FREE ALBUMS GALORE
Slide your eyes to the right of this wondrous part of the internet and you'll find a sidebar entitled "General Netlabel Sites". Two of the websites linked there have been garlanded with the ultimate accolade:
...a CTW article. (Hey, any more sniggering and you'll have to leave.) Now, at last, strong coffee and guilt have finally pushed me into writing about the third link.
Free Albums Galore is probably the most famous website that regularly features free music. (Well, it's the only one I've seen mentioned in a national newspaper, so there.) Here's why: once a day, Marvin, the diligent administrator, uploads a succinct, elegant and informative review of a free album. As the name suggests, the site deals with full-length EP's instead of recommending odd tracks from here, there and everywhere - not that there's anything wrong with that. There's a pleasing consistency about this approach; new music appears so frequently that it won't be long before your musical taste gels with a selection, and when it does you know that you're going to get a substantial addition to your music library. (The musicians will gladly receive any donations for the free albums, or you could pay for some of their other fare.)
Refreshingly, classical music and jazz get a fair (and knowledgeable) shake of the stick; unlike a great deal of the music-enthused part of the internet, music doesn't have to have a 4/4 beat and be suitable for a nightclub in order to get a review. But there are still plenty of mentions of rock and electronica.
FAG's extensive and...
Sorry. FAG's extensive and well-organised...
*cackle* *splutter* Stop it, it hurts. *laughs out loud* Wooh. *cough* My apologies. Yes, I know it's an unfortunate acronym and I'm being incredibly childish. (For the record, I don't care who rubs their furry bits together. Life is short. Have fun.) At least FAG is a more memorable acronym than CTW. *jealous* Who's laughing now? To continue...FAG's extensive and well-organised collection of links reinforce how lucky we music lovers are to have the web as a conduit for the only universal language. You could do a lot worse than pop over to Marvin's excellent website and let him plug a Babelfish* in your ear.
Yes, I know mathematics is the only universal language. But have you tried whistling algebra lately? And the lyrics are awful.
Please visit Free Albums Galore and run around stark naked, incredulous at the wonderful things the internet can do.
*Two, count 'em, two Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy references in one short sentence. I'm a babe magnet!