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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, September 28, 2011

Weekly Airwave #14 :: The Easton Ellises: Endorphin

Originally Aired on Tuesday, September 27, 2011
ARTIST: The Easton Ellises
TRACK: Endorphin
ALBUM: EP One
Genre: Electronic / Rock

Info in Brief: The Easton Ellises are a duo from Montreal, Quebec.  Their name is based on American novelist Bret Easton Ellis, and they have been together playing music since 1999.  Their previous group was The Stereomovers, who played together from 2000-2010.

**Note - I will have an interview with them coming up this week. Stay tuned!

Monday, September 26, 2011

#33 - Factorable by 11

It's been two weeks, so that means it's time for a new podcast! I normally get these up on the same Saturday that I record them, but events this weekend that may or may not have had something to do with watching Moneyball and baking an apple crumble served to interfere with those plans. In any case, here is your latest podcast! Savour it, because it may appear in a slightly different format two weeks from now (insert ominous chords here).

Show Notes: #33 - Factorable by 11

It's been two weeks, so that means it's time for a new podcast! I normally get these up on the same Saturday that I record them, but events this weekend that may or may not have had something to do with watching Moneyball and baking an apple crumble served to interfere with those plans. In any case, here is your latest podcast! Savour it, because it may appear in a slightly different format two weeks from now (insert ominous chords here).

Direct Download (archive.org) - 36:55

Here's the playlist!
  1. Bear Mountain - Swim
  2. Professor Kliq - Done With Disco (see his website here - apparently he reached his donation goal!)
  3. The Brainstormers - By All Means
  4. The Search - Silent Days (Pre-order their latest album, The Search For Connection Contact And Community)
  5. Not From Georgia - Another Try (pick up their limited edition CD here, and on Twitter)
  6. The Jinxes - Migration
  7. Mutts - Symmetry
  8. The Appreciation Post - I'm No Sure Thing
  9. Bear Mountain - Weighty Ghost

NOTE: I meant to say this during the podcast but I forgot. If you're a fan of Battlestar Galactica, you may want to check out some neat fan fiction called Lords of Kobol. I recently finished book one, Apotheosis, but there's one other book already out and a third due out shortly. Check it all out at http://lordsofkobolbook.blogspot.com/.

Friday, September 23, 2011

State of the Blog Address

On more than one occasion, I've thought about what do do with this blog. I've written about this before, so any regular readers know this is something I do a lot. Probably more often than I actually write original blog posts.

I really wish I had the same passion for writing about music as I do broadcasting it. You see, the only reason I keep this going is because I have fun putting the podcast together and sending my voice over the airwaves. The purpose of this blog has always been as a supplement to the podcast. Along the way, it became a means to an end: I thought that by writing blog posts every few days or so would keep people coming to the blog, and in turn lead to more people listening to the podcast.

This is why I have always tried to make some sort of effort into updating the blog. I have the constant fear that if I only put up a blog post once every two weeks, nobody is going to be interested in the podcast. I know that established podcasts are able to do this just fine (Rathole Radio, for one) - but even then, I don't know how the heck Dan Lynch got so darn popular in the first place. It's crazy and it's something I'd love to replicate, but nothing works the same way twice on the Internet (or Narnia, I guess).

However, as I'm sure most of you readers are well aware, I'm terrible at writing about music. And trust me, I've tried the whole 'practice' thing. It's just not for me. I don't see music the same way I see a well-crafted movie/TV show/book.  I merely recognize music I like, and I add it to my library. Before I started the podcast, writing about it consisted of "Hey, check out this music because I think it's pretty awesome!"  To me personally, this doesn't work as a blog post (which is funny, because these are the type of music blog posts I prefer over the wordy reviews).

What does this all tell me? I should stop with the attempts at writing about music, and stick with posting podcasts. So, effective as of this week's podcast, here are the changes coming to Alternative Airwaves:


 
  • The blog will only be updated for podcasts (full-length bi-weekly episodes + Weekly Airwaves), and special posts (interviews, artist profiles, etc.)
  • I will still be recommending awesome free music - over at the Facebook Page.  Become a fan to stay updated
  • Even shorter updates will be on Twitter, but that's sort of where I "converse" with everyone.
I hope that clears everything up for everybody, and effectively manages expectations. What this means to me, personally, is that I can just focus on picking great music for the podcasts and spend more time working on improving them, vs spending time frustrating myself trying to do unique write-ups.  It might also mean an increase in podcast frequency - but we'll see about that.
 
Thanks for reading, and I hope more than anything else you continue to enjoy the podcast.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

We Are The Grand - Chasing Lights EP

Another EP for you this week, this time from Chilean rock group We Are The Grand.  I should note though that while they formed in Chile, they are actually based in Liverpool.  What is with these great groups worlds apart from their starting places?  It's pretty cool, but also quite weird.

We Are The Grand released their first EP back in 2009 under the name The Grand, but decided to change it up a little with the release of their latest album, Chasing Lights.  It's also an EP, but like Il abanico's EP I covered earlier this week, where it lacks in quantity it makes up for it in quality.  Oh, and this EP was actually released in June of 2010, so hopefully there's some new stuff coming fairly soon.

Chasing Lights is full of some solid Alternative / Rock music (though leaning closer to the Rock side of things), and opens with a really strong track in "I Just Want It Tonight".  When I was listening, I thought that they had a style very similar to bands like Mobile or The New Cities - like they could have been straight out of the pop-rock scene in Montreal.


But alas, as I mentioned above, they are Chilean by way of Liverpool. Can I call them Transplanted Liverpooleans? Anyway, Chasing Lights is a great 5-track EP and well worth the download, which you can grab from www.wearethegrand.com/

Monday, September 19, 2011

Il abanico - Crossing Colors EP

Clearly, this group is not Canadian or else Il abanico's charming EP would be titled "Crossing Colours" and not Crossing Colors.  Neverless, this is an awesome little album (hence, "EP") full of some cool pop sounds.

What I liked the most - other than the solid beats and "sing-along-able" tracks - was that Il abanico features an amazing female lead vocal, Juliana Landeros.  The other part of Il abanico is guitarist Nicolás Losada.  I have no idea how you're supposed to pronounce that "á", incidentally.  Other members include Miguel Arroyo on guitar, Ale Giuliani on drums and percussion, and Sayuri Shimada on bass.


Apparently, though Landeros and Losada are both from Columbia, they met up in Boston to start making music. Weird how that kind of thing happens! I wish I knew more about how they met, but I suppose that is up to me to try and contact the band rather than just paraphrase the Frostclick article where I first heard about them.

Speaking of that article, the author - Valerie - mentioned that her only complaint was that this was a short, 5-song album. That's a pretty valid complaint, because I would certainly appreciate many more catchy pop tunes like the ones found on Crossing Colors.

Some other notes about the EP: it was recorded in Studio G in Brooklyn in December 2010, and mastered by Chad Clark at Beauty Pill in Washington DC in February 2011.  The actual release date was also in February 2011.  Very cool stuff!

You can download Crossing Colors by Il abanico from their Bandcamp website.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Life Is a Highway - Doc Zone

It feels so weird realizing that today is already September 15th - or, halfway through the month - when it feels just like last week that we were busy moving into our new place.  Well, if you've heard on the last podcast, we're moved in, and the Alternative Airwaves studio is partially up and running.  I'm still a little behind with scheduling posts (that's what this weekend is for! That, and a lot of music listening), but I'm also trying to set up some new things to try.

One of those is a public calendar. I've already got some stuff on it, including the podcast schedule, and some album releases near the end of the month.  One of the other items I have is for tonight at 8pm EST: a documentary airing on CBC called "Life is a Highway: Canadian Pop Music in the 90s".  This looks like it will be a pretty sweet documentary, and I'm really looking forward to it.

I have it in the calendar as two hours, but I don't know if it's actually that long.  I forget when they air The National (9pm or 10pm?), so it largely depends on that.  Anyway, if you have access to CBC in any capacity, watch this documentary.

Or, if you can't watch it tonight, it's re-airing on CBC News Network this Saturday night at 10pm. I'll throw that date on the calendar as well.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Show Notes: #32 - Back in the Habit

I'm finally back with a new podcast!  It's been since the end of July since I released a new episode, and for that I am deeply sorry.  But the move is complete, and I have some brand new stuff for you.  Today I was just winging it a little, but I plan to put some more work into the blog and get some exciting things happening.  Okay, enough talk - onto the track listing!

Direct Download (archive.org)
** Yes, I know I said in the podcast that Paper Tiger was Canadian.  I don't know where that came from, but on my computer that's how I have it marked down.  They are in fact from the Netherlands.

#32 - Back in the Habit

I'm finally back with a new podcast!  It's been since the end of July since I released a new episode, and for that I am deeply sorry.  But the move is complete, and I have some brand new stuff for you.  Today I was just winging it a little, but I plan to put some more work into the blog and get some exciting things happening.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Sort of Weekly Airwave + Tokyo Police Club

I'm not numbering this Weekly Airwave, because I didn't do a proper recording; but in case you missed Mike's show yesterday on CKCU, I sent him this song to play:
Artist: Sean Fournier
Track: Broken Stereo (Acoustic Version)
Album: Oh My

"Broken Stereo" is a great song from a great EP - very much worth your time checking out.  If you want to hear more from Sean Fournier, try buying one of his full-length albums from his website.

Moving back to free music, I'm fairly excited about this project: Tokyo Police Club covered 10 songs in 10 days, one song from each year of the decade (2000-2010).  I didn't know they were doing this, and - well, you know how much I love cover songs, right?

The best part is that while you can certainly opt to support the band by paying for the compilation album, they've also put the songs up for free download on Soundcloud.  You can get all the details from Chromewaves.net, which is where I learned all about it.  Some gems include their rendition of "Sweetness" by Jimmy Eat World, and "Party in the USA" (yes, that song).  Enjoy!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Greetings From The Abyss

Well, I guess "abyss" might be a bit strong.  But it almost feels like I've been languishing in "a deep, immeasurable space, gulf, or cavity."  Long enough that Blogger has drastically changed since the last time I made a post.  It pretty much looks like a vastly uncluttered version of gmail.

At any rate - I'm working this week on setting up my basement studio, so that means my goal is to get some fresh podcasts starting with this Saturday.  I have no clue what I'm going to put on the next podcast, so I'm probably just going to wing it a little.

I won't have any regular updates this week because I'll be working on assembling my workspace; however I will probably spend most of Sunday doing some listening and finding new artists to talk about.

In the meantime: while I didn't record anything, I did send a track to my buddy Mike at Audio Sensory Resuscitation for his show today at 1pm (EST).  You can listen live online over at CKCU FM.  Catch you later this week!