So I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I just wanted to second the recommendation for NPR Music’s Exclusive First Listen Series. The series started in September of ’08 with a Dylan album and has progressed from there. The premise is simple. They stream an album in its entirety before it is officially released, and you can listen to it as much as you want for about a week until they take it down. There’s none of that 30-second clip crap to deal with. You get the whole thing. The Exclusive First Listen Series is just one more reason why NPR Music rocks. (1)
Recently the series featured the likes of Charlotte Gainsbourg, Beach House, Spoon, Laura Veirs, and more. (Of course, they have also featured more prominent artists like Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.)
Right now, you can check out by The Courage of Others by Midlake and Tomorrow, In a Year by The Knife. Catch them this week while they last.
(1) Of course, having interned with NPR Music, you could say I’m a bit biased.