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Lost in (e)music

November 16th, 2006 · Posted by Skuds in Music/Technology · 6 Comments · Music, Technology

I have now been using the emusic site for a couple of months and have downloaded some real treasures.  The thing is that even though I am happy with what I have got, and satisfied that its good value for money, I shall probably ditch it in a month or two.

At the moment I am paying something like £8.99 for a month and can download 40 tracks, so for the price of a budget CD I can get the equivalent of 4 or 5 albums – or more if you end up with 15-minute tracks.  The problem is that a lot of the music there would only be found on sub-budget CDs.

Right now I am discovering enough stuff which is new or new to me to keep me occupied, but if I carry on I will end up forgetting about it and be paying nine quid for one or two tracks, so I shall quit while I am ahead probably.

This month I have been having a real binge because I noticed that my available downloads jumped to 90 – someone I pointed at the site must have decided to stick with it a bit too.  Having what are effectively free tracks has meant I have experimented a bit more. Here are some of the highlights so far:

  • Nouvelle Vague
    Their new album appeared, so I cherry-picked the two albums for the best tracks – laid-back bossa nova covers of 80's classics like Heart of Glass, Don't Go and Blue Monday.
  • The Black Angels
    I came across this by accident, browsing in the psychedelic section and loved it so I downloaded all 10 tracks on the album. A few weeks later I started seeing good reviews of it in the press and it appeared in the shops.
  • Eagles of Death Metal
    After enjoying their cover of Stuck in the Middle during the free trial period I decided to grab the whole album.
  • Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus Three – Ole Tarantula
    Having read reviews of the album and interviews with the band, and having enjoyed one track on a magazine cover disc, I was chuffed to find this new album on emusic and downloaded the whole thing.
  • Ambrosia – And… Somewhere I've Never Travelled (live)
    I had an LP by Ambrosia which I liked. Couldn't find it on the site but did find a live version of the best track from it.
  • Fatboy Slim
    Got a couple of tracks I didn't already have.
  • Metallica covers
    A few tracks from Metallica tribute albums done in an industrial style by bands like Godhead and Inertia
  • Emerson, Lake and Palmer
    Live versions of several old songs. Only 4 tracks but 50 minutes of music.
  • The Holloways
    Ever since seeing the video of their song Generator I have been obsessed by the song. I found the whole album on emusic so downloaded it. Its a bit like the Arctic Monkeys crossed with the Ordinary Boys.
  • Gossip
    This is the American 3-piece band with the chubby lesbian singer who were on the Jonathan Ross show a few weeks back. I got their single, plus the two best club mixes of the 6 which were available, plus another single.
  • TV Themes
    To add to my collection of TV themes which might come in handy the next time I set a pub quiz – half a dozen goodies.
  • Rodrigo y Gabriela
    Downloaded all the tracks fromRe-Foc and Live at Manchester & Dublin which I didn't already have (from their own site a free downloads)
  • Alices Restaurant
    Arlo Guthrie re-recorded the Alice's Restaurant album a while back. I just grabbed the 22-minute title track. It is not exactly the same as the original, but its close, and it has an extra bit at the end.
  • Incredible Bongo Band
    A band put together in 1972 to do a film soundtrack who ended up having their breaks sampled for all the old-school NY rap tracks.  I only downloaded three tracks but I think I will go back for more, especially their bizarre instrumental cover of Inna-Gadda-da-Vida
  • Billy Bragg
    A couple of old tracks
  • Hellfuck Sodomy by Deathwitch
    I wondered what it would sound like…
  • Jimi Hendrix
    Playing the Cream song Sunshine of your Love

I make that 6 complete albums, two of them new releases, a handful of vinyl replacement tracks and a veritable heap of interesting odds and sods for 18 quid, and I still have 43 tracks left to get this month. I'd better get troughing.


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6 Comments so far ↓

  • Tim Almond

    I most heartedly recommend Hex Enduction Hour and Bend Sinister by The Fall.

  • jamsodonnell

    May I recommend you delve into Robyn’s back catalogue. He has stayed largely under the radar, being viewed as a curiosity by some or a Barrett rip off by others, but he has produced some sublime stuff.

    Perhaps the greatest album he appeared on was the Soft Boys’ Underwater Moonlight – One of my all time favourites

    I would give Fegmania, I Often Dream of Trains, Element of Light, Jewels for Sophia and Spooked a try.

    Have a check on You tube there is some good footage of hime, including a promo video for Adventure Rocket Ship

    You may have guessd but I like Robyn a little!

  • Skuds

    There is only one other RH album on emusic, plus one by the Soft Boys (Underwater Moonlight. Sounds good). There are also 28 (I think) Fall albums/live performances available.

    I intended to use the Fall and the Henry Rollins Band to keep in reserve to use up whatever credits remain at the end of the month,

    Unfortunately I can’t download anything right now. You need the special emusic program which I can’t/won’t install on PCs I am borrowing for Internet access while I fret about my own knackered machine.

  • jamsodonnell

    I can really recommend Underwater Moonlight. The original release ends with Underwater Moonlight. Depending on what version is offfered, if it also has Hes a reptile, Where are the prawns, only the stones remain, There’s nobody like you and Black Snake Diamond Rock, they are worth having too.

    I see that its not just mum that’s gone to Iceland. I wonder what that change will bring to our fortunes

  • Skuds

    I think I shall have a listen to that later – when the new PC is up and running.

    As for the Hammers, well, how does the song go? “Things can only get better” 🙂

  • Jane Skudder

    Will we get the Bjork version of I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles? Could be interesting at the very least. Hope the PC gets sorted soon – Rob’s PDA jobby broke the other week and he had to send it off to be fixed. He’s been lost without it…