The RCRD LBL Essentials series turns 20 today! To celebrate this milestone, we’re bringing you a playlist stacked with our favorite artists!
This year’s field of Alternative Music Grammy Nominees is host to a wide range musical styles. From My Morning Jacket‘s hard hitting riffs to Bon Iver‘s ethereal melodies, this year’s nominees have a bit of everything. Check out who we’re picking as our top bets to win Album of the Year, plus grab a free download of Bon Iver‘s single “Calgary”!
Another British label to be featured in our Label of the Week series is Oxfordshire based Big Scary Monsters. Started by Kevin Douch when he was in school, the label has built itself a solid reputation of releasing music by a very diverse range of artists that often don’t quite seem to slot into any obvious scene or genre.
We know a theme when we see one, a pair of “bird” bands, flocking together for your downloading pleasure (though there’s little more than their names to put them in the same category).
Ah, music. It’s what gets us up in the morning and keeps us going all year long. Since our last Spotlight on holiday music we’ve added some new songs to the site, a handful of which our entire staff has highlighted in their “best-of” features. And, to fuel our lists even further, I’ve assembled my own favorite of–what else–free MP3s.
These picks come from Owen Stretch, the director of content at one of our sister sites, MetroLyrics.com.
To give you an idea of where I was coming from when I put together this MP3.com Best Of 2011 list, I should tell you that right now I’m sitting in an office in Vancouver, Canada. It’s cold in Canada in December (if you haven’t heard), so you might notice my desire for a warm summery beach coming through a bit in my picks.
There are a couple of could-be pool party anthems, a couple ideal road trip songs, and a bunch of overall feel-good music, all of which might be described in one word as “sunny.”
As 2011 draws to a close, we’re wrapping things up by putting together playlists of our favorite songs from the past year. Here are my favorite free downloads we’ve featured this year, all from artists on teh rise with great potential for a successful 2012.
Looking for holiday gift ideas? Well, nothing says “I love you” like a DIY mixtape-style playlist.
From Modern Holiday Songs to Classics Reimagined, in today’s Spotlight we bring you the greatest gift of all: a free playlist featuring MP3.com’s best holiday music all wrapped together and ready for download! Plus, we also throw in a head-banging rendition of “White Christmas” from a former NIN member. Can you guess who?