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Mr Bernal has a nice Dilla-esque instrumental sound. Actually the first cut of this short little compilation is titled ‘Diego’s Donut (RIP Dilla). Quite nice. 19 short little tracks that are perfect for mass consumption and repeated listening, just like the original ‘Donuts.’ Track 13 remixes an ’86 track of MC Rakim and the Furious Boyz crew, hands down my favorite.
Those of you who have been paying attention should have noticed that I never got around to posting TAS-T10-FMD-2008 – #1. Well, it’s been difficult to choose. There’s been a lot of back and forth here at the Siren. We’ve had internal voting, filibusters, and an arm wrestling tournament, all to no avail. But in the end we decided that the #1 free music download should be your choice. So let’s hear them. Send in links to the best/weirdest stuff you’ve found online. Or the stuff that you’ve made on your own, that’s cool too. But first some ground rules.
1. The download must be free in nature. I don’t want a bunch of crap Mediafire links to ripped versions of that last TV On The Radio album. Downloads should be originally provided either by the artist, label, or archivists (by archivists I mean someone with an appreciation for music who has made available online music from a source not widely available—think of the WFMU blog for example)
2. Put some effort into it. Links to stuff that everyone already knows about are boring. NIN’s The Slip was a great album but let’s really dig for some good stuff. Imagine getting on your hands and knees at your favorite record store and going through all the records that are kept in boxes on the floor. The ones UNDERNEATH the regularly shelved ones. You know the ones I’m talking about. The ones that aren’t even PRICED because the manager never expected to sell them.
3. Tell us why you picked it. Why do you think it’s interesting? Nothing long, just a little context.
4. Netiquette. If you found the link on another blog please let us know what it is and we’ll throw them some propers.
5. Have fun with it. It doesn’t even have to be music! Just vaguely musical in nature. Or hell, just something weird and interesting. (Remember that Longmont Potion Castle stuff I featured last year?)
So there it is. You can either post your links with a brief summary in the comments, or you can email them to me directly at email@example.com
The Acme Siren’s Top 10 Free Music Downloads of 2008 – #2
If you haven’t seen THX 1138 you must do so immediately. George Lucas’s first movie, in my opinion, is his finest. No Skywalker or Boba Fett sadness in this piece. A strange story of self-control, love, and exploration featuring a very young Robert Duvall. Made with an almost non-existent budget (the film actually almost bankrupt Zoetrope Films) it shows Lucas’s ingenuity back when his genius was first emerging. But enough about the film let’s talk about the music. The download includes the complete score of the film WITH complementing dialouge and foley from the film. This is NOT the official soundtrack, it is many times better. Also included is a conversation with Walter Murch, the sound designer for the film, who talks about creating the sound and atmosphere which played such a large role in making this film not just good, but great.
This music is good for: talking trash with film buffs.
The Acme Siren’s Top 10 Free Music Downloads of 2008 – #3
Rarely does one find a cache of music this large on the internet. While not all of it is new, and not all of it is good, a whole lot of it is really good to have. This is a three part mix titled “Summer.” The parts are named Liberté, Egalité, and Fraternité. As a mix it’s a great start to that all day mix you need for your barbeque or beach house party (although you might want to remove the Autechre and put it in the “Winter” mix. I’m not sure how it got in there.) The Summer Mix is something to put on and forget about, allowing you to enjoy the friends, food and fun of summer. Never mind that it’s 40º (which in February can feel balmy here in Minnesota), or that it’s raining, or that you live in a landlocked state with no access to an appreciable beach. Just put on the “Summer” mix and some sunglasses and you’ll be fine.
This music is good for: Barbeques, the beach, driving to the beach, picnics, backyards, bocci ball, trying to throw the frisbee further than the dog can run, flying kites with friends in the football field of your old junior high school, sun, swimsuits (one, and two-pieces, but especially two-pieces), bon fires, s’mores, and clambakes. Enjoy.
The Acme Siren’s Top 10 Free Music Downloads of 2008 – #4
Atlas Sound is the name of Bradford Cox’s solo musical endeavor. Cox is better known as the frontman for the Atlana five piece band Deerhunter. Atlas Sound is very different from Deerhunter in that it is decidely less rock roll and more exploratory of Cox’s individual inspirations. As Cox says: “It’s just that I have ideas that I can’t make work with a five piece rock band…there’s kind of this palette of sounds that I use that I don’t necessarily get to use with Deerhunter.”
Wether it’s writing songs about things he misses by being on the road touring with Animal Collective, or creating something beautiful while doped up on meds at the hospital it’s always something different and always enjoyable.
All of Atlas Sound’s downloads can be found here at their blog. Along with a lot of cool videos and stuff about touring with Deerhunter and Animal Collective. I’ve listed my favorite free downloads below.
This music is good for: discovering the creative spirit.
The Acme Siren’s Top 10 Free Music Downloads of 2008 – #5
Philip Glass + Hip Hop = Amazing!
It’s like Koyaanisqatsi with lowriders!
This music is good for: Philip Glass who?
The Acme Siren’s Top 10 Free Music Downloads of 2008 – #6
Highly sample based and highly recommended. Paul Diddy does a good job of it all together. Most heavily sample based recordings are either incredible repetitive, or remarkably un-musical. Diddy hits a good medium with his latest; “Elaborate.” Combining soul, eastern European influences, and drum loops from I-don’t-know-where, “Elaborate” sounds like nothing I’ve heard recently (The Avalanches come to mind, but Diddy is a lot grittier). His earlier recording “Cultivated Incompetence,” released under his pseudonym “did he?,” is also a very fine layered mess of samples. Diddy refers to “Cultivated” as hip-flop, and it’s a fitting name. All of his recordings are free, but please donate if you’d like.
Paul Diddy – “Cultivated Incompetence” – 1:05:40, “Elaborate” – 34:25 (his site is all flash so you’ll have to click on the second bouncing hydraulic lowrider from the right to get to the music page.)
This music is good for: General weirdness.
The Acme Siren’s Top 10 Free Music Downloads of 2008 – #8
Shh… Like an orchestra played at half speed. Underwater.
This music is good for: sleeping in, rainy days, sunny days, road trips, zoning out on long-ish airline flights, working, sadness, apathy, love, and loss.
The Acme Siren’s Top 10 Free Music Downloads of 2008 – #10
The first of 10 free music downloads found and favored by The Acme Siren. We’re starting off with a beat mix put together by Slugabed. It features a little down and dirty electro, with a touch of booty bass, and a dash of blip hop. It ain’t poppy, but it’s your brother!
This music is good for: that part of the evening when everything starts moving in slow motion and you can’t wait for the commercial break, or the credits to roll, whichever comes first. Or, when the party’s over and you want all the drunk assholes to leave your apartment so you can get some sleep.