11 Free Live Album Downloads [Sound Sunday]
March 18, 2012 | In: Uncategorized
Sound Sunday is a weekly feature promoting free album downloads. Every edition invites you to explore various genres and artists from around the world. This week focuses on live recordings, from a broad spectrum of genres, including rock, folk, coir game music, hip hop, and metal.
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Moddi – Live at Parkteatret
Genre: indie, acoustic, singer-songwriter, pop, post rock
From the album page: “My name is Pål Moddi Knutsen, twenty-three winters as I write this. I come from an island called Senja in the far north of Norway, where I have borrowed my mother’s accordion, stolen a Russian display mandolin, and own an ocean blue guitar with two broken frets, with which I make and play music that’s always a little larger in my head than what ends up on tape. (…)”
Live at Parkteatret is a free download from Bandcamp.
Kristopher Roe – Live acoustic set, Los Angeles, 2011
Genre: alternative, indie, acoustic, rock
From the album page: “This is a live set recorded in Los Angeles during my last solo acoustic tour in early 2011. An actual studio quality full length acoustic LP entitled “Hang Your Head in Hope” is also available exclusively from this bandcamp page.”
Live acoustic set, Los Angeles, 2011 is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Bright and Early – UNPLUGGED
Genre: indie, acoustic, pop, punk, rock
Bright and Early is the band of Matt, Pete, JB, Ben, and Eric from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. From the album page: “This EP was recorded at Working Man’s Productions in Lancaster, PA in December of 2011.” Did anyone else think for a moment this was Brandon Boyd of Incubus singing?
UNPLUGGED is a free download from Bandcamp.
Michael Garfield – Rites of Passage: Live at Burning Man
Genre: experimental, acoustic, folktronica, singer-songwriter, guitar
From Michael’s Facebook page: “Between the personal warmth of songwriting tradition and the whirling electronics of festival culture, Michael Garfield is making music for which new words must be invented – intimate and heady, focused and raw. Not content to merely push the boundaries of acoustic fingerstyle technique, Michael weaves guitar, voice, effects, sound system, and audience into a greater instrument ecstatically playing itself. These guitar tapping etudes, cyberacoustic loopscapes, and passionate lovesongs are the performance of a world on its way: an age of reunion when dualisms fade in the glare of a love beyond opposites, and old categories no longer apply.”
Rites of Passage: Live at Burning Man is a name your price download from Bandcamp.
Great Lake Swimmers – The Legion Sessions
Genre: alternative, folk
From the album page: “While the city of Toronto was busy battling against the wind, snow and all around miserable conditions that keep residents firmly indoors as often as possible, the Great Lake Swimmers decided to hunker down to play in one of their country’s most esteemed locations, a Royal Canadian Legion Pub. Soon dubbed “The Legion Sessions”, GLS chose the hallowed local inn-which to capture live, many of the new songs from their album Lost Channels. The group enlisted the help of gifted young director Scott Cudmore to create a raw and intimate window into the subtle power of the group’s sound. On board capturing the music resonating within these cozy surroundings was none other than Graham Walsh from the experimental electronic group Holy F**k. Proceeds from the Tip Jar will be donated to Lake Ontario Waterkeeper.”
The Legion Sessions is a free download from NoiseTrade.
Third Day – Live Sampler
Genre: christian, rock
From their Biography: “Multi-platinum-selling rock band Third Day has played to millions of fans in numerous sold-out arenas around the world. It’s garnered 25 No. 1 singles across multiple formats—not to mention armloads of Grammy and Dove Awards. Yet the band’s willingness to struggle openly before fans and critics alike to unearth its identity, purpose and mission stands as Third Day’s most valued accomplishment during its first decade together. Backing up the band’s ascent, Billboard magazine noted the act is “not only one of the best Christian bands of the ’90s but one of the best rock bands, period.”
Third Day’s Live Sampler is a free download from Bandcamp.
Cara B – Concerts Volume 1
Genre: folk, polka, pop, rock
Cara B is a music program aired Saturday and Sunday evenings at Radio IB3, the Balearic Islands autonomous radio. Concerts Volume 1 is a sampler of 2011 concerts played for the radio station.
Concerts Volume 1 is a free download from Bandcamp.
Ruslan Pantaev – Collection of Sounds
Genre: experimental, ambitronic, electronic
Ruslan Pantaev is a self-employed musician, who grew up in Russia and now lives in New York.
Collection of Sounds is a free download from Bandcamp.
Video Game Music Choir – Freebies
Genre: choir, game music, soundtrack, a cappella
From their homepage: “The Video Game Music Choir started in September 2009. We are a committed group of Berklee students dedicated to spreading the gospel of great game music. We perform student arrangements of game music from all genres, all adapted for a cappella choir.”
Freebies is a free download from Bandcamp.
G-Side – Live From The Parish
Genre: alternative, rock, hip hop
From their Facebook page: “Huntsville, Alabama’s G-Side are ushering in a new era of Southern rap. Two of the hardest-grinding MCs in the business, ST 2 Lettaz and Yung Clova witnessed immense struggle firsthand and have worked ceaselessly to carve out a bright future for both themselves and their city. Buttressed by the bass-heavy, space-age sounds of local production gurus Block Beattaz, G-Side are an inescapable force, a perfect mix of positivity and swagger preaching, as SPIN coined, “no-bullshit, no-excuses achievement.” Raised ablock apart from one another in impoverished Athens, the duo started rapping together in 1999 inspired by the gangsta stylings of UGK, the fierce originality of Dungeon Family, and the independent spirit of No Limit.”
Live From The Parish is a free download from Bandcamp.
Arbiter – Live Judgement, Vol. 2
Genre: metal, death metal, deathcore, hardcore
From their Facebook page: “Arbiter is a metal band known for their clear-cut mix of many types of metal and hardcore music. From dark, brooding elements to nearly humorous passages, Arbiter’s music truly spans the spectrum. Arbiter formed in late 2009 and in late 2010 the band had self-recorded and self-released ‘Colossus’, their critically acclaimed debut album.”
Live Judgement, Vol. 2 is a free download from Bandcamp.
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