After much consideration, I have decided to bring Musicus Eclecticus back from the dead, just like Lazarus, but with MP3s.
Much water has passed under the bridge since last time we were here, over a year ago. For starters, I received an email from Blogger telling me that one of my posts had been reset to "Draft" status, which means you, dear reader, can't see it anymore. The reason for this is that I have apparently breached US copyright laws. Oops...
The offending post included links to 3 tracks, by New Model Army, Morrissey and Nick Cave/Shane MacGowan... but I have no idea which one of those links triggered the wrath of some Stateside spoilsport. Whatever, that post is staying gone, but there'll be new stuff forthcoming.
So what else has been happening over the past 12 months or so? The face of online music has changed again with the rise of Spotify and various other (inferior) imitators. I'm a massive fan of Spotify, and long may it continue. It's not a perfect system by any means (the "similar artists" process is fucking dreadful, for example) but it is a superb way to hear new music and build playlists. Thumbs up from us, without a doubt.
Also since last we spoke, Michael Jackson has gone off to the great playground in the sky, and may I just say, I honestly couldn't care less. I wonder if there will be such a nauseating outpouring of overblown emotion when Gary Glitter bites it? Somehow I doubt it. And for fuck's sake... for every "Billy Jean" there was an "Earth Song"... yeah... not such a fucking genius after all, eh?
Enough of all that. Rage Against The Machine are number one, and Musicus Eclecticus is back... what's not to smile about?
Note regarding old MP3 links... I have just spotted that Hotlinkfiles appears to be not working... so none of the old files on this blog will be downloadable. This also means the ones I was about to post won't work either. So, while I make alternative arrangements, here's a bit of (vaguely apt) YouTube music, just for now.