Today's Random #MPFreebie - A Boatload of Free Samplers from Amazon
You may already be browsing Amazon's MP3 Store, but have you been paying attention to the "Free Songs and Special Deals" section? Sure, they offer the free song of the day, and they occasionally feature a sampler alongside, but there are many, MANY labels releasing samplers throughout the year. Over the last year-and-a-half, I've picked up over 150 samplers from this source alone; you'll find everything from world music to classical to metal and hip-hop in the selection at any given time.
For some reason--the "start of summer," I guess--there was a deluge of releases over the July 4th weekend. Instead of trying to review so many samplers at once, I'm just going to throw you the links to the first 10 free samplers on amazon.com and (when I can find them) to the labels themselves. If you want to start tracking future releases, here's the "Free Albums" page, sorted by Release Date, newest first. The latest releases:
Kill Rock Stars 20 Year Anniversary Sampler - Kill Rock Stars, Portland OR and Olympia WA
Dangerbird Summer Sampler 2011 - Dangerbird Records, Silverlake CA
Vagrant Summer Sampler 2011 - Vagrant Records, Los Angeles CA
A Touch and Go Records Digital Sampler - Touch and Go/Quarterstick Records, Chicago IL
Bloodshot Indie-Pendants Sampler - Bloodshot Records, Chicago IL
Merge Records 2011 Sampler - Merge Records, Durham NC
Frenchkiss Records Amazon MP3 Sampler - Frenchkiss Records, New York NY
Carpark Records 2011 Sampler - Carpark Records, Washington DC
Stockholm Belongs to Us - Labrador Records, Stockholm, Sweden
Cantora Sampler - Cantora Records, New York NY
(and here's an 11th, just because it's REALLY good stuff!)
23 This Year: The Sub Pop Amazon Sampler - Sub Pop Records, Seattle WA
Go forth and download!