We introduced you to then relatively unknown Irish singer-songwriter SOAK (a.k.a. Bridie Monds-Watson) as part of Muruch’s “Surfacing” series over two years ago. Now Soak is signed to Rough Trade Records and set release her debut full-length album in June. In the meantime, here’s her eerie cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Immigrant Song.”
Canadian singer-songwriter Allison Crowe has been Muruch’s musical mascot for ten of our almost fifteen years of music blogging because of her extraordinary talent, artistic integrity and her open support of mp3/music blogs.
Long before the mainstream music industry embraced the internet, Allison pioneered the digital music frontier by offering free, legal mp3 downloads on her website and music blogs like Muruch. She also released digital albums through her own independent label, Rubenesque Records, on Amazon before the practice became the standard. Maintaining such creative control and openness with her fans has at times been to her own financial detrimate and cost her opportunities for more widespread fame, but no other artist has such a flawless record of artistic authenticity as Allison Crowe.
So it makes me very happy to announce a new way for Allison Crowe fans to support and gain even greater access to her spectacular music. Allison just launched a new Bandcamp subscription service. Here’s the official video announcement from Allison and her dog, Link:
The $40 per year subscription gives you instant access via Bandcamp’s app to Allison’s entire back catalogue of albums and any new albums — all available for streaming and permanent download in the digital format of your choice (a feature lacking on other streaming services like Spotify). The subscription also grants exclusive access to the Allison Crowe fan community, a 15% discount on physical merchandise (now and future) and the satisfaction of supporting this truly independent musician in a direct and substantial way…
Tori Amos has released another song from the upcoming Deluxe editions of Little Earthquakes and Under the Pink. Her chilling cover of Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” was originally released on the “Crucify” EP (another cassette owned by yours truly). The Deluxe albums will be released on April 14th via Rhino Records. More info in our “Take to the Sky” post from earlier this month.