a new partner!
by Sean
Please note: MP3s are only kept online for a short time, and if this entry is from more than a couple of weeks ago, the music probably won't be available to download any more.


Thanks to a very generous patron, said the gramophone has itself a new bandwidth-hosting partner. In honour of this, a sampling from Greatest Palace Music, the upcoming Bonnie Prince Billy album where he has rerecorded the "best" of BPB/Palace Brothers.

Bonnie Prince Billy - "New Partner". The catch to these rerecordings is that they've all been done with the help of a full Nashville band. Ie, they've been reimagined as all-out country songs. Which is, if nothing else, fascinating. The skip and earnest swing of the original "New Partner" has here been replaced with a lulling, honest, almost regretful waltz. A lower key, too, or so A asserts. I don't like it more than the old version, but I do like it different. Certainly not for those who can't stand a whole wallop of country twang, however.

Eric's been doing some excellent stuff to try to work on an aggregate RSS feed for a bunch of the mp3 blogs. (Read his comments attached to this post.) If anyone else has some insights and wants to help, please do. I'm at the mercy of Movable Type, but if you tell me what to do, I will. Any other mp3 blogs that want to throw in their hats, please let us know!

Posted by Sean at February 20, 2004 1:04 AM

cheers to eric for supporting/creating the community

Posted by smackm at February 20, 2004 3:12 AM

This has the distinct whiff of revolution. Hopefully once my credit card clears and I can jump through a few technical hoops, I'll be ready to jump into the fray. Congrats on your benefactor; it's well warranted and excitable.

Posted by forksclovetofu at February 20, 2004 5:02 AM

I can probably help with some RSS consolidation. If each of the sites you want to aggregrate use a standard RSS template, then pulling them all together in one place should be pretty easy. Write me direct if you'd like to talk more about it.

Posted by Chris at February 20, 2004 7:48 AM

i wanted to love this. i really did. but where's the urgency? where's the desperation? remove will oldham (and his lyrics) and you have a bad garth brooks song....

Posted by k at February 20, 2004 9:23 AM

Dit werkt?

Posted by Thomas at February 20, 2004 4:08 PM

wow. didn't know that he actually re-recorded these songs. I was yawnign at the thought of a Best of until now

Posted by Anonymous at February 20, 2004 7:39 PM

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