Friday, January 28, 2011

Blog Recommendation: A Truer Sound

A blog recommendation for a second week in a row!  This is in danger of becoming a recurring feature.  That's probably not a bad thing - yet another way for me to increase my post-count and keep people reading.  Not that this is on top of my mind all the time.  *ahem*

Moving along, today's recommendation is A Truer Sound.  I think I've linked to them before, but I don't remember actually doing it, so I am going to stick with them this week for my recommendation.  A Truer Sound links to tons of different things as far as style goes, though I find usually there's some sort of folk or roots sound to the music Matt (I think Matt is who runs the blog) links to.  Actually, if you read the 'About' page, it says right there - "We cover all music we like, but specifically music with strong roots."

I've found some great stuff there in the past, and this week Matt (and his dog Roxie, apparently) have put up a lot of "Free Music Alerts".  I definitely recommend this blog if you're looking for some down-to-earth type of music.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Lindsey White - Equinox

Lindsey White - Equinox (single)Hey look!  It's Thursday!  I really don't have anything interesting to write about today, nor do I really feel like attempting to be witty (which doesn't always work, right?).  So please enjoy this track that was released on Jamendo January 20, 2011: "Equinox", by Lindsey White.  It's a nice bit of pop that makes heavy use of the piano.  According to the artwork, it's from a yet-to-be-released full-length album.  I hope to hear more of it!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Free Music from the Ottawa Citizen

Here's an unexpected source of free music: The Ottawa Citizen.  I didn't know this, but apparently every week they have a free track from an indie artist.  I haven't checked out any of the music yet, so I don't know if these are legitimately good tracks or a conglomerate newspaper's idea of "indie" music - but you can check it out here.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Talib Kweli - Gutter Rainbows

When I first got into radio in college, my appreciation for musical genres was very limited; my narrow-minded view included an irrational hate for hip hop (although I recently discovered that I really liked Kanye West's Golddigger prior to the start of the school year).  Well, the thing about CKDJ - the radio station we as students were tasked to run - was that its format was Alternative and Hip Hop.  I was pretty happy about the Alternative part, but not really sold on the Hip Hop (obviously).

I quickly learned to really love a lot of the hip hop songs, and I identified several different tracks as stand-outs compared to others.  One of those stand-out tracks was Listen by Talib Kweli.  I'm not very good at keeping tabs of some of the artists I discovered via CKDJ, but I recently learned from exclaim.ca that Talib has a new album coming out. Today, actually!

I don't know if the tracks will be taken down once the album is officially released, but as I write this (9pm Monday night) the entire album is on Talib's myspace for your streaming enjoyment.  The album is called Gutter Rainbows and is out January 25th, 2011!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Slam Dunk - The Shivers

Here's a free album that flew under my radar lately: The Shivers by Slam Dunk.  I originally read about how these guys were releasing their latest album for free online in two different places, but for some reason filed it away as a March 2011 release (well, the reason is that the "official" release is in March).

It's available for both free download and free streaming on their Bandcamp website; it's pretty good!  Very catchy pop/alternative sounds.  From the looks of things, it's only going to be available for free until the official release date, so snap it up while you can!

Saturday, January 22, 2011

#18 - New Year

The first new podcast of 2011 is finally done!  I thought I picked some really awesome music to kick the year off on a great note.  The standard playlist with links to artists' websites is below, but first a couple of links I mentioned during the show:
- International Sock Monkey - I mentioned this in the blog earlier in the week; it's the free music blog put together by the members of Bella Ruse.
- 23 Seconds - A great netlabel from Gothamberg, Sweden.
- Aaahh Records - another netlabel, similar in style to 23 Seconds.



Playlist:

  1. The Womb - All I Want to Do is Find Love Before I Die
  2. Pinkle - Fractals
  3. Emerald Park - The Commonfield
  4. When I Was 12 - Vanilla Vodka
  5. Bella Ruse - Tha Kazoo Song
  6. The Wind Whistles - Turtle
  7. Bearkat - Call the Doctor
  8. Matt Dorgan Project - Falling Down

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Blog Recommendation: International Sock Monkey

Just a quick note before my recommendation: one of my things for 2011 is to get some projects back on track.  One of those projects is this blog - if you haven't noticed already, I'm posting a bit more frequently than I have in the last several months of 2010.  I also aim to get the podcast back on track - as I mentioned in the "Best of 2010" post.

Moving on - one of the things I want to make sure to highlight this year are great blogs for finding new music.  Many people probably already know about Free Albums Galore, but one I just found out about is International Sock Monkey.  ISM is run by the great folk-pop band Bella Ruse (did you know they just released a new album late in 2010?  It's really good!).

The purpose of ISM is simple: post a free track from a band that they like every day.  I don't think they've got the "every day" part down yet, but I know they're working on it.  As someone who has to work on consistent posting myself, I won't fault them for not posting every day.  BUT when they do post a new song, they have a really nice write-up about that particular track and what they think about it.

Most of the tracks are similar in style to Bella Ruse's sound, but there are one or two departures in style that are pretty good.  If you're looking for a source for new music, International Sock Monkey is a good place to start.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Emerald Park - For Tomorrow (2010 Edition)

In my search for new 2011 releases, I listened to one of Blocsonic's "netblocs", which is basically a compilation album with tracks from their own label as well as other netlabels.  One of the songs I heard was "The Commonfield" by Emerald Park.  I loved it - the song was essentially a perfect catchy pop tune.  "The Commonfield" comes from the album For Tomorrow, an album originally released in 2008 by the Swedish pop group.

In 2010, netlabel 23 Seconds re-released the album for free and included a couple of bonus tracks.  I snapped up the album immediately after hearing "The Commonfield" and was pleased as punch to discover that the rest of the album is full of catchy pop tunes.  There's a lot of vocal harmonies to be found on this album, backed by a big instrumental sound.

So, not a new release for 2011, but definitely a great album to download.  You can find it - 100% free - on the album release page on 23 Seconds.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Great Article about the benefits of Creative Commons

Found this link via Blocsonic:

5 Reasons For a Musician to Consider the Creative Commons

The reasons themselves are about the same as always, but the article also features a cool write-up about a particular live-music venue in California not far from the headquarters of archive.org.  Very interesting read!

Monday, January 17, 2011

Best of 2010

I was originally going to put this list together as a podcast, but I have spent far too long since announcing it so I thought I would put the list in text form.  A note about the songs on this list: most of them were played in a previous podcast, and I'll be linking to that podcast post so you can find the artist info there.  One or two of the songs on the list I did not actually play in a podcast, but are still from artists I've played during 2010.

Before I get to the playlist, I just want to make a quick note about future podcast music formats.  Alternative Airwaves will still be bringing you what I consider really cool free creative commons-licensed music - that's not going to change.  But I'm going to try to focus on new releases rather than back catalog stuff.  I also called out to local Ottawa artists on Twitter, so hopefully I can get some cooperation from local folks to play some of their new music.

There are a ton of awesome netlabels releasing new stuff out there, and there are way more artists releasing their stuff for free online, so I expect 2011 to be filled with some awesome music for the podcast!

Alright, on to the list!

  1. The Very Sexuals - Wrecked This Century (from podcast #16)
  2. I Am Not Lefthanded - Boats (Swept Away) (from podcast #8)
  3. The Pop Winds - Owl Eyes (from podcast #13)
  4. James Jr. - Let's Stay Together (from podcast #11)
  5. The A.G.'s - Jesse's Girl (from podcast #10)
  6. The Notes & Scratches - The Captions (from podcast #5)
  7. The State Lottery - Stories (The State Lottery can be heard on podcast #14)
  8. Sinkhole - Donut (from #1!)
  9. Glossary - Gasoline Soaked Heart (check out Glossary in podcast #6)
  10. The Wind Whistles - Gold Fever (podcast #9)
  11. Brad Sucks and The Hip Cola - SOS (from podcast #8)
  12. Loudspeaker Alliance - Singularity (podcast #3)
  13. Bella Ruse - Heart of Everyone (hear Bella Ruse in #14 and #15)
  14. Paper Navy - Factories (from podcast #4)
  15. 20LB Sounds - Redemption Song (from podcast #15)
2011 is looking to be a great year!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Dusting off the Cobwebs

Hello all, happy new year!  Yes, I know, we're already 11 days in; I have enjoyed quite the holiday from everything, let me tell you.

Not much to post about today, other than my plans for the next podcast: my top tracks of 2010.  Of course, since not everything I played in 2010 was actually from 2010, it's more accurate to say that it's my top tracks that I played on the podcast in 2010.

Another related announcement will be forthcoming in the podcast itself.  Stay tuned!