First Friday of the new year, and I hope your weekend is going to be a blast. I’m doing my best to make every weekend of 2011 count, so fun is very much on the menu. Hopefully the weather isn’t too bad where you are, especially you East Coasters. Hopefully this flurry of free downloads will be better than the flurries of snowflakes that will be falling from the sky. Some good tracks today too. My personal highlights are songs from Akron/Family, Grails, Keith Cansius and Telekinesis. You can also stream (via the new Soundcloud section) new songs from Lower Dens and The Smith Westerns. Chicago band Campfires is also set to make some waves this year, so have a listen to a song of theirs below as well.