Thursday, January 31, 2008

Website update and Banner

Only a minor update this time, but worth noting: the "About" link on the PlagueDream website now leads somewhere. It's not much at the moment, admittedly, but it does include an email link which you may find preferable to the more involved and obscure means some of our enterprising listeners have employed to communicate with us in the past (I'm looking at you, Mr. H___). As I am both the label director and the ersatz webmaster (and as my otherwise able assistant is a confirmed technophobe), all correspondence directed to that address will, in time, pass before my eyes.

The other item of importance on the page is our new banner:

If you are so kind as to wish to use this banner on your site, the necessary code is provided. Our own links page is not yet online, but when it is we will be happy to discuss banner exchanges, etc.

More content will be coming soon, both to our "About" page and to this blog, so stay on the beam!


Monday, January 28, 2008

3 Crows Redux

I would like to remind anyone who undertook to download Glenn Brown's 3 Crows & The Moon during the dark days of server malfunction that the album is once more available, and should be downloaded and listened to without delay. The album's release coincided catastrophically with the Internet Archive's server crisis, and it remained unstable for almost two months, so that many people whose lives Glenn's music might have enriched were denied.

To refresh your memory: Glenn Brown creates luminously ambient sci-fi soundscapes using only his (heavily processed) electric guitar - but that description does no more than hint at the delicious weightlessness of the sound, and the mingled bliss and disquiet of dreaming in zero gravity.

So, once again: Glenn Brown - 3 Crows & The Moon

Sunday, January 13, 2008

To Repel Ghosts - Partisan Songs
[free download, 256kpbs mp3]

A barely audible song
Is heard from the fog,
It is the quiet song
Of the forest partisans.

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01. Quiet Forest
02. In the Trees
03. Front Zone Reverie
04. Nightingales
05. Quiet Forest ii
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[In response to questions raised in pre-release comments: These songs are the record of our speculative forays into the dreamspace which has grown up in the cracks between the social myth of the Heroic partisans and the ugly reality of the war; in mapping that territory, it was not our intention to pursue any specific political agenda or champion any particular group or concern. The history of the Soviet partisans in the Great Patriotic War, like most war stories, is complex and often contradictory. We believe that it is vitally important, at these intersections of heroism and atrocity, to retain that complexity and resist the reductive impulse which impoverishes our myths and denies the varied humanity of the men and women on all sides of the conflict. These songs seek neither to glorify nor to condemn, and while they do not have anything so crude as a "message," we hope that they do contain some echo of truth. -TRG]

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As you can see, the hiatus didn't last long. Only a couple days after I posted about it, a lot of things suddenly started working again. There are still intermittent problems, but we decided to take our chances.


Saturday, January 12, 2008