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Welcome to Sound Sunday.

This week’s edition contains soul, melody, beat, rock, and a few surprising sounds. One of the craziest and coolest albums this week is (speed) Gospel from The Schomberg Fair. A favorite of mine is Science Within Reason from B.Lewis. With Ashelyn Summers Sound Sunday also features an amazing female singer. The mix couldn’t be any more fascinating and I hope you will like it, too.

What album is your top pick? Share your thoughts in the comments! You can also eMail me [tina at makeuseof dot com] to share feedback and suggestions. Now sit back, relax, and enjoy the music!

Steven A. Clark – Stripes

Genre: indie, alternative, rhythm & soul, hip hop

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Stripes is a melodic album with a lot of rhythm & soul. Steven’s childhood memories of his mom playing Boyz II Men, Tracy Chapman, and Stevie Wonder clearly show in his music. What inspired him to start writing, however, was Nas and N.E.R.D.’s 2002 debut album In Search Of…

Download Stripes from free from Bandcamp. A backup is also available through Mediafire.

Steve A. Clark MySpace and Facebook.

Rock Well 9000 – It’s a Good Life

Genre: instrumental, scratch, hip hop

Rock Well 9000 is a DJ from Austin, Texas. He’s in his fourth year in the business, opening shows and doing meet and greet parties for various artists. It’s a Good Life is an instrumental hip hop album with some great beats.

It’s a Good Life is a free download from Bandcamp.

Rock Well SoundCloud and Facebook.

B.Lewis – Science Within Reason

Genre: experimental, soul, ambient, hip hop

Nope, this edition of Sound Sunday is not a hip hop special. Science Within Reason is an amazing 30 track album with hip hop beats, soul backing vocals, compelling melodies, some game music elements, and mesmerizing ambient sounds. The music is mostly instrumental and typical raps occur in only two songs.

Science Within Reason is available free from Bandcamp. Should the free downloads run out, you can also get it from Mediafire.

B.Lewis MySpace and SoundCloud.

Mark Schottinger – Homemade Music

Genre: folk, blues, rock

Wearing a pair of black RayBan’s he looks quite mysterious, but it doesn’t end there. So Mark is a hobbyist singer/songwriter who attends law school and works as a parking lot attendant who appeared in the award winning 2010 documentary The Parking Lot Movie. The songs from his ‘homemade’ album were created between 2006 and 2008. And by the way, he also lists hip hop as one of his music’s genres, but that must be a joke.

Homemade Music is a free download from Bandcamp.

Mark Schottinger Facebook.

The Evidence – Polarity

Genre: alternative, progressive, punk, rock

The Evidence is a progressive nerd punk band with an unknown commodity: their singer is the drummer. The trio was founded in Calgary, Alberta in late 2000. “Graduates of the local punk rock scene, the band has grown into a sound that blends the rocky pop sensibility of alt-punk bands such as AFI, Bad Religion and the Foo Fighters with the prog-rock detail and grandeur of groups like Rush and Queen.

Polarity is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

The Evidence MySpace and Homepage.

Casper & the Cookies – Ice Mattress

Genre: experimental, powerpop, rock

free mp3 From their Press Kit: “If you’ve never heard Casper & the  Cookies, do yourself a favor; dismiss any preconceived notions.  Forget that Jason played with of Montreal.  Cast aside the reports of live shows replete with fake eyelashes, though it does look fantastic.  You’re going to have to take Casper & the Cookies on their own terms.  Fail to do so and you will miss some of the most original pop music to come along in years. Over the course of three albums Athens, GA’s finest have managed to carve out an aesthetic all their own, a labyrinthine tangle of ear-worm melodies, plot-twist production, and the history of popular music.  This is good news for those waiting for another XTC or Elvis Costello, ambitious artists that never left their audiences wondering where the catchy songs went.

Ice Mattress is a free download from their homepage.

Casper & the Cookies MySpace and Homepage.

Meet Me At The Pub – Tall Can Wednesday

Genre: reggae, ska, surf

free mp3 To celebrate and promote their upcoming tour in April and May, Veice Beach, California band Meet Me At The Pub are offering all the songs they have ever released for free, including their 2009 album Tall Can Wednesday. The band has been together since 1999 and has played over 1,500 shows. It all started at the Malibu Inn where they played every Monday night.

You can download Tall Can Wednesday, Monday Night, and Exclusive Trax free from Music Bailout.

Meet Me At The Pub MySpace and Homepage.

The Schomberg Fair – Gospel

Genre: bluegrass, blues, rock, gospel, folk, punk, roots music

From their Facebook profile: “The Schomberg Fair (Pete, Matt and Nate) are three handsome assholes whose unique brand of Speed-Gospel/Folk-Punk — coupled with engaging, spirited performances — have rowdied crowds since their inception in 2006. We originally hail from a small rural farm town in Ontario called Schomberg, so we’re not one of these urban fake folk/country/blues acts; we’re legit.

Gospel is a free download from Bandcamp.

The Schomberg Fair MySpace and Homepage.

Pornopop – …and the slow songs about the dead calm in your arms

Genre: electronic, rock, pop

Pornopop is the band of brothers Pétur and Ágúst Einarsson from Iceland. From their Ching Ching Bling Bling record label profile: “In 1996, they began working together in their parents”˜ basement, making music with their Roland drum machine and two months later headed into late-night sessions in studios all over Reykjavík city. (…) Seven years later Pornopop recorded their 2nd album “¦and the slow songs about the dead calm in your arms. This time they used a studio owned by friend, Arnar Helgi Aðalsteinsson, from IDM / experimental band Plat. Now they took their time in experimenting with sounds, music directions and various effects and tapemachines, driving their engineer totally crazy with their relentless search of a perfect atmosphere that would do the album justice. On and off, the album was two years in making.

Free downloads of this album are limited to 200! So get the album quick!

You can download …and the slow songs about the dead calm in your arms free from Bandcamp.

Pornopop MySpace and Facebook.

Ashelyn Summers – selftitled

Genre: pop, rock, piano, acoustic

Ashelyn Summers is a singer / songwriter from Orange County, California. Her music is a combination of classical instruments and modern rock, backed up by a powerful voice. While she is working on her debut album, which is to be released in May this year, she is releasing one single each month for free download. Currently, there are 10 singles and on Bandcamp you can listen to several versions of each song. The free download, however, is hosted on Noise Trade.

Download Ashelyn Summers’ selftitled album free from NoiseTrade.

Ashelyn Summers MySpace and Homepage.

New to Sound Sunday? Past editions of Sound Sunday are available here.

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.

  1. Aibek
    March 15, 2011 at 12:34 pm

    excellent roundup!

  2. Allan
    March 14, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    The Schomberg Fair - foot stompin greatness. Thanks!

    • Tina
      March 14, 2011 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks for the feedback, Allan! I love that band, too. :)

  3. Russakow
    March 14, 2011 at 3:14 am

    Listening to the last artist - Ashelyn Summers - reminds me of a softer Amy Lee from Evanescence.

    • Tina
      March 14, 2011 at 7:21 am

      I take it you like her. :) I think she has an amazing voice!

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