26 June 2007

Day of Silence

Responding only to the lobbying of the RIAA, an arbitration committee in Washington DC has drastically increased the licensing fees Internet radio sites have to pay to stream songs. Fees will triple, and are retroactive for eighteen months! Left unchanged by Congress, every day will be like today as Internet radio sites start shutting down and the music dies.

A bill called the "Internet Radio Equality Act" has already been introduced in both the Senate (S. 1353) and House of Representatives (H.R. 2060) to fix the problem and save Internet radio--and Pandora--from obliteration.

Please call your Congressional representatives today and ask them to become co-sponsors of the bill. It will only take a few minutes and you can find your Congresspersons and their phone numbers by entering your zip code here.

Your opinion matters to your representatives - so please take just a minute to call. Visit www.savenetradio.org to continue following the fight to Save Internet Radio.

(via Pandora Radio)

25 June 2007

Trick Grooving

Kiddie Records Weekly has a real nifty thing here. Have you seen it yet? I still haven't listened to all 256 stories.

The (Ever-So-Many) Amazing Adventures of Johnny [week 17] is the first of two "magic" albums offered this year. The Adventures of Bronco Bob (Week 33) will be available in August. Magic records are different from ordinary records in that each time you play a side you hear a different story! How does it work? Atlantic's "trick-grooving" process puts four record tracks on each side instead of the usual one. When you play a side, you never know which of the four grooves will play. Side 1 has four different beginnings and sides 2, 3 and 4 each have four different sequences. Every sequence dovetails into the next so they combine coherently to form one complete story. Since there are four possibilities on each side, the total number of different combinations is 4 x 4 x 4 x 4 = 256!

Enjoy two and a half years of weekly records at Kiddie Records Weekly. In addition to being entertaining, these 78 prm records are historic documents reflecting old-timey design, sound and ways of thinking. Each week offers time travel to the first half of the last century. Enjoy!


20 June 2007

Quiet City Summer Slack Show

Jack Fetterman and Peter Principle present

The Quiet City Radio in Hi-Fi
Summer Slack Show

Tonight's DJs for the first installment
of The Summer Slack Show are:

Peter Principle
DJ Fresh Prince of Darkness
Phast Phreddie, the Boogaloo Omnibus
DJ Mobita
and special guest from the left coast,
Becky Ebenkamp!

Tune into Luxuriamusic.com tonight at 9PM EST (6PM PST)

audio and video and chat

* Summer Slack, because the go-go dancers and models are on vacation, lounging on tropical beaches in just bikinis and shades, sipping exotic frozen drinks


05 June 2007

Free Bubbles from Happi Tyme

WOW! It is indeed happy time, girls and boys! Happi Tyme Records, formed by Otis Fodder and Mildred Pitt five years ago, has a new face. Happi Tyme is home to Pitt and Fodder bands Twizzle, Library Science and The Bran Flakes. Here's your chance to buy CDs of more music from these artists who already share music online for free. Yay!

To celebrate the new look at Happi Tyme Records those kind folks are sharing a free collection of tunes with the world from The Bran Flakes called Bubbles! It is very silly, bouncy and joyful. Enjoy!

:: Twizzle were popular favorites on the Comfort Stand netlabel where they shared their Soda Fountain EP. The big news with Twizzle is that they are preparing a CD for release on Happi Tyme Records later this month! In addition to the netlabel release, you can also enjoy Twizzle sounds on their MySpace page and soon on their official site.

:: Library Science has a dub flavor. They described their musicmaking process as "write a song, build the arrangements inside their recording machine, then 'dub the song out' by deconstructing, processing and mangling the music through effects and experiments." Check them out at their official website or on MySpace for an audio preview. Library Science has released two CDs on Happi Tyme Records.

:: The Bran Flakes "combine sound-collage with live instrumentation resulting in a beat oriented blend of exotica, easy listening, children's music and experimentation, often with a humorous effect." We've bought their CDs, and what fun they are! We are especially fond of the fabulous Bounces!, a Happi Tyme Records release. It runs neck and neck with our other favorite, the less polished I Don't Have a Friend. Their I Remember When I Break Down release is available for download at the Comfort Stand netlabel. Just as with the other bands, you can also enjoy their music at their fun official website and their MySpace page.

04 June 2007

Mike's Web Album Dumpster

Mike, aka M.Ace, the creator of ookworld, Observing Obscure Kulture, has compiled "a stack of free web albums tracking the scat trail of (his) life in music," and is calling it Mike's Web Album Dumpster. Don't be fooled by his typical self-denigration. There are some gems in this collection spanning four decades. (Mike also created several fun themes for the Oddio Overplay site.)

One of his projects that we are enjoying is his Tin Termites. He writes,"The Tin Termites were my designated rock instrumentals band. You get some surf, some twang, some hot rod, some 'heavy' rock, and some just plain odd hybrids. Bitchen music for building hot rod model kits by. And a crowning finale for my dear old Musicman Sabre II guitar, which was usually superseded by a series of Strats on recordings to follow."

When you check out this collection of releases, you'll be pleased to find how many genres are represented. M.Ace even shares his nifty accordian recordings which are a far cry from polkas! Thanks for the music, M.Ace!

03 June 2007

The CopyFight Club and Mujers

Live radio station broadcasting copyleft, creative commons, coloriuris, artlibre and public domain selections, Radio87Mhz, also offers musical compilations, free to share, copy, distribute and transmit! [site in Spanish and English]

The CopyFight Club
three volume set of rock and pop

preview m3u streams: vol 1, vol 2, vol 3

Con Voz Libre de Mujer
women's voices from all over the world
in many tongues

preview m3u stream

Other collections are available, too, on their compilation page.


02 June 2007

Zimmers, Oldest Band in World?

"The Zimmers are a British band, and thought to be the oldest in the world: the lead singer, Alf, is 90, and the oldest member, Buster, is 100.

"The band was created as a feature in a BBC TV documentary, which was first broadcast on 28 May 2007) to give a voice to the feelings of isolation and imprisonment suffered by the elderly, in which the band recorded a single." - from bio

First, if you haven't seen or heard them yet:

Then, Tuesday, June 5th, they are performing on The Tonight Show.

01 June 2007

To Finland for SWAEG

"We are a group of musicians, designers & artists, biased in Tampere, Finland. Our task is to promote new music and visual art. We do this non-profit."

06/2004: Started arranging parties
06/2006: Started releasing music
08/2006: 40 events down in bit more than two years

swaeg.org or swaeg.net and wiki.swaeg.org