Friday, April 13, 2018

Jamendo's Current Best Of All Genres

There are some pretty solid tracks on Jamendo's "Best Of All Genres" list when you head over to the main page.  Here are some highlights for me:

Pure Mids - These Days - A nice, light pop-rock tune.  I could definitely find a place for this group in my rotation of music.  Pure Mids are an American group.

Always the Alibi - After All I've Done
Always the Alibi - Ain't Another Girl

Two-for-one deal here with Always the Alibi, providing some solid rock for your Friday morning.  Another American group, from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.  Wonder if they know Chip and Joanna from Fixer Upper?

Jekk - Strong - Smooth soul.  Jekk is a French artist and has been making music since 2014. 

OnClassical - E. Satie - Trois Gnossiennes - I. Lent - Alessandro Simonetto - OnClassical is a great Italian collective on Jamendo.  They release some well-produced classical music.  It's really relaxing and helps get work done.

Tony Petersen - James Alley Blues - The song title says "blues", but it's pure folk.




Friday, April 6, 2018

Recommendation: Daniel Robinson - Little Birds

Just thought I'd throw out a quick recommendation!  I found this on Jamendo the other day, and thought it was a great folk/pop album.  Some of the tracks are a little dreamy, which is great.  I didn't like Those Were The Days too much; Nowhere to Hide and Little Birds were definitely standout tracks for me. 

I was listening to The Decemberists' new album before dropping into this one, and the transition worked well for me.  If you have some time, take a listen to Daniel Robinson's Little Birds.

https://www.jamendo.com/album/175519/little-birds

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Mini Podcast Review: Double Consciousness

It's been far too long since I've posted anything - will be honest, I've been devoting attention to my personal blog and have been neglecting this one; partially the reason behind that is because I'm not as comfortable writing about music (strange as that seems) as other topics.

I promised in my last podcast and a few tweets that I would review the new podcast from Toussaint Morrison called Double Consciousness.

I will be up front - this podcast is not for me.  I thought that because I love what Toussaint brings to the table musically, that adding his podcast to my subscription list would be fun.  I appreciate the content and discussion topics that he and podcast partner Joetta talk about, but I found the episodes to be a bit too long for my personal preference.

That said, this isn't a podcast I would completely abandon.  I think that they have the makings of a great show, discussing important topics (and some not-so-important topics sometimes) from their perspective.  And to clarify, they're talking about issues from a black person's perspective, which is still relevant today despite any social progression we've made around the world. 

I think one of the other reasons the podcast doesn't resonate with me fully is that I am a white male so it goes without saying that I can't fully relate to their discussions. 

However I still recommend giving it a listen and see if it's up your alley.  It's available on iTunes and most other podcast platforms.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The DLX - Two Kids

How about some nice smooth pop to start the year off right?  The DLX is the product of singer-songwriter Shawn Chambliss of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, US. 

Available on Jamendo is just a single, "Two Kids".  It's a smooth well-produced pop track that has a nice pace to it.  It feels like some of the more popular ballads you'll hear on the radio today, but different. 

Hopefully he will have more to come in 2018!

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

A Creative Commons Christmas - Day Three

Ho Ho Ho!  Another round of Creative Commons Christmas music.  I've been a bit busy with work (who knew the Christmas season would be so busy?), but luckily I had this saved for a rainy (or snowy) day.

https://www.jamendo.com/album/170343/my-favorite-christmas-guitar-songs

This album is full of guitar instrumentals of Christmas songs.  If you're looking for some non-vocal music to fill the air, this is a good place to start!

Happy holidays!

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

#110 - Battle For The Net


This is a short episode today - one that comes to you on "Break The Internet Day".  There's only one song in the show - the rest is me talking very briefly about protecting Net Neutrality.

As a Canadian I don't have a direct voice in this fight, but if you're in the US, you might!  Instead of listening to me talk about it, there are a couple of podcasts on the issue that say it much better.

Almost Educational - Episode 147 - "FCC Me"

Plus Two Comedy - "Break the Internet and Save Net Neutrality"

Track you heard today:
Louis Lingg and the Bombs - Occupy Everything

Thursday, December 7, 2017

A Creative Commons Christmas - Day Two

Hope you're having a good week!  From US artist Explosive Ear Candy, I bring you this poppy single "Christmas All The Time". 

It was a real treat to listen to - it fits right in there with some of the bouncier holiday songs out there. 

Here's a little bit about Explosive Ear Candy:

Explosive Ear Candy is the brainchild of the muse-infested mind of L.A based songwriter Tal More. It features explosively infectious Rock, Pop and other furry animals- ranging from the purely fun to the more artistic and deep. If you enjoy the music, please support EEC and help it record more songs by buying the music at: ExplosiveEarCandy.bandcamp.com. If you're interested in licensing a song please shoot an e-mail to ExplosiveEarCandy (at) gmail.com with the details and your budget. If you're into artistic, moody and "singer-songwritery" type material, be sure to also check out Tal's other project- The Quiet Revolution (TheQuietRevolution.com).

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

A Creative Commons Christmas - Day One

Welcome to "A Creative Commons Christmas"!  By now (and probably even earlier) you've been listening to plenty of Christmas music as you go about your daily lives - we're outside of the ratings periods so there are many stations that just go all out and switch to 100% Christmas music.  I know of a couple near where I live, anyway. 

So how about some Christmas music from the Creative Commons world?  That's where A Creative Commons Christmas comes in.  I don't have anything grand planned - I will just share some of the cool Christmas or Holiday-themed songs that I find licensed under Creative Commons. 

First up is "The Xmas Split", a 2016 single released on Blocsonic from Donnie Ozone and The Impossebuls.  It features "Christmas Shopping at the Dollar Store" by Donnie Ozone, and "Do You Know...?" by The Impossebulls. 

Check it out and add it to your holiday playlists!

The Xmas Split

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Figures In Motion - Confusion Will Pass

Figures In Motion - Confusion Will Pass
Searching for a new album to write about, I tuned into Jamendo's Indie radio station.  I'm not sure how exactly they put this thing together - from what I can tell, it plays songs tagged as "indie" back-to-back like a radio station; you can't skip ahead or go back to hear previous songs.  So if you hear something you like, you'd better click on it.

One of the songs that came up was Curled Up by French indie band Figures In Motion.  It's off of their debut album Confusion Will Pass, which was released in 2014.

Confusion Will Pass is the first full-length album of Figures in Motion. It was entirely written, recorded and produced at home. Mastered by Jeff Ferrand (WooDBox Studio).
 This album was a treat to listen to.  It truly lives up to the "indie" tag, though touches down into pop and alternative on a few tracks.  Overall, I heard some heavy Coldplay influences - the lead vocalist Mickaël Menu sounds a lot like Chris Martin - mixed with Radiohead.  Not surprisingly, Radiohead is listed first among their main influences (others include Sigur Rós and Aphex Twin).  The sound of the band is predominantly electronic, but there are some acoustic touches as well, with a lot of piano.

I couldn't really key in on the lyrics - it was hard for me to figure out what they were singing about.  Granted, I was working while listening, but Menu's singing style made it hard to pick out distinct words and I found it hard to decipher any meaning behind the music.  That said, the instrumentation is fantastic and was what drew me to the album in the first place.  I just wish I could have picked out more of the words.

Figures In Motion - Cycle EP
From what I can see, there aren't any new albums from Figures In Motion available on Jamendo.  I checked out their website and was disappointed to find that they have a "farewell" message posted; I'm not sure when they disbanded, but it looks like it might have been a while now, and "Confusion Will Pass" is their only full-length album.  If you want to check out some of their other work, you'll have to make do with their 2011 EP, Cycle.  That one opens with a track that just screams "Radiohead".