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WM_Recordings on 07/08/2009 at 01:26PM
The release of the 100th free album download on Dutch label WM Recordings is rapidly approaching. We have lots of activities coming up to celebrate this milestone. One of the projects surrounding our 100th free album will be the release of an album of cover version of tracks from the WM Recordings catalog.
Pick your favorite WM Recordings track from www.wmrecordings.com and... cover it!
We'll post submission guidelines on our site very soon, but you're already invited to start submitting your cover versions.
The rules are simple: the track(s) must have been released by WM Recordings and your version should not be longer than 5 minutes. Also keep in mind that a remix does not count as a cover version. Mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or if you have more great ideas to celebrate our 100th free album!
blocsonic on 07/08/2009 at 08:34AM
Of course we didn’t invent the compilation! Duh! No really! We didn’t… seriously! Why do you doubt me? Even though we didn’t invent them it doesn’t mean we didn’t perfect them… so here’s another perfect compilation for your soul to absorb via your ear canals. A collection of 11 tracks plus one sampler. That’s two bonus tracks on top of the standard 10 track line-up! Whoa! Crazy! I loved the Jay Slim release so much that I simply couldn’t contain myself to only one track. Then Just Plain Ant released the sampler of his upcoming release “The New Black” and I felt that it’d be a perfect addition to the line-up. In fact, I wish other labels/artists released samplers like this. I’d love to feature one with every netBloc release. Consider this an invitation to any of you who may be working on some music and want to begin promoting it early, send us a sampler and it’ll be considered for a future netBloc release. 1 track, no longer than 15 minutes and only send wav, flac or aiff files along with any info you'd like mentioned about the upcoming release. Send files to us via services such as Yousendit.com or you can use our blocSonic contact form to let us know you'd like to send us something and we can set you up with an ftp account to upload directly to the blocSonic server.
So what sounds can you expect this time around? Industrial, electro-pop, electro-funk, hip-hop, punk, rock, pop-rock and indie-pop from France, Germany, Italy, the UK and the US. Our netBloc releases are always an eclectic, international affair and this time is no different. By the way, if you’re a Boo Radleys fan, you might like to know that one of the featured artists is none other than Martin Carr. Check out his fantastic track “Why You Gotta Bring Me All This Rain?” (available only at blocSonic.com). Check out the fatty 79 page PDF for details.
doncbruital on 07/07/2009 at 02:11PM
The mighty trumpet's wondrous tone
shall rend each tomb's sepulchral stone
and summon all before the Throne.
So sez the Dies Irae, that oft-quoted Requiem Mass hymn which declaims in Latin rhyme the wave of judgment that’ll sweep the dead spirits of humanity at the end of time, and entreats providence to secure, among the saved souls, that of the speaker. One can sympathize with the impulse, of course, for with regards to faithful submission to the Sacred Mysteries, little inspires greater degrees of piousness than the unitive step of total annihilation. When we’re all brought low, we’re in true communion; when the real shit hits, we, mere humans, are doomed as one.
Small wonder, then, that the sound of a thickly-low-end gutter guitar and drum onslaught can doom us with equal force. It’s there in the sensory experience—the threatening emptiness at the start that fills us with a keen anticipatory paranoia of what’s to come, the distantly methodic drumming that relentlessly guides us on, the repeating guitar figure and lilting vocals we likewise can’t help following, and, our attentions by now wholly undivided, our movements no longer those of individuals, our union assured—a scream. BONEDUST awakens. Annihilation is rendered.
Yea, we’re in the presence of divinity, and thus may only proceed by question-and-answer catechism: Just what are we hearing? “God and Death conspiring,” Bonedust’s press offers, to tell “a love story that is the true origin of human suffering.” From where does this holy racket spill? Providence, RI’s Dirt Palace collective/art space. Who could be responsible? Members of VVLTVRE and Dr. Fuck Yeah, inveterate shredders way skilled in harnessing the transformative energies of raw dark performance power.
Bonedust's gnarled heap of one-guitar-drums-vox-onslaught-doomery When You Are Dead and Your Bones Are Rotting Think of Me Lest I Be Forgotten is available in its entirety on the Free Music Archive. Get to requieming now and count yourself among the saved.
herr_professor on 07/07/2009 at 07:56AM
Very exciting release this week, as we bring you TCTD's first FMA exclusive, 20k9d by Starpause. Starpause is one of a few dozen pseudonyms by San Francisco based artist Jordan Gray. An early voice out of the scene surrounding the Game Boy music sequencer, Little Sound DJ, Gray hit the ground running in organizing the highly influential Colin Pipe Crew in Minnesota, and later the DutyCycle series of shows in San Francisco. He also puts out tons of other peoples audio, both on his mp3death label, and on the truly open source hexawe netlabel for the littlegptracker program (where you can even download the samples and sequence data for each single). All of this vociferous scene involvement does nothing, however, to overshadow his tremendous musical talent.
DylanGoing on 07/06/2009 at 02:32PM
Bay Area DJ and producer Chief Boima stops by Jersey City today on Mudd Up to discuss his past, current and upcoming work under his own name, with collaborative production hounds Banana Clipz, Chief y Chango, as well as being the cellist for instrumental rock combo Beaten By Them.
He is also the producer of the Free Music Archive's 24th most listened-to track. Take an ear gander below to see why it's favorited so often. Tune in to Mudd Up with DJ/Rupture Monday, July 6 at 7 pm EST for more fiery details and exclusive previews.
pushbinlou on 07/06/2009 at 02:13PM
It's great to see labels that put out traditional recording material (vinyl, CD's) making their presence know on the Free Music Archive. Dielectric Records is a label from Oakland that has been putting out solid quality electronic music on various formats since 2003. The label has been cool enough to offer up a large number of tracks from it's catalog for your listening pleasure. Mostly on the ambient/experimental tip this label has been releasing music from the likes of Carson Day, Pussyfinger, and one of my faves - PineResin. Check out "Tall, Dark and Menacing" form their album Ambergris.
macedonia on 07/04/2009 at 03:34PM
It's the Fourth of July and the FMA's over 9800 tracks deep. There's been a lot of activity on the beat-driven side of things with plenty of noteworthy hip-hop and electronic music contributions worth talking about.
It was over a month ago that I was virtual needle-dropping through the Archive and stumbled upon the work of Manuele Atzeni, a hard-techno DJ schooled in the ways of turntablism. The Miyazaki Tour E.P. represents some of the best 15 minutes available on the FMA to date. With hip-hop as its backdrop, the production takes on the stutter-step programming of leftfield R&B akin to Timbaland and the Neptunes, which is especially evident on songs like "Crezima" and "NeVe." "Bonacisi" and "Ouch The Couch" are both packed with a flurry of scratches and cuts over whimsical electronic beats.
However, it was "Little Star" that pulled me into this E.P.'s orbit. Made out of childhood smiles and curiosity, the combination of shimmering chords, percussive punches, and the voices of kids cut up in the mix is enough to make even the crotchety neighbor on your block wear a Kool-Aid wide smile. Summertime sweetness awaits you: just take a listen below...
lawrence_kumpf on 07/03/2009 at 11:53AM
NNCK has played an important role in the New York (and international) music scene for the last 15 years. Defining new territories of practice not only as a band but also offering a collective space for fostering relationships with a wide variety of musicians from Mike Cooper to John Fahey, NNCK has created a system of collaboration and improvisation that extends beyond the performance.
Fortunately we were able to save a couple snippets of audio after Keith Connolly’s hair dryer blew out the power from the last NNCK show at ISSUE. Enjoy.
And check out some more recordings from NNCK:
CLOMEIM (Locust Music)
And the Soundtrack to the new film documenting the early years of NNCK, ‘At 6am We Become The Police’ (Locust Music)
The new film screens at Anthology Film Archives on November 1st (More Info)
DylanGoing on 07/03/2009 at 10:14AM
because everybody's already firing up their grills for BASTILLE DAY!
Don't let your couxk-out be the least French on the block though. Show everyone how much you know about downloading French music by perusing the Archive.
In June, Pierre De Gaillande came down to Irene Trudel's show to feature his new English translations of revered French icon Georges Brassens, weaving hilarious tales of love, sex, and everyday life while condemning the hypocrisies of society.
Also you can find more French yesteryear music from France and all the nations that succumbed to the overwhelming fluidity of the French toungue from Excavated Shellac.
MMMM, pass the Creme Fraiche.
JoeMc on 07/02/2009 at 03:14PM
The Fourth of July is just around the corner, and so the time has come when we honor the birth of our country by slapping hunks of meat on grills, blowing stuff up real good, and, naturally, listening to songs about stuff getting blown up real good. I refer, of course, to our national anthem, "The Star-Spangled Banner," soon to preface many a Fourth of July ballgame and fireworks display. In the past, people have complained that this song isn't really that representative of America, that we ought to switch to something a bit sweeter, like "America the Beautiful" or "God Bless America." But I think "The Star-Spangled Banner" is just about right.