This one really doesn't need much fancy explanation. I was looking for an inspiration to refresh my library, and what better time to find new music than at the start of summer and festival season? Thus, I've compiled a list of 30 free MP3s that capture the zeitgeist for your downloading pleasure. Enjoy!
30. Redd Kross - "Researching the Blues"
The new single from rock stalwarts Redd Kross shares a title with their upcoming album, their first in 15 years, out August 7th on Merge. Download it at the Merge SoundCloud, where you can find 35 other tracks both old and new available for download or streaming.
29. Japandroids - "The House that Heaven Built"
28. Nouela - "Fight"
The People Eating People frontwoman returns with a moodier solo cut via the Control Group.
27. Lemonade - "Softkiss"
The '80s are back in full force, and this imminently kissable jam is exhibit no. 1. Download via Matador offshoot True Panther Soundshere.
26. Seapony - "What You Wanted"
The local jangle popsters follow up last year's debut with a sure-to-be equally beachy album called Falling, out in September. Download the first single, "What You Wanted," from the Hardly Art site.
The stunning Bloom is perfect for languid summer nights lakeside.
24. Tim Cohen's Magic Trick - "Torture"
The second LP from the Fresh & Onlys frontman comes out June 12. Download "Torture" from the Hardly Art site here.
The lead single from Fleet Foxes side-project Poor Moon's self-titled debut is available from Sub Pop.
22. Perfume Genius - "Rusty Chains"
Mike Hadreas' moody, Cat Power-esque project is the sleeper star of Seattle's music scene. He's buzzing outside the city, but you don't hear much about him here. Download "Rusty Chains" via Matador at the link.
21. My Goodness - "C'Mon Doll"
The "tornado inside of a rock band" (Mike Johnston's words, not mine) are on a steady rise with their bluesy garage sounds. It's not reinventing the wheel, but it's worthy of a summer spin with the top down. Download "C'Mon Doll" and another track at their SoundCloud.
20. Broken Water - "Drown"
Olympia's Broken Water channel lo-fi, early-'90s pop like Black Tambourine to mesmerizing effect. Check 'em out via Hardly Art.
19. Matthew Dear - "Crimewaves"
From his new album, Her Fantasy, due in August, the track is available via Ghostly's SoundCloud.
18. Kelly Hogan - "Plant White Roses"
Hogan's new album features tracks penned by The Magnetic Fields, Vic Chestnutt, and Andrew Bird. Download via KEXP.
17. Pujol - "Providence"
Nashville's Daniel Pujol was one of the standouts at this year's South by Southwest. Download the Dinosaur Jr-channeling "Providence" via KEXP.
16. Chastity Belt - "God Damn"
The Walla Walla garage-punks' Dude York-produced EP is available for you to name your price on Bandcamp. I'm not saying you should download the whole thing for free, but maybe check out the alluring "God Damn" and toss them some $$$ for the rest.
15. Fergus & Geronimo - "Roman Tick"
Chris panned this track, but it improves on repeated listening. Modern Lovers for the modern age. Download via Hardly Art here.
14. Teen Daze - "Brooklyn Sunburn"
The title says it all- this synth-soaked track is perfect for sun, should we ever get any. Download via Lefse Records.
13. Blooper - "Secret Song"
"Secret Song" is an infectious bit of power pop from Seattle's Blooper. Download it for free, and pick up their whole EP for $5 from their Bandcamp.
12. Black Whales - "Vietnam"
A hazy, '70s rock jam from locals Black Whales that's trippy video is worth a watch. Fans of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, rejoice. Download via KEXP.
11. Dan Deacon - "Lots"
The Baltimore-based synth lord returns with the noisy "Lots" from his upcoming America album on Domino. Download here.
10. Lemolo - "On Again, Off Again"
A free track from the dreamy duo that teases their debut album, out later this month. Get it at Bandcamp.
9. King Tuff - "Keep On Movin'"
Kyle Thomas' new album is packed with jams, no doubt inspired by Oakland's year-round sun. Download via Sub Pop.
8. "Hey Girl Hey - A Polyvinyl Sampler"
While it doesn't have anything to do with Ryan Gosling, this 15-track free sampler features songs from STRFKR, Of Montreal, and Deerhoof. Download.
7. Shannon Stephens - "Care of You"
The former Sufjan Stevens collaborator is back in style with her latest record. Download via SoundCloud.
6. Brandi Carlile - "Live at Bear Creek"
Kornelis calls Carlile's new album her best yet. Download via Noisetrade.
5. Crocodiles - "Endless Flowers"
Get a taste of Crocodiles' loud '80s rock with this track from Frenchkiss Records' SoundCloud.
4. Dent May - "Home Groan"
If the idea of ukulele makes you roll your eyes, Oxford, Miss.'s Dent May can make you reconsider. Download via Stereogum.
3. Twin Shadow - "Five Seconds"
He's coming to town for Block Party, so why not get a taste of the new album?
2. Yeasayer - "Henrietta"
The weirdish experi-rockers return with a track that shows we haven't heard the last from them. Download via Stereogum.
1. Here We Go Magic - "Make Up Your Mind"
I have on good information that the Damien Jurado labelmates' upcoming release is hotly anticipated by a certain Pecknold. Download here.