Friday, January 1, 2010

Cleansing the Headspace:
Astral Headspace, Vol. 3

Current download links are now being maintained on a separate Comp Index post and in the COMPS section on the right.

Third in the blockbuster series of free internet music compilations, and this time they mostly tie in with the 2009 year-end lists. Marvel at the spectrum of bitrates, enjoy the ebb and flow in styles, be sure to download Vol. 1 and Vol. 2!!

Cleansing the Headspace

Cleansing the Headspace: Astral Headspace, Vol. 3 brings you 21 swell tracks, right about two hours, of all the promotional fury of the past year. If you need some guidance, check out the post all about downloading .zip how-to (step #3 on).

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Cleansing the Headspace: Astral Headspace, Vol. 3 (2010)

01 "Hall of the Dead" - Isis
- Post-metal growling and riffing and singing and soaring from #3 album of 2009, Wavering Radiant. Mp3 downloaded from the 56kbps-pimping All That Is Heavy.

02 "Swollen and Halo" - Baroness
- New Wave of Southern Boogie Stoner Prog Metal from #7 all-time of 2009, Blue Record. Mp3 also from All That Is Heavy, knocking out the sub-quality promos early!

03 "Only Shallow" - Nadja
- My Bloody Valentine cover from #16 Metal of 2009, When I See the Sun Always Shines on TV. Mp3 downloaded from Pitchfork's Forkcast blog.

04 "The Slumbering Ones" - The Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound
- Long-named hippies making heavy rock on the #15 Metal Next 10 of 2009, When Sweet Sleep Returned. Mp3 downloaded as part of Tee Pee Records sampler.

05 "The Ballad of Charley Harper" - Six Organs of Admittance
- New Weird America psych-folk from #10 co-album of 2009, Luminous Night. Mp3 comes from Pitchfork's Forkcast blog.

06 "Faking Gold & Murder IV" [excerpt] - AEthenor
- A bit more weird from the #16 Not Metal of 2009, Faking Gold and Murder. Album and song excerpts available from label VHF Records.

07 "Naro Way" - Sinoia Caves
- Hippy-prog-folk-synth from Black Mountain member and #8 co-record of 2006, The Enchanter Persuaded. Album and mp3 from the Jagjaguwar label.

08 "Sciarando El Scuro" - Bottin
- Random horror-Italo disco-electronics found via Pitchfork's Forkcast blog.

09 "You'll See It" - Washed Out
- Much-talked-about bunnygl!tch from Pitchfork-y solo popster. Mp3 downloaded from among many hyped at the Pitchfork itself.

10 "Tuesday Rollers and Strollers" [excerpt] - White Rainbow
- Still not sure exactly what kind of music this is, but first discovered in some flukey drone-pop-electronic-prog jamband drive-by post. Mp3 comes from Pitchfork's Forkcast blog.

11 "Clockwork Horoscope" [excerpt] - Belbury Poly
- The new hauntology from #17 of Non-Metallic 2009, From an Ancient Star. Mp3 Excerpt downloaded from Ghost Box Music label.

12 "Duplex Time Portal Machine" - Snailface
- Something more ambient from meet-a-challenge doom side-project, #18 Metalloid of 2009, Snailface. Entire album available free from band's official site, nothing more than musical giveaway.

13 "October Fires" - Wolf People
- Even more random than White Rainbow, here's some rock 'n' roll. Mp3 downloaded from the fine music blog, Stereogum.

14 "I Will Haunt You" - Oneida
- I hear their new triple-album, Rated O, is supposed to be quite good. This mp3 and two others found at the Jagjaguwar label.

15 "The Mountain" - Krallice
- urban Black Metal from #13 from the 2009 Metal Next 10, Dimensional Bleedthrough. Mp3 downloaded again from Stereogum.

16 "Wanderer Above the Sea of Fog" - Wolves in the Throne Room
- forest Black Metal from #14 metal, Black Cascade. Mp3 taken from All That Is Heavy - grim...

17 "The Last Baron" - Mastodon
- Heavy and proggy #19 Metalloid of 2009, Crack the Skye. Another low-grade mp3 courtesy of All That Is Heavy!

18 "The Sun Always Shines on TV" - Nadja
- A second dose of 2009 Nadja covers, a-Ha in case you didn't know. (They just came out with a collaboration album with Pyramids!) This one's off A.T.I.H. as well.

19 "Faking Gold & Murder II" [excerpt] - AEthenor
- see Track 6 info, it's all the same...

20 "My Girls" [live] - Animal Collective
- art-pop-noise-rock-freak-folk-jamband and #19 on this here Un-metal of 2009 list, Merriweather something something. Live mp3 downloaded from The Internet Archive.

21 "Ashes in the Snow" [live] - Mono
- A very quiet bootleg of a great song from #4 overall record of 2009, Hymn to the Immortal Wind. Mp3 also found on's Live Music Archive.

So, there's your dollop of variety. Happy New Year!!

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