Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Creative Commons Christmas

Well, I didn't end up getting to 50,000 words for my novel during National Novel Writing Month. I learned a few things during the process for next year, so hopefully I can do better.

Since I didn't get to do a podcast last month, I figured I'd do one in December; and since we're only a matter of weeks away from Christmas (CRAZY!), I thought I'd put together a Creative Commons Christmas!

I'm going to try and find as many songs as I can from Jamendo.com; but I'm also going to include any classic Christmas songs that may be copyright-free. If you know of any specifically, let me know - it'll help things along.

I hope to get started with this soon and finish it by mid-December.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Brad Sucks on Rock Band

If you like Rock Band and Brad Sucks, you probably wanted to merge the two together somehow. Here's a preview:
http://www.bradsucks.net/archives/2009/11/22/brad-sucks-rock-band-preview/

Looks awesome! Wish I had a PS3/Xbox though.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

My Article is Online + NaNoWriMo

As I mentioned in my last post, I wrote an article for Carleton University's student-run current affairs magazine, The Rostrum. At the time, the latest issue wasn't available online, but now it is!

My article can be found here, but if you want to check out the rest of the issue, you can find that right here. There are definitely some good articles to read in there, so have a look. If you prefer the hard copy, and you live in Ottawa, you can find the Rostrum around Carleton's campus.

Oh! And I almost forgot, NaNoWriMo. I want to try and get a podcast in this month, but it may not be in the cards because I'm taking part in the annual National Novel Writing Month, which takes place from November 1 - 30 every year. And it should probably be International Novel Writing Month (ItNoWriMo?) because pretty much everyone across the world participates.

If I reach the 50k benchmark before the 30th (unlikely, but I can try), then I will try to put together a "Music to Write Novels To" podcast for any of you out there still writing. And if I can't get it done in November, you can look forward to a "Music to Edit Novels To" podcast in December. Good luck to any fellow writers!

Monday, November 9, 2009

Episode #6 - Josh Woodward, Sylvain the Librarian, The Gasoline Brothers

This has actually been ready and out for a couple of weeks now, but I haven't had the chance to sit down and hammer out a blog post. Maybe I should do both of those at the same time in the future...hmm...

Well anyway, this episode is so far my favourite as far as music is concerned. Some awesome new stuff that sounds really good, as far as production is concerned. It all fits together quite nicely and it was a lot of fun to assemble.

Also, I mentioned in this podcast an article I wrote about Brad Sucks - well, it has reached publication and if you are a Carleton University student, you can pick up a copy there. My thanks to Brad Sucks for doing the interview, as well as the Rostrum Team for the help in the journey to get it ready for publication.

On a related note, Carelton University has a pretty good campus radio station, and they just revamped their website! Check them out at http://www.ckcu.fm. In particular check out Audio Sensory Resusscitation (I'm sure I butchered that, sorry Mike!), hosted by Mike Mersereau.

Quick note about Brad Sucks' Dirtbag, that came up in our interview. There was a remix of it that became quite popular, and was used in a trailer remix for Toy Story / Requiem for a Dream. It's pretty neat! Check it out here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D1qihwMN0JM

Okay, I think that's all the house keeping that I needed to do. Enjoy the podcast!!

Episode #6 - Josh Woodward, Sylvain the Librarian, The Gasoline Brothers

Playlist (with artist profiles or websites where available):
Artist / Song

Josh Woodward - Swansong
Brad Sucks - Dirtbag
The Rest - The Close Western
Fake Elegance - Beautiful Morning
Tennessee Larue & Bits n Pieces Acoustic Band - Everybody Feels Da Blues
Rachel T. Mitchell - From the Lost & Found
Sylvain the Librarian - Money Well Spnt
Going Commando - Radio
The Gasoline Brothers - Montgomery Hughes
Zach Borer - Every Time I Go
Micheal Joseph - If I were Wrong
Eliot - SIN
Hiran Ilangantileke - Too Far Gone
The Rest - Atlantis, Typhoon, Oh Our Savior, Starving Bears! Dance! Dance!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

"New Podcast Coming"

Wow I dropped the ball on the long weekend. No worries, I have time blocked out on Saturday to record & produce a new podcast.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Jamendo on the iPhone / iPod Touch

Here's something I can't wait to try out.

As many of you know I get most of my music from Jamendo.com - a great resource for free, legal music. Anyway, they've got an application in the Apple App Store; I would try it right this minute, except that I only have an ipod Touch with no wireless connection.

So either it'll wait until I get home, or until I get my hands on an iphone.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Malajube

I've been conspiciously absent from my blog! With good reason, though; I'm not only working on the next podcast (I'd better hurry and finish - it's due out this Saturday...), but I'm busy with my real job that actually pays the bills.

Anyway, I just wanted to tell everyone about Malajube. They're a French Canadian band that puts out some really awesome music (in French), and they've got a couple of songs available for download over at Jamendo.com. Now unfortunately, their creative commons license doesn't allow for derivitave works - which means that I can't play them in the podcast.

This really sucks, because I like the music a lot. I'm going to try contacting them and see if they'll make an exception. Until then, check out Malajube!

Saturday, August 1, 2009

#5 - Vacation Part 2!

Surprisingly, I've got this podcast completed on time! That's pretty amazing for me, lately. There are lots of good tracks in this podcast. None of them are new artists to Alternative Airwaves, but they are tracks that I haven't played yet.

Unfortunately, I still don't have any pictures to give you from my vacationing. Those will have to come in a separate blog post, but I will be getting some of them this weekend (a long weekend for most Canadians).

Download Podcast #5 - Vacation Part 2 - approx. 57 MB

And here's the playlist if you want to follow along while listening.

  1. Allison Crowe - Angels
  2. Mountain Mirrors - I Don't Belong (unreleased Piano version)
  3. Tin Soldier - Nella
  4. The Wookies - You (With Me)
  5. Robin Grey - Only The Missile
  6. The Notes & Scratches - The Captions
  7. Brad Sucks - Bad Attraction
  8. Nine Inch Nails - Non-Entity
  9. The Transisters - My Monkey is Dead and Gone
  10. Staggered Crossing - Burgundy & Blue
  11. RUBENFUNKSTER - Rockets & Moonshots
  12. Boxing Fox - The Last I know
  13. Glass Waves - Ashes
  14. Glass Candy - Hurt
  15. .audiosport - Red Song
  16. Paper Tiger - This Year
  17. Louis Lingg & the Bombs - Conspiracy

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Podcast #4 – Road Trip Podcast



I had a bit of a scare Monday evening when my laptop wouldn’t turn on – all my podcast stuff is on that computer. But cooler heads prevailed and I got it working! The result is a very delayed but completed Podcast #4 – The Road Trip Podcast!

It’s a bit shorter on the talk side, as I didn’t include all song information or tell any stories. Feel free to consult the playlist below!

Download the Podcast – 50.8 MB

Also pictures that I mention in the podcast will be coming later; Vanessa still has them, and I don’t. I’ll post ‘em when I got ‘em!


Playlist:

  1. Jane’s Addiction – Chip Away
  2. Street Sweeper – Clap For The Killers
  3. Brad Sucks – Look & Feel Years Younger
  4. Rubenfunskter – Move Your Booty
  5. Boxing Fox – The Sun is Shining
  6. .Audiosport – The One
  7. Talco – La Sedia Vuota
  8. Brad Sucks – Never Get Out
  9. Two Helens – Write This Letter
  10. The Notes and Scratches – The River Girl
  11. Tin Soldier – Soldier
  12. .Audiosport – Figure Eight Race
  13. Glass Candy – Crystal Migraine
  14. Louis Lingg & The Bombs – La Menteuse
  15. Predator – Irrelevent
  16. Nine Inch Nails – Not So Pretty Now
  17. Boxing Fox – Friends For Life
  18. Two Spot Gobi – Come and Go

Image taken from here.

Thursday, July 2, 2009

I feel terrible

I have not kept up my end of the bargain with regards to podcasts. I'm not going to have time to do one before the end of this week, and will be on vacation next week (though I will be bringing my laptop with me so I don't see a reason not to bring a microphone!). However, I will get a podcast recorded before the end of July and get on track with recording ahead of time. Once I'm back in my groove, it'll be a little more difficult to get off track again.

Apologies!

Monday, June 15, 2009

Polaris Long List Announced

I know this isn't free music - and it's definitely not licensed via Creative Commons - but I mentioned this on the blog before so I feel it's still relevant. The Polaris Music Prize announced its long list, and there are some very good artists on it. I have the feeling that the winner is going to wind up being the Arkells - but why not take a look at the list and find some great Canadian artists for yourself?

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Glass Waves - One Day We'll All Just Float Away


I don't like spoiling the content of upcoming podcasts, but I think it's hard to make it NOT obvious who I'm featuring when I talk about them BEFORE I record. Anyway, obvious hints aside, I heard about Glass Waves at the start of the week via Twitter; the Creative Commons twitter account re-tweeted FrostClick's post about Glass Waves, an alternative / rock group with a free album.

The group is from St. Louis, and from FrostClick's post, consists of Jordan on vocals and guitar, Micah on bass, and Nate on drums. The album in question is One Day We'll All Just Float Away, and has a pretty neat sound. Now, the group is described as "rock" but I'd throw them more into the alternative category - even "indie" if you fall into the camp where "indie" is its own sound rather than just meaning independant.

Anyway the album is fairly mellow. I listened to it on a rainy day, which seems fitting for the overall sound. I don't mean to say that it's depressing, but it just feels like a rainy day album to me. I'll at least keep some surprise by not telling you WHICH track I'm playing in this week's podcast (which, as an aside, will be delayed by a volleyball tournament).

You can check out Glass Waves at their website, http://www.glasswavesmusic.com/, on Jamendo, Myspace, LastFM, Facebook, and finally Twitter. Wow, we sure do have a multitude of sources to get information about a band these days.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Boxing Fox - The Shepherd Hates Us

I didn't talk about Boxing Fox's album The Shepherd Hates Us nearly enough on Podcast #3. In fact, I only mentioned them in passing. To be honest, I didn't really give their album a full listen before including them in the podcast - I simply listened to a bit of the first track, and decided it was good enough. That turned out to be a real shame for me, because The Shepherd Hates Us is a really fun ska album.

The first track, Good Mood, sets the tone for the whole album. Despite sounding a little corny, I have to say it - the song really does put you in a good mood, and that carries through the entire album. Vanessa and I both thought that Good Mood sounded a lot like The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, which is not necessarily saying anything bad about Boxing Fox.

The band itself is from Germany, so it's a little surprising that only one of the tracks is sung in German. I personally prefer English-language songs so I'm not too disappointed - just surprised.
At any rate, this really is the perfect album to just throw on during a party for a fun time. The lyrics are upbeat (especially in The Sun is Shining), the beats are ridiculously danceable, and well...I can't go on without repeating, so just take my word for it, and download this band!
Oh, I heard about this band through Free Albums Galore. Check out their post about Boxing Fox here.


Sunday, June 7, 2009

#3 - The Leftouts, Les Sans Dessein, General Union

Episode #3 is here! Third time's a charm, regarding proper microphone levels in a bedroom "studio"! Anyway today's episode is a bit of a 50/50 mix between punk and celtic music - just what I felt like browsing this week. Apologies that it is a day late, but it is still here.

Oh, the enhanced version is not yet available, but I'm working on that. Another note, re: iTunes...I haven't yet figured out how to get the podcast on iTunes, but that's another work in progress.

#3 - The Leftouts, Les Sans Dessein, General Union - mp3 version (approx. 46 MB)

Playlist:
1. Boxing Fox - Good Mood (4:02)
2. The Leftouts - Trust (3:46)
3. Cumbersome - Passing Lane (3:17)
4. Nick Lupien - Hors La Lois (2:34)
5. Les Sans Dessein - Douce Broue (3:42)
6. Nobby and the Impregnators - Skin and Bones (2:16)
7. Ceili Moss - Leis Lurrighan (2:51)
8. Mike Berry - Halting March (4:23)
9. Jef Crew - Black Irish Banshee (4:30)
10. Osaeris - Abbey Antics (4:30)
11. General Union - Beerdrinker - Lock the Door (2:47)
12. Lonesome Tofu Expressway Rambling Stringband - Cripple Creek (3:15)
13. Braintrust - Stay Plastered (2:53)
14. The Plushies - Hot Glove (1:39)

Total running time: 51:00

Monday, June 1, 2009

Robin Grey


I know I raved about The Notes And Scratches, both in my last podcast and the blog, but another really great artist from podcast #2 is Robin Grey. Grey is a British singer/songwriter who released his debut album, Only The Missile, in 2008. He's really talented and has a nice folk sound.


I played a track off of Only The Missile and I Love Leonard Cohen on podcast #2 - that's just two tracks. If I wanted to I probably could have played the entire Missile album straight through, but then I'd be running late because I'd want to play The Notes and Scratches too. I think the reason I like his music is because it's thoughtful, and not too light that it gets on your nerves. I said in episode #1 that I disliked the majority of Ben's Imaginary Band's Nocturnal Fables album, primarily because it was too light.

This isn't the case for Robin Grey, although I think I may be biased by some of the country roots intertwined with the folk sound. Though this isn't a main reason why I really like the music, I do find it neat/interesting that he throws in a lot of religious imagery into his music - and not just the obvious stuff, but things you don't hear too often like the old story about the fool who built his house on the sand.
You can definitely expect to hear more of Robin Grey on the podcast - but you can download his music for free right now from Jamendo.

Saturday, May 30, 2009

#2 - Robin Grey, The Notes and Scratches, Glass Candy


Wooo, Episode #2 is here! Featured artists on today's podcast include Robin Grey, The Notes and Scratches, and Glass Candy!! As always you can choose to grab the standard mp3 format or opt for the enhanced podcast (rife with pictures and album art). The enhanced podcast will play on most music players, but to get the extras you'll need to play it either in iTunes or on a video iPod.
If there's one artist I'll recommend from this week's podcast, it's The Notes and Scratches. They have a couple of really good albums - but I'll tell you all about that in the podcast. Enjoy!
#2 - Robin Grey, The Notes and Scratches, Glass Candy - mp3 version
#2 - Robin Grey, The Notes and Scratches, Glass Candy - enhanced version
Playlist: Files No longer available.
  • White Room - At Odds (4:13)
  • Robin Grey - The Finchley Waltz (4:24)
  • Robin Grey - I Love Leonard Cohen (4:03)
  • Street Sweeper - The Oath (4:25)
  • Wolf Rellik - Boom (3:39)
  • Just Plain Ant - Dig Deep (feat. Alex Murphy) (5:45)
  • Madelaine Hart - Grace (2:05)
  • Allison Crowe - Choose To Be (4:31)
  • The Notes & Scratches - the Compromise (3:07)
  • The Notes & Scratches - In the Shadow Cast (2:49)
  • Jane's Addiction - Whores (3:44)
  • The Transisters - Living Like The Superstar (3:07)
  • Glass Candy - Love Love Love (2:11)
  • Glass Candy - Last Time (2:44)
  • ??? Bonus Track ???
Total length: 1:02:51

Friday, May 29, 2009

Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction & Street Sweeper - NIN/JA EP


Again this link was brought to my attention by Free Albums Galore. Unlike Coldplay's live album, Nine Inch Nails released a creative commons licensed promo EP for the NIN/JA 2009 Tour. The EP has two tracks each from Nine Inch Nails, Jane's Addiction, and Street Sweeper. All of the tracks are unreleased to boot!

And since they're licensed via creative commons, I likely will be playing one or two of these tracks in an upcoming podcast (who knows when???). In the mean time, if you want to grab it, you can do so here (http://ninja2009.com/).

That's all the extras for this week, stay tuned for the podcast! Trust me, it's a good one.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Free Music: Coldplay

Courtesy of the Free Albums Galore site, I've got a link to some free music! Now this won't be airing on my blog since I doubt Coldplay are big fans of creative commons licensing, but since it's free, there's nothing stopping me from sharing the link.

In order to get a free copy of their live album, Left Right Left Right Left, you just go to this website (http://lrlrl.coldplay.com/leftright.html) and enter your e-mail, and you get a download link.

That simple!

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Polaris Music Prize 2009 Website Live


Well, looks like the Polaris Music Prize 2009 website is live! It was launched May 25, 2009, and you can check it out at polarismusicprize.ca. The long list of finalists will be announced June 15th. I'll be posting a copy of the Long List when it's released, so if you forget about it - I'll remind you!

In case you're not sure what the Polaris Prize is all about, here's a brief summary: it's an independant prize (including $25,000 to the winner) awarded by a panel of judges to the best of the best of Canadian music. Each year, and this is the 4th year for the prize, a Long List of 40 album titles is announced. Shortly after, the Short List of 10 artists is announced before the final announcement of the winner in a grand gala in Toronto.

It's a very exciting and prestigious award. The past three winners of the Polaris prize are:
2006: Final Fantasy, He Poos Clouds
2007: Patrick Watson, Close to Paradise
2008: Caribou, Andorra

Here's to the 2009 Polaris Music Prize!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Free Albums Galore

I think by now any readers of the blog will have figured out that I'm going to be writing about things in between podcast updates (which should be on Saturdays or Sundays, depending on how busy the week is). Most of it will be links to other articles or blogs, but it'll be a mixed bag of things.

I just wanted to let everyone in on a great blog that I've been using to find some of my music for the podcast. Free Albums Galore goes through all the free albums available on the net and puts up reviews of some pretty cool music. I'm most likely going to feature some of those albums myself on the podcast, but if you'd like to get a headstart on listening to some awesome free tunes, check out http://freealbums.blogsome.com/.

Stay tuned to the blog, I'll be posting some links to free music that won't be airing on the podcast (but it's still free).

Monday, May 25, 2009

i (heart) music benefit May 29

If you haven't yet heard, Ottawa-based music promoter i (heart) music has been having trouble with SOCAN. He owes them a lot of money due to some pretty odd laws surrounding the reimbursement of artists who are members of SOCAN. In an effort to raise enough funds to get then off his back, i (heart) music will be putting on a benefit show. Details are on the poster below. It's $6 @ Cafe Dekcuf.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Alternative Airwaves #1


Thanks for dropping by and showing interest in the Alternative Airwaves podcast! The goal of this podcast is to shed light on some really great artists that would otherwise go un-noticed, as well as finding some cool, copyright-free music.


All music in the podcast is either protected by the Creative Commons copyright system, or the copyright on the music has expired. It's all explained in the podcast, so go ahead and listen! The direct download link can be found at the end of this post.

But first here are some notes that I didn't include, mostly because it would take up too much time. If you want to subscribe to the podcast, you can do so in a number of ways:

  • iTunes: I'm working on getting it available on iTunes. I'll let you know when it's there.


  • Subscribe to this blog: If you have an RSS reader (such as Google Reader), you can subscribe to this blog and received updated posts automatically. Further instructions can be found here.

  • Direct download: Every podcast will have a corresponding blog post to go with it, which includes a direct download link as well as the complete playlist.

In short, you don't need to read the blog to get the podcast, but I'll probably add some extra goodies that you won't find in the podcast itself. I should be able to do this once a week, since I was able to put this together in a few days.

If you come across some great, free music that you think should be shared, just send me an e-mail! The address for the podcast is altairwaves@gmail.com. I'm very open to suggestions.




  1. Brad Sucks - Dropping out of School (3:43)
  2. Staggered Crossing - Grow (3:27)
  3. Elyes Landoulsi - Guitar (3:15)
  4. ARCTIC - Some One Turning (4:34)
  5. Ben's Imaginary Band - Forget It (2:19)
  6. Allison Crowe - Midnight (3:19)
  7. Sean Fournier - Broken Stereo (4:29)
  8. Hobo Twang - The Struggle (2:06)
  9. The Wookies - Jeany's Dance (2:15)
  10. Paper Tiger - 45 Minutes Can Last Pretty Long (3:09)
  11. Josh Woodward - The Vagabond (4:27)
  12. The Rest - Atlantis, Typhoon, Oh Our Savior, Starving Bears! Dance! Dance! (4:17)
  13. Brad Sucks - Making Me Nervous (2:39)

Total running time: 53:06