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ange on 01/20/2014 at 03:30AM
Take some time today to listen back to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s speech at Santa Rita Prison from January 15, 1968. It was preserved by the Pacifica Radio Archives.
In this speech he spoke to the crowd after visiting Joan Baez and her mother in the prison. He reports that they are in good spirits, explaining, "When you go to jail for a righteous cause, you can accept the inconveniences of jail with a kind of innocence of calm and an inner sense of peace. And this is they way they are accepting this experience." He then goes on to explain his controversial decision to mix the issues of civil rights with the anti-war movement.
"There can be no justice without peace, and there can be no peace without justice. People ask me from time to time, 'Aren't you getting out of your field? Aren't you supposed to be working in civil rights?' And they go on to say the two issues are not to be mixed. And my only answer is that I have been working too long and too hard now against segregated public accommodations to end up, at this stage of my life, segregating my moral concerns."
The audience applauds wildly.
"Because I believe absolutely that justice is indivisible. And injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."
In this recording, an audience member yells out "Hey!" as if the strength of that statement just knocked him over.
AS220 on 01/08/2014 at 04:45AM
On a day that will forever be known in infamy as “Malportaday,” the bi-lingual duo of Victoria Ruiz and Joey Defrancesco, otherwise known as Malportado Kids are releasing their first mixtape today. Their stripped down, baille and dancehall infused brand of electronic politico-punk is even more resuscitative than shoving your face in a tub of coffee grinds and starting a riot. When’s the last time you felt empowered by a full arsenal of samples? Bite into this lil’ sample of the EP with these hefty cuts, “Soy La Pocha” and “Fuego.” Prepare to feel despot dispatching power surges. If you are so inspired—go see them on tour this month and learn that the revolution will be caked in glitter.
The rest of this killer EP can be downloaded at their bandcamp.
kademlia on 01/03/2014 at 01:15AM
And the time has come again to share with you all the best of 2013 FrostClick/FrostWire features had to offer. From blues, to pop, electronic, hip-hop and rap comes 12 of our favorite tracks from our favorite artists. Till this date, FrostWire Music Promotions have directly generated over 6,7 million album downloads – thank’s to you for checking out the artists and thanks to the artists for recognizing BitTorrent & file sharing in general as the future of music distribution and promotions!
Last year over 294,000 of you downloaded our Mixtape Vol. 3 – lets take those numbers even higher this year and celebrate artists that want their music downloaded freely and shared as widely as possible!
TAGGED AS:bj block dawn pemberton, the color and sound, frostclick, cuzoh black feat wordsmith, aint no, See More...
theradius on 12/31/2013 at 03:29PM
PATCH is a series of curated playlists selected from the Radius episode archive. Each playlist is organized around a specific topic or theme that engages the tonal and public spaces of the electromagnetic spectrum. PATCH serves as a platform to illuminate the questions, concerns, and complexities of and within radio-based art practices.
PATCH 04: Landscape
Rise & Shine is the result of an improvisation session in the morning, when ears are fresh and most sensitive to stimuli. Using a set of graphic index cards, designed by Boston-based movement artist Joe Burgio, as compositional material to guide their improvisation, Mouchous and Cornell convened in the live broadcast studio of CKUT 90.3FM in Montreal to lay the groundwork for the piece.
The piece responds to the clarity of local signals in Montreal that are obscured in areas directly adjacent to the main radio tower transmitter site atop Mount-Royal. The areas situated in the shadow of the mountain, where there are no sight-lines to the tower, have poor reception because the signal must pass though the ground to reach the receivers. The signal is only received in mono and occasionally cuts out intermittently for indeterminate periods of time.
ange on 12/30/2013 at 03:00PM
Since the classic New Years Eve toasting tune Auld Lang Syne is in the public domain (unlike a certain other celebratory song), many of our Free Music Archive artists have shared their own unique versions for you to download and enjoy. Cheers to that!
The phrase "Auld Lang Syne" literally translates into "Old Long Since" but is meant to mean something like "days gone by" or "long, long ago."
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and never brought to mind?
Should old acquaintance be forgot,
and old lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear,
for auld lang syne,
we'll take a cup of kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
And surely you'll buy your pint cup!
and surely I'll buy mine!
And we'll take a cup o' kindness yet,
for auld lang syne.
studio11 on 12/30/2013 at 02:00AM
Accomplished DJ and producer Angel Alanis has been a friend of Studio 11’s for quite awhile. Most anyone familiar with the underground techno scene in Chicago and its raves and loft parties in the 1990’s and early 2000’s can surely share memories of Angel’s late-night DJ sets or a story (or four) about after-partying with him. Studio 11 owners Dan Scalpone and Alex Gross have been duckin’ and dodgin’ with Alanis for about as long as he has been DJ'ing, which is over 20 years! He’s been putting out tracks for half as long and a couple of years ago made a major move from Chicago to Cincinnati, where he has continued to consistently release new music.
Throughout the last 17 years, Alanis has published over 100 eps on labels A-Squared Muzik, Slap Jaxx, Tresor, Thoughtless, Potty Mouth, Greenskeepers, OM, Afro Acid and many more. A-Squared Muzik is a label Angel himself started over 10 years ago to release music from artists that he wanted to provide exposure to as well as release his own original material. As of late, Angel has been working mostly with his own labels and for the legendary DJ Pierre and his record label Afro Acid as manager and engineer. Even with these responsibilities, the in-demand Angel finds time to continually put out new material from experimental to harder edgier techno.
happypuppyrecords on 12/27/2013 at 05:18PM
So this is the first year that I've actually kept track of which were my favourite netlabel and Creative Commons releases of 2013 (other than the ones released by Happy Puppy, that is) and also added them to the Free Music Archive.
All of these got played a lot, and were mostly discovered while putting togethet the CCmixtapes series earlier this year.
ange on 12/26/2013 at 05:15PM
Before your Christmas music fatigue sets in, unwrap this selection of festive and sparkly instrumental tracks for your holiday projects. Featured artists include Dan Lerch, Silence Is Sexy, Live Action Fezz and Candlegravity, a San Franciscan living in Tokyo. Plus, a few songs from junior85, Seth Partridge, Peter Rudenko, Jared C. Balogh and Freddy & the Indifferents. I threw in a few wonky oddball tracks towards the end from from Simon Mathewson, Rainbro, Pompey, and No Monster Club. The final song by OWL BRAIN ATLAS features wind and chimes, and could be used for many other things that are trying to caputre a cold feeling.
ange on 12/25/2013 at 10:14AM
I'm not your typical crafty DIY dilettante, but I do have a quick recipe for how you can turn these pictures and links into the ultimate gift that won't cost you a thing!
First, click on an album below, download the songs you like, and burn the files on to a CD. Then make your own folded paper CD case, draw a picture of drunk santa on the cover, and give it to someone you like. It's the ultimate way to tell that certain someone you care, and that you're sick of hearing them sing Wham.
A Very Badgerland Christmas
Me and Santa
TAGGED AS:holiday music
jason on 12/23/2013 at 04:30AM
Many of the songs we use to celebrate Jesus' birthday have been scooped up by copyright amassers (kinda like what happened to "Happy Birthday To You," hey). Fortunately, the holidaze are an endless well of creativity, and we have been blessed with some wonderful public domain and Creative Commons music. The holiday music featured on FMA encompasses everything from The 8Bits of Christmas to Antique Cylinders.
One recent addition is En attendant Noël..., a compilation from @diffuser.net. The French netaudio resource (profiled here) has been adding a daily winter holiday song to their compilation and now that the 25th is here we are pleased to share this gift with you! Some are old favorites 'round these parts, many are new favorites, and if they find their way into your holiday plans, you'll find links + licenses below.