It's my birthday (38, hmm. Now that I'm closer to 40 than 35; it feels much older than 37 did. Silly, that) and I've gotten good presents this week. :)
I bought myself Indian Summer
by Carbon Leaf
, and I'm madly in love. Indie rock that's kinda Celtic, kinda folk-ish, perhaps with a touch of bluegrass, but without the twangy vocals. Really catchy. "Life Less Ordinary" makes me want to dance, as does Desperation Song
from their album Echo Echo
. It's almost impossible not to.
More presents -- free downloads FTW! ;)
1. Brit-pop band The Home Guard
is offering their song Champagne Socialist
as a free download until the end of July. It's at their website -- http://www.thehomeguard.info/free/champagne_socialist.mp3
. While I was there I downloaded some of their WIP demos and they were lovely. I especially like Other People
and Nothing Can Stop You Being Mine
. Nothing like rock music with flute. Yum. :)
2. This Beautiful Thief
available for free here at last.fm. And rozakthegoon was nice enough to send me a couple other tracks since they're working on their first album and none of their songs can be purchased yet. They've got six songs streamable right now and I love them all. Especially Breathe
. I like their lyrics -- "words that sing and shimmer". Yeah. :)
3. An entire
free album (Animal Actors
) from The Hidden Messages
. :O And it's good too! I went through and listened to every song to see which ones I wanted to download and ended up taking all of them. I love rock bands that use symphonic instruments (see flute comment above), and these guys have got violin and baritone and who knows what. Very cool. I'm not sure which songs are my favorites yet, I'll need to listen more... But maybe Nightmare Lullaby
or Elephant Graveyard (Album Version)
or Time For Change
On a side note, I wish major record labels would learn something from unsigned and less well-known bands. Restricting listeners' access to the music is not
the way to go. I make extensive use of my playlist for getting to know new artists and deciding what to purchase, and if I were coming to last.fm as a new user right now -- now that playlists are a subscriber-only feature because of licensing agreements and it's more difficult for non-subscribers to customize their experience -- I probably wouldn't stick around.
And after Warner pulled so much of their music a couple of months ago I lost my chance to listen to (and therefore my interest in) several bands that sounded like they might be pretty good.
But the ones mentioned above... I will be watching and waiting for the chance to buy more of their music and send some money their way. ;) Because they're good, and they've given me a chance to find that out.