So far this year has been one of upheaval at Space Cadet Central....having shifted our base of operations, we now find ourselves in the middle of re-building and upgrading the studio.....the forth album we expected to be ready about now has turned into a collection of one off tracks already posted to Reverbnation and a fifth and hopefully more coherent offering is developing parallel to that.....the video studio is still in a box.....so keep the faith new things will come as soon as we are settled and can slow down enough to enjoy the new vibe-zone! xxx
More than one person has pointed out that we have a lot of material posted here...it's true and with luck there will be more in a couple of months when the new studio is up and running. So may we suggest that instead of the "Play All" feature on the main playlist, you can try going to the "Albums" section under the playlist and above the comments, where you can play them an album at a time to get at the older material without having to go through the whole playlist.There are some real gems tucked away in the back catalogue. ;)
A friend with a record store had a good rant yesterday about why Record Store Day has become a corporate shill and why it's not about independents anymore and why she won't be doing it this year. She is right. The true independents now are the bands and musicians doing it for themselves via Reverbnation, Bandcamp and Soundcloud. There is a lot of good new music to be had there on all of those sites for free streaming and direct download sales...I'm not just saying that because I use them for my own musical endeavours....I have found a lot of great stuff on these sites, most of which are free for musicians to use. I would like to encourage more people to sign up for accounts with these sites as listeners because only through use will they remain viable and I don't think they are that well known outside of musician circles. It's like having a great bar or venue that promotes unsigned artists every night of the week that you can visit just to see who's on and sometimes find a band you really like and might want to maybe go home with their cassette/CD/demo as it was in the days of yore..without leaving the house and having to shell out for buses, taxis,a cover charge and a load of drinks...not that I would discourage that either because if you can find a place like that, it needs your support too..but they are few and far between these days. So have a Google, sign up, browse and see what's out there. https://www.reverbnation.com/ http://bandcamp.com/fans https://soundcloud.com/
We have reverted back to our $Free/pay what you like policy over on Bandcamp.....contrary to their advice, it is our observation that more people downloaded and paid more with the Pay as you like philosophy than the fixed price philosophy...follow the link on the page. The top half dozen songs on the playlist here are destined to become Volume 4 and will become available on Bandcamp soon...until then you'll just have to stream them :)
You may have noticed a rash of covers at the top of the playlist...This is because we are putting together a covers collection as well as writing Volume 4...we are not in any way moving away from original material....just thought we'd clear that up! xxx
Hi...we only kept the "buy" links here to support the "Love, Hope, Strength!" charity via music for good...which is now ending. If you wish to buy any of our work, it is available more cheaply and at a higher quality from our Bandcamp Store....just follow the link on the page. The cover versions remain free to download. xxx
As a thankyou to our friends and fans who bought the album(s) here is another of our psyched out cover songs which you can download here for free. As usual we are limited here to 128kps mp3 but can arrange a better quality download from Soundcloud if anybody wants that....just let us know. xxx
So..how this works is..to use the free version of Reverbnation we can only upload songs in the lowest bitrate mp3 format. When you buy from Reverbnation, half of the money goes to the charity..which is a good charity and we are happy to support it, the rest goes into an account held for us by Reverbnation until there is a minimum of $20 in there at which time we can withdraw that and it is ours. So in order for us to receive your hard earned cash you would have to pay to download the whole back catalogue at once. Now the link over there to the right of the page takes you to Bandcamp where you have the choice of several HQ lossless formats at $7 per album (it's cheaper for higher quality) and if you really want to support us you can pay more if you want.....they also take a cut but what they do is pay us straight away, build up their 12% charge until it hit's $10 and take it out of our sales every few downloads...so if we sell 7 we get the cash for 6 and they keep the 7th....it's a better deal for us and a better deal for you. So there ya go that's why two download options....xxx
So, we are already into the second month and with any luck the cover for our third album (the tracks are already posted...mostly ) is almost done and may well be ready by the weekend. We will be posting it over at Soundcloud too with a higher bit rate along with the first two albums and are working on adding some kind of PayPal Donate button as a kind of honesty box or tips jar in case you wanna buy us a pint. There may even be a new record launch video....it's all go here at Space Cadet Central!
We do like a bit of a sideways swipe at a Christmas song....it is a time of year that has very much become about sugar, fat and starch and we very much feel for those who can't join in and go the whole hog on medical grounds....the rest of us are however racing towards glucose intolerant blood chemistries and may yet rue the day! Not medically accurate we're sure but intended to raise an ironic smile...Happy Christmas one and all!