Episodes is on sale again from tomorrow, via Bandcamp and – shortly afterwards – iTunes, Amazon & all that bunch.
Not only does it include Kafka Song and the hidden spoken-word track from the original CD, but also 3 extra tunes (one of them exclusive to Bandcamp). It’s been unavailable for a long time due to problems with the original distributors which I won’t go into here – suffice to say a repeat appearance is long overdue. Check it out.
Okay, that’s enough for this year. It’s been full, varied and interesting, which is all one can ask of any bunch of days. (That’s in a personal and musical sense, btw. On a wider political and economic scale, it’s been fucking terrifying.)
Currently trying things out with other musicians and finishing off album #2 – more news on that next year. Also, my 2008 EP Episodes is due for re-release early 2012: further details in January. All I’ll say now is that it’s loaded with bonus material and will have proper digital distro this time.
It’s interesting putting out music mainly via internet – there’s now no such thing as a hidden track, for instance: not really. (One of the tracks on the original Episodes CD was hidden – it ain’t anymore.) Even if they don’t spill every last bean, most sites actually say in the download spec, “this album/ep, whatever, comes with a hidden track”. Don’t get me wrong – on paper, in theory, as a medium it’s great. But… Call me old-fashioned, but it’s not very interesting, is it? For either party in the transaction. Spoon-feeding, I mean, in general as well as that specific grouse.
Perhaps things’ll cycle back to to crediting people with a bit of taste and acuity; doubt it though. On the other hand, the 360-degree, access-all-areas thing we’re locked into now – potential exposure equals potential listeners, so it’s all good – hmm? Never mind that it’s vapid and boring. (Well… it’s not like someone’s holding a gun to my head and forcing me to do any of this). There’s got to be a better way – it’s just that no-one’s found it yet.
Merry X-mush, mush. A Happy New Yr to you and yrs.