Weekly Airwave – Undercovery – Neon Niteclub

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves



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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist.   

This week's track: Undercover by Neon Niteclub.  This group reminds me a ton of Canada's own Chromeo.  Neon Niteclub is from the US, and describe themselves as "80s pop with a modern twist".  Undercover comes from the 2018 album Blue Electric Eyes (be sure to check out that track as well).  You can find their music on jamendo dot com or neon niteclub dot bandcamp dot com. 

Hope you enjoy Undercover - be sure to check out alternative airwaves dot com for podcasts and music reviews.  See you next time. 

Weekly Airwave – By Your Side – Cartel ft. Mallz & Deron Alek

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves


Cartel ft. Mallz & Deron Alek - By Your Side

https://www.jamendo.com/track/1593685/by-your-side-by-mallz-and-deron-alek

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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. 

This week's track: By Your Side by Cartel ft. Mallz & Deron Alek.  By Your Side is an exclusive track on Jamendo.com, another hip hop track just as good if not better than last week's track from Tab. 

The description of the track:

The problem of being "friends with benefits" is that eventually, someone catches feelings and wants to become more than what they are. Mallz and Deron Alek speak on just such a situation over a track by Hoodgrown Productions.  

Have a listen to the track - let me know what you think.  Be sure to check out alternative airwaves dot com for podcasts and more music reviews.  See you next time.

Adding to the Cultural Landscape

I’m well aware I’m not going to be famous on TV in the immediate future – that’s never been a goal for me. I know I’m also not going to be “Internet Famous” either. I don’t have the follow through to make it happen.

All I want is just a small following of people that every now and then tell me, “Hey, I really like what you’re doing. Keep it up!” To that end I always have something swirling in my head to create something for the cultural landscape online.

All I know is what I don’t want to do: a recap show or a review show where I spend my time watching a TV show (new or old) and talk about it. I would much rather talk about that kind of thing with family and friends, and I don’t think my “takes” are interesting enough to put them online en masse.

What I want to do is offer up something that is more or less unique, find a way to contribute that hasn’t been done before (or at least hasn’t been done often). That’s one of the reasons I put Alternative Airwaves together. So I look to archive.org to see if there’s anything interesting I can use there.

Bottom line – I like to produce things, but I don’t know what I like producing. I rely too much on a personal filter that says, “Nope, that’s not worth completing, don’t bother starting this project”. Somehow Alternative Airwaves gets through that filter, I think because it’s something I just do.

Everything else – I just leave festering for too long and it doesn’t make it past the filter. I think that’s my new writing goal for 2019: create something and just put it out there. The point is no longer about whether it’s good enough or people like it, the point is picking a project (or multiple projects) and finishing it.

Weekly Airwave – Times by Tab

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

https://www.jamendo.com/track/1597509/times


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Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. 



This week's track: Times by Tab.  Tab is a hip hop artist based in the US.  He first started producing music at the age of 5, playing the drums.  Fast forward to 2018 - he is in an underground group called Dead Poet Society.  His latest solo album is A R T I S T, released December 2018.  About the album:


A R T I S T    “Always Reveal Truth In Strange Times” is the mantra for the new album. It was written for all the creatives still out there trying to balance adulthood & responsibilities with dreams and purpose. Growth is the major theme of this project.



Times is the final track on the album, which you can check out on Jamendo.com.  Hope you like the track - be sure to check out alternative airwaves dot com for podcasts and music reviews.  See you next time.

Weekly Airwave – Astronauts by Parker

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

https://www.jamendo.com/track/1585525/astronauts



Script

Hi and welcome to Alternative Airwaves - I'm your host Steve, bringing you the best in Creative Commons music.  This is the Weekly Airwave: one track with some information about the song or the artist. 



This week's track: Astronauts by Parker.  Here's a description of the artist and the track from Jamendo.com:

Parker is a band from Miami, Florida, comprising of Reed F. Gaines and Carter Vail. The pair met at the Frost School of Music in 2015 and began making music later that year. Parker released their eponymous EP in April of 2018, featuring Lo-Fi indie music with a nod towards Alt-Country. Parker will be releasing their next single, ‘Astronauts’ on November 16th under Dreamtime Palace, with an EP to follow in early 2019.



Astronauts is a futuristic synth song about being stuck on the moon. Featuring high falsetto voices & the warbling sounds of the MICROKORG, 'Astronauts' is a love song about missing Earth and the isolation of space.



If you're wondering, the MICROKORG is a synth from Korg released in 2002, and still in production today.  Listen for it as you take in Parker's "Astronauts".  Be sure to check out alternative airwaves dot com for more podcasts and music reviews.  See you next time.

The Weekly Airwave is coming back!

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

A while back I used to do a weekly series of individual tracks called the Weekly Airwave - and now, for a 12 week series, it's back!  Starting today I'll have one track every Friday for you to listen & enjoy.

Listen to the short teaser:

Podcast #112 – Contemplation

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

After an 8 month hiatus, Alternative Airwaves is back with some primarily folk music and a neat half cover song at the end.  Playlist available at Jamendo.com.

Jamendo Playlist




2017 In Review (Jamendo)

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

Something that caught my eye earlier this week was a link I hadn't caught before on Jamendo: 2017 In Review.  I wanted to make sure to highlight it on the blog, because I'm going to try to move forward with covering new music in an upcoming podcast (though there might be some 2017 tracks sneaking through).

It's split into two parts: Best Albums, and Best Newcomers.  Here's the write-up for each section:

Best Albums//
Whether it was Russian rock band Sadme' psychedelic riffs or the nostalgic feeling in the honeyed voice of Barefoot McCoy, whether it was Nordgroove' thoughtful atmospheric mix of electronic music and jazz or the smooth soul-pop vibes of Seth Power, all the albums on the list below contributed to make 2017 an unforgettable year for our ears!

Best Newcomers//
Introducing a promising wave of diverse acts from the four corners of the world, here's the list of the new entrants who already got our attention in 2017 - and to keep an eye on in 2018!
Colaars - Underheart

I listened to some of the artists featured throughout this year, and I think in general they are spot on with their choices.  One that completely skipped by me was Robin Grey's album From the Ground Up.  I originally featured Robin Grey on a few podcasts back in the day, so I'm surprised that I missed his 2017 release.  It's quite good if you're into folk. 

Colaars' album Underheart was an album that I did catch up with over the last year, and I really enjoyed their brand of synth-pop.

The 2017 In Review page has a wide range of genres to choose from and artists from all over the world, as per the norm on Jamendo.  You should definitely check it out.  Let me know which is your favourite album or artist from the list!  I am looking forward to what the Jamendo people put together for the 2018 year in review.

Maks – 3 Ft No Diving (Review)

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

A while back musician Maks, from The Netherlands, sent me a message via the Alternative Airwaves Facebook page.  He was letting me know of a new release, 3FT NO DIVING, a solo effort after years acting as drummer in another band. 

He writes,

I have been playing as a drummer in rock bands for a big part of my life.

After the splitting up of my most recent band in 2012, I went on a small tour through the USA as a stand-in drummer in a blues-rock band. During this trip I decided I was going to write my own material and see where this could lead to...

The learning curve was pretty steep, I must say. Besides learning how to play a bit of decent guitar and keyboards, I also had to cope with my vocals. Perhaps my greatest challenge was to find my singing voice.

He passed the album my way (which you can pick up over at http://www.maksagency.com), and I listened to it a few times.  I'll start off with saying that I liked it!  Maks' voice reminds me a lot of a less rough Peter Dreimanis (July Talk).  I didn't find anything especially unique on my first pass through, but I found that I enjoyed the different elements Maks added to differentiate his sound. 

He uses many different instruments on his tracks, and some of the tracks make use of sound effects to create mood and atmosphere.  Technically speaking the album sounds very good, and I can tell that Maks is a very capable guitar & keyboard player.  If I'm reading his messages correctly he recorded and mixed everything on his own, without a backing band, so that is quite impressive. 

One especially prominent through-line I heard for the entire album was a lot of classic rock influences.  I reached out to Maks to ask him about this, and he let me know that I wasn't wrong:

My biggest influences are a band called Magazine, Japan, Ultravox, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and of course a bunch of bands from the late 1970s punk era  

I sort of combined all of them and gave it a swirl in my head and this CD was the result. Mind you, this swirling process took years...!  

I'm listening back to 3FT No Diving as I type up this review, and now that I think of it, I can sort of hear a Bowie-like quality in his voice.  And at the last minute I'm adding perhaps a little bit of Pearl Jam sneaking in there.  Despite all the influences, it doesn't sound to me like he's merely copying styles, but has created his own sound. 

For kicks, I decided to listen to a few songs from Maks' influences, starting with Magazine.  Fun to hear where his blended sound came from!

Once again you can check out the album at www.maksagency.com.  Enjoy!