A few links that hook up nicely with things 15
's musical slant, starting with this plea
to the record companies to make more sense of their on-line position (via Salon
). In the age of the iPod
, finding those who are entirely anti-file sharing is rare. Indeed, you're more likely to encounter rabid enthusiasts
(thanks to Noparking
for the link).
First, find those mp3s. We feel that epitonic
does a great job (check neumu
for more reviews) - all the better for hosting whole songs, and not just snippets. Record companies that put whole mp3s on their sites get automatic credibility, in our opinion - try Kranky
or Secretly Canadian
as examples (warning: both feature music that alternates irrationally between very noisy and very twee). For very untwee music (that's especially unsuited to snippets), try Earache
- some of their artists in particular
Elsewhere, it's Retro Cocktail Hour
! Sadly, most of London seems to have got wise to the value, monetary or otherwise, of gems such as these
. The vinyl one finds in the capital's many charity shops is mostly very sad indeed, as this kind of retro japery becomes more sought after. Think of sleeveless 7" singles, chipped and scratched, bulky unplayed box-sets from faded 70s easy-listening superstars and countless unwanted classical albums, all soft focus covers to tie in with cheap television advertising campaigns. Unwanted and unloved, charity shop vinyl is only for the diehards, searching for the kind of thing that now takes pride of place in more upmarket boutiques (there was once a whole _host_ of retro shops listed on the old things
links pages. Perhaps one day they'll come back...).
That said, there are still gems to be found. A quick search reveals sonic pioneers (Enoch Light
and the amazing Delia Derbyshire
, doyenne of the BBC's Radiophonic Workshop
) whose work would be highly prized. It must be out there, somewhere.