Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Five free & legal MP3s, no reviews: Fingertips holiday update

It's Thanksgiving in the U.S. this week, and so Fingertips is taking a holiday. Not to leave you empty-handed, here are five current free and legal MP3s that are available from artists previously featured here, minus lengthy reviews. Princeton was just featured last week so I will not likely feature them again quite so quickly, but any of the others may yet get a full-fledged review here, once I listen in more detail and see what my ears make of each of them.

Wishing a Happy Thanksgiving to all those who celebrate, and a cheerful week to one and all in any case. It's up to us, really; the world is certainly not cooperating in terms of putting a smile on our faces. Maybe that's not its job.

And don't forget: there's still one day left to enter the Hall & Oates contest. Tell me what unhip band you like. It won't hurt.

"Korean War Memorial" - Princeton   These guys were featured just last week; here's another song from their Cocoon of Love album. MP3 via NME.

"Good Boys" - the Minor Leagues   The Minor Leagues are a seven-piece band from Cincinnati; their song "Scene It All Before" was featured here in June 2006. "Good Boys" is one of two free and legal MP3s available from the band's new album, This Story Is Old, I Know, But It Goes On, released this month via the Datawaslost collective.

"Wide-Eyed, Legless" - Laura Veirs   Laura Veirs has returned to the land of free and legal MP3s after a few years at sea on Nonesuch (a fine label, but anti-free-and-legal). This song comes from her forthcoming album July Flame, to be released on her own label. She was featured here back in 2004. MP3 via her site.

"Hundred/Million" - the Whigs   The Whigs, from Athens, Georgia, are one of those bands that hit it indie-big with a song, from their second album, that didn't strike me nearly as well as the stuff they put on their first album, when they were featured here (October 2006). Could've just been me, of course. In any case, now comes the third album, and we'll see which way they go from here. MP3 via Magnet.

"The Ballad of Cherry Hill" - Steve Goldberg & the Arch Enemies   Goldberg heads up a Pittsburgh-area ensemble with a big-hearted sound. His first album was recorded as as senior project while he was at Carnegie Mellon University; a song from it was featured here in September 2007. This song comes from a forthcoming EP. MP3 via his site.

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