We may not have two nickels to rub together, but, fellow rail riders, at least we aren’t the financiers behind Ford (well, not yet anyway). Plus, any hobo worth his bindle knows that the rails are the only way to ride. Next stop? Hobo heaven: In this, the sixth edition of our Depression Special series, we save you enough dough to buy a knee-smacking spoon AND a siphon (assuming you’re still unlucky enough to own an automobile). After the jump five free and legal full-record downloads to help you ramble through the long, dark ride.
Del The Funky Homosapien – Funk Man (the stimulus package)On his new album, career collaborator Del The Funky Homosapien drops the kind of quirky, hardcore hip-hop that earned him accolades alongside the likes of Hieroglyphics, Gorillaz, and Handsome Boy Modeling School. Preview| Download the Record
Jesper Norda – We Have the Guts and Little Ones EPsLow-voiced Swede Jesper Norda brings highbrow poetics to the grime and grandeur of Stockholm’s bohemian underbelly. On these EPs, Norda mimics the deep-throated rasp of the Magnetic Fields’ Stephin Merritt, the National, and Jens Lekman.Preview| Download the Records
Janes Addiction, Nine Inch Nails, Street Sweeper – NIN|JA epA readymade entry for your depressing teenage diary, Nine Inch Nails hammers its way back into the freebie file, this time offering rarities alongside similarly time-shocked alterna act Jane’s Addiction. Preview | Download the Record
Themselves – The Free Houdini A fiery, uncompromising dancefloor banger, Anticon guru Themselves’ The Free Houdini adds fittingly cut-up avant-garde turntable theatircs to the work of Buck 65, Aesop Rock, Busdriver, Atmosphere, and Odd Nosdam. Preview| Download the Record
Centre – Another Year and L’Efant Coma EPs A mix of ambient atmospheres, shoegaze delay, post-punk rhythms, and early-90s dance beats, Centre’s mish-mash floats in a haze that’s at once ostentatious and unassuming. It’s like the dance floor’s gone inexplicably goth.Preview| Download the Records