Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Free Album Streaming: New CDs from Neil Young, Deerhunter, John Legend & the Roots, Chromeo, More

Above: Deerhunter playing at New York's RiverRocks festival last month. Their new CD "Halcyon Digest" is streaming free on NPR Music. 

It's been too long since I've written about new albums that are available for free streaming, but with today's post I'm hoping to make it a regular weekly feature again. There are some great new CDs out or almost out that you can preview for free now, which motivated me to resume this feature.

As always, the Spinner and AOL sites don't indicate how long the free streaming is offered, while NPR Music and KCRW do tell when the streaming ends.'s Listening Party currently features more than 15 albums including:
* "Mobile Chateau" by Matt Costa
* "Buzzard" Margot and the Nuclear So and So's
* "The Sound of Sunshine" by Michael Franti and Spearhead
* "The Place We Ran From" by Tired Pony (haven't heard of them, but the description says "The music project is collaboration by members of R.E.M. and Belle & Sebastian with guest spots from She & Him, Editors, Snow Patrol, and more."
* "Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride" by The Black Ryders
* "Out at Sea" by Magnetic Island (haven't heard of these guys, either -- Brooklyn band less than a year old)
* "Imaginational Anthem v 4" by New Possibilities (compilation of acoustic guitarists)

AOL Music about 15 free album previews, which have some overlap with Spinner: 
* "You Get What You Give" by the Zac Brown Band
* "Guitar Heaven" by Santana
* "Audition" by the Cast of Glee (five-song EP from the first episode of Season 2)
* "Imperfect Harmonies" by Serj Tankian (former System of a Down singer)
* "Available Light" by James McCartney (debut EP from the son of that-guy-from-The-Beatles, & co-produced by the Dad)
* "Taken" by Rhonda Vincent
* "Killing. Mourning. Love" by Victory in Numbers
* "Bring It On" by Kaci Battaglia

* "Le Noise" by Neil Young (streaming until Oct. 5)
* "Wake Up!" by John Legend & the Roots (until Sept. 28)
* "Halcyon Digest" by Deerhunter (until Sept. 28)
* "Business Casual" by Canadian hip-hop duo Chromeo (until Oct. 4)
* "Epic" by singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten (until Sept. 28)
* "Good Things" by soul singer Aloe Blacc (until Sept. 28)

KCRW Album Preview: 
* "Station to Station" by David Bowie (special edition reissue of his 1976 album) (until Oct. 3)

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