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cheyenne_h on 12/21/2016 at 11:40AM

2016 Year In Review, Part V: ccCommunity's Indie, Rock & Punk

We've made it to the last of the 2016 ccCommunity compilations - part 5 of 5: Indie, Rock & Punk!

Indie, Rock & Punk is the fifth of our 2016 Year In Review series (which will be appearing on this blog all month long), and the final installment of the ccCommunity Year In Review playlists. There'll be more Year In Review features from other curators, so stay tuned for the next installment! The ccCommunity is a vibrant & diverse group of artists who are not affiliated with other formal FMA curators, who ask the FMA directly to join the party. Not everyone makes the cut, but we encourage artists to contact us if they want to be included in the FMA's collection. And please bear in mind: these are just from one curator page, our ccCommunity, and these songs loosely fit in the genre designations we gave them, but not everything by all of these artists is the same -- you may find a wide variety of genres represented in one album. 

Here are some of 2016's indiest, rockin'est, and punkest ccCommunity cuts:

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cheyenne_h on 02/17/2016 at 11:01AM

Curator Highlight: Vulpiano Records

Vulpiano Records logo designed by Solange Gularte of Natural Snow Buildings

Though fresh to the Free Music Archive, Vulpiano records has been around the netlabel and Creative Commons music scene since 2009. Launched by synth artist Marilyn Roxie, the label was originally intended to promote and gather unsigned artists who wanted to share their music online in the music blogosphere.

In their own words, "Vulpiano Records isn’t an ordinary label. Vulpiano is a collective and a community. The concept behind Vulpiano is simple: to offer quality free music. Genres we specialize in are ambient, electronic, and acoustic. All artists are linked by their spirit of independence and experimentation. We hope you enjoy and share the music." 

The full back catalogue is available on the Internet Archive, but you can find current selections on Vulpiano's curator portal on the FMA, including Natural Snow Buildings, Aseptic Void, Fire Island Pines, and Lately Kind of Yeah, among others.

The releases on Vulpiano fall on various points in the spectrum from electronic to acoustic, and could all be described to some degree as experimental. The music on Vulpiano is all licensed CC BY NC ND, which means it's free to stream, download, and include in a noncommercial podcast or broadcast - as long as you credit the artist. More is coming, if you like what you hear, including a special release for Netlabel Day 2016!

Cruise over to their page and give 'em a warm welcome, or listen to this sampler of what Vulpiano has to offer!

 

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/30/2015 at 11:20AM

Decoder Magazine: 2015 Highlights Mix

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle. Rather than ranking tracks or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the fifth (and second-to-last) of an ongoing series.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

This playlist was created by one of our esteemed curators, Decoder Magazine. They have been tirelessly uploading and sharing music from their growing collection all year, and we are the richer for it! It is a small sampler of what Decoder uploaded in 2015 -- featuring a particularly heavy dose of ambient and experimental tracks from the wonderful Power Moves catalog (affiliated with Decoder), as well as beats, vaporwave, and more.

Decoder (which describes itself on twitter as "music from under a rock") and Power Moves (whose tagline is "true bedroom recordings with delusions of grandeur") aren't exactly new to the Creative Commons scene, but their contributions to the FMA, including PC Noise x Pedicure Records Vol 1 and Music of the Now Age, were welcome distractions from reality!

So, here it is: the Decoder highlights selection from 2015! Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/29/2015 at 12:00PM

WFMU Guests: 2015 Selections

Cheyenne showing off the massive WFMU release forms folder for 2015! Photo by Liz B.

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle. Rather than ranking tracks or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the fourth of an ongoing series.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

This collection is a few highlights from the FMA's massive collection of WFMU Live Recordings (recently reshuffled into collections by DJ, which you can browse here). There are, of course, many more sessions to choose from (including a multitude of live performances from Monty Hall, WFMU's performance space). The DJs at WFMU bring artists into the studio frequently, and many of them allow us to share their original songs on the Free Music Archive.

The selections here were not easy to choose -- especially when we had to only list fifteen of them -- but we've selected a few of our favorites from the past 365 days for you! Thanks to all of the DJs who brought in amazing artists all year long, and to the artists who were willing to share their music with us here at FMA.

So - here it is - our WFMU highlights selection from 2015! Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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cheyenne_h on 12/28/2015 at 12:15PM

ccCommunity End of 2015 Mix

Photo by amy_buthod via Flickr.

Rather than "Top [insert number] Best Albums of 2015" we've decided to take a different angle. Rather than ranking tracks or adding unnecessary 'clout' to specific albums, artists, or songs, we're sharing these in no particular order. You can decide which ones you like best! 

This is the third of an ongoing series. Look for upcoming lists as 2016 draws closer.

Now, a bit about this mix, and who made it:

ccCommunity is a special page that holds some of the most diverse content on FMA - because it's stuff that doesn't come in affiliated with a pre-existing FMA curator. Our curators work with their own group of artists, and while that's super awesome, it's also super awesome to let unaffiliated artists share their work once in a while. When an artist contacts FMA directly and their work is accepted by our reviewers, their first upload is placed in the ccCommunity curator page.

We had a really hard time choosing just 15 songs by 15 artists! We tried to keep it diverse, with tracks ranging from chiptunes to rap to death metal. And trust us, there's lots lots more out there (including this noteworthy bundle: the Loop Mania Sampler Pack). If you like one of these songs, check out the artists' full album pages!

Here are 15 dazzling and diverse tracks from the ccCommunity at large. Listen or download in our handy sidebar player to the right, or see the playlist page for more.

 
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