Saturday, April 30, 2011

#25 - Back to Scheduled Programming

It's been 4 weeks since I last did a "regular" podcast - what with last episode being a themed podcast (which was a lot of fun to do) - so it feels good to be back in the groove picking out new music.  Some great stuff in today's episode, including - finally - a track from my brother's band.  Keep reading for the playlist.

  1. Sick of Sarah - Overexposed
  2. Flat People - A Year From Now (Where's the Emotion Baby)
  3. Nick Tann - Can't Get Happy
  4. Robin Grey - Every Waking Hour
  5. Capital Grass and the No Men - Blur the Lines
  6. Bella Ruse - Sea Love
Just to recap, Capital Grass and the No Men are playing a live show TONIGHT (April 30th), 9:00PM, at the Elmdale Tavern in Ottawa.  Cover is $6 and they're playing with Jon Laurie-Beaumont and Slim and Popular.  Here's the Facebook event page if you're interested.  If you're NOT in the Ottawa area, I'll be posting a show review on Monday (with pictures, possibly).

Friday, April 29, 2011

Great Interview with I Am Not Lefthanded

I was hoping to do an audio interview with one of my new favourite indie bands, I Am Not Lefthanded, but I don't think my equipment is up to snuff.  So I'm going to have to arrange an e-mail interview - but until I get around to doing that, two blogs have already beaten me to the punch!

Have You Met Heather? has the first half of the interview, with bandmember Kathryn, while Your Moment of Zen has the other half of the interview with Daniel.

The interview questions range from the origins of the IANL name (which is a neat little story), to how they're progressing with their latest album, as well as how touring in the US differs from touring in Europe.  A great read, and I highly recommend it.

Now I just need to get off my lazy butt and send them my questions that I've been sitting on for quite some time now.  Podcast coming tomorrow!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Flat People

Here is an album I very much enjoyed: Flat People, by Flat People.  It's a self-titled debut album, released back in September 2010.  I'm disappointed that I missed the release, but glad that I've found it now.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Nick Tann + Podcast recommendation

Rathole Radio is always a great source for me for finding new music, and his last show - #50 - was no disappointment.  He had singer/songwriter Nick Tann on for an interview, and played some of his songs.  They were all quite good!  And the even better news is that Tann makes his music available on a Name-Your-Price (or as I've now decided to call it, NYP) basis on Bandcamp.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tha Silent Partner Does Italy

I said I would find some hip hop - and this isn't even the "lead" I mentioned yesterday.  Actually, I forgot that this release was coming down the pipe from Blocsonic.  It's the latest work from Tha Silent Partner, TSP Does Italy.

Monday, April 25, 2011

It's called 'Baseball'!

"In the end, it comes down to throwing one pitch after another, and seeing what happens. With each new consequence, the game begins to take shape." Commander Benjamin Sisko, Deep Space Nine, "Emissary"

That's right, baseball is in the air.  Still.  A month after the season started, I may be a little late to the party, but what the heck - I love baseball.  I don't always watch it, but playing it is about my favourite thing to do in the summer.  It's such a shame that one of the local leagues charges $125/person or $990/team just to play a weekly game of softball.  Luckily I play in a weekly church league for free, the downside being that sometimes there just aren't enough people to field two teams (let alone field one team).

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Singleton - The High Seas

I'm back in my comfort zone today, as I have a really great alternative album to review.  And it feels really great to be listening to a good album, because I've been sort of reviewing "fringe" genres (at least compared to what I usually try to find).

So what's up today?  Why, it's Singleton and their album The High Seas.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Remixing the Woodlands

Okay back to "real" music today.  If you didn't like the instrumental stuff I posted yesterday, I'm sorry - I promise I have more "mainstream" stuff.  And by that I don't mean music getting radio play.

For today?  How about some remixes of The Woodlands?

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Variety Hour

Off the heels of a week featuring only links to bluegrass artists (okay, 2 bluegrass and 1 folk) and a podcast dedicated entirely to swing music, I decided it would be a good time to throw in some completely different music to start your week.  And then I decided to wait until Tuesday, after your week had already started (or I could just convince everyone that in the music business, Tuesday is the start of the week...right?).  All that to say, this week I have a bit of a mixed bag to reach into.

Today, we are listening to the works of Spanish composer Roger Subirana Mata.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

#24 - Themecast #1 - Swingers

The podcast this week is a little different than what most might be expecting - as I mentioned in the last episode, I've been planning a couple of theme podcasts.  Welcome to Themecast #1!  All the music in today's show is swing music.  This has resulted in a slightly shorter show actually, because it was slightly difficult to find music to fit the bill - well, music that I liked.  I think I found some great stuff; listen for yourself and decide!  Playlist follows below...

  1. Latché Swing - Sweet Georgia Brown
  2. Aló Django - How High the Moon / I Got Rhythm
  3. The Mobcat Orchestra - Mobcat Swing
  4. The Swing Ninjas - King of the Swingers
  5. The Underscore Orkestra - Devil with the Devil (Still don't know if this is original or trad. but I think it's original)
  6. Red Hook Ramblers - Apple Pie
Total running time: 0:27:28

Friday, April 15, 2011

Shiver me Whiskies

I'm really stretching for a title here - I'm not even going to bother trying to defend that. Well, I have some more bluegrass for you today, being Friday. I think that'll be the end of my streak of bluegrass posts - at least, for now.

Today I bring you the fiddle stylings of the Whiskey Shivers.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Bluegrass - From Russia??

Oh yeah, we're still going with bluegrass.  Oh, and sorry for the wordy post yesterday; I was kind of in a mood to write and that's what came out.  And by "sorry" I mean "I'm trying to write more than just 'here's an album you might like' but that was still unexpected compared to what I've done before".  *ahem*

Moving along, the next artist I found is Noel Bush.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

How about some bluegrass?

My apologies to any loyal followers (if I have any, please raise your hand so I can see you) for not posting very much lately.  You see, I'm a bit busy at work and don't usually post on the weekends. 

But enough of that - for the rest of the week, I'm going to feature some music that's exactly the right thing to play for when you need to hop into your dusty red pick-up and chase some folks out of town.

That's right - it's time for some good ol' bluegrass.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Excursions in Music

Michael Gregoire, the man behind one of the biggest players in the netlabel scene (blocsonic), just yesterday launched a new music web site / magazine: Excursions in Music (

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Rathole Roadshow 2011 Sampler

One of the podcasts I listen to on a regular basis is Rathole Radio (hosted by Dan Lynch), and I've mentioned it a lot both on the blog and in my own podcasts.  I like the man's taste in music (as eclectic as it is) and he is a very good live performer.  Well, at least I assume so, based on his live tracks in his podcasts.

At any rate, last year he put together a live Rathole Radio gig, and is doing so again this year.  He's got a great lineup, consisting of I Am Not Lefthanded, Rob Warren, and Dan's own band, 20LB Sounds.  Dan's put together a free sampler EP that you can check out in advance of the show.

You can get the sampler here, and find out more about the April 24 show here.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Neat Internet Show

The next podcast (scheduled for Saturday, April 16th) is going to be a theme podcast.  I won't give away what that theme is by stating it outright, but I will say that this post here is going to give you a big hint.

Anyway I was browsing for some swing music and came across this interesting radio show on

Crap From the Past: Internet-Only Program 30: "It Don't Mean Crap If You Ain't Got That Swing"

It's an episode from this Internet-only radio show that ran from May 1998-May 1999; it was hosted by Ron "Boogiemonster" Gerber (man, I only wish I had as cool a nickname as that).  It's your basic looking for influences from the past in more modern music.  In this particular episode, he was looking at the influences of swing in 80s music.

In Gerber's own words, he didn't have much to choose from; but he ended up putting together a neat little show chock full of history and great 80s music.  Very enjoyable listen, and it's only 15 minutes long.  Good if you have some time to kill at work (as I do right now).

And just some extra information about the show: you can go to the official website of Crap from the Past to get more information and shows and playlists and - well everything about it that you need to know.  Like how this show was based in Minnesota.

It's shows like this that make me want to do a little more research for my podcasts.  And I think I will endeavour to do so.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Madeline Ava

Sometimes, you have a frustrating day where you fall behind in your work and are interrupted countless times and you get even further behind. On those days, sometimes you just need some quiet, peaceful music to calm you down.

I haven't had one of those days today, but I could have used Madeline Ava's music yesterday. It's quiet, sometimes funny/cute, and does have that calming effect. Her voice is very familiar, drawing comparisons to other artists like Hannah Georgas, Bella Ruse, and so forth. And I always like "fringe" instruments as the main accompanying sound - there's lots of ukelele in her music, which is great.

You can calm yourself with Madeline Ava's many albums over at CLLCT.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

#23 - No Foolin'

Welcome to April!  Spring is definitely here - it's true, because a bird thought it was in my best interests to deficate on my passenger-side mirror on my car.  Anyway, new podcast for this week, with not so many new tracks but some great sounding music nonetheless.  Hope you enjoy!

  1. Kellee Maize - Start None (see the video here)
  2. Joshua Watkins - I Hope You Love Me
  3. 20LB Sounds - Jimmy Carter (see info re: Liverpool show here)
  4. Sylvain the Librarian - Daddy Play (Dymaxion Groove release of Staff Only No Vikings)
  5. Jens Wennberg - Show & Tell
  6. Emerald Park - At the Mall
  7. The Very Sexuals - Bowie Eyes
  8. I Am Not Lefthanded - Falling (get the "catch-up" EP here)
Total playtime: 0:33:46

Friday, April 1, 2011

Free Music Source: CLLCT

A while back I mentioned the music website CLLCT as a place I'd have to check out in-depth after downloading an album from there.  I've had a look around, but unfortunately haven't had much of a chance to listen to the artists there since their music player doesn't seem to cooperate with IE 8, and I haven't had the chance to look at it at home (where I use Firefox 4, natch).

What I've seen of it though is quite positive.  Here's a description of what CLLCT is about, straight from their website:
CLLCT is a community for lovers of free music. We see music as an art form, not as a commodity. And the wonderful artists of the CLLCT family would rather have their music heard than sold!

CLLCT, however, isn't simply a community for artists. This is a wonderful place to discover new music and find hidden gems. We have a voting system in place, and releases are recommended to you based on what you vote on. So join the community and make friends with all of these amazing artists before they're super famous!
I like that it's a community for both listeners and artists, sort of like Jamendo.  Except I think the emphasis here is less on providing the opportunity to license music (as on Jamendo), as it is an opportunity for artists to develop a fanbase and launch their careers.

The most popular genres on the site seem to mesh with what's popular amongst most fringe music websites: electronic, experimental, folk, hip-hop, pop, and so on.  Not much of a surprise there.  I'm definitely looking forward to browsing and listening through their collection, because it seems like they have some great young artists in that community.  AND it looks like it's a very vibrant community, and that's always a good thing.

Check out CLLCT at