First up: Community Records' Head Above Water compilation is a free, 36-song compilation curated by Community Records, with help from Asian Man, Plan-It-X and Quote Unquote labels and Gulf Restoration Network. (Click for a ZIP download.) It's free to download, but Community Records recommends donating to GRN in exchange for the download, which also features literature, photos and more info from GRN about the Gulf oil disaster. (More info here.)
There's loads of politically minded punk, folk, ska, more punk and metal, with unreleased material from locals Small Bones ("Deep Water Event Horizon") and Thou, whose single "Bonnet Carre" is from an upcoming 12" EP on Robotic Empire.
The compilation also has unreleased material from ska and punk rock artists like Mustard Plug and Mike Park and tracks by Screaming Females, Caddywhompus and Dan Potthast, with the tongue-in-cheek "Eat The Planet."
Check out Curren$y's latest mixtape Covert Coup, available for free download.
DJs Maddie Ruthless and Karo debuted their soon-to-be regular dancehall reggae mix. Listen to it here.
New Jersey's hyper-literate English major punks Titus Andronicus hit Hi-Ho Lounge tonight (with locals Empress Hotel and Felix). Read Noah Bonaparte Pais' show preview, and download "A More Perfect Union" from the Civil War-inspired epic The Monitor (XL).
If you missed it earlier this month, My Morning Jacket released the title track from Circuital, due May 31 on ATO, available for free via email registration.
And if there are any lingering Soulja Boy fans out there, well, here's his latest mixtape, Juice.
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