Wednesday, March 31, 2010

#3.5 - Vacation!

I wanted to test out an audio set up on my computer before going on vacation, so I put together this little half-podcast.  Here are the artists I played on the most ridiculous set up ever:

Hope you have a great Easter weekend - see you for episode 4 next week!



Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Blue Canoe Records

Hello all - so sorry about the lack of updates and a podcast last week - as I mentioned, spending a day in the hospital can make things hectic.  Everything is okay now though!  Even though there isn't a podcast this week I thought I'd throw up some posts here.

I wanted to mention Blue Canoe Records, specifically.  I think I heard them ages ago on Jamendo (http://www.jamendo.com/) while searching for music, but I didn't really pay much attention to them.  It wasn't until today, when I was listening to an old episode of Rathole Radio (my new favourite CC podcast), that I really got into the mood to listen to the group.

It's some very good jazz music, and for some reason it's exactly what I need.  I should be busy at work right now, but I decided to take ten minutes to write about Blue Canoe Records instead.  It's the kind of music that will help me get through my work day today.  It's just the right kind of relaxing music, even though it is sometimes a little frantic.  I guess jazz is funny that way.

On an unrelated note, I am going on a short vacation for Easter weekend.  I will be with my fiance in Birch Island, where there is little to no Internet connectivity - which is refreshing sometimes.  I'm going to try to type up some posts to go up later this week, and I'm still debating on whether or not I should bring my laptop to record some podcast stuff.  Until then, enjoy Blue Canoe Records!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Quick Update

I mentioned yesterday my podcast would be late because of taking my fiance to the hospital.  As an update, she is okay - no pain, she's feeling good.  We're just annoyed with our dog this morning - he ran off for a little bit (across a really busy road, too) :P

I should be recording the podcast this weekend, so at least I won't be skipping a week.  I'm not going to promise a date or anything, because that has come back to bite me in the past.  Let's just put it this way: if it's not done by Sunday night, it's not going to get done.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Late Podcast

If you usually turn to this space to expect a podcast at this time, unfortunately it will be delayed.  It will get done when it gets done - but basically I had to take my fiance to the hospital yesterday and this morning, so I'm not really too worried about when that gets done.  It will either be later today or sometime before the end of the weekend.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

InAshton - Red + Other Notes

Holy link post today...please forgive me if you're not a fan of links, but this post needs 'em.

I follow FrostClick on Twitter for one reason (and no, it's not because I really like their program FrostWire): they feature some really great artists releasing their music for free on a regular basis.  Sometimes I click on the links to the music, and I am impressed enough to like it, but not necessarily mention it on the blog.  But this week they highlighted a really fantastic band.

InAshton's album, Red, is available for free (and for a limited time, if you download it via FrostClick, you can get a couple of bonus tracks - I can't comment on these as I haven't redeemed them yet).  The thing is, it's really mind-boggling how a group with this sound is giving away their music for free. 

Without a doubt, they could probably sell their music quite easily; the production value is excellent, and were I running a Hot AC radio station, I would play their music.  It just fits right in with a perfect pop sound.  God, it's just so good.  I'm not going to feature them in a podcast but I will probably play a few of their tracks here and there.

Other notes...I mentioned on twitter yesterday that this week's podcast format is going to be a little different.  It's not an indication of things to come - just a product of indecision this week.  I'll leave it at that, really.

And speaking of podcasts; I discovered a really good one being produced across the pond (a big pond - the Atlantic Ocean) after following Daniel from I Am Not Lefthanded on twitter.  It's called Rathole Radio, and is produced by a fine sounding guy called Dan Lynch.  Check it out at http://www.ratholeradio.org/, he produces some really solid sounding stuff and I really enjoy it.  I think you will too.

That's all for now - Happy Tuesday!

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Irish Roundup

Happy St. Patty's Day!  Otherwise known as the day everyone is just a little bit Irish.  I don't think my last name could be any more English rather than Irish, but I'd like to believe that it's possible I have some very distant Irish relatives.  Anyway, the main purpose of the day is to celebrate Irish culture (and drink, in some cases).  I've rounded up some good Irish music to listen to over at Jamendo.com.


  • I Am Not Lefthanded - Time To Leave - Doesn't really "sound" Irish but still tagged as such.
  • Crete Boom - Them Bones Need Oxygen - The group is from Ireland, and has a predominant blues sound, but there are hints of Irish roots that peek through. "A Guide to Olde English" includes audio from a famous Simpsons Halloween special.  I'm not sure why it's there, though.
  • Aislinn - Aislinn - A band from France that creates a traditional Irish sound; this is what you expect when you think of "Irish music".
  • 9Lies - Behind it All - Group from Belfast with a solid EP full of rock. It sounds good and is easy to listen to. It's more of a pop rock sound, actually.
  • Tony Bardon - The Lake of Innisfree - Beautifully rendition of WB Yeats' poem; it may not be upbeat and contain numerous fiddles, but it is definitely an Irish song.
  • Christopher Nolte - The Rocky Road - I was skeptical when I clicked on this - a German singing Irish folk songs? But I was pleasantly surprised. These are definitely in the traditional Irish style, and well-sung. Check it out for sure.
  • Aqua Bucket - Aqua Bucket - The tags list this as "metal, punk, nonsense, nerdcore, and irish". I believe only two of those tags apply (Irish and punk). Good stuff - and you can hear the Irish accent in the lead singer's voice. Good guitar work, too.
  • Shadow Era - Death Country EP - If there is one item on this list that is almost the complete opposite of traditional Irish music, this is it. It's a three-minute heavy metal track from a group out of Belfast.
  • Dublin Duck - Yykes Basket - Interesting sound to this one. It's also tagged as "psychedelic" and "children"...Not entirely sure how that works, but I did enjoy the music.

PS I greatly enjoy that the term "Irish diaspora" is used in the Wikipedia article for St. Patrick's Day.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

#sloangetsit

This is probably NOT shocking news, but Sloan is ridiculously good to their fans.  I first realized this last night, when I read about them streaming their latest compilation album, B-Sides Win, on Facebook.  I got a gift card from my brother for iTunes, so I decided I would use some of that to buy the album.  Unfortunately, B-Sides Win is not available on iTunes.

So I went to their website to find it.  I was blown away by several things; allow me to list them in order for you.
A. They're selling B-Sides Win for $9.99.  AND every single other album in their discography is there for $9.99 (except for Hit & Run, which is $3.99 because it's an EP).
B. Every single album from their discography is available on their website to stream, for free. (!)
C. You can pay for the albums by credit card, but also Paypal.  This is great, especially for those who prefer not using credit cards for various reasons (I am one of those).

I think it's safe to say that Sloan gets it.  Or, in twitterese, #sloangetsit.  Can we trend that hash tag?

Friday, March 12, 2010

Daniel Wesley

Since I don't seem to stop at free streaming when it comes to finding free music online, allow me to suggest: Daniel Wesley.

He stopped by at work today to play a short set, and it was very enjoyable!  I've heard his music before so I knew what to expect, but it's always great to hear a free live show.  If you're not familiar with Wesley (a Vancouver, BC native), he plays sort of a mix of alternative and reggae.  Apparently he played at the Vancouver Olympics - the closing ceremony, I think?  I didn't see it, unfortunately.

Check out (and stream for free) some of his music at http://www.myspace.com/danielwesleyband

Thursday, March 11, 2010

#3: Loudspeaker Alliance's Continuous Error

Welcome to Episode 3 of Alternative Airwaves!  This week's episode features the album Continuous Error by Loudspeaker Alliance!  Some notes for the show:

Enjoy!!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Robin Grey - Strangers With Shoes

I get a lot of my free music from Free Albums Galore, a really fantastic blog that is as the name says, all about free music.  It led me months ago to a discovery of Robin Grey, a British folk singer/songwriter whom I really enjoyed.  Anyway, I liked his two albums, and was pleased to discover that he has a second full-length work available.

I streamed his latest album Strangers With Shoes today - on my Blackberry; my goodness I love technology!  Anyway I thoroughly enjoyed this album as much as I did Robin's other offerings.  There are two repeated tracks from his I Love Leonard Cohen EP, including the title track of said EP, but everything else is new.

It's very folky and I recommend it.  I was considering featuring the album in a podcast, but considering I've done it before...well, maybe I'll play a tune or two somewhere down the line.

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Stream Jason Collett's album online FREE

Similar to last week, Exclaim.ca (http://www.exclaim.ca/) is providing a free stream of a full album for a whole week; last week it was Zeus' album Say Us, and this week is the perfect follow up: Jason Collett's latest work, Rat A Tat Tat.

Why is it the perfect follow-up?  Other than Collett being one of my favourite Broken Social Scene solo artists, he and Zeus are touring together across the country for an interesting show called Bonfire Ball.  You can also read about that at exclaim.ca, but the short version is that it's a concert where Zeus, Jason Collett, and Bahamas will be playing each other's songs in what sounds like some pretty intimate sets.

Stream Jason Collett's Rat A Tat Tat (until March 8, 2010).