The Free Music Archive is growing every day, with mp3s curated by WFMU and friends like KEXP, ISSUE Project Room, and dublab. Here are some recent highlights, and for more entry points, follow us on Twitter or subscribe to our Featured RSS
The legendary avant-folk/jazz label ESP-Disk' is back in action, and active on the FMA! They're sharing reissued tracks from the label's 1960s output (including Cromagnon, The Holy Modal Rounders, and Henry Grimes) plus new releases from Barnacled, Talibam!, and Arrington De Dionyso's Naked Future. Here's some afro-cuban "Sounds of the Ghetto Youth" (that's the name of the album and a link to purchase it) from the Har-You Percussion Group, a late-60s Harlem Youth program led by master conga player Montego Joe: Welcome To the Party (mp3)
Herr Professor of the True Chip Till Death mp3 blog has been curating weekly 8bit/chip-tune recommendations every Tuesday morning. Entries so far have included the banjo wielding Bud Melvin, gwEm and Counter Reset, an exclusive album from Starpause, and an Eastern European collective called AY Riders that centers around "an affordable competitor to the Commodore64 computer" known as the The ZX Spectrum. Here's a ZX Spectrum track called Industrial Fucking Part 2 (mp3), by Yerzmyey from Poland. More from Herr Professor here.
KRAAK is a non-profit radical music organization from the Flemish underground. In early July, representatives Tommy and Steve were guests on Brian Turner's show, passing through for a Philadelphia KRAAK fest with Kurt Vile, Meg Baird, Jack Rose and US Girls. Along the way, they joined the FMA, where they're sharing promo mp3s from the likes of Es, Kiila, él-g, Silvester Anfang. Here's one from Bear Bones Lay Low, "Vomiting Bass" (mp3) off an excellent LP that recently accrued some heavy airplay on a trip throught the WFMU new bin. Also, some abstract acid-blues from Ignatz, "Silver moon...shine sun! sun! sun!" (mp3).
Recently-added WFMU live sessions include Theo Angell live on Maria Levitsky's show, Personal & the Pizzas live on Terre T's Cherry Blossom Clinic, City Center (Fred Thomas of Saturday Looks Good to Me) live on Choking On Cufflinks, The Pink Noise live on Brian Turner's show, Telecult Powers from Wm.Berger's My Castle of Quiet, Aaron Moore (Volcano The Bear) on Daniel Blumin's show, Unholy Two on Keili's show, and Tuvan throat-singing quartet Alash Ensemble live on Transpacific Sound Paradise.
We're also continually reaching back into the archives, incuding a trifecta of Brian Turner live sets from To Live & Shave In LA (Tom Smith's supergroup, often featuring Andrew WK, Thurston Moore, Weasel Walter, Mark Morgan of Sightings). Dan Melchior (und Das Menace / Broke Revue) also shared a few of his live sets from over the years, and with a pack of unreleased Melchior rarities, including this song "A Wizard Doesn't Need a Computer" (mp3)
If you like what you hear, please follow the links to the FMA for lots more free tunes and album purchase links.