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a few more of my favorite things…

A couple weeks back, I shared with all of you some of my favorite remixes. More importantly, I also made a promise to continue sharing favorites of mine. I’m happy to announce, that I’m keeping that promise and this time, I’ve decided to share my favorite websites to find free and legal music.
Believe it or not, the world wide web is full of free and legal music, ripe for the picking, and if you know where to look, there’s plenty of good songs out there waiting to be added to your iPod. So without further ado, here are my favorite places to find free and legal music.
There’s many reasons why KCRW is the best radio station in LA (89.9 FM) and Today’s Top Tune is one of them. Today’s Top Tune is a free song a day, from KCRW’s all Music Channel, that represents a cross section of KCRW’s eclectic music format. Tracks selected are chosen from recent and upcoming releases as well as songs performed live on Morning Becomes Eclectic.
KEXP (Seattle’s 90.3 FM) has a pretty robust selection of free songs. Song of the Day is new music from independent artists delivered daily, Music that Matters features the world’s best independent artists delivered bi-weekly, and Live Performances features exclusive live sessions from KEXP delivered weekly.
Tip: on the KEXP homepage, the most recent songs from all three aforementioned links are available for download. Look for them on the right hand side of the page.
Launched in 2007, as a joint venture between Downtown Music LLC (Gnarls Barkley, Cold War Kids, Santigold) and online media pioneer Peter Rojas (Engadget, Gizmodo, Weblogs, Inc.), RCRD LBL delivers free curated MP3s on its website (and directly to you if you sign up for the newsletter) on a daily basis.
UO Music is part of the Urban Outfitters blog. Say what you want about Urban Outfitters, but you have to give them credit for the musical tastes. My favorite part of UO Music are the LSTN playlists, downloadable playlist with 20+ free tracks, but there’s also Music Mondays, five free songs every monday. Check it out, you won’t be disappointed.
Lastly…your favorite band’s website
Musicians understand the idea of word of mouth better than most and the dawn of the digital age has made it that much easier to showcase their talents. Go to one your favorite bands websites and I bet they are giving away a song or two (especially if they are promoting a new album). For example, head on over to the xx’s website, and if you subscribe to the newsletter, you get Basic Space (Sampha Remix) for free.
Until next time…

T.O.R.N.A.D.O. hits BBC Radio 1

If you happened to tune in for the Zane Lowe show on BBC Radio 1 today (10/14), you were lucky enough to get the first taste of The Go! Team’s latest offering, T.O.R.N.A.D.O. If not, lucky for you Mr. Lowe put the track up on his blog. (listen to T.O.R.N.A.D.O. below)

The track is the one the band have been opening with over the last few gigs. Lead vocalist (and one of the coolest person’s in music), Ninja, describes the track as “it’s a little faster, it’s not actually our first single, which will be coming soon…it’s back to the noise, the chaos, the lo-fi, the horns – it’s kind of inspired by The Taking of Pelham 123, that kind of soundtrack – it’s got a bit of that inside it. It’s kind of introducing us back – we’ve been away for a little while – this is us comin’ back.”
She could have described it as sounding like cats in heat and I would still want to listen to it. Titled Rolling Blackouts and set to be released Jan 31st, the new album will also feature Bethany Cosetino (Best Coast) and Satomi Matsuzaki (Deerhoof). Needless to say, I’m super excited about The Go! Team’s new album.
If you’re not familiar with The Go! Team (you should be!) head on over to the band’s official website and give’m a listen.
The Go! Team – T.O.R.N.A.D.O.