VARIOUS ARTISTS 2010 Pop Sampler

Here’s a 2010 pop sampler we quickly put together from the hundreds of free MP3s that Amazon gives away. Listen to all the songs below and grab the entire 10-track collection via Comments. Click any album cover to visit Amazon and download the single track yourself, or preview the rest of the album. You’ll need to sign up with Amazon (and live in the land of the free) to download them directly. I was listening to this while writing this post and, for a cobbled together set, it accidentally sounds pretty good. With a couple spins you might find some new favorite bands.

TEENAGE FANCLUB Baby Lee (4:24) from Shadows
PERNICE BROTHERS Jacqueline Susann (
2:18) from Goodbye, Killer
TOMMY KEENE Places That Are Gone (
3:51) from A Retrospective
2:35) from Take A Vacation!
THE LOONS I Wanna Get You (3:22) from Red Dissolving Rays Of Light
THE GRIP WEEDS Speed of Life (
3:51) from Strange Change Machine
Wake Up the Nation (2:20) from Wake Up The Nation
PETER CASE Look Out! (
3:31) from Wig!
I’m Aware (2:59) from Bubblegum
PAUL COLLINS Losing Your Cool (2:41
) from King Of Power Pop!


  • Capt. Willard
    October 30, 2010 - 18:16 | Permalink

    Search HERE.

  • Visions
    February 14, 2013 - 15:30 | Permalink

    Geez, Captain, this assortment totally rocks! I missed it when it came out the first time. I want to play it in my high speed motor vehicle right away! Thanks so much for the reminder.

    • Willard
      February 14, 2013 - 18:50 | Permalink

      I forgot about it myself. Came across it during maintenance and it sounded pretty good.

  • Vern "clutch" MacGillicuddy
    February 14, 2013 - 22:18 | Permalink

    Very nice! I discovered Pernice Brothers via a free download from Amazon several years ago they quickly became a big favorite. Anybody attracted by this track should seek out their earlier albums, particularly “Discover A Lovelier You.” Also their 90’s incarnation as “The Scud Mountain Boys.”

    • Willard
      February 14, 2013 - 23:16 | Permalink

      I couldn’t help but hear a Smithereens influence. Does his other stuff have that sound, too?

  • Visions
    February 15, 2013 - 06:02 | Permalink

    I want to add that one of the criminally neglected albums of all time is an out of print album by Tommy Keene, “Songs From the Film.” Just go get it. It’s a masterpiece — sort of jangle-pop meets Alex Chilton. If you can’t find it, the 2010 “Retrospective” release is very good. The fact that this brilliant singer, player and bandleader has never found acclaim is.. well, it’s why we gather on web sites like this one, W, to keep the flame burning.

  • February 21, 2013 - 00:24 | Permalink

    My wife and I saw Tommy Keene in Chicago a good 15 years ago. He came on the stage about 2 a.m. and played great for a couple of hours. Yes, we were both young then.

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