Thursday, February 21, 2008

On and Of Music

Recently, I've been listening to music less. Or maybe the time I spend listening to music has stayed the same, but the number of bands I'm listening to has increased. Regardless, nothing has really been jumping out at me of late. After two years, I'm seriously considering ending my subscription to eMusic. When I first signed up for the service -- which came at a price for $10.00/month/40 downloads -- I promoted it heavily via the college newspaper and radio station for which I worked.

But now that my special lady friend works for a college radio station, I am well stocked with the latest stuff that is 'pretty okay.' I'm still on the fence about terminating my eMusic account. It seems that for every surprisingly good obscure band I come across (this month's find is Echoboy), I inversely acquire some mediocre stuff (The A-sides, Moonbabies, et al).

Anyways, I compiled a seven song mix, which can be downloaded below. Hopefully this EP-sized chunk of music will perk up the late winter doldrums. I tried to balance mid-winter gray with some optimism. Maybe I succeeded, I dunno. Either way, enjoy.

Mahjongg - Pontiac
-- Noise rock from Chicago.

Radiohead - Bangers & Mash -- I am fairly confident this song is about a popular British breakfast: hot dogs and mashed potatoes.

Jonny Greenwood - Proven Lands -- Imagine Daniel Day Lewis at a dead run across a barren desert landscape as his oil derrick goes up in flames.

Say Hi - Magic Beans and Truth Machine -- 'She said I needed to get some things out of my chest, but there are machines that can do this way better.'

Echoboy - Invincible -- If mid February was a song, Echoboy would run it through several delay pedals.

Do Make Say Think - In Mind -- I hope dying feels this life affirming.

Yo La Tengo - Satellite -- 'The broken shoe to practice walking straight, take a little step and stop to think about the planets in the atmosphere and satellites.'

Thanks to for providing free downloads.


Charles said...

Just wanted you to know that I downloaded and listened to this "EP" in sequence: Internet on the Radio.

Have you watched the Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, yet? You must.

アレックス said...

I think I may get some Bangers & Mash tomorrow night. I downloaded the three of these songs I didn't have and liked them an awful lot. :D