No, Obama’s first 100 days haven’t fixed everything, but at least they’ve put Portuguese Water Dogs back on the map. It’s small victory, but still, there’s nothing a rail rider appreciates more than a trusty hound to ward off box-car bandits. Well, almost nothing: in this, the seventh edition of our Depression Special series, we save you enough to buy Bo a biscuit and stick some Somalians in your sock. After the jump five free and legal full-record downloads to help you wile away the days until your train (metaphorical or otherwise) arrives.
Prefuse 73 – MoMA PodcastIn preparation for an appearance at MoMA Monday Nights, Prefuse 73 preps an exclusive podcast, matching the art museum’s ambiance with cuts from the likes of Tim Hecker, Boredoms, Christopher Willits, Dilla, and Hudson Mohawke. Download the Record
The Streets – Twitter EP UK hip-hopper Mike Skinner (aka the Streets) takes to the interweb, releasing three quickly conceived tunes via Twitter. They may be one-offs (the project is ongoing), but the fractured beats and rapid-fire delivery are every bit as inflammatory as anything he’s put on album. Preview| Download the Record
Memory Cassette – The Hiss We Missed and Rewind While Sleeping EPs As far as we can tell, synth-obsessed dance-poppers Memory Cassette are a mysterious outgrowth of Philly collective Hail Social. Evoking the breezy, staid electro-pop of Air, the group’s wispy toy-shop reveries are at once unassuming and endlessly ingratiating. Preview | Download the Records
6pm – Tape Worms EP Reminiscent of German wonders the Notwist, Spanish beatsmiths 6pm create the kind glitch-ridden, guitar-twanged indie atmospheres that set electro-acoustic kids aflame. Preview| Download the Record
Ólafur Arnalds – Found Songs A song-a-day project by neo-classical composer Ólafur Arnalds, Found Songs offers a series of stunningly beautiful minimalist orchestrations. While the series was completed in under a week, the product resonates unto the ages. Preview| Download the Record