Recent FMA Blog Posts
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pushbinlou on 08/25/2009 at 08:45AM
I've been dragging my feet in using the mix feature here on FMA. Here's one of mostly quiet sounds with a few funky beats thrown in at the end. Something nice to play as you are brewing your morning coffee.
jason on 08/23/2009 at 11:40PM
"All people are welcome to become members of YACHT" -YACHT mission statement
To help facilitate your YACHT membership, the band/belief-system/business is offering instrumental versions of their new album, See Mystery Lights, here on the Free Music Archive. The album was released earlier this summer on DFA Records, and it's the clearest incarnation of YACHT's all-encompassing vision to date. See Mystery Lights takes the experimental electronic pop of 2007's I Believe In You, Your Magic Is Real (Marriage Records) to new realms -- specifically, to Marfa Texas, where YACHT founder Jona Bechtolt and new member Claire Evans drew inspiration from Marfa's mystery lights.
We learned about all this back in July, when WFMU DJ Trent invited YACHT out to a remote broadcast from The Waterpod. This sustainable boat habitat docked at 125th Street on the dark waters of the Hudson River was the perfect venue for YACHT (pictured above). Claire and Jona led their fellow waterpod inhabitants (including WFMU listeners and friends from Solar1) in a series of mantras that form the core of See Mystery Lights.
YACHT create music that encourages you to join-in, to sing along, dance, or download it and make your own karaoke music-video remix. Along with the newly released See Mystery Lights instrumentals, YACHT shares instrumentals of Jona's earlier solo work, plus the beats he made during his stint as 1/2 of The Blow, over at teamyacht. While you're there, be sure to check out YACHT's Nirvana-mashing split with Lucky Dragons, and for-sale items mixed in with the freeloads. Oh and one more thing: States Rights released this mixtape of music that subconsciously inspired See Mystery Lights
pluspunkt on 08/23/2009 at 07:31AM
Today enjoy Thee Oh Sees rough »Peanut Butter Oven EP« and keep an eye on this beautiful cover artwork. As far as i realized the artwork was done by Chris Johanson an artist from San Francisco (you will find some paintings of him here).
jason on 08/21/2009 at 09:11AM
WFMU just announced a brand new podcast -- Noise and Syrup with Jeff M -- that draws its noisey syruppy selections exclusively from the Free Music Archive's pod-safe library. Visit WFMU's podcast page for subscribe options and a list of all 21 WFMU podcasts.
Of course, the FMA is a resource for podcasters all over the world, not just from WFMU. Some of the podcasts drawing material from the FMA include...
CBC Radio's tech/culture program Spark, which exclusively uses CC music for their podcast
New It Make, from Community Radio Hamilton out of New Zealand, recently did an entire show of CC music with a couple samples of Lawrence Lessig himself thrown into the mix.
If you like Macedonia's picks here on the FMA, be sure to check out Radio BSOTS for a free-form mix of hip-hop and electronic sounds
German podcaster Metawelle has been spinning tracks from the FMA from way back. So has Simon Roy via Ouèbe Musique, a radio show on CKRL 89.1 in Québec City, including a really cool feature on Balkan Brass from the Golden Festival from earlier this year (check out a track below)
I know there are lots more. How are you using the music you find on the FMA? Give a shout and let us know!
JoeMc on 08/20/2009 at 08:06AM
Last weekend, I caught an old flicker that I'd never seen before, and a fairly well-known one, too. It was Run Silent, Run Deep, a 1958 World War II actioner about a submarine on a dangerous mission to take out a Japanese destroyer. I have to admit that I'm not a big fan of war films in general, but I do have a weakness for submarine films. Ever since I saw Das Boot as a teenager (the Citizen Kane of sub movies), I've had a jones for movies that feature a bunch of stressed-out dudes defying death in a floating tin can.
Today's post is sort of a little sub movie in itself. Feel free to listen to it after you watch the trailer for Run Silent, Run Deep here.
lizb on 08/19/2009 at 03:33PM
Was in the mood for some danceable beats this week, so I picked up some speed with my shopping cart and popped a wheelie in the Hip-Hop aisle of el Supermercado FMA. Some discoveries:
3. Make your head explode by listening to the "Monsters of Cock Rock Disco" comp all the way through. Ex-WFMU DJ Jason Forrest (DJ Donna Summer) runs CRD. I'm a fan of the Food for Animals song below, and I can't help but turn your attention to DJ Donna Summer's "Chicken Dance," too.
Halas_Radio on 08/19/2009 at 01:58AM
HaPzura (diaspora in Hebrew) is a bi-annual event initiated in 2005 focused on the production and presentation
of experimental music and sound projects in Israel. Local artists are accompanied by international artists in the
production of performances, workshops and public actions. Each year’s programming is unique and HaPzura III,
2007, included a number of new components: A performance / concert series which took place both on and off-
site, both in Holon and neighboring Tel Aviv and Jerusalem; an exhibition at the Center for Digital Art; and a
series of sound-based public interventions in Holon.
jw on 08/19/2009 at 12:31AM
In the late 1920s, the Victor company decided to begin producing recordings of music geared specifically to Slovakian immigrants in the United States. It was a short-lived effort, yet it yielded some fascinating music, most of which was performed by a cache of immigrants (quite probably coal miners) from western Pennsylvania. I’ve heard other Slovenian/Slovakian 78s, but nothing matches the wild, almost primitive energy of these Victor recordings, which don’t turn up too often.
The Pachač a Juskanič Slovenská Orkestra recorded this, Part One of their “harvest” čardáš, on December 6, 1929, in New York – the same date they recorded the bulk of their entire output (the group would later record a few more releases in that dark year for the American recording industry, 1932). The čardáš is a closed-circle folk dance in 2/4 time which originated in Hungary, but has close gypsy connections according to Richard Spottswood, in the notes to his excellent CD Slovak Csardas: Dance Tunes from the Pennsylvania Coal Mines. In his opinion, the Slovakian music on Victor from this period may be a peek into what music from the area may have sounded like in the nineteenth century.
There are several tracks by the Pachač a Juskanič Slovenská Orkestra on Mr. Spottswood’s CD, but this track remains unreleased. Listen close for the whistling!
pluspunkt on 08/18/2009 at 06:30AM
A nice serigraphy-artwork for Manuel J. Grotesques weird »Flic flac no core sur le mont perdu« album released on the Galerie Pache label. The artwork was done, as far as i realized, by Loulou prod. from Bordeaux.
pushbinlou on 08/17/2009 at 01:57PM
It's really great to see more and more amazing net labels hooking up with FMA to get the word out. The Spanish net label Miga recently uploaded some very good releases from a number of their artists. Miga is not just interested in music but also various forms of visual media as well as the combination of the two.
Out of the four releases on FMA right now, Music for Camping by Rominger (Perdi, Yeray and Leo) is my hands down favorite. Playful, quirky, experimental electronic pop music is the best way to describe their music. Check out the title track from this release as well as some of the other releases on Miga by artists such as Oto, Betelgeuse and Burdeos.