Barcelona-based avant/improv/appropriation/noise CD-R and now netlabel Hazard Records celebrates its 15th anniversary today (March 25). All of their releases are dedicated to the public domain (recent ones using CC0; for the trivia-oriented, note their pre-CC “no rights reserved” in the cover image above). I’ve been a dedicated listener since not long after they started uploading to the Internet Archive in 2004, 76 albums as of now, with one more each of the next four weeks coming in celebration of the anniversary. My top 4 easy listening recommendations…
Anton Ignorant – S/S Magick For Abused Speakers [HR017] (meditative noise)
Joan Bagés i Rubí – Miscel.lània Sonora [HR053] (avant miscellany)
XMARX – Unhazardous Songs [HR060] (rock ‘n’ ‘ropriation)
Unfortunately many Hazard Records albums on the Internet Archive don’t have embedded artist/album/title metadata in the ogg/mp3/flac downloads; this being one of the main motivations behind my wishlist for that site. But nobody downloads anymore and the Internet Archive has a passable (for now, if you’re not totally expecting uninterrupted play across pages that newer sites support) embedded player, used in this post and on the site. Listen, enjoy, and share…links.
Musica Veneno – Whole Lotta Love Story [HR015] (intra-label appropriation)
Happy 15 Hazardous years! I’m looking forward to the next 80 records.