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Sound Sunday is the best place to turn to if you’re tired of mainstream radio and the same old, same old.

This edition brings a wealth of fresh sounds to your ears. Don’t be concerned to see the ‘BUY’ link in the Bandcamp widgets; many albums this week are ‘name your price’ downloads, meaning you can still get them for free. However, the maximum  number of free downloads from Bandcamp can be reached anytime, so get your download now.

Questions, suggestions, feedback? Leave a comment or eMail me directly (tina at makeuseof dot com). Enjoy the mix!

Tristan Allen – selftitled

Genre: classic, piano, instrumental

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Tristan Allen is a pianist from New York. His selftitled debut album was financed by Kickstarter and produced by Amanda Palmer, whom  he met by chance while completing a summer program at Berklee College of Music. The limited edition CDs have all sold out. Now you have the chance to download the digital version for free.

Tristan Allen is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Tristan Allen MySpace. Amanda Palmer Homepage.

Yuji Takahashi – GUI+3

Genre: classical, acoustic, piano

From Wikipedia: “Yuji Takahashi is a Japanese composer, performer, pianist and author. He studied under Roh Ogura and Minao Shibata at the Toho Gakuen School of Music. In 1960, he made his debut as a pianist by performing Bo Nilsson’s Quantitaten. He lived in Europe from 1963 to 1966 where he worked with Iannis Xenakis. He gave the first performance of Xenakis’ Herma and Eonta. In 2006 he was awarded a grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grants to Artists Award.

GUI+3 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Yuji Takahashi MySpace and Homepage.

Yellow Ostrich – The Mistress

Genre: rock, pop

Yellow Ostrich recorded their present album between Wisconsin and New York and in all sorts of places: an empty movie theater, a dorm room, a small office, and a Manhattan apartment.

The Mistress is a name your price download from Bandcamp or Afternoon Records.

Yellow Ostrich Homepage and Facebook.

Various Artists – Rude Boy

Genre: game music, 8-bit

From their Bandcamp page: “This album is a collection of reggae, ska, dub, and everything in between, played on a variety of game consoles. It was organized by Euan Lynn (TraceKaiser) on 8-Bit Collective and features a variety of artists from around the world.

Download Rude Boy from Bandcamp.

8BitCollective [NO LONGER WORKS] Homepage.

Remain Da 1 – All I Need

Genre: hip hop, r&b, soul

In his own words: “A rapper is a person that just puts words together. A artist is a person who creates songs with concepts. I’m a artist!

All I Need is a free download from Bandcamp.

Remain Da 1 Facebook.

Black Cloud Music – 12 Days On Cloud 9

Genre: hip hop

Black Cloud Music is a netlabel from California. From their website: “The 12 Days On Cloud 9 project is a heartfelt “in house” collaboration with efforts from all 6 members of the label, also featuring a few other respected artist in the “909” Inland Empire area.  (…) This project is a clear representation of growth within individual artists of the label as well as the Black Cloud as a whole.

12 Days On Cloud 9 is a free download from Bandcamp.

Black Cloud Music MySpace and Homepage.

The Glorious Veins – selftitled

Genre: postpunk, bluesrock, disco

The Glorious Veins call their own style of music a disco-flavored postpunk bluesrock from Mars = ROCK. After compiling a 10 track demo, the band from New York recently released what I suppose is their debut album. The selftitled record is a fun rock album with great melodies.

The Glorious Veins is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Glorious Veins MySpace and Facebook.

Psh Project – Slomo

Genre: progressive, electronica, house, downtempo

Psh Project is the pseudonym of British producer Paul Hunter. He is also the man behind the digital label Psh Recordings, which released Psh Project’s album Slomo.

Slomo is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Psh Project MySpace and Homepage.

Ruby Coast – Whatever This Is

Genre: indie, pop, rock

Whatever This Is is the debut album of Toronto, Ontario indie rockers Ruby Coast. The band formed in 2006 and after releasing an EP they toured extensively and, among others, supported Tokyo Police Club and Passion Pit. Their debut album was produced by Howard Bileman (Arcade Fire) and Brian Paulson (Wilco).

Whatever This Is can be downloaded for free from Bandcamp.

Ruby Coast Facebook and Twitter.

VCR Monster – Dangerous

Genre: disco, electronic, funk, experimental

VCR Monster, a band that leaves many questions open, for example where is IE? And what the hell is ecstasy, when nothing affects me? I really don’t know. You figure it out!

Dangerous is a free download from Bandcamp.

VCR Monster Facebook and Twitter.

Craving for more material for your mp3 player? There are many past editions of Sound Sunday for you to browse. Feel free to get in touch with me [tina at makeuseof dot com] to share free material, suggestions, and feedback or simply add your comments below.

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