I feel a duty to point you in the direction of as much FREE MUSIC as I can.
There's tons of it around and it is my intention to help you find it. Perhaps in return you can show me any you find elsewhere.
The advantage to bands in giving free downloads is obvious - they give you a chance to re-listen to their wares without the faff of constantly having to go back to their myspace or website for another listen - you can burn them to CD or put them on your portable mp3 player and hear them at will. Then if you really get into a track you're likely to return to the source and may even buy the whole album or some other product that's available. I wish more bands would enter into the spirit of things and adopt free downloads as common practice.
If a few weeks go by without me posting a new FREELOADING message please remind me as I'm sure I'm suffering from early onset dementia and am likely to forget!
So this week I've been mainly listening to BIG BIG TRAIN
They're a nu-prog rock band from down Bournemouth way.
You will know that I'm mainly into the spikier end of Prog by way of Van der Graaf Generator and King Crimson. Big Big Train don't confine themselves to that sort of stuff but include what I'd call the softer Yes/Genesis end of the prog spectrum too. And theyare extremely competent at their craft. They have come up with the brilliant concept of a free download each month. So if you go to http://www.bigbigtrain.com/ and follow the links you'll find the first three months worth. These are all what they call epic songs - extended meandering pieces full of true proggy noodly indulgent virtuosity that will delight the novice or the seasoned prog-rocker of any age.
My other big discovery of the week has been Somber Gravity, who has an absolutely stunning MySpace page at http://www.myspace.com/dave80tunes .
The spiel on the page contains some spiritual messages which you must absorb or ignore as you are inclined, but the music that you might choose to locate somewhere between Tangerine Dream and Stockhausen is sublime. It is ambient, experimental electronica of the first order and you are invited to freely download 6 'Phases' totalling the equivalent of a traditional LP. Brilliant - thanks Dave, whatever you are!
Lastly, for now, I'd like to draw your attention to Proof of Concept. You can find this interesting person at http://www.myspace.com/dotheface where you can download the brief but perfectly formed 'nine'. I daresay it'll leave you gagging for more!