Thursday, November 12, 2009

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

eMusic July 2009

Haven't posted these lists of what I picked up on eMusic in a while ... Fast forward to July

Lots of girl group this month. Emusic just added the Sony/CBS back catalog, so some stuff from that label as well.

Hearts of Palm UK - For Life

This all-female group hails from LA, in spite of the name. Relaxing but definately not ambient or leisurely. Reminds me of early 80s electronica, without the disco.

It's My Party - R.S.V.P.

Girl group retro in sound and image. Released in 2007 but looks and sounds like 1961.

KO and the Knockouts - KO & The Knockouts

Detroit garage.

Ludella Black and the Masonics - From This Witness Stand

Vaguely garagish.

The Angels - Love, The Angels

Like the song "My Boyfriend's Back"? Don't be tempted by the 2008 version. Yes, original artists and all, but unfortunately ... Well, it's just not good. The rest of the album is harmless,at least.

The Epoxies - Stop The Future

New wave, but less synth.

Various Artists - The Shangri-Las And The 60s Girl Group Garage Sound

70 tracks! The cover omits the word "garage". Some of this will be already familiar to even casual listeners, but plenty of rarities. Not all what I would consider girl group, but the rest is entertaining as well.

Some individual tracks ...

Aldo Nova - "Fantasy"

A minor hit when I was in 8th grade! I hadn't heard this song in ages. I bought it so now I've heard it. Probably would not bother me if it was ages until I hear it again.

The Clash - "This Is Radio Clash"

I have pretty much everything ever released by the Clash, but somehow managed to not purchase this song. Not even sure where it was originally released. Knew it from the video.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Mp3 shuffle - 5/6 & 5/8

Here's a fun little idea: I put my mp3 player on shuffle and write down the first 10 or so songs that play. I usually completely refresh the 300-400 songs on it every couple weeks, so you get a fairly good idea of what I'm listening to at the moment.


Dio - Don't Talk to Strangers (live)
Laurie Macallister - I'm Only Sleeping
Entombed - Wolverine Blues
Carolann Solebelo - Ophelia
Looker - Spit for your Shine
Music Go Music - Walk Alone
Motorhead - Lost Johnny
Girls on Film - Vaporized
The Steal - What's Your Name?
Dio - Rainbow in the Dark (live)
Antje Duvekot - Judas
Solas - Seven Curses
Ani Difranco - Lost Woman Song
Juliana Hatfield - New Waif


Dio - Heaven and Hell (live)
Charlotte Martin - Cars on Crescent
Abbie Gardner - You Got to Move
Red Aunts - Baby Tough Luck
Miss Tammy Fae Starlite - I Knew Jesus Before He Was a Superstar
Red Molly - Seven Years
Oi Polloi - The Earth is our Mother
Long Blondes - Lust in the Movies
Red Aunts - Brian Has a Car
Miss Tammy Fae Starlite - Surrender
The Launderettes - No Good
Alice Rock - Mail Order Bride

Interesting that both days started with live Dio.

Sunday, April 12, 2009

I've recently started using a download service in addition to eMusic - You can read a review from PC Magazine.

eMusic is still my primary download service. It has a much larger selection than payplay and better pricing (my eMusic plan breaks down to .25/track while payplay is .88/track). With eMusic you pay a subscription fee for X downloads/month. Payplay is pay as you download. The flexability is nice even if pricier than a subscription.

Even though eMusic has a larger selection payplay is sometimes more comprehensive. For example the material that got me to try payplay in the first place - Red Molly and related artists. I had picked up Red Molly's Love and Other Tragedies on eMusic. It was good enough to make me want to try the various members solo projects. eMusic did have Laurie Macallisters These Old Clothes and Abbie Gardners self-titled EP. Payplay has quite a bit more - Macallisters The Things I Choose to Do, Gardners Honey on my Grave, and Carolann Solebellos Just Across the Water as well as Red Mollys self-titled EP and first album Never Been To Vegas.

Two other albums I consider 'scores', though. Buckner and Garcias Pac Man Fever album (I bought this on vinyl in '82!) and Barnes and Barnes' Voobaha. I'd been casually looking for that last one for 28!!!! years.

Very casually, obviously.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Not Fade Away

Charles Hardin Holley September 7 1936-February 3 1959

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

eMusic recommends

eMusic has a new recommendation engine which uses information from past purchases to post items on the front page you might like to download.

So far I'm mostly impressed. Some of the albums recommended I either am already planning to pick up or already have. Really impressive is that it has correctly been surmised that I am interested in rockabilly when I have downloaded very little from that genre so far.

Less impressive is that, apparently based on my download of a Twisted Sister Christmas album, 80s hair metal is pretty consistantly recommended. Nothing's perfect I guess ...