27 April 2008

New 2-CD Release from Josh Woodward

"I'm thrilled to announce that my latest releases are now available! There are two albums packaged as one, called 'The Simple Life'. The songs are from the frantic sessions over the past 8 months, and the versions here are vastly improved over the demos I put out. I've never been happier with anything I've released - I hope you enjoy it, too.

"As usual, you can download the MP3s for free, and you can also purchase a physical CD (name your own price!) to help support independent music."


25 April 2008

Charie Returns, Busy Doing Nothing

UPDATE: New day and time for show:

Busy Doing Nothing
Host: Charlie Lewis, WFMU veteran DJ
Genre: freeform ecstasy
Time: Thursdays 6-8PM EST (3-5PM PST)
Station: WVEW-LP 107.7 FM, Brattleboro, Vermont
Listen Live - Playlists and Download Archives

As of April 2008, freeform DJ Charlie (veteran WFMU DJ, member of Chuck and Danny, Comfortstand contributor and so on) is hosting a weekly radio show, entitled Busy Doing Nothing, Fridays from 2 to 4 pm (Eastern Time) on WVEW-LP, Brattleboro, Vermont -- 107.7 on the FM radio dial, and streaming online (link is good for Winamp and iTunes). He writes:

"If you were familiar with my radio show on WFMU, you can expect more of the same: a freeform conglomeration of sounds, songs, and digressions.... The title of the program comes from a song by the Beach Boys (really just Brian Wilson) called 'Busy Doin' Nothin'.'"

22 April 2008

Tuesday's Delectable Dozen

Bourbonese QualkTortue Super SonicBob Ostertag
Bourbonese Qualk
entire discography available online, think Clock DVA and 808 State (thanks for the news, Nash Rose)
[industrial, pop, experi, electro]
Tortue Super Sonic
the Neogrotesque CD lays together traditional and some electronic instrumentation with dreamy and sexy results
Bob Ostertag
recordings of accomplished experimental artist with the likes of Fred Frith, Kronos Quartet, John Zorn
[experi, avant garde]
VictrolaWesley WillisVinnie Bell
Flores, Nubes, y Pajaritos release featuring seven songs: "sweeping, orchestrated short movies of sound" ( also on last.fm)
[trip hop, downtempo]
Wesley Willis
some of the recordings of the late schizophrenic artist who gained a cult following for his unique, simple music and funny, bizarre lyrics
[rock, spoken]
Vinnie Bell
enjoy mp3s from perhaps the greatest session guitarist of all time, see the hit records for yourself! [rock, oldies, space age pop, guitar, sitar]
OurTeamIsFreshSkafferiMichael Leigh
official site of the Brekfast Club, "a heavy collective of... hip-hop enthusiasts who move for the preservation and progression of real hip-hop"
VA - Skafferi
Stefan Zachrisson put together this comp in the '90s through his award-winning (Scandinavian Indies) zine
[indie, pop]
Michael Leigh
our pal Jim shares our pal Michael's 1992 60 minute tape of an American radio show of "stuff he'd got at charity shops and jumble sales" and sent to America
[varied, sampling]
The Normals [FR]ForestbrookMusica per Bambini
The Normals [FR]
from Strasburg, France play muddy, fuzzed out and loud garage rock
[garage, rock]
Brona McVittie, UK singer-songwriter shares sounds and images of her gentle world, including tunes in tribute to outsider musicians
Musica per Bambini
Manuel Bongiorni and collaborators hail from Italy and perform theatrical shows; enjoy tracks from their first three CDs[electro, rock]


15 April 2008

Tuesday Means Another Dozen

Tuesday is a real good news day. Here you have a new set of 12 free and legal collections and CDs! Eat up and be sure to spread the love by supporting these artists!

AxialPueblo Nuevo
Brazil artists who blend soft vocals, organic sounds, synth beds and electro glitches generating a gorgeous result
[Brazil, folk, electro]
Pueblo Nuevo
inspiring netlabel in Santiago, Chile, founded by Mika Martini and djef featuring Chilean electronic artists
VA - Tribute to a Love Singer
reinterpretations that only share the lyrics the original love songs by the masters
NullRepublik RecordsSchilli-SanJohn Frusciante
NullRepublik Records
Argentinian netlabel and Synthfonik Fest organizers with focus on artists from Argentina
[electro, synth]
Schilli-San - Smooth Situations
two years after its release, this 7-song CD still pops up in regular play at the Oddio House
[downtempo, urban]
John Frusciante
singer songwriter guitarist best known for his work with the Red Hot Chili Peppers, shares his demos
Luv soundError! Lo-FIBrunk
Luv sound
growing, thoughtful netlabel offering electroacoustic, drone, microchip and other styles
Error! Lo-FI
Spanish netlabel is the lo-fi folk pop subdivision of Error! Records
[lo-fi, folk, pop]
from Belgium comes this fine, "DIY lowbudget homerecording, w/o any musical restrictions or stylistic premises"
[guitar, lo-fi, pop]
D-TrashMorning ZephyrKip Jones
Canadian label shares its netlabel of more than 100 free breakcore, industrial and digital punk full-length releases
Morning Zephyr
three piece playing violin, piano, double bass and drums offers three releases of subtle pieces
[folk, jazz, experi]
Kip Jones
the violinist and pianist of Morning Zephyr shares works from his other bands and field recordings
[folk, jazz, field]


13 April 2008

Free Music Archive from WFMU

Oddio Overplay was one of the very first back in the '90s, and we still somehow seem to be doing very well in popularity ratings. We are, however, humbled in these days where most artists are sharing online. Even WFMU is preparing a version of Oddio Overplay. Several DJs sent word of this project last year to Katya, but she is on the other side of the continent now. Is this an ideal job for Katya Oddio or what? Good luck to all who apply.


Coming soon: an online digital library of music that will allow music fans, webcasters and podcasters to listen, download, and stream for free, with no restrictions, registration or fees. And most amazing of all, it will all be legal.

The Free Music Archive is being directed by WFMU, the most renowned freeform radio station in America, and is funded by a grant from the New York State Music Fund.

We take inspiration for the Free Music Archive from Creative Commons and the open source software movement. Both are based on the idea that there is merit in waiving certain rights to intellectual property. Radio has always offered the public free access to new music. The Free Music Archive is a continuation of that purpose, designed for the age of the internet.

The Free Music Archive will also be a platform for collaboration between established curators of music, including other non-commercial radio stations and music venues. Partners will participate in collective licensing for the archive, and will be given control of web portals that will help them build communities around the music they choose to share. The site will combine the curatorial approach that stations like WFMU have played for the last few decades, and the community generated approach of many current online music sites.

If you would like to participate in this licensing collective and curatorial community, please drop us a note.

We'll be launching the archive in 2008, but will begin posting sample music and pages and sharing thoughts about music and the industry very soon. Stay tuned.



Intern at WFMU's Free Music Archive! WFMU seeks volunteer summer help soliciting music, preparing audio, and cataloguing data as we gear up to launch our Free Music Archive website. Qualified candidates will be well organized and web/computer savvy with some audio editing skills and related experience. Please send a resume and cover letter to "fma [@] wfmu [dot] org"


08 April 2008

Tuesday's Dozen

Steam Powered Preservation SocietyWandering EarMombojo
Steam Powered Preservation Society
a non-profit, electronic library dedicated to the preservation of Americana music
[country, string, bluegrass, folk]
Wandering Ear
a promising netlabel dedicated to releasing field recordings from around the world, making for great fieldtrips for the imagination
a fantastic, young, DIY, Brazilian pop group who is earning a name for themselves as an independent with free releases
[pop, rock, indie, Brazil]]
QuarkspaceVic Bondiaitanna77
Quarkspace - Drop
psychedelia in the spaced out Pink Floyd vein, this third studio CD address cons of consumerism, so the band gives this one for free
[psych, pop, rock]
Vic Bondi
iconic guitarist singer- songwriter for Articles of Faith, Jones Very, Alloy, Report Suspicious Activity and Weatherman
[punk, hardcore, rock]
Mikel Martínez of Spain treats classic instruments with digital tools resulting in "kind of lo-fi folk with a pop feeling, ambient touch and weird structures."
Carl HuSylvain BouixChildren of the Drone
Carl Hu
charming writing and performances from gifted and remarkably humble pianist and composer
Sylvain Bouix
live clarinet performances from doctor at Harvard Psychiatry Neuro Imaging Lab and the Lab of Math in Imaging
Children of the Drone
Exeter, UK-based improvisational collective with a pleasing collection of recordings
Dwelling of DuelsFree Band MusicMarcel Cuypers
Dwelling of Duels at VGMix
game soundtrack competitions, main instrument hand played and other tracks can be programmed
Free Band Music
John Thompson shares recordings and scores of his arrangements and originals of band music on his site for free
[marching band, concert band]
Marcel Cuypers
Dutch multi- instrumentalist, predom clarinetist, shares works from his diverse prog, neoclassical and art groups

01 April 2008

Tuesday's Dozen

Tuesday is a real good news day. Here you have a new set of 12 free and legal collections and CDs! Eat up and be sure to spread the love by supporting these artists! [This is the first Tuesday Dozen of 2008?! Goodness gracious the Oddio crew has been busy this year.]
LemonworldLemon Beats
Mabafu - Bahia Aleman
German producer's release features seven delish lounge songs with latin influences
[downbeat, jazz]
Lemonworld and Friends
music performed by visual and musical artist Jonathan Lemon
[pop, space age, fun]
Lemon Beats comp
French Zeste netlabel gathers some winners on this tasty sampler compilation
MoontribeJohn CarmichaelBillie the Vision
DJ collaborative showcases several mixes by each of their mixmasters and guests
[electro, dance, techno, trance, house, groove]
John Carmichael's Ceilidh Band
enjoy full tracks from each of this Scottish accordion champion's CDs
[[Scottish, folk]
Billie the Vision and the Dancers
share three complete pop albums bearing a Cake-like folk-pop flavor (myspace)
[Swedish, indie, pop, powerpop]
MoMATaylor SingletaryTransom.org
The Museum of Modern Art
NYC's MoMA offers 3 years of archived audio for special exhibits plus 6 ongoing audio programs about modern art
[spoken, radio]
Taylor Singletary - Do You Copy?
electro ambient soundtrack to the independent film made in 25 days, Do You Copy?
[electro, film music]
"an experiment in channeling new work and voices to public radio through the Internet, for discussing... and encouraging more"
[spoken, radio]
ZubenelgenubiCuatro Caminos
Max Krimmel - Zubenelgenubi
early solo guitar recordings (plus two others) by a visual artist whose varied works are in museums like the Smithsonian
[acoustic, guitar]
Cuatro Caminos
this "Mariachi- Dub- Outer- Space band" melds funk, soul and rock with a Latin twist and Zappa-esque moments
[rock, funk, dub, mariachi]
Sonic Youth
longtime leaders of the alt rock realm share a rotating selection of their works in their archives
[punk, noise, experi, no wave, alternative rock]