(fre)emusic is good
So after a friend insisted that I try emusic's free 50 download trial thing, I finally gave in last night and checked it out. I'm of the belief that nothing is really free, that there are always strings attached, but in this case, I was wrong. You can register, legally download your 50 free songs, and get out, without paying a dime. I realize that this post is, in effect, an ad for emusic, but I wouldn't endorse something on my blog that I didn't think was great.
Here is a small sampling of some of the full albums I downloaded last night, for free:
- J Dilla Workinonit mp3
This track comes from Detroit's own late, great J Dilla. His final album, Donuts, was released only a week before his untimely death on February 10th. Pitchfork called the record "pure postmodern art", and this song illustrates the genius of Jay's production. Donuts will surely end up as one of the best hip hop records of '06.
Stars frontman Torquil Campbell's other band, Memphis. I love Stars, so I immediately attempted to find an mp3, with no luck. Luckily emusic hooked me up. This song, built around a gentle rainstorm, could potentially induce a lucid dream-like state...Recommended for fans of The Postal Service and, um...Stars.
- Konono No. 1 Paradiso mp3
I kept seeing Konono No. 1's Congotronics on 2005 "Best of" lists, but I never got around to checking it out, until now. I'm not a huge "world music" fan, in general, so this record is not only unlike anything I usually listen to, this shit is altogether unlike anything I've ever heard. Recorded on "hand-made microphones built from magnets salvaged from old car parts, and plugged into amplifiers"...there's also "a rhythm section which uses traditional as well as makeshift percussion (pans, pots and car parts), three singers, three dancers and a sound system featuring megaphones." Just insane, and awesome.