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Lost – Disaster In The Making
Genre: pop, punk
|This band indeed leaves me a little lost. Are they the Italian band Lost that gained internet fame through the demo track My posted on MySpace in 2007?Apparently not since their Twitter page says they are a pop punk band from the UK and the Italian band doesn’t look alike. Yet, the iTunes profile for the UK band hints to an Italian history. But no, the Italian Lost have their own Twitter account. So what gives? UK guys, please put some proper links on your Twitter page!|
Lost have made their Disaster In The Making album available via MediaFire.
Whisper – The Free Album
Genre: beats, hip hop, pop, soul, urban
From Whisper’s Bandcamp page: “This album has been several years in the making, with some of the tracks beginning their life as early as 2006. Over the years it has changed and evolved, before becoming what you see here now. Some of these tracks represent a stage in my evolution as an artist, rather than where I’m at now, but (…) they are important parts of the journey. (…) I’m so happy that I’m able to share it with you now.”
The Free Album is available from Bandcamp.
The White Soots – selftitled
Genre: psychedelic, rock, blues,
This album was recommended to me by Bill Goodman of The Soda Shop, an internet radio station and music blog. Bill runs a weekly feature called . He says that this album from The White Soots is his favorite of 2010. Check out out for yourself!
You can download The White Soots free from Bandcamp.
The Ballistics – Are We Having Fun Yet?
Genre: alternative, punk, reggae, ska
Sometimes it’s worth looking into the past for great music. The Ballistics formed in 2002 and split up in 2009. Yet you will find an album uploaded to Bandcamp in December 2010. Judging by the titles, it’s a Best Of, showcasing the best of their 7 years band history.
Are We Having Fun Yet? is a free download from Bandcamp.
Honor Thy Drummer – A Tribute to Mike Portnoy
Genre: experimental, beats, rock
|From the press release: “Independent musicians, graphic artists, and a computer graphics demogroup have collaborated on a grand scale multimedia tribute to Mike Portnoy, in celebration of over a quarter of a century of highly influential musicianship. Mike Portnoy’s early investment into the internet, as well as his relationship with the global fan base, created a fad-transcending musical community that continues to grow past the post quarter century mark.“|
You can download A Tribute to Mike Portnoy from SpaceProg.
Mike Portnoy MySpace and Homepage.
Remedy Drive – Rip Open the Skies
Genre: indie, rock
Remedy Drive is a indie rock band from Lincoln, Nebraska. With a sound well positioned between Snow Patrol, Coldplay, and Keane (UK bands rock), every song smooches the ears of those that love music with strong melodies. Watch out for Remedy Drive throughout the US at shows and festivals from February through August. Tour dates are listed on MySpace and their Homepage.
Get your free copy of Rip Open the Skies from NoiseTrade.
Bess Rogers – Sampler
Genre: folk, indie, pop
From her Facebook page: “Is Bess Rogers a folkie with punk instincts or an indie-rocker with an acoustic bent? (…) Rogers “” a member of Ingrid Michaelson’s touring band “” likes to surround her sweet lyric sentiments with a tough outer coating as she recounts tales of fumbled romance and fragile happiness.” The present sampler provides and excellent overview of her talents.
The Bess Rogers Sampler can be downloaded for free from NoiseTrade.
Bess Rogers MySpace and .
High Flight Society – Par Avion
Genre: alternative, rock, pop
In 2007 High Flight Society were on the route to fame, playing shows in front of thousands of people and having their selftitled debut record named one of the top 100 releases of the year. Shortly after the record was released, their label RKT folded and the band literally had to start over. The four track EP Par Avion is a step on the way back into the limelight.
Par Avion is a free download from NoiseTrade.
Ben Montague – Overcome
Genre: alternative, pop, rock, soul
A solo performance in London’s Soho gained him the financial support he needed to record his first EP. The track Haunted was a success on BBC Radio 2 and when the second single Broken hit Radio 2’s A list for six weeks, Ben had really made an impression. He was invited to open for the Stereophonics at Milan’s F1 Rocks. If you happen to be in the UK, watch out for Ben’s shows across the island in February and early March. Dates can be found on his MySpace and Homepage.
Overcome is a free download from NoiseTrade.
Ben Montague MySpace and .
NouvÃ¨rt – Il Suono Delle Parole
Genre: alternative, electronic, pop, rock
Back in 2006, NouvÃ¨rt started out recording songs in English, before they switched to their native Italian language. They released their first promo EP in Feburary 2009, followed by more releases and an Italian tour. Finally, in October 2010 they released their fist full length album Il Suono Delle Parole.
You can download Il Suono Delle Parole one song at a time from SoundCloud.
NouvÃ¨rt MySpace and .
Also check out SPIN Magazine’s 10 Best Albums You Might Have Missed in 2010 and get a free track from each album.
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