A few years ago, eMusic was the glowing bastion of digi indie at comparatively low prices. But its rates have jumped as its offerings have grown (they wooed and won the three major congloms in the last year and a half). So it’s funny to see Amazon wooing (and winning?) those customers who dabble in indie as well. Through July, the online mega store with the impressive cloud campaign is hanging 475 titles in front of us. It only took a second or two to come up with a list of 10 to recommend. Which one would you suggest the world grab at at this $5 price tag?
Here’s the Amazon Indie Offering
1. Tune-Yards, W H O K I L L
2. Toro Y Moi, Underneath the Elephant
3. Jolie Holland, Pint of Blood
4. Panda Bear, Tomboy (watch him on Fallon)
5. Kurt Vile, Smokering For My Halo
6. Gang Gang Dance, Eye Contact
7. The Jesus Lizard, Goat (remaster/reissue)
8. Those Darlins, Screws Get Loose
9. Cut Copy, Zonoscope
10. Yuck, Yuck
Time to introduce a new franchise with a simple premise: corner a musician and find out what he or she listened to before bed and after rising. Sometimes the tunes are deliberately chosen; sometimes they just bubble up as life is being lived. I’ve got requests out to several participants. Hopefully you’ll see responses every few days during the next few weeks.
First up is the forever enchanting Janine Nichols, she of Flutterbox and other ensembles (watch her stop time with Charlie Burnham and Brandon Ross doing “The Gray Funnel Line” above). She is also a visual artist, making beguiling collages that you can see (and purchase) right here. Because she has a big heart, she gave us two days worth of responses. My thanks to her for kicking off this new deal. Take it away, Janine.
This is one of my pal Hal Willner‘s current fave singers, so I was trawling her YouTube videos. Completely engaging. A secret African.
Aretha Franklin, “I Never Loved A Man,” Rare & Unreleased Recordings from the Golden Reign of the Queen of Soul
It’s a demo, and it’s totally on top of the beat. It only got better. She’s a great, totally underrated piano player.
James Booker, “Black Minute Waltz.” It’s from Junco Partner (Hannibal), a record I love. How about those Saints? Everything in NOLA changed in one black minute.
The Louvin Brothers, “There’s A Higher Power.” Luck of the iTunes draw. Such gorgeous pitch and strength and snap and belief.
what’s your favorite morning and evening song? leave a comment.