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TW3 – Week 2

Another week has passed, and it’s time for a review of what I’ve been up to on the music front. So here’s TW3 Week 2. No major purchases of music this week, bit a few downloads.

At the weekend, I downloaded a winter sampler from SideOneDummy Records, the standout track being You and I Alone by Chuck Ragan. I came across this winter sampler following a notification from NoiseTrade.


Side One Dummy - Winter-Sampler






NoiseTrade is where I came across Zach Winters and his Monarch Album. It’s an excellent album, reminiscent of Bon Iver’s debut album, For Emma, Forever Ago. That’s one of my favourite albums of the last few years, and Zach WintersMonarch album is just as good, in my humble opinion.


Zach Winters - Monarch







My other download this week is by We Are Kin, I downloaded their single Home Sweet Home, from their forthcoming album, Pandora. Check this out, it’s well worth a listen. They’re on the Bad Elephant Music label, which is a label I’ve now started following on the strength of this release.


And fair play to the band, they replied to one of my tweets on twitter, which is always welcome.


Talking of twitter I gained a few new followers this week, in addition to We Are Kin. After checking out Grand Tour‘s music on their website and following them, they returned the favour. I’m looking forward to their debut album, Heavy on the Beach, which is due for release at the start of February. Grand Tour are a progressive rock project from Scotland.  Another new follower was Jen Levinsa singer/songwriter based in Princeton, New Jersey. She’s got a new EP out, called Hand Made, check it out. Again well worth a listen.


Finally, I came across this great instrumental, Fading Silently, by NoSound from their Sense of Loss album.


And that was TW3 Week 2, my week in music.

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SideOneDummy Records

I’ve just come across SideOneDummy Records courtesy of NoiseTrade and their Weekend Edition which featured a Winter Sampler by SideOneDummy Records.

Side One Dummy - Winter-Sampler






I’ve just downloaded it, you can download it for free, but I like to leave a tip.Here’s the link  I was initially drawn to the sampler as it had a track by Chuck Ragan on it. I saw Chuck Ragan as part of the Revival Tour in 2011, when he was excellent, so thought I’d check this out.

The Revival Tour 2011






His track on this sampler, You and I Alone, was worth the price of the tip alone, it’s brilliant! And I’ve just found out that Chuck Ragan is playing the Southgate House Revival next Friday, so I could well be seeing him live

Just listening to the rest of the sampler and there’s a track called Gold by Jaws which I’m drawn to, together with a track by Superheaven called In On It.

I’ve just signed up for the SideOneDummy Records newsletter, so I’m sure I’ll be posting more about it. In the meantime, here’s a youtube video of Chuck Ragan


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