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05 October 2011

Free Music Friday - October 7, 2011


1. Memory Tapes - "Slaughtered"
(link to download from Modcast)

I'm not sure I've got a good handle on this new genre of the "mixtape." For one, there's often no tape involved (as they just tend to be collections of mp3s just labelled a "mixtape" by the artist and offered to the listening audience for free). Also, I'm never quite sure what differentiates a mixtape (magnetic tapeless or not) from just an EP or LP. The latest offering from Memory Tapes, though, could perhaps offer some answer to my question. "Slaughtered," a 23-minute long mix of (mostly instrumental) all-new Memory Tapes tracks, covers a lot of ground, from dark to danceable music, but does so seamlessly: you move from one idea to the next without the music ever letting up, yet each idea is distinct from the last and all are equally catchy.

"Slaughtered" has been released exclusively as Modcast #95, the podcast from Modular People.
-Contributed by Resident Music Expert Andrew McNair

2. Color Radio - "Quiet House"
(click to stream or right click to download)

Album - Architect

Color Radio is a band with a sound for listeners to really sink their teeth (or better yet)ears into. Creating a rich sonic landscape of sound, this Chicago indie band conjures up comparisons to fellow indie artist Broken Social Scene. Their new album Architect offers intellectual depth with sweeping harmonies that will allow listeners to discover something new on each listen. Take a sample size offering the track "Quiet Eyes."

3. Radio Moscow - "Little Eyes"
(click to stream or right click to save as)

Album: The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz

Discovered and signed by The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, Radio Moscow, hailing from Iowa, blasts blues based psychedelia through the speakers that transports listeners back to the days of Cream and Jimi Hendrix. This track comes of their newest album The Great Escape of Leslie Magnafuzz is bound to get heads rockin'.

4. Madi Diaz - "Let's Go"
(link to Soundcloud: click the down arrow in the lower right corner to download)

Album - Far From Things That We Know


Madi Diaz's EP Far from the Things We Know acts as a precursor to their forth-coming full length album. With a mature and soothing pop sound, it points to very talented song writing by Madi Diaz and her band mate Kyle Ryan. If you enjoy this slice of the EP you're in for a treat when their full length LP is released.

5. Eight Bit Tiger - "Numbers"
(click to stream or right click to save as)

Album: Parallel Synchronized Randomness

Parallel Synchronized Randomness Cover Art

Eight Bit Tiger is an Electronic due composed of two brothers from Chicago. Fusing funk from its heyday in the 70's and early 80's, while taking a piece from the mold of Daft Punk, these guys mix it up to create a dance-fused funky atmosphere that will have you up and moving around the room faster than you can say, "What the funk just happened?"

6. Icebird - "Charmed Life"
(click to stream or right click to save as)

Album: The Abandoned Lullaby

Famed artist/producer RJD2 teams up with vocalist Aaron Livingston under the moniker Icebird to superbly craft a genre bending style of fused music guaranteed to make a splash commercially and critically. Get your smooth jazz and hip-hop fused fix right here.

By Tim Rosini


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