If I could recommend you to listen to only one song today, it would be the instrumental piece 8.19 by Matt Stevens on Spencer Park Music’s Label Sampler (first song). Fortunately, however, there are tons of great tracks in this edition that are worth recommending. My favorite album this week is Red Robot’s Identification. I have also included several samplers to offer a bit more variety and a taste of more different artists and genres.
Whether or not you enjoy the music in this edition, please post your feedback in the comments. I also accept album suggestions and genre requests via email [tina at makeuseof dot com].
Red Robot – Identification
Genre: alternative, rock
Red Robot is an alternative rock band from Los Angeles, California. Identification is their debut album, released only a few days ago. On their MySpace page Andy reveals the story behind the band name: “I used to write stories as a little kid about a Red Robot who used to save lives with all his crazy gear and heroics. At some point (thankfully), I stopped writing these stories and started writing songs instead, so now we’re sharing it with all of you. So the name pretty much connects to how my imagination is used today.”
Identification is a free download from Bandcamp.
Buffalo Rodeo – Wanderers
Genre: alternative, indie, rock
Buffalo Rodeo hail from Bowling Green, Kentucky. Wanderers is an impressive record and even more so if you read the following comment from their Bandcamp page: “We decided to change things up this time, and instead of recording in guitarists Nathaniel Davis’s living room, We moved to bassist Dave halls house. During July of 2011, the five of us graduated from highschool and promptly recorded this album in five days. enjoy free downloads while they last.”
Wanderers is a free download from Bandcamp.
Spencer Park Music – Label Sampler
Genre: acoustic, instrumental, progressive, rock, post-rock
From Matt Stevens’ Bandcamp page: “This is a sampler for all the artists on the Spencer Park Music Label – a collection of work from 2007-2011. Artists include Matt Stevens,Yonks, Fierce And The Dead and Datapuddle. (…) If you like the music on this download please consider telling a friend, burning them a CD or purchasing a full album from one of our artists.”
Spencer Park Music’s Label Sampler is a free download from.
Genre: indie, acoustic, folk, punk, rock
Fightwinner | Confessions is a sampler released by GET YOUNG RECORDS. From the: “We are psyched to release Ryan White’s Acoustic EP ‘Fightwinner’. This collection of songs were written and recorded in 2008 by Ryan and haven’t seen the light of day since.”
Fightwinner is a free download from Bandcamp.
New Animal – Up!
Genre: experimental, psychedelic, trip pop
New Animal is the band of Kris Hermstad and Derek Burdette from Atlanta, Georgia. Up! is their second album released on Bandcamp this year. They made their debut with the selftitled album New Animal in January this year. If Bandcamp runs out of free copies, you can also get the album from MediaFire.
Up! is a free download from Bandcamp.
Various Artists – Finest Ego | United Kingdom / Ireland Compilation
Genre: instrumental, dub-step, electronic, beatnick, hip hop
From the album description on Bandcamp: “As beats and producers in and around hip hop enjoyed a renaissance of interest and impact in the last decade, certain geographical locations established themselves to form an axis of production innovation hubs. In North America you had Los Angeles, Ann Harbor and Montreal. In Europe there was Glasgow in Scotland, Dublin in Ireland and London in England. (…) The Finest Ego United Kingdom and Ireland compilation is the latest installment in a global series shining a light on new and established production talent. Following from editions covering Japan, Russia and Australia and New Zealand, this new installment brings forward 25 producers from every corner of the British and Irish isles.”
Finest Ego is a free download from Bandcamp.
Kaimbr – Mr. Miyagi
Genre: indie, electronic, instrumental, soundtrack, hip hop
Mr. Miyagi was inspired by the Karate Kid Scores. From the Bandcamp page: “Artist/Producer Kaimbr aka Al Green chops up samples from the original Karate Kid Soundtrack flipped into Hip Hop Beats. A Must Listen! Thanks for all your support. Low budget Crew!”
Mr. Miyagi is a free download from Bandcamp.
Tryad – Listen
Genre: classical, electronica, pop, industrial
From Tryad’s Bandcamp page: “Listen is t r y ^ d’s second Creative Commons album release. Involving the work of 20 musicians located around the world, this album represents a global collective effort. A blending of multiple styles, with a specific focus placed upon classical piano, ‘listen’ is a mature work of melodic electronica.”
Listen is a free download from Bandcamp.
– American Nomad
Genre: indie, alternative, roots
From their Facebook Biography: “The Apache Relay takes more long car rides than most bands. But only a portion of their car time is dedicated to their touring schedule — the rest is something like driving in the middle of the night from Nashville to Alabama and back, just to listen to a new record 12 consecutive times. Despite their wagon’s sketchy brakes, this happens a lot. It’s where the indie-roots band discovered a shared love for the timelessness of Motown records, the weight of Springsteen’s Nebraska, the textures of modern rock bands, as well as the intensity of really skilled acoustic players.”
American Nomad is a free download from NoiseTrade.
Genre: alternative, pop
From the album introduction on NoiseTrade: “It’s hard to believe a band like POPCULT hails from the American Midwest (Denver, CO). With sounds nostalgic of alternative brit-pop in its heyday (e.g. young Coldplay, early Muse), one would assume the band originated overseas, where they’d at least be old enough to buy a drink.”
Popcult is a free download from NoiseTrade.
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