Since the rise of the internet, making money in the music industry has become an even tougher business. Providing a free album for download is a great risk, especially for not-so-famous artists. Hence, signing up to a newsletter is only a small thank you in return for a great commitment. I hope you agree!
Spin Magazine – Campfire Jams Bonnaroo 2010
|Spin Magazine has released the Campfire Jams sampler to celebrate Bonnaroo 2010. The music festival is held in the Tennessee countryside from June 10th to 13th. The mix contains songs recorded live and in the studio from 16 different artists, including The National, Kings of Leon, Phoenix, Mumford & Sons, and Gossip.
Download the sampler from Spin Magazine in exchange for your eMail address.
Here are the MySpace links for all artists featured on the above album: The Gaslight Anthem, The National, Manchester Orchestra, Kings of Leon, Local Natives, Blitzen Trapper, Phoenix, Samantha Crain, Bomba EstÃ©reo, Tinariwen, Mumford & Sons, Jamey Johnson, The Young Veins, Dawes, Gossip, Chromeo.
Mikey Wax – The Traveler
Genres: acoustic, pop, rock
|Mikey Wax’s two previous albums made it into iTunes’ top 100 pop albums in the US & Canada. Now he is releasing his third album The Traveler for free.
The download comes in three flavors: you can join the mailing list, tweet the download, or share it on Facebook, all through Mikey Wax’s website.
Glen Phillips – Free Sampler
Genres: acoustic, folk rock, pop
|Best known as singer and songwriter of the 90s alternative rock group Toad the Wet Sprocket, Glen Phillips has released several solo albums in the 2000s. Last year he put forward an 8-track sampler of his work.
Download the sampler free with no strings attached from Glen Phillips’ website.
Chris Singleton – Twisted City
Genres: indie, rock
|Irish singer/songwriter Chris Singleton started recording the album Twisted City in 2003. It’s a musical tube ride through London, with every song representing a stop on the line. It’s Chris’ approach to processing his experiences of the city. Officially released in 2006, the album is now available for free.
Get Twisted City by signing up to Chris Singleton’s mailing list.
Jovanos – Human
Genres: hip hop, pop
|Joseph Davidson aka Jovanos is a British-born and American-raised film producer, record producer, and rapper. His most recent record Human is a Thank You to everyone who has been supporting and influencing him.
I almost skipped this artist because the download link appeared to be non-functional. However, even though Media Fire returns error messages, the download URL eventually arrived in my inbox, and it will certainly arrive in yours.
Download the album in return for your name and eMail address from.
Kasha – Retro Luv
Genre: rap, hip hop, lyrical
|Kasha is a rapper from the UK. He is part of the production team Vivid Imagery. Kasha is known for his strong lyrics and songs driven by melody. His passion for soul and lyrics led him to record a mixtape of 10 soul classics from the 80s and early 90s.
Download the mixtape Retro Luv with no strings attached from.
Kasha MySpace and .
Angels and Airwaves – Love
Genre: alternative, rock
|Tom DeLonge of Blink182 is the lead singer of Angels and Airwaves aka AVA. The band was formed after Blink182 had split up in 2005. Their third album Love has been available for free since February 2010. A movie based on the album is due to be released in fall 2010.
The album can be downloaded with no strings attached from AVA’s website.
Omar Rodriguez LÃ³pez & John Frusciante – Untitled
Genres: alternative, instrumental
|Guitarists Omar Rodriguez LÃ³pez of The Mars Volta and John Frusciante, formerly of The Red Hot Chili Peppers, have teamed up and recorded some instrumental songs several years ago. The 7-track untitled album was released on May 1st this year.
You can download the album for a small donation or for free in exchange for your eMail address from.
Smashing Pumpkins – Teargarden By Kaleidyscope 1: Songs for a Sailor
Genres: rock, alternative
|Last year Billy Corgan, the only remaining founding member of the Smashing Pumpkins, announced that the band’s upcoming album would be released one song at a time and for free. Volume 1 of the Teargarden By Kaleidyscope epos is now complete. The Song for a Sailor EP consists of four tracks: A Song For A Son, Widow Wake My Mind, A Stitch In Time, and Astral Planes.
Download the songs with no strings attached from the Smashing Pumpkins website.
Bad Religion – 30 Years Live
Genres: indie, punk, rock
|In celebration of their 30 years band anniversary, Bad Religion decided to make a gift to their fans: a free live album. The album download went live on May 21st.
It may take up to 24 hours until the eMail with the code and download instructions pops up in your inbox, but eventually it will. Patience is the way!
Request a download and receive the details in return for signing up to the Bad Religion mailing list.
In the meantime, don’t hesitate to share your music with me. MakeUseOf would love to promote your work! The condition is that you offer at least one free and no strings attached MP3 download. Please eMail me the link to tina at makeuseof dot com or post it in the comments.
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