Published since 2004
A professional transient wandering Earth's extreme regions.
Old-time jam sessions by King Richard's Fluegel Knights (by which they mean caveman-era)? The latest from Pastor McPurvis' Weekly MP3 Talent Show (a high school marimba band)? Hearing the theme from TV's "Mr. Peepers on Bernie Green Plays More Than You Can Stand?
Weirdomusic.com indeed offers a number of strange works among its collection of free album downloads, but also some more acclaimed than the site's name suggests. Just as listeners of avant- garde and smooth jazz will disagree vehemently about music of merit, so will opinions about what is wonderful and what is waste at this site.
It's appeal for jazz listeners is likely to be the unconventional treatment of standards by long-ago performers now in the public domain and current musicians allowing free posting of their work. Most of the albums (about 20 as of this review) are available through links to external sites, although a solid collection of related articles and reviews are part of the main site.
One frustration is the appearance of some albums can be fleeting, as they are replaced with new releases after a week, month or whatever other period of time hosts of off-site locations determine. Some Googling may locate alternative download sites, in other cases the best hope is contacting the hosts directly.
Among those at the site as of this review:
There's plenty more with various orchestral, world and experimental themes, but you get the idea.
This site isn't about filling in historical gaps in a music collection as much as it is about viewing that history through a distorted lens. It's an amusing time-killer - and not impossible to imagine samples being further twisted by some modern experimental group - but no substitute for Billie Holiday on a romantic evening unless your date classifies William Shatner's albums as music. Of course, there's a lot to be said for something so suitable in such unique occasions.
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