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ange on 12/25/2013 at 10:14AM

20 Free Holiday Albums

I'm not your typical crafty DIY dilettante, but I do have a quick recipe for how you can turn these pictures and links into the ultimate gift that won't cost you a thing!

First, click on an album below, download the songs you like, and burn the files on to a CD. Then make your own folded paper CD case, draw a picture of drunk santa on the cover, and give it to someone you like. It's the ultimate way to tell that certain someone you care, and that you're sick of hearing them sing Wham.

 


XMAS Compilation

Yuletide Entertainments

A Very Badgerland Christmas 

Me and Santa

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jason on 12/23/2013 at 04:30AM

Good #CCmusic to Wish Jesus a Happy Birthday: @adiffuser's 'En attendant Noël'

Many of the songs we use to celebrate Jesus' birthday have been scooped up by copyright amassers (kinda like what happened to "Happy Birthday To You," hey). Fortunately, the holidaze are an endless well of creativity, and we have been blessed with some wonderful public domain and Creative Commons music. The holiday music featured on FMA encompasses everything from The 8Bits of Christmas to Antique Cylinders.

One recent addition is En attendant Noël..., a compilation from @diffuser.net. The French netaudio resource (profiled here) has been adding a daily winter holiday song to their compilation and now that the 25th is here we are pleased to share this gift with you! Some are old favorites 'round these parts, many are new favorites, and if they find their way into your holiday plans, you'll find links + licenses below.



>> 20 Free Holiday Albums
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>> More Free & Legal Holiday Music

 

CloudMagic - The First Noel (CC-BY

Wiredrawn - Christmas Wish No. 3571 (CC-BY)

Pitch Feather - Jolly Old St. Nicholas (CC-BY-NC-ND)  

Laura Vane & the Vipertones - Christmas Day With Me (CC-BY-NC

Rene Wilson - Santa Clause Forgot Me (CC-BY-NC

Julianne Marx and Craig Olson - To Drive the Cold Winter Away (CC-BY-NC-ND

Mark Smeby - Jingle Bell Swing (CC-BY-ND

Allison Crowe - What Child Is This (Greensleeves) (CC-BY-NC-SA

Roslyn - O Holy Night (CC-BY-NC-ND

Flora - Il Neige (CC-BY-NC

The Kyoto Connection  - ChristmasInJapan (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Audiotransparent - December Radio (CC-BY-NC

Rue Royale - Snow on Snow (The Bleak Midwinter) (CC-BY-NC-ND

Blear Moon - Flekkefjord (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Songs for Sunday Parlours - Winter Stories (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Maya Solovey - We Three Kings (CC-BY-NC-SA)

Little Room Recordings - How Far Is It To Bethlehem (CC-BY-NC-ND

Aaron DeVries - Bring a Torch, Jeanette, Isabella (CC-BY-NC-SA

Ann Alee - Infant Holy, Infant Lowly (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Veritas Music - Gloria (CC-BY-SA)

Clive - O Come, O Come, Emmanuel (CC-BY-SA

Thicker Than Water - Joy to the World (CC-BY-SA)

The Juliettes - Deck the Halls (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The Gasoline Brothers - Hungover Boxing Day (CC-BY-NC)

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chgrasse on 12/14/2013 at 08:14PM

Best Of Breitband Vol. 6

Best Of Breitband Vol. 6 (ssoosay, cc-by)

It's been quite some time since we curated one of our Best Of Breitband Compilations. Finally, here it is: Vol. 6 is ready to go on your player, smartphone, computer or wherever you may listen to music! Best Of Breitband Vol. 6 is a compilation of songs that have been featured on our radio show and podcast "Breitband", a weekly show on new media and digital culture, airing every Saturday at 2pm on German Public Radio Deutschlandradio Kultur. Every week, we play six tracks of music that can only be found on the web, most of it comes with a Creative Commons licence, allowing everyone to share the songs. We hope you will enjoy the 24 songs that are somewhere between Indie, Pop, Electronic, Folk and Hip-Hop.

BEST OF BREITBAND VOL. 6

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La_bl_netlabel on 12/11/2013 at 01:19PM

Nick Rivera - "Zamalek"

Zamalek is an island in Cairo in the middle of the Nile, but also a neighbourhood, something in between. This album by Nick Rivera is about the sky you can't see from this island and the things that swim in it. Zamalek is a warm cuddle from your trusted friend, a fist in the nape from your best enemy.

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10khrs on 12/09/2013 at 04:15AM

New Tracks: Ilgenfritz & Van Houdt with Braxton, Oliveros, Marclay, López

On Thursday December 12, Interpretations presents an evening of premieres and classic works from distinctive solo instrumentalists. Bassist James Ilgenfritz presents solo and chamber music by Anthony Braxton & Pauline Oliveros, plus two world premieres by Annie Gosfield, and JG Thirlwell, and an improvisation with Jason Ponce. Esoteric pianist Reinier Van Houdt presents the US Premiere of Italian avant-garde composer Walter Marchetti’s new solo piano work Concerto per la Mano Sinistra in un Solo Movimento (Concerto for the Left Hand in One Movement).

Interpretatons would like to share some works by these artists! James Ilgenfritz on two tracks, one performing the music of Anthony Braxton, and one performing duo with Pauline Oliveros. Reinier Van Houdt can be heard on two tracks, performing music by Christian Marclay and Francisco López.


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ange on 12/06/2013 at 04:00PM

Get the FMA App for iPhone

The Free Music Archive now has our own iPhone app! Download it here (or search "FMA" in the app store), and enjoy our library of 65,000 free and legal tracks on your iPhone. The app lets you explore music by genre, listen to the song of the day, check out hand-picked mixes, and share and download until your thumbs go raw.

The app is compeltely free, but we need your help to spread the word. Please write us a friendly review in the iTunes store. Since this is a brand new app, your review will do a ton to help improve our rankings and discovery so more folks can learn about what we do. We'd also love to hear your candid and technically specific feedback over e-mail. We know the app has its flaws, and we have grand plans for version 2.

If you have any technical questions about using the app, check our our app support page.

Don't fret Android users! We're busy seeking funds to make an Android app possible. In the meantime, one of our fans made you this.


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ange on 11/28/2013 at 12:45AM

Support Free Music Makers & Friends

While scooping generous heapings of food into your plate this Thanksgiving, here are a few more ideas for what to do with all your do-good feelings. A few Free Music Archive artists and friends are amid interesting crowdfunding campaigns worth a quick shout out. Plus, all three offer incredible releases worth discovering here on our site.

1) FREAK FANDANGO ORCHESTRA

Crowdfunding Mission: Save the world! Also, making a new studio album with great songs to brighten your day.

Free Releases: This Barcelona street orchestra offers 2 free albums mixing east european folk music, polka, gypsy music from the Balkans, with a dose of punk-rock.

2) IONOSONDE RECORDINGS 

Crowdfunding Mission: Creating their first first physically released CD, written and produced by sound artist Telegraphy. It will contain 7 tracks of dub techno, IDM and ambient soundscapes.

Free Releases: 15 free releases form a netlabel from Detroit Michigan U.S.A. that focuses on experimental, ambient, sound collage, and electronic music.

3) CASH MUSIC

Crowdfunding Mission: Creating a sustainable future for music through a series of summits. Summit events bringing together musicians and technologists in ATL, CHI, NYC & SEA for new ideas, conversations, and workshops.

Free Releases: Many! Including Thank You CompCalexico: Live in Nuremberg & Kristin Hersh: Crooked Beginnings 

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ange on 11/25/2013 at 01:00AM

Shooting Stars: Stellar Instrumentals

Cool and crisp digital sounds that twinkle and sustain. A collection of songs for space travel and stargazing. Perfect for sci-fi projects, video games and jet pack instructional videos.

DOWNLOAD THE ENTIRE MIX

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turnmeondeadman on 11/20/2013 at 01:47AM

Conspiracy A​-​Go​-​Go: Garage/Punk/Psych About the JFK Assassination

Over the years many songs that reference the JFK assassination have been written and recorded. I have compiled a list of these songs on the Turn Me On, Dead Man website. In doing that I got the idea to ask current garage, punk and psychedelic bands if they would like to contribute a track to a new compilation of JFK songs. Conspiracy A-Go-Go is the result. Several of these songs were previously unreleased and all but five of the tracks have been released since 2010. As the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination approaches, it is clear that this event is still very much in the popular mind.

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sardanpavlov on 11/18/2013 at 06:45PM

YlangYlang's Fantasmagories EP, on Jeunesse Cosmique

Check out the most recent EP from Montreal imprint Jeunesse Cosmique co-proprietor Catherine Debard, a short collection of freeform ambient psychedelia featuring Eddie Wagner on the opening track. Debard also has a new A Sacred Cloud LP out with fellow JC co-proprietor Chittakone Baccam, currently available on LP via Jeunesse Cosmique after a successful cassette edition through Arachnidiscs Recordings. 

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