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FMAmp3 on 05/17/2012 at 12:00AM

MP3 of the Day: Violeta Päivänkakkara, "Sateenkaari"

Violeta Päivänkakkara was born in Helsinki, Finland, in 1992. She has always felt drawn to cosmology, planets, nature and the dream world. She creates environments and personal and melancholic atmospheres, using instruments like the glockenspiel, guitar, piano and electronic sounds of nature, among others. She currently lives between Helsinki and Barcelona. -La Gramola

"Sateenkaari" can be found on Kuu, a collection released this week on La Gramola Netlabel.

> Violeta Päivänkakkara on Facebook | Bandcamp | FMA

> La Gramola on FMA | Homepage

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FMAmp3 on 05/11/2012 at 10:30AM

MP3 of the Day: The Nighttime Adventure Society, "She's In Mind"

The Nighttime Adventure Society plays rollick 'n roll music by Laura Zax. They are currently working on their debut LP, but their music has already been featured on NPR, Delta radio, and in a commercial for Sally Hansen. Based in Washington DC, the group has performed nationally and internationally, including a several shows at the World Expo in Shanghai. (via)

Chapter One: The First Chapter is the Nighttime Adventure Society's four-song debut, released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share Alike license. The whole EP's a treat, but "She's In Mind" is an especially infectious tune and a very fine production with guitar licks, glockenspiel, square waves and harmonized vocals that delight the ears.

Nighttime Adventure Society | Bandcamp | Facebook | FMA

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FMAmp3 on 05/09/2012 at 11:30AM

MP3 of the Day: Phoniandflore, "Melodica Time"

Like stepper dub? Like melodica? Then you’re going to love this new EP from 4 of the best and most prolific dub artists from the netlabel community in France.

Phoniandflore (aka P.A.F) starts the musical journey with the original mix. With a driving bassline, swirling eastern groove and melodic melody, P.A.F treats us to some classic stepper goodness.

Additional remixes by Shan-a-ShanInjham and Jideh High take the track to additional heights. Injham refines the beat a little, whilst keeping true to the original groove. Shan-a-Shan treats us to a more liquid sound and Jideh High takes this one stage further with a distinctly watery dub.

This is French electrodub at its finest.

via Angel Dust Records & Marée Bass

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FMAmp3 on 05/07/2012 at 12:30PM

MP3 of the Day: Hypermagic, "Piffy On A Rock"

Introducing London’s Hypermagic, a forest of echoes and polychrome phonographic vibrations inspired by acts like Grouper, Emeralds, Do Make Say Think and Teen Daze. Layers of rustic beats, rusty clicks, shrouded voices, kaleidoscope reverbered guitars and rheumatic feedback. After 4 well-received EPs and a full-length (everything on free download) here are new sonic textures and rhytmes that will ride you along a time warping tunnel headed straight for the moon. Stay tuned for more music at Magic Rub Cassettes and check out the interview.

Hypermagic on FMA | bandcamp | facebook | myspace | youtube |

Read interivew & more on Bad Panda

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FMAmp3 on 05/03/2012 at 11:50AM

MP3 of the Day: Miss Emma, "Une Glace au Citron"

Miss Emma lives in Chambéry, France. Her dad is Juan Naveira, creator of the band Juanitos.

When Emma wrote the lyrics to her first song, "Une Glace au Citron" ("A Lemon Ice"), she gave the page to her dad and hummed the tune for him. He played it on the guitar for her.

Within a few weeks, they put together more songs, and a full-length album. Soon they were performing small concerts and appearing in the press. The video for "Une Glace au Citron" ("A Lemon Ice") became a hit on the Internet! Well-known American DJs Ursula 100 and Martinibomb have promoted Miss Emma, and she has since developed a following in the USA.

via, the world's first netlabel for kids!

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FMAmp3 on 04/26/2012 at 04:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Spade Cooley, "Better Do It Now"

One of the most notorious figures in country music history is western swing pioneer Spade Cooley. Cooley was known as the "King of Western Swing" in his heyday, but due to a gruesome incident in his private life, he is often viewed these days more as the Sid Vicious of Western Swing. His is a model lesson in how a brilliant musical legacy can be overshadowed by unsavory personal problems. (via JoeMc, "He Did It Then" —> Read More)

This song features Tex Williams on vocals, and can be found on Shame On You, a set of music from Space Cooley & The Western Swing Dance Gang featuring Tex. The collection was issued by Bloodshot Records' Bloodshot Revival Series.

The Bloodshot Revival Series is a fantastic historical resource for country music in the early/mid 1900s, with a focus on the music of Bloodshot's hometown of Chicago.

Browse more promotional Bloodshot Revival/Soundies tracks on the FMA, and pick up these fantastic reissues at Bloodshot Records. Show 'em some love in honor of Preservation Week (#preswk12)!

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FMAmp3 on 04/19/2012 at 05:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Smersh, "My God Those Legs"

Smersh are legends of the NJ cassette underground, previously featured on WFMU's blog. Beat studio guru Mike Mangino and Chris Shepard started recording together in 1979 and began releasing cassettes as Smersh in 1981, improvising cuts nearly every Monday night for over a decade.

"My God Those Legs" is a later recording featuring Roger Johansen on sax. It's sourced from 1994's Isomorphic Records comp The Arbitrary Nature Of Meaning where Smersh appeared alongside artists like Illusion of Safety and Jim O'Rourke. The track closes out a 15-track Smersh Library Sampler compiled by Mike Mangino especially for WFMU and the FMA.

Mike is still releasing fantastic small-run releases over at M-Pop, and if you dig these sounds, then you are encouraged to reach out in the true spirit of the cassette underground.

Today's song was selected by @miscellaniac.

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FMAmp3 on 04/18/2012 at 01:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Quint Baker, "Hand"

Quint Baker is an experimental home-fi / collage pop artist from Auckland New Zealand. He releases Creative Commons visual art on flickr, and today's MP3 can be found on his Kill Mommy Records netlabel release, Psychic Cat'z Golden Fleece.

"Hand" recalls the retro-futurist pop stylings of Broadcast or Pram, through the home-taped aesthetic of Ariel Pink.

The track was originally ntroduced to the FMA by Breitband, a radio show from Deutschlandradio Kultur.


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FMAmp3 on 04/17/2012 at 03:00PM

MP3 of the Day: Vanatei ft. Semi, "Bitch You Ain't A Barbie"

Vanatei grew up in a musically driven Newark household, studied fashion, and joined forces with fellow New Jersey female rapper Semi on this track, "Bitch Yout Ain't A Barbie". 

She was featured by FrostWire, surpassing 100,000 downloads, and "Bitch Yout Ain't A Barbie" made Side A of FrostWire's massive Creative Commons Mixtape.

Vanatei also distributes her music videos for free online. There's some debate on YouTube whether "Bitch You Ain't A Barbie" is a jab at Nicki Minaj, or at people who try to imitate the pop star's style rather than stay true to their own vision.

Check out the video for this song after the jump and let us know what you think!

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FMAmp3 on 04/16/2012 at 11:50AM

MP3 of the Day: Andy & Zeus, "MCMLXXXI Choir"

Here's a track to put you in the Monday zone. Andy & Zeus are two friends in a spacecraft, navigating the outer limits via analog synths. The Brooklyn-based duo have roots in Boston where Andy played in Astronaut with Daniel Lopatin (Oneohtrix Point Never) and "Zeus played in Chas Mtn with Gary War.

Originally released by Electrick Gypsy Service Records & Tapes on the sold-out Tales of Power cassette, "MCMLXXXI Choir" has gone on to float the web as a free download. Its kosmische energy has fueled remixes by Duchess Leo, Double Entendre and A.B.B.M. The track can also be found on this month's massive release by BEKO-DSL featuring 100 artists including Alligator Indian, Excepter, Maps and Diagrams and many more.

>> Andy & Zeus @ FMA @ Facebook @ Bandcamp

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