In the last few weeks, long running crate digging blog Mutant Sounds has died and been resurrected. After announcing that it would no longer be operating as a source for downloads and rips of obscure, out of print, and long forgotten records, it has resurrected itself in a somewhat more official model.
In a post on the site announcing that they would be shutting down the blog, Mutant Sounds's Eric Lumbleau says "the recent news that issues pertaining to copyright online are now being reinterpreted by the powers that be in alarming new ways, means that there's no point in pushing this boulder up a hill any longer. Mutant Sounds' original founder Jim is in full agreement with my sentiments and everything except for the texts has now been deleted."
Following laments from music fans at the blog's demise, the site's founders decided to find a way to keep Mutant Sounds in business, so to speak, and have effectively turned the blog into a net label. From now on, Mutant Sounds will be sharing rare, unreleased, and out of print music via a Mutant Sounds Dropbox account, with help from the Free Music Archive, but with the full consent of each artist.
The first filedrops have arrived this week, and include previously unreleased material from No-Neck Blues Band, Storm Bugs/Snatch Tapes's Philip Sanderson with Eric Lumbleau's Vas Deferens Organization, and Brad Laner. Lumbleau will also be starting a show on WFMU later this year.
Last year, Lumbleau wrote a Collateral Damage article on challenging established historical narratives by unearthing forgotten releases. Read it here.