Rock band Plain White T’s is offering a free download of their Halloween single The House on Shady Lane. The a link to the single can be obtained by using the form provided below.
Shirli, Austin, Stuart, Ryan and Mike (aka the Leftover Cuties) release their debut album Places to Go today. The title track is available as a free download from their website if you join their mailing list. And if you want to know more about the band, they have put together a nice little video called Meet the Leftover Cuties.
Leftover Cuties – Paces to Go (2011)
Their single Game Called Life is used for the opening theme of the TV series The Big
C, starring Laura Linney and Oliver Platt. Another track, Through It
All, was recently featured on Justified, starring Timothy Olyphant. Both of these songs are on the Game Called Life EP.
Leftover Cuties – Game Called Life EP (2009)
For a limited time, you can get a code from Facebook to download 20 songs from Sub Pop records. The Sub Pop Summer Sampler 2011 is being offered as a free download until June 30, 2011.
The album features many popular Sub Pop artists such as Fleet Foxes, J Mascis and The Head and the Heart.
Administrative Professional’s Day (or National Secretary’s Day) falls on the Wednesday of the last full week of April, and can trace its roots back to the creation of National Secretaries Week way back in 1952.
First up, for all you “BOSSes” out there, here is a free download of a song called Happy Secretary’s Day by Baby Teeth from their 2011 concept album BOSS, including a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s Factory. So get busy, grab the track, buy some flowers or chocolates, and appreciate your Administrative Professionals!
|Chromeo – Business Casual (2010)
||Robert Palmer – Pressure Drop (1975)
Electrofunk duo Chromeo‘s 3rd studio album, Business Casual, was shot by British erotica photographer Harri Peccinotti (famous for the 1968 and 1969 Pirelli Calendar) and designed by French
firm Surface to Air (whose clients also include fashion brands Louis
Vuitton and Tsumori Chisato). The cover concept depicts a leggy office
worker making copies – and was inspired by one of Chromeo’s favorite
albums: Robert Palmer’s 1975 album, Pressure Drop. The images being spat out by the copier are, of course, of P-Thugg (Patrick Gemayel) and Dave 1 (David Macklovitch).
Office Space (1999)
And far be it from being sexist, here’s a guy plastered in post-it notes, from the soundtrack for the 1999 comedy Office Space. The film centers around ordinary disgruntled office workers at an IT firm and the soundtrack includes such tracks as Get Off My Elevator (Kool Keith), Big Boss Man (Junior Reid) and All that Meat and No Potatoes (Louis Armstrong).
Daria Sings for Earth Day is a 6-track EP with classics and well known songs such as We’ve Got the Whole World in Our Hands (written by Obie Phillis, a Cherokee Indian, while serving in WWII) and A Whole New World (composed by Alan Menkin with lyrics by Tim Rice for the 1992 Disney film Aladdin).
This 2011 Earth Day offering can be bought from Amazon.com. and iTunes, or you could downloaded it for free from Daria’s website. You just need to email Daria with news of something green you have done for the planet. The artwork for the EP was created by Farah Aria, a children’s storybook illustrator. The materials to create the cover were all recycled. Nice!
Daria – Daria Sings for Earth Day (2011)
“Multicultural children’s performer DARIA has spent the last two decades performing in the US and around the world, creating music to inspire all the world’s children. Along with five national awards for her culturally diverse music, Daria’s website (www.dariamusic.com) was given a 2009 Parent’s Choice Award and offers many great resources for teachers, parents and kids of all abilities.”
Aladdin Special Edition Soundtrack (1992)
The original version in Aladdin of A Whole New World was sung by Brad Kane and Lea Salonga. They also performed the song in their characters at the 65th Academy Awards, where it won Best Song.
A single version was later released that year and was performed by Peabo Bryson and Regina Belle. As the biggest pop hit for each artist, this version peaked at number one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on March 6, 1993, ending Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You and it’s 14 week stranglehold on the position. Both versions of A Whole New World can be found on the Aladdin Special Edition Soundtrack.
Georgia Fair is an Australian folk music duo comprising Jordan Wilson and Ben Riley. And they are offering a free download of their single Marianne via their website. All you have to do is sign up for it. The single is from their 2010 Times Fly EP and features vocals from Lisa Mitchell, who even makes a cameo appearance in the video.
Lisa Mitchell is another APRA and ARIA award winner. In my previous Whats Up Down Under entries I have mentioned APRA winners The Naked and Famous and ARIA award winner Megan Washington. Also on the track are Sydneysiders Boy & Bear. It’s a pretty laid-back, mellow, wistful folksy summery tune and the album cover says it all.
Georgia Fair – Marianne (2010)
Paper Bag Records is offering a free download of True Blue, an album of cover versions from Madonna’s 1986 album. The album features the songs from the Madonna album covered by artists on the Paper Bag Records label.
- Woodhands – Papa Don’t Preach
- Young Galaxy – Open Your Heart
- The Acorn – White Heat
- The Rural Alberta Advantage (We’re Scared Version) – Live To Tell
- PS I Love You – Where’s The Party
- Winter Gloves – True Blue
- Laura Barrett – La Isla Bonita
- Born Ruffians – Jimmy Jimmy
- You Say Party – Love Makes The World Go Round
Iconfactory is one of the leading designers of commercial computer icons. To promote their business, they offer freeware icons and wallpapers on their website.
Their latest freeware offering is a set of icons designed as a tribute to electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk. The set was designed by Dave Brasgalla and contains 13 icons with large resources for Windows & Mac OS X. The artwork from the band’s most notable albums is featured on high-quality, glossy button icons.
Electra is an alternative rock band based in Tel Aviv who released their debut album Heartbreaks for Fools last year. I stumbled on their cover of Donna Summer’s I Feel Love that they posted on YouTube yesterday and I can’t stop listening to it.
I Feel Love is the b-side of their single Dawn of Summer (right). Both songs and several others are available as free downloads on the band’s official website. I highly recommend the remix version of I Feel Love.
The digital version of the album is currently available on Amazon.com for only $5.99. It features 12 great tracks with a retro 1980s rockabilly sound and some surprising surf guitar.