Real Good For Free: Blanket by Jeff Beck and Imogen Heap

November 6th, 2009, 2:30 pm by Sara

Jim Furlong from Last Vestige Records sent along this link … cool perfection in a performance from Jeff Beck and Imogen Heap, and you can download the track FREE from Amazon.

Real Good for Free: “The Man With the Golden Arm” & Discussion with Russell Banks & Don DeLillo @ Page Hall
Real Good For Free: JOHN BRODEUR’s “Slutty Nurse” EP
Real Good For Free: John Foxx @ BCB Art (11/07/09)
Real Good for Free: Tony Fletcher’s “All Hopped Up” (11/7/09)
Real Good For Free: Philip Glass Download at Amazon
Real Good for Free: Silent Film Spectacular (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Music @ Noon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (second Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Quintessence (Weekends)
Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)


Real Good for Free: Timber Timbre

October 30th, 2009, 3:23 pm by Greg

Here’s some more free music for ya, but you’d better hurry.

Until 12midnight on Saturday (October 31), you can snag a free download the entire breakthrough, critically acclaimed, self-titled album by Timber Timbre.

A nominee for the 2009 Polaris Music Prize, Timber Timbre has been heralded by the Canadian press since since the album was released this summer on the Arts & Crafts label. After playing at the CMJ Convention earlier this month, the band attracted quite a bit of Big Apple praise, too. Time Out New York wrote that Timber Timbre was “the standout act” describing their set as “powerfully dark, even eerie folk tracks (which) managed to keep the crowd positively awed.” The Village Voice called them a “uniquely creepy beauty.”

So download the album today, and get psyched for their Nippertown debut on Tuesday, November 17, when Timber Timbre takes over Valentine’s Music Hall in Albany.

Here’s a little sample for you:

Real Good For Free: Philip Glass Download at Amazon

October 30th, 2009, 10:55 am by Sara

PhilipGlassThe Orange Mountain Music Philip Glass Sampler Vol I is being offered as a FREE mp3 download from It includes 21 tracks from a variety of works across the years in a wide range of styles. Snarf it while you can – I don’t know how long it will be offered.

Real Good For Free: Chamber Music of John Cage @ Bard College (10/30)
Real Good for Free: Silent Film Spectacular (Wednesdays)
Real Good For Free: Music @ Noon at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall (second Tuesdays)
Real Good For Free: Quintessence (Weekends)
Real Good for Free: Colleen Pratt @ the Van Dyck (Thursdays)
Real Good for Free: Tuesdays @ Revolution Hall (Tuesdays)
Real Good for Free: CRUMBS Nite Out @ The Linda (4th Thursdays)

Free Free Free Downloads…

September 14th, 2009, 3:02 pm by Sara

The B3nson Recording Company – who are taking over an entire stage at LarkFest on Saturday – have just released a compilation of songs from their artist roster, free for the downloading. If you’re not familiar with the B3nson folks, here’s your chance: 17 songs, including Scientific Maps, Matthew Loiacono (on loan from Collar City Records), We Are Jeneric, Sgt. Dunbar & the Hobo Banned and more.

Tomorrow is the official release of Super 400‘s new CD, “Sweet Fist,” but we still have a free mp3 download of their hot new single “Flashlight” available. Get it while you can.

Free download of the entire acclaimed Jeebus show at Savannah’s from Friday, August 28.

Jill Hughes is slated to release her new CD, “For the First Time,” with two swinging CD release parties at the Van Dyke this Saturday, September 19. Be sure to check back later this week, when will make a free mp3 download available, and we’ll be hosting a contest as well, giving away a free autographed copy of the CD.

Happy Joe Strummer’s Birthday

August 21st, 2009, 1:43 pm by Sara

sandinistaprojectToday would have been Joe Strummer’s 57th birthday. In honor of this, The Sandinista Project!, a tribute to the Clash, is being offered as a free download, including high quality mp3s of the original CD as well as a bonus track and PDFs of the artwork. As Jimmy Guterman explains:

“The Sandinista Project didn’t set any sales record and of course the number of copies shared on the Net was greater than the number we sold. We didn’t undertake the project to make ourselves any money (it was a charity record) so I didn’t mind that it was available everywhere for free. But it did bother me that so many of the torrented versions sounded like crap.”

Do it today – it’s a one-day only thing, and at midnight PDT, it’s gone.

The Sandinista Project!
Track Listing

Disc 1
1. The Magnificent Seven, Joe Grushecky and the Houserockers
2. Hitsville U.K., Katrina Leskanich
3. Junco Partner, Jon Langford and Sally Timms with Ship & Pilot
4. Ivan Meets G.I. Joe, Jason Ringenberg and Kristi Rose
5. The Leader, Amy Rigby
6. Something About England, The Coal Porters
7. Rebel Waltz, Ruby on the Vine
8. Look Here, Jim Duffy
9. The Crooked Beat, Wreckless Eric
10. Somebody Got Murdered, Matthew Ryan
11. One More Time/One More Dub, Haale
12. One More Time (One More Time), Ted Harris
13. Lightning Strikes (Not Once But Twice), London Calling of Chicago
14. Up in Heaven (Not Only Here), The Smithereens
15. Corner Soul, Ethan Lipton
16. Let’s Go Crazy, Storybox
17. If Music Could Talk, Steve Wynn
18. The Sound of the Sinners, Bill Lloyd

Disc 2
19. Police on My Back, Willie Nile
20. Midnight Log, Soul Food with Mick Gallagher
21. The Equaliser, Sunset Heroes
22. The Call Up, The Lothars
23. Washington Bullets, Phil Rockrohr and the Lifters
24. Broadway, Stew
25. Lose This Skin, Jim Allen
26. Charlie Don’t Surf, The Crunchies
27. Mensforth Hill, Bee Maidens
28. Junkie Slip, Mark Cutler
29. Kingston Advice, Camper Van Beethoven
30. The Street Parade, Dollar Store
31. Version City, Tim Krekel
32. Living in Fame, Lou Carlozo
33. Silicone on Sapphire, The Blizzard of 78 featuring Mikey Dread
34. Version Pardner, Sally Timms and Jon Langford with Ship & Pilot
35. Career Opportunities, Sex Clark Five
36. Shepherds Delight, The Hyphens

Real Good for Free: New Martha Kronholm Music

June 2nd, 2009, 11:40 am by Greg

One of my favorite CDs of 2008 was the sparkling disc from Princess Mabel, “Listen Quick (‘Cause I Don’t Know Much).” The duo of Frank Moscowitz and Martha Kronholm crafted lush, gorgeous songs – eight of ’em in under 15 minutes – and each was a jewel, a musical haiku.

Now Kronholm is following up with a solo effort – a six-song, digital-only collection titled, “I lived in Brooklyn too: Summer 2007.”

And she’s giving it away.

You can download your free copy – and quite a bit of other fine free music – from the fine folks at Collar City Records in Troy.

So how does Martha describe her music?

“These songs are about the usual stuff, love and fear and loneliness and capitalism,” she says. “Please to enjoy.”

And enjoy I did, especially the opening “Platform,” “Nowhere” and the highlight – “VCR,” a seductive, half-spoken, half-cooed, jazz-tinged ballad about isolation in contemporary society.

The raucous, distortion-laden freak-out of “Private Jet” doesn’t really seem to fit in with the rest of the tunes here, but otherwise this set is a solid winner.

Danger Mouse’s Latest Release: a Blank CD

May 17th, 2009, 12:46 pm by Sara

You can’t buy the CD “Dark Night of the Soul,” the new Danger Mouse collaboration with Sparklehorse‘s Mark Linkous.

Originally planned to be packaged with a book of photographs by David Lynch that were inspired by the music, it now looks like the music will never be officially released, due to a contractual dispute with EMI.

David Lynch, Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse

David Lynch, Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse

Instead, you can order the book of photographs (or optionally, a less-expensive poster) that will come with a blank, recordable CD-R inscribed with this label: ‘For legal reasons, the enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will.'” Fans will have to find, download and burn the album for themselves, which is already fairly easy to find online.

In addition to Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse, other artists making an appearance on the album include The Flaming Lips, Iggy Pop, Frank Black and Suzanne Vega, among others.

Official Dark Night of the Soul website.

For now, NPR is offering an exclusive first listen.

Wilco (The Free Stream)

May 15th, 2009, 5:38 pm by Sara

Wilco (the band) has released a free stream of the band’s upcoming full-length release Wilco (the album) in response to a massive leak of Wilco (the album) that was not officially due out until June 30th.

In a new emailed statement to Wilco’s mailing list, the band writes: “We also have our usual guilt abatement plan for downloaders. If you have downloaded the record, we suggest you make a donation to one of the band’s favorite charities, the Inspiration Corporation — an organization we’ve supported in the past and who are doing great work in the city of Chicago.”

Wilco (The Album)

Cartoonist John CaldwellHolly & EvanCaffe LenaJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantAdvertise on Nippertown!Mohawk Hudson Humane SocietyAlbany Poets