Babies, meet Daytrotter

The internet is filled with terrible, terrible content. It is also home to a few platefuls of wholesome content (consider this engaging artistic criticism, or this brilliant, semi-satirical user-made content).

Daytrotter.com is responsible for a healthy portion of said wholesome content. And frankly, I can’t begin to explain what business model they’re following. Membership to Daytrotter is free, and members have access to all of the latest and archived “sessions”; that is, as a member, you can download a very, very gratuitous amount of free mp3s.

And Daytrotter is prolific, too: there’s a new four (or more) pack of mp3s to be had almost every day, with a tasteful mix of well-known and up-and-coming artists (Shabazz Palaces’ latest session, featuring a few songs not found on the Black Up LP, proved the impetus for this post). In short, if you’re here now, Daytrotter will likely dramatically improve your quality of living. Here’s a sampler of our favorite sessions:

Shabazz Palaces

Shabazz Palaces – Big Orange Studios 7/13/2011

Bear witness to an emcee who rejects the notion that his skill must be relative. Shabazz Palaces is of another world, and they’re not interested in anything to the contrary. This new Daytrotter session is no exception, either.

Freelance Whales – 10/29/2010

Beginning with an excellent electric styling of “The Great Estates”, Freelance Whales’ second Daytrotter session is perhaps a sign of their move toward a sound less precious, but no less powerful, than that found on their debut LP, Weathervanes. The Freelance Whales want to sit you down in a haunted house atop a country hill, and if you comply, you’ll be treated to one of the fullest, busiest, most striking sounds on rotation.

Grizzly Bear – 4/29/2007

The Friends EP is hard to find. The best song on said EP is a wallowing cover of “He Hit Me.” The Daytrotter session featuring a live, in-studio performance of “He Hit Me” can be yours, for free, with so little effort. Also enjoy two other rarities: the crescendoing “Little Brother” and the blow piano, whistle-along “Shift.”

Cults – 10/20/2010

When subsisting off of the Cults 7″ EP earlier this year, this Daytrotter session provided quite the complement. This collection of songs is particularly valuable because the mix is so different than what’s found on the album–the weird cult-related vocal samples are brought forward, making for a much clearer overall sound.

Death Cab For Cutie

Death Cab for Cutie – 4/28/2008

Despite the slight disappointment we expressed with their latest LPCodes and Keys, we still love Death Cab. This session features an excellent two-song run with “A Movie Script Ending” and “Styrofoam Plates.” Separated on 2003’s The Photo Album, they’re revealed to be an intended pair here, and it’s a tremendous one.

Gayngs – 10/1/2010

The combination of rumbling bass and Justin Vernon’s auto-tune treated falsetto on Gayngs’ cover of Sade’s “By Your Side” is made for all of your late night needs. Download it, and consider purchasing a satin robe while you’re at it.

Margot & The Nuclear So and So's

Margot and the Nuclear So and Sos – 7/29/2008

The Animal! and Not Animal! LPs share similar (but, according to the band, distinctly different) tracklists. These songs bridge the gaps, with songs from either co-existing delightfully. “My Baby Shoots Her Mouth Off” and “Love Song for a Schuba’s Bartender” are highlights.

Of course, this is all but a sampler. Search for your favorite bands (Iron and Wine, Yuck, Bon Iver, The National, Of Montreal, Foals, Vampire Weekend–yes, all there), click on what sounds interesting, and if you need help with a decision, consult the brilliant, gushing writings that accompany each download.