Amazon's sampler downloads are always fun... a quick and easy way to pick up a ton of great new music and you only have to hit "download" a few times! ;P
Check out the Dangerbird Amazon Sampler for music from Silversun Pickups, Minus the Bear, and The Dears, among others.
For music from She & Him, The Clientele, and Spoon, you're going to want to pick up the Merge 2010 Sampler.
For oldie-tinged British rock, from artists like Cocktail Slippers, The Woggles, and The Chesterfield Kings, you're going to want the Wicked Cool Coming Attractions sampler.
The Beehouse Records 2010 Spring Sampler provides some laid-back listening, featuring Franklin for Short, and Tall Tales and the Silver Lining.
Other previously-recommended Amazon free downloads that are still available:
Frenchkiss Records Super Sampler -- Think indie. Eight tracks, including some I definitely approve of, from Local Natives, The Antlers, and the dodos.
March 2010 Saddle Creek Sampler -- Think alternative rock. Some of it is a little weird (umm still not sure what was going on with that Uuvvwwz thing), but I like the Old Canes, Land of Talk, and Mynabirds tracks. Thirteen downloads total.
Au Revoir Simone The song is "Shadows" from the album Still Night, Still Light from last year. They're among my indie-rock favorites, and I think pretty much anybody would find their music enjoyable... or so my biased opinion goes anyhow.
There's also two free downloads from the Lovell Sisters' album Time To Grow-- the title track and "In My Time of Dyin.'" I somehow managed to not know the history of that last song, but it's apparently a blues stand-by that was covered by Led Zeppelin at some point, and gets a fresh, bluegrass treatment here. If you enjoyed the Oh Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack you'll probably like these.
One I wasn't planning on mentioning but just stumbled across while I was downloading the Lovell Sisters' tracks is the song "Way To Here" by Gypsy Tailwind. Anybody know this group?? As soon as I get some extra time (HA!) I'm going to have to try to do some researching, because this free track is good. It's another folk/bluegrass type, but with some really nice male/female vocal interplay (also known as a duet, but that somehow didn't express it for me)
Then we've got a whole album (11 tracks!) called Great City, from an alternative rock group named Revere. I'm still listening through this one, but I like it a lot so far -- if you like more hard rock stuff then this one is for you. Edit: Aha! I have it now.. I was trying and trying to remember who they reminded me of. I think they remind me of My Chemical Romance, if that helps you imagine their sound...
Ok, gotta make myself stop... that's all for now, but if you haven't already you should consider subscribing via email or RSS so that you won't miss a single update! I promise to keep your iPod slammin' and jammin'. Um yea, I just made that up. But you get the idea. ;)
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