Monday, January 18, 2010

MusicMonday: A Winning Song + New Free Downloads

The Weary Kind

Last week, I saw the new film Crazy Heart about a washed-up country singer -- played by Jeff Bridges in an Oscar-worthy performance. As I said in that review (here), I was not previously a fan of country music -- but the movie's soundtrack is quite amazing -- and really moved me. In fact, it's enough to make me want to explore more music in the country rock subcategory.

Over the weekend, the original song for the movie --"The Weary Kind" -- won Golden Globe AND Critics' Choice Awards (music and lyrics by T Bone Burnett and Ryan Bingham, who also appears in the film). With the two wins this weekend, this song has all the momentum as the Oscar race heats up (nominations are announced February 2). If you're not familiar with the song -- or Bingham -- take a look at this video below. The official and deluxe soundtracks for the movie both make their debut tomorrow; details here.

Free Downloads

Here are this week's offerings:
  • "Widow Wake My Mind," the second of 44 planned free tracks from The Smashing Pumpkins is now available on the band's MySpace page here.
  • VolumeVote is a site that gives away a free MP3 from a different band every single day -- check it out here.
  • MTV offers several free songs per week; here are the latest selections.
  • Amazon is offering over 100 free albums for download here.

And don't forget to continually check the following sources for more free downloads -- new songs covering all genres are added frequently. Just click on the links below and enjoy some new tunes.

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