There is no this month, and there won't be until September. But that doesn't mean supporting artists whose work you appreciate is wasted.

I want to highlight an album I became aware of this past month. "After 1989: A Trip To Freedom" by @m2m et al.

"A real-life tale of imprisonment and liberty: how a grandfather escaped hell during WWII, while the grandson retraced his steps 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall."

@m2m It's the kind of work that really highlights the power an album can have when viewed as something more than a collection of singles. Exploring themes, ideas, and emotions that persists across tracks. It's heavy, but in a good way.

There's a lot of interesting notes about the making of the album and the trips taken to retrace his grandfather's steps here:

Also, excellent liner notes in the form of a PDF file! Too bad I don't have an easy way to keep the file next to the media it is for. :(

(I've been using Rhythmbox lately to manage my library.)

@cstanhope I've been using Beets to tag/organize my stuff, and it's super. Organize with beets, point any other player at the directory it manages.

@cstanhope thank you so much Charles, it means a lot! I spent years crafting that album, trying to be as authentic as I can be.

It went as far as recording myself the tannoy system on the S1 train from Berlin to the concentration camp, featured at the beginning of each song.

And that was the easy part :)

@m2m Oh wow. It's really an incredible work, and your authenticity shines through it. Thank you for sharing it with us!

@cstanhope thank you for digging it, I really appreciate it and it's rare.

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