Saturday, January 28, 2012

#42 - NHL All-Star Weekend

It's the NHL All-Star weekend here in Ottawa, and I am excited!  I don't normally worry very much about things like making sure I record the skills competition if I'm going to be out for the night (like tonight), or getting HD for this very occasion, but it's in my home town and I have been waiting for this for a long time.  Too long.  Lots of great music today, plus some All-Star trivia!  (Trivia courtesy Liam McGuire/Slam Sports)

  1. Brad Sucks - Making Me Nervous (I Don't Know What I'm Doing, 2003) - Website
  2. Emerald Park - Things (Single, 2012) - Bandcamp
  3. Terrace - Love Dub (Pollen, 2011) - Bandcamp
  4. Frostwire Feature: The Please & Thank-Yous - Dear Allie (Mind Yr P's & Q's, 2010) - Bandcamp
  5. Emily Baker - House of Cards (House of Cards, 2011) - Bandcamp
  6. Phoenix Imago - Someone I Can Be Alone With (Respect, 2012) - Website
  7. Martina Matwiejczuk - Give Me A Reason (Extended Play, 2011) - Bandcamp
  8. Marvin Gaye - Got to Give It Up, Part 1 (Gigamesh Edit) [2011] - Bandcamp
  9. MUTE - Cry (10 A.M., 2012) - Blocsonic | Facebook | Tha Silent Partner | Formula

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Review: Kellee Maize - Integration (2011)

Two years ago, Kellee Maize released her album Aligned Archetype, which has been downloaded over 400,000 times according to her website.  That album also received several accolades, but more importantly, was well-received by fans of the music: Maize was the #1 most downloaded artist on amazon.com, frostwire.com, and the #1 Google search result for "female rapper".

Her follow-up album, 2011's Integration, is no different: it is definitely a success.  I can't find any download numbers, but suffice it to say, it's insanely popular.  And from what I've heard, that's no surprise - Integration is, by all accounts, a fantastic hip hop album.

Maize leads off the album with what I believe is its strongest track: "Mad Humans".  The corresponding video is a treat to watch - I believe it is an homage to the TV show Mad Men, from what I remember.  I don't want to try to analyze the lyrics, because I'd do a horrible job, but I believe "Mad Humans" talks about the oppression of women in society.  Don't quote me on that, please.

While that is what I consider to be the "strongest" track, it speaks volumes about the quality of the album when I don't even deem it my favourite.  That honour goes to "The Fact Is", a neat little track 5 songs in.  The rest of the album is energetic and a treat to listen to.  I wish I was a better music reviewer, so that I could actually say even nicer things about it.  I guess what you need to take from this is that I really liked the album, and I'd give it a 5 out of 5 stars.  Definitely download it!

It's a wonder that Maize continues to release her albums for free - I am positive she would make a killing because her fans definitely would buy her music.  I know I would!  It just goes to show - she's doing this for the love of the music.

Oh, and I mentioned that Maize has a cool video for "Mad Humans"; in fact, she has a lot of videos for several songs from Integration.  The production is always high quality stuff, and worth checking out.  Here's the "Mad Humans" video:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Weekly Airwave #23 :: Silver Rocket : Failure and Disaster

ARTIST: Silver Rocket (http://www.silverrocket.net)
TRACK: Failure and Disaster
ALBUM: Old Fashioned

Saturday, January 14, 2012

#41 - Big Wilson River, We Used to Exist, MUTE

The first podcast of 2012! I switched things up a bit from the last regular podcast, and I think things will continue this way for a while. I mention in the podcast that I'm going to try to throw a few more features from time to time; but more on that another time.  Enjoy for now!

  1. Big Wilson River - Dandelion - Bandcamp | Facebook page
  2. Keep Tidy - Goochie Main - Website | Facebook | Twitter
  3. Keep Tidy - Simpsons Quotes
  4. City of Glass - Sticks and Stones - Website | Bandcamp | Twitter | Facebook | iTunes
  5. We Used to Exist - Someone is Calling Me - Website | Bandcamp | Facebook
  6. MUTE - When the Chips Are Down - Blocsonic | Facebook | Tha Silent Partner | Formula
  7. Brad Sucks & The HipCola - SOS - Brad Sucks | The HipCola

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

New Feature (sort of) (not really)

I made a vague mention of this on Twitter today: all of a sudden, I felt overcome with a feeling of excitement and enthusiasm for the blog/podcast for 2012.  Basically, as per my resolution, I want to try some new things in an effort to bring some more unique content, instead of offering up a bland "Here are some songs I liked" mixtape.

So I bring you a (sort of) new(ish) feature: Songs I Like From the FMA.  Here's why I'm doing it: I find that most songs available at the FMA are - while enjoyable - live recordings, which I don't tend to throw in my listening loop very often.  You see, the songs I pick for the podcast are generally songs that I will be happy to have show up when I put my iPod on shuffle.

Plus, sometimes I get confused by the wording of the FMA licenses - particularly with the stuff curated by CBC Radio 3.  While I highly doubt that the CBC is going to come after me for playing one of their uploaded songs in a podcast, I usually try to stay on the legal side of things.  So I will be making random posts throughout 2012 highlighting some of the songs I've found on the FMA that I enjoyed, but did not see fit to include them in a podcast (although some of these might wind up in a podcast).

We'll start with an offering from Hey Rosetta, and a live performance of their most excellent song, "Yer Spring" from Seeds (2011).  I'd love to give you some more information on the performance itself, such as where and when this took place, but the page is unusually bare.


Hey Rosetta is one of those bands where I have to really be in the mood to listen to them, or else I only enjoy blasting one or two of their songs while driving in the car.  I'm very choosey, but "Yer Spring" is one of those few songs that sticks with me.

"Yer Spring" is available for free download over at the Free Music Archive.  Please note, there may be some strong language in this song so if you have sensitive ears nearby, please plug them at your discretion.

Thursday, January 5, 2012

New Year's Resolutions

Only 5 days late - which I think is acceptable.

I asked on Twitter if anybody had any New Year's Resolutions.  Resolutions are not a thing I do very often, because it seems that they are at the same time either somewhat useful or somewhat silly - I'm on the fence, essentially.

However, I think they will be useful to give me some focus for the podcast this year.  So here are my resolutions for 2012 for the podcast:

1) Make the podcast more than a playlist with talking by creating more unique content - interviews, more research, etc.  This is probably the hardest one for me, but I will endeavour to do my best with this.
2) Find music outside of FrostWire and Jamendo.  Not really difficult to do, and somewhat related with #1.
3) Keep to a schedule; honestly, this is the most difficult thing for me.

Three seems like a decent number.  Here's to 2012!