17 thoughts on “What should I download from eMusic this month?

  1. I don’t know what you can get from eMusic, but random things I recommend:
    Billy Bragg: “Sexuality”, “The Few”, “Accident Waiting to Happen”, or “North Sea Bubble”
    Hugh Blumenfeld: more or less anything from his albums Barehanded or Mozart’s Money
    Stan Rogers: anything except For the Family
    Ana Egge: “River Under the Road”

      1. I was actually a college radio DJ and underpaid yet fanatical music journalist when he arrived. I interviewed him in 1985 and got a huge mancrush on him and wanted him to take me back to England.
        I still like his music from then best, all the stuff that’s on “Back to Basics” and the reissues.

      2. I can totally see that. I have a huge mancrush on him without even having met him or anything.
        I should look for that album. “Don’t Try This at Home” Was the one that really got me hooked. I got it because of “Sexuality” but then I ignored the rest of the album for a while. Back in September I was lying around in a hostel bunk in Glasgow and listened to the whole thing attentively. And then it was all “why did no one tell me about this before?” (Someone did, of course, and I didn’t listen.)

      3. I agree – I like his work when it’s the most stripped down, too.
        Although, what do you think of his “Mermaid Avenue” work with Wilco, setting unreleased Woody Guthrie lyrics to music? It’s a LOT of fun.

  2. Knowing nothing about your taste in music, I offer semi-random ideas: “Blue,” by Lucinda Williams; “All Just to Get to You,” Joe Ely; “Justice for All,” Dale Watson.

  3. All of the following is definitely on emusic.
    If you haven’t already, go listen to New Radiant Storm King. The new one, “The Steady Hand,” is lovely. Heck, get it all if you can. If you have just one song left, go to “leftover blues” and download “subway token save my soul.”
    If there’s anything left after all that, I really like what Michael Gira’s been doing with Angels of Light. “We are Him” is really really good.

      1. Fair enough!
        As far as Angels of Light goes I think “Everything is good here please come home” is pretty worthwhile too. I like their collaboration with Akron/Family, though not as much as their own records.

  4. I write for emusic sometimes and I have one of the old-school subs as a result (i.e., I get an assload of downloads per month). Recently I got an album of Chinese music called Yin Xiang . Liu San Jie ] Zhi . Le (Music Of Impression Sanjie Liu) which is completely great & even better if you Google “Sanjie Liu” and find out what these guys are writing about.
    If you don’t have Graeme Downes’s “Hammers & Anvils” that’s a neglected gem.

    1. I miss their all-you-can-eat plan. But I have a lot of great stuff from them.
      I will find this chinese stuff. I’m wandering all over Asia lately, and I haven’t moved out of Central Asia yet. EASTWARD!

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