Recommendation: Daniel Robinson – Little Birds

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

Just thought I'd throw out a quick recommendation!  I found this on Jamendo the other day, and thought it was a great folk/pop album.  Some of the tracks are a little dreamy, which is great.  I didn't like Those Were The Days too much; Nowhere to Hide and Little Birds were definitely standout tracks for me. 

I was listening to The Decemberists' new album before dropping into this one, and the transition worked well for me.  If you have some time, take a listen to Daniel Robinson's Little Birds.

https://www.jamendo.com/album/175519/little-birds

Mini Podcast Review: Double Consciousness

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

It's been far too long since I've posted anything - will be honest, I've been devoting attention to my personal blog and have been neglecting this one; partially the reason behind that is because I'm not as comfortable writing about music (strange as that seems) as other topics.

I promised in my last podcast and a few tweets that I would review the new podcast from Toussaint Morrison called Double Consciousness.

I will be up front - this podcast is not for me.  I thought that because I love what Toussaint brings to the table musically, that adding his podcast to my subscription list would be fun.  I appreciate the content and discussion topics that he and podcast partner Joetta talk about, but I found the episodes to be a bit too long for my personal preference.

That said, this isn't a podcast I would completely abandon.  I think that they have the makings of a great show, discussing important topics (and some not-so-important topics sometimes) from their perspective.  And to clarify, they're talking about issues from a black person's perspective, which is still relevant today despite any social progression we've made around the world. 

I think one of the other reasons the podcast doesn't resonate with me fully is that I am a white male so it goes without saying that I can't fully relate to their discussions. 

However I still recommend giving it a listen and see if it's up your alley.  It's available on iTunes and most other podcast platforms.

#111 – Jamendo’s Best of December 2017 Playlist

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

New episode to start your day. The tracks in this episode are almost exclusively from Jamendo's Best of December 2017 Playlist. Recorded a bit differently this time - you'll have to use the playlist below to follow along as the songs and artists aren't introduced in the traditional way. Enjoy!

Podcasts mentioned in the episode:

The DLX – Two Kids

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

How about some nice smooth pop to start the year off right?  The DLX is the product of singer-songwriter Shawn Chambliss of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, US. 

Available on Jamendo is just a single, "Two Kids".  It's a smooth well-produced pop track that has a nice pace to it.  It feels like some of the more popular ballads you'll hear on the radio today, but different. 

Hopefully he will have more to come in 2018!

A Creative Commons Christmas – Day Three

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

Ho Ho Ho!  Another round of Creative Commons Christmas music.  I've been a bit busy with work (who knew the Christmas season would be so busy?), but luckily I had this saved for a rainy (or snowy) day.

https://www.jamendo.com/album/170343/my-favorite-christmas-guitar-songs

This album is full of guitar instrumentals of Christmas songs.  If you're looking for some non-vocal music to fill the air, this is a good place to start!

Happy holidays!

#110 – Battle For The Net

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves


This is a short episode today - one that comes to you on "Break The Internet Day".  There's only one song in the show - the rest is me talking very briefly about protecting Net Neutrality.

As a Canadian I don't have a direct voice in this fight, but if you're in the US, you might!  Instead of listening to me talk about it, there are a couple of podcasts on the issue that say it much better.

Almost Educational - Episode 147 - "FCC Me"

Plus Two Comedy - "Break the Internet and Save Net Neutrality"

Track you heard today:
Louis Lingg and the Bombs - Occupy Everything

A Creative Commons Christmas – Day Two

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

Hope you're having a good week!  From US artist Explosive Ear Candy, I bring you this poppy single "Christmas All The Time". 

It was a real treat to listen to - it fits right in there with some of the bouncier holiday songs out there. 

Here's a little bit about Explosive Ear Candy:

Explosive Ear Candy is the brainchild of the muse-infested mind of L.A based songwriter Tal More. It features explosively infectious Rock, Pop and other furry animals- ranging from the purely fun to the more artistic and deep. If you enjoy the music, please support EEC and help it record more songs by buying the music at: ExplosiveEarCandy.bandcamp.com. If you're interested in licensing a song please shoot an e-mail to ExplosiveEarCandy (at) gmail.com with the details and your budget. If you're into artistic, moody and "singer-songwritery" type material, be sure to also check out Tal's other project- The Quiet Revolution (TheQuietRevolution.com).

A Creative Commons Christmas – Day One

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

Welcome to "A Creative Commons Christmas"!  By now (and probably even earlier) you've been listening to plenty of Christmas music as you go about your daily lives - we're outside of the ratings periods so there are many stations that just go all out and switch to 100% Christmas music.  I know of a couple near where I live, anyway. 

So how about some Christmas music from the Creative Commons world?  That's where A Creative Commons Christmas comes in.  I don't have anything grand planned - I will just share some of the cool Christmas or Holiday-themed songs that I find licensed under Creative Commons. 

First up is "The Xmas Split", a 2016 single released on Blocsonic from Donnie Ozone and The Impossebuls.  It features "Christmas Shopping at the Dollar Store" by Donnie Ozone, and "Do You Know...?" by The Impossebulls. 

Check it out and add it to your holiday playlists!

The Xmas Split

Figures In Motion – Confusion Will Pass

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

Figures In Motion - Confusion Will Pass
Searching for a new album to write about, I tuned into Jamendo's Indie radio station.  I'm not sure how exactly they put this thing together - from what I can tell, it plays songs tagged as "indie" back-to-back like a radio station; you can't skip ahead or go back to hear previous songs.  So if you hear something you like, you'd better click on it.

One of the songs that came up was Curled Up by French indie band Figures In Motion.  It's off of their debut album Confusion Will Pass, which was released in 2014.

Confusion Will Pass is the first full-length album of Figures in Motion. It was entirely written, recorded and produced at home. Mastered by Jeff Ferrand (WooDBox Studio).
 This album was a treat to listen to.  It truly lives up to the "indie" tag, though touches down into pop and alternative on a few tracks.  Overall, I heard some heavy Coldplay influences - the lead vocalist Mickaël Menu sounds a lot like Chris Martin - mixed with Radiohead.  Not surprisingly, Radiohead is listed first among their main influences (others include Sigur Rós and Aphex Twin).  The sound of the band is predominantly electronic, but there are some acoustic touches as well, with a lot of piano.

I couldn't really key in on the lyrics - it was hard for me to figure out what they were singing about.  Granted, I was working while listening, but Menu's singing style made it hard to pick out distinct words and I found it hard to decipher any meaning behind the music.  That said, the instrumentation is fantastic and was what drew me to the album in the first place.  I just wish I could have picked out more of the words.

Figures In Motion - Cycle EP
From what I can see, there aren't any new albums from Figures In Motion available on Jamendo.  I checked out their website and was disappointed to find that they have a "farewell" message posted; I'm not sure when they disbanded, but it looks like it might have been a while now, and "Confusion Will Pass" is their only full-length album.  If you want to check out some of their other work, you'll have to make do with their 2011 EP, Cycle.  That one opens with a track that just screams "Radiohead".

Friday Roundup

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

Hope Americans are having a great Thanksgiving week, and everyone else is having an all-around great Friday.  Keeping things simple this week; I've got a list of tracks for you to check out.  In no particular order, here they are!

  • Serena Foster - "Show Me The Way" - This was another submission by email; Serena Foster apparently had a bit of a re-invention in 2016, leading her to this EDM-influenced pop sound.  She's had music featured in American Horror Story, Ink Master, and The Flash.  This track has a nice catchy beat - this was released as a new single this past Tuesday.  Have a look at her other stuff at http://www.serenafoster.com!
  • Ralph Castelli - "Good Morning" - If you're playing "One of these things is not like the other", you're a winner if you picked "Good Morning".  Very light indie track - the title matches the feel of the song quite well.
  • Wordsmith - "The Statement" - Wordsmith is right.  Great hip hop track with mind-bendingly fast lyrics.  I still haven't caught everything in the song after several listens.  Very talented artist.
  • The Madpix Project - "Moments" - Title track of one of their recent releases, this one is more good pop.  It's actually somewhat similar to Serena Foster's track, just slightly more beat-oriented.  They have many more albums on Jamendo if you're interested.
  • Duo Teslar - "Universal Funk" - Pretty much as advertised.  This is some solid funk music and is fun to listen to. 
  • We Were Cheerleaders - "Alchemy" - I find it hard to go wrong with a little bit of hard rock.  This is heavily blues-influenced, mixed with a little bit of metal.  Mostly blues.  I love that these guys are from France but sound so rooted in the southern rock scene.
  • Scream Inc - "Higher And Higher" and "I'll Be The One" - No - that second track is NOT a Backstreet Boys cover.  From the name I would have expected a "Scream-o" band but that's not quite what they are.  About as hard rock as We Were Cheerleaders, but they have some sort of weird sound combination of Rush and Avenged Sevenfold.  I probably wouldn't listen to these guys a lot but interesting enough for the weekend.

Have a great weekend!