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So You Want Free Music?

Hi everybody. I’m still mulling over tonight’s show and my upcoming thoughts/power ranking post(s). While I’m doing that (and waiting for video of the routines I missed), I’m downloading free music. Cause I’m a music junkie. Seriously. Should probably seek professional help for my habit – except I don’t want to be cured.

So You Think You Can Dance has been one of my favorite places to “discover” new music for a while. But, I decided to do a quick post to share some of my favorite places for free music with you. Some of them, you may already be aware of. Some, not. Some are only available for a limited time (I’ll list those first, so get to it!) and some have been around for a while.

I’m only listing sources I use regularly and know are not scams and do not spam you. Though, you will probably get newsletters from many of these sources because you’ll be providing your e-mail address.

Feel free to share any you might now of – as long as they are SAFE and LEGAL free downloads. 🙂

1. Levi’s is doing a cool summer download series called the Pioneer Sessions – Revival Recordings. It features musicians you’ve probably heard of covering some of their favorite music. They are all currently available and some of the musicians are: She & Him, John Legend, Colbie Caillat, Jason Mraz, The Kills, Nas, The Shins – all yours once you provide your email. Probably only available for a limited time.

2. Daytrotter is the coolest thing ever. They do special sessions with musicians that are available free. They have a great mix of musicians I already know and love and TONS of indie bands I’ve never heard of. Check out the “Top Sessions” on the right hand side of the page – Tori Amos, Kris Kristofferson, The National, Vampire Weekend, Ben Kweller, Beach House, My Brightest Diamond, Jakob Dylan, Bonnie Prince Billy – and that’s not even a drop in the bucket. FYI, Lissie has two sessions.

3. Free Music Monday on Mashable has 10 tunes every Monday – always a mix of genres. Some you can just right-click and save. Others, you have to put your e-mail address into a widget and you’ll get an e-mail with download directions (and sometimes, further e-mails from bands, fyi).

4. Amazon has free mp3 downloads as well. Thousands of them! You’d be surprised which songs you can get for free, especially when a musician/label is promoting something new. The best finds are often the samplers, like the Vanguard Records Sound of Summer sampler I just downloaded – Isobel Campbell is on it and she’s amazing! And the Sub Pop 2010 sampler is also good. You have to install their mp3 downloader, but it’s easy and free. I’ve had really good experiences with Amazon – when a Benji Davis album (free!) didn’t download correctly, they re-sent me the file, no questions asked. Sign up for their newsletter and you’ll get e-mails several times a week, but I always find them helpful.

5. Spinner has a free mp3 every day. Can be hit or miss, but a great way to discover new music. Plus, they have hundreds of songs from previous days that you can still access.

6. Insound specializes in vinyl, but has free mp3 downloads. If you sign up for their newsletter, you’ll get a weekly e-mail about a new song. PLUS, at the beginning of the month, they offer a digital sampler, which is like a mix tape in mp3 form. The sampler is always eclectic – there’s usually one or two musicians I know and love and many I don’t. Sometimes, I end up disliking up to a third of the sampler (sometimes too electronic for me), but the diamonds in the rough are always worth the download. I believe the sampler has limited downloads, so go check it out as soon as possible.

7. iTunes offers a free download weekly, as well. You may have to sign up for the newsletter for this one.

8. Both NPR and have e-mail newsletters that are great for discovering new music but neither offers free downloads regularly. You can stream at NPR (including their stories) and can sample at CDBaby.

9. I wrote about a Tweet-for-Download offer that gets you 3 songs free (Rooney, Black Gold and The Young Veins) earlier today. These kind of offers are all over the internet, especially Twitter and Facebook.

I think that pretty much covers my “tricks” for getting free music regularly and legally. Let me know if you know about more! And don’t forget to enjoy!

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SYTYCD S7: Pairings Polls

So two quick polls for the week. 🙂

Since Alex Wong was injured this week, I decided not to provide the dances that he would have been a part of since we’re not judging choreography but the partnership.

So for the dancer/all-star the Foxtrot between Anya and Alex is not a viable selection. And the Bollywood number between Adechike and Alex is also not a viable option. I’m sorry.

However, if by some insane chance Alex is allowed to dance those particular dances during the results show, then I’ll update the polls accordingly… but until then… Enjoy!

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My life can be summed up in the following two quotes: 1) "I am married to engineering and am its faithful wife by day, but at night my wanderlust takes hold and the arts becomes my jealous paramour." and... 2) "Engineering is my safety net. Writing is my passion. Acting is my escape when the other two become too much." So where does dancing fit in? Pretty much anywhere at this point... =)

SYTYCD S7 Top 8 Performance Music

I’ll probably miss this show, so I’ll be late tonight with the music. Feel free to chime in if you catch any of tonight’s music! As always, I’ll give you a shout out.

Dancer: Lauren Froderman
All-Star: Pasha Kovalev
Style: Cha Cha
Choreographer: Jean Marc and France Genereux [Thanks Christine!]
Song: Lady Gaga with Beyonce’s “Telephone” – Telephone

Dancer: Jose Ruiz
All-Star: Lauren Gottleib
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Mandy Moore
Song: Mom says Nix’s “Don’t Tear Us Apart,” but I haven’t found it on iTunes yet. [Lol. My mom’s been helping me for the start of the shows since I’ve been running late from work. BUT, this song is INXS’s “Never Tear Us Apart” – Never Thanks to commenters Lisa and Renee!]

Dancer: Kent Boyd
All-Star: Comfort Fedoke
Style: Hip-hop
Choreographer: Dave Scott
Song: Ryan Leslie’s “You’re Not My Girl” – You're

Dancer: Adechike Torbert
All-Star: Courtney Galiano
Style: Jazz?
Choreographer: Mandy Moore
Song: Dinah Washington/Rae and Christian remix “Is You or Is You Ain’t My Baby” – Is

Dancer: Billy Bell
All-Star: Katee Shean (in place of Allison Holker)
Style: Broadway
Choreographer: Spencer Liff
Song: “Macavity” – Macavity: from the Cats Musical

Dancer: Ashley Galvan
All-Star: Dominic Sandoval
Style: Hip-hop
Choreographer: Nappytabs
Song: Ludacris’s “How Low” – How

Dancer: Robert Roldan
All-Star: Kathryn McCormick
Style: Jazz
Choreographer: Sean Cheesman
Song: Roisin Murphy’s “Sinking Feeling” – Sinking

Dancers: Adechike Torbert and Markla (Nakul’s assistant stepped in for Alex Wong)
Style: Bollywood
Choreographer: Nakul Dev Mahajan
Song: “Mourya Re” – Mourya from Don the Chase Begins Again soundtrack

Dancers: Lauren Froderman and Kent Boyd
Style: Contemporary
Choreographer: Travis Wall
Song: Howie Day’s acoustic “Collide” – Collide (Acoustic Version) – Stop All the World Now (Special Edition Version)

Dancers: Ashley Galvan and Robert Roldan
Style: Quickstep
Choreographer: Jean-Marc and France
Song: The Atomic Fireballs’s “The Man with the Hex” – Man

Dancers: Billy Bell and Jose Ruiz
Style: African Jazz
Choreographer: Sean Cheesman
Song: Mickey Hart’s “The Hunt” – The

You can check out all Season 7’s music here.

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SYTYCD S7 Top 8 Performance Discussion

If you’re like me, you’re dying for tonight’s show. As I saw on Twitter earlier today, the Top 8 elimination is usually something of a shocker. Everybody’s got to dance their best tonight. I’ll probably be running late for the show, but I can’t wait anyway. What do you think? Who’s gonna kick it tonight and who’s gonna be in danger?

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Black Gold Shines Part 4

So, in Part 3, I promised you more surprises and presents, didn’t I?

“What more is there?” you might ask. First, we’re giving away a pair of tickets to each and every one of Black Gold‘s remaining tour dates (thanks to Red Bull Records!). All you have to do is be the first one to ask for them in the comments of the ticket giveaway post.

Then, I posed an interview with Eric Ronick, the lead singer of Black Gold, where he says he’ll moonwalk with all the eliminated SYTYCD dancers if FOX will have Black Gold on the show. Sounds pretty cool to me.

And if that weren’t enough, in Part 3, I posted three (horrible quality on my part, incredible quality on their part) songs from their New Orleans show, including “Shine,” the farewell song on SYTYCD right now.

But that is not all. No, sirree. There’s more.

As part of the Eureka Summer Tour (Rooney, Black Gold, Young Veins), there is a Tweet-for-download offer that I’ve already taken advantage of, so you know it’s easy and free. Just click on the link and check out the widget in the top right corner. You can use that to post on Facebook or Twitter and you’ll get a free download of three songs. “Shine” by Black Gold, “I Don’t Wanna Lose You” by Rooney and “Change” by The Young Veins.

Red Bull Records has also given us a widget where you can stream “Shine” all you want. Check it out:

Enjoy all the presents!!

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