Season of the Witch – 60’s sublime Julie Driscoll

The season’s changing and the end of the year is coming and with it the memories of the past and the challenges of the future. Welcome to the final harvests of the year. The voices of the past call to the future.

Have a listen to 1968. *winks* Julie Driscoll – Season of the Witch

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Free Music

Most of these links came from Hey, It’s Free! I can’t make any promises that they’re still active.

But come on, free music. You’ve got to take a look.

25 Free Tracks from Pizza Hut

Bally’s Fitness Workout Mix

Officer Roseland’s new album Stimulus Package – You get a dollar to either donate to the Mr. Holland’s Opus Fund or keep for yourself. That’s better than free.

The Damnwells album One Last Century.

A Remix of Ziggy Stardust

A Mix Tape from Urban Outfitters

Hell’s Ice Cream Truck?

I heard it for the first time a week after moving into my new house — the jangly strains of the creepiest ice cream truck melody in the world. It was filled with a Danny Elfman-ish foreboding. It was happy and childlike, yet somehow brooding, like a melancholy, yet jaunty Irish folk song.

I listened to the sample. I’m sure I know the song. I recognize it.

There’s comment discussions that have it being “Old King Cole” (doesn’t sound it to me), The Waits Carol, and The Moon Shines Bright.

Part of me says it’s a variation from the same composer as Death March of the Marionettes, but I’m not sure.

Still, it’s creepy. Go listen.

Music Review: Linkin Park: et. al.

Personally, I think Meteora is the best of their CD’s so far. The lyrics are complex, and the music is top notch. “Breaking the Habit” is haunting. “Easier to Run” speaks to anyone with pain and mistakes in their past. The use of Japanese flutes in a rap song is definitely a first and makes you stop and listen. In fact, I’ve taken to writing stories “soundtracked” by the CD. It is definitely worth the listen and the behind the scenes video is worth the watch. Just watching the graffiti-art building up is fascinating.

Reanimation has my favorite song from Linkin Park on it, “My December.” It also has an expanded version of “In the End,” which I think has more verbal power than the original one. You can really hear the history of slam poetry and rap in the lyrics of the remixes and original versions included on this CD. There are a lot of guests working with the band in this one, which for how young they are, I find to be a testament to their artistic talents. On several of the songs, I’m torn as to which of the versions I like better.

Hybrid Theory is the first of the Linkin Park CD’s and therefore has their most familiar songs on it. I’m going to be completely honest and tell you that I originally had classed them as a “scraming” band and therefore off of my list. I’m very glad now that I actually listened to my business partner and borrowed her CD. I bought it after hearing it once and I’ve never looked back.

You can find them here:

Meteora

Reanimation

Hybrid Theory

Christmas Music Review: Midieval Babes: Mistletoe and Wine

The Midieval Babes don’t try to modernize the music or the arrangements. It feels old school and sounds beautiful. The plus of this Christmas album is that it doesn’t have any of the new “classic” Christmas songs. You won’t hear White Christmas. You won’t hear “The Christmas Song”. If you’ve ever worked retail during the season, you know why I hate both of those songs.



Mistletoe and Wine has songs that are hard to find such as: Holly and the Ivy, and the Coventry Carol. They are both lovely songs, but overtly Christian, so they don’t get played. I am not Christian really, but I love church music. I think the harmonics of the blended voices outwieghs all the flash and bang of modern arrangements of these songs. It’s hard to find Christmas albums that aren’t consumerized versions of songs. Midieval Babes has a wonderful blend of female voices that does not include an overbearing soprano. In fact, there is no one voice that particularly stands out in the melody line. It’s soothing, it’s pretty and it’s an old fashioned Christmas album.

You can check it out here:Mistletoe and Wine