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10 Free Albums From Folk To Punk [Sound Sunday July 10th]

Tina Sieber 10-07-2011

Play it loud on Sound Sunday!


To make up for being very electronic-centric last week, this edition is dominated by handmade music, such as folk, rock, and punk.

If you enjoy any of the albums, please consider donating a few dollars to the artist. I apologize in advance in case any of the free or name your price (try entering 0) Bandcamp albums received a price tag before you had a chance to download them. MakeUseOf has no control over it.

Please post your feedback in the comments or email me with suggestions and requests [tina at makeuseof dot com].

Stray Dogg – Almost

Genre: indie, lo-fi, americana, folk

From their Last.fm profile: “After couple of solo performances as a singer songwriter, Dukat Stray a.k.a. Stray Dogg decided to form a band in the winter of 2011 with Ana (violin), and Jelena (piano), girls who are Music Academy (Belgrade) graduates. The band performed as a backup to Chinawoman and Scout Niblett after only couple of months practice, with a 4 song Demo only availible. The band needed another guitar player, and that’s when Marko from the Belgrade electropop band Inje, joined Stray Dogg band to play solo guitar.


Almost is a free download from Bandcamp.

Eastern Phoebes – Gypsy Paw

Genre: indie, pop, folk

From their Homepage: “Eastern Phoebes began as the home recording project of two lovers: multi-instrumentalist/producer/sound explorer Ry Smith and holistic health guru/yogi extraordinaire Meg Bayley. In January of 2010, Ry started recording songs he was writing in their loft apartment. He asked Meg to help sing and clap on a bunch of tunes, and the “band” was formed. They released their self-titled five track EP that summer, a CD-R enclosed in a handmade cardboard envelope complete with artwork by the couple’s go-to album artist, Andy Drake.

Gypsy Paw is a free download from Bandcamp.


Jeremy Messersmith – Album

Genre: acoustic, folk, pop

From his Facebook Biography: “To call Jeremy Messersmith a musician is half-truth: He’s also a storyteller, who has carefully crafted a trilogy of songs that narrate life. (…) The Reluctant Graveyard (out May 4) bookends this trilogy of lifelong (ahem, literary) observations with songs like “Lazy Bones” and “Organ Donor,” and sonically continues on the’60 chamber pop path Messersmith set out with his sophomore release. He continues to share stages with notables such as Sondre Lechre and The Watson Twins, and has been featured on MTV and Ugly Betty. And while this collection of songs comes to an end, it’s no doubt that the stories will live on.

The Reluctant Graveyard Doctors Without Borders Remix is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Cosmic Analog Ensemble – Navigations Nocturnes

Genre: instrumental, jazz, soul, classical, electronic, folk


From the band’s profile on the FMA: “Charif Megarbane, founder and songwriter of the band Heroes & Villains is the Cosmic Analog Ensemble. Whether with live instruments or with old samplers, Megarbane writes, produces and mixes all the material on his own. CAE’s releases are the result of hours of improvisation recorded with basic analog equipment across the globe. It can be described as library music, in reference to the abstract, obscure instrumentals of the 60’s-70’s. In that sense, the Cosmic Analog Ensemble cannot be pigeonholed: the only constant is the grit and the rawness.

Navigations Nocturnes is a free download from Bandcamp.

Russell Dauberman- Demo [Broken Link Removed]

Genre: indie, acoustic, folk, punk

From his Facebook Biography: “I’m Russell from Bellefonte PA. I love writing music. I made this page so that I can show my music to others. I encourage any and all feedback. If you would like to listen to my music, I have a bandcamp page with songs that I have written and recorded. The link for the site is shown below. If you would like me to play a show, party, or anything at all, contact me on here or my regular facebook.


The Demo album is a free download from Bandcamp.

The Rope River Blues Band – selftitled

Genre: lo-fi, americana, blues, pop

The band from Baltimore, Maryland conists of Matt Perzinski and Krestovsky. Active since 2006, The Rope River Blues Band have released four albums, the latest being the 3 track EP Looks(ee): This Psychedelik Wilderniss!, which can be downloaded from the FMA.

The Rope River Blues Band is a free download from the Free Music Archive.

mo-seph – The Other Place

Genre: experimental, ambient, electronic, trip-hop, techno

From his FMA profile: “mo-seph is Dave Murray-Rust and he gets computers and electronics to make noises that make him smile. He likes to hit things that go beep, and he’s been doing that for a long time in lots of different ways”

The Other Place is a free download from the Free Music Archive.

Careers In Science – WHATEVERWOLF

Genre: hardcore, nerdrock, punk

From their Facebook Biography: “Nerdy post-punk and hardcore influenced punk rock by way of Black Flag and Devo; fast, guitar-driven songs about giant monsters, suburban paranoia, and that moment when you realize you’re no longer a kid. Throw in a healthy dose of satire and video game references and you’ve got Careers In Science.

WHATEVERWOLF is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Grand Hotel Paradox – First World Problems

Genre: experimental, independent, punk

From their Facebook Biography: “Grand Hotel Paradox is a DIY & independent punk band. Grand Hotel Paradox makes music that experiments with harmony, rhythm and texture a little more than most punk music, whilst still giving precedence to lyrics.

First World Problems is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

Joey Cape – Joey Cape’s Bad Loud

Genre: punk, rock

From the Bio on his Homepage: “Long-time singer-songwriter Joey Cape has drawn inspiration from the candle lit emotion of Kill Rock Stars era Elliott Smith and an upbringing steeped in acoustic acts such as Simon & Garfunkel and Cat Stevens; Cape’s acoustic efforts stand up on their own and finally introduce him as a promising addition to the pantheon of great American singer-songwriters.

Joey Cape’s Bad Loud is a name your price download from Bandcamp.

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.

Related topics: Indie Music, Music Album, Sound Sunday.

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  1. Mike Priest
    July 13, 2011 at 7:21 am

    hey, thanks for featuring Grand Hotel Paradox! muchly appreciated - Mike

    • Tina
      July 13, 2011 at 4:00 pm

      Most welcome, Mike!

  2. Ben
    July 11, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    This is one of my favorite features and look forward to it every week!

    • Tina
      July 12, 2011 at 2:18 am

      Very happy to hear that, Ben! :)

  3. Jack Vesuvio
    July 11, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    Keep'em comin' ..........

    • Tina
      July 12, 2011 at 2:18 am

      Very welcome and most certainly. :)

  4. frogchronot
    July 11, 2011 at 4:53 am

    Thanks for another great Sunday! Whoot!

    • Tina
      July 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Glad you enjoy it!

  5. nerdap
    July 11, 2011 at 1:49 am

    It's always great to see another sound sunday!

    • Tina
      July 11, 2011 at 3:50 pm

      Thanks for the motivating comment! :)