61st Grammy Awards Ceremony – Best New Artist

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves

I don't normally think about the Grammy awards, but an email flipped my way earlier this week caught my eye.  It was about the Best New Artist category - something I feel is relevant to the blog / podcast, even though we're talking about major record labels. 

Here's the list of nominees for the category (courtesy of www.grammy.com):

  1. Chloe X Halle
  2. Luke Combs
  3. Greta Van Fleet
  4. H.E.R.
  5. Dua Lipa
  6. Margo Price
  7. Bebe Rexha
  8. Jorja Smith
Some of these artists I'm familiar with, but others I hadn't, so I listened to all of the singles provided on the Grammy's nomination page.  If I had a vote, I would go with Margo Price.  But it's not up to me and I don't think I have the best pulse on public opinion.  

That job falls on research and marketing companies - such as SEMrush, an online marketing company.  They studied Canadian google searches to figure out the most popular new artists in Canada - here's what they came up with.
Graph courtesy SEMrush  - Full-size: https://imgur.com/a/BAQBu1n

It turns out the most popular artist - in Canada - was Dua Lipa, followed by Greta Van Fleet.  You can see the search numbers in the handy graph.  Interesting to note the huge drop-off from third place - you can assume that pop & rock music are really popular among Canadians, and while country is pretty hot, it drops off pretty significantly.  

If I had to guess at the actual winner - I think it probably will be Dua Lipa.  I like Greta Van Fleet, but I think her genre is not the hottest nor is it too original (The Sheepdogs previously filled this space in the genre, but then again - they didn't break through to the Grammy's).


Weekly Airwave – Undercovery – Neon Niteclub

Originally posted on Alternative Airwaves



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: 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

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: 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


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: 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:

Daily Random Podcast

I’m working on a slightly longer blog entry about podcasts (that seems to be a recurring theme, lately) but for now wanted to share something fun I whipped together.  

Over on /r/podcasts (reddit) there was some demand for showcasing a random podcast each day from the weekly link sharing thread; it would be next to impossible to listen to each one in there and recommend something in a personal matter, so I offered the next best thing: an automated, randomly selected podcast of the day.  

The long and short of it: Each day I run a Tasker task I created to find the weekly episode thread, and randomly select an episode.  Then I create a new post.  

That’s it, and it works pretty well.  I’m curious to know what kind of shows come up each day.  Fun times!

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