Thursday, November 30, 2006

The Finals Find a Cause

Immortal Records officially released its multi-artist compilation, "A Santa Cause II" on November 21. The album's 26 tracks are available exclusively for download via, for 99 cents per song or $9.99 for the entire package. A portion of all proceeds will benefit Cure Autism Now, an organization of parents, clinicians and leading scientists committed to accelerating the pace of biomedical research in autism (the wide range of symptoms include loss of speech in children) through raising money for research projects, education and outreach. It's a cause in which Immortal Records' artists, The Finals, are proud to be a part.

"Initially when we were asked to record a track for the compilation we didn't know the proceeds we're going to benefit autism," tells guitarist Lou Bottone. He continues, "When we found out, I had talked to a couple of friends who work with autistic children and they were able to shed some light on why raising awareness is so important. Autism was once considered a rare disorder and only affected 1 in 10,000 people, but now affects as many as 1 in 166 people. Since there is no known cure and treatment is specific to each individual, it is necessary to stress the importance of education. Aiding in the financial responsibility for the special education needs of these people is significant because if this disorder is
detected early, these people have a chance of leading normal lives. It was great to have the opportunity to be a part of that."

The Finals chose to cover Wham's "Last Christmas" as their contribution to the compilation. "It's one of those songs you won't admit you like, but when it's on, you know you'll secretly be singing along to it," Bottone reveals as the reason why the band decided on that particular song.

"Our keyboard player always wanted to cover it too, so when we had the chance, we figured we'd do it." The song was recorded with producer Jayson DeZuzio (Coheed and Cambria) of Stained Glass Studios in Paramus, New Jersey.

Death Metal Free Download

Check out the brand new MP3 from latest Wicked World signings NOX on the label's MySpace homepage.

Taken from the 'Ixaxaar' album due Feb 19, 'Choronzonic Chaos Gods' is the opening cut and demonstrates NOX's devastating attack in full flow.

Wicked World Records formed around 1998 as an imprint of Earache Records. Focusing solely on Death and extreme Metal the label debuted with the 'Statements of Intent' compilation that featured such luminaries in formative stages as Arch Enemy, The Haunted, Katatonia, Dimmu Borgir, In Flames etc.

The early releases by the likes of The Elysian Fields, December Wolves and Gandalf established diversity within the roster. Later classic debuts from the likes of Decapitated and Hate Eternal ensured the label's credibility.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Treeball Free Downloads Via Obscure Sound

The indie music fiends at Obscure Sound (ok, I don't know that they're fiends, I just like the word) have tipped me off to some free sounds from the international indie band Treeball. For some inexplicable reason - because they so don't suck - Treeball has released their fourth album "I Dream of Eclectic Sheep" free of charge.

Obscure Sound sayeth:

There tends to be a certain unjustified disposition towards bands who release entire albums for free on the internet. Some point to a lack of quality, effort, and creativity before even listening to one song. What about bands with visible talent who just enjoy spreading their music to all fans throughout the world, at no cost? Treeball are a good example of this unselfish attitude. Sure, the band could have released I Dream of Eclectic Sheep and made some sort of profit, but they seem to value quality reception and support from fans instead of financial benefaction.

Obscure Sound has direct download links for three of the songs and links to the band's homepage for more.

Let's all race over there and see what else the Obscure Ones have!

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Megadeth "Gears of War" Download

Be a gamer and download this one while you can - "Gears of War" from the video game of the same name. (Wow, that rhyming was lame.) You can also grab the lyrics here.


Monday, November 13, 2006

No, No Chichino

Hmm... much as I wanted to like - no, love - Chichino "the fresh new face of British funk and soul" I was underwhelmed. Damn, I want to believe press releases. Does that make me so wrong?

Hoping for a true retro chic groove I listened to "Every Little Thing" and "Now's the Time for Love" from the promo CD. There was no edge to anything. The music was all right, the vocals were all right, but overall, it wasn't something I'd take the time to download on dialup. (The true test of music.)

Better luck next time, Chichinos.


Sunday, November 12, 2006

Free Mp3 Downloads

Free music today! Tell me this rocks.

Indie Vision Music has a hot download page for you and they're giving away MP3s from the Summer Slam! Compilation. Twenty-three tracks in fact; including cuts from Secrets Known To Liars, Kings To You, Space Pilot, Your Eyes My Dreams, Death Is Not Welcome Here and Dogwood.

With Blood Comes Cleansing Seeking Musicians

From Hxc's daily hardcore news:

Blood & Ink Records band, With Blood Comes Cleansing have recently announced the departure of both the bands singer and there drummer. They are currently seeking replacements and have issued the following statement:

"With Blood Comes Cleansing has parted ways with singer Micheal Sasser, drummer Spence Erickson, and bassist Jon Stripling. There are no hard feelings over their departure, they have decided the time has come for them to move on to persue other interests and we respect that. However, in no way is With Blood Comes Cleansing over. We have already found a replacement bassist which we will announce in the coming weeks and are currently in search of a replacement vocalist and drummer.

To apply for a spot with the band go to Hxc News and READ THE REQUIREMENTS!. If you don't fit the bill, please don't waste their time. Good luck then.

Saturday, November 11, 2006

Worth Repeating

(I've posted this wherever I see fit - if you've read it... god, I'm amazed!)

I see the Internet as the golden road Indie musicians and their fans can finally take to say the hell with the Big Three. And I don't mean file sharing, that's a whole nother bucket of worms.

In the bad old days, the musick industry controlled what we could hear outside of our fairly small geographical regions. If you wanted anything but the Beatles or Boston or the MOR-band-of-the-moment, you had to hit the bars and hope for the best. The Net has changed that... much of the proof coming to me in the fact that I own more Aussie band CDs than U.S. ones.

Matthew Ebel warns that the musick industry/Internet big biz wants to change all that.

As a musician, it’s rough enough having to pay for cable or DSL just to be able to upload new music and spread the word. If AT&T is given the power to extort more money out of guys like me, the entire indie music world might suffer greatly. Podcasters would certainly find themselves up a creek. Some might argue that the telecoms wouldn’t make things worse than they already are, but those people obviously don’t know the power of human greed.

This is a well-considered and well written post. If you care about Indie music and YOUR access to it, read on. A Better Internet?


Friday, November 10, 2006

eMusic Free Download: Teenage Prayers

On Monday, November 13th, eMusic will offer the Teenage Prayers "Brown Bottle" as the Free Download of the Day to its subscriber base at

The Teenage Prayers' self-released first album "Ten Songs" is now available in its entirety for download at - the world's leading digital retailer of independent music, second only to iTunes in number of downloads sold.



Sunday, November 05, 2006

Indie Quote of the Century just put up a Q&A with White Town's Jyoti Mishra. After doing the straight label shite, Mishra set up his own label to release his long-delayed "Don't Mention the War." I haven't heard the tunes yet, but Mishra's attitude has me on his side immediately. Here's the quote AND YOU MUST READ IT AT LEAST 3 TIMES!

"If you're a musician, you don't need anyone else's approval to release records. Why wait around? Just stick the fucker out."

"If you're a musician, you don't need anyone else's approval to release records. Why wait around? Just stick the fucker out."

"If you're a musician, you don't need anyone else's approval to release records. Why wait around? Just stick the fucker out."

Got it? Make music - not the rounds of the corporations! You rock and we want to hear it. You don't need them anymore.


Interesting Aussie Sighting

Worth a listen:
Visions of a Nomad plays world/jazz/fusion/groove with an Australian Indigenous twist. The group's highly original repertoire is heavily accompanied by the didgeridoo.

Play for rain!

Saturday, November 04, 2006

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Friday, November 03, 2006

The Finals are Huge In Asia

The Finals are taking their music international -

Japan's independent punk rock label, Kick Rock Music, will release "Plan
Your Getaway" on November 1. Established in 2001, Kick Rock Music has
released albums by high quality rock bands in Japan including Good 4
Nothing and Golden Goose. In 2005, the label began licensing foreign
artists, saying "We believe that there is no boarder in music. Now matter
where they are from, cool music is cool music." The Finals join the Kick
Rock roster of American bands including Valencia, For Felix and Show Off.

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