Free music roundup

The Wednesday Morning Download column at Salon just started updating again after an October hiatus. In celebration, here’s my own roundup of free downloads:

If you didn’t snag a copy of this month’s Wired magazine, featuring a CD of Creative Commons-licensed tracks by such artists as David Byrne, My Morning Jacket, the Beastie Boys, Thievery Corporation, and Spoon, you can now download all the tracks from the Internet Archive.

Sub Pop’s RSS feed linked to tracks from the Postal Service, Saint Etienne, and the Shins among others.

The erstwhile author of Salon’s column, Doveman, has been linking some interesting stuff from his blog. This week: an acoustic cover of Tears for Fears’ Head Over Heels by Samamidon. And Metafilter points to a bunch of mash-ups by DJ Riko, including my favorite, Walk Like An Egyptian Devil (which pairs the Bangles with the Rolling Stones and Felix Da Housecat).

Sony Music gets RSS

LockerGnome: Sony Music now has RSS. Following the trail blazed by SubPop, Sony has posted twelve artist info feeds and one tour feed. Sadly none of the bands are ones that I’m interested in, though I suspect Oliver Willis will be subscribing to the Destiny’s Child and Beyoncé feeds.

Like SubPop, the feeds are RSS 1.0 format, though they don’t validate, throwing errors on the content type (text/html rather than application/rss+xml or application/rdf+xml) and not being well-formed XML.

Got R?

Apple Downloads: R for Mac OS X 2.0.1. I hadn’t seen this one before: a Mac OS X implementation of R, the statistical computing and graphics language from Bell Labs. The Mac OS X implementation comes complete with a Cocoa GUI that is pretty damned sexy for a stats package, especially a free one:

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