During my first year of college, iTunes became available to PCs, so everyone, regardless of their operating system, was using it. It was a lawless time for music. There were programs that made it so you could browse other people's playlists, doubleclick on a song, and have it immediately download to your computer on the school network. Needless to say, this didn't last that long. But when it did—that was the first time that downloading music felt like an activity, and not just a thing you did real quick when you were looking for something. For instance, I probably would have downloaded these two re-released Candy Claws songs immediately (and actually I still can) before I actually realized I really liked them. Both songs are super fucked up—there are broken instruments, blown out guitar, and moments where everything sounds like a sped up carousel. It's like Candy Claws figured out how to write pop songs before they figured out how to record them, but It's immediately enjoyable insider art recorded by outsiders. Download the songs for free from the link below and/or buy a record here.
September 14, 2012