Sunday, August 22, 2010

Free Album Streaming: New CDs from Jenny & Johnny, Chief, Ra Ra Riot, Ray LaMontagne, Brian Wilson, and More

It's been a long time, but I wanted to get back in the habit of alerting readers to free album streaming available online. Below are some new albums by big names as well as some less well-known artists, including a few I'm not familiar with. I'm curious to hear Brian Wilson doing George Gershwin, and to check out the new album by "Jenny and Johnny," the new project from Rilo Kiley's Jenny Lewis.'s Listening Party currently features about 20 albums including:

* "Brian Wilson Reimagines Gershwin" by Brian Wilson
* "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise" by Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs
* "'The Switch' Soundtrack" with songs by Sunrider, Nu Shooz, and the Eels
* "Root for Ruin" by Les Savy Fav
* "Foundling" by David Gray
* "The Longest EP" by NOFX
* "No Better than This" by John Mellencamp
* "The Final Frontier" by Iron Maiden
* "Modern Rituals" by Chief
* "Chamber Music" by Esperanza Spalding

AOL Music free album previews, which have some overlap with Spinner: 
* "
Beneath it All" by Hey Monday
* "Fight the Frequency" by American Hi-Fi
* "The Trouble With" by Filter
* "Live at the Treehouse" by Joe Firstman
* "Dying for a Living" by Red Line Chemistry

NPR First Listen:
* "The Orchard" by Ra Ra Riot (streaming until August 24)
* "Music Redeems" by The Marsalis Family (streaming until August 24)
* "I'm Having Fun Now" by Jenny & Johnny (Jenny Lewis & Jonathan Rice) (streaming until August 31)
* "Familial" by Philip Selway (Radiohead's drummer) (streaming until August 31)
* "All is Falling" by James Blackshaw (streaming until August 31)
* "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise" by Ray LaMontagne & the Pariah Dogs (streaming until Sept. 7)
* "Tin Can Trust" by Los Lobos (has been streaming since late July; not sure how long it will be available)

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