Monday, December 7, 2009

Stomp & Stammer Reviews The Good Graces

Stomp and Stammer
's Jeff Clark reviewed The Good Graces EP Bring On The Tambourines in the December issue and Support Our Troops section of the magazine. I love being associated with this record!
Kim Ware's group The Good Graces has always provided a pleasant experience, but it hasn't been until their new five-song EPBring On the Tambourines! that they've really made much of a lasting impression. Relaxed, direct, poignant, honest, funny and with a mouth like a sailor, it's the record the band's been needing to make. It's like they jumped off from the simplest premises – "Bad Driver" is about a bad driver, "I Miss the '90s" is about missing the '90s, etc. – and ran with 'em, but it's the clever writing and unpretentious performances that make it work.

Different Skies recordings released on Earth Mantra Netlabel

My latest albums, edited and mastered recordings from the September 2008 Different Skies Festival performance (I'm one of the several players that were part of the ensemble), are available free from the Earth Mantra label. The titles of the releases are That Merciless Sky and Arcosanitarium.

This is the third and fourth Different Skies release on Earth Mantra, with previous releases from the 2007 Festival, Strange Lines and Distances and Imaginary Spaces.

From the Earth Mantra website:

About Earth Mantra

Earth Mantra Netlabel is a privately owned and operated ambient music netlabel that exists for the sole purpose of sharing the music of certain artsts that we feel are of interest to ambient fans. Unlike a typical label, all of the music on Earth Mantra is available freely for non-commercial use.

In other words, it is free to download our music and share it with other people, as long as it is for non-commercial purposes, proper credit is given to the artist and to Earth Mantra, and no modifications to our releases are made.

We call Earth Mantra a netlabel since this is the traditional way to refer to any music label that distributes its music digitally under a Creative Commons license. For specific details surrounding our license and what you may (and may not) do freely under it, please visit the Creative Commons site. Put simply, our license means individual music lovers can legally enjoy our music to their heart's content, at no cost, with our complete blessing.

We are dedicated to publishing only high quality ambient music from some of the best musicians around. We work hard to carefully select those titles we will release and to ensure they are the kind of music that we think our listeners will love. Our artists range from world-reknowned folks who have played at the highest levels of the music industry to artists who are completely unknown and make music out of their homes. To Earth Mantra, the paramount factor is the quality of the music. It is our goal to bring the best ambient music possible to our listeners.