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The comments are open for your feedback or you can email me [tina at makeuseof dot com]. Now turn the page and dive into the music…
Alaska – E.P.
Genre: alternative, indie, acoustic, folk
From their Facebook Biography: “Forming in 2009, Alaska has always put emphasis on the music. Writing and recording their self titled EP just a few months after their serendipitous beginning. Like any artist aspiring to progress in their musicianship, Alaska has shifted their song writing from the first recordings to the most recent batch of songs, and is currently in the process of recording their debut album. The new compositions maintain elements of the EP, while adding new dynamics and rhythmical movements.”
E.P. is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Pinball Locomotive – selftitled
Genre: folk, rock, pop, salsa
Pinball Locomotive is a six piece band based in Virginia Beach, USA. The original two members of the band met at middle school back in 2001. A few years later they were performing as the Thriftstore Junkies in Virginia Beach and Richmond. The band eventually dissolved. In 2009 Anthony Gregano, singer / guitarist and member of the original duo, formed a new band, including his old partner, drummer Beau Dobson. Pinball Locomotive started touring with 30 original songs and self-released their selftitled debut album in summer 2010.
The selftitled album Pinball Locomotive is a free download from Bandcamp.
Rattlebus – Did You Mean Rattlebush?
Genre: alternative, punk, rock
|On their Facebook Biography Tim Glover writes: “Even when we had a bass player and a drummer we remained strictly and fervently acoustic for a long time. When Chris Stevens joined us on bass this changed. I can’t recall why we started playing electric guitars again, but it was very exciting, a real release somehow. Martin had been in a band with Chris before. Chris was extremely enthusiastic and hard working, organising a monthly gig at The Pilgrim in Liverpool known as ‘Hell’s Ditch’. We got to play with some really fantastic bands here and Chris spent all his free time making fanzines and burning cds to give away.“|
Did You Mean Rattlebush? is a free preview and download from the band’s.
Diementia – Tears Of Blood
Genre: death metal, thrash
|From their ReverbNation artist bio: “Diementia were formed in Feb 2008 by founding members : Jason – Lead Guitars and Ricky – Drums. During 2008 the band wrote and recorded their first Demo Project “Tears Of Blood,” featuring Ricky on vocals and drums. Ricky is now playing drums for the band whilst Miranda (ex Achren) takes over on bass guitar. The band have also recently recruited Mark (Co Exist) on lead vocals. A new 2nd guitarist is expected to be announced shortly. The band are now finalising the current lineup and plan to rework 5 tracks from the Tears Of Blood demo and also write and record new material for their debut album which will be completed before the end of 2011. The band aim to record material that will show they are flying the flag for Scottish Metal.“|
Tears Of Blood is a free download from SendSpace.
Melodic – Hearing Aid
Genre: alternative, avant-garde, electronic, indie, pop, sampler
From the album introduction on Bandcamp: “Welcome to Hearing Aid, the first of many upcoming compilations on Melodic. Consisting of both bands on the label and artists who we’ve stumbled upon in the ether of the internet who we just simply couldn’t ignore. You are encouraged to download this compilation for free, tell your friends and spread it far and wide.”
Hearing Aid is a free download from.
Ektoise – selftitled
Genre: alternative, experimental, ambient, electronic, shoegaze
From their Facebook Biography: “Ektoise fuse live performance with meticulously programmed electronics, obscure Eastern instruments and the latest digital toys to make music unlike any you’ve heard before. Drawing from a fascination with all forms of music, Ektoise combine their favourite parts of Rock, Electronica, Ambient, Shoegaze, Trip-Hop, Metal, Drone, Noise and Avant-garde to build a sound that is entirely their own.”
Ektoise is a free download from Bandcamp.
Everyday Funk – Huracán
Genre: experimental, electronic, dance, lo-fi, noisepop, psychedelic, rock, hip hop
From their Last.fm profile: “Beginning as an inside joke for a group of friends, Everyday Funk started crafting a wide array of heavily electronic-influenced songs often including ridiculous lyrics and a harsh sound. The two members of the band (known by their stage-names B.U.K. and Mr. E) originated in Naperville, Illinois, the west suburbs of Chicago. They hope to expand their listener base and spread their zany, humorous catalogue.”
Huracán is a free download from Bandcamp.
The Dirty Guv’nahs – Youth Is In Our Blood
Genre: americana, rock and roll
From their Facebook Biography: “The Guv’nahs are interested in creating big songs and big performances. Their voices and their passion on stage are looking to strike a deeper chord, and their rhythms and their words are filled with hope. While they refuse to ignore pain and brokenness inherent to life, their songs gather up all the good that they witness in streets, festivals, bars, churches, parks, and theaters and proclaim what is true—we have plenty to celebrate. We have one another.”
Youth Is In Our Blood is a free download from Noise Trade.
Andrew Peterson – The Far Country
Genre: folk, rock, christian
Andrew Peterson about (his) music: “God gave music the power to carry his light into the darkness. That’s a mighty privilege. It means intentionally telling stories and writing songs that bear truth that outlasts the songs themselves. If I did this in hopes of thunderous applause and piles of cash, I would have quit years ago. But there are moments on the stage when I sense something magical, a connection with the band and the audience, when our stories intersect and suddenly we’re wading in an ancient river. Suddenly the song is secondary to the greater story being told through each of us.”
The Far Country is a free download from Noise Trade.
Stereogum – STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It
Genre: rock, pop, compilation, tribute
|From the article introducing the tribute album: “The Strokes‘ debut album Is This It was first released on 7/30/01. To help us celebrate this 10th Anniversary, we asked some of our favorite indie bands to cover each track. The resulting collection, STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It, is in the spirit of our previous free tribute albums for Radiohead’s OK Computer, R.E.M.’s Automatic For The People, and Bjork’s Post.“|
STROKED: A Tribute To Is This It is a free download from Stereogum.
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