02 March 2013

Years of Cool and Strange

Here's an oldie, but a (so bad it's) goodie. It's a compilation of unusual recordings compiled by two great guys, the founder of and a writer for Cool and Strange Music Magazine (1996-2003).

The magazine's founder, Dana Countryman, is an electronic composer and performer who made a recent splash with his collaboration with early electronica pioneer Jean-Jacques Perrey. Countryman shared an mp3 version of the Cool Cool and Strange Music Magazine CD on the WFMU blog back in 2007 where it still resides. He wrote,
"We concentrated on featuring oddball musicians, from over the past 6 decades. A record label approached me with the idea of compiling a CD compilation that would feature obscure artists, doing mostly original songs that (hopefully) would have never been copyrighted."
These tracks collected by Dana Countryman and Otis Fodder (The Bran Flakes) have since become classics in oddio circles. If this is your first listen, prepare yourself for a crazy ride!

Need more cool and strange? You are in luck! Fodder and more than 200 contributors (including Oddio Overplay!) continued by sharing cool and strange and often obscure audio selections every day the following year in the 365 Days Project, and then repeated the fun again years later with a new batch.

That's two whole years of cool and strange music! Are you up to a challenge like that?!