Sunday, May 09, 2010

downloada 0510

i'm quite into downloading new music. excuse me, i'm also prone to understatement. yes, im very into downloading music.

one of my favourite sources is emusic. they work on a monthly subs plan. i pay about US$12/month and get 30 tracks/month.

this isn't some veiled advert for emusic, i genuinely dig the new music that that service has revealed by virtue of not representing the big name music labels well. instead we find all kinds of gems that have escaped the attention of the mainstream (universal, emi, sony etc - i'm looking at you).

so i'm going to do a new regular feature on this here blog where each month i list (with a brief comment) the music i've discovered around the net (with a bias towards music obtained on emusic).

- Radio Citizen 'Berlin Serengeti' [an oldish album but very cool - solid downbeat for fans of the likes of bonobo]
- Mux Mool 'Skulltaste' [the new-comer delivers an album where virtually every track is good]
- The Radio Dept. 'Clinging to a Scheme' [new album from providers of lovely swedish indie pop]

those are the main ones, then there is a vast smattering of one or two tracks from other artists. highlights include: architeq, neon neon, phantogram, balmorhea, delorean, beach fossils.

to see evidence of these tracks being spun, visit my page.

Saturday, May 01, 2010

lewis quote

in my never-ending quest to map the multitudinous by-ways, back alleys, feeders and exits that tangle their way across the landscape that is my safe little world concept, i keep an eye out for quotes that can fall victim to my uses. these hapless quotes are extracted from their contexts and then configured into my plan.

here's one from c.s. lewis's 'the problem of pain'...

"The Christian doctrine of suffering explains, I believe, a very curious fact about the world we live in. The settled happiness and security which we all desire, God withholds from us by the very nature of the world: but joy, pleasure, and merriment, He has scattered broadcast. We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy."

what a line!: "We are never safe, but we have plenty of fun, and some ecstasy."

[quote resumes]

"It is not hard to see why. The security we crave would teach us to rest our hearts in this world and [be] an obstacle to our return to God: a few moments of happy love, a landscape, a symphony, a merry meeting with our friends, a bathe or a football match, have no such tendency. Our Father refreshes us on the journey with some pleasant inns, but will not encourage us to mistake them for home."