Free Album Download: Alabama Shakes, Kodaline, Stars & more!

By: Brendan

One of my favorite songs this past year has been “Hold On” by Alabama Shakes – it is now available for download as a free, legal mp3 on Amazon as part of the MTV Artists Sampler. Kodaline, Stars, Everest, Samantha Crain, and Two Gallants are among the other artists featured.

Free Amazon Album Download

Stars: New Album & Mp3!

Stars will return on September 4th with their new album, The North. The band is sharing the album’s first single, “The Theory of Relativity.” The atmospheric dream pop sound will be familiar to Stars fans. You can stream the song below and download a free, legal mp3 of it at Stars Official Site.

Sing Me To Sleep: Indie Lullabies

I first posted a song from Sing Me To Sleep: Indie Lullabies in January, and recently received the gorgeous limited first edition from indie label American Laundromat Records. The compilation benefits the non-profit childrens’ charity The Valerie Fund, and features a wide variety of charming, serene covers by various indie acts – including Stars, Jenny Owen Youngs, The Real Tuesday Weld, Dean & Britta, O+S, Tanya Donelly, Trespassers William, and Laura Gibson. Sing Me To Sleep will be released on May 18th.

The entire Sing Me To Sleep album flows together to create a lovely, gentle mood. Though the soft arrangements fit well with the “indie lullabies” theme, these are songs originally recorded and just as enjoyable for adults.

Some of the highlights are: a pretty, femme transformation of The Smiths’ “Asleep” by Stars, The Real Tuesday Weld’s crackling “Little Boxes” (originally recorded by Malvina Reynolds and used more recently as the theme for Weeds), an eerie take on The Beatles’ “Dear Prudence” by Ohbijou’s Casey Mecija, Dala’s languid cover of “Dream a Little Dream of Me,” Telekinesis’ haunting version of ELO’s “Can’t Get It Out of My Head,” and former Belly frontwoman Tanya Donelly’s jazzy croon of “Moon River.”

Snowbird’s stunning rendering of “The North Wind Doth Blow” is my absolute favorite track and is one of the few that was actually a nursery rhyme, but there isn’t one song on the disc that I feel compelled to skip.

Sing Me To Sleep‘s quiet mood could certainly lull you to sleep, but then you’d miss some of the most beautiful covers ever recorded.

The limited edition first pressing includes several bonus tracks, including a somewhat creepy cover of “You Are My Sunshine” by Peter Broderick, an atmospheric cover of Don Henley’s “Boys of Summer” by Papercuts, and Laura Gibson’s signature low-fi style on Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Edelweiss.”

Dean & Britta – Making Me Smile (mp3) *

*mp3 hosted by & posted w/ permission of label

You purchase the limited first edition (w/ alternative artwork, bonus tracks, bonus 7″ vinyl, free digital download, promo pins, poster & more) at the American Laundromat Records, and the regular CD is available at Amazon…

Pre-order 1st Edition @ Label

Buy @ Amazon