Friday, May 02, 2008

Kerascene: Rachel Mayfield

Kerascene keeps giving tips to the best in music - check out Rachel Mayfield.

"Rachel Mayfield's voice grabs you like nothing else. This girl is Liz Fraser, Bjork and Harriet Wheeler with attitude."

Liz Frazer? They got me right there.

Friday, April 25, 2008

This Is Puremusic

Check out the new issue of featuring interviews with UK wonder Ed Harcourt, Caroline Herring, Blue Highway, and Mia Doi Todd.

Reviews of Gary Louris, James McMurtry, Bo Ramsey, Swamp Cabbage, Justin Townes Earle, Kathleen Edwards, The Mountain Goats, Ladyhawk, The Ruby Suns, The Chapin Sisters, The Feeling, and The Lost Soul of Philadelphia International Records.

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

Soundplant Music Creation Freeware

Soundplant is a free self-contained digital audio performance program that turns your computer keyboard into a fully customizable sample-triggering device.

It allows the assignment of sound files of unlimited size to virtually any keyboard keys, with no external devices needed and no MIDI involved. It can be used as a drum pad, to add a live track to an already made song, to mix together tracks in realtime, to create music or loops from scratch, to quickly sketch sound designs, to give new life to old sounds, or as a performance, presentation, or installation tool. Because it is not a synthesizer and instead uses your own digital samples (it's a 'software sampler'), Soundplant is a virtually limitless electronic instrument.

A simple graphic interface provides for drag-and- drop, point-and-click configuration of each key, including several options which control the way each sound is triggered, along with pitch, offsets, looping, volume, and panning. Sounds can be easily batch assigned across multiple keys at varying pitches and offsets, and keyboard configurations can be saved and loaded. Download Soundplant.

Hot Pants

If you've been rocking in your BDUs only to have your fans tear them away like toilet paper off the roll, you seriously need to hop into the BDU Pants from LA Police Gear. These are ultra-fine ripstop pants that meet military specs for roughage and toughage. And yes, they are available to civilians and rock stars alike.

If BDUs aren't your style, but you still dig the military/cop look, you should check out their line of boots (including Bates Durashocks and Blackhawk Warrior Wear) and other cool gear.

Tech-House Free Download

Looking for some new minimal, tech-house music to get yourself stepping? Here's a free download from DJ 4tech called "Portable Vol. 2".

Includes tracks by Mick Chillage and Insert84. Enjoy irresponsibly.

Download and track list.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Take Your Time

I have a fondness for clocks (yet, somehow I'm never on time) and if you do too, you should go to

This cool Website has mantel clocks, grandfather (and grandmother) clocks, wall clocks, atomic clocks and more - and my special favorites - Howard Miller clocks. Howard Miller has genius products. If you don't know what I mean, check out this skeleton clock.

It's not that type of skeleton. It's a type of clock where you can see the inner mechanisms working as the clock keeps time. This one is encased in acrylic and has cool brass movements and accents. Watching the movements as the seconds tick away is really compelling and relaxing. It's like meditation. Perfect for the home office, especially when the last thing you want to do is work.

If you're not familiar with Howard Miller clocks, take a look. If you prefer Kieninger or Hermle clocks or even the cool retro-like neon wall clocks you can find those as well.

Bjork Fans Listen Up

Stereogum has released a tribute to Bjork and her album "Post" entitled "Stereogum Presents ... Enjoyed: A Tribute to Bjork's Post".

The 12-track cover song compilation features Stereogum favorites and this year's most buzzed about indie musicians paying homage to Bjork with their own interpretations of her music. The tribute is available as a free download (in MP3 format, and as .zip and torrent files) exclusively at Stereogum.

Artists and songs:

1. Liars - "Army Of Me"
2. Dirty Projectors - "Hyperballad"
3. High Places - "Modern Things"
4. Bell - "It's Oh So Quiet"
5. Pattern Is Movement - "Enjoy"
6. Evangelicals - "You've Been Flirting Again"
7. Xiu Xiu - "Isobel"
8. Final Fantasy & Ed Droste - "Possibly Maybe"
9. White Hinterland - "I Miss You"
10. El Guincho - "Cover Me"
11. Atlas Sound - "Headphones"
12. No Age – "It’s Oh So Quiet"


You Get Credit

If you are looking for a comparison website to evaluate all the offers for bad credit credit cards and / or bad credit loans, then take a look at They have the rundown on the lenders who are willing to give people with poor credit a second chance.

Read up on your options before you make a decision. And hey, be careful this time.

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Music for Life

I don't usually post press releases without my what-I-like-to believe-is-creative spin, but this is just too important, not to mention cool. Word for word:

Indie Music For Life a non-profit 501(c)3 that raises money for cancer research and building educational awareness programs on the benefits of music as therapy to cancer patients will hold its first west coast event in Long Beach, California on April 30 at The Blue Café, 210 Promenade North. The concert starts at 8:00pm and the ticket price is $10.

Indie Music For Life was founded in 2005 by singer songwriter Vicki Blankenship with the main goal in raising money by producing fun and entertaining benefit concerts and yearly compilation CDs featuring Indie artists worldwide. To date, the organization has produced 33 events up and down the east coast in cities like Atlanta, Boston, New York, Raleigh, Charlotte, Washington, Philadelphia and more. The 2008 benefit concerts titled Indie Nation Fights Cancer are growing nationwide to include music, comedy, and spoken word artists joining together in the fight against cancer one song, one laugh, and one word at a time. Long Beach and The Blue Café will become the first city and venue on the west coast to open the door on the awareness of what the non-profit is doing in the fight against cancer. “The venue holds 600 plus people and it would be great if our welcome on the west coast was a sell-out crowd enjoying the music lineup for this event,” states Founder Vicki Blankenship.

The 2008 Indie Music For Life compilation CD project is a double-disc set featuring 37 artists from around the world and sells for $12. Gilli Moon, who is one of the performers scheduled to showcase at the Long Beach fundraiser at The Blue Café, is one of the 37 artists featured on this year’s CD with her song “Be”. This year Indie Music For Life also produced a CD featuring children’s music that showcases 22 artists and sells for $10. This CD is geared toward listeners 1 to 8 years old. They are also getting ready to produce their first comedy compilation CD project.

Performers slated to appear in the Indie Music For Life fundraiser at The Blue Café on April 30 are:
String Planet (
Annette Conlon (
Gilli Moon (
Shauna Burns (
Danielle Egnew (
Jennifer Corday (
Plus an appearance by Rhymecologist J. Walker (

Sponsors for the event are NetteRadio ( hosted by Annette Conlon, one of the performers for the night, along with being the event coordinator; Daisy Rock Girl Guitars
( who has donated a Wildwood Acoustic Guitar in Pink Burst for the silent auction; Miles High Productions ( who has donated an autographed photo from Heart and a rare autographed Heart CD box set, Jupiter’s Darling, for the silent auction; Spotted Kiva Productions ( who donated the event posters and handouts, and who produces and duplicates the Indie Music For Life compilation CD projects; Serge Entertainment ( who is the official PR management and booking services company for Indie Music For Life; and The Blue Café
( for donating their space and hosting this event.

You can read more about Indie Music For Life, Inc. and you can purchase the CD projects at their online retail store by visiting their website at

Friday, March 28, 2008

Sled Island - You 2 Can Rock Canada

Sled Island Festival '08, a 4-day long, multi venue festival showcasing a variety of emerging and established indie music talent, is set to rock Canada Jun 25, 2008 - Jun 28, 2008 in Calgary. in 2007 won plaudits from international press, artists and festival-goers alike. Last year in Sled Island's debut, the festical hosted 96 artists including Cat Power, Boredoms, The Walkmen, Spoon, Les Savy Fav, and Eric Bachmann alongside local and national independent acts like Woodpigeon, Mother Mother, CPC Gangbangs, Hot Little Rocket, and about a million more.

Sled Island is still open for new bands. If you want to give it a shot, you have until March 31st to apply. Go to Sled Island for the link to submit your EPK.

Serious Coin

Listen, gold investing isn't just for millionaires. In fact, cold, hard coin isn't hard to come by if you've got a little green and the Monex Deposit Company on your side. If you want to pocket your wealth in the form of a sweet gold coin just take up Monex's offer on the American Eagle gold coin - a pure .9167 fine gold coin with a valid US legal tender face value of $50. You can buy the Eagle in packs of 10 units for personal delivery only.

If you want to spread your wealth into other hard money, the Monex companies can also provide you with silver and other precious metals in the form of coins or ingots, delivered right to your door or conveniently deposited in safe storage at an independent bank.

But why choose Monex? Simply because Monex Precious Metals has been helping Americans satisfy their precious metals needs for over 30 years and they take pride in offering the best prices available in the US.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Taxi Doll Remixed

Taxi Doll has opened the doors to a new Myspace Profile dedicated to DJs and remixers: Taxi Doll Remixed. If you haven't yet mixed up their music, you can download tracks there, including the occasional a cappella track.

"We've been so lucky to have worked with so many awesome DJs and Remixers, we thought the fruits of their labors deserved their own page ..."


Tuesday, March 18, 2008

The Top In Hip Hop

Hip Hop and all things pertaining to it - hard to keep up with the rap these days. But if you need to know the latest and the greatest has it covered. I like their layout - clean and cool.

So if you need to know who's on top today you can check out the Top Ten for the best rapper, best album, best song, or learn about new releases and chat about your take on the forums.

Thanks for the tip off, RA.

The Teenage Prayers Tour

Latest from The Teenage Prayers as they continue their SXSW Tour with 5 dates remaining of the 13 stop tour:

The band played 4 successful shows in Austin, TX during SXSW including a Stubb’s Cellar show along side Nicole Atkins on the night of the R.E.M. show and an Amoeba Records showcase also sponsored by CarsonDaly.TV.

The band is keeping a video diary of their journey, including performance footage, which can be seen at The Teenage Prayers. The tour concludes on March 22nd in Baltimore.

Monday, March 17, 2008

SXSW Sucks

Sucks away all interest in doing anything else, that is. Thanks much to all the wonderful bands and fans and parties - I haven't done anything else!

It's sweet. But I tell you, these bands need to be paid. It's only right. Exposure is one thing, but that doesn't feed the kids today.

Thursday, March 13, 2008

New Music Philpot

Introducing Philpot:

Joey Reynolds, WOR Radio "These kids play kick ass rock and roll with a technical virtuosity that is nothing short of astounding. Kentz Ward is the most charismatic front man since Axl Rose and Kurt Cobain."

Zink Magazine "Tight chops, fresh and memorable melodies and choruses, never guilty of rehashing their predecessors."

Illinois Entertainer "…riffs that check everything from Guns N' Roses to Led Zeppelin in Stooges-styled distortion…Philpot ensures rock isn't dead."

OK. So those are pretty breathy reviews. Put on your boots and wade on over to see if they are worthy. Thanks for the tip Kerscene.

Saturday, March 08, 2008

UK Mortgage News

I've been reading the news section on Mortgages over at Money Magic - and it seems the United Kingdom government is getting smart about educating home buyers on their finances.

One of the issues people in the UK can get advice from the government on is saving for a mortgage deposit (better known as a down payment in some parts). This is welcome news, since sadly, most educational systems do very little to teach young people how to prepare for buying a home or taking out a mortgage. I am not aware of the foreclosure rate or rate of default in the UK, but in the U.S. it is particularly bad at this time.

Housing minister Yvette Cooper was quoted as saying the free advice could prevent regular people from getting ripped off by loan sharks or by failing to note the small print in financial dealings. While there has already been help for people who are in serious debt, the same could not be said for "ordinary" families who could "do with some free guidance at many points in their lives," Cooper said.

Congrats then and good luck on finding and buying your own home! There is nothing like it.

Friday, March 07, 2008

Moog Me - Human Response

Magnatune is hooking you up with some Human Response - take a listen:

Moog enthusiasts will absolutely love Immortal, volume two of Jan Hanford's ongoing analog archives series of Moog music she created in the 1980s. Intelligent, contemplative, and highly melodic, this album instantly conjures up acertain dreamily modern feeling of that period and flows easily from one song to the next, like a more intimately scaled Tangerine Dream.


Bad Good - Find Out For Yourself

Inundated by bad credit credit card offers? Well, if you've had the poor judgment to get yourself into this state of credit shock, you likely need some advice for getting out of it. may be for you. They have some advice and suggestions on things such as home loans, auto and personal loans, and more for people with poor credit. Their "bad credit" credit card section gives you a look at 10 of the top credit card offers out there and links you up. You need to know what to look for and this is a place to start.

As with any financial dealings, do your due diligence before signing on the line.

Cherine Anderson Going SXSW

This is the real, honeys!

A SXSW performance not to be missed! Jamaican songstress Cherine Anderson - a protege of legendary drum n bass duo Sly & Robbie since the age of 15, this young beauty (and acclaimed Jamaican actress) conjures up thoughts of Lauryn Hill in her prime. But Cherine's sound is all her own. Dubbed 'Dancehall Soul', Cherine's music is a mixture of all the genres she loves and has been inspired by - dancehall, reggae, r&b, and soul - all rolled into one powerful package. Her range as an artist and songwriter are as diverse as the artists she has already had the pleasure to work with; from writing about her home's volatile political state in "Kingston State of Mind" to giving you some "Good Love".

Get your reggae on Saturday, March 15, at 10:00 p.m. at the Flamingo Cantina (515 E 6th St). Get a taste of Cherine here.

Insure Your Goods

OK kids, if you don't know it by now, I'm telling you life is a risk. And I'm not just talking about whether your new Britney Spears CD will be a hot rocking bullet or a suicide attempt waiting to happen. I'm talking about the big things you acquire - cars, homes, that new Harley Davidson. These things all need the same thing and that thing is insurance.

My U.K. homies can ease their minds with AutoNet Insurance - a company that says out front, "We want to give you the opportunity to experience our excellent insurance service. Find cheaper insurance with the same level of cover, we'll quite happily give you a refund - no problem!*" (Find out for yourself what that little asterisk means. I can't do it all.) You can get online quotes easier than you can plaster your scooter against a lamp post and they even offer Courier Insurance, something I have to say I've never encountered the need for here in the States. Unfortunately, you have to be aware that your tools aren't covered by courier insurance and I suspect that your guitars, drums and disco ball may be classified as tools. Even your band mates may be classified as tools.

In any case, protect the things you've earned. It just makes sense.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

PureMusic Pleasure

The latest and greatest of Puremusic is ready for your reading pleasure. What you'll find:

Interviews with Hanne Hukkelberg, The Doyle and Debbie Show, Will Kimbrough and Steve Poltz. Reviews of twelve diversely compelling CDs you probably won't find covered anywhere else. (At least not like We cover them.) Plus four more live video clips from NYC's Jenifer Jackson.


Thursday, February 21, 2008

Bang Gang DJs Doing SXSW

The Bang Gang DJs are established as Australia’s unrivaled premier night of twisted musical eclecticism. Jaime Doom, Gus Da Hoodrat, Dangerous Dan, DJ Damage and Ajax, along with maitre d Nolan Nolan redefined what it was to push the boat out in Australia, and have quickly become famous for their parties, DJing and mix sets all over the world.


Wednesday, March 12 1:00 a.m.
Karma Lounge (119 W 8th St)

Uh yeah, SXSW? Get the friggin' link right, will ya?

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Afrobots at SXSW

Afrobots: Sounds Like "Neneh Cherry & HR from Bad Brains making love and having a baby grimier than Shabba Ranks ..."

March 12 -16 in too many places to count. Check the Afrobots 'Space for updates.

Friday, February 15, 2008

Rocket Scientists in Baja Prog XII

Acclaimed American progressive rock legends Rocket Scientists will perform at the world renown progressive rock festival Baja Prog XII in Mexicali, Mexico on Thursday, March 27th, 2008.

The band will take the stage from 8:30PM -10PM. Rocket Scientists' core members Erik Norlander, Mark McCrite and Don Schiff will appear at the festival along with select guest musicians including symphonic rock diva Lana Lane and guitarist Jim Williams. This concert follows on the heels of the release of Rocket Scientists ambitious DVD/4-CD box set "Looking Backward" through Think Tank Media and ProgRock Records.

More information about Rocket Scientists.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

David Martin Music Video

Who? Is this indie? I mean - enjoy!

"Something In Your Eyes" by singer David Martin

Monday, February 11, 2008

Bandit A&R Rocks

On the heels of Bandit A&R newsletter's birthday - 20 years of serving musicians, songwriters and music business professionals around the world - editor John Waterman is proud to announce an additional report available free with new subscriptions. New subscribers may now receive 4 issues plus 2 reports for $2 (one pound). In return for the investment, you will receive Bandit's 4 latest PDF newsletters and the upcoming issue at the end of the month plus "The Bandit Guide to Sending Demos" and "How to Get Noticed by the Music Business".

And for this month only, subscribers will receive free access to part one of the acclaimed 10 month course "How to Make a Million $ from your Music. For more information about more opportunities for musicians or to subscribe to Bandit A&R Newsletter, please visit

Rock that!

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

Obsess With Your Vinyl Self

Do you miss your vinyl? No, I don't mean your Wham album that turned into a Dali sculpture after your sister left on the window ledge.

I mean the obscure treats you used to find at record stores and pawn shops with names like "Standing Room Only" by Dennis Awe aka The Velvet Touch, "Music for Happy Occasions" by Paul Pincus and His Orchestra or Beer Garden Musik by who the hell cares let's drink and dance the polka?

You need to hit up Our Lady of Perpetual Obsolescence Vinyl Rescue Mission and Orphanage. It's the last safe haven for forgotten and downtrodden record albums.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Apollo Sunshine on Kerascene

I dig Kerascene Music. It's an indie lover's paradise.

What do we have today? Let's take a listen to Apollo Sunshine.

"one day.... on a few different days.... the men of Apollo Sunshine were born.... in the form of human babies... they immediately heard things... and reacted to them.... and grew larger and thought many more things.... and learned how to let their fingers move for themselves... and then thought very little... and let it all flow thru... and.... you remember everything they are doing.. because it all comes from inside of you... and you've known it all along.... Apollo Sunshine is YOUR band....."

Well, OK then.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Breech "Schubert Waltz"

I just listened to a little tune by Breech called "Schubert Waltz" and I have to say there's nothing like taking an old favorite and crashing it in flames in the middle of a crowded schoolyard. I'm not kidding - it's that good. Maybe even better.

Get yourselves over to to listen and review it. So very fun.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Salsa! Emusica Fania Collection

As if you didn't know ... is the world's greatest resource for tropical Latin music. And what's even better? They have the FANIA Essentials ready to fill in all the missing spots in your collection.

"We are happy to offer the new digitally remastered reissues from the classic salsa label, Fania. Brought to you by Emusica, which, over time, will be reissuing the entire catalog with improved sound and superb liner notes too - some of which are written by's own virtually resident scholar, John Child. Many of these new reissues have been remastered by Jon Fausty or Bob Katz, so even if you already own the older CD version you might want to consider upgrading to the new improved edition. They're even less expensive than the originals were! Good news all around."
Knock yourself out, like pronto.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Shocking Winehouse

Amy Winehouse was "shocked" into rehab by a top executive at her record label...

Shocked? The only thing shocking is that this dope bag still has a record label. I know, I know, I kick while they're down. But I also kick while they're up so that makes it OK.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Nothing But Puremusic

The new issue of Puremusic is up, check it out:

This month features interviews with Garrison Starr, The SteelDrivers, Jake Shimabukuro (the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele) and acclaimed music photographer Sandy Dyas. Bunch of new reviews too.
Take a look and enjoy!

Saturday, January 19, 2008

Croc Cafe Closes

Seattle music hole Crocodile Cafe, known as the "living room of grunge," closed in December. The community centered spot was rumored to be in financial trouble before the close. Too bad ... and not just for grungers. The joint dished up local bands of all flavors.

Maybe "living room of indie" would have been more suitable to the time.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

McCartney Gets Grosser

And I thought this scumbag could sink no lower:

Singer Paul McCartney announced Tuesday he will stage an exhibition of his first wife Linda's photographs to mark the 10th anniversary of her death.

That poor woman can't stopped being screwed by him even in death. Why doesn't he try profiting from his own death for a change?

Monday, January 14, 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008

Art Is Life

We all need art, whether in our ears or on our walls. So if you're looking to beautify your world with some wall stuff, visit the Park West Gallery.

Why? A couple of reasons: Park West Gallery has the largest collection of fine art in the world and they also hold art auctions at sea. How sweet is that? (If you're not a fan of cruises(?) you can also visit auctions in the U.S. and Canada.)

Right now, they're featuring artist Jean-Claude Picot, a a Post-Impressionist painter of nature views. If Picot's not your buzz, they also currently have work from Rembrandt, Renoir, Erte, Anatole Krasnyansky and much more.

Enjoy the view.

Stratospheerious Trip Up

OK, first off, I'm not a fan of jam bands. There. It's out there and I don't regret it. Now then, Stratospheerius' "Live Wires" makes me want to forget that for awhile. Why? Because: "It's the full-on electro-fiddle-trip-funk experience!"

They would have missed me if not for the "trip" and the ever-so righteous drummer, Lucianna Padmore and their cover of "The Simpsons" theme. Check them out.

Cool Shades

Need the coolest specs possible on a budget? Yeah, we all want that. So with no further futzing, check out this Great Discovery:

Stylish $8 prescription eyeglasses with a case? How can that be possible? They make their own stuff, hacked out the middle man, and their ad budget goes to geeks/rock gods like me. We all win here. And we look cool doing it.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Winehouse Potentially Screwing One More Gig

I don't know why I can't leave this poor sodded chick alone. I guess it must for the same reason she can't drop the drugs...

Nah. I can quit anytime. I just don't want to.

Take A Chair

The lap of luxury is growing ever more comfortable these days. Point in fact: the Human Touch Massage Chairs. After a long tour, no simple vibrating chair is going to take away those back pains. Ask the creaking old Rolling Stones if you don't believe me.

Human Touch engineers have studied the techniques of the world's best massage therapists and leading chiropractors and physicians to find what works and created the Robotic Massage system. We're talking full body massage chairs that can match the "rolling, kneading, compression and percussion" techniques of the real thing.

Check out the site for more information on this propriety and way cool massage technology. Your aching bod will thank you. And hopefully, me as well.

Delta Music Freeware

Delta SP 1.62 (last freeware version) is like a bunch of normal music software programs, except it's all been crammed into one, so it's much bigger, but more flexible and easier to use once you've learned the basics. Delta SP has a sequencer, which plays MIDI messages to it's internal synthesizer or to external MIDI devices, and also Audio clips to Audio channels in the synth.

You can use Delta SP to compose music, jingles, radio programs or film effects. When your project is ready you can use the Export Audio function to save your project as a high definition WAV, MP3 or OGG file.

The Delta SP synthesizer is stereo, including effects. It uses 32 bit audio. It loads internal plugins and VST plugins. It has a big integrated sampler similar to soundfont technology which works together with the synth. Delta SP works great on Windows 95 thru Windows XP.

Free download here. Get it while you can.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

Sweet Pinks

Sweet! I love me a Pink Martini.

Although I dig the song "Hang On Little Tomato" I like the CD "Sympathique" more.

Go Gold

The popular saying right now is "Gold is cold," but it actually is still quite cool. In fact, owning gold is one of the best ways to hold on to your cold hard cash. There's nothing like a heavy handful of gold coins to make you feel wealthy indeed.

If you're ready to take your money to the next level, you can turn to the Monex Deposit Company for all your gold and precious metal purchases. Monex has been in the business for more than 30 years and their convenient market and competitive prices on precious metals make it easy for you to invest in ingots or coins. You can also take advantage of Monex Precious Metals' immediate delivery of your bullion or you can arrange safe storage at a bank or depository of your choice.

Get your gold while it's hot!

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Chopper Tech Turns To Stereo

My surface is stereo, jah. The coolth never recedes.

Thursday, January 03, 2008