Monday, September 27, 2010

Circa Vitae

I was thinking of doing a podcast this week but a cold has put those plans aside.  I don't think I can even breathe right let alone put on my "radio voice".  So here's a pretty cool album I found while browsing through the Pop tag on

Band/Artist: Circa Vitae
Album: Circa Vitae EP (2008)

Quick Profile of the band
The band hails from Eugene (I assume that's in Oregon?), in the USA.  The name "Circa Vitae" apparently translates to "About Life", according to the band's biography.  Circa Vitae is made up of Britt Brady and Wesley Curtis on guitar, Thaddeus Moore (great name!) on drums, Nate Beveridge on bass, and Anna Ponto on vocals.  Brady also lends vocals to the songs.

What's it like?
Pretty cool!  As you might imagine from finding it with a "Pop" tag, it is a lighter-toned album.  It has that "indie" sound characterstic to a lot of younger bands, but with a streak of experimentation as well.  It's not catchy in the sense that I don't find myself wanting to hum along to it like a good pop album should, but it still sounds good.

I recommend it if you're looking for something light, but still want to dabble in a little music experimentation.  This album has all of that, plus the vocals are really good (they've definitely done well with the male/female lead vocal pairing).

Friday, September 17, 2010

#13 - Canadians

I finally did a podcast on time!  It's been a while since I've done that.  Note that by "on time" I mean "I announced publicly I was going it Friday night, and I completed it."  So here it is!  The theme this time around was "Canadians" - all artists featured in the podcast are Canadian.

  1. The Rest - The Short Night-Strangers on a Train
  2. The Rest - A New Pair of Jeans [Acid Wash Mix]
  3. Going Commando - Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots
  4. Joey and the Instapunks - Zoombie
  5. ARCTIC - War of Ideas (Live at Zaphod's)
  6. Sweet Mother Logic - David Copperfield
  7. The Pop Winds - Owl Eyes

Podcast tonight + Live Radio Stream

Just thought I'd write up a little note here.  I've got Alternative Airwaves #13 lined up, I am planning on recording in the Alternative Airwaves Studio (read: my house) tonight.  The delay really has been just getting around to downloading the music from the various sources (Jamendo,, etc.).  Everything is ready to go now!

Also, I'm toying with the idea of setting up a radio stream.  I'm looking into several options, including hosting it myself, and the idea would basically be that I would broadcast all the free, legal music I've acquired over the months I've been doing this blog/podcast.  Occasionally I would interject with a live show, which would become the podcast.

I've looked into a few options for accomplishing this, but maybe somebody has specific suggestions?  Let me know!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Sweet, Sweet Logic

I'm not normally one for instrumental music, but Sweet Mother Logic has coloured me impressed.

I discovered them thanks to a Jamendo user's excellent Canadian artist playlist (over 200 tracks!  Browse through it, you will have fun); they seemed like they had some cool looking cover art, so I clicked out of curiosity.  What a great group!

They mix everything under the sun: string instruments, guitar, drums...any instrument you can think of, it's probably there.  Well, maybe there's no kazoo.  It's not in a classical style either - the songs are pretty rocking for the most part.  I first listened to their EP, The Ascension Island EP, to see if I could stomach what was tagged an experimental styled album.

I really liked it, so took the plunge into their self-titled album Sweet Mother Logic and had a lot of fun listening while I worked.  Whoever is behind SML, they are really talented.  The only reason I'm not devoting a podcast to these guys is because the tracks are a little too long for a 30-45 minute episode.

But I definitely recommend checking out Sweet Mother Logic.  You won't be disappointed.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Emptying the Inbox

I frequently send myself links to music to listen to and then never get around to listening to it.  This leads to a ton of music piling up in the it's time to empty it!  I've got at least 25 things to go through, which I've pared down to 4 artists that I think really make the cut (i.e. I would play them in my podcast).

  1. Duck - Logical Fallacy - I would classify this as hip hop / dance.  I'm not entirely sure, but one thing is certain: the music has a fun beat.  I probably would save this for a night at the gym.  Or if you like this kind of music, you could probably enjoy it any time.
  2. The Pop Winds - Understory EP and The Turquiose - Now this is music more up my alley.  A little bit of rock tinge to an otherwise pop group.  If you were to describe something as having an "indie" sound, this would be it.  The group hails from Montreal as well, so they're obviously taking a lot from the Canadian Indie scene.  They most definitely sound like a lot of other indie bands out there, but that's not a bad thing because I found it enjoyable.  There's a bit of an 80s feel because of the heavy synth use, too.
  3. I Am the Devil - Killers, Thieves and Liars - At a couple points this group reminded me of Japandroids, where they had a bit of a grungy sound on the guitars.  Cool EP to listen to.
  4. The Choosy Beggars - Choosy Beggars - This album has some sweet, blues-y soul sounds.  I can see myself listening to this out in the shade on a hammock reading a good book.  From the album art it looks like it should be some sort of country or southern rock album, but it's nothing of the sort.  Great great great album.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Neat Playlist

This isn't about free music (well, some of it may be free somewhere, I don't know), but I crafted a playlist that turned out quite well!  So I wanted to share it.  In the interest of full disclosure, though, I should mention that it was actually Apple's Genius Playlist feature on my iPod that crafted this playlist.  But I picked the first song, and the songs on the ipod - doesn't that count for anything??

1. Tragically Hip - Blow at High Dough
2. Sam Roberts - Where Have All The Good People Gone?
3. Metric - Poster of a Girl
4. Joel Plaskett Emergency - Fashionable People
5. Barenaked Ladies - Call and Answer
6. Hawksley Workman - Striptease
7. Stars - Take Me To the Riot
8. Joel Plaskett - Nowhere With You (CBC 3 session)
9. Kreesha Turner - Bounce With Me
10. Sam Roberts - Them Kids
11. TragicallY Hip - New Orleans is Sinking
12. Metric - Dead Disco
13. White Stripes - Rag and Bone
14. Barenaked Ladies - Falling for the First Time
15. Hawksley Workman - We Will Still Need a Song
16. David Bowie - Blue Jean
17. Weezer - Hash Pipe
18. Joel Plaskett Emergency - Drunk Teenagers
19. Sam Roberts - Brother Down
20. The Arcade Fire - Rebellion (Lies)
21. Stars - My Favourite Book
22. Metric-  Gimme Sympathy
23. Tragically Hip - Courage (for Hugh Maclennan)
24. Barenaked Ladies-  Too Little Too Late
25. Kreesha Turner - Don't Call Me Baby

I would probably take out the Kreesha Turner songs, and Bowie, as those tracks seem to be the odd ones out.  But overall I think it's a pretty good playlist!  What do you think?

Sunday, September 5, 2010

#12 - Hip Hop Show

I probably could have come up with a more clever name, but I didn't.  Here's the track listing along with links to applicable download pages.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Quick Update

I've been a bit quiet lately - sorry about that!  This is really just an update to say that I have a podcast complete (just needs slight editing), but I've been delayed in releasing it due to my computers at home being majorly uncooperative.

I'm working on all that tonight though.