While this represents a drop in the bucket of the endless abyss of tunes from the Free Music Archive, these ten tracks represent the artists, songs, and labels that I kept coming back to this year. Big shouts to Bad Panda Records for becoming my new favorite netlabel; they were responsible for a number of heavy rotation tracks for me on the FMA. Respect is also due to blocSonic for another great year (that DJ Harrison album is a MONSTER).
Looking forward to what 2013 has to bring in the world of Creative Commons and the FMA. Happy Holidays, everybody...
It's been ages since I've been active here. And it's been at least two years since I've created a mix on this site. But I've been lurking and listening more and more to tracks from the FMA and knew I had to throw this together. Maybe it's because I'm finally sitting down to make that podcast episode with a playlist built entirely from songs picked from this archive. Perhaps it has something to do with our fearless leader's recent announcement.
A little bit of both, really.
This mix contains some old favorites along with new selections that others got me hip to or cuts I recently stumbled upon. Respect due to anyone and everyone that makes the FMA what it is. I believe that the best is yet to come for this resource. Enjoy...
It's the end of 2010 and I only know two things for sure. The first is that I have never hated zip files so much before in my entire life. The second is that it's really a shame that I hate them so much...because they're not going anywhere.
Various reasons and/or excuses have kept me from being as active on the FMA this year as I would like to be, but here's a few selections that have served me well throughout 2010. Here's hoping that you enjoy them.
Beyond that, I certainly hope that you bought an external hard drive on Black Friday that has at least a terabyte's worth of disk space. I have reason to believe that in terms of zip file inundation, next year is liable to make 2010 look like a 256MB flash drive in the pan.
Okay, I'll stop now...
My days consist of being tossed to and fro by the actions of executives in high positions whose necks I can't reach. My hourly adversary is a constantly ringing phone with a myriad of problems on the other end. Various factors and foibles cause everything I deal with at the nine-to-five to be a day late and a dollar short due to promises rolled off tongues in attempts to snatch the credit for themselves (even though the card is clearly not in their name). Common sense would suggest that if you promise someone the moon and the stars while not having one single solitary satellite in your possession that you can point to as evidence that there's more to come, such actions will bite you in the ass down the road. I'm a 36 year-old bottom feeder and I know this, so what excuse could a Vice President possibly have for not knowing this?
Forgive me for going down this path, but between the perpetual ineptitude at work and BP's colossal f**k-up that's turning our ocean into an "oilcean," I keep asking myself the same question: "I have to answer to you? REALLY??" And it's through these moments that my mind leaves whatever situation I'm dealing with and visits the harmonies, melodies, beats, blips, and loops of the MP3 jukebox in my head. Believe me when I tell you that the jukebox is fully stacked with tunes that I've found right here at the Free Music Archive.
I have long since given up on any ambitions to become a WFMU DJ. Time and logic continue to be enemies in that regard. However, I can console myself through this resource by letting others know about music that excites me with every blog post and mix that I create. For that, I want to take this moment to thank the people at WFMU who have worked so hard to make this archive a reality and for allowing the rest of us out there a space to talk about and champion the sounds that make life on earth bearable.
This mix is dedicated to all those who have a need to offset their reality. Thank you for listening.
Just a handful of some of my favorite Free Music Archive discoveries. The image is another one of my friend's pieces, writing as NORMS, possibly taken within the Port of Albany, NY.
Just click on the name of each track to get more info on the artist and track license...
Hopefully this mix finds you enjoying some good weather with good friends, or basking in the glow of some much-needed solitude from the monotony of everyday life. It was made with a road trip mixtape aesthetic in mind, but it should work as well for office cubicle therapy. Be it hip-hop or minimal techno, be it quirky and upbeat click and glitch-laden electronics, from the smooth and introspective to the edgy and erratic, this is just a snapshot of the plethora of tunes that make the Free Music Archive such a priceless resource (and when it comes right down to it, just damned cool).
trying out the mix feature for the first time and selected some cuts that i was familiar with from the FMA blog. can't wait for this site to go official...