Free MP3s include Summer Music, New Artists, & Songs for Kids

August 8, 2012 by  
Filed under Freebies, Music

Free music MP3s for August 2012, to download in individual tracks or albums – some are available for a limited time.

Amazon offers a free Artists on the Rise MP3 sampler album each month. You get a free track from a selection of up-and-coming music makers and the choices vary, so if you’re reading this in a future time-warp, check out what’s up for that month. In August, my favorite freebies are again from opposite ends of the musical spectrum:

  • Capricornia by Allo, Darlin’ is instantly alluring and romantic and Mr Cheap might have to watch out.
  • Five Seconds by Twin Shadow sounds very ’80s to me, but let’s not blame it for that. Dig that beat!
  • I’ve Been Accused is a classically American sound, laid-back but with big heart. I love this one by Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons.
  • Plus Micah Dalton,  Marina and the Diamonds, Barcelona, and more, eleven tracks in all. Download just the tracks you like, or the whole free album.

I also found this Free album of Summer Music including tracks by Beth Orton, Tom Waits, and Wilco. It’s called the Anti Summer 2012 album, but that’s because it’s from record label Anti, not because they’re anti-summer, I assume. Or maybe they are, but either way there’s some good stuff on the summer sampler that was just released in July. You have to download the entire album for this one.

If you’ve got kids, the Free Children’s Music Sampler from Trio Lane Records looks a bit hokey by the cover, but actually I think the tracks I’ve heard are pretty good and fun for kids.  I especially relate to the song called Land Of I Don’t Want To. I imagine we all could at times.

The MP3 single Don’t Dig Here by Crosby and Nash (no Stills) is still free to download, and sounds mighty fine.

Don’t Mess With Texas: SXSW 2012 New Music is also still free to download, with music by bands who performed at the South by Southwest 2012 Music and Film Interactive Festival in Austin, Texas.

Other free music downloads include:

  • Free MP3s of songs with a wide variety of genres and artists familiar and new
  • Free MP3 albums including options from children’s music to hard rock, plus opera, rap, classical, latin, country, blues, and jazz.  You can sort the free music by selecting the genre to the left at the link.

If you’ve found a great piece of music free or on the cheap – don’t keep it to yourself! Tell us about it in the comments box below.

–Tania. Note: I’ve given my Amazon affiliate links. 


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