When my daughter read that Josh Garrels was making his new CD available FREE on Noise Trade (it is not yet on iTunes) she rushed over to the website to check it out. We immediately became addicted! I have heard of Noise Trade before, but never took the time to look. If you are into the indie music scene or just like finding new music, you will love this totally free, totally legal, music download website. The site offers artists a place to create their own page, showcase their music, and even link the page to other online venues they may have. Fans don't have to sign up- all you have to do is provide your e-mail address and zip code- and voila- instant free music! There are tabs for you to share your finds with friends via facebook or twitter, and even a place to leave a tip for the artist if you'd like.
You can start by searching the main page, look up the newest or top downloads, search by genre, city, and more. My favorite way is the "for fans of..." search. Just type in anything you like here; Mumford & Sons, The Civil Wars, etc. and you are linked to the artists whose music is similar.
Here are some of my faves!
New & top downloads:
http://noisetrade.com/carybrothers- I am loving the "Blue Eyes" acoustic version!
If you like Bob Dylan, Matt Nathanson and Amos Lee:
If you like The Civil Wars and Elenowen:
And this is the one I keep playing over and over this morning...
Jenny and Tyler, like Elenowen, are a married couple that make beautiful music together. I also love their song "Carry Me" featuring Mac Powell of Third Day. Read more about them here: