Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Pick of the week 2: Zunior (the little digital music store).

I'm sitting at my dining room table, my laptop in front of me, taking notes on photocopies of YMCA documents from 1918. Although the contents of the reports, letters, articles, and other materials is potentially interesting---I'm learnin', after all---the note-taking process is tedious, and there's no end in sight to all the work I have to do to get through all this paper. Because taking notes doesn't require as much concentration as other tasks, I'm listening to music which I do it. Right now, the Swede Jens Lekman, but earlier I was on a Toronto indie folk-tinged kick: Forest City Lovers, Great Lake Swimmers, Basia Bulat, The Wooden Sky, Timber Timbre, and others. It reminded me that a lot of the music I listen to every day isn't available in physical form outside Toronto. If Canadian indie music is your obsession---like it is mine---your one-stop digital shop for a lot of great music is Zunior. The website's team is really on top of all things indie in this country. This website has been growing in recent months, with the addition of new features like live recordings over at I've been downloading the free Zunior compilations for over a year now, and have discovered some great bands through it. So, cheers to Zunior! It's my download site of choice for legal music. It's where I got my virtual hands on the $100 disk, one of my favourites of 2008.