One of the greatest things about the Internet is how easily
accessible it has made music. More specifically, it has made a lot
of music free. And I don’t mean in the Y2K, Napster, stealing music
kind of way.
There is a lot of great free music out there and it’s all yours
for the taking. To give you a glimpse into what I am rocking on my
iPod and some insight into my own personal music universe, here are
four albums (well, okay, three albums and one EP) that are 100
percent free and well worth the download.
Talk “Feed The Animals” — Okay, so this one
isn’t exactly free. The mash-up artist known as Girl Talk has
released his latest masterpiece and he will give it to you for free
if you want it. However, he will also take money for it if you want
to give it to him. How much money? Well, that’s up to you. The
record is available for a pay-what-you-want price. Sound
like a familiar digital distribution method? Well, if you want
to get what is possibly the best dance record of the year, I
recommend picking this up, for whatever cost you think is
appropriate. You can download the record
here. Girl Talk plays Seattle at the Capitol Hill Block
Party on July 25.
Patient “The Free EP” — This group of
Seattle indie popsters released a free EP of new material earlier
this year. The Stranger described the band’s sound as indie
Radiohead and for the most part the were spot on, so I won’t bother
boring you with an attempt at pigeon-holing Patient Patient into a
category. I will tell you that this EP is a solid five-song taste
of Patient Patient and it does what all good EPs do: it gives
listeners just enough music to leave their ears salivating for a
full-length record. You can download the album here.
Def “Three Bad Brothaas Mix Tape” — This crew
of young MCs (none of them are older than 21) are the future of
Seattle hip hop. Last year the group released its debut “Space
Music” and once I got my hands on it I couldn’t stop listening to
it. The success of that release helped the group land a main stage
spot at this year’s Sasquatch! Music Festival and they will be at
several Warped Tour stops this summer (including the Aug. 9 Gorge
Warped date) as well as the Rock The Bells Festival at the Gorge on
Sept. 6. This mixtape, which the group is distributing for free,
consists of mostly new material, including a track that does a
killer job of sampling the “Pinky and the Brain” theme song.
You can download the
album here. Dyme Def next plays in Seattle on July 11 at Sole
Nails “The Slip” — Trent Reznor’s gift to his
loyal fans, this album has been available for free on NIN’s Web
site for a few months. While the record is no “Pretty Hate Machine”
or “Downward Spiral” it is way better than “The Fragile” and more
in line with Reznor’s last few non-instrumental records “Year Zero”
and “With Teeth.” Download it
here. Nine Inch Nails comes to KeyArena July 25.
Various media outlets (including Billboard and
Pitchfork) are reporting that 2007’s “Wincing The Night Away”
by The Shins was the Portland band’s last for Seattle powerhouse
indie lable Sub Pop.
According to Billboard Shins frontman James Mercer is planning
on starting his own label and hopes to use it to release the
group’s next record. However, this doesn’t mean The Shins are
planning on completely ending their relationship with Sub Pop. The
band could partner with a label for marketing and distribution
Although they were never officially billed as part of the
Sub Pop 20 Festival at Marymoor Park, the band has been a major
part of Sub Pop’s recent resurgence the last few years and
advertisements for the two-day fest made by the Marymoor Park folks
have included The Shins as part of the show.
It would be disappointing if The Shins did not play the birthday
show because they are a big part of the label’s history, but there
are still some “to be announced” bands on the bill and it should be
a great show regardless considering Mudhoney, Seaweed, Iron and
Wine, The Helio Sequence, Flight of the Conchords, the reunited Green
River (the main reason I bought my tickets to the fest well in
advance) and several others will be there.
Greetings and welcome to Spin the
My name is Travis Hay (That’s me on the right putting on the
green Teletubby costume.) and I’ll be your host for what I hope
will become a great destination for just about any type of musical
tidbit you’re looking on the Internet. From news on the latest
over-hyped buzz band to album reviews, artist interviews and news
on the local scene, you’ll find it here.
Some of you may already know me from another local music blog I
operate called Ear Candy. Over
there I’ve been able to share all sorts of music news nuggets,
features and insider info with readers. I hope to do the same for
the readers of the Kitsap Sun with this blog.
You see, I think I have the best job in the world and I enjoy
sharing it with others. As a music journalist covering the Seattle
music scene for the past seven years I have been fortunate enough
to have the opportunities to do some amazing things. I’ve
danced on stage with the Flaming Lips, hung
out at a hootenanny with Weezer and interviewed
Chris Cornell while he was doing vocal warm ups on his tour
Like I said, it’s the best job in the world and I’m really
looking forward to sharing my experiences with you through Spin the
Speaking of what you’ll find here, now that the introductions
are out of the way here’s what I hope to bring you with Spin the
• Local and national music news
• Insightful and intelligent commentary on the musical climate.
• Promotion of an open discourse about all things music.
• Honest and straightforward reviews of albums, concerts and other
• Criticism and praise of the national, international and local
I feel lucky to have another outlet to spread my musical
knowledge throughout the blogosphere and I hope you visit regularly
and enjoy what you find here.
So in the words of Eddie Vedder, and the lyrics of the song for
which this blog takes its name:
“Spin, spin. Spin the black circle.”