I was recently turned on to Wants to Give You, a new Portland-based website that allows local bands to give away albums for free. Yeah, I know there's already Bandcamp and Soundcloud yadda yadda yadda, but because this site is curated, it's not overwhelming in the way Bandcamp can be if you're trying to discover new music. Instead, Wants to Give You is more like a free online record label.
But who am I kidding, the coolest thing about Wants to Give You is that Portland rockers Point Juncture, WA are giving away their first two releases, 2005's Mama Auto Boss and 2006's Juxtapony EP, for free on the site. I spoke with Point Juncture's keyboard player (and one-fourth of the band's songwriting core) Victor Nash about why the band decided to make these albums available for free download.
"Those records aren't in print because we spent so much time printing the new one [Handsome Orders, out last month on Seattle's Mt. Fuji Records]. We still got lots of requests to buy them, but we weren't able to reprint them, so we decided to give them away," he says.
"I'd rather more people be listening to them than a certain few people who got them when they originally came out, or people who can afford to buy them on iTunes."
So head to http://wantstogiveyou.com/, download those albums, and if you like what you hear, definitely check out Handsome Orders (you can watch the video for standout track "Violin Case" above). As Wants to Give You's site says, support independent music!