That's Not Lame's motto, and they've come through with two new releases that are getting the red-carpet treatment. Both have music players so you can stream the whole disc before deciding whether to buy, and both have all kinds of extra goodies that you can get if you pre-order.
First and foremost is Michael Carpenter's SOOP #2 (Songs of Other People). For more details, check out our earlier post on the topic. Anyway, go here for all the stuff, and the special bonus offer includes downloads of two great discs, 2005's Seize The World by The Supahip (a side project of Carpenter's with Mark Moldre) and 2004's Rolling Ball, Carpenter's most recent solo disc of original material. This is a great deal if you're new to Carpenter and don't have either of those discs.
The other Not Lame offer is for a Best-of collection from The Spinning Jennies. I have to confess I'm not that familiar with them, but I am a big fan of ex-Jennie Jeff Shelton's The Well Wishers, whose Under The Arrows was my #5 disc of last year. Not Lame's special offer here includes a download of the Well Wishers' first disc, Twenty-Four Seven, which is also recommended as well.
The only quibble I have with any of this is that the music players on both need to be cranked up a bit. Even at the max setting, the sound is about 50% of normal, necessitating turning the computer speakers way up.