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common country

Category: Sounds

“A couple of years back, Joseph Chellino (ex-Oval-Teen, Pets or Meat, Paper Airplane Pilots) aka Jonas Crenshaw got it into his head to write a bunch of songs and make a “country” album.
After spending months writing and recording he came up with one of the finest albums of “the genre” and not knowing what to do with the end result (not known for touring), he decided to shelve it. ”

And now, thanks to the netlabel My Mean Magpie, Jonas Crenshaw’s Colossal Failure is available to everybody. Good country music was not really something we were expecting so soon from any creative commoned netlabel. Does anybody know about other good country releases on the net? I would certainly be interested, and this could be good also for those who wouldn’t be caught dead in the country department of their local records shop.

Recommended tracks : Dumb ass heart and Lonesome, crazy, stupid and scared.

Common Cactus : 17 years old grandma

Category: Sounds


Fast becoming a huge fan of Khonnor, aka Grandma, aka I Cactus. He released many things under creative commons on various netlabels (8bit people, Monotonik, Please do something), all done with real do-it-yourself philosophy, mixing chip-tunes, drill-and-bass, lo-fi guitars and hummable melodies.
From the notes to ‘Spinach Gas Room Spaghetti Straps’:
“then, we found out that all this music was only composed with the most lo-fi of components – only one speaker, using a microphone purloined from a Japanese language-learning CD-ROM, being forced to use a single take for all the guitar and vocal elements, and, most incredible of all, that Grandma, aka Khonnor, is only 15, and this is his first widely-released music”
In the meanwhile, I think he is now 17. Go and download those great free records :
Grandma – Spinach Gas Room Spaghetti Straps EP
Grandma – For Your Broken Heart EP
Khonnor – Lost Pets
I, Cactus – I, Cactus

Common wakka chikka music

Category: Sounds

A brand new creative commons compilation from netlabel Comfort Stand. This time theme is porn. Given the specialization of CS in kitscho-loungistic party music, it may even be a good idea. Some great and funny tracks, among others the usual floorfiller by Martinibomb.
(this disc seems to also feature an unusually large proportion of synthetic voices).

If you download just one track, it should be Whose Fantasy Is This, Anyways? by Mr Melvis, featuring cult hero R. Stevie Moore an Ms. Demeanor.