roundhouse kick 2011 in the face. Cloud Nothings are some enjoyable lo-fi stuff while Hanni El Khatib is more blues-influenced.

1] Cloud Nothings - Even If It Worked Out
2] Mind Spiders - Worlds Destroyed
3] Hanni El Khatib - Loved One
4] Dom - Bochicha
5] The Chain Gang Of 1974 - Make My Body

Here is a little extra if EP2 looks good || The Original Never Hide Noise EP1 DOWNLOAD

Friday, December 24, 2010

Gorillaz | The Fall [iPad Composed & Produced]

Here is a follow up to their earlier 2010 release Plastic Beach. The Fall was made completely on an Apple iPad while the group was on tour across the US this Autumn. Mastermind behind the band Damon Albarn says the album is mostly instrumental and is a 'soundtrack to driving the United States,' hence the names of most of the songs. Head HERE to listen to the album by surrendering your email. If you are a Sub-Division member you can download the album, but there is a £29.99 joining fee which may or may not be worth the download of the highly experimental and probably divergent nature of The Fall, but you do receive 25% off for paying the £29.99 [just some info for thought].  Tracklist after the jump.

[FREE] Joe Purdy Gives Away New Album "This American" Through Dec. 31

[MIXTAPE] jj | KILLS [Covers of Notorious B.I.G., Kanye, Jay-Z, and more]

Just as promised, the new mixtape, KILLS, from jj has beat out Santa in getting to our houses on this Christmas Eve. Take in the soothing, mellow gangsta rap while sipping on some spiked eggnog. When do you ever hear someone say a sentence like that? jj has a way to turn gangsta rap into something more than its original intention. They make the rappers lyrics transparent, either revealing the terribly poor lyric-writing skills of a rapper or giving an insightful look at the rapper's genius. Have a look for yourself with the link below.

[Mediafire 166mb]

Thursday, December 23, 2010

[MP3] The Love Language Release a Christmas Song | "Gsus"

From Stu McLamb of The Love Language:
"It may be late but it's just in time! Me and BJ holed up in his room yesterday and today and wrote and recorded this Christmas original. The rest of the band was out of town so we decided to include voicemails they left us. this also marks the song debut of our humble manager and mentor Geoffrey Sawyer. He's the dude that sounds like Barry White at the end. "
Head over to The Love Language's Blog to find a download link. 

[100+ MP3z] Multiple X-MAS Mixtapes [Rap, Folk, & Indie] + Individual X-MAS Songs

Atlas Sound - Artificial Snow [follow link to Mediafire to grab 5 Songs]

Santastic Vol. 1  ||   Vol. II  ||  Vol. III  ||  Vol. IV  ||  Vol. V [left-click all, some lead to Rapidshare, others are instant]
A Very Bootie Christmas  ||  A Very Bootie Christmas 2 [left-click both for instant downloads]
MASH-UP Christmas Albums with a ton of good stuff. Includes Cee-Lo Green, Blink - 182, AC\DC and so many more artists that you will instantly realize. It's a cool take on Christmas music and definitely worth a listen.

TARGET - The Christmas Gig Mixtape [Original Christmas Songs Exclusive to Target]
1] Tiny Tree Christmas - Guster
2] Toy Jackpot - Blackalicious
3] Snow Is Falling - Darker My Love
4] Perfect Gift - Natalie Hemby
5] 10,000 Watts - Crystal Antlers
6] You’ll Never Find My Christmas - Bishop Allen
7] Get Down for the Holidays - Jenny O.
8] Mrs. Claus Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me - Little Jackie
9] Electronic Santa - Blazer Force
10] Got Something for You - Best Coast/Wavves
11] It’s Christmas - Coconut Records
12] Party Hard - Little Isidore
13] Super Mama - The Pinker Tones
14] Un Regalo Para Mí - Ceci Bastida
DOWNLOAD [left-click]

Yuletide Compilation [Christmas Compilation by Disco Naivete]
1] Best Coast + Wavves – Got Something For You
2] Marissa Nadler – Daisy, Where Did You Go?
3] Dum Dum Girls – Merry Christmas, Baby (Please Don’t Die)
4] Young Hunting – Sonata
5] Owen Pallett – Export 3 (The Great Elsewhere)
6] jj – Right Side Of My Brain
7] The Golden Filter – White Nights
8] Girls – Heartbreaker
9] Perfume Genius – Dreeem
10] Memoryhouse – Caregiver
11] Yu(c)k – Automatic
12] Summer Camp – Christmas Wrapping
13] Twin Shadow – Castles In The Snow
14] Beach House – I Do Not Care For The Winter Sun
DOWNLOAD [left-click & follow link to Mediafire]

A Truer Christmas [Awesome Mix compiled by the good folks behind the AWESOME blog A Truer Sound]
1] Dwight Yoakam - Run Run Rudolph
2] Reverend Horton Heat - Jingle Bells
3] Adam’s House Cat - Santa’s Out of Rehab by Christmas
4] Southern Culture On The Skids - Merry Christmas Baby
5] Robert Earl Keen - Merry Christmas From The Family (Live)
6] Asylum Street Spankers - Red Nosed Reindeer Blues
7] Los Straitjackets - God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen
8] Buck Owens & Susan Raye - Santa Looked A Lot Like Daddy
9] Old 97’s - Holly Jolly Christmas
10] Reverend Horton Heat - Santa On The Roof
11] Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison - Oklahoma Christmas
12] John Prine - Everything Is Cool
13] The Refreshments - My Christmas Baby
14] Ry Cooder - Christmas In Southgate
15] Robert Earl Keen - Happy Holiday Y’all
16] Dwight Yoakam - Santa Can’t Stay
17] Buck Owens & Susan Raye - All I Want For Christmas is My Daddy
18] Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison - Please Daddy Don’t Get Drunk
19] Clarence White - Silver Bells
20] Squirrel Nut Zippers - Gift Of The Magii
21] Roger Miller - Old Toy Trains
22] Steve Earle - Nothing But a Child (Demo)
23] The Band - Christmas Must Be Tonight
24] John Prine - Christmas In Prison
25] Red Star Belgrade - Xmas Day
DOWNLOAD [left click & follow to Mediafire] [via A Truer Sound]

A Truer Christmas 2 [Another Mix compiled by the AWESOME blog A Truer Sound]
1] Hank Snow – Reindeer Boogie
2] Buck Owens – Christmas Time’s A-Comin’
3] Michael Reno Harrell – More Than I Deserve
4] Commander Cody -Daddy’s Drinking Up Our Christmas
5] Merle Haggard -If We Make It Through December
6] Scott Miller – Skeptical Christmas
7] Kelly Willis & Bruce Robison – A Winter’s Tale
8] Doc Watson – Snowbird
9] Bill Anderson – ‘Po Folks Christmas
10] Willie Nelson – Pretty Paper
11] Hank Thompson – Gonna Wrap My Heart in Ribbons
12] Jim Lauderdale – Holly And Her Mistletoe
13] George Jones – My Mom and Santa Claus
14] Tennessee Ernie Ford – Christmas Dinner
15] Old 97’s – Here It Is Christmas
16] The Long Ryders – Christmas In New Zealand
17] Chuck Berry – Christmas
18] Mojo Nixon – Christmas, Christmas
19] Unknown Hinson – Black and Blue Christmas
20] The Gougers – Just Because It’s Christmas
21] Dale Watson – Honky Tonk Christmas
22] Loretta Lynn – To Heck With Ole Santa Claus
23] Ernest Tubb – I’ll Be Walkin’ the Floor This Christmas
24] Bobby Bare – Christmas Train
25] Frontier Ruckus – Driving Home, Christmas Eve
26] Felice Brothers – Christmas Song
27] Johnny Cash – The Ballad of Harp Weaver
DOWNLOAD [left click and follow link to Sendspace] via[A Truer Sound]

Christmas Carnage 2010 [Every Christmas Hip Hop Song You Could Ever Want]
1] Chaz Kangas - "Christmas Mischief" (PRODUCED BY COOLE HIGH)
2] Dipset - "Dipset X-Mas Time"
4] Ghostface Killah - "Ghostface Xmas"
5] Run DMC - "Christmas in Hollis"
6] Sage Francis - "Gimmie Dat"
7] Kurtis Blow - "Christmas Rappin"
8] Busta Rhymes - "The Grinch Who Stole Christmas"
9] Snoop Doggy Dogg - "The Night Before Christmas"
10] Outkast - "Player's Ball" (Christmas version)
11] Ice Cube - "Put It in Yo Eggnog"
12] Treacherous Three - "XMas Rap (Uncensored)"
13] Grand Buffet - "Stocking Stuffer"
14] Ludacris - "Ludacrismas"
15] Killer Mike - "A Christmas Grind"
16] Ras Kass - "Jack Frost"
17] David Banner - "The Christmas Song"
18] Atmosphere - "If I Was Santa Claus"
19] Big Daddy Kane & Biz Markie - "XXX Mas"
20] Master P & TRU - "Christmas in the Ghetto"
21] Princess Superstar - "I Hope I Sell A Lot of Records at Christmas Time" (Produced by Prince Paul)
22] Eazy-E - "Merry Muthafuckin Xmas"
DOWNLOAD [follow link to download] via[SteadyBloggin]

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Smith Westerns | "Weekend" & "Imagine Pt. 3" | Dye It Blonde


I haven't posted on The Smith Westerns yet but their upcoming album is on the horizon and from the look/sound of the single "Weekend" the album is going to be more than great. Their semi-lo-fi pop sound has a ounce of a folk twang and butt-load of energy which results in a pure, eclectic alternative sound. They are definitely ringing in 2011 in with a fresh slap in the 'stache.  Dye It Blonde is set to be released on January 18th through Fat Possum Records. The band is stopping by Local 506 on January 30th with Yuck. Check two new songs below and the tracklisting below.

1] Weekend
2] Still New
3] Imagine Pt. 3 
4] All Die Young
5] Fallen In Love
6] End of the Night
7] Only One
8] Smile
9] Dance Away
10] Dye The World

[MP3] Drive-By Truckers | Girls Who Smoke

Check out the bonus cut from The Big To-Do released back in March. "Girls Who Smoke" was a vinyl-only cut that they have released on their website. I'd say the lyics are true to their subject, but then that would be demeaning to some. The lyrics are telling:

"I can tell by her lips she's got fucked up teeth 
She's got a banged up grill like she just hit a deer
In a while she'll go down in a tent with a bloke
You know what they say about girls who smoke..."

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

[YTE Year End] Top Albums of 2010 | 35 - 11

Here it is, the functioning purpose of blogs in December, The List. Here is 35-11. I'll reveal the top 10 at a later date. There are a few videos and mp3s included, download/watch them and savor the last 355 days.

35) Avi BuffaloAvi Buffalo
34) Horse FeathersThistled Spring
33) PhosphorescentHere’s To Taking It Easy
30) Alejandro EscovedoStreet Songs of Love
29) Deer TickThe Black Dirt Sessions 
28) LCD SoundsystemThis Is Happening 
27) Kings Go ForthThe Outsiders Are Back
26) Mandolin OrangeQuiet Little Room 
25) School of Seven BellsDisconnect From Desire 
24) Local NativesGorilla Manor 
22) Sleigh BellsTreats 
21) Arcade FireSuburbs 
20) Mumford & SonsSigh No More 
19) Vampire WeekendContra
18) Lost In The TreesAll Alone In An Empty House
 Song For The Painter
17) HarlemHippies 
14) FuturebirdsHampton’s Lullaby
13) Delta SpiritHistory From Below 
12) Toro Y MoiCausers Of This
11) Titus AndronicusThe Monitor

[MP3] Bright Eyes | Shell Games

Oldermost | Lose Your Mind

Here is a great new song from Oldermost, whom I just recently found  out about. It's some fun stuff that reminds me of Noah and the Whale, but catchier and more energized. The lyrics are good, the production is great and its just a great song to listen to. "Lose Your Mind" is from the band's self-titled EP. It's LP quality and diversity packed into 16-minutes of straight-up potential and consistently unraveling awe-inspiring [AWESOME] and indulgent tunes.. Watch "Lose Your Mind" below and really lose your mind when you head over to their Bandcamp where you can find their self-titled EP for one of the best deals of the holiday season, name your price. Get on their email list and find out more about their upcoming shows.

Toro Y Moi | Still Sound

Toro Y Moi - Still Sounds

Here is the first single from Chaz Bundick's upcoming album, Underneath the Pine, set to be released on March 22nd through Carpark Records.

Sunday, December 19, 2010

The Lonely Island | I Just Had Sex (feat. Akon)

The Lonely Island [feat. Akon] - I Just Had Sex

X-Mas Present from jj

jj - KILLS

Sweedish ambient-electro duo jj will release a mixtape, presumably free with a bunch of rap covers. If you haven't heard their awesome cover of Lil Wayne's "Lollipop" off their debut 2009 album, check it out here. It seems that some of their best work comes when they take mainstream US rap that typically clogs the radio waves and turns them into soft ballads with ear-pleasing female vocals instead of raspy, testosteroned rappers. The mixtape is said to include "Empire State of Mind" as well as a song by The Dream. Mixtapes are typically free, but I will definitely have an update on that in 5 days when it is supposed to drop. Enjoy this awesome cover song they released earlier in the year below!

jj - CEO Birthday [Jeremiah - "Birthday Sex" Cover]

Friday, December 17, 2010

New R.E.M. Single "Discoverer" Free Download

They only want your email address for the free mp3, what a steal. You have an email you don't really care about, right? That old yahoo account you created when you were 13.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

[YTE Year-End] Top 25 Hip Hop Releases of 2010

Well here goes the first of numerous lists I'll be putting out this year. I have to say there have been more singles come out this year that have impressed me compared to full albums or mixtapes. I have provided amazon links to the albums and datpiff.com links for the mixtapes so you can directly download them. Take in the glory that is hip hop. I'll hook y'all up with a hip hop mixtape towards the end of the year.

1] Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

2] J. Cole – Friday Night Lights 

3] Curren$y – Pilot Talk 2 

4] Wiz Khalifa – Kush & OJ 

5] Girl Talk – All Day 

6] Kid Cudi – Man on the Moon II: The End of Day  

7] The Beast & Nnenna Freelon – Freedom Suite 

8] Big Boi – Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty 

9] XV – Vizzy Zone 


11] Das Racist – Sit Down, Man 

12] Curren$y – Pilot Talk 

13] Big K.R.I.T. – Wuz Here 

14] The Roots – How We Got Over 

15] Freddie Gibbs – Str8 Killa No Filla 

16] Gucci Mane – Diplo Presents: Free Gucci Mixtape 

17] Gorillaz – Plastic Beach 

18] Das Racist – Shut Up, Dude 

19] Lazerbeak – Legend Recognize Legend 

20] Woodhands – No Feelings Mixtape 

21] Chiddy Bang – The Preview 

22] Mad Rad – The Youth Die Young 

23] Theophilus London – I Want You 

24] Meth, Ghost, & Rae – Wu Massacre 

25] Mac Miller – K.I.D.S.

Check out a complete 1-25 list below w/o the pics.