Friday, February 09, 2007

Odds and ends

We have just a few odds and ends to report here. A couple of readers have noted problems downloading mp3s. Like several other music blogs, we’ve been shopping around mp3-hosting sites, and one of the sites we’ve relied on lately (MediaMax) limits the amount of data downloaded each month. We like this site, however, and are considering upgrading our account to allow for a greater amount of bandwidth. In the mean time, we may also store mp3s at box.net, which requires downloaders to follow an indirect path to the mp3s) and/or make the downloads available in zip files through sendspace.

You’ll also note that lamestain recently switched to the bookish Times font a week ago. Now, you can feel like quite the smarty-pants when you read about Cat Butt.

Also, we’ve been wanting to recommend some other blogs—namely, those with links on the right-hand side of lamestain—for quite some time. First of all, you should check out Steve Mandich’s blog when you get a chance. Steve has been a friend of ours for nearly two decades, and he has plenty of excellent writing under his belt (including his now defunct zine Heinous and a fantastic bio of Evel Knieval, Evel Incarnate: The Life and Legend of Evel Knieval). He also wrote the excellent post about Girl Trouble that appeared here a few weeks ago.

Our favorite type of blog is that which revolves around a particular theme or region. So take a look at Antipodean Underground, a blog focused on 1970s and 80s underground music from New Zealand and Australia. We also heartily recommend False 45th, which combines posts about indie rock from around with world and tidbits specific to Vermont. In addition, Brian from False 45th provided us with a great deal of help when we launched lamestain and is a stand-up guy in general.

Postpunk Junk focuses on, erm, postpunk junk. Click there while you can, as the blog was forced to visit Dr. Kevorkian when Rapidshare decided that the high number of downloads overstrained their servers.

Generally, the here’s-a-bunch-of-music-that-I-like blogs interest us little, because really, how many resources does one person need for new mp3s from the Bloc Party, Clap Your Hands and Say Yeah, and the Shins. A few exceptions exist, though: the fantastic Vinyl Mine and Something I Learned Today. The former covers a wide variety of punk and indie rock from several generations, and the latter archives 70s punk, 80s hardcore, and late 80s/early 90s noise and indie. I wish I had discovered both sooner.

Enjoy!
--Wm

8 comments:

Joseph Kyle said...

thank you for this blog. about damn time someone did it!
you take requests? i'd like to hear the young fresh fellows' 'dark corner of the world'

Kevjones30 said...

Hey, where's the love?! No talk about Lemon Session's definitive history of one of the Northwest's most underrated punk bands, the Ninja Boners?

Mars said...

Yes, yes, Cat Butt. Heard so much about, yet heard nothing by. I like me some Thrown Ups, too!

I HATE RAPIDSHARE!!!

Lamestain HQ said...

re: YFF -- great band and we'll get to them eventually. sadly, i don't have the 'dark corner of the world' song.

re: Cat Butt -- we are going to post their first 7" in a couple of weeks.

re: ninja boners -- they were also the 2nd most underrated band featuring kevin. #1 was the recordbreakers

Joseph Kyle said...

oh, man, that'd be great! the only place i've heard the YFF song is on Hype! it was apparently on the box set version of the soundtrack, and i wish it'd made it to the CD version of it....

here's something i did last year for my old website...i had just been given some educational software, i was bored, and i'd just received a nice package from sub pop...

http://www.mundanesounds.com/2006/04/cross-words-sub-pop.html

Lamestain HQ said...

Joseph--

The URL cuts off after "cross-words."

Cousin Creep said...

Thanks for the cudos on antipodeanunderground.com - I've added a lamestain link on the blog roll thanks.

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