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#100 - One Hundred

I finally made it to the 100th episode!  I would have been there sooner, had I stuck with a bi-weekly schedule.  Nonetheless, we're fina...

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Zeus - Say Us

This won't be online for long - Zeus' latest album, Say Us, is currently on http://exclaim.ca/ for the week to stream online in full.  It is a very solid album and I recommend it while it's available.

Honestly, it is worth it for the awesome organ music alone.  I love it.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Episode 2: Electric Frankenstein Show Notes


Episode 2 is here (and on time)!  Here are today's show notes:
  • If you have any feedback send it to altairwaves@gmail.com
  • What the heck?  I released this two days early! **
  • Check out iTunes to subscribe to the podcast directly
  • Today's opening track was called Making Me Nervous by the fantastic artist Brad Sucks (http://www.bradsucks.net/)
  • The feature album is Conquers the World! by Electric Frankenstein (http://www.electricfrankenstein.com/)
  • I recorded the podcast using a Rock Band USB mic on my desktop computer
  • There seriously IS a Frankenstein commemorative stamp but I can't find a picture of it.
  • The closing track was called Girls Night by First Rate People (http://myspace.com/firstratepeople/)
  • Direct download of the podcast: https://media.zencast.fm/alternative-airwaves/38.mp3
** - I figured that when I uploaded the RSS feed it wouldn't update the podcast until Thursday...but I was wrong.  It put it up this morning!  Next week I will be more careful / prepared.

Friday, February 19, 2010

I Love Podcasting

I feel really bad about neglecting this blog; I mean, I made it a partial resolution to take better care of the blog and to re-start the podcast.  I've done 1 out of 2 - I just need to do a better job.  I am probably better off writing up a ton of posts and staggering them out.  I really should do that.

Just thought I'd write a little about the podcast.  I'm really glad I'm doing a short, focused podcast every two weeks.  I'm finding it a lot easier to move the creative process along when I have the time to do it, and narrowing the focus to ONE artist really helps to make a tighter recording.  I also find that I'm able to work further ahead - I've already found at least two more albums to feature in the podcast.

Episode #2 is currently in production - I'm in the final writing stages, and will likely record either tonight or tomorrow.  And, honestly - if I can get it done tonight, I will aim to start working on #3 as soon as #2 is in the can. 

That's all for now; I am going to write up a post a little later today about some albums I've listened to recently.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

New Podcast!!

It's finally here!!  I recorded it last night and produced it at the same time.  As I mentioned before in an earlier post, the format is a bit different.
There is just one feature artist / album, and the podcast will likely be in the range of 20-30 minutes.

Episode 1 - SINKHOLE - RETROSPECTACLES
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Check out Sinkhole's website


The podcast is now on iTunes!!  You can go to http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=355624602 and subscribe to it :D

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Free Music Archive

Holy cow, I wish I had discovered the FMA (http://www.freemusicarchive.org) a long time ago! I just checked out their charts, and it appears that there are tons of fantastic Canadian artists with live versions of songs on there!

There's K'Naan, Tegan and Sara, Feist, Islands, You Say Party! We Say Die!, and way more. It's crazy. Check it out for yourself when you have time.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Remix Much?

If you like remixing stuff as a hobby, perhaps you might be interested in the following...

Although you'd probably have to be able to tolerate Yoko Ono...

Courtesy the Creative Commons Audio Blog:

Yoko Ono's Plastic Ono Band Goes CC!

Details are on the blog, but basically you download Yoko's sample pack and remix them to your heart's content. Unfortunately I caught this too late for the contest, as it ended December 2009.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

New Logo + Design

As you may or may not have noticed, I have a new design for the blog up and running along with a new logo.  The banner at the top is only a portion of what I'm going to be using for the podcast, which will be available on iTunes once I figure out all the logistics of the RSS feed.

Here's the logo:

Friday, February 5, 2010

Something Different

Who: The Coconut Monkey Rocket (http://www.coconutmonkeyrocket.com/)

What: really weird, yet fun instrumental stuff

This is just a quick Friday post; but I found this music through Wil Wheaton's podcast (yes, THAT Wil Wheaton). He used one of Coconut Monkey Rocket's songs for his theme music, and mentioned that it was licensed through a Creative Commons copyright.
(Side bar: so is Wil Wheaton's podcast, check it out!)

Anyway, it's fun, light, and worth a listen. You can either buy albums or download some MP3 samples. It's all good in their books.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Fresh Body Shop

Hey all, apologies for not updating in the past couple of weeks. I've been working on another project, and as a result have not been listening to much creative commons music. So, allow me to pass on a quick recommendation.

Fresh Body Shop are a band from France who sing in English. I don't think I could pin down their exact style, but I suppose "Rock" is the best genre to lump them under. At times they sound a little like Nine Inch Nails, but a little less "industrial".

They have quite a bit of material to listen through on Jamendo, but I suggest starting from their earlier work and working through to the present. It's pretty solid stuff.