:: Thursday, May 25, 2006 ::
Thursday Thirteen: blatant eMusic promotion edition
As I recently noted elsewhere on this blog, eMusic's special offer of 50 free mp3 downloads just for trying the service expires at the end of May. So as an added incentive to pursuade music lovers to try this wonderful service, and to meet my self-imposed weekly Thursday Thirteen obligations, I offer you:
    Thirteen reasons music lovers should check out eMusic before May 31

  1. After you get your 50 free tunes, you get 40 downloads a month for just $9.99. That's 25 cents a song. What a great value.

  2. Everyone loves an underdog, right? Entertainment Weekly lists eMusic as the No. 2 music website (right behind iYou-know-what). EW calls eMusic an "underappreciated, expertly curated MP3 store" that "is the music geek's alternative to iTunes. ... eMusic sells tunes only from independent labels, which means you won't find most current pop hits here. But spend some time sifting through its 1.2 million tracks — including new stuff from Neko Case and Spoon and classics by Johnny Cash and Otis Redding — and you won't care."

  3. The White Stripes' entire catalog is available on eMusic.

  4. Joe Strummer and the Mescaleros -- the entire catalog.

  5. For the '60s rock/classic rock lover, eMusic offers Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Kinks, Frank Zappa and more.

  6. Indie rock is one area where eMusic excels. Spoon, The New Pornographers, Belle and Sebastian, The Decemberists, Bloc Party, and on and on.

  7. Alt country: Neko Case, Drive By Truckers, John Doe, New West Records and more.

  8. For all the old punks: eMusic's collection of early punk and postpunk is phenomenal. No, you won't find the Clash, Ramones or Sex Pistols, but you will find caches of Stiff Little Fingers (just for you, Richard), Mekons, Suicide, Buzzcocks (their later stuff), The Slits, The Raincoats, Dead Kennedys, Swell Maps and more.

  9. Newer punk, too: NOFX, Flogging Molly, Mission of Burma (including their latest, The Obliterati, Rancid, etc.

  10. Fantastic oldies collections. The Stax Records Sampler features artists like Otis Redding, the Staple Singers, Eddie Floyd and Booker T. and the MGs. And the Sun Essentials collection of early Sun recordings by the likes of Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Roy Orbison is, well, essential.

  11. For all you crybaby emo kids, eMusic has plenty of Dashboard Confessional, Get Up Kids, My Chemical Romance, Alkaline Trio, Saves the Day, The Promise Ring and practically every other Vagrant artist -- enough to keep you whining into the wee hours of the morning.

  12. The eMusic Dozen feature offers expert insight into various genres with recommendations from guides for a dozen CDs in that category. Interested in old-school punk? There's a "Dozen" for it. Wanna get political? Check out Chuck D's Political Dozen. Alos: Southern Rock, Boomer-Friendly Rock, Modern Gospel, Jam Bands, Underground Hip-Hop and Eastern European Classical are among the eclectic mix of dozens available via eMusic.

  13. The 50 free downloads, of course.
There. If those 13 reasons won't do the trick, I don't know what will.

Get the Thursday Thirteen code here!

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