What I bought from eMusic last month.

edited February 24 in General
With all the talk about how increasingly hard it is to find good music to buy on eMusic, I thought it would be interesting to exchange lists of what we've downloaded in the past month. Funnily enough, I am still finding some really good stuff.

Here is my list with artist first and album name second, followed by number of tracks downloaded:

Alan Lee                                  "An Australian Jazz Anthology" (1 track)
Alquin                                      "Marks" (complete album)
Alquin                                      "The Mountain King" (complete album)
Baby Woodrose                        "Live at Gutter Island" (1 track)
Bachman-Turner Overdrive     "King Biscuit Hour Presents..." (1 track)
Cult of Luna                             "Somewhere along the Highway" (complete album)
Cult of Luna                             "Salvation" (1 track)
Dave Kerzner                           "New World Live" (3 tracks)
Emanative                                "Earth" (2 tracks)
Gravy Train                              "(A Ballad of) A Peaceful Man" (2 tracks)
Jake Holmes                             "A Letter to Katherine December" (2 tracks)
Jerkus Singelton                       "Refuse to Lose" (3 tracks)
Joe McPhee                              "Nation Time" (complete album)
Journey                                    "Live into the Future" (5 tracks)
Kaki King                                 "Everybody Loves you" (3 tracks)
Mammal Hands                        "Floa" (3 tracks)
Missy Higgins                          "The Sound of White" (1 track)
Mystery                                    "Beneath the Veil of Winter's Face" (2 tracks)
Mystery                                    "Lies and Butterflies" (1 track)
Quartz                                     "Quartz" (4 tracks)
Randa and the Soul Kingdom  "Randa and the Soul Kingdom" (complete album)
Soul Toronado                         "The Complete Recordings" (2 tracks)
Steve Lacy                               "The Forest and the Zoo" (complete album)
Symphony X                            "V: The New Mythology Suite" (1 track)
Terri Lyne Carrington               "The Act Years" (3 tracks)
The Bamboos                           "Fever in the Road" (7 tracks)
The Eden House                       "Songs for the Broken Ones" (3 tracks)
The Paladins                            "Let's Buzz" (2 tracks)
William Parker & Hamid Drake  "Piercing the Veil" (2 tracks)
Various Artists                         "Live from  the Artists Den: Season One" (1 track)
Various Artists                         "Magic Moments: Summer Calling" (1 track)
Various Artists                         "Masters of Misery" (3 tracks)
Various Artists                         "Vintage Plug 60: Session 1" (1 track)
Various Artists                         "Vintage Plug 60: Session 2" (1 track)

Quite an eclectic mix but includes some really excellent music.

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  • This may not be what you were looking for, but I've been keeping a list of past purchases on this web page. Warning: Some of the URLs no longer work, and especially for the older purchases, the album is no longer for sale at that price, but the most recent year has some good stuff which are probably still valid. I'm more of a bargain hunter though and find it hard to pass up a really cheap album. 

    Lately I've really gotten into Tetty Kadi (1970s Indonesian singer) whose album I bought for 99 cents. 
  • edited March 4
    from the first of february:


  • Thanks Brighternow and Plong42. Two excellent lists!
  • My February purchases are as follows:

     
    BN and Plong - how did you copy the album covers? However I've tried I cannot do so - I am using Google as my browser. I can never copy images from eMusic these days.
  • I used the windows clipping tool.
  • edited March 4
    @greg said:
    BN and Plong - how did you copy the album covers? However I've tried I cannot do so - I am using Google as my browser. I can never copy images from eMusic these days.
    I used the Firefox screenshot function (rightclick > Take a Screen shot > save >>> )
    Album covers from Emusic: (Firefox) Rightclick > See background image > save as.
    (works on Soundcloud too)
    - I hardly use anything but FF these days

    ETA: your links directs to my own library (my emusic)
    - How to make links that works for others:
    Remove library/ from the url, or find the album page in the store.
  • edited March 4
    (Not sure where the last month ends, been using boosters)

    Warning: The Rachmaninoff is a bad rip - it's all there but there are some sound defects on some tracks.
  • Thanks BN - I'll have a try later. I've never used Firefox, so worth a go
  • Labels seem to be dropping like flies again, at least here in the US. Those interested in getting anything should go ahead and get it, if it's still there to be gotten
  • This includes almost everything I have purchased recently: Dualtone, Akarma (70s prog), 1994 / ENJA RECORDS Matthias Winckelmann (Rabih Abou-Khalil), RareNoise (Jamie Saft Quartet), Guruguru Brain (Kikagaku Moyo), ArconomX Music (Erik Friedlander). All Gone.

    I wonder if it is a site-wide problem, although Merge is still there; RedBullet (sketchy 70s albums), Brilliant Classics, etc. ForTune is still there, some really good albums yet to be had.









  • edited March 11
    I’m rather fond of Red Bullet which includes some great 1970s era Dutch rock e.g. Focus, Supersister, Alquin, Golden Earring, Earth & Fire (no Wind!) and Shocking Blue plus some of the usual, pretty ordinary stuff.
  • edited April 14
    My downloads for March.



  • My march haul:


  • edited April 4
    My final fling:

    Basically, I cleaned out all I was interested in from ACT's back catalogue, plus some prog stuff and a few ambient albums (my last discovery was that Moshimoss album and the Duskscape not Seen compilation, both on the same label).
    Spot the one album of super-cheap bulk wallpaper music to use up some last dregs of a booster :-). That will also tell you when what I thought was my last booster turned out to be not quite the last. But I think buying that album was a sure sign I was about to leave.
  • Thanks Brighternow and Germanprof. Your lists have led to some great discoveries for me. I hope that mine did likewise.
  • edited April 5
    Lounge Arena, GP? Interestingly, there is a lot of overlap between my ACT purchases and yours over the last few weeks. Without ACT I'd have probably lasted at least one month less.
  • I’m on $6.49 a month and not buying much boosters, but recent months I’ve dl’ed and enjoyed Low Power by H. Takahashi, Tides by Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Time ‘n’ Place by Kero Kero Bonito and Vrioon by Ryuichi Sakamoto and Alva Noto.

    Also been picking up tracks from the Sun Ra singles comp and any Else Marie Pade comp, whittling them down to where they are under my limit.
  • @greg yup, that’s the one. And me too, ACT kept me in the last couple of months.
    @peterfrederics glad it was helpful, and yes, I‘ve been following your posts closely too; the Alquin was one of yours, thanks!
    @amclark2 I love that Takahashi album!
  • This month, when I got it to work, I got Electronic Works 1958-1995 by Else Marie Pade, a $.99 Merzbow album, and Divertissement by William Basinski for $.49
  • I saw a few days ago that “divertissement” had moved up the eMusic charts -I have wondered several times in the last few weeks how many purchases it takes to get an album into those charts lately. It reminds me a lot of the last days of Amie Street, when there was a scramble to buy the last good albums and the last cheap albums to make free credit by pushing their prices up.
  • edited April 14
    My downloads for April.
    My special picks are the Lizard albums ("Single Omen" and "Half-Live"), "Poco Live", "Hunting the Snake" by the Schlippenbach Quartet, "Elephant Ball" by Crystal Sypho, the Marion Brown albums ("Why Not?" and "Marion Brown" and the Coil albums. The JPT Scare Band albums "Acid Acetate Excursion" and "Acid Blues is the White Man's Burden" are pretty good too.




  • Emu stuff from April:

    And a bonus info from Last FM

  • edited May 5
    Some really good music amongst this month's lot. My top picks are the following:
    • Freddie Hubbard "The Hub of Hubbard"
    • Stonefield "As Above, So Below"
    • Kuniko Kato "kuniko plays reich"
    • Antibalas "Talkatif"
    • Eduardo Sandoval "Caminos Albiertos"
    • King Buffalo "Orion"
    • Dini Safarrar "Thiam"
    • Sun Ra "The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra Vol. 2"
    • Albert Ayler "New York Ear and Eye Control"


  • Emu:

    Last.Fm:

  • edited July 23
    Still good albums on eMusic although you have to search really hard for them these days and follow up great tips from other emusers (see above on this feed and @omnifoo and @brighternow on the "Emusers Label & Linernotes Database" feed).

    These are my downloads for July.



  • edited July 23
    Grabbed from eMu the past month or so:
    (From the top of my head, the only 2019 releases are Elkhorn)

     

    And most played according to LastFm
    (3 of them are from €mu)



  • Need to move quickly on all of these. Only 17 of the 30 albums from which I bought tracks in April are still available! And only 13 out of 30 in May. However, funnily enough, 25 out of 33 albums that I bought tracks from in March are still available. Go figure!
  • edited August 5

    Most of the complaints about eMusic’s decline focus on the lack of new stuff that you’re going to buy in some format, from some source, no matter where.  I agree that eMusic is no longer a reliable source for that in most genres, unless you can subsist on Merge & Polyvinyl alone.  Surely asking people to pay $ to download stuff they’ve never heard of is a solid business model, right?  Not sure whether to be proud or embarrassed to have put my money where my mouth is:  After making all those label lists, my Wishlist is now bursting at the seams (and I’m a little afraid about the site’s health), so I sprang for another $75 credit pack (that’s two in addition to a subscription in June/July).  Loving a good challenge, here’s my favorites from 2015-2019 still available on eMusic as of late July 2019.  In some cases, price has been taken into account.  Obviously, we’ve all downloaded some that would be on a list like this but has joined the “Album Not Available” mega-majority (another reason I don’t want to lose the app).  No one needs to be told to pick up Yeasayer, Ladytron, Amon Tobin, and the stuff that’s charting on the website, so I’ll focus on more obscure albums that I really enjoyed.  Hope it helps push some folks over the edge back into subscribed consumption, and I can avoid purity test language.  I gather my tastes may be a bit poppier than most on this forum.


    2019


    1. “Oofth” - Massimiliano Milesi.  I wouldn’t know “good” jazz if I got bopped in the head with it, so rest assured this is eMusers-recommended and highly approved.  Would never have found it or the label without the rec, and I’m excited to sample more of Jazz Engine.

    2. “Meadow Lane Park” - Le SuperHomard.  Comparisons to Stereolab are well made (smooth female vocal synth-pop)

    3. “Unbalanced:  Concerto for Ensemble” - Moises P. Sanchez.  Minimally challenging, on the louder side, a near-perfect mix of brass, woodwinds, piano, percussion, and a female voice.  A fine, long three-piece of nominal jazz, and what a deal at 99 cents!

    4. “Breath” - Are Czernysz Trio.  Accordion-led jazz is going to be a very hard sell for most folks, but I’ll take this over 90% of the jazz out there.

    5. “Estrellas de Madera” - Arias.  Upbeat instrumental rock in the vein of Tristeza, the Mercury Program, or early Errors.

    6. “Hill Spell” - Northing.  I’m a sucker for tubas, and the way it’s deployed on this already brassy jazz album is uniquely enticing.

    7. “Reverie” - Goodbye Ivan.  Slow piano on a bed of strings, or try the electronic remix album if you prefer to have a beat.

    8. “Recollected Memories” - The George Kaplan Conspiracy.  Unassuming synth-pop is catchy despite a pretty uninspired name.

    9. “Why Do the Birds Sing?” -  Production Unit. Two long, innovative tracks sometimes recognizable as music, bearing important environmental messages.

    10. “Seven Birds” - Silva Rarum Arte.  Nice new classical.

    Honorable Mention: “Encelado” - LUZ. "Lax" - Lackluster.  "Citadel" - Ghostmolly.


    2018


    1. “The Longest Day” - Toby Hay.  Listed under folk, but I’d just say they’re a nice collection of rock instrumentals.  A top choice doesn’t have to be earth-shattering, but it should invite repeat listening, which this absolutely does.  In fact, it’s hard to imagine ever not wanting to hear it.

    2. “Siri Ba Kele” - Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band.  No list would be complete without a solid Afrobeat entry, though admittedly it’s getting harder to find lately.  Not really much call & response (there might well be a better term to describe this style), but the rhythms are definitely here and stretch over properly long tracks.  The album cover really plays up the exoticism, for better and worse.

    3. “MOZAIKA” - ONUKA.  The all-caps-ness of her name and song titles shows that an aspiring pop star needs to shout just to be heard, and I don’t gather she was successful, given that no one has rated the album.  On the electronic side and confrontational rather than catchy per se, pop listeners should be pleased by this.

    4.  “Yokai” - Breek.  A top nominee for EPs I wish were LPs, this is a subtle and all too brief collection of soft drum & bass and IDM, nicely layered for pure listening pleasure.  And quite the album cover/price.

    5. “Fire Behind the Curtain” - Adam Stafford.  Working with loops on instrumentals, he’s front loaded his best material in organic-sounding melodic tunes combining piano and strings nicely.  There’s an epic midsection, and the second half gets a bit droney.  Will definitely check out his rock albums now.

    6. “Impossible Star” - Meat Beat Manifesto.  As fine an entry point into Jack Dangers’ longstanding, prolific, dark electronic dub as any.

    7. “Year of the Dragon” - Hatchback.  Another smoothly relaxing electronic one.

    8. “Certainty Waves” - The Dodos.  Always a driving beat to these guys’ songs.  Fast-paced rock with thoughtful, emotive lyrics as ever.  Said I wouldn’t put any Polyvinyl acts on here, but I lied.

    9.  “Put Your Hands Together” - Skeewiff.  I actually prefer 2017’s “In Wonderland” album, below, for its wackiness, but this is where there was room.  This album has more elements of disco and funk and is still upbeat and fun.

    10. “Hate in My Heart” - DNTL.  Maybe disappointing for those who prefer DNTL’s tracks with vocals, but there’s plenty of interesting noodling going on in this.

    Honorable Mention: “HAWAII” - Collections of Colonies of Bees. “Un Hombre Que Camina” - Ramirez & Lainus.  “Pandemonium” - Slugabed.   “Homage to a Dreamer” - Goce Stevkovski Septet. "Music for Destroyed Orchestra" - Andy Fosberry.  "S/t" - AFRIK & The Smiling Orchestra.


    2017 (too much to list, really.  I don’t know why 2017 is head and shoulders above other years’ remaining holdings)


    1. “S/t” - Ko Shin Moon.  Some will find this obnoxious, but I think it’s awesome.  Organic rhythms spiral in meticulous control into full-on keyboard-driven Middle-Eastern dance parties.  The name sounds Asian, and indeed the mid-section moves geographically to Pakistan and (SE?) Asia.  Mostly instrumental, all exhilarating.  This was missing from my life too long; don’t leave it out of yours!

    2. “ Caballeros del Albedrio“ - Austin TV.  Not as aggressive as a previous album, but they sustain Latin prog/post-rock as well as anyone over two “discs.”  Mostly instrumental.

    3. “Art in the Age of Automation“ - Portico Quartet.  I presume Portico (on NinjaTune) is helping out here to make the jazz here more electronic.  Great for headphones if you want to appreciate subtleties, also fine reading music.

    4. “The Melody of Dust” - Hot Sugar.  Not on any label, so it was risky.  Smooth, deceptively simple  electronic melodies make time pass like heated butterscotch.

    5. “Twin Earth” - Aphir.  There’s a lot of fawning and swooning over the stylish pop/electronic chanteuses out there, but this brief album manages to feel both poppy and experimental in a way that few can match.

    6. “Into Olymp” - Laurent De Schepper Trio.  This trio has a couple feet in jazz, where it’s listed, but all its others firmly planted in psychedelic rock.  Both groovy and far out, with one vocal track.

    7. “Negro Es El Poder” - Mohama Saz.  At only 99 cents, this is a fine example of fusion between Spanish and Middle Eastern styles of rock.

    8. “Abrada” - Ajate. Japanese percussion and vocals performed in the expansive style of Afrobeat.  If that sounds like to much high concept fusion, just give it a whirl.  They pull it off splendidly, and cultural reappropriation never sounded so good.

    9. “Ibn El Leil” - Mashrou Leila.  I’m not as fawning as the first reviewer.  That said, sexy synth-pop in Arabic (or whatever language it is) kinda doesn’t seem like it should be possible, or at least not this sleekly produced and accessible to a Western audience.  How ‘bout that album cover, eh?

    10. “Shadow Work” - Mammal Hands.  Gondwana Records is a big part of why I remain subscribed, and these guys never fail to make compelling jazz that doesn’t sound like jazz.

    11. “I Am a Man” - Ron Miles with Bill Frisell, Brian Blade, et al.  Challenging instrumental jazz with some big names who are clearly having a conversation through their instruments.  Took this one out as I noticed Yellowbird’s catalog is a recent casualty.

    Honorable Mention:  “Pluto” - Floating Points.  “Translation” - Transfigure.  “CZ-5000 Sounds & Sequences” - Satoshi & Makoto.  “Cosmic Dross” - Henge.  “S/t” - Pauli Lyytinen Magnetia Orkesteri.  “Skeewiff in Wonderland” - Skeewiff. “Kewali EP” - Flamingods.  “Mercury Fountain” - The Physics House Band.  “Balkantron” - Sarakina



    2016


    1. “Be Glad“ - Tom Terrien.  Unpredictably seductive, piano-led quasi-jazz with unexpected forays into driving electronica.

    2. “Commontime” - Field Music.  As always, a thinking person’s rock band, with angular guitars and clever lyrics.  (Looks like I wrongly assumed this was still on the site.  On a different label that's long gone; enjoy their back catalog on Memphis Industries anyway!)

    3. “Sisters” - Odd Nosdam. Short and sweet electronic album with choral flourishes.

    4. “Mirror Bride” - Sin Ropas.  This stripped-down emotional side project of Califone has provided many of my favorite albums since I was in college, and I was frankly shocked to find it still on eMusic.  Dirty, messy, noisy folk rock with skin exposed and heart laid bare as ever.

    5. “Nonagram” - Soweto Kinch.  I miss when all his stuff was here, but this one can fill the need for forward-looking jazz and thoughtfully poetic lyrics with an eye on social justice (maybe that was a different album of his...he’s very eclectic).

    6. “Peel Away the Ivy” - The Pattern Forms.  Apparently an electronic supergroup, this album could satisfy a pop listener with its accessible songcraft.

    7. “Frame Slip” - Dalthon.  Two tracks run the gamut of rock, going wildly off the rails at times but mostly being quite pleasant, occasionally even breaking into singing.  Imagine that.

    8. “The Story of Marsha Lotus” - Pyramid Vritra.  Maybe the only hip-hop album on these lists, its rambling MC is unimposing, and the beats get abstract over tracks spanning up to 18 minutes.  99 cents.

    9. “Kafkudengun” - Miguel Conejeros.  Though a beat does intrude, this 99-center offers some of the most soothing ambient tunes I’ve heard in a while.

    10. “Fatal Light Attraction” - Kerridge.  Horrible electronic noise that satisfies in all the best ways, combining industrial and glitch.

    Honorable Mention: “The Phoenix Suburb (And Other Stories)” - The Woodleigh Research Facility.  “Music for Life Cycles (I-VII)” - Suplington. 


    2015


    1. “With Julia” - Kid Francescoli.  Might be fudging the release date, but it was most difficult to find ten albums from 2015 still on eMusic and worth highlighting.  The album cover gets very up close and personal, while the electronic backing music may keep listeners at arms length.  An altogether very listenable, lighter pop set that knows when to draw the vocals back and when to put them front and center.  Inoffensive but not at all offensively so.

    2. “Heart Failure” - Mydwem. Was hesitant to download this after sampling a few tracks—seemed a bit caustic and like it’d never establish a groove, but on listening to the full tracks they’re pretty ingenious, taking seemingly incongruous samples and patching them together into unexpected melodies that take one by surprise.  Several deconstruct cliches of house music (i.e. women saying “oooh” or taking trite lyrics intended to get gut reactions with their inane simplicity and paring them down to the point of incomprehensibility) and repurpose them for slightly off-kilter purposes.  Overall, it’s downtempo, but they pay very careful attention to the beats and could be danceable at times.

    3. “The Third Eye” - Tellavision.  Edgy and experimental electronic songs with vocals, found sounds and improvised instruments, she’s got a different approach to music that doesn’t wear out its welcome and is well worth a listen.

    4. “1983” - Kolsch.  A few transcendental tracks stand out on this electronic and quite possibly ironic evocation of the early 1980s.  (Forgot that Kompact bit it while I was compiling this list)

    5. “5 Journeys” - Sumrra.  No bio on Allmusic, so I don’t know where they’re from, but wherever it is, these guys are that place’s answer to The Bad Plus.  Hemming closely to that successful sound of piano-led jazz that rocks, I’m surprised they’re all but unrated.  Long songs from apparently live set(s).  Not a selling point, but someone apparently plays a balloon Pee Wee-style on the penultimate track.

    6. “Everyone Was a Bird” - Grasscut.  Glad to find them after their other/main label jumped ship.  Another electronic pop album that goes down smoothly by favoring the former over the latter.

    7. “Sarah Eat Neon” - VHS Head.  Gutsy sampling of Labyrinth’s soundtrack kicks the nostalgia receptors hard.

    8. “Evidentemente la Nube” - Bruno Delucchi Grupo.  Pretty mellow but decidedly not smooth jazz, led by an active piano and occasional brass.

    9. “S/t” - Calico.  Instrumental music that’s neither jazz, rock, nor purely electronic.  Just a nice little album.

    10.  “Instamatic” - Metamatics.  Always a middle-of-the road IDM player in my view, one isn’t likely to be wowed by or disappointed with an album from them, and this is no exception.

    11. "A Pudding oO CD” - Pudding oO.  Looks like they put no effort into the cover or the title and all of it into the music, which is equal parts jazz (where it’s categorized), funk, and electronic.  A fun, unpredictable listen that never runs out of ways to groove you.  

    Honorable Mention:   “Cracks” - Desert Sound Colony.  “Saint Claude” - Christine and the Queens.  “Marble Planet” - Prism Pavilion.  "Music for String Quartet, Piano, and Celeste" - Francis MacDonald. "Theodossi Spassov Trio Live in London."  


    Other unduly obscure favorites to plug from any year:  “The Tel Aviv Session” - The Toure-Raichel Collective.  “S/t” - Atropolis.  “Miracle Kicker” - Dark Captain Light Captain.  “S/t” - NZCA/LINES.  Holly Golightly (any).  “Key” - Red Snapper.  “Parergon” - Will Dutta with Plaid. “Plastic Orchestra” - Global Goon.  “Sometimes Good Weather Follows Bad People” - Califone.  "Bombay the Hard Way" Vol. 1&2- Various Artists.  "The Snake" - Brogan Bentley.  "Mono y Toro EP" - Son of Run.  "Dandelion Seeds" - Kratos Himself.


    Apologies for everything listed that disappears over the course of time!  It was nice to focus on music and leave the business end out for a while.  A final note:  Before sampling and downloading these albums, I’d heard of about 20% of the artists.  Trying new things yields delightful rewards, so do not bow to the tyranny of “never heard of.”  Listen for yourself!


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