Monday, July 25, 2011

Free Album Streaming: New CDs from the BoDeans, Richard Buckner, The Burritos, & More

The BoDean's "Indigo Dreams" (out July 26th) is one of this week's free album previews.

There are fewer free album previews this week than usual, but you can find some interesting new releases nonetheless. Among them: the BoDeans' new album, "Indigo Dreams;" "Tripper" by the Fruit Bats; "Rabbits on the Run" by Vanessa Carlton; and "Sound as Ever," an album by a group billed as The Burritos.

If that last name makes you think of the Flying Burrito Brothers, well, it's no accident. This group features Nashville musician Chris James and his brother Fred, as well as Walter Egan (best known for his 1970s song "Magnet and Steel"), and looks to do music in the tradition of the late Gram Parsons and the FBB.

According to a posting on the blog Underground Nashville, Chris James explained that he was approached by British record label SPV and "asked if I might be able to put together a new version of The Flying Burrito Brothers for their label.” The label required that each member of the band be cleared with the label.

That's an album I'm really looking forward to listening to. In the meantime, here's a selection of the other albums available for free preview this week:

NPR First Listen:
"Our Blood" by Richard Buckner
"The Calm Blue Sea" by The Calm Blue Sea

KCRW Album Preview: 
"Tripper" by the Fruit Bats (streaming until Aug. 23)

AOL Music Listening Party: 
"Sound as Ever" by The Burritos
"Indigo Dreams" by the BoDeans
"Rabbits on the Run" by Vanessa Carlton

AOL Music and Spinner also have a number of albums by groups I'm not familiar with, including the Dangerous Summer, Falling in Reverse (the new band of Ronnie Radke, formerly of Escape the Fate), the Features, the Milk Carton Kids, Little Horn, and singer Debbie Neigher (produced by John Vanderslice).

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