ATO Record’s Winter Noisetrade Sampler includes free, legal mp3 downloads of new songs by Brandi Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show, Stars, Hurrah for the Riff Raff and many more.
Now this is an album. You see, once upon a time, instead of auto-tuned pop puppets churning out vapid radio singles, there were artists who took years, sometimes decades, to conceive, create, collaborate and masterfully hone their music-making craft before even stepping one tiptoe into a studio to record an album. That is why and how there is a Kind of Blue, a Tapestry, a Zoso, a Purple Rain, a Ten, The Archandroid and, now, a Black Messiah. D’Angelo has gifted the world with a work of Shakespearan proportions in an era of penny dreadfuls.
Songwriting team Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk have released a new collection of their songs on Bandcamp. Performers include Rent‘s Anthony Rapp and Andy Mentius late of NBC’s Smash and soon to appear on CW’s The Flash. Laura Osnes (wonderful in the recent Bonnie and Clyde musical) sings “Say the Word,” an earlier version of which by Vienna Teng is available here.
Miamigo’s “Opinions” is a delightfully dark, modern interpretation of 80s synth-pop. You can download a free, legal mp3 of the song at Soundcloud or Bandcamp…