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Music Bliss January 17, 2010

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Kate VoegeleWhat happens when your favorite singer covers your favorite band of all time?  I believe its known as Music Bliss.  I experienced this phenomenon when Kate Voegele released her cover of Muse’s Starlight on her iTunes live session last week.

I am usually not a celebrity stalker, but I’ve been a fan of One Tree Hill since the first episode.  I’ve reached that point where I refer to the characters by their first names and talk about them like we’re friends.  I will shamelessly admit that my roommate and I followed Kate Voegele around Florida for a weekend, and watched her perform live two nights in a row, in Orlando and St. Pete.  Unlike most singers, she’s even better live.  I actually got to meet her, and I babbled like a starstruck 14 year old.  (She said she liked my shirt!)  It was, without a doubt, the best weekend of our lives.  Muse

My brother introduced me to Muse, and for that I will be forever grateful.  We’ve almost worn out both our copies of The Resistance and we’re still not tired of it.  We’ve never seen Muse live, but we’ve decided we will gladly pay an arm and a leg to see them next time they come.I would also like to add that Supermassive Black Hole is my favorite song of all time.  Seriously, do you not feel cooler after listening to that song?  I wish I could have that song playing every time I walk into a room in slow motion with a wind machine pointed at me.  (Since that happens a lot…)

Needless to say, you can only imagine my excitement when I listened to Kate Voegele’s version of Starlight.  Go listen to it.  You can thank me later.


More Beats for Your Buck December 11, 2009

Let’s face it, my paycheck doesn’t entirely support my music and shopping habits.  So I had to get a little creative.  There are tons of places to find free songs and deals on  mp3 downloads.  As I’m sure most of you know, Zune Marketplace and iTunes have a free song and/or music video every week.  They are released every Tuesday with the rest of the new music, movies, and tv shows.  An even better resource I’ve found is Amazon.com.  Go to mp3 downloads, and click on “Special Deals”.  There is a free song every day, and an mp3 album of the day that ranges in price from $1.99 to $3.99 for the full album.

If you don’t check everyday, be sure to check on Tuesdays.  Lately, the mp3 album of the day has been a new release.  I scored Leona Lewis’s Echo and 30 Seconds to Mars’ This Is War for $3.99 each the day they were released.  That can save me up to $10 per brand new album.  Trust me, this is one kind of math you will enjoy.  I call it shopping math.

Amazon also has tons of free sampler albums that range from mainstream pop to indie and global labels.  Its a great way to try out new sounds and new artists.


Urban Outfitters is another unlikely resource for new artists and free music.  Every few months they put out a new Listen Playlist.  You can see the list of songs on the Urban Outfitters website, and get a code to download all 25 songs on iTunes for free.

And as if Starbucks wasn’t a fantastic place already, they also offer one free song or music video each week.  Check near the register for a stack of cards with the “Pick of the Week”.  On the back is a code to download the song or video for free on iTunes.  You can also view the songs Starbucks has recommended on iTunes, which is another great place to find new music.  This is where I first heard of great artists like Mayer Hawthorne.