After the crashing disappointment of Any Man in America
(their previous album) with its not-so-vague misogynistic overtones, I was afraid I'd have to abandon this band.
But they're back, and Sway
is a sweet way to wipe out the bad taste their previous CD left in my mouth.
By the way, you can stream the entire CD under the cut. I'm able to embed the Spotify playlist.
(My God! Could this be a return to my Music from the Cube project? I abandoned it sometime ago because I was, ummm, contacted about offering downloadable tracks with my reviews. This would be a big, big way around this...)( Whoops...Didn't realize this would be so big )
PLEASE DO NOT JOIN BECAUSE I AM NOT DONE SETTING THIS UP.
I just want you to take a look at the new community I'm setting up for Music from the Cube at cubed_music
. I've already set the security settings to automatically Friends' Locked, it just so happens that the posts you see were made public, which I can do thanks to my modly powers.
Also, here's the Unfinished Information Page
. As you can see, I decided to go with "anyone can post a CD review if they want," rather than have it be just me.
Please read over the half-finished FAQ and let me know the following:
- What do you think?
- Anything else I can add?
- What I should put in the interests box?
- A list of "resources."
Thank you for your cooperation.
And just so you guys don't forget:
PLEASE DO NOT JOIN THE COMMUNITY BECAUSE I'M NOT DONE SETTING IT UP!
If you try to join, I'm kicking your membership back until I'm ready to open membership.
Well, whaddya know. My long search for an embeddable music player that will allow you to create playlists and will also be accepted by LJ has finally paid off.
Truth to tell, I'm kind of relieved about this. There have been several emails over the past two months which have made me increasingly wary about offering MP3s for download (the most recent was a most interesting email regarding my post on Marshall Crenshaw — and no, it was not anyone associated with the artist). It appears my Music from the Cube posts have popped up on too many people's radar outside of LJ-land and off my FList.
While no one has threatened legal action (yet), I suspect the day is coming when someone will.
As a result, I have to start considering a limited set of options (in order of preference):
- Start friends-locking my Music from the Cube posts
- Create a friends-only community where I Am Queen providing all the posts and the downloads
- Stop the Music from the Cube posts altogether
Using Imeem to embed a playlist helps me avoid making any of those choices. Number one: There's no chance in hell I'll get dinged for violating any laws since it's streaming media that I (in theory) own. Two: I'll be able to (in theory) provide the entire CD for your listening pleasure.
Now, I'll still offer MP3s for download for mixes and soundtracks, so there's no plans to change that at all. I think if worst comes to worst, I can argue fair use in that case (Can someone familiar with the DMCA let me know if that's the case?). However
, if I've got all these Music from the Cube posts with live downloads on top of a various mixes that expire after 30 to 60 days...ummmm...that's gonna be hard to explain away.
Anyway, I'm throwing up a test embedded paylist. Let me know what y'all think:
I declare this here LJ as a Wank-Free Zone (at least for today)
I also declare my LJ as a Cheer-Up Zone (at least for today)
, there are a lot of people on my FList who seem to need the pick-me-up.
So you know what time it is, kiddoes?
MUSIC FROM THE CUBE!
And who is our guest artist for today?
I know, I know, not the most cheer-uppy artist on the planet, but I'm keeping my heavy guns in reserve for Tax Weekend in the U.S. (that would be April 14 and 15, by the way), so I don't have my heavy-hitters lined up yet.
So, unh, Björk is what I got, so Björk is what I'm giving you.The management would love it if you comment, especially if you download any of the sample tracks.
Ahhhh, 'tis the season for everyone. So Happy Holidays — whatever holiday you happen to be celebrating — to one and all of you
As for me, I've decided to go with the scientifically accurate Winter Solstice. Here, for everyone to enjoy, is my early Winter Solstice
present: the lovely voice and song-writing artistry of Shawn Colvin, with a bonus review of a live CD highlighting Columbia recording artists.
So dive on in, with 24 sample MP3 downloads from Shawn Colvin and 4 sample MP3 downloads of live performances from Bruce Cockburn, Rosanne Cash, Shawn Colvin, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and Darden Smith.Please comment if you donwload.( The glorious voice of Shawn Colvin, plus live performances from Columbia Records )Now Playing:
Some of you might remember my post on the Borders Books & Music Penny CD from the other day
Well, here's another example of the Penny CD and what corporations consider a "good" music mix, this time courtesy of Borders and BMG, thus proving why individual consumers are much, much better at this sort of thing.
Of course, since individual consumers aren't actually using the mixes as a marketing tool beyond, "Check this cool artist I've included...think you could throw some love their way," it's probably no big shock.Please comment if you download.( Music Equals Life, or in this case, soft pop )Now Playing: