The first time someone asked me if I wanted to be in a band when I grew up, I laughed in their face. My friends had been reluctantly pounding out classical riffs since the days their mothers first held their diapered rears down to piano benches, whereas I was just starting to train my teenage ear to recognize notes that were not in key–a fact that many of the first musicians I played with were quite happy to point out.
That was a long time ago. Long enough ago to finalize my mirth at such an idea. Nope, unlike countless po-mo peers raising their eyebrows behind the coffee bar, guitar picks swinging on a tiny chain around their neck, I never wanted to be a rock star–which was rather fortunate, both for the inevitably-crushed would-be ego and for any hope of a financial future.
Instead, I chose “creative writing.” Yeah, about that…
Delusions of grandeur never deluded aside, I’ve enjoyed playing music with friends for years. Recently, Kirsten and I got the chance to acquire a very simple microphone interface for our computer, thanks to a few photography jobs (email me). It’s been a blast to hang out with some quite talented friends and help lay down a few of their tracks. And Kirsten has more talent in her humming than I do in all of my fingers, years upon years of practicing scales and all–she just grins a little bit when I play out of key. C’est la vie. I guess I’ll keep her around.
So while relatively few people read this site or click on my Facebook links in the grand scheme of things, I’m trying to not let my friends’ work sit dormant on my computer. I’m temporarily rotating a few in-progress demos through Purevolume (any recommendations for a better site to host more than four songs at a time for a very low cost?) In a world saturated by singer-songwriters, this is not too much more than a bunch of friends having fun.
…are worth listening to. Yes, sometimes the hype is right. You can find a decent bootleg here, buy ’em, or, of course, check out free.napster.com.
They remind me of a looser, more-reverb drenched Midlake. Which, in my book, is a good thing. This album definitely sounds like it came out in the early seventies and should be spinning on my turntable–which is actually a little eerie.
Although I’m not sold on Bruegel art-work…
They’ve posted albums by Kate York and Disappointed by Candy.
I advise continuing to check out the site.
So, Everyone who’s Anyone (and a whole lotta wannabes) are giving away their music for free on the nets these days.
Here’s another one: www.noisetrade.com
Of interest: Sixpence’s new EP, Kate Herzig (a new favorite as of downloading), Waterdeep, Derek Webb…
Let me know if there are others on there that I should check out.
…think Nick Drake. If you haven’t heard him yet, you need to.
And download a recent show from archive.org (just click the VBR mp3 link on the left for an easy way to download the entire thing).
Apparently, Wilco played a series of shows in Chicago recently…and ripped through every single they’ve ever released, accompanied by special guests, such as the good ol’ whistler, Andrew Bird.
And you can download the entire thing here, by clicking on the appropriate links. Which is pretty cool.
I’ve never really gotten into Wilco (‘tho A Ghost is Born was good) so I plan to be playing this while I continue the job search.