Tangled Web: A weekly column featuring intriguing online music-related issues & destinations. This Week: The Faint, PeopleSound and Epitonic.
OH, THE VAPORS: Omaha, Neb., electronic rock act the Faint is offering remixes and unreleased tracks for streaming and download on its official Web site. Currently offered are 13 remixes and tracks from the group's latest Saddle Creek Records release, "Wet From Birth," along with songs from their previous two albums.
The Faint begins touring with Bright Eyes at the end of April and is set to perform at the 2005 Coachella Festival in May. The site promises to be updated with ever more tracks, so check back often.
FOR THE PEOPLE: Peoplesound has compiled artists from classical, alternative, hip-hop, rock, country, reggae and more into a searchable site with free downloads and streaming. While most major label artists offer only 30-second clips of their songs, well-known bands like the Killers and the Darkness allow visitors to stream full songs from their albums.
The site also offers new releases, such as the recent availability of the full version of the Garbage single "Why Do You Love Me," ahead of the April 11 release of the group's latest album, "Bleed Like Me" (Geffen). Several lesser-known bands offer several full tracks for streaming and downloading free of charge. Peoplesound also features several pages of artists in various genres, giving visitors a wide range of artists to sample.
In addition to music, the site features artist biographies and album information. Peoplesound does require registration, but downloading and streaming is free.
A CUTTING EDGE TONIC: Offering "the cutting edge in music," Epitonic provides free jazz, hip-hop, rock, experimental and electronic downloads to happy Web surfers. Artists like Beck, Death Cab for Cutie and Enon sit alongside rising musicians in the site's easy-to-use format. Artist bios are available with most of the music offered on the site, as are CD purchasing opportunities.
New releases, like Hot Hot Heat’s single "Goodnight, Goodnight," and news updates are posted regularly to keep visitors up-to-date in the music world.
In addition to downloading songs, visitors who register with Epitonic can create a Blackbox, which contains folders of songs chosen by the site's editors and an Inbox that allows users to store songs and create playlists.
Visitors who don’t want to overload their laptops or PCs with large music files can utilize the Epitonic Radio option, which offers music in 50 different genres from which users customize their own playlists.