Friday, May 25, 2007

World Pop For the Global Village

Like your sounds to have a worldwide flavor? How about out of this world? Shannon of Magnatune has tipped us off to this multimusical masterpiece:

The Headroom Project : Jetuton Andawai

Combining amazing sound design with music from Africa, the Middle East, and Asia, Jetuton Andawai is one of the most vibrant albums we've heard this year. With dazzling vocals, fantastic bass work, and studio voodoo that's just completely off the hook, it doesn't sound like anything else out there. "Linda Morena" is the graceful, near-a cappella intro, and things proceed to get more and more interesting after that. "Jetuton Andawai" sounds like a Bollywood record being played backwards to Peter Gabriel, and "Lost World" is even more trippy, with tumbling, echoey loops
and driving bass.

"Manu Yu" has a mellow yet infectious groove, and the excellent "Copeuse Concon" combines future-classical Indian vocals with smoky jazz. None of the influences here seem like they should work together (islandy xylophones in a blues track?), but they not only succeed, they succeed wildly for a potent, totally unique sound.

"Yesterday" is the most radio friendly track on the album, with pretty vocals by Sigrid Havercamp. But in true Headroom fashion, most of the vocals of Jetuton Andawai are shaped and manipulated to the point where they form new, never before heard languages. It's world pop for the global village.



Saturday, May 19, 2007

Purely Miss Murgatroid

The latest issue of Puremusic is burning up the net as we sit here.

This month features: interviews with Kings of Leon, Fountains of Wayne, Portland's Miss Murgatroid, and a video interview with Ron Sexsmith.

Puremusic is loading up with audio and video of the newest and the hottest. Don't be the last to know.


Wednesday, May 09, 2007 Point - Counterpoint

Is trouble brewing in Indie land? Well, contention is... and I suppose that means trouble. Oh what the hell, trouble is what Indie is all about and we know it.

Point/Counter is the current state of

The reason? These labels feel eMusic is trying to Rafat Ali of reports that Billboard has its panties in twist over talk that "at least six eMusic partners—three of whom were listed among eMusic’s top 60 labels this week—plan to either to pull their catalog from the service entirely or to limit content to back-catalog tracks" because eMusic is allegedly trying to pad its subscriber base so some big boy or girl will come along and buy it.$$$

eMusic CEO David Pakman said that's pretty much crap (slight paraphrase). emusic reportedly has more than 13,000 indie labels happily selling tunes with its service and that the company is not for sale.

6 vs 13,000? I don't know, we'll have to see how this tempest grows or slows.