♫ Music from a lazy week

Actually it wasn’t all that lazy, there has been so much to do. But here are some music picks for the week – don’t miss the Sister Hazel double album if you’re in the US, and the Turin Brakes track is the pick for the UK.

Loc Title Artist Comments
USA Mamaya The Souljazz Orchestra Take a brisk walk with this loping world-jazz track
UK Leave Me In Love The High Wire From the stylophone opening to the subdued vocals you know it’s chill time. It gradually perks up. Not bad.
USA Perfect World U-Melt Reminds me of Pink Floyd in some ways, a pretty good chill prog rock
USA Album: 20-in-10 Sister Hazel Really good Sister Hazel sampler. 20 excellent rock tracks, the best free download in ages
UK Apocolips Turin Brakes Very good track from a reliably good band. Rich & innovative sound with a travelling pace.
UK Rocket (Richard X One Zero Remix) Goldfrapp Strong dance track that Goldfrapp fans would grab anyway but the rest of us are likely to enjoy too.

One more thing – seems that there are downloads of the SXSW music showcase after all, assuming you have the patience for about 6Gb of torrent.

☞ Not In Your Name?

  • "The U.S. position for the moment appears closer to 'take it or leave it' with the bet that many ACTA partners will see little political alternative but to take it." — I agree that's likely to be what the US "negotiators" think, but they surely have to take seriously the threat posed by the vote this week in Europe, which could mean not one country but a whole bloc refusing to ratify the treaty. The ACTA strategy relies on a fait accomplis that no nation can afford to refuse; having 26 nations refuse calls the bluff on that strategy.

    US citizens: Is this really what you want done in your name? Do your representatives know how you feel about it?

  • The wonderful thing about open source is that once softweare has been set free it can find new ways of being useful and evolving even if its original benefactors go away. I'm delighted to see Project Wonderland from Sun Labs finding a new home like this. I hope the other projects that are being put out to grass find similarly enthusiastic homes.
  • Hopefully this includes chopping firewood.
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