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Magnatune, Braid, and Robin Stine

Someone mentioned Braid in my presence again, which threw me into yet another period of not being able to get that beautiful soundtrack out of my head. I knew that the soundtrack was licensed from a number of Magnatune artists, and that they had a soundtrack album for the game available; but they’ve added “you are listening to Magnatune” advertisement blurbs into the tracks for non-paying streamers.

Message received, Magnatune. I’ll subscribe. After all: your tagline is, “We are not evil.” How bad could that be?

Anyway: my newfound high-quality download privileges have provoked some exploration of the Magnatune catalog, where I discovered Robin Stine. She only has one album, Daydream, published, but it’s pretty good. If you like female vocalist jazz. Which I apparently do.

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I found a few CDs in my closet that I hadn't re-ripped yet (in my obsessive-compulsive desire to re-rip everything as 256kbps AAC). In the short stack was a burn of the P.O.A. album "Home" that Mark Eadie made for me a while back. While the disc was ripping, I decided to see if the Internet, in its near-infinite breadth, had album artwork. The first hit gave me not only album artwork, but a descriptive enough comment to get me track titles for the whole album.

Oh, and there was a comment on the page from my dad who, incidentally, is one of the performing artists on the album, and is pictured on the album cover.

Track list:

  • Not So Cheap Thrills

  • Lantern

  • Soul Brother

  • Keep on Trustin'

  • Jesus May Come Today

  • Sleeping

  • Son Rise

  • Home

  • Rock of Ages

my first iTMS purchase

Ludovico Einaudi’s “Nuvole bianche” reduce me to… purchasing music on iTunes. Simply beautiful.

Even if I couldn’t listen to the album ever again, I still wouldn’t regret the $10 I spent on it.