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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.


because these things are good and you should see them (aka, clicky):

alex at Close Your Eyes does an excellent audio round-up of Sufjan Stevens's work, through the ears of someone who is bedazzled and still exploring.

pop has posted a lovely, honest quote by radiohead's Jonny Greenwood: "You know, there's a certain Tom Waits song that whenever I hear it I, you know, it just... it makes me talk in this inarticulate way that I'm using now. It's so good. It seems to me quite disingenuous to be embarrassed about it. . . . [Music] should be ambitious, and good music does deal with life and art and all these wonderful things. I used to be ashamed talking about it, but now I just think it's fraudulent to pretend otherwise." It's worth reading the whole thing. Greenwood's expressing that intangible, enthusiastic feeling of oh-my-art-is-wondrous that i am so often struck by. he's smitten and can't find the words. It makes me glad.

Audio Lunchbox. I can't believe I had never encountered this before: a music shop with $0.99 (US) tracks, $10 albums. Everything's on DRM-free 192 kbps mp3, available internationally, on any platform. It's indie labels (obviously), but there's everyone from Anti (Tom Waits) to Badman (Hayden), Troubleman Unlimited (Tussle), Absolutely Kosher (The Wrens), and Koch (2Pac, Lamb, The Kinks). Like the iTunes Music Store, but available to Canadians, and even less restrictive. Hooray! (a little weak on world/jazz/classical/hip-hop, though...)

(my first round of $0.99 recommendations: The Mountain Goats, "Family Happiness"; The Wrens, "Happy"; Tussle, "Don't Stop"; The Long Winters, "Cinnamon"; Solomon Burke, "Don't Give Up On Me"; Tom Waits, "Alice"; The Weakerthans, "Our Retired Explorer..."; Hayden, "Dynamite Walls"; Pedro the Lion, "When They Really Get to Know You They Will Run"; Kepler, "The Changing Light at Sandover"; Elliott Smith, "Division Day")

Posted by Sean at March 29, 2004 5:45 PM

I think the best thing about the Johnny Greenwood quote is that he doesn't tell us which song it is. I have similar feelings about a LOT of Tom Waits songs, so I will just read the quote and assume Johnny and I are talking about the same thing.

Re: the recommended songs: "Happy" has one of the greatest guitar climaxes ever recorded.

Posted by Scott at March 29, 2004 7:57 PM

Wow, I just happened to run into Audio Jukebox earlier today whilst looking up info on a rather obscure record (which, ha, I'd bought in CD format over the weekend) and had the same thought.

So good to know it's DRM-free, BTW. XLNT!

Posted by MoeRex at March 29, 2004 8:17 PM

check more elliot smith over at unfinished

Posted by forksclovetofu at March 30, 2004 12:31 AM

thanks for the thumbs-up, sean. on a different matter, did you change the font size? maybe i am getting old but especially the about stuff on the right is hardly readable for me. btw i have the view size in ie on medium.

Posted by alex at March 30, 2004 4:03 AM

It is woth checking out also. It is a subscription based model and as far as I can tell there are no restrictions whatsoever. For $9.99 you get 40 downloads a month. My math stinks but I figure each song is a mere .25¢. And the selection is amazing. You really must check it out.

Posted by Keith Fox at March 30, 2004 11:44 PM

We'd like to thank everyone for writing. Just wanted to let all of you know that we will be adding over 60,000 additional Classical, world and jazz tracks in the next 2 months. Have fun!

Posted by Audio Lunchbox at April 2, 2004 11:51 AM

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