Thursday, August 26, 2010

Some More Good Hip Hop

I was going to put together a podcast last night of some great hip hop music, but I ran out of time (I biked home and got stuck in the rain, so I also wasn't really in the mood).  I thought I'd find some more hip hop music to fill up the podcast for when I actually get to it - here's one of the artists I found on

TabLiv: The Vermont Tapes by Tab

Here's the description straight from Jamendo:
TabLiv is a semi-concept album created by Tab {Dead Poets} & Tone Liv {Green Llamas}. The album is focused around a road trip to Vermont, but it also has a very nostalgic feel to it. Tab handled most of the production with a few beats from {Dibiase,Vincent Price & A.U.R.C} sprinkled in to keep it interesting. The Vermont Tapes is definately a feel good summer record but it still has that raw 90's underground NY hip-hop vibe. Influences from everywhere {Sublime,Wu-Tang, A Tribe Called Quest} can be heard throughout these 13 tracks.
My favourite so far is Morning Star, because of the awesome Ghost Busters rap in the middle.  The beats are also quite good throughout the album, and the raps are solid.  I would definitely listen to this again.

Friday, August 20, 2010

Friday Screamo

Fight Your Evil Side, by To Leave a Trace

Instead of creating a Friday Playlist, I decided to see if I could find someone else’s playlist to highlight. Instead I checked out the featured artist for today, the aforementioned Fight Your Evil Side. Here are my thoughts.

First impressions: Before I even hit “play”, I was impressed by the album art. It looks professionally done, and is kind of neat. It features some demon-skeleton-type things from the ground pulling what I guess is an angelic figure by the leg. The tags for this album are: “rock, emocore, alternative, screamo, metalcore”. So already I’m picturing a less refined Alexisonfire.

Actual impressions: Screamo is definitely the most appropriate tag for this group – not my favourite genre of music, but the instrumentation behind it is really good. I appreciated the quieter moments of this Ukraine group when the singer actually sang “properly”. Going back to my first impressions, they do remind me quite a bit of Alexisonfire, my only previous experience in screamo listening.

There are some quieter songs too, that aren’t full of screaming. I appreciate these ones a lot more, because it’s easier to listen to (for me, anyway). Did I mention I don’t generally enjoy screamo?

The thing about this kind of music is I don’t know what they’re singing about, so I’m not sure if there are any messages in the songs beyond reading into the titles of the songs. And in this case, I don’t glean too much from them.

Overall: If you can get past the screaming, or if you enjoy the screaming, you’ll find a band that is quite talented and sound really good.

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Acoustic Indie Folk

While browsing Twitter I noticed that @BellaRuse said their song, "The Heart of Everyone", is going to be on a new TV show in the fall called Next Stop for Charlie.  I couldn't find any info about that show but I think that's great news for a great band :)

I thought of a similar Canadian band that I found on Jamendo that I enjoy, The Wind Whistles.  I went looking to see if there was anything new online, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that they have a second album out entitled Animals Are People Too.  You can buy that for any price between $6 and $9 (the price model on their store is kind of neat, actually).

Currently I'm listening to an interesting album: Fo(u)r Colors by Abscondo.  So far, it sounds good and right up my alley.

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Unofficial Hiatus

Sorry for the long delay since the last post - and subsequently, for a lack of a podcast - but I've been busy and in need of doing some thinking about this blog.  It's a long story but the short version is: I was going to stop doing it, but now I'm going to continue in a limited capacity.

Here, to make up for going so long without giving you any free music, I offer this:

Alphatier by The Jimmy Hofer Band

It's some hard rock from Linz, Austria.  It's pretty intense!  Not hardcore, though.

Next podcast is still going to feature hip hop, especially considering the new release from Just Plain Ant.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Solutions for Streaming Jamendo on the Blackberry?

I used to be able to stream Jamendo albums on my Blackberry, but since upgrading the operating system to v5, I haven't been able to.

I know that there isn't a Jamendo application for the Blackberry (there is one for the iPhone - which makes it even more tempting...), but I was wondering if anyone knew of any workarounds to get Jamendo working again?  I have no problems streaming stuff like CBC Radio 3 or even the local campus station, CKCU.

I've had this problem for a while, I just haven't found a solution yet.  Any help would be fantastic!

Monday, August 9, 2010

Technology is Awesome

This isn't really a music post, I just wanted to reflect on how great we have it with technology.

Think back to the 80s and 90s.  And I mean early 90s.  The future was still far away; sure we had cell phones, but they looked more like bricks than today's phones, which are visibly similar to TNG's PADD devices.  We were all still dreaming about flying cars and information at our fingertips.

Fast forward to today: we have portable devices that not only allow us to talk to one another, but ostensibly replace the desktop (and even laptop) computer.  Information - while sometimes unreliable - IS at our fingertips, mere seconds away.  The only thing we're missing from living in The Next Generation are combination touch-screen & voice activated controls - and even those aren't far off.

I think what's really cool is that we can so easily take one of these devices and stream virtually any music we want, whenever we want.  It's just really awesome.

Friday, August 6, 2010

No Playlist

I haven't done up a proper playlist this week, and I'm going to go with the easy out: it's an experimental feature that I was trying out.  So there ;)

Uh let's I have anything else?  Not really, other than next week's podcast will likely be hip-hop heavy, so there might be some explicit language.  Just a warning for those who don't like that kind of stuff.

What do you think of the Friday Playlist anyway?  Did you like it?  Find cool music you didn't know about before?  Let me know in the comments!

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Storm Means Time For Southern Rock?

I put up a link to Glossary before, so you may recognize the name.  A Truer Sound has a bootleg of a live show they did.  The caution here is that the sound quality is low, but the showmanship is high.  Check it out - I haven't had the chance, but will do so when I can.  They're a great band, so it's probably worth a listen.

Glossary via A Truer Sound

Tuesday, August 3, 2010


Episode 11 has a funky soul groove going for it - thanks to the featured artist, SOULED OUT and their No Name Funk EP.  It is currently available on iTunes but you can also download it directly here if you don't use that particular program.

Track Listing:
SOULED OUT - No Name Funk EP
JAMES JR - Let's Stay Together

Here's the translated portion from Souled Out's website that I read (and I stress it's improperly translated from German):
Ingredients, such as the tight rhythm section, horns, and fat are to be understood by itself is refined the whole thing with a strong vocal part and surprising arrangements and interpretations.  Detailed recipe follows.