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WM_Recordings on 11/07/2013 at 02:00AM

Happy Birthday to WM Recordings!

WM Recordings celebrates its 9th birthday today! On November 7, 2004, we released our very first compilation "Water, Wind and Sails" featuring 16 tracks inspired by water. Over 120 free album releases have followed since then, all available here on the Free Music Archive.

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ange on 11/06/2013 at 05:30AM

FMA Song of the Day Podcast

Every day is a chance to get a new song stuck in your head. Subscribe to our Song of the Day podcast in Feedburner or iTunes to find out what we're really into every day. Past song selections include Kurt Vile, Deer Tick, Glass Candy, The Relatives, Sharon Van Etten, What Cheer? Brigade, Dan Deacon, and Lonnie Holley.

Suggest your own favorite songs in the comments section below, and see what we feature in the weeks to come!

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song of the day, podcast
badpandarecords on 11/04/2013 at 01:00AM

Plastic Flowers, "Ghosts" (feat. Keep Shelly in Athens)

Plastic Flowers release a new single off their upcoming LP, but this time it's a local collaboration. Sarah P from KSiA joined them in "Ghosts" and the result sounds hazy, dark and haunting. Download their latest EP Fog Song / Silence at Bandcamp and make sure you get the cassette edition coming out November 18 through Crash Symbols.

Plastic Flowers at: Facebook | Soundcloud

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dream pop, shoegaze
ckutmusic on 11/01/2013 at 12:30AM

Jean-Sébastien Truchy on If You Got Ears

Former LE FLY PAN AM bassist/Los Discos Enfantasmes founder Jean-Sébastien Truchy plays live on CKUT's If You Got Ears. In the studio, JS' operatic tenor shook the room, inside the headphone mix: lynchian soundscapes, eerie and beautiful.

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ange on 10/31/2013 at 04:30AM

Free Horror Music Versions of Orff, Bach, Stravinsky & Beethoven

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AS220 on 10/30/2013 at 09:30PM

AS220's Fall Sampler

Fall Album Artwork by Francesca Caruso

It's getting cold, things are dying, leaves are alluringly pretty, people shiver on the beach-- their sweaters thick and wooly. No one is getting tan. It's autumn in Rhode Island and it's profound and frightening. However, the scariest thing of all is the sickening amount of talent on the AS220 Fall Sampler. It's just stupidly grotesque. In the karmic schema of the world it is definitely not fair that the smallest state is endowed with the crushing force of artistry found in all these musical acts. So, grab a pumpkin spice latte, an apple dripping in caramel and your favorite pair of speakers and blast these tunes from a handful of bands in the ocean state. It arrives just in time for Halloween. Listen here!

Symmetry - "The Low" (03:10)
Symmetry - "The Low" (03:10)
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happypuppyrecords on 10/29/2013 at 09:54AM

Manos: The Remix of Fate

Manos and Torgo by mariods

Well, here it is! Your Halloween miracle, Volume 1 and Volume 2 of Manos: The Remix of Fate!

Back in June, I discovered that in addition to the film Manos: The Hands of Fate being remastered in hi-def for DVD and Blu-Ray, the soundtrack to the cult-classic bad film was also released under a Creative Commons license. The call for remixes was issued, and these compilations are the result. 

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Irene_Rible on 10/27/2013 at 09:30PM

Creative Commons Halloween Mix 2013

Irene Rible cc-by-nc
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halloween, horror
ange on 10/24/2013 at 06:00PM

Music for Video: Horror Soundtrack Music for Producers

Leanne Surfleet/Flickr

After you've wiped all the makeup off your zombie actor friends, it's time for the real scarey part -- picking out music for your Horror flick. Music to Video has assembled a mix that will send shivers down your spine, make all the ghouls dance, and get grandma to climb out of her grave, just to tell you to turn down the volume.

Here's a trick! Try mixing these tracks with the Prelinger Archives for a real treat. May I suggest their footage of a Halloween Party or Experiments in the Revival of Organisms


1. Lee Rosevere (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - The music has a heavy-handed foreboding feeling, as if it was used in a lost episode of David Lynch's Twin Peaks.

2. The Waiters (website, CC BY) - Ticking clocks set the rhythm of this track, before it enters the Twilight Zone. Dark guitars emerge about halfway through.

3. Kevin MacLeod (website, CC BY) - Classical music for your next gala affair in an empty castle, with a ghostly guestlist.

4. Weirdomusic (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Wet music for inside the lab of a mad scientist.

5. Vitus Von Degen (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Baron Vitus Von Degen is a German composer who lives on a Grecian island. Inspired by John Carpenter and Goblin music, he produces soundtracks for movies still awaiting to be shot. The first 20 seconds of this track are a movie of their own.

6. Kreng (website, CC BY-NC-SA) - Dark electronic music meets jazz. A child whispers the command, "Go to sleep. Go to sleep. Go to sleep, little baby."

7. Black Math (website, CC BY) - Black Math is a trio from Chicago making lo-fi darkwave. Good music for a skeleton race on fixed gear bicycles through Pilsen.

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ange on 10/24/2013 at 09:38AM

Interview: Future of Music Summit 2013

My Music Thing/Flickr

The Future of Music Summit is coming up on Oct 28-29 in Washington DC. I’ll be there tweeting updates, but first I wanted to chat with their Interim Executive Director Casey Rae about what topics will be on the mind of musicians, policy makers, and others involved in the music industry at the summit this year.  

Think of this interview as a quick study, so you’ll have smart things to say between summit sessions, or while following along online. In addition to a bit about Casey himself and the history of the FMC, we also discuss low power FM, the economics of cultural production, voluntary agreements in copyright enforcement, preliminary steps towards copyright reform, and the arrival of iTunes Radio in the digital music landscape.

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