This summer I’ve finally made the time to revive my large but tired music collection. Thanks to Gillian, who patiently answered my queries about the service, I recently signed up for eMusic (the new audio books service is an unforeseen bonus).
Heres a schwack of new-to-me bands and artists which I’ve discovered and like. You’ve probably heard of some or all of these. There’s not a great deal of diversity–I only have my shoddy musical taste to blame for that. Links go to pages where you can listen to sample songs:
- Across the Universe soundtrack – I haven’t seen the movie yet (coming soon to the Gozo cimena: The Bourne Ultimatum), but the soundtrack breathes a little new life in to Beatles classics. Dana Fuchs’s “Helter Skelter” is terrific.
- Cat Power – Musically a little like Liz Phair, she’s also got a terrific album of covers.
- KT Tunstall – A bit ordinary, a bit wounded-girl-with-a-guitar, but she played the Apple keynote, so I gave her the benefit of the doubt.
- Kate Nash – Like Lily Allen, but better (and ruder).
- Madeleine Peyroux – A French-American jazz singer with a bit of folk influence and a rich, lovely voice.
- New Buffalo – I’ve barely listened to them. The lead singer sounds a bit like Leslie Feist.
- Polly Paulusma – A bit of Tegan and Sara, a bit of Juliana Hatfield.
- Rilo Kiley – Probably my favourite new discovery. A little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, a little bit disco. “Portions for Foxes” and “A Better Son/Daughter” are both terrific songs.
- The Weakerthans – A great Canadian band with lyrics worthy of Gordon Downie. I already entreated you to buy the new album.
Finally, Gillian just linked to a tribute album commissioned by Stereogum. It’s a song by song version of “Automatic for the People”, by “obscure indie bands which [Gillian likes] but youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve never heard of”.
The jury’s still out for me. The songs sound really different, which I applaud, but the bands’ strategy seems to be “slow down the songs, sing through our hands, and sound as maudlin as possible.”
Still, it’s kind of crazy that an MP3 blog can commission an album, isn’t it? They did the same a while back with OK Computer.