An Introduction to Comfort
Comfort Stand Recordings is a community-driven label
where all releases are free with artwork and liner
notes featuring recordings that we find interesting,
compelling and downright enjoyable. We are not genre-specific
and feature a wide range of material, from well-known
performers to those loud unknown kids down your block.
We are not a business. We're not out to make a profit.
There are no banners, popups, or spam at Comfort Stand.
You don't have to register yourself to download the
music you like. We operate under the ideology that
money need not come between artists and audience.
You can listen, copy and create CDs with the music
on this website as long as it is for your personal
and private purpose. You can offer and download this
music from any file-sharing network, you can give
it to your friends and you are welcome to play it
on radio stations and net streams. However, you are
not allowed to use and/or sell this music for commercial
purposes unless, of course, permission is granted
from the artist in question.
Comfort Stand is a Net Label. You can find out more
about Net Labels offering free music at The
Netlabel Catalogue. We operate in the same way
a classic record label does with only one difference:
it's all digital! We do not offer recordings on physical
media such as vinyl, CDs, cassettes or 8-tracks. All
material is available online only, currently distributed
as MP3 files (normally encoded at 192k). All of our
recordings are hosted by the Internet
Archive and our web hosting is through Dreamhost.
Some may have difficulty accepting an organization
without a tangible product (in terms of CDs, records
and/or merchandise for sale) as a 'real' label. We
understand that labels are traditionally comprised
of artists with physical product, but see ourselves
as part of a new wave of record labels with a (still
somewhat) new distribution method. Ten years ago,
none of this would have been possible. Now, with the
technology in place, we are able to share with you
music that we adore.
Another common misconception is that if something
is free, it must not be very good. We invite you to
listen to our catalog and decide for yourself. We
think you'll be pleasantly surprised. Comfort Stand
does not operate as a free-for-all for just anything,
nor do we stringently adhere to offering only one
form or genre of music. We simply release music we
feel very strongly about.
Everybody needs free music.