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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, October 26, 2011

Weekly Airwave #18 :: Lorenzo's Music : Went Your Way

Original Air Date: Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
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ARTIST: Lorenzo's Music
TRACK: Went Your Way
ALBUM: Solamente Tres Polabras

Info in Brief: This track was chosen for two reasons: 1) It sounded really cool, 2) it sounds a lot like Hawksley Workman.  "Solamente Tres Polabras" was released in 2005, published to Jamendo in 2009.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Show Notes: #35 - October 22, 2011

No fancy title today, my mind was a little blanked.  A couple of notes for this episode before you listen: one, I was trying a new method of recording (that ended up being much less convoluted), so there are going to be a couple of hiccups here and there - especially at the beginning, where my voice is overpowered by the music. Woops!  Two, because of the microphone I have and the method I used, my mic had to be on at all times, so there may be some background noises throughout the podcast.  As I warned on Twitter, my dog probably makes a frequent appearance in the first segment.

Now that's out of the way, onto the show notes!

Intro
Tab the Dead Poet - RubixBox (0:00:10)
 - From Tab & A.U.R.C: Grayscale Ballads {EP} released October 19, 2011
Segment 1 - New Releases
Principe Valiente - In My Arms (0:03:45)
 - From the debut album Principe Valiente released October 21, 2011; preview at MySpace
M!R!M! - No Way (0:07:57)
  - From It's Not Enough Anymore EP, released October 14, 2011
- Tobias Borelius - Billy (0:13:22)
  - From Du känner mig för väl, farväl, released October 8, 2011
Sean Wright - Glint of Light (0:16:04)
  - New single Glint of Light released October 9, 2011
The Art Punk Band - I Can't Complain (0:20:42)
  - From Three Fishermen, released October 18, 2011
Segment 2 - Relaxo-Time
Tokyo Police Club - Party in the USA (excerpt) (0:23:47)
  - From the 10 Days, 10 Covers, 10 Years album
- Brittani Louise Taylor - Everything's Gonna Be Okay (0:24:58)
  - Cover/Single ** No longer available on Jamendo
Robin Grey - The Winter Blues (0:28:11)
  - From the album I Love Leonard Cohen, available at Jamendo.com
InAshton - It's OK...It's OK (0:33:13)
  - From RED album; new video can be found on YouTube
First Rate People - Summer Job (0:36:24)
  - From Someone Else Can Make a Work of Art EP
Wrap-up
Uniform Motion - An Island (0:40:57)
  - From One Frame Per Second

#35 - October 22, 2011

No fancy title today, my mind was a little blanked.  A couple of notes for this episode before you listen: one, I was trying a new method of recording (that ended up being much less convoluted), so there are going to be a couple of hiccups here and there - especially at the beginning, where my voice is overpowered by the music.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

InAshton - It's Ok...It's Ok Official Video

Just thought I'd pass along a cool video; I'm sure you know I've talked about InAshton plenty of times before.  Well, they just released their official video for their song "It's Ok...It's Ok", and it's a really darn good video!  It's professionally done, and looks really cool.

Well, here it is!

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Weekly Airwave #17 :: Fresh Body Shop : Losing Control

Artist: Fresh Body Shop
Track: Losing Control
Album: Bring Me Down (Released March 2011)
Genre: Rock / Electronic

Info in Brief: Fresh Body Shop is based in France, and have released a staggering 9 albums on Jamendo.com, all under a Creative Commons license. They're extremely popular on that website, and are frequently featured in the Top 100 tracks week to week. I liked the sounds in this track, and the vocals reminded me a little of Finger Eleven. Check it out! Also, their most popular track is "The Middle Line", which features a lot more electronic sounds than this one; it's worth a listen to experience their varying sounds from album-to-album.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Weekly Airwave #16 :: I Am Not Lefthanded : The Place That Won't Take Me Back

Sorry about the late Weekly Airwave!  Unfortunately, due to a Thanksgiving weekend trip I took I wasn't able to record the Airwave this week.  However, I still chose an awesome track for you, and it deserves a post just the same.

ARTIST: I Am Not Lefthanded
TRACK: The Place That Won't Take Me Back
ALBUM: Time To Leave EP
GENRE: Indie / Alternative

Info in Brief: They're playing three shows in Toronto this week as part of IndieWeek: Thursday at The Peacock, Friday at The Hideout as part of the Irish Showcase, and Saturday at Czehoski (your guess is as good as mine for pronounciation...maybe like Czech Republic?).  All shows are All Ages, get more details at http://www.iamnotlefthanded.com or http://www.indieweek.com.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Show Notes: #34 - New Format, Same Struggles

Well, the debut of a new podcast format did not come without its stumbles. It's still very much a work in progress, and I can only improve from here. I apologize for the poor mic quality - that's also something I need to fix again.  Some great music this week though, so click away and listen!  Here are the show notes!

Intro
Paper Plane Pilots - Places (0:13:00)
 Segment 1 - New Releases
The Open Up and Bleeds - I Don't Wanna Die (Anymore) (0:03:51)
   - An Act of Love and Violence was released October 4th, 2011
Bernie Bandicoot - Positive (0:06:28)
   - Lorraine was released October 4th, 2011
  Professor Kliq - Bollywood Blades (0:11:23)
   - from Blocsonic's netBloc 34 released September 27th 2011)
 Segment 2 - Honourable Mentions
The Morning Light Project - Slicer (0:16:08)
   - From the album Interface
+ Mentioned latest FrostWire promo for Azoora and Gracielita from the 23 Seconds netlabel- Tsars - Intro / Whispers (0:19:58)
   - From the Whispers EP, released August 8 2011
Derek Klegg - Be Free (0:25:34)
   - From the album Across Town, released September 2, 2011
 Wrap-up
+ mentioned Start Your Own Rebellion Mixtape
Charles Hurts - Guess Again (0:30:15)
   - From the Tough Love Records compilation Young & Research II; hear more music from Charles Hurts   on Myspace

With exception to Charles Hurts' "Guess Again", all tracks are licensed via Creative Commons.

#34 - New Format, Same Struggles

Well, the debut of a new podcast format did not come without its stumbles. It's still very much a work in progress, and I can only improve from here. I apologize for the poor mic quality - that's also something I need to fix again.  Some great music this week though, so click away and listen!  Here are the show notes!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Weekly Airwave #15 :: Opus 23: Behind Mountains

Original Airdate: Tuesday, October 4, 2011

ARTIST: Opus 23
TRACK: Behind Mountains
ALBUM: Praise to Insanity

Monday, October 3, 2011

Interview with...The Easton Ellises

Way back at the beginning of September, I set out looking for some suggestions for new music for the podcast. I had been "off" all summer long, and just completed a move to a new house, so I needed some help. Blocsonic came through in spades, and in paricular recommended to me The Easton Ellises, a duo from Montreal.  I played them in podcast #32, and in last week's Weekly Airwave - obviously, I like these guys.

I sent them some interview questions, and Simon Roy was kind enough to write back with some responses - and not make me look too bad in the process.  They have some good insight on how music is broken these days in the wake of lower record sales.

Alternative Airwaves:  Artists usually have some different reasons for releasing their music under a Creative Commons license - why do you choose to do it?

Simon Roy: We actually chose to release our music on a creative commons license because in a certain way, we don't totally agree with the traditional way of dealing music online.   The true spirit of the internet is free, and Creative Commons is in sync with the culture.  It's also a very good way to reach a lot of people.  We hope that our music will reach and touch enough people so that they come out and see a show when we are in their neighborhood.
 AA: Being a group based in Canada, it's already difficult enough to crack the international market - but do you feel that you face a greater challenge being independant vs if you were signed to a label? Or do you think that Canadian musicians face the same challenges regardless of label status?

SR: I think that a Canadian band trying to make it internationally, it's pretty difficult in both scenarios (signed or not)  Of course, a label has usually the power and the contacts to make it happen but most are still out of touch with the shift happening to the music industry.  With the current situation of traditional labels making less and less money on record sales, they don't have that much power to push and promote new bands.  The rules of breaking a band have changed and will continue to do so forever.
We are working with a few netlabels (Enough Records, Magnatune, Bloc Sonic) with whom we sign non-exclusive deals for distribution and promotion based on our creative commons license).  They are making a lot of noise about our band on line.

AA: What was it like working with Pierre Bazinet in studio?

SR: Working with Baz was a great school of learning how to record and  great studio habits. Analog gear education, tone, etc. not to mention how he has greatly improved our song writing and production.  We had a lot of fun and we learned a lot with him!

AA: Tell me a little bit about Bret Easton Ellis - the namesake for your band. How does he influence your music?

SR: We got to know about Bret Easton Ellis like most people, through the movie taken from his very popular novel: American Psycho.  We both later read a couple of his novels (Less than Zero to Lunar Park which are all very good reads).  There is actually strong inspiration and resemblance with our lyrics which talks about addiction, sex, love, alcohol, etc...  A kind of concept that colors the world of our songs :)  And also, we loved the phonetics of his name!   
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Once again thank-you very much to The Easton Ellises for taking the time to answer my questions.  I know I am definitely going to add the books of Bret Easton Ellis to my list of things to read - I honestly did not know that he is the one responsible for American Psycho.