October 18, 2015


ramble on

Lots of interesting “stuff” going on (musically) that we’d like to pass along. We’ll start off with some absolutely fantastic samplers from the folks over at NoiseTrade:

Harvest Records Mixtape No.2. Harvest was the original home to Pink Floyd, ELO, Deep Purple, Iron Maiden, Dave Mason, Kate Bush, etc. It was pretty much out of business by 1983 but was relaunched in 2013. The sampler contains tracks by new signings Banks, Best Coast, Glass Animals AND a song off “The True Detective” soundtrack by Lera Lynn (the girl playing in the bar). click here.

Warren Haynes: Ashes & Dust Tour Sampler. Songs from Warren’s current tour. I love the versions of Little Feat’s “Skin It Back” and The Allman’s “Jessica”. If you’ve ever wondered why he plays (sometimes) with The Dead and The Allman Brothers, here are 9 great reasons. click here.

True North Essentials. The label has been around since 1969 when they signed a young Canadian named Bruce Cockburn and the rest is history. The sampler has songs by Buffy Saint-Marie, Bruce and gems by Ruth Moody and Catherine MacLellan. click here.

Paper Bag Records 2015 Fall Sampler. Another excellent Canadian label, even though it’s only been around 13 years. Songs by Teen Daze, Young Galaxy, Elliott Brood, Frog Eyes and Alana Yorke. click here.

Dine Alone Summer Sampler 2015. Ever hear of a record label with a food division? Apparently they do things a little differently north of the border and yes they do have a rock ‘n’ roll hot sauce. The label is home to Yukon Blonde, Vanessa Carlton, k-os, and Lieutenant. click here. Now if you want an expanded version of the sampler with tracks by Langhorne Slim, JEFF The Brotherhood, Elliot Moss, Marilyn Manson and more then go to the label’s website. It will cost you an email address, but you can always cancel. click here.

other album downloads that might interest you:

HalloweeN Returns (Music Inspired By The Film). If you need some Halloween music, you can download this for free at Amazon.com. Go to the digital music store, click “deals” at the top of the page, click “free” on the left side of the page under “albums by price”.

2 Stereogum “free” albums at SoundCloud: “Enjoyed: A Tribute To Bjork’s Post” featuring Xiu Xiu, Dirty Projectors, Bell, Atlas Sound and others. click here. “OKX: A Tribute To Radiohead’s OK Computer” featuring Vampire Weekend, Cold War Kids, Marissa Nadler, Chris Walla and more. click here. You’ll have to download each track individually. Sorry.

Nokuwazi: “Thula”. This free download comes courtesy of Awesome Tapes From Africa. As they put it, “it’s the sound of really good Zulu soul melodies over tight mellow beats”. click here.

Midday Veil. They are one of the most interesting bands I have ever heard; they are also one of the most infuriating. This Seattle experimental rock ensemble truly defies classification. On the one hand if they wanted to make a “hit” record I’m sure they could; on the other hand why bother. I found their SoundCloud site which contains downloads going back at least 6 years; you can also listen to songs from their new album “This Wilderness”.  click here.

And finally, I have added a bunch of new songs to our Spotify playlist. Enjoy.