"Happy Fluffy" - Charity and the JAMband

Artist: Charity and the JAMband

Song: "Happy Fluffy"

Album: Rock Your Socks Off

Description: Wow, can it really be more than 8 years since the Bay Area released their third album of dance-inspiring mellow grooves?  Yes, yes it can be.  One of that album's strongest tracks, "Happy Fluffy," is available for free (name-your-price) download for a limited time.  It was made free, bandleader Charity Kahn reports, for the International Day of Happiness 2014, but I also think it's kind of appropriate as society starts celebrating the Easter Bunny.

Source: Bandcamp

"For the Birds" - Matt Clark and the Johnson Creek Watershed Council


Artist: Matt Clark / Johnson Creek Watershed Council

Song: "For the Birds"

Album: N/A

Description: A gentle, amusing folk song of avian wordplay from Portland kindie musician Matt Clark, whose day job is Executive Director of the Johnson Creek Watershed Council, which "promotes restoration and stewardship of a healthy Johnson Creek Watershed through sound science and community engagement."  It's name your price, but if you like it, won't you throw in some money for the track?

Source: Bandcamp

DIY Sampler - Lunch Money


Artist: Lunch Money

Album: N/A

Description: South Carolina's beloved Lunch Money recorded several of their songs at North Carolina's Old House Studios.  Now you can download three tracks from the band's wonderful Spicy Kid album, four from Original Friend, plus a song they recorded for the Richland Library Growing Savers Program.  You're gonna have to do it yourself, but we like DIY 'round here.

Source: Bandcamp

The Peculiar Tales of the S.S. Bungalow (Demo Tracks)


Artist: The S.S. Bungalow (aka Jason Reuter)

Album: The Peculiar Tales of the S.S. Bungalow

Description: It's a Kickstarter project from Portland, it's a plane... no, it's just a Kickstarter project from Portland.  They've got less than 2 days to go, and they're close.  Perhaps a free download (or even a spin) of 3 demo tracks from the album might convince you.  I think you might be pleasantly surprised and inspired to throw in a ducat or two. 

Source: NoiseTrade

"Tofurky" - Joanie Leeds

Artist: Joanie Leeds

Song: "Tofurky"

Album: What A Zoo!

Description: A silly song for the vegetarians in your life who might not appreciate being left with nothing but stuffing, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce every Thanksgiving.

Source: Bandcamp

Introducing the Jelly of the Month Club - Jelly of the Month Club


Artist: Jelly of the Month Club 

Album: Introducing the Jelly of the Month Club 

Description:  I hope to have a review of the debut album from this all-star band featuring SoCal ska/surf/soul musicians soon, but in the meantime, here's an opportunity for you to download the whole album.  It's "name your price," but since they're asking for donations to fund their next video, it'd be churlish not to throw in at least a buck or two (or more). 

Source: Bandcamp 

"Hinterlands" - Dog on Fleas

Artist: Dog on Fleas 

Song: "Hinterlands" 

Album: Buy One, Get One Flea 

Description: New music from the New York band Dog on Fleas is always reason for celebration.  Especially when it's free.  It's from their upcoming 2014 album (love that title, by the way), and their description -- "adventurous songs on the jazzier, campier side of things" -- fits this lovely, shambling track perfectly. 

Source: Bandcamp