I received this delightful email today from a new Magnatune member:
I've been a member for about 3 months now, just wanted to say you guys are doing a great job. I like that you handpick all of the best albums that apply, release weekly updates (which I look forward to every week now!), and allow non-members to listen to the complete album without having to spend a penny (this is how I've been spreading my newfound favorite bands/artists like Brad Sucks, Fresh Body Shop, Immune, Jackal and Wolf, Tiny Little Blackouts, and most recently Sophia Marie that was just released today!).
I feel the new way things are going are going to be great, you guys will be getting a lot more members, more people will be subscribing for a fair price and enjoying great music, everyone's happy!
Here's a blog entry today from another member: what I really enjoy about it is how someone who usually listens to world/classical branched out in heavy and alt-rock, because they could, thanks to being a member, rather than shopping for one album to buy.
Here is their blog entry: (from http://elrhiarhodan.livejournal.com/13725.html)
I've been exploring their Rock and Pop section (usually I'm buried deep within the World and Classical catalogs), and I've discovered a few really wonderful artists that I need to share:
Sophia Marie: This is a total departure for me - but the girl!bass is incredible, and so are the songs. Love, sex, hard rock. The album is called Twisted.
Mercymachine: A hybrid between Leonard Cohen and Kate Bush. Check out In Your Bed, a concept album about unrequited love and sexual politics
Brad Senne: Rough country folk - the ruined voice reminds me of early Dylan. Of the three albums on Magnatune, I most recommend Aerial Views, and the song "Road Trip," which has been playing in my head for days.
Lastly, check out Robin Grey, who has a bit of Cohen and Richard Thompson (the notes also say Tom Waits, but I don't hear it myself). English, and extremely sardonic. The album is Strangers with Shoes.
For those of you with iPhones, Magnatune has an app that gives you complete streaming access to the catalog for free.