Friday, February 24, 2017

Free Friday (“FL&R”) – February 24

     Free and Legal Downloads? Yes, at least temporarily. Bands often temporarily permit free downloads of their releases.  The end of an offer may be based on the expiration of a set period of time or on a limited number of downloads.  But at least for now, here are songs that qualify as Free, Legal and Recommended (FL&R) downloads.
     Finding songs that can be legally downloaded is easy. The difficult task is to find legally downloadable music that we recommend. Our plan is to post at least one FL&R song each Friday. 
     This week's picks have a San Francisco flavor, but their appeal extends much further.
     The Australian trio of Hannah Joy, Tim Fitz, and Harry Day is performing in San Francisco tonight. They are at the Rickshaw Stop. According to the venue, advanced tickets have been gone for some time, but a limited number of tickets will be sold at the door. Sounds risky, but….
      “Edge of Town” is freely downloadable by visiting either of two of our favorite sites for Indie music. The choices are KEXP (CLICK HERE) or Triple J (CLICK HERE). 

     The social sites of Caamp list two end-of-March performances in our area. But the calendars of the two venues haven’t been updated to provide confirmation. Regardless, “Misty” is a keeper. It is now available from Noisetrade for the price of an email address.
     The tour schedule of Caamp can be seen at It shows a March 25 visit to The Catalyst in Santa Cruz and a March 26 visit to Rickshaw Stop. Caamp is a Columbus, Ohio duo comprised of childhood friends Taylor Meier (guitar, lead vocals) and Evan Westfall (banjo, vocals). 


     It’s only the first few seconds after the guitar enters, but each time we play “What Is Said” by Known to Collapse, we think of Tom Petty’s classic “Here Comes My Girl.” The two songs quickly head in different directions and are deserving of repeated play for unrelated reasons.
      Known to Collapse is the performance name of Kevin Lehner and “a collective of musicians in the Bay Area.” Lehner was originally based in Alabama, but now resides in the SF Bay Area.

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