The Tangled Web, a weekly column featuring interesting music-related online destinations. This week: The Washington Post, Drive By Truckers and Steve Earle.
POSTING DIGITAL MUSIC The Washington Post, one of the nation's most respected daily newspapers, has added a digital-music page to its online counterpart. The Post's MP3 Page features free downloads of new music, concentrating on local acts.
The site links to MP3-related news and other reading materials culled from the Post and TechNews.com, a local live-music resource, and dozens of downloads, organized into different sections. Users can search for downloads under "new," "Editors' Picks" or "Top 50," which ranks the available tracks by popularity among other users.
The Post's page is also a self-publishing tool; many of the MP3s available are uploaded by the artists themselves. After signing an agreement and registering with the site, acts can submit their music to be posted and exposed to the Post's readership.
THE TANGLED SOUTH: Alabama rock outfit Drive-By Truckers releases its fourth studio album, "The Dirty South" today (Aug. 24) on New West Records.
Fans looking for a preview can download three tracks from the album -- "Putting People on the Moon," "Never Gonna Change" and "Carl Perkins Cadillac" -- from the group's official Web site.
Frontman Patterson Hood's solo album "Killers and Stars" also was released earlier this year on New West, and his Web site also allows visitors to peek in on that set via a stream of single "Uncle Disney."
DJ STEVE: As reported last week, Latter-day country rock icon Steve Earle on Aug. 22 launched his new weekly music show on the Air America radio network, and the broadcast is naturally available to stream from the liberal network's Web site.
The hour-long show, "The Revolution Starts ... Now," shares its title with Earle's new album, released Aug. 24 via Artemis.