Recent eMusic findsBad news. I may have to renege on my earlier promise about the reposts. The software I use to rip vinyl is on an old iMac, which crashed today. I tried everything I could to kick start it, but to no avail. I’ll continue trying to get it going, so keep your fingers crossed.
If you haven’t tried eMusic, you’ve got to do it now. They just wrapped up some sort of cross promotion-type thing with a lot of big shot blogs (no, I wasn’t part of it). Anyway, eMusic has become my primary source for independent music, and all at a good cost. I pay about 10 bucks a month for 40 downloads. Sometimes the credits will sit there accumulating while I only use one or two, then suddenly I’ll see a couple of albums I want and there ya go.
I believe that if you follow this link, you can get to an eMusic promo with 25 free downloads. In the meantime, I want to share three bands whose albums I recently downloaded from eMusic.
The Detroit Cobras, from Detroit, natch, have been around since 1994. They cover standards from the vaults of Motown, soul music, and 1950s and 1960s rock and roll. I picked up two of their earlier albums from eMusic, then I was on there last night and saw that the Cobras’ new disk, Tied & True was available.
Writes the eMusic review: “Tied and True offers the full range of the party soundtrack – from the exuberance of the early evening to that inevitable lonely last call feeling, when you realize you’re going to be the only one who hasn’t paired off. Again.”
Nothing But a Heartache.mp3
On a Monday.mp3
The Little Killers formed in New York in 2001. Their sound is garage rock via Chuck Berry, the New York Dolls, and Johnny Burnette. Led by vocalist and guitarist Andy Maltz, the band also features the rhythm sections of Sara Nelson (bass and backing vocals) and Kari Boden (drums and backing vocals). They debuted live in 2002. A Real Good One is their second album, released last year on Gern Blandsten Records.
Been So Long.mp3
You Better Be Right.mp3
I owe thanks and an apology to someone for Two Cow Garage. I first found this band on someone’s blog. I went over to eMusic, found a couple albums, then later wanted to go back and leave a complimentary comment on the blog. But I couldn’t find the post. So if whoever posted these guys a few days ago sees this, Thanks! Two Cow Garage rocks!
“A John-Cougar-Mellencamp-fronting-Nirvana thing,” vocalist Micah Schnabel recently told MSNBC. “But I don’t know, that may be way off base.” Actually, the Columbus, Ohio, band reminds me a lot of the Replacements with a little twang.
Of the two songs I’ve got here, one comes from their latest, III; the Neil Young cover is an exclusive eMusic live recording from 2004.
Come Back to Shelby.mp3
Fuckin’ Up (Neil Young cover).mp3