Some of the albums that caught our attention this month at the Free Music Archive
BJ Block & Dawn Pemberton: II
[Soul, R&B, Dance]
BJ Block And Dawn Pemberton: The Land of Make Believe
[Soul, R&B, Jazz]
Various Artists - BLM50: Raise The Black Lantern
[Hip Hop, Jazz, Rap, R&B, Varied]
The Woolen Men: Tour Tape Number 1
Various Artists (Enough Records): AtlanThis 2
Carsie Blanton: Buoy
[Folk, Pop, Country]
Cloud Becomes Your Hand: S/T
[Psychedelic, Experi, Psych Rock]
Cloud Becomes Your Hand: Doggy Paddle Tore Tape 2011
[Psychedelic, Experi, Psych Rock]
Ash On Dust: Vol 1 by Ash On Dust
[Rock, Drone, Instr]
Ex-Cult: Live on WFMU's Cherry Blossom Clinic
Burning Bright: Burning Bright EP
[Hip Hop, Rap]
Various Artists [NEW/esc.rec.]: NEW 8.0
Dot Wiggin Band: WFMU Hurricane Sandy Benefit
The Custodian of Records: Burton Music
[Hip Hop, Rap]
[Ambient Electro, Experi]
Classwar Karaoke: Classwar Karaoke - 0021 Survey
Arín Dodó: ¿Es Vd. Arín Dodó? o "El enigma del infierno convertido en perro" (Parte III)"
[Free Jazz, Experi]
Nuclear Spring: Live On WFMU's Distort New Jersey
Francisco Guerrero Torriente (Frank Guerrero), was born to a musical mother in Havana, Cuba. He studied guitar as a teenager and fell in love with Colombia during his travels. Ever since, he has taken much inspiration from the country as well as other Carribean rhythms while still incorporating his native Cuban style.
This work combines the sounds of traditional Cuban septets with with the romantic and fresh style of the composer. Beta 0.1 is an analogy to new technologies and software, which means it is a product in development. (translated from Gerson CD, 2012.)
"Anyone who knows us already knows that we love giving things away free and so here we are doing it again. Great music deserves to be heard and we think that we have released some of the greatest music you will ever hear, on our tiny imaginary label. If we had our way we would just give away all our albums for free but that doesn’t help recoup some of the costs for the bands so we only ask that if you enjoy some of these tunes, then please support some of these artists, whether it is attending their shows or purchasing a few more of their songs or just telling all your friends about them or about this free sampler."This bubblegum may get stuck in your head! Hear for yourself!
"Classical music, for some reason or another, has this reputation that you need a certain kind of education to listen to it, you need to be a certain colour or live in a certain place and I'm a bit fed up with that. I wanted to take away any possible barrier and see if it makes a difference."
"This organization was created for the purposes of expanding the presence of contemporary music in the public's vision, empowering composers and contemporary musicians to create, produce, and promote their music. Vox Novus does this by the production of concerts, exposure on the Internet, and facilitating networking between professionals. Vox Novus promotes and produces contemporary music using repeatable methods and models that composers can take and use on their own. This way contemporary music can reach an ever wider audience thereby continuing the advancement of culture and art."
"Consummate Mastery - ... an art of crystalline clarity.." Music & Vision
"As a Mozart player, Ucbasaran touches the sublime.." All Music Guide
"An agreeable elegance pervades pianist Zeynep Ucbasaran's playing.." The Gramophone
"Clean articulation girded by a powerful sonority.." Audiophile Audition
"An excellent recommendation for three of Mozart’s rarer sonatas played with real conviction.." MusicWeb
"The Turkish pianist gives us objective performances of clarity, sharp detail, rhythmic vitality, and integrity.." American Record Guide
With the software that’s available these days you can have a full studio at home. And thanks to social media, your music can be heard all over the world. Ever more often young producers are making a name for themselves internationally before anyone in their own town has ever heard of them. Nieuwe Electronische Waar (N.E.W.) keeps their ears perked to discover and presents a new generation of talented producers from East Netherlands. These names you should definitely remember.
N.E.W. is a platform and network for producers in Gelderland and Overijssel. Every year N.E.W. releases a new album with twelve tracks from producers they will feature prominently for the coming year.
Generation NEW 8.0 consists of Alias Lou, Julien Mier, GameFace, Kalima, Knarsetand, Knotted Sheets, MSNTHRPX, Near Earth Object, Raymon Brugman, Sinewave77, Sam A La Bamalot + Asterisms, and Yoeri. In their music you can hear the influence of everything that is happening in electronic music at the moment. The dominance of the four to the floor time is long past, and influences are drawn from ambient, acid, dubstep, future garage, glitch, juke, and trap.
|Joshua Worden is a downtempo soul singer, musician, and producer whose music flows smoothly across genres like soul, rhythm and blues, singer-songwriter pop, and even jazz. He creates a calm comfort with his music and an immediate friendly intimacy with his words. |
He is sharing his songs "The Line (featuring blctxt)" and "Salted Graces." Once you fall in love with those tracks, his entire releases A Pause in the Desert and The Withered Tree are available from Amazon, iTunes, and Bandcamp.
Joshua performs with Will Montgomery at venues in the Southeast US, so get out there to see the magic.
"... displaying an electronic edge with R&B/soul flavor. It's as stirring as his past work, and is produced and executed equally as well - Worden doesn't do things halfway - but is far from more of the same. His efforts are worth your attention." --Florida Times Union
"... flows remarkably well. It's stylish and mellow, supplementing its otherwise simple melodies with layers of electronic tunes and ambience." --EU Magazine
"Joshua Worden delivers an air of road worn smoothness to an otherwise new sound." --Doughnut Magazine
FMA Valentine Mix
Wakka Chikka Wakka Chikka, Vol 1
Wakka Chikka Wakka Chikka, Vol 2
2013 Valentine's Day Sampler
Sexy Jams on the FMA
[Trip Hop, Hip Hop Beats, Electro]
Since the lyrics deal with the abuses of a consumerist society, the bandmembers felt uncomfortable with selling the album and thus decided to give it away. And listeners can thank them for that, because Drop stands as their best effort, a fantastic swan song.
The eponymous Quarkspace had good moments but lacked some studio proficiency. The Hidden Moon was impressive but a bit overstretched. Every track on Drop is dense, concise, and delightful. New songs (sung by a Chet Santia, still improving as a vocalist) alternate with fresh instrumental tunes. Guitarist Stan Lyon replaces Darren Gough, and a handful of guest musicians appear here and there, including Architectural Metaphor's Greg Kozlowski and Thom the World Poet reciting on the great 20-minute closer, "Blanket Hill."
As songcrafters, Quarkspace has become very efficient Meddle-era Pink Floyd trippers. As jammers, they rise even higher than before -- and Lyon's guitar work has definitely something to do with it. A group's best album available for free? Why should you pass? Fans and newcomers alike have all the reasons to be very, very happy.
|Rwanda (via Belgium) transplant Iyadede will have you dancing with her sincere pop. Her website seems to be down now, but her 2011 demo, a 2012 tune, and a track with Afrik Yambre are available at Bandcamp. |
BIOGRAPHYSince 1991 British artist Vicki Bennett has been an influential figure in the field of audio visual collage, through her innovative sampling, appropriating and cutting up of found footage and archives. Using collage as her main form of expression, she creates audio recordings, films and radio shows that communicate a humorous, dark and often surreal view on life. These collages mix, manipulate and rework original sources from both the experimental and popular worlds of music, film, television and radio. People Like Us believe in open access to archives for creative use. In 2006 she was the first artist to be given unrestricted access to the entire BBC Archive. People Like Us have previously shown work at Tate Modern, The Barbican, Royal Albert Hall, Sydney Opera House, Pompidou Centre, Maxxi in Rome and Sonar, and performed radio sessions for John Peel and Mixing It. The ongoing sound art radio show 'DO or DIY' on WFMU has had over a million "listen again" downloads. since 2003. The People Like Us back catalogue is available for free download hosted by UbuWeb.
Just as the amateur photographer uses the camera to capture that visual moment in time which holds a special meaning, the home recorder has used various audio devices to grab audible slices of history for repeated listenings. While many home recorders did not look at preservation as their mission, some of their work has outlived them and makes up an interesting tapestry of sounds depicting American life in ways only audio recordings can.
The recordings featured on this web page originated in Billings, Montana and were made by a gentleman who started his fascination with sound recording using a Webster Chicago Model 80 wire recorder. In 1947-48 he acquired the first commercially available tape recorder, the Brush BK-401, and filled several hundred reels of tape with the sounds of family, friends, and radio broadcasts.
While the family recordings will remain in private hands, tapes of over-the-air broadcasts and a few non-broadcast recordings from local events are included in this collection. For many of the recordings, the original dates are included, however, many are undated. The bulk of these tapes were made between 1947 and 1953.
Yop is a singer/songwriter from Rotterdam. Like some sort of home-made Brian Wilson variety he layers his songs, while at the same time stealing some tricks from the likes of Robert Pollard, Grandaddy, Kristin Hersh, Frank Black and Ray Davies.
This free download is an esc.rec. re-release of the 2006 original that was self-released by Yop, but holds a previously unreleased bonus track to top the cake. -- esc.rec press release
I used to live in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee / now I live in Los Angeles
I used to be a Jehovah's Witness / now I celebrate my Birthday
I didn't go to high school / instead I built forts
I sing / I play guitar, piano and bass
I will always make music