best of 2011 :: Favorite Free Albums
Continuing our Best of 2011 coverage, here are the 12 free and pay-what-you-want recordings that have really stood out this year (and if I missed something really special drop me a note in the comments).
- Gold Fools by Spanish Prisoners
Downloadable: Los Angeles Guitar Dream (mp3)
[d/l @ /spanishprisoners.bandcamp.com]
- Exmilitary by Death Grips
Downloadable: Culture Shock (mp3)
[d/l @ thirdworlds.net]
- 13 Chambers by Wugazi
Downloadable: Another Chessboxin’ Argument (mp3)
[d/l @ wugazi.tumblr.com]
- Distorted Reverberations (of Reverberating Distortion) by Al Lover
[d/l @ allover.bandcamp.com]
- With Love From The Men’s Room by 50FOOTWAVE
Downloadable: Nobody’s Tar, Nobody’s Feathers (mp3)
[d/l @ 50footwave.cashmusic.org]
- Friends Records 2011 by Friends Records
[d/l @ friendsrecords.bandcamp.com]
- Coral II: The Remixes by Monster Rally
- NYC Sucks, Volume 2 by Metal Sucks
[d/l @ metalsucks.net]
- Yalls by Yalls
Downloadable: Weave It (mp3)
[d/l @ yalls.bandcamp.com]
- Keyboard EP by Magnetic Island
Downloadable: The Way (mp3)
[d/l @ magneticisland.bandcamp.com]
- Magnifier by Life Size Maps
Downloadable: It’s Leaking (mp3)
[d/l @ lifesizemaps.bandcamp.com]
- Bodysongs by Born Gold
Downloadable: Lawn Knives (mp3)
[d/l @ borngold.us]
As you probably already know, Bandcamp, Mediafire, Soundcloud, and sometimes a little good plain vanilla web hosting have made it easier than ever for bands to make the decision to share their music with new audiences around the world without charging for it. That said, it is important to support the artists who are giving away their music. Do they tour? Go see them perform live. Do they have merch for sale? Buy something. Do they have a paypal link on their website? Throw some $$ their way.
You can stream (and scrobble) all the songs in this post using the ex.fm player at the bottom of the page OR you can just download any or all of the tracks at your leisure and play them using a digital media player of your choice.
If you want to download all the individual tracks in this post, you should probably think about installing the DownThemAll! or FlashGot Firefox extensions as we are way too lazy to zip and upload every single mp3 in this post.
Also, if you like what you hear you should probably purchase music from the above artists at any of these fine online retailers (or your local independent record store):
Oh, and be sure to check out our of best of posts.