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Noisetrade – (Legally) Free Music

Here’s the thing. Free music is awesome. Especially because it is really expensive to buy all the good music coming out all the time. And yet, hopefully, you feel somewhat guilty about illegally downloading music. Well, here’s a solution: NoiseTrade. Co-founded by Derek Webb and a team of artist and music industry veterans, NoiseTrade is a place for the trading of information for free music.

Here’s how the website explains NoiseTrade: Fans get free music. Artist connect with new fans. Everybody wins.

Basically, for the cost of your email address and zip code, you can download free albums from bands. Any band can upload their music onto the website and the fans can download as much music as they want. Plus, there are always great artist on the website. Here’s some great free records you should get:

The Civil Wars – Live at Eddie’s Attic
Derek Webb – Ctrl (3 Song Sampler)
Aimee Mann – Noisetrade Sampler
The Lumineers – Tracks from the Attic
Jars of Clay – Gather and Build: A Collection
Ben Rector – Ben Rector Sampler
Josh Garrels – Love & War: B-Sides & Remixes EP
Brandi Carlile – Live at Bear Creek EP
Young the Giant – Remix EP
Green River Ordinance – Green River Ordinance
Future of Forestry – Young Man Follow EP
Andrew Bird – NoiseTrade Sampler

…and there’s thousands and thousands more to sift through (with full track previews). So go to NoiseTrade and start getting all types of free music from great bands of all genres.

Derek Webb recently wrote a blog about free music, Spotify, illegally downloading, and NoiseTrade. He brings up some really interesting points. It’s a fairly long read but well worth it. Read it here.


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Posted by on September 21, 2012 in Music Review


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Derek Webb – Ctrl

Derek Webb released his new album this week. It’s titled Ctrl and I’m really enjoying it. The album isn’t like any of his other stuff (whether you prefer the country, folk, rock, electronic, or instrumental manifestation of DW).

Ctrl does have electronic elements but also has live drums. The main instrument of the album is a nylon string guitar. Any fan of Willie Nelson knows that doesn’t limit the scope of sound by any means. Nylon strings can sound very pristine when lightly played. If you crank down on them, you can get a real dirty sound out of the guitar. Ctrl has plenty of both.

The most interesting, I’ll even say oddest, aspect of the album is the seemingly random interruptions of what to me sounded like an out of tune, small town, southern Baptist choir full of old people. At first, this comes across almost disconcerting. After a while, the sounds grow to be a beautiful, dissonant addition to the somewhat haunting lyrics and melodies on this album.

Come to find out, these choral interruptions are actually a historical genre of congregational singing from early in America’s history. It’s called shape singing or Sacred Harp music. Find out more about this genre (and watch a trailer of a documentary) here.

Caught your attention?

Buy the album here.

Download 3 tracks from the album for free here.


Posted by on August 10, 2012 in Music Review


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