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WFMU's Free Music Archive sampler

Sampler pack of FMA tunes issued July 2008. Artwork by Greg Harrison, in higher-res here.

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Free Music Archive Sampler

WFMU presents Selected Sounds from the Free Music Archive Volume 2. Coated in a cool wintry blue, this second volume features an all-new set of sounds from Silver Jews, Vivian Girls, The Ex+Getatchew Mekuria, Old Time Relijun, Indian Jewelry and more.  The compilation includes tracks off some of our favorite commercial releases, as well as previously unreleased exclusives from the WFMU live room and Free Music Series.

These are just a few of the thousands of tracks that will be freely available under Creative Commons licenses when the fully interactive Free Music Archive website launches this December.  All tracks appear courtesy of artists and labels who have benefited from a progressive approach to distribution and intellectual property in the digital era, and we're designing the Free Music Archive to support this approach.

Jason Sigal via WFMU's Beware of the Blog

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step into my coma

lotsa piano

your eyes are getting heavy

not recommended for chipmunky, productive people

(photo by Flickr user Frosted Peppercorn Some Rights Reserved)

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Look Honey, The Moon is Full

Sometimes when you're without ideas or feeling just plain stupid, all you need is a good search term.  Go to any music database and search words like "summer", or "fire", or "space", and you'll get nothing back but every motherfucking thing, and that's no good.  Conversely, type "canoe" or "mousepad" and see what happens.

So I'm not saying "moon", "rocket", "fly", "1969", and "france" are good search terms.  But they did yield this mix, hope you find something you like.

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Guitarrrs

I missed Rhys Chatham's 200-guitar "Crimson Grail" tour de force at Damrosch Park last weekend, so it was some comfort to find so much great guitariness stinking up the FMA.  From the stinging lofi Strat-twang of Phil Reavis, thru Ignatz' shortwave spaceblues; Sun City Girls' "Torch of the Mystics" made flesh in Hayvanlar Alemi; Loren MazzaCane Connors' ultra-minimal moodiness, to the Chrome-atic blues metal of Gunslingers.  Along the way, we've got glorious broken things from Gitarrenarmee and guitarrorisms, and so much more.  Stay to the end for some bonus non-guitar fun from banjos, violins, organs, and some more seriously broken things.

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Recent WFMU Live Session Highlights

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WFMU / aQ SXSW 2010 preview (mp3s)

(img = Stevie Ray, waiting for his lift to last year's Mayyors set) Oi, hey, Texas, ready for thirds? After our debut show at SXSW in Austin in 2008 and our joint show with our pals at Aquarius Records from San Francisco last year, we're happy to announce that we'll both be back and once again broadasting from Encore (formerly Spiro's) on 611 Red River Street on Friday, March 19th! Two stages (one of which is the outdoor amphitheater), 14 acts, and no Metallica playing next door this time (so we dont have to worry about Lars' dressing trailer blocking anyone's way in). Liz Berg, Jason Sigal, Scott Williams, Brian Turner and Diane Kamikaze will be holding the FMU broadcast fort down starting at 7PM (Central Time), Andee from Aquarius will be there, and hopefully you as well. Once again, we've got a heady mix of the heavy, damaged, darkly, punk, weird, noisy, poppy, trippy sounds, some hometown NY/SF heroes representing in Austin, and even a full on Cambodian psych-pop dance party at night's end. Check out the lineup!

OUTDOOR STAGE (covered, rain or shine)
7:00pm   Liturgy (memb. GDFX, Thick Business, Dan Deacon)
8:00pm   Speedwolf
9:00pm   Iron Man
10:00pm Moon Duo (Ripley from Wooden Shjips)
11:00pm Shit and Shine
12:00m   Pierced Arrows (aka the new Dead Moon)
1:00am   Dengue Fever

INDOOR STAGE
7:00pm   Epileptinomicon
8:00pm   Drunkdriver
9:00pm   Home Blitz
10:00pm Headdress
11:00pm Sonny & the Sunsets (feat. Kelley Stoltz and members of The Fresh & Onlys)
12:00m   True Widow
1:00am   Todd

We will hopefully be carrying most of the sets in some part via WFMU during the evening, and like last year hope to feature posts for later download via the Free Music Archive. Check out more info on the artists HERE, and hope to see you THERE!

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Recent WFMU Live Session Highlights

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2010 Golden Festival Kafana stage sampler

Every January for 25 years, NY Balkan music scene pioneers the Zlatne Uste Balkan Brass Band organize the Golden Festival - a massive two-night grassroots Balkan and East European music and dance festival at the Good Shepherd School, 620 Isham Street (near Broadway and 207 St.) in upper Manhattan. The festival is the biggest event of its kind in New York City: The second night (Saturday) is a marathon featuring 40-50 bands and artists performing on three stages from 6pm until 4 in the morning. See: http://www.goldenfest.zlatneuste.org/

 

With the help of co-host / tech guru Irene Trudel and our peerless crew, WFMU's Transpacific Sound Paradise broadcast all the music from the Golden Festival's Kafana stage from 6pm until midnight on Saturday January 16th. Kafana is Serbo-Croatian for "cafe"; the stage is located conveniently near the food!

 

Massive thanks to Zlatne Uste and the festival organizing committee, the on-site festival staff and volunteers including Kafana Stage house engineer Charlie Pilzer, and our illustrious on-site crew: Irene Trudel, Rob Christiansen, Glenn Luttman, Bil Bowen, Jason Sigal, Katie Gentile and Doron, With help from Kris Percival, Bryce Kretschmann and Benjamen Walker; and board-ops Lamin Fonfana and Jeff Mullan.

full collection HERE

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BBQ Mega Mix

A hot mix perfect for outdoor BBQs.

UPLOADED:07/23/2010
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WFMU live jams, August 2010

Recent WFMU Live Sessions
Cherry Blossom Clinic:   Clinic
Talk's Cheap: CAVE & Lazer Crystal
Brian Turner: Unrest,  Bill Orcutt
Nat Roe: PC Worship
Bob W: SUUNS
Billy Jam: Blitz the Ambassador (Roots-approved Ghanaian rapper freestyles in native language Twi) / Chuck D / Propaganda Anonymous 
Underwater Theme Park: Dean & Britta
Long Rally  ::  Dawn of MIDI
Keili's Beastin' the Airwaves  :: dutch minimalists Bebe Fang
Awesome New Place  ::  Chris Kucinski and Owen Osborn
Evan "Funk" Davies  ::  The Pleasure Kills infectious San Francisco power-pop, recently opened for The Avengers
Vintage WFMU live sessions:
Mike Lupica on the New Bomb Turks  ::  Alex Goldstein on Gary Wilson & Silver Jews  ::  Irwin Chusid on Baby Gramps

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Live from 43 Monty

There are many great things about the Free Music Archive, but one of the greatest is the number of live sets it offers that were recorded right in the WFMU studios at 43 Montgomery Street in Jersey City, New Jersey. More and more bands are jumping aboard the FMA, allowing us to share their live sessions with those who may have missed the original broadcasts. 2010 brought a bumper crop of great new live sessions of all kinds, from punk to electronic to experimental to whatever you call that thing Arrington de Dionyso was up to this year. The FMA was able to share a whole bunch of them.


New live music isn't the whole story, though. In 2010, the FMA continued to plumb the WFMU archives for worthy older sessions, too. WFMU has featured (and preserved) live music in one form or another for well over 20 years, and as the old DATs get dusted off and resurrected, hopefully there will be more "lost" radio sessions that will reappear on the FMA by bands still with us as well as some that are no more.


The mix I've made below is a collection of live music highlights from sessions added to the FMA in 2010. Some were performed as recently as a month ago, and others are almost ten years old, but all of them are from sessions worth checking out in their entirety. My choices aren't really representative of the great breadth of live music offered by the FMA; I just picked some personal favorites in a highly subjective way. I encourage you to dig in and make your own mix from the best of WFMU live music. You probably won't be able to stop at just one.

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Top Picks of 2012 - Short List

I've been a silent lurker on the FMA this year, but did want to pipe up to share my top picks of 2012 with you all. Like an addict, I hit the new release stack on the site with frightening regularity, the spoils of which I share on my weekly radio show on WFMU and its corresponding podcast.

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Emerging, Drifting

WFMU's LizB offers her weekly mix of podsafe fist-pumping, air-drumming freeform mayhem. Caffeinated rock, experimental pop, oddball beats, and novelties.

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Evening Out

WFMU's LizB offers her weekly mix of podsafe fist-pumping, air-drumming freeform mayhem. Caffeinated rock, experimental pop, oddball beats, and novelties.

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Payback

WFMU's LizB offers her weekly mix of podsafe fist-pumping, air-drumming freeform mayhem. Caffeinated rock, experimental pop, oddball beats, and novelties.

Photo by Michael Gäbler

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Beat to the Beat

WFMU's LizB offers her weekly mix of podsafe fist-pumping, air-drumming freeform mayhem. Caffeinated rock, experimental pop, oddball beats, and novelties.

Photo by PierreSelim

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Excess Intake

WFMU's LizB offers her weekly mix of podsafe fist-pumping, air-drumming freeform mayhem. Caffeinated rock, experimental pop, oddball beats, and novelties.

 

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Selections from the WFMU Benefit Concert at the Bell House, Brooklyn

The RelativesJon Spencer Blues ExplosionDot Wiggin Band and Arrington De Dionyso joined together at Brooklyn's Bell House for WFMU's Mini-Record Fair and Hurricane Sandy Relief Benefit.

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Pollinated

 

WFMU's LizB offers her weekly mix of podsafe fist-pumping, air-drumming freeform mayhem. Caffeinated rock, experimental pop, oddball beats, and novelties.

Photo by Mattlandscape

 

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Feta Cheddar Forever

WFMU's LizB offers her weekly mix of podsafe fist-pumping, air-drumming freeform mayhem. Caffeinated rock, experimental pop, oddball beats, and novelties.

Photo by Ximonic, Simo Räsänen

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Get on with it

 

WFMU's LizB offers her weekly mix of podsafe fist-pumping, air-drumming freeform mayhem. Caffeinated rock, experimental pop, oddball beats, and novelties.

Photo by Office for Emergency Management

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Melee at a Soiree

Favorite uploads of the week including Thee Open Sex, Podington Bear and The Impossebulls.

Photo by Taoufik Ismail

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Frothy Head



Photo by Todesschnalze

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Building to a Confrontation

Favorite new uploads from WFMU's Liz B

Photo by Yathin S Krishnappa (CC BY-SA)

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Mixiature Minotape Vol. 1 Side B

When was that? Seems so long ago that WFMU curated a series of shows at Issue Project Room. Brian Turner booked Cooper-Moore and I invited Brown Wing Overdrive. I don't even think those were recorded but when Peter Evans, Tom Blancarte and Brandon Seabrook played on The Long Rally with Scott McDowell it sure was. Starting with some blues and ending with a nice, anti-capitalist croon. Side two of four. 

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Mixiature Minotape Vol. 2 Side A

Oh, how beautiful are such strings? Ellen Fullman plays very long strings and Jon Rose plays very long fences as if they were strings. Jon has been on my show a couple of times as well and Sean Meehan played the WFMU series at Issue Project Room we were talking about on part two. This is part three. There are four. 

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Record Store Day 2014

A selection of bands with ltd release vinyl coming out on Record Store Day 2014!

 

Check out the complete list of releases here.

Image credit to Arne Müsler via Wikimedia Commons.  

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