The Sleepy Lagoon. Since 2009, "Musik-Kurier" of Berlin has been posting digital version of great but often little-known Mid-Century exotica LPs on his Sleepy Lagoon blog. It was an outstanding way to discover artists that might otherwise has slipped under our radar.
In a recent post on Tiki Central, Musik-Kurier wrote, "Since 2009, I've run 'The Sleepy Lagoon'-Blog. I think now it's time to introduce the blog to Tiki Central. It's a music-blog for Exotica and related music. I offer already more than 100 posts with the possibility to listen to complete albums direct on the website... I don't make many words in my posts, also because English is not my mother tongue... The motto is Pure Music, from me to you. Enjoy... and let me know what you think about it."
The Sleepy Lagoon led me not only to listen to its posted (generally long-out-of-print) albums, but also increased my downloadable music purchases on Amazon exponentially as I searched for additional albums by the best artists.
We can only assume that this shut-down is another example of the recording industry shooting itself in the foot -- discouraging sales of albums that haven't been in demand since the 1960s. One can only wonder what other musical horizons would have been opened to modern exotica fans had The Sleepy Lagoon been allowed to continue.