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Let it be a Sound Sunday.

What I have learned so far from the ongoing Sound Sunday Survey is that most of you are interested in rock. Most also download albums they like and click through to the artist homepage. In the coming weeks I will try to incorporate a little more country and classical, and a little less hip hop. Well, thank you everyone for your feedback and keep it coming while I’m continuously adjusting!

Please post your feedback in the comments or shoot me an Email [tina at makeuseof dot com].

Broken Cities – Flux

Genre: instrumental, rock, post-rock

From their Bandcamp profile: “Broken Cities is driven 100% by donations. Our release strategy is like a pledge drive. There are 7 tracks in total. The first song is free. We have 6 total goals to reach in order for the full album to be released. Once the goals are met, Flux is free for all.

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The album has been released under a Creative Commons license and meanwhile all 7 tracks are available for free.

Flux is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

deubner – ep

Genre: acoustic, rock

During the past month, deubner released two albums via Bandcamp in parallel. One is simply called ep, the other is simply called 8am . Both feature songs written by DJ Pollert, with vocals from his wife Andria Barberi Pollert and Nick telman. The band of three from Grand Rapids, Michigan is very private.

8am is a free download from Bandcamp.

Wind and Willow – Roots EP

Genre: americana, folk, roots

From their Facebook Bio: “Wind and Willow is an eclectic, invoking and heart telling deuo. Mark hails from Raleigh, NC and Sarah was raised in the heart of Toronto, Ontario. They have both come together to create a musical experience through the use of different sounds, styles and influences from there various upbringings. They have now made a home in Raleigh and are in the beginnings of a songwriting journey.

The Roots EP is a free download from Bandcamp.

The Lance – The Massacre On Watergate Street

Genre: indie, pop, rock

From the Bio on their Homepage: “We formed in 2007 and started playing rock n roll music with a small fellow we found in a basement. That small fellow turned out to be a bloody lunatic but a very good drummer to say the least. As the time passed by we developed our sound which came to be simply because of poverty. We simply couldn´t afford big amplifiers and fancy equipment so we had to settle for our little ugly black boxes that atleast made some kind of sound. That bloody junkyard sound turned out to be quite a flower in the hat and we have been sticking to it ever since.

The Massacre On Watergate Street is a free download from Bandcamp.

The Maxies – Greenland is Melting

Genre: power pop, garage pop, punk

From their Last.fm profile: “This is the most crazy punk be-costumed band ever to rock from Greenland! Their live shows are a mix of old school up-beat punk and interactive comedy by frontman Maximum Maxie. In between jests about killing whales and having one’s way with Manatees they really bring the crowd to life.

Greenland is Melting is a free download from Bandcamp.

Overhead, The Albatross – Lads with Sticks

Genre: instrumental, pop, post rock

From their ElevenEleven profile: “We got together to write music together and that’s what we’ve been doing. We record everything ourselves and do our best to have fun writing, recording and playing live. We have played with some great bands from home (Ireland) and abroad and plan to tour next year. It’s been a good year for us in that we didn’t break up, we’re writing music and we’re still having the utmost fun while we’re doing it. We sound the way we do because that’s what came out when we started jamming. A more rigid and clinical way of writing may be needed, so might many a thing, like a cessation of typation, in this typation nation, see you lation.

Lads with Sticks is a free download from Bandcamp.

Alfonso Velez – selftitled

Genre: alternative, pop, rock

Description from his fan Lesley: “His name throws a lot of people off, as they are expecting latin infused music, but while you can hear latin influence, it’s definitely not the only soundscape permeating this disc. Alfonso had the opportunity to travel all over the world at a young age, which you can hear bits and pieces of.

The selftitled album Alfonso Velez is a free download from Bandcamp.

Bad Credit No Credit – Hey, Rube!

Genre: punk, jazzpunk

In their Facebook Bio the band from Brooklyn, New York writes: “Bad Credit No Credit settled in New Amsterdam after being persecuted all over the globe for witcherycraft.

Hey, Rube! is a free download from Bandcamp.

Datahowler – Live

Genre: indie, electronic, chillwave, dance, down tempo

From is Homepage About page: “Datahowler, born Ross Edman, is a musician, producer and graphic designer from Dallas, TX. At a young age Ross started training classically in percussive arts and drums eventually moving on to guitar, bass, keys, vocals, ethnic percussion, sequencers, DJing, etc. His history traverses many genres from touring in Hardcore outfits to Motown revival acts, to creating indie mash ups and making tripped out space beats. He is an original member of the Midwest hardcore act Decades (State Of Mind Records) and was the drummer for The Secret Handshake (Triple Crown) in 2010. He also was known as Objektiv One for many years.

Live is a free download from Bandcamp.

Denise Powell – Free To Flow

Genre: christian, gospel, soul

From her Twitter profile: “I’m a wife and mommy who sings and loves to worship!

Free To Flow is a free download from Bandcamp.

Free single stream: Incubus – Adolescents

Genre: alternative, indie, rock

Alternative indie rockers Incubus have made their first single of the upcoming album If Not Now, When? available on SoundCloud. The single will be in stores on April 19th. Their first album since the 2006 Light Grenades is set to be released on July 12th.

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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. Objektivone
    May 14, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Thanks for the love! I just saw this. I appreciate the time to post this.

    ~Datahowler

    • Tina
      May 14, 2011 at 10:23 am

       Welcome!

  2. Joe Panama
    April 19, 2011 at 9:42 pm

    Hey Tina!

    So far we've gotten loads of hits thanks to your post and as a result, we ran out of free download credits. I'm trying to get one of the guys to buy more in the next few hours. Sorry to anybody who has been trying to download the E.P. in the last few hours. Don't pay for it, it'll be back up for free as soon as possible.

    Cheers!

    • Tina
      April 20, 2011 at 12:44 am

      Joe,

      I'm glad you received some attention and I think it's incredible that you want to pay to make more free downloads available!

      This may not be ok with the Bandcamp TOS, but I have seen some bands upload the album to Megaupload and then add the link to their Bandcamp page. At least that way you wouldn't have to pay to make your music available for free. That's pretty crazy!

    • Joe Panama
      April 21, 2011 at 12:55 am

      It's no problem, it only costs us money when we run over our monthly Bandcamp credits, which we did thanks to your post. It only cost me something like €5 for an extra 300 downloads which are now available. We get 200 free at the beginning of each month. If people want to take the time to listen to music that we made then we'll try to facilitate that as much as possible within reason. A fiver every now and again is reasonable. For us, right now, it's all about spreading the word. We're happy to be heard!

  3. Lesley Keller
    April 18, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    The Alfonso Velez record is such a beauty, and everyone should hear it. Would be a grave tragedy for this record not to reach as many ears and souls as possible. It certainly has touched mine :) Thanks for the feature.

  4. Joe Panama
    April 18, 2011 at 12:03 am

    Hi Tina,

    I play bass in Overhead, The Albatross. Thanks for posting the link. That's a really nice bunch of bands you've got there.

    Best regards,

    Joe.

    • Tina
      April 18, 2011 at 12:25 am

      Joe,

      hope this article will send some traffic and new fans your way! :)

  5. pixelbrot
    April 17, 2011 at 9:02 pm

    "Bad Credit No Credit" sounds nice. Thanx for sharing :-) Free music is a fine thing. E.g. jamendo. And some of the bands are really good.

    • Tina
      April 18, 2011 at 12:27 am

      Glad you enjoy the jazzpunk! I almost didn't include it because it's quite crazy. :)

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