This week I’d like to share with you one of my favorite websites to discover, listen to, and download new music. It’s called Daytrotter.com. It’s a unique music blog that offers free mp3s. Daytrotter is based out of Horseshack Studio in Rock Island, IL. They invite touring bands to stop by the studio between shows and record alternative versions of old songs or unreleased tracks. These recordings are very casual and are all live with no overdubs. A different band records four to five songs each day, everyday since May of 2006. The website has a very attractive and artsy layout. The main feature on the home page is that day’s session along with the sessions from the previous three days. There is a column of recent sessions as well as top sessions. Each artist’s session is accompanied with an illustration, a short bio of the band and current news, and four to five free downloads. You can browse the session archives and come across amazing recordings of artists such as Andrew Bird, Grizzly Bear, Death Cab for Cutie, Spoon, and Mew amongst thousands of others. This website serves as a wonderful promotional tool, especially for lesser known or newer bands because the website is perfect for discovering new music because the downloads are free!
by Erin Schwaba