Real Good For Free: Free Downloads

December 14th, 2009, 9:38 am by Sara

I’ve been a little busy putting Nippertown together this year and I haven’t had much time to work on music, so I’m pleased to announce that I’ve got some new album downloads available and they’re free:

SCOCoverStar Crossed Others is the first release from what I hope will be an ongoing collaboration with Oleg Gaponov and Oleg Tolstolutsky of Rostov-on-Don, Russia. These contemporary songs and meditations on time, memory and loss are flavored with the rich musical traditions of the Cossacks, ranging from straight-ahead folk-rock to exotic sound collages. You can download the album here. The two Olegs are accomplished multi-instrumentalists with rich musical resumes; their current band is Don Romance, a project that sets the lyrics of exiled Cossack poets to new, traditional music.

AmbientCollaborationsCoverI’m also pleased to announce that Nathan Larson’s Endless Ascent netlabel has released Sara Ayers: Ambient Collaborations, a compilation of ambient works I’ve created over the past ten years with stellar musicians from around the world, including Ryuta.K, Falling You, Jeff Sampson, Mindspawn, Nebula Drone and Star Crossed Others. Sonically, it’s all over the map as well, with pieces ranging from wistful, barely-there motifs to dark and wailing walls of sound. This release is a free download as well, although if you enjoy it, you might make a small donation to Nathan, who has been offering free album downloads of unconventional music gems since 2002, to help support his web hosting costs.

KyzylCoverAaaaaannnd, a special bonus: Last year, I released Kyzyl to Samarkand, a collaboration with Japanese dark ambient experimentalist Ryuta.K. Now Ryu and I have agreed to offer it as a free download. The music of this 51-minute, 5-song project is foreboding, ethereal, plaintive and dense; diaphanous vocals float over surreal beds of field recordings, molten noise and nervous guitars, evoking the sound of an ominous yet ecstatic journey on a pan-Asian silk road.


Kiss The Rest of Your Day Goodbye

April 30th, 2009, 2:47 pm by Greg

If you happen to land at, you might never leave. I haven’t even searched anywhere on the site other than the “live concerts” section, and I’m already planning to spend months at a time here. Yes, that’s right, there are over 64,000 concerts here awaiting you. To download. For free.

Naturally, the majority of them are strictly jam-band, with more than 1,000 concerts available from such bands as moe., the Yonder Mountain String Band and Phil Lesh & Friends. But there’s lots of other cool stuff here, too.

Here are just a few that caught my eye (and soon to catch my ear, too):

Mission of Burma (5)
The South Austin Jug Band (14)
Jon Langford (16)
Scrapomatic (17)
Bad Livers (18)
The Horse Flies (27)
The Decemberists (50)
Hamell on Trial (63)
Alejandro Escovedo (66)
Warren Zevon (77)
Cowboy Junkies (181)
Drive-By Truckers (388)
Ryan Adams (397)

Cartoonist John CaldwellCaffe LenaHolly & EvanJim Gaudet and the Railroad BoysThe Cock'N'Bull RestaurantAdvertise on Nippertown!Capital Repertory TheaterRamblin Jug Stompers