There is a lot going on right now that I could easily cave in no and complain about. But there's too many worse things in the world that don't give me the right. So I'd rather talk about the good things.
And here are a couple of them: Sidedown Audio has produced its first two albums:
- Castrovalva, by musician/writer/cartographer Jeremy Simmons, a collection of acoustic/folky guitar songs that I really, really liked from when he first shared some of them with me a couple years ago now. This album maintains a constant presence in my iTunes list and gets a lot of circulation in my iPod.
- GMOVJ, by musician/designer Joshua Wentz, a mix of moody and introspective songs ideal for driving in the rain. At least that's where my copy is going: straight to my car. (Well, after the mp3s get queued up.) The album is a kind of homage to Josh's favorite musician, Mike Oldfield. And if you don't know who that is, you might be doing something wrong in your life. In which case, let me know and I'll fix it!
Both albums go for $9. That's cheaper than any full album on iTunes and you get a physical and very slick-looking disk. I highly recommend them. These guys are both good friends of mine, but I can honestly tell you that the music is solid, enjoyable, and worth having.