Posts Tagged ‘indie’
So last week One Day, One Song had a free mp3 download from the new Camera Obscura CD, My Maudlin Career.
And yes, of course I snagged it. I can’t help myself. It is like some weird compulsion.
Anyway, I put the track on my mp3 and listened to it several times over the weekend. First thing this morning I bought the whole cd. I love Tracyanne’s voice. It’s lonely and kind of wistful. I also like that the music is pop without being sugary. My favorites are Honey in the Sun and My Maudlin Career but I really like all the tracks.
So I walked into my laundry room last Friday and there was water all over the floor but none of it was anywhere near the washer or the sink. This left the water heater which after calling Kahuna to come investigate (hey, it is a big metal tub full of water and wired to 220 – like I am going to touch it) he pronounced it rusted through. Three hundred or so dollars poorer, but with nice hot water I decided slow down my music buying spree and focus on free music for a little while.
Finally I picked up several tracks from Amazon.com including Summer’s Gone by Jackopierce. Once the pain of the surprise water heater purchase wears off I am going to buy the entire CD, The Promise of Summer.
Kahuna gave me a new mp3 player for Christmas and one of the first things I picked up was Vampire Weekend’s Vampire Weekend.
(I will never understand the self-titled album. To me it is just wasting a chance to name your album something utterly cool, like maybe Vampire Weekend – Everything’s at Stake…or Vampire Weekend – Van Helsings Revenge.)
Now we hit the wall of subjectivity. This was one of those things where everyone else is d/ling it so it must be awesome, right? Only for me, not so much.
I do like ’Walcott’. It has kind of an ’80′s song you can’t quite remember’ feel to it. And I love ‘Oxford Comma’. But as a whole while the band is good, they are just too pop for me to enjoy.
This is one I recommend listening to before purchasing.
You can preview and purchase the tracks on Amazon or Emusic. You can also listen to some of the songs on Vampire Weekend’s myspace page.
Picked up a couple of tracks off Colin Munroe is the Unsung Hero. Lot of remixes on this CD. That isn’t neccessarily a bad thing. I listen to a lot of blues and covers are fairly common, but I still want the individual artist to come through. I want to hear their ‘music’, not just their take on someone else’s.
(This was my problem with Jukebox by Cat Power. I really wanted Cat and felt like the cover album just diluted her.)
And that is my problem here. No matter how much I like his version of ‘Sunday, Bloody Sunday‘ I would still love to hear the real Colin Munroe. His own words, his own music.
If anyone has a rec of Colin singing and playing his own stuff please let me know.
You can listen to and pick up free tracks from the album over on RCRD LBL and can purchase it on Colin’s myspace page. If you are near the Atlanta area, you can see Colin Munroe live tonight Dec 18th at Vinyl and Friday night Dec 19th at Stand Back @ Club Cenci.
I picked up a free mp3 ‘Ships in a Bottle’ off Butch Walker’s new Cd, Sycamore Meadows from RCRD LBL. It is good, but I like ‘The Weight of Her’ and ‘Ponce de Leon Ave’ even better.
Butch is a great songwriter and of course that is reflected here, but I also love the musical arrangements of the songs. Definitely worth the price of a CD. However, you can listen and decide for yourself.
Listen to several tracks from the cd on Butch’s Myspace Page - where you can also watch a video of ‘Ships in a Bottle’
You can keep up with Butch and his projects over on his blog, Maybe It’s Just Me.
I had a different entry planned for today but while I was hopping around the web I found -
The Indie Band Survival Guide - (from the guys who wrote the book by the same name.)
“IndieBandSurvivalGuide.com is an open community created by indie musicians. It’s the place to share all the practical information, tools, and resources that’s available to indie musicians with one another. Think of this site as your band’s back office – a place to plan, share knowledge, network, and otherwise help you promote your music, get heard, and ultimately, win fans.”
This is an awesome site. Need a web host with specific features to promote your band? They have a listing for it. Everything from Instrument Repair to Music Licensing to Webcasts to just about everything you or your band needs.
What makes it really cool is how interactive and evolving the information is. You can check out a resource and then rate it. The site is still in Beta with new features being added, but this allows the users to help form and influence the direction of the site.
Check out their MySpace page for concert dates, times and venues. They are updated through Nov 18th.
November 18th is a busy day. The new DVD from The Black Keys, Live at the Crystal Ballroom, is set to release on the 18th. You can pre-order a copy from the Black Keys Website. Over on Emusic, John Morthland profiles the Black Keys in New Blues Rising:The Black Keys and reviews some of their older releases.
Finally, Blind Pig Records announces that Albert Cummings will be in Montgomery, AL at the Down the Street Cafe on Saturday, November 12th. The Cafe has a nice atmosphere and the food is pretty good. You can also download a free mp3 from Cummings’ Feel So Good cd over on the Blind Pig website.