Take Home 12 Of The Year’s Best FREE Downloads For 12/12/12

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marty_r-feat Marty Rosenbaum
XRT Promotions Assistant & Staff Writer
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The day that has been now coined “Soundcheck Day” doesn’t come around very often. In fact the next time we’ll see this phenomena is not until December 12th, 2112.

I’m not talking about a Cubs playoff victory either. In honor of 12/12/12 here are 12 of my favorite free downloads XRT offered in 2012.

School Of Seven Bells “Secret Days”
Make yourself a DIY dance floor because this new track off the group’s latest EP Put Your Sad Down will get your body moving.

Divine Fits “Would That Not Be Nice” (RJD2 Remix)
Already an XRT favorite of 2012, this remix from the high profile producer shows the band’s creative strength and appeal.

Gary Clark Jr. “Bright Lights”
One of my favorite tracks of the year, the impressiveness of Clark’s guitar work is matched by his soulful vocals.


Remastered Grey Album

Regarded as the essential mashup album, Dangermouse’s 2004 release gets the remastered treatment.


Flume “Sleepless”

Slip away into a dreamy state as Flume’s otherworldly synthesizer sounds seamlessly blend with an upbeat melody.


David Byrne & St. Vincent “Who”

Is it Talking Heads? Is It St. Vincent? The only way to find out who this wonderful track can be attributed to is to download and listen.

Gov’t Mule “Worried Down With The Blues”
The Warren Haynes outfit delivers yet again with this soulful number infused Chicago blues sounds.

Beach House “Myth”
Breakout single from one of the breakout bands of the year, make sure to grab this track while it’s still free.

Umphrey’s McGee “Booth Love” (Live From The Aragon Ballroom)
You can feel the love pouring out of Brendan Bayliss’ vocals and Jake Cinninger’s guitar in this one, a track guaranteed to set the mood.

JC Brooks And The Uptown Sound “I Am Trying To Break Your Heart”
The soul man from Uptown brings an upbeat take on this Wilco cover. Ask anyone at XRT and they are bound to include it as one of their top 10 tracks for the year.

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros “Man On Fire” (Little Daylight Remix)

I was really skeptical of an Edward Sharpe remix. Not anymore, not even close. Download this now and get your feet moving.

Megan Reilly “Throw It Out”
Reilly makes you want to invite her to all of your campfire outings and have her play well into the night with her silky smooth voice and blues/folk rhythms.


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