I’ve been talking about increasing the quality of my posts (or at least, the originality) for the past week in a number of places (no need to link to them), and this is one of my attempts at offering up fresh content not seen on any other blog. By linking other blogs.
Hear me out on this one. More often than not, my posts are simply links to music picked up by places like Free Albums Galore or FrostClick. Fine blogs to be sure, and they certainly highlight some great music. But what’s the point of talking about them if you’ve already read about them? To hear my take? I don’t think people are interested in that. My solution is the Free Music Blogosphere Friday (it’s not completely alliterative, but it’ll do); a day where I can provide a one-paragraph write-up of music the other blogs have already talked about in the past week. The other days will be split between my own discoveries and the Weekly Airwave. I think it sounds like a good plan.
First up: The White Soots – The White Soots (2010 / Independant) :: Free Albums Galore posted this link this past Wednesday, comparing The White Soots to bands such as The Black Keys, Kyle Byrum, The White Stripes, Jimi Hendrix, and so on and so forth. These comparisons are pretty apt, especially The Black Keys. This is some solid, blues-y hard rock. If it weren’t for Skratch Bastid’s mixtape that Herohill linked to yesterday, I’d call this my favourite find of the week.
Speaking of Skratch Bastid’s mixtape, go get it – it’s pretty awesome. That’s really all I have to say about it.
Album the Second: Gunther Brown – Gunther Brown (2011 / Independant) :: Originally posted at FrostClick, I deliberately chose not to read anything about the band prior to listening to the album. One of the things I struggle with is identifying what kind of genre music falls into, so I didn’t want to get any opinions dipping into my brain. On an initial listen, this is some great roots/folk music. It’s tagged at Jamendo as “Americana” as well. The lead vocals are pretty much a match for southern rock too – rough but still a little melodic. Good addition to any library. Note: I couldn’t find information on their label so I assume they’re independantly released. Please correct me if I’m mistaken.
I’ll stop counting: Ellus Bellus – Sticks, Stones & My Bones (2011 / Independant) :: Charming band name AND album title, this link comes from FrostClick yet again. Ellus Bellus is a couple of guys from Chicago creating some neat indie pop. Once again I can’t find label information, so if you know what it is – let me know! EDIT: I’ve been informed by Ellus Bellus that there is a space between their name. Fixed! 🙂
Sarah Fimm – Near Infinite Possibility (2011 / Independant) :: Didn’t listen to this one apart from one track, “Yellow”, but the album has some promise. Sounds a bit like Evanescence on a first listen. You can get more info from FrostClick.
I think that’s all I have for this afternoon. I know for a fact there will be plenty more coming next Friday, so be on the lookout for that!