The Peculiar Tales of the S.S. Bungalow (Full Version) - Big World Audio Theatre

Artist: Big World Audio Theatre

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

Description: The half-story/half-musical hybrid from the (very) multi-headed hydra that is Portland, Oregon's Big World Audio Theatre gets a limited-time giveaway.  That's right, for the month of August you can download their fine debut The Peculiar Tales of the S.S. Bungalow.  It's worth more than that (throw in a couple dollars at least), but if you haven't had an opportunity to listen, take advantage of this.  (Also, below the Noisetrade widget, find a brief promo video the band made to introduce the album to newbies.)

Source: Noisetrade

Let's Hear It for the Moms! - Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

Let's Hear It for the Moms! album cover

Let's Hear It for the Moms! album cover

Artist: Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could

Album: Let's Hear It for the Moms!

Description: A seven-song sampler of previously-released maternally-related tracks from the New York roots-rocker, downloadable for free.  I would guess that this is a limited-time offer, so don't delay -- Mother's Day has come and gone, but celebrating the mothers in our lives, be it our own or others we know, doesn't go out of style.  I've always liked Rymer's take on "Mama Don't Allow," but all of them are worth the mp3 space.

Source: Bandcamp

"My Mom" - Danny Weinkauf

My Mom - single cover

My Mom - single cover

Artist: Danny Weinkauf

Song: "My Mom"

Album: N/A

Description: If there was a Broadway musical about moms targeted at your favorite 6-year-old, then this would be the soft-shoe dance number midway through the first act.  Tina Kenny, who plays bass in Weinkauf's Red Pants Band, duets with Weinkauf.  Adorbs.

Source: Bandcamp

"You Are Loved" - Hullabaloo

Artist: Hullabaloo

Song: "You Are Loved"

Album: N/A

Description: Not sure it's possible to release a much simpler song -- one voice, one guitar, one minute, and a couple dozen different words at most.  All to convey a simple and powerful message, "You Are Loved."  It's possible to sing this concept and have it sound trite.  To my ears, that isn't the case at all with this track.

Source: Bandcamp

"Jelly Beans!" - Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips

Artist: Mista Cookie Jar and the Chocolate Chips

Song: "Jelly Beans!"

Album: N/A (upcoming release)

Description: Featuring a sugar-infused electro-blues (again, MCJ is kindie's hyphenate king) amped to 11, lyrical delivery from 14-year-old Ava Flava (with an assist from Mista Cookie Jar), this ode to the sugar- (or corn syrup-)filled candy winds up and up until it crashes at the very end.  The free download crashes (i.e., ends) just about the time your kids will crash after eating their Easter candy (i.e., sometime Easter Sunday).

Source: Bandcamp

"Favorite Cousin" - The Pop Ups

Artist: The Pop Ups

Song: "Favorite Cousin"

Album: N/A

Description: I'll have a separate post on Christmas and holiday music in a few days, but didn't want the free nature of this track to go unnoticed any longer than it had to.  Yes, it's nominally about Christmastime and Hanukkah-time, but really it's about jamming with your favorite-but-not-often-seen family member.

Source: Soundcloud

Food Songs for Thanksgiving - Various Artists

Artist: Various Artists

Album: N/A

Description: Eight songs free for the downloading (for a limited time, anyway), courtesy of artists from Sugar Mountain PR.  Ostensibly they're songs for Thanksgiving, but that's really just because they're food-related.  But with music from Kira Willey, Lisa Loeb, Heidi Swedberg, Key Wilde & Mr. Clarke, the Okee Dokee Brothers and more, I think you'll find enough to be grateful for.

Source: Soundcloud

Fire Prevention Songs - SteveSongs and Recess Monkey

Artists: SteveSongs / Recess Monkey

Songs: "Little Rosalie" and "What's That Sound?"

Album: N/A

Description: The National Fire Protection Association's kid-friendly site Sparky Schoolhouse recruited SteveSongs and Recess Monkey to write, record, and film music videos promoting fire safety techniques. TL;DR - have a fire alarm and a fire safety plan.  But TL;DR doesn't work as well with kids, so I'd stick with the free downloads of Steve's "Little Rosalie" and five (5!) different versions of Recess Monkey's "What's That Sound?" (plus you can see the videos, too).

Source: Sparky Schoolhouse website