These days, country music can mean a whole lot of things. It can mean the traditional croon and swoon style of Patsy Cline and Hank Williams (both of whom seem to pop up on everyone's influence list, even the rock and rollers). "Country" can mean the thumping bass and frantic banjo of bluegrass, the gritty grimy guitar of Neil Young or a classic four chord homage to the working class hero. For this Best of MP3.com 2011 list, we offer 10 Kinds Of Country.
Welcome to Volume 8 of the RCRD LBL Essentials series. Today we've got some special tracks for you, running the gamut from indie to electronic to classic soul. Hear new music from Charles Bradley, Little Dragon,Islands, and others!
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.
Birthed in Matthew F. Jacobson’s parents basement in Aurora, Colorado in 1990, Relapse Records has gone on to become one of the most influential independent labels releasing some of the biggest names in rock and metal.
Like a Christmas stocking full of things that don't actually go together -- chap stick, hedge clippers and a half-dozen mini vodkas from a hotel honor bar -- today's Prime Cuts Playlist consists of three cuts just tossed into a sack at random. But it just so happened we like them all: a bedroom studio maven from the UK, an Irelander who plays 10 instruments and an encore from band we dig in spite of our confusion.
As 2011 draws to a close, we're wrapping things up by putting together playlists of our favorite songs from the past year. To me, these are the cream of the crop. If you missed these the first time around, now's your chance to check them out!
Thinking of going for a stroll through let's say, New York's Central Park, but don't have any nature-sounding music? Well, there's an app for that!
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?