Thursday, February 17, 2011

Free Music Archive

I've got another Free Music Source for you - and it's massive.  I'm 100% positive I've linked either to the site itself, or to an artist whose music is hosted on it.  Either way, it deserves some more attention.

It's the Free Music Archive.  You can learn more about it on their About page, but the long and short of it is run by WFMU, "the most renowned freeform radio station in America."  Every MP3 on the site is available for free, legal download, and has license information on each of them.  Also - this is a plus for me, mainly - it has a fairly large collection of live recordings from various indie Canadian acts.  One of my favourites that I've picked up has been Dan Mangan's performance of Road Regrets live at KEXP.  You can check out other songs by Dan Mangan by following this handy link.

The only downside - and this is a downside for me, personally - is that you have to pay close attention to the licenses.  For example, most of the live recordings of the Canadian musicians allow you to download and share, but I can't play them in the podcast.  At least, that's my interpretation - representatives from the FMA can feel free to correct me!

Anyway there is a ton of music hosted on the FMA, and you can easily lose a day or two searching through it.  Have a look, and enjoy.

On another note: I'm recording the 20th podcast tonight.  I'm really excited for it!  Expect to see it on the blog Saturday morning.

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