June 1, 2009
June 2, 2009
Starkicker - California’s Cool Pure guitar pop music…
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June 3, 2009
Andy Swan - The Truth About Thieves Jangly guitars, honest to goodness song-writing…
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June 4, 2009
Rural Alberta Advantage - Don’t Haunt This Place Love this song… the band is now on Twitter (@ruralalberta). Also check out the Artists on Twitter List f
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June 5, 2009
Friday Cover Song: Kooks - All That She Wants (Orig. by Ace of Base)
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June 6, 2009
Yo La Tengo - Periodically Double or Triple (Taken from Popular Songs out September 8, 2009) New “funky” Yo La Tengo song…
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June 7, 2009
Musicstream.fm - Weekly summary of new music (June 1st - June 7th)
Daily music picks posted on @musicstreamfm

Sunday, June 7th

Yves Klein Blue / Loc: Australia / Style: IndieRock / Album: Ragged & Ecstatic out 06/26 / Web: http://ow.ly/cGYK / MP3: http://song.ly/cchb

Saturday, June 6th

The Februarys / Location: Vancouver / Style: Indie Rock / Album: Title TBD (out 09/2009) / Web: http://ow.ly/cC2L / MP3: http://song.ly/c8iy

Friday, June 5th

Ginger Envelope / Loc: Athens GA / Style: Indie Folk / Album: Invitation Air (out 06/30) / Web: http://u.nu/2cy8 / MP3: http://song.ly/bnxx

Thursday, June 4th

Mark Mallman / Location: USA / Style: Alt / Album: Invincible Criminal (out 08/11/09) / Web: http://ow.ly/aC2a / MP3: http://song.ly/bnx3

Wednesday, June 3rd

Valery Gore / Location: Toronto / Style: Alt Pop / Album: Avalanche to Wandering Bear / Web: http://ow.ly/aBWU / MP3: http://song.ly/bnwx

Tuesday, June 2nd

Carbon Leaf / Location: USA / Style: Celtic Pop / Album: Nothing Rhymes with Woman / Web: http://bit.ly/Niqjv / MP3: http://song.ly/b9yh

Monday, June 1st

Radio Dept / Location: Sweden / Style: Indie Dream Pop / Album: David EP (out 6/24/09) / Web: http://ow.ly/a5YB / MP3: http://ow.ly/a5YQ

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June 8, 2009
It is apparent that the future of the communications industry whatever it eventually becomes will be in the hands of the “little engines” not the powerful diesels (consolidators).
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Dinosaur Jr. - Over It (Taken from Farm out June 23) Another song from the new Dinosaur Jr. album… J Mascis is back with another set of ripping guitar riffs and solo’s!
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And here’s one compelling lesson all of us, students and teachers alike, need to relearn constantly: If you view education in purely instrumental terms as a way to a higher-paying job—if it’s merely a mechanism for mass customization within a marketplace of ephemeral consumer goods—you’ve effectively given a free pass to the prevailing machinery of power and those who run it.
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Like those sunglasses, education should help us to see ourselves and our world in fresh, even disturbing, ways. If we were properly educated as a nation, the only torturing going on might be in our own hearts and minds—a struggle against accepting the world as it’s being packaged and sold to us by the pragmatists, the technocrats, and those who think education is nothing but a potential passport to material success.
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June 9, 2009
Oldsters tend not to get it. That the key to the lives of youngsters today is ACCESS! They don’t believe in walls, they want to be able to reach out and touch EVERYBODY! If you erect a wall, young people ignore it, or destroy it, just to let you know who is boss. You may think the iPhone is a toy, but it’s a communications device! It allows you to be in touch with the world EVERYWHERE!
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Hotel Eden - Tell Me Where You’ve Been (Taken from “A Way Back Home EP”) Soulful, piano driven indie pop… if you like the Eels, this might catch your ear. Very catchy tunes.
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June 10, 2009
If the music industry dies it won’t be because everything changed. It will be because artists didn’t. Artists today have to - no, we get to - do what the rest of the industry and human race has been doing for eons: We get to be real human beings spending time with other real human beings. There’s no shortcut for that. The Man was afraid to tell us artists this before: It was never about our music. And it’s not about new technology now. It’s always been about people. All that matters is.
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Ohbijou - New Year’s (Taken from Beacons out June 16 (CAN) and June 23 (USA)) “The music of Ohbijou, which draws on pop, folk and bluegrass influences, has been classified in the indie pop genre. Casey has cited the music of Canadian songwr
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Free 12 track indie pop MP3 sampler from Shelflife Records
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June 11, 2009
Thieves Like Us - Really Like to See You Again Indie electro pop band based in Paris, France. eMusic has the last album available for download.
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June 12, 2009
In five years most music will probably just stay in the cloud. The days of moving media to one’s hard drive are numbered.
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Discovery - I Want You Back (Orig. by Jackson 5) BTW, this is the Vampire Weekend/Ra Ra Riot side project… not what you would expect style wise. This is along the lines of the Postal Service.
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Labels should align their licensing efforts with consumer demand. And judging from what the last ten years of digital music history have taught us, consumers are more likely to pay for portable music than they are for music streamed to a desktop. The infrastructure just about in place for this — all that remains is for the labels to take a small leap of faith.
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June 13, 2009
Rancid - Dominoes Fall (Taken from Let The Dominoes Fall) Music from the new Rancid just seems right for a Saturday morning!
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June 14, 2009
The utopian version is that anyone with enough talent and dedication can support themselves, however modestly. That the fans will respond, and support quality. Instead of blown-out groups, the DIY vision calls for a bigger number of smaller artists, each empowered by their direct-to-fan databases. Sounds lovely, though the reality will probably be something less romantic. Quitting the day job is one thing, though slaving away for a modest music wage is another. Is the life of a middle-class artist like an early-stage entrepreneur - huge vision, endless work, major quality-of-life challenges, serious burnout potential? So far, being middle class with a guitar means working tirelessly, and juggling fan-building, touring, and creativity while trying to get enough sleep.
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June 15, 2009
The Sundays - My Finest Hour A band that is definitely missed… the jangly guitar and angelic voice is such a perfect combination.
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June 16, 2009
The Most Serene Republic - Heavens To Purgatory.(Taken from “And the Ever Expanding Universe” out July 14) Looking forward to this release by the Canadian indie rock band… they pack a lot of sound in their songs.
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June 17, 2009
Angela Desveaux - Heartbeat This singer/songwriter from Montreal has an incredible voice… if you like country roots inflected pop music, this song covers it! You can hear the Gillian Welch and Lucinda Williams influence here.
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The voters who sent the Pirate Party to Parliament were largely 18-24 year olds — an important demographic for the music industry and a group that will soon move on to positions where they will make policy decisions on copyright issues for years to come.
June 18, 2009
Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun Rain, rain, go away! And bring back the sun!
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June 19, 2009
The Smithereens - Pinball Wizard (Orig. by the Who) It’s Friday… yah! Which is also the weekly cover song posting.
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A demo video of a touch-less, gestural interface. Will we see this type of technology in consumer devices within 3-5 years? Microsoft recently announced Project Natal, which is the nex
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June 20, 2009
Bavarian Druglords - Goldsoul Trippy, psychedelic music…
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June 21, 2009
Blur - Chemical World “Until you can see right through….”
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Why Does Music Move You?

While listening to music, neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, asks the questions “where do goose bumps come from?” and “what’s going on in my brain that allows the goosebumps to happen?” Levitin leads a group of researchers as they investigate music’s fundamental physical structure; its biological, emotional and psychological impact; its brain altering and healing powers and its role in human evolution. The Music Instinct: Science and Song, a fascinating two-hour documentary on the science of music, premieres Wednesday, June 24, 2009 at 9 p.m. (ET) on PBS (check local listings).
via pbs.org

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June 22, 2009
Bowerbirds – Beneath Your Tree Quirky indie folk…
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June 23, 2009
The mass-marketing practices that the Record Industry adopted and mastered in correlation with file-sharing’s rise into predominance may have, in turn, created the ultimate paradox. Wherein the more the major labels focused on producing music that could be highly and quickly popularized, the more expecting fans perceived these artists negatively, perhaps, avoided buying their albums, and preceded to file-share their potentially ‘short-lived’ songs instead.
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Lemonheads - Rockin Stroll
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It’s not that some people have willpower and some don’t. It’s that some people are ready to change and others are not.
James Gordon
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June 24, 2009
The Got To Get Got - Rattle Off (Taken from “Sahalee” out July 14th) Another great sounding Halifax, NS band… if you like Pavement, you’ll like this track.
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June 25, 2009
Rupert Murdoch is closing in on 80 and his senior staff are all middle-aged cogs in a giant machine that cannot be flexible or fleet enough to grasp a nascent opportunity in a sector it barely understands and cannot capitalise upon.
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Darlings - Teenage Girl (Taken from Yeah I Know) Garage rockers out of NYC… sloppy, a bit noisy but very melodic. These guys sound like they are having a good time keeping it loose and not taking things too seriously. Very addictive music.
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June 26, 2009
The Welcome Wagon - Half a Person (Orig. by the Smiths) Cover Friday…
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June 27, 2009
Badly Drawn Boy - A Journey from A to B Such a talented UK singer/songwriter… comfort music!
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June 28, 2009
Wheat - H.O.T.T First single from the new album, “White Ink, Black Ink” out July 21. All I can say is “Wow!”… really liking this song a lot!
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We have to connect with each other. We have to build on each other. And we have to take the time and the effort to weave a community of people with common interests. We have to take the time to build up the people who we care about. I use a phrase at O’Reilly as a motto, which is, “Create more value than you capture.
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June 29, 2009
In 1999 Napster developed a great digital service, but did so at the expense of music, while the music business protected music at the expense of progressing online digital services.
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Years - The Major Life Ambient instrumental music…. for fans of Explosions in the Sky.
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