Give the Drummer Some's
Favorite Downloads from the MP3 Blogosphere
Once again, I feel like a lonely voice, cackling cheerfully into a chill wind regarding the free-music blog scene. Just this past August, in "The Rise & Fall of MP3 Blogs" posted in these pages by Casey Rae—and during a subsequent Radio Free Culture discussion that aired on WFMU—the death of online music sharing was stirringly eulogized. Now, the long faces have surfaced again in a widely circulated piece by Mark Allen in The Awl (note the almost identical title: "The Rise and Fall of the Obscure Music Download Blog.")
So while some observers of the scene are resigned to reminisce about some golden-age past, I encourage you to hang out right here in the present as your mirthful Miner slings his pick-axe at the sonic Motherlode on a weekly basis. Don't mourn, download!
Abu el Leef ~ Super Leefa
(Blog: Bodega Pop)
Somewhere (Way) Above Tahrir Square...
"Born Nader Anwar Gaber in Alexandria in 1968, el Leef is a relatively late bloomer, having recorded his first album (which includes the hit single 'King Kong') in 2010, when he was 42. His music divides audiences: in Egypt, you apparently love him or hate him." (Description by Gary)
[When the big-eared Gary at Bodega Pop calls something "without question, my absolute favorite album of 2012," well, you know what to do...]