Tuesday, August 30, 2011

No Weekly Airwave This Week

Still in the process of moving.  I have access to my laptop at home but other than using it a little over the weekend I've been too busy packing/organizing to take care of the Airwave for this week.

Still listen to Audio Sensory Resuscitation today between 1p-2p on CKCU FM - I hear Mike has a little treat planned in the second half.

Friday, August 26, 2011

In which I avoid making lame apologies

I just thought I would let you know (officially) that until I get settled in to my new digs in the new house next week(end), I probably won't be updating the blog.  I've got one last Weekly Airwave that I should be able to put up for next Wednesday, but that's about it.

I probably could put some posts up at work, but one of the "trying new things" aspects for the blog that I'm going to put into effect for the "new season" (read: my seasons correspond with the school year, it seems) is that I'm going to have dedicated days set for working on the blog and the podcast.  I feel that this will lead to a better experience for anyone who likes to read what I have to say, and for those who enjoys listening to my voice every two weeks.

The good news here is that I'm going to have a lot of free time to do all of this, so it's (hopefully) not just a bunch of empty words.

Trust me, I have a lot of music saved up to write about, even though some of it has probably been floating around the music blogosphere for a while now.  Still, I like to think that some people want my particular take on it.  I mean, be honest - just about everything posted on FrostClick is described as "quirky folk" ;) (No offense FrostClick - you guys pick out some solid music!)

See you in September!

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Virtual Radio DJs + Divided By Design

I originally wasn't going to write anything more than a music recommendation (and I'll get to that shortly) but a recent post over at alancross.ca got my attention.  Apparently a community radio station in San Antonio is set to debut a completely programmed virtual radio DJ on August 24th.

The thing cost $200 - a one-time payment, interestingly - and simply needs a script.  It's going to be on KROV at 1PM CDT on the 24th; like Mr. Cross, as a radio industry employee I'm more than a little unnerved at the prospect of a programmed DJ taking the job of a live on-air personality (especially on a community radio station).  However, I won't deny that I'm a little intrigued at the prospect.  Will she actually perform well?  Will she fail miserably at being a DJ?

I for one will be tuning in to listen.  I honestly don't believe that this is the shape of things to come / the death knell of the radio industry, but more of a publicity stunt (I mean it IS a community radio station).  This is just a novelty, and listeners probably won't stand for a programmed DJ.  If you're interested in listening, and you're in the Eastern time zone like me, it'll be August 24th at - I think - 2PM EDT.

Now onto my recommendation!  In another example of someone using twitter to get me to pay attention to their music, we have Divided By Design.  They followed me, and I asked if they had music - simple as that!  And, as it turns out, they have three tracks for free download at their website, http://www.dividedbydesign.com/.

I'll be honest - I developed a pre-conception of their music before I even heard it.  With a name like "Divided By Design", I guessed that they played a solid Rock sound similar to what you'd hear from bands like Three Days Grace, Theory of a Deadman, or other bands you might hear on 106.9 The Bear (my apologies to other Ottawa stations - I'm trying to remain neutral).  I was right - the band labels themselves as an Alternative Rock group (I guess that's different in my mind from Alternative and Rock), and the music is similar to bands I mentioned above.

Interestingly though, their influences are wide and varied and include bands that sound quite different - bands like Sonic Youth, The Arcade Fire, and Jane's Addiction.  Granted, I'm basing this on three tracks - and some of their other influences (Finger Eleven, The Rapture, Red Hot Chili Peppers, etc.) are bang on with their sound.  Also, isn't it so weird that new bands are already claiming Finger Eleven and The Arcade Fire as influences?  I feel slightly old.

You can check them out at http://www.dividedbydesign.com/ and look forward to an album from them possibly this year!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Weekly Airwave #13 :: Sick of Sarah : One Night Stand

Original Air Date: Tuesday August 16, 2011
Artist: Sick of Sarah
Track: One Night Stand
Album: 2205
Genre: Punk/Alternative
Info in Brief: An all-female punk/alt rock group from Minnesota, Sick of Sarah have been around since 2005 and released their latest album, 2205, for free download via Bittorrent in 2011.  They've experienced some pretty awesome numbers in downloads and people seem to really like them.  Reminds me slightly of Magneta Lane (and speaking of Magneta Lane, where the hell are they? Recording new music, apparently).

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Self-Promotional Tuesday

My blog post titles are getting less and less original as the days go on!  Anyway, I just thought I'd remind you that you can listen to the Weekly Airwave live this afternoon between 1pm-2pm during Audio Sensory Resuscitation on CKCU FM (93.1 FM in Ottawa)!  You can also stream live at http://www.ckcufm.com/.  Times are EST, by the way.

Also thought I should mention something very important.  You may or may not be aware that I am in the process of packing up everything in order to move September 1st.  I've decided this week to pack up all of the pieces of the Alternative Airwaves studio - so that means that there will be no more podcasts until after I've got everything set up again.  I'm aiming for September 10th, as that was my original date to be back on regular schedule, but we'll see how that goes.

Including this week, there are two more Weekly Airwaves pre-recorded left to air.  After that, Alternative Airwaves will go silent.  I'll do my best to keep up with posting to the blog, as well.  But we all know what "my best" means ;)

Thanks for listening, and we'll see you with the launch of a new season of Alternative Airwaves podcasts in September!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Free Music Monday

I am so sleepy right now - I don't know what's gotten into me (or rather, what hasn't - perhaps I need more sugar?).  Anyway it's a good thing that I was planning on doing a rather lazy Monday morning post in the first place!

A couple of weeks ago Canadian singer/songwriter Billy the Kid (aka Billy Pettinger) released her latest album, Ours.  She provided e-mail subscribers with a full download, which I thought was a bit of a secret until I came across a blog post asking to share this with you.

Now - I think you still will need to join the mailing list - but that as always is a very small price to pay for free, quality music.  Don't you think so?

I will try to have some less sleepy posts coming up later this week.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Quick Links

I wonder how long it takes for me to stop being able to come up with different blog titles involving "Friday" and any variation on "quick links"?  Already I'm reduced to "Friday Quick Links", today.  We'll see what pops up next week (hint: it might actually be a podcast?).

Here are some quick notes on some bands I discovered on my own this week:
  • Pony Picture - Pony Picture - Reminds me of Franz Ferdinand (slightly). A mixture of indie rock / pop.
  • Tiny White Radio - Radio Operator - This is a single track album (perhaps you might call it a...single?), and while Tiny White Radio's nationality is unknown, it seems fairly safe to assume they're British.  Very Brit-sounding pop tune, with what sounds like influences from The Clash.
  • Tornado - An Invention (Audi A1 Version) - This single was inexplicably tagged "Justin Timberlake", so I had to check it out.  The result is actually a really nice, fast-paced indie track.  I like the guitars in this one, they give it a nice flavour.
  • Leslie Hunt - Your Hair is On Fire - I think this is actually my favourite find.  It's some pretty sweet pop rock AND it's a strong female voice - something often lacking in my picks.  Oh, it's also got a sort of reggae vibe on some of the tracks, so there's definitely a variety in sound on this album.
Picks from around the Blogosphere
  • Boca Chica (via FrostClick) - From Pittsburgh, this is a band that apparently has had over 40 members since they started.  Now, they've got a lineup of 6, and they play some very nice folk/pop music.  Available for free is their 3-track EP.
  • D'Lyfa Reilly: Sewing Seeds (via FrostClick) - Do you like thoughtful hip-hop that features smooth R&B sounds and an irresistable British accent?  Then this 7-track album is for you!  It's a compilation of tracks recorded by D'Lyfa between 2009 and 2010.
  • Elmo Buzz & The Eastside Bulldogs (AKA Todd Snider) - Shit Sandwich (via A Truer Sound) - I'll admit to not having listened to this yet - just came across my "desk" this afternoon.  However, A Truer Sound heavily vouches for it so I'm willing to give it a chance.
  • Curly Jefferson and His Orchestra - Ooh La La! (via FrostClick) - Man, I need to tap FrostClick's sources.  This is some awesome hip hop, sampling some sweet jazz sounds.  You can never go wrong with raunchy jazz with your hip hop.  Also, the title brings back some fond memories.  Don't worry, that link is perfectly SFW.  Anyway, be sure to check out the single "Blame Me boy".
That's it for me today.  I have a few more links but I think I'm gonna have to save them.  This is already way more than I originally planned (never a bad thing)!

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Le Galago - So High

After my post about The Sheepdogs last Tuesday, I wanted to find some similar music on Jamendo.  Unfortunately there is no such thing as a "classic rock" tag on Jamendo.  I was slightly disappointed that I had to go with the all-encompassing "Rock" tag.  But I remained hopeful, and what I found was Le Galago.

Le Galago - aka Christophe Marc - produces some pretty cool sounding indie rock.  I'm not 100% sure (his information isn't terribly clear), but I believe he is based in France and originally from Liverpool.  Either way, it seems that his current habitation details are only partially deserving of credit for influence on his music.  Well, as near as I can tell anyway - I couldn't find lyrics.

The album I found was called "So High", released sometime in 2009.  It's a fairly decent album, full of indie rock as I mentioned.  Some of it is laced with awesome drum beats - most notably the title track - and those are the songs that I liked a lot more than the rest.

Honestly I don't have very much to say about the album other than "I liked it", and you should give it a listen.  It's available over at Jamendo.com.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Weekly Airwave #12 :: The A.G.'s : Jesse's Girl

Artist: The A.G.'s
Track: Jesse's Girl
Album: This Earth Sucks
Genre: Punk

Direct Download (archive.org)

Info in Brief: Defunct band The A.G.'s (from Durham, NY) smash one out of the park with this great cover of a Rick Springfield classic. From the album This Earth Sucks, which is great in and of itself.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The Sheepdogs

I'm fairly certain just about everyone has heard about The Sheepdogs by now - after all, they are on the cover of the latest edition of Rolling Stone.  Actually it's funny - until I heard the single "I Don't Know" played on Audio Sensory Resuscitation on CKCU FM last week, I hadn't heard of this retro rock group out of Saskatoon; but after I heard them last Tuesday, I immediately saw them everywhere.

First, it was a live session on the CBC Radio 3 Sessions podcast (which I have yet to hear - I hope it's good!); then I heard the story about appearing on the cover of the Rolling Stone - the first unsigned band to grace the cover of said magazine.  And to top it off, they were on Jimmy Fallon last week.  Of course they're no longer unsigned, as the magazine gave them a record deal with Atlantic.

All that to say: where the hell was I and why didn't I know about this band?  I hate it when things like that happen.

And now let me present to you The Sheepdogs: a group that sounds so much like The Guess Who (and in the best way possible), they are a refreshing band to listen to.  It's strange but good to hear something that sounds so familiar and yet is brand new.  You can buy their latest album - Learn & Burn - from a few places (how about their website?), but you can also download their 2008 album Big Stand for free!  Learn & Burn is definitely the better album, but Big Stand is also quite the treat.  They also have an album from 2007 available to purchase.

All albums can be streamed online from The Sheepdogs' official website, http://www.thesheepdogs.com/.

Oh, speaking of Audio Sensory Resuscitation - it's on again TODAY at 1PM EST.  Listen at 93.1 FM in Ottawa or online at http://www.ckcufm.com/.  There'll be another Weekly Airwave during that time as well!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Young [da]Vinchi

Back on August 3rd, I was sent the newest single from hip hop artist Young Vinchi.  I didn't listen to it right away, but since then, I've probably heard it 4 or 5 times.  To be honest, this is one of the few times where a musician (or promoter or label or what have you) has contacted me, and sent me a piece of music to share with everyone else.  Normally I go and find links and sometimes establish dialogue after the fact.  tl;dr: I wanted to get this right (hence not putting this up Thursday night).

I will tell you straight off the bat, Young Vinchi was not on my radar at all.  That shouldn't be surprising - he's a hip hop artist, and I don't really have my finger on the pulse of the hip hop scene.  Before I get too far, let me assure you that I enjoyed the track he sent.  But we'll get to that in due time - how about joining me on a brief learning excursion to find out more about this Young Vinchi?

Young Vinchi hails from The Bronx in NYC, and his moniker aptly describes him - he is young, at a fresh 24-years old.  His mixtape, "BLC", has apparently gained a lot of notice on the hip hop scene.  There wasn't much "official" info, so I did some digging around and found this article, which gives us some more info.  Vinchi was born as Albert Neysmith Jr in the Bronx (as mentioned), and started rapping at the age of 8.  He also went to high school at Banana Kelly High, which is about the best high school name I've ever heard.

He moved on to Atlanta in 2007, and recently returned to NYC where he put together new material in studio.  That's where we get to Getcha Hands Up, an entertaining bouncy track that I enjoyed.  And yes, I listened to it 4 or 5 times, but I would have to listen to more of it in order to catch all the lyrics.  While I'm not 100% certain of what Young Vinchi is rapping about, the lyrics I did pick out were pretty clever.

You can download "Getcha Hands Up" for free with the link below.  To get more information about Young Vinchi and to hear more of his songs, check out these links:
Young Vinchi - Getcha Hands Up
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Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Weekly Airwave #11 :: Emerald Park: For Tomorrow

Wow, my bad.  I thought I had this posted.  A day late; very sorry about this!  At least now I have a Thursday post!

Artist: Emerald Park
Track: At the Mall
Album: For Tomorrow
Genre: Pop

Direct Download

Info in Brief: "For Tomorrow" was re-released as a deluxe version in 2010 by Aaahh Records (http://www.aaahh-records.net). Emerald Park is a Swedish group that puts out some pretty great pop music.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Free Music Tuesday: @blocsonic edition

I will admit it right now: I enjoyed a weekend that included a lot of drinking, doing nothing in the sun, and was free of the technological tether to civilized society.  In short, I was at my friend's cottage party.  Good times were had.  Do you remember those marble race playsets? Yeah, we played with one from the early 90s that we remembered when we were kids.

The result is I have nothing prepared for this week (yet).  So today you will get the laziest link post; lazy for two reasons: 1) I have not listened to the music I'm linking [more on that in a minute], and 2) someone else has compiled the music and I had nothing to do with it.

tl;dr: Blocsonic presents Netbloc 34: ccMixter Strike's the Root

Normally I would listen to the music I link to, but in this case I absolutely trust that blocsonic provides top notch listening pleasure.  You can also read a much nicer summary of what the common theme of the netbloc is over there as well.  So go forth and download...I will be doing that tonight when I get home from work.