I logged into Myspace after reading Matt Good’s post [mg] about an online doppleganger. I figured I’d check my messages, delete friend requests (from random bands and big-chested, scantily clad men and women wanting to “party”) and look at some bulletins.
It seems that some of my favourite artists are having holiday promotions, offering up special tracks and tunes at no cost, for our listening pleasure.
“…I’ve put up Bye Bye Boy, a song from my latest EP, “The Komrade Sessions”, as a free download until Christmas.
This is the acoustic version of Bye Bye Boy. I have a full length, fully produced record coming out tentatively in April 2007 which will include the full blown Rock Steady version of the song. It’ll make you wanna go and do some driving.”
“…for a limited time only, anyone who orders a copy of the Quiet Zone EP directly through our website will receive their copy of the CD signed by the entire band! Plus, as a bonus, you’ll also get a link to free downloads of both our new singles, “All Together Now” and “Not Enough.” Both tracks are set to appear on our debut album, which we’re in the studio *right now* finishing up! Click here to buy the Quiet Zone EP and get your free download link!”
“…we thought it appropriate to record a Christmas song in our hotel instead. We’re floating it out there as a free digital single for all of you, packaged with a never-released late night driving version of “God is Going To Get Sick of Me”. Use the below link to download the songs and the artwork.” www.aberdeenmusic.com/holidaysingle
The guys don’t have any holiday downloads but they’ve just added several more dates for a spring tour, posted a couple live videos on their page and you can still check out the trailer for the 16 minute film Eme Nakia:
The film grew out of a desire for the band to make a movie while recording their third album. Jim Ward, frontman and guitarist for the band, suggested telling the story of Hajjar’s (Sparta’s drummer) remarkable personal history: He was born in Beirut, Lebanon and at the age of 5, along with his family, fled his country during the Lebanese civil war of 1975-1990.
They immigrated to the United States, settling in the sprawling west Texas border town of El Paso. When Hajjar was fourteen his Eme died after a bout with cancer and his father, who had been distant, left the family. His brother, only 18-years old at the time, assumed responsibility for the family and raised Tony and his sister. In the film, we follow Hajjars early life story, showing his challenges and ending with him in present-day. View trailer.
I now have a void in my “top 8” due to Matt Good’s removal of his Myspace page. I’m not too eager to fill that gap, and I don’t think I’ll be logging in again for a while. I think I mostly got the Myspace account so that no one else would scoop up “miss604”. I see now that small measures like that don’t really mean much, it’s pretty much anything and everyone goes.
Update: I forgot about the Vanmega 2006 Audio Almanac, available by mail or download. A lovely treat if you’re a fan of the monthly Vanmega Mix Tapes.
Also, how could I forget about our podcast, John’s latest “Six Song Donut Spectacular” is now available for download.