Saturday, December 29, 2007

Terminus













Remember the underground band from Australia called Sounds of Dentage, they finished yep its right, but their vocalist, Tom have another band called Terminus. They are already recording songs for their first EP as a band. This is their biography that i rip from their official website: "Terminus is a grunge band formed in late 2007. With influences ranging from Nirvana to Throwdown, we produce a normally heavy, yet grungy sound. Wailing feedback, screeching guitar solos and heavy drumming are the kind of sounds you will find in our songs, along with twisted, deranged lyrics and head-banging stage performances. The band was formed from the ruins of what was Sounds Of Dentage. Fueled by the love of ronk, we are determined to impress alternative rocks fans around Adelaide and beyond." For more details you have their official webpage www.terminus-band.co.nr or their myspace.com www.myspace.com/terminusadelaide

Sunday, December 23, 2007

Good news for CD lovers!!














"The BPI has reported a standout trading period in the lead-up to Christmas. CD album sales could achieve the rare feat of topping the 8 million mark this week, the trade body said today, on the back of 6.3 million CD sales last week. The figures are based on Official U.K. Charts Company sales data. "This Christmas is proving that music continues to have real value in the minds of consumers, and that - combined with high quality reissues and special editions - CD albums remain hugely attractive gifts," comments BPI chief executive Geoff Taylor in a statement. Meanwhile, a tally of the 10 best selling albums of the year in Britain shows a strong flavor for home-grown artists. The first eight albums on the list originate from the British Isles, led by Amy Winehouse's set "Back To Black" (Island). Winehouse's multiple Grammy Award-nominated album is on target to finish the year as the best-selling album, with more than 1.47 million sales. Leona Lewis' "Spirit" (Syco) is the next best, with more than 1.27 million sales. The figure for "Back In Black" rises to 1.8 million when combined with sales of a recently-issued deluxe edition. Worldwide are fast approaching the 5 million mark, a Universal Music spokesman says."

News from billboard.com

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Don't be the monkey in the picture!



I am becoming with the sensation that nowadays people are starting to loose their strong relationship with music. In the old days when mp3 was a word that no one knows or even imagine, people had to buy their music so the albums or singles in question were more adore because it was more hard to get. The consequences were more hours listening the same album and a strong relationship with the music.

Nowadays everyone can get what they want in a question of minutes with torrents or P2P or even the new websites that offers music for free. So its normal that this opportunity conceded by the high velocity of internet and the large scale of downloads that internet companies give to their clients made people download more than they needed. I contact with people who download music everyday and after some days or weeks they forget some music that they downloaded. Its normal for then to listen an album less that 10 times, because after this they already have another 10 albums that made forget the one i question. People in general consume music in quantity and not in quality!

Even i fall down in this thing without notice, i start to be a regular music downloader at jamendo.com (a french website for independent artists who let people download their music for free that i already have talked here before) and when i look to myself i saw that i have downloaded music that didn't say much to me, but i got it because its was free... I'm not saying that is bad to download free or legal music, but i think that we have to download only what matters to us!

So with the internet revolution, with the massif development and distribution of computers worldwide people transform inconsequentially music in something to consume and not to adore or make it the sonorous band of our lives.

Don't be the monkey in the picture! I see that MTV likes to joke with us and with the monkey, poor monkey, he seems to be sad!

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Growing music collection with Soundgarden



Yesterday i added more two CD's to my music collection for a very friendly price. They were released almost eighteen years ago and they belong to the classic band of the 90's Soundgarden from Seattle. You can find in these two CD's some of the most know Soundgarden songs like "Rusty Cage", "Outshined", "Jesus Christ Pose", "Loud Love" and "Hands All Over"... I am hearing these songs and they are bringing me a great nostalgic feeling about the 90's, about the golden age where Grunge was a strong movement!!! The CD's were:

Soundgardern - Louder Than Love (1990)












Soundgarden - Badmotorfinger (1991)

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Kurt Cobain & Mudhoney - The Money Will Roll Right In



"Rare vid of Kurt Cobain playing with Mudhoney. Nirvana often played this song on demoes and did live covers, but never actually released it."

Rare and old i say, because its from 1992! Rock on :)

Cat Power - I don't blame you (kurt cobain video)



Its made by a music fan, this are his words about it: "A video I made for the Cat Power song "I don't blame you" back in 2004, wich I think is about Kurt Cobain, judging by the lyrics. Even though maybe it's not about him, I thought it was fitting to make a KC related video for it, so I dug deep into my collection of nirvana videos and made a nice little montage. enjoy!"

Outdoors



Words from the creator of this experimental sound video: "
A few years ago I decided to make my own drumkit using stuff around my yard, then put some guitars over. This is what eventually came of it..."

Monday, December 10, 2007

Grunge is not dead






















Its a cover album from 1997... I love it!

More about Nirgendwo here

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Kristen Barry














I can't found nothing about this girl of the 90's, no biography, no cd's for sale (the only store who sells Kristen Barry cd's is amazon.com) etc.. But she have or had? a great talent for composing songs...












This is the album that i am talking about, it's called "The Beginning.The Middle.The End" from 1996 (Virgin Label).

Seminoma - Ravage EP

A guy who sound like Nirvana?!

http://www.markprindle.com/bribery/seminoma.htm

I love to hear this songs...

Kurt Cobain is Alive!?!?

Today i was surfing on the web when i found this, read for yourself:
http://www.zeropaid.com/bbs/archive/index.php/t-15972.html

Sub Pop 200












Sub Pop 200 is a great compilation of grunge. It was release in 1988 and it represents the beginning of grunge, principally in Seattle, because the label Sub Pop and most or all this bands are from this land. I think everyone who likes grunge should listen this compilation because it have a lot of bands, most of then i didn't know, but you can find Nirvana, Soundgarden, Green River, Screaming Trees, Mudhoney, Tad etc on it... And is interesting listening some bands playing songs in a very different way that is know, like for example Soundgarden...

Songs/ bands from it:
* 1 Sex God Missy Tad
* 2 Is It Day I'm Seeing? Fluid
* 3 Spank Thru Nirvana
* 4 Come Out Tonight Steven Bernstein
* 5 The Rose Mudhoney
* 6 Got No Chains Walkabouts
* 7 Dead Is Dead Hale, Terry Lee
* 8 Sub Pop Rock City Soundgarden
* 9 Hangin' Tree Green River
* 10 Swallow My Pride Fastbacks
* 11 The Outback Blood Circus
* 12 Zoo Swallow
* 13 Underground Chemistry Set
* 14 Gonna Find a Cave Girl Trouble
* 15 Split Nights And Days
* 16 Big Cigar Cat Butt
* 17 Pajama Party in a Haunted Hive Beat Happening
* 18 Love or Confusion Screaming Trees
* 19 Untitled Steve Fisk
* 20 You Lost It Thrown Ups

This cd is a rarity because Sub Pop don't make it anymore, is something like the famous single of Nirvana "Love Buzz"... If anyone have it precious, i only can say one thing: you should be very proud to have this cd or vinyl, and you are a lucky one...

Monday, December 3, 2007

Smells Like Teen Spirit?
























Hell no, but it makes me remember! I found this picture at the new official website of Avril Spears www.avril-spears.at.tt It makes me remember the Nirvana "Smells Like Teen Spirit" videoclip because the band of the photo is playing a concert in a school gymnasium with a basket structure like the videoclip...

Avril Spears at Minerva Website here

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Doug Morris's an mp3 expert :)



The latest episode of Hijinks Ensue features a humorous take on Universal Music Group CEO Doug Morris's admission that the labels have been befuddled by technology.

Joel Watson, who made the comic, waxes poetic about Morris's approach to the internet

"He seems to view the internet and digital distribution as something to be feared with ones eyes averted, much like a 17th century farmer faced with some sort of vengeful hoofed Goat-God." All words from Wire Blog Network

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Thoria - Straight From Hell



















Last weekend i bought at www.7digital.ie the Thoria single or EP (called what you want) "Straight From Hell" for €2.97 (euros). It have only three songs but i am amazed with the powerful and great compositions & sound quality of then. Thoria songs have a feeling that is hard to find in these days, a feeling that is generated by their true passion for making the music that they believe, they do not follow what is in fashion or what sells more, they only make the music that is in their hearts... You have to hear these songs for understanding what i am talking about!

If you want to buy these songs at 7digital.com go here

For those who don't know Thoria check their myspace.com

Monday, November 26, 2007

After Radiohead, Courtney Love & My Bloody Valentine

My Bloody Valentine
















Everyone knows the impact that Radiohead have in the music industry when they released and practically offered their latest album "In Rainbows" over the official Radiohead website for free or for a money quantity that the users like to pay!
So after this big punch on the music industry, another artists are thinking on doind the same. Last week Courtney said that she want to do the same with her new songs...

Now "My Bloody Valentine are the latest act to be contemplating a "Radiohead style" download release of their new album. The band are currently working on their first long player since 1991's 'Loveless' and it seems they've been inspired by Thom Yorke and co.

Their manager Vinita Joshi told Billboard: "At the moment, all I can say is that Kevin (Shields) is getting the band back together and they will go into the studio next month to work on the new record.

"The plan is that they will release the album themselves via the Internet, but there will also probably be a vinyl release." However, she added that MBV are unlikely to follow Radio head's 'pay what you like' stance for the download." "text from antimusic.com"

Radiohead










By the way, read this recent words of Thom Yorke about this happenings:

"In an interview with BBC Radio 6 personality Steve Lamacq Radiohead frontman Thom Yorke let the world know the band's grand scheme with their donation-based sale of their recent opus In Rainbows: there was none.

Contrary to what seemed to be the case, the band had no plans of turning the industry on it's head as many analysts and bloggers speculated. It seems it was an idea thought up by their management who were reticent to sign a contract without a finished record.

The band kept the plan close to themselves with Yorke keeping even his wife in the dark about it and compares the move to leaking the album themselves, only allowing some profit to be made." Text from antimusic.com

So what will be the next? :)

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Breeding Sonic Waves



Its done! I already made the upload of the four songs of my musical project "Breeding Sonic Waves" at Jamendo.com with a new cover because the lettering of the old one have copyrights.

So everyone can download this EP for free here

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Breeding Sonic Waves

Breeding Sonic Waves presents a different, simple and original sound made only by two / three simultaneous guitars played by me. All the four songs were recorded digitally in a home studio without sound production but with 100% of pleasure and dedication! I already created a profile at myspace.com

Soon i will release an EP in digital format for people download. This image that you see in this post will be the cover album! I hope you like my tunes!

The adress is http://www.myspace.com/breedingsonicwaves

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Bad Reverb - Concern of Self Control EP












Bad Reverb is a Alternative / Rock band from Austria. Last week i got the original and their new EP. Its called "Concern of Self Control". It have six songs, and i have to say that this EP have a serious and a professional sound production for a independent release (they have no label). With this audio quality and the great/ original songs i think i made a very good acquisition! And i advise everyone to get one copy too, it cost only 8 Euros! Oh by the way the design of the EP is very cool too!



Their biography from myspace.com:
"Ladies and gentlemen, Here´s to your fuck! Bad Reverb is a four-piece rock group. Music with heart and passion, music without trends and fashion. This site´s for people, with same attitudes, concerns and values. If you are one of these fashion parade guys or just looking for "friends" or even both please fuck off!"

www.badreverb.at
www.myspace.com/badreverb
You can also find Bad Reverb at Minerva Website

Pinhead Society - Kings Of Our Size












I found a music treasure at www.7digital.ie The band were called Pinhead Society and their album "Kings Of Our Size" was released in 1998 by Candy Factory/Música Alternativa. This Portuguese band already have ended but they left a great and only one record, very claimed by the Portuguese critics. I think that their label made few cd copies, so i never saw this album for sale in Portuguese music stores, until now (one positive aspect of the digital, labels can reedit old artists without spending too much money). Their sound was influenced generally by Sonic Youth, Pixies and other bands from the first half of the 90's.

Here's the link for the album at 7digital

Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Peter Gabriel - Interview about the future of music industry



Peter Gabriel - who is one of the people behind the We7 service - talks about music, DRM, life and beyond.

Its an interview, made by Rchard Taylor of BBC with 23 minutes they talked about the future of music industry (digital format and the new ways of distribute music). Check it here:

http://news.bbc.co.uk/player/nol/newsid_6710000/newsid_6711100/6711167.stm?bw=nb&mp=wm&news=1&ms3=6

Some interesting parts of the interview:

"And I think the other think you’ve to look at is that if music is all out there and available for free, are there any other ways besides recorded music which can still derive a income? I would argue that the two areas are: 1) an ad-embedded approach where you try to get the advertising to an informational level so that it’s digestible, it’s not so painful but it’s actually useful stuff that you’re hearing about and it doesn’t go long for too long and that’s were the We7 model comes in and that’s why I was attracted to it; 2) an infiltering approach, that is, getting data from the selection of stuff; if all stuff is available how do you get to the stuff that is useful to you.

Why do you think now is the right moment for We7?

Well, it was actually a couple of years ago that I started thinking about it. I think it is the acceptance that a lot of people under the age of 30 do not buy music anymore. And I think that the record executives are noticing that kids are doing the same that every other kid is doing, They and the artists have to say: OK, how do we deal with this? And established artists like myself are going to find all sorts of ways, so you shouldn’t worry about us. But you should worry about young artists coming through. And a lot of those artists have had 50/60 per cent of their income for record sales. But that’s gone and it’s a huge thing. If we can find a way with advertising, which is really like getting in bed with the devil in lots of ways, but if we can find a way to make it useful, entertaining and informational, perhaps we can get a model that secures an income flow that can be shared with musicians or the rights holders."

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Jenny Owen Youngs



"Coming up strong behind R. Stevie Moore as the most talented singer/songwriter to be based in the nondescript bedroom community of Montclair, NJ, Jenny Owen Youngs looks like Lindsay Lohan's indie-kid younger sister (though, ironically, the baby-faced Youngs is in fact about a half-decade older than the hard-partying actress-singer) but sounds like an entirely successful fusion of Liz Phair's perceptive and brashly funny lyrics and the orchestrated folk-pop of Regina Spektor and Erin McKeown, with just a hint of Nellie McKay's jazzy cabaret leanings and Cat Power's throaty, confessional angst. Born in New Jersey in 1981 and raised in the usual suburban surroundings, Youngs first picked up the guitar at the age of 14 and attended the music program at the State University of New York at Purchase at a time when that previously obscure art school was single-handedly populating what would become the entire New York "anti-folk" scene: besides Youngs and Spektor, Jeffrey Lewis, Langhorne Slim, and the Moldy Peaches' Adam Green and Kimya Dawson were all SUNY-Purchase graduates. Maintaining a friendship with Spektor, who chose Youngs as her opening act on the tours following her breakthrough album, Soviet Kitsch, Youngs wrote and recorded her debut album, 2005's self-released Batten the Hatches. Although the album garnered generally positive reviews, it attracted little notice until one of its highlights, the rueful "Fuck Was I," was used in the second-season opener of the popular cable sitcom Weeds. Signing with the Canadian indie Nettwerk Records, Youngs released a remixed and repackaged version of Batten the Hatches in early 2007." Biography by Stewart Mason from allmusic.com



Cay - Nature Creates Freaks



I discover a great grunge band called Cay, it seems that i discover to late, because they already ended as a band! Yesterday i bought their mp3 album "Nature Creates Freaks" at www.7digital.ie because its hard to find it on the cd format. The only thing that i have to say after heard the album a few times is that sounds great!!!

Their biography from a fan page in memory of then http://www.myspace.com/neuronslikebrandy

About CAY
"We'd tried loads of different names, but we couldn't come up with one we liked," explains Anet. "Then one day an A&R guy rang me about a tape we'd sent him, and asked what he name of the band was. I didn't want to make us look so stupid that we couldn't even think of a name, so I glanced at the tape in my hand - on which we'd recorded a song called Cool As You - and I just took the first letters of the song title, and blurted out 'Cay'!

And so Cay was born. Anet originally comes from Holland, Nicky and Tom from London and Mark from Northern Ireland, yet this disparate quartet created a storm with their first few performances in Camden at the beginning of 1998, with A&R folk and journalists alike flocking to see them tear through their gigs - after only their third gig, a London listings magazine described them as "Seattle coming to Grays Inn Road via Camden, with singer Anet oozing like Sonic Youth or Nirvana never could - London's answer to Hole, but with better lipstick".

The band recorded a demo in March, which soon found it's way to Xfm where Ian Camfield started to play it, soon followed by The Gary Crowley Show, where it won the Demo Clash three weeks in a row. It was here that legendary independent Org Records first heard them - and promptly offered to release the demo as a single.

Better Than Myself was released as a limited edition single by Org Records in the summer of 1998, and the band started to get serious press attention, from Steve Lamacq's Music Week column and Sean Hughes in The Guardian to Kerrang! and Metal Hammer ("the future of British rock"), with rave reviews in the NME and Melody Maker along the way. And radio listeners beyond London were getting their first taste of Cay, with Mary-Anne Hobbs, Steve Lamacq and John Peel all championing the band...

Then, in September, In The City in Manchester beckoned. Cay were voted one of the three best unsigned bands at the event and were invited to play at the closing party. Industry magazine Music Week put a photo of Anet on the front cover, declaring Cay "the only true stars to emerge from In The City". The following month the band recorded a track for Fierce Panda's double-7" The Joy Of Plecs, and in November EastWest finally won the race for their signature. The signing was soon followed by the first airing of the band's Peel Session, they recorded a session for Steve Lamacq's Evening Session...then repaired to the studio to commence recording the debut album.

The band kicked off the year with their first UK tour, supporting 3 Colours Red - "It was great," laughs Anet, "because with those guys around you were never short of a drink." - and earned themselves glowing live reviews and articles in Kerrang!, Melody Maker, NME ("Cay throw everything in, turn it all up and wait for sparks to fly - stand well back and watch the reaction!") and Metal Hammer, as well as features in Dazed + Confused and Select.

April saw the release of their debut single for EastWest, the limited edition Neurons Like Brandy (Single Of The Week in The Independent and Kerrang!, with The Times commenting "Cay have made the kind of explosive record Hole never will...Neurons Like Brandy is monumental"), and June saw the release of the another limited edition single, Princes & Princesses, while the band played more dates around the country, culminating in a sell-out show at London's Queen Elizabeth Hall supporting Stereolab at the personal invitation of John Peel.

Nik Moore (July 1999)

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Scout Niblett - "Kiss" (featuring bonnie 'prince' billy)

This is the new single and video of the new Scout Niblett album "This Fool Can Die Now". What a beautiful song...

Monday, October 22, 2007

The slow dead of the CD



Music industry is suffering a really big change. The kids of today don't buy cds, people more older are starting to be enthusiastic with digital music stores, others only download from torrents or p2p, so could be this the end of the CD? I think the answer is yes

For me is being a little hard to change my way of consuming music. I always love to buy cds, but in the last two years i got an mp3 player to go everywhere with my music collection, and i started to disconnect from my cds... Other thing that i notice is that i am starting to have few space for archive my cds, i have more or less 400 cds in my room, so sometimes its a little difficult to find a specific album. With the mp3 player i find it in seconds...

By this words you can think than i am a fan of mp3, but i don't like to download music illegally for consuming because many reasons and i only bought one digital album over the internet until yet (i did it, because i couldn't found it anywhere. It happend the day before yesterday). I spent less money that the normal, it was very easy and fast! So this happenning make me think if i should abandon the CD format and start to buy mp3 in musical digital stores like www.7digital.com (very completed and cool)

By the way i found this interesting article in the internet that i like to share with you:


By Reuters
Friday October 19, 12:45 AM

By Kate Holton

LONDON (Reuters) - Whether at home, in the car or at his desk, designer Ben Robinson is surrounded by his favourite music -- via his iPod or a Web jukebox like Pandora.

Like other fans all over the world, Robinson, 26, is benefiting from the music industry's drive to reinvent itself in the digital age. Listeners now have many new ways to buy music online -- from subscription and set-your-own price to advertising-supported.

And, of course, there is Apple's established online giant -- iTunes.

Since it has become so easy to get music online, Robinson, for one, said he is buying twice as much as he used to. And he is also going to more gigs -- all good news for an industry that has struggled with CD sales falling at an alarming rate.

Soon there may be an even wider array of choices. Ben Cardew, chief reporter of Music Week magazine, sees the industry sampling lots of new ways to sell tunes to meet demand, which he says is stronger than ever.

"Wherever you go, people are listening to iPods, music is on adverts and the live scene is doing incredibly well. The demand is absolutely there," Cardew said. "(There are) so many great new ideas -- from ad-funded to subscription and giving away your album with a newspaper."

The subject of selling music made the headlines recently after the acclaimed rock band Radiohead sold its new album as a digital download at its Web site for as much or as little as fans wanted to pay (www.inrainbows.com/Store/index3.htm).

Pop star Prince gave his latest album away free with a newspaper in Britain, generating huge publicity for a tour.

FREE OR PAID -- TAKE YOUR PICK

These days there is such a variety of choice, consumers may want to experiment to find the best option for their individual needs.

One model is a subscription service that provides unlimited music for a set amount each month. Those were expected to be one of the most successful models when services like the now-legal Napster and RealNetwork's Rhapsody launched.

But some say the fact that you don't own the music, and can lose it if you cancel the subscription, has resulted in turning off consumers. Tracks sold by Napster and Rhapsody are also not able to play on the mass-selling iPod due to their format.

One way to get around this problem is the subscription service eMusic, which sells tracks in an MP3 format that can be played on any digital device. But the lack of copyright protection on the tracks means the major labels -- which sign some of the biggest bands -- will not work with eMusic.

Other options to look into are smaller start-ups SpiralFrog and Qtrax, which offer music downloads for free to consumers who will watch adverts.

SpiralFrog has recently launched its service and Qtrax is due to launch in December, while Ruckus Network Inc. already offers a similar service to U.S. colleges.

Another spot to look for music is online radio services Pandora and Last.fm, which work as social networks recommending tracks between fans. Those looking for new music, particularly from unsigned bands, may want to browse through MySpace.

And, if you're willing to pay for downloads, there is Amie Street, which prices songs according to their popularity.

"It's definitely easier to get the music that you want now, there's always a way," said Mark Sutherland, global editor of trade publication Billboard. "The days of having to sift through second-hand shops (are) pretty much long gone."

(Reporting by Kate Holton)

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Mali Music

Do you ever heard about the term "music from the desert" or "african blues". If not i tell you that this terms refer to the Mali music. I am only discovering this type of music, so i only know few things about this country music history. All i can say is that i found three great Mali artists that i think you should listen principally if you like root blues. They are: father and son Ali Farka Touré (died last year) & Vieux Farka Touré and Tinariwen.


Ali Farka Touré (Biography)


Vieux Farka Touré (Biography)


Tinariwen
(Biography)

Saturday, October 13, 2007

October, what a beautiful month!























October will be a great month for music releases. On the day 15th, we will have the fifth album of Scout Niblett "This Fool Can Die Now" by the label "Too Pure" and seven days later we will have the second album of Nine Black Alps, it will be called "Love/Hate" by "Island" label.

Thursday, October 4, 2007

Qtrax label's







I’m anxious for the release/ launch of Qtrax.com why?

I always have been a hardly defender that you http://www.blogger.com/post-edit.g?blogID=3753791338035872447&postID=7387745622943763428should buy the songs that you listen, and until now I bought everything on cd. But in these days everyone makes music, myspace.com rules and the music offer is much bigger than years before. If you want to get all your favorite artists legally on cd or mp3 nowadays, you have to spend a lot of money. It’s really hard! With Qtrax this problem ends because downloads are free, legal and the artists get money for each track you download. Publicity will pay everything; it’s a really great idea! I hope it works for the good of music fans and artists. If it works, Itunes, the recently mp3 store Amazon.com, and all the other digital music stores will have big problems…

The most popular store of digital music, Itunes have a catalog of 5 millions of songs, but Qtrax will have 20/ 30 millions. Is a very large number! This number can only be good, because you will have a most of your favorite artist’s disponible for legal downloading. You can say: I can get most of the songs that I want on popular illegal torrent or peer software! It’s true but if you want something more old and unknown it’s practically impossible to find in the internet and also on the cd stores all around the world, because some editions end and the labels don’t want to do more. One perfect example of it is Kristen Barry album “The Beginning.The Middle.The End”, I never saw this cd for sale (I am talking about new cds, not used). So Qtrax could be the solution for cases like this, not for Kristen Barry because her cd was edited by Virgin (label not included on Qtrax for now).

The labels that already had established a contract with Qtrax.com are:
-Sony BMG
-Warner Music Group
-EMI Group
-EMI Music
-V2
-TVT Records
-The Orchad
-Universal Music Publishing Group*

* Universal Music Group owns, or has a joint share in, a large number of record labels, including:

Interscope-Geffen-A&M:
-A&M Records
---A&M/Octone Records
---Polydor Records
---Tropical Records
---will.i.am Music Group
-Geffen Records
---Doggystyle Records
---Flawless Records
---Matriarch Records
---Mosley Music Group
---Suretone Records
-Interscope Records
---Aftermath Entertainment
---Amaru Entertainment
---Cherrytree Records
---D-Block Records
---Delicious Vinyl
---Fontana Records
---G-Unit Records
---Kickball Records
---Kon Live Distribution
---Maloof Music
---MySpace Records
---Nothing Records
---Shady Records
---Star Trak Entertainment
---Storch Music Company
---Tennman Records
---Weapons of Mass Entertainment
---Zone 4 Inc.

The Island Def Jam Music Group:
-Def Jam Recordings
---Def Jam South
---Disturbing tha Peace
---Slip-n-Slide Records
---Corporate Thugz Ent.
---Desert Storm
---The Jones Experience
---Russell Simmons Music Group
-Roc-A-Fella Records
---Gold Star Music
---Get Low Records
---State Property Records
-Island Records
---4th & Broadway
---Fallout Records
---Island Urban Records
---Stolen Transmission Records
-Lost Highway Records
-Mercury Records
-So So Def Recordings
-Diplomat Records (Juelz Santana)

Machete Music
-All Star Records
-Baby Records
-El Cartel Records
-Flow Music
-Gold Star Music
-Ilegal Life Records
-Lico Records
-Mas Flow Inc
-Pina Records
-Sangre Nueva Music
-VI Music
-WY Records

Sanctuary Records
-Antidote Records
-Attack Records
-Castle Home Video
-Castle Music
-Castle Pie
-Castle Pulse
-Castle Select
-Discotheque
-Fantastic Plastic
-Indigo
-Knockout Entertainment
-Mayan Records
-Metal-is Records
-Noise Records
-RAS Records
-Rough Trade Records
-Rough Trade Records U.S.
-Sanctuary Records U.S.
-Sanctuary Records UK
-Sanctuary Classics
-Sanctuary Special Editions
-Sanctuary Visual Entertainment
-Sequel
-Slogan
-Trojan Records
-Vapor Records
-Vertical Records

The Universal Motown/Universal Republic Group
-Blackground Records
-Brushfire Records
-Bungalo Records
-Casablanca Records
-Cash Money Records
-Chamillitary Entertainment
-Derrty Ent.
-The Inc. Records
-Konvict Muzik
-Motown Records
-Mpire Records
-Next Plateau Entertainment
-Republic Records
-Rowdy Records
-Scrilla Records
-Starchild Music Group
-Street Records Corporation
-Tuff Gong
-Universal Records
-Universal South Records
-Uptown Records
-Young Money Entertainment

Universal Music Classics Group
-Decca Records
---Decca Broadway
-Deutsche Grammophon
-ECM
-Philips Records

Universal Music Group Nashville
-DreamWorks Records
-Lost Highway Records
-MCA Nashville Records
-Mercury Nashville Records

Verve Records
-Blue Thumb Records
-Commodore Records
-Coral Records
-Decca Records (jazz holdings only)
-EmArcy Records
-GRP Records
-Impulse! Records
-Verve Forecast Records

Stand-alone labels
-Barclay Records
-Bite Records
-C.O.D. Entertainment
---C.O.D. Films
---C.O.D. Records
-Cinepoly Records
-Family Recordings
-Gangsta Flip Records
-Globe Records
-Go East Entertainment
-Impact Records
-Isadora Records
-Jazzland Records
-Manifesto Records
-Motor Music Records
-Nhi Le Records
-Polar Music
-Radioactive Records
-RMM Records & Video
-Ruff Ryders Entertainment
-Show Dog Nashville
-Stockholm Records
-UCJ (Universal Classics & Jazz)
-UMTV (Universal Music TV)
-Uni Records
-Universal Music Enterprises
---20th Century Records
---Hip-O Records
---Universal Chronicles
-Universal Music Latino
-Universal Music Limited
-Urban Records

Independent labels distributed by Universal Music Group
-Battleaxe Records
-Big Machine Records
-Concord Music Group
-ersguterjunge
-Hollywood Records (U.S.)
-Koch Records (U.S.)
-Palm Pictures
-Show Dog Nashville
-Softlite Records
-Starchild Music Group
-Treacherous Records
-Warrior Records
-WVS Entertainment

Labels outside of the U.S.
-Decca Records
-Def Jam Recordings UK
-Deutsche Grammophon
-Island Records Group UK
-Jazz Echo (Germany)
-Jazzland Records (Norway)
-Mercury Records (UK)
---Vertigo Records
-Polydor Records (UK)
---Fascination Records
-Spinefarm Records (Finland)
---Spikefarm Records
-Stockholm Records (Sweden)
-UMTV (UK)
-Wasteman records. SHO SHO
-Universal Classics & Jazz (Germany)
-Universal Music Argentina
-Universal Music Australia
-Universal Music Brazil
-Universal Music Canada (founded as the Compo Company)
-Universal Music Colombia
-Universal Music Czech Republic
-Universal Music Finland
-Universal Music France
-Universal Music Germany
-Universal Music Greece
-Universal Music Hong Kong
-Universal Music Hungary
-Universal Music India
-Universal Music Ireland
-Universal Music Italy
-Universal Music Japan
-Universal Music Malaysia
-Universal Music Mexico
-Universal Music Netherlands
-Universal Music Norway
-Universal Music Poland
-Universal Music Portugal
-Universal Music Romania
-Universal Music Russia
-Universal Music Spain
-Universal Music Sweden
-Universal Music Switzerland
-Universal Music Taiwan
-Universal Music UK
-Universal Pop (Germany)
-Urban Records (Germany)

Wednesday, October 3, 2007

A.A. Bondy - American Hearts

















A.A. Bondy is one of my favourite artist, see why!

Do you remember to read an early post that i added about Verbena, this is the same vocalist in 2007, Scout Bondy! Now he is known by A.A. Bondy and he have just release in August 21, his first debut solo album called "American Hearts". This is a great album in my opinion (i already bought it)! It have twelve beautiful acoustic, blues and folk songs. If you like to read a review about it (by Jarret Keene) go here: http://minervacorner.totalh.com/04.Cdreviews/aabondy-ah.html (i publish it on Minerva last weekend).

Some words about A.A. Bondy's solo album from their label Superhonic: "Recorded and mixed in a month at The Red Barn in Palenville, NY in January 2007, “American Hearts” is dark and sardonic but it’s not as claustrophobic, tortured nor troubled as you’d expect from the former Verbena frontman. The record is actually quite beautifully stark and stripped-down and well played, filled with great melodies and warm production. The songs are wonderfully influenced by an amalgam of folk and blues, filtered through the mind of someone who knows what makes a great rock song breathe."

I found this two youtube videos where A.A. Bondy is playing live two songs from his solo album, the first one is "Killed Myself When i Was Young" and the second is "Vice Rag":



Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Creative Commons


















Share, Remix, Reuse — Legally

Creative Commons provides free tools that let authors, scientists, artists, and educators easily mark their creative work with the freedoms they want it to carry. You can use CC to change your copyright terms from "All Rights Reserved" to "Some Rights Reserved."

"We're a nonprofit organization. Everything we do — including the software we create — is free."

I think this is a great chance for independent artists!

For more information go here: http://creativecommons.org

Monday, October 1, 2007

Nirvana MTV Unplugged DVD (finally!!)


















It seems a very good DVD for Nirvana fans, and finally, finally Unplugged will be release in dvd. I was tired of waiting for this release!!!

News from nirvanaclub.com:

"According to a release schedule from Universal Music (Nirvana's record label), the legendary MTV Unplugged concert will finally be released officially on DVD this November. Currently, the DVD is slated for a worldwide release on November 19 with the US and Canada following November 20. Tracklisting:
1. About A Girl
2. Come As You Are
3. Jesus Doesn't Want Me For A Sunbeam
4. The Man Who Sold The World
5. Pennyroyal Tea
6. Dumb
7. Polly
8. On A Plain
9. Something In The Way
10. Plateau
11. Oh Me
12. Lake Of Fire
13. All Apologies
14. Where Did You Sleep Last Night

Update: Apparently the bonus features on the DVD will be as follows:

# 2 additional tracks not originally broadcast on MTV: Oh Me and Something In The Way (these are available on the CD release, of course)
# Behind the scenes documentary with extended band interviews
# 4 tracks from pre-show rehearsals

Both the album and the broadcast omit a short jam of Lynyrd Skynyrd's Sweet Home Alabama, and instrumental jams of Sliver, Negative Creep, In Bloom, and Scentless Apprentice"

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Fluffy - Black Eye













This is my new discover!

The punk four-piece band known as Fluffy came together in London in late 1994, comprised of vocalist Amanda E. Rootes, guitarist Bridget Jones, drummer Angie Adams, and bassist Helen Storer. The group's first singles, "Hypersonic" and "Husband," were released during 1995, prompting Capitol to sign them for an American deal. In 1996, Fluffy toured with the Foo Fighters and was also featured in Melody Maker. "Biography by John Bush & from allmusic.com"

Friday, September 28, 2007

Canned Heat - Going up the Country (Woodstock )














"Going up the Country" of Canned Heat, makes me happy and hippie :) I love the lyrics and the video with footage of Woodstock. The song of the video was also played live in Woodstock. The spirit of this event was great, it was a unique experience!



Going up the Country lyrics :
-I'm going up the country, babe don't you wanna go
-I'm going up the country, babe don't you wanna go
-I'm going to some place where I've never been before
-I'm going, I'm going where the water tastes like wine
-Well I'm going where the water tastes like wine
-We can jump in the water, stay drunk all the time
-I'm gonna leave this city, got to get away
-I'm gonna leave this city, got to get away
-All this fussing and fighting, man, you know I sure can't stay
-Now baby, pack your leaving trunk, you know we've got to leave today
-Just exactly where we're going I cannot say, but
-We might even leave the USA
-'Cause there's a brand new game that I want to play
-No use of you running, or screaming and crying
-'Cause you've got a home as long as I've got mine


Biography by by Cub Koda & Bruce Eder:

A hard-luck blues band of the '60s, Canned Heat was founded by blues historians and record collectors Alan Wilson and Bob Hite. They seemed to be on the right track and played all the right festivals (including Monterey and Woodstock, making it very prominently into the documentaries about both) but somehow never found a lasting audience.

Certainly their hearts were in the right place. Canned Heat's debut album -- released shortly after their appearance at Monterey -- was every bit as deep into the roots of the blues as any other combo of the time mining similar turf, with the exception of the original Paul Butterfield band. Hite was nicknamed "The Bear" and stalked the stage in the time-honored tradition of Howlin' Wolf and other large-proportioned bluesmen. Wilson was an extraordinary harmonica player, with a fat tone and great vibrato. His work on guitar, especially in open tunings (he played on Son House's rediscovery recordings of the mid-'60s, incidentally) gave the band a depth and texture that most other rhythm players could only aspire to. Henry Vestine -- another dyed-in-the-wool record collector -- was the West Coast's answer to Michael Bloomfield and capable of fretboard fireworks at a moment's notice.

Canned Heat's breakthrough moment occurred with the release of their second album, establishing them with hippie ballroom audiences as the "kings of the boogie." As a way of paying homage to the musician they got the idea from in the first place, they later collaborated on an album with John Lee Hooker that was one of the elder bluesman's most successful outings with a young white (or black, for that matter) combo backing him up. After two big chart hits with "Goin' Up the Country" and an explosive version of Wilbert Harrison's "Let's Work Together," Wilson died under mysterious (probably drug-related) circumstances in 1970, and Hite carried on with various reconstituted versions of the band until his death just before a show in 1981, from a heart seizure.

Still, the surviving members -- led by drummer Adolfo "Fito" de la Parra -- continued touring and recording, recruiting new vocalist Walter Trout; he was replaced in 1985 by James Thornbury, who fronted the band for the next decade. After Thornbury exited in 1995, Canned Heat tapped Robert Lucas to assume lead vocal duties; they soon recorded The Canned Heat Blues Band, which sadly was Vestine's last recording with the group -- he died in Paris in December 1997 in the wake of the band's recent tour. Boogie 2000 followed two years later.

Now Play It

'Now Play It' is a new and exciting way to learn and play your favorite songs.

This unique video service features real music and real artists all backed by real learning techniques.

It has been developed to help offer a more instant and direct way of learning, for every range of musician.

'Now Play It' aims to get people as close to the artist and songs they love as simply as possible.

If you want to play a song, there is no better way to learn than from the artist who wrote or performs it...welcome to 'Now Play It'.

Its seems interesting... Want to learn songs of you favourite artists? Go to www.nowplayit.com This website won the "Best Digital Service" by the Bt Digital Music Awards 07. You can see here By the way We7.com also win the same prize!

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Downloads at We7.com: The First Impression!























I made my subscription today on We7.com to start downloading legally. At the beginning i feel surprise because i didn't find any of my favorite artists, but i transformed myself into a researcher and i found some (classic) things like:

Billy Idol,
Black Uhuru,
Bob Marley,
Buzzcocks,
Dave Matthews Band,
De La Soul,
Ennio Morricone,
Fleetwood Mac,
Frank Sinatra,
Happy Mondays,
Idlewild,
Joey Ramone,
Louis Armstrong,
Lynyrd Skynyrd,
Marc Bolan,
MC5,
Megadeth,
Miles Davis,
Morrissey,
Motorhead,
Ozzy Osbourne,
The Kinks,
Sex Pistols,
The Ramones,
The Wailers,
The Yardbirds,
Tyrannosaurus Rex
Wu-Tang Clan


As you see, We7.com are in the beginning of a tendencie that could or not be the future, so it have few artists, most of then are classic bands like the ones i wrote here, others are unknown for most of the people. I saw very compilations like "lounge music... etc"

For downloading the albums you only have to subscribe (a easy and simple registration) and after this you are ready to get the first album from We7.com

Every song have in the beginning 10 seconds of publicity, the ones that i have listen made publicity to the respective website (maybe because its the beginning?!). But if you want you can buy the songs without publicity or if you don't you only just have to wait 28 days (see here how does it work). But if you don't mind to hear on every song the sound intruder you could have bunch of music for free. The downloads are compatible with windows media player and itunes and the bit rate of We7 songs is 192 kbps.

Another thing, if you have a unsigned band and you want to get money with your songs, you can submit then into we7.com and every download will be paid to you! Its a cool thing because you can promote your songs and get money of this promotion... I think its a great ideia and i will be watching more closely the new or future We7.com music addings....


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Some press room about We7.com:

"When it comes to proving who has the best model in ad-funded music downloads, We7 is winning hands-down, as shown at PopKomm in Germany yesterday.

Steve Purdham, CEO and Founder Investor of We7 (www.we7.com), was featured as one of four key industry players on the 'Ad-Supported Music' panel alongside Joe Mohen, CEO of Spiralfrog; Rick Riccola, Senior Vice President of Qtrax; and Christian Vollman of Germany's MyVideo. Each pitched to top advertising executives in an attempt to persuade them that their model is worth investing in, with We7 proving that their model is where the ROI and innovation lies.

The judging panel, compiled of various influential advertising executives unanimously decided that faced with the choice they would recommend We7 as the model of choice for delivering targeted and effective advertising to brands.

Founder Investor and CEO Steve Purdham comments "We're thrilled to have come out on top at PopKomm."


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"We7, the ad-funded music download service, has announced the appointment of music industry heavyweight Clive Gardiner, as its VP of Digital Content.

Gardiner will head up the content team, responsible for growing We7's catalogue as the Peter Gabriel-supported company continues in its strategic growth plan and prepares for its full consumer launch later this year.

With 15 years experience working in the international music and entertainment media business, including senior executive positions held at BMG and Pioneer LDCE, Gardiner is a seasoned music industry pro at an international level and joins We7 with a proven track record in business development and content management.

Following his most recent position as UK Managing Director of multi-million pound fmcg retail business, Cafédirect plc, MBA-qualified Gardiner also boasts significant commercial business experience.

The appointment will strengthen the creative backbone of We7 with Gardiner harnessing skills gained from previous posts in video production and music programming to implement innovative solutions and strategies across the web 2.0 business.

Gardiner says: "I have worked as a musician and producer myself, so I understand the grassroots realities for new musicians as well as the different challenges of working with established artists, labels and catalogues. We7's success over the past few months has been phenomenal and it's incredibly exciting to undertake this role at such a crucial stage in the company's growth. The digital music industry is highly competitive, but with We7's unique proposition, I relish the opportunity to use my experience to help build the company into a major player."

Co-Founder and CEO Steve Purdham adds: "Clive is a fantastic addition to our leadership team. With his firm rooting in the music industry and heavyweight experience within the world of commercial business, he's the ideal candidate to lead our content team, expanding our digital presence and driving We7 forward."


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The UK's largest independent label have announced that they will be providing their full catalogue free, legally and safely on we7.com.

The agreement will see music from artists such as Morrissey, Alison Moyet and The Charlatans alongside the full Trojan Records catalogue become available to download DRM-free for free. The new music website, backed by digital pioneer & musician Peter Gabriel, will also feature new releases from artists such as Spiritualized and Photek.

We7 is the first free and legal service of its kind in the UK. The service works by 'grafting' ads onto the start of music tracks and albums based on a consumer's demographics such as location, age and gender. The advertising attached to the music will ensure that artists receive royalties for making their songs available, whilst consumers will receive and share DRM-free music legitimately. Ads don't remain attached to the tracks forever - after a period of time users will have the choice to have the track ad free, and for those who don't want an ad on their track at all, there's an option to buy the track at normal price.

Founder Investor and CEO Steve Purdham adds 'We're delighted to be working with Sanctuary going forward. As one of the UK's largest independent record labels, it's great that they see the value of the We7 offering and they offer a really diverse catalogue of music, from pop, indie and folk to some of the best reggae out there. We look forward to working with them in the future and building a lasting relationship which will only strengthen the We7 music base, and widen their current fan base."

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Unsigned bands get paid with We7 and reach new audiences

Since launching its beta site earlier this year, We7.com has been distributing its first royalty cheques to unsigned acts across the UK.

The ad-funded music download service - backed by digital music pioneer, Peter Gabriel - has received an unprecedented response to its TasteMakers challenge with thousand of bands signing up to showcase their music to peers. As a result of this peer review system, top new acts such as Public Symphony, The Doppler Shift, and Red Eyes of Russia are already cashing their first royalty payments and Glastonbury performers Big Strides have also released their catalogue on the site.

TasteMakers is the We7 community created to review and decide which new music makes the grade to feature on www.we7.com. Everybody who signs up to We7 has the option to become a TasteMaker and with more than 50,000 early registrations, it's fast becoming one of the most popular features of the site.

The benefit to unsigned acts is two-fold; it allows their fans to download music for free to create a loyal fan-base, but the artists earn money for their tracks by the innovative use of adverts. One of the first bands to break through in TasteMakers was Doppler Shift who has seen a phenomenal success since uploading their music.

Matt Chapman of the band comments "WE7.com has been a great resource for The Doppler Shift as it's provided an opportunity for our fans to download our music completely free, without our pockets suffering! For most new bands, it's pretty much impossible to make any money in the early days, but TasteMakers has allowed us to make money and still keep the fans happy. It's also allowed us to reach out to new fans that might not have heard of The Doppler Shift before now, but have heard of us through TasteMakers. We7.com and TasteMakers will become the home of great unsigned music in months to come and something that every new band should think about."

It's not just unsigned artists that can make the most of TasteMakers. Smaller independent labels such as Monumental Management are using We7 as a platform to widen the fan base of their big act of the summer, Big Strides. Having played at Glastonbury's Avalon stage, Big Strides are on the path to fame but believe that sites such as www.we7.com can play a big part in this process.

Brett Leboff, MD of Monumental Management which manages the band comments "We7.com has proved a great platform for Big Strides in reaching out to fans who might not have come across us just yet, and with free music to boot it's definitely something we're excited about. We've had a great response so far and it's really helping us build an online buzz about the band."

Steve Purdham, We7 Founder Investor & CEO adds: "Our TasteMaker Challenge has created a real buzz in our every increasing community. The ability to personally review new music and bands is crucial in giving community ownership in deciding what music is good and should earn the right to be available for everyone to hear. We're thrilled to see so many great unsigned acts such as Public Symphony, The Doppler Shift and Big Strides chose our site to showcase their talent and hopefully aid their careers. The We7 offering is unique because everybody wins - signed and unsigned artists get paid, fans get free music and advertisers get audiences."

We7, a new music service from Peter Gabriel















We7 is the another servicce like spiralfrog.com and qtrax.com but the difference is that this service is already working worldwide. Don't expect to find thousands of artists on We7 because its only starting, but you can find great things, i am downloading now Sex Pistols and Motorhead :)

Read a review of We7 written on 06.7.2007 by Registered CommenterJadam Kahn in Review, Ad-supported, Downloads, mp3 (you can read this here:

"We7, a new service from Peter Gabriel, officially launched a beta site of their ad-supported, DRM-free download service. The business model is pretty straightforward - users can download free music that contains short, targeted ads at the start of the song and the artists receive income from the ad revenue. We7 promises that the spots will contain relevant and entertaining information that users will not find distasteful. They eventually want downloaders to choose the type and style of ads they hear to make the experience even better. They are also planning for the ads to disappear from songs after a certain time period which at this point is set at 4 weeks.

Once you register for your free account you will have the ability to browse music, create a playlist and download music. The catalog at this stage is pretty pathetic - there are only about 100 total songs from 25 artists available across all genres. Plus you would think that there would be at least songs by Peter Gabriel, but alas, no. You can browse music by a set of limited genre but hopefully the genre selection will get better as more artists are added. You can click play next to any track to hear a 30-second sample of the song. Unfortunately, you need to navigate to another page for playback which becomes a real nuisance when you want to hear lots of songs. They should seriously consider providing in-page playback. You also have the option of purchasing the song or adding it to your playlist.



You can’t download individual songs until you have added them to your playlist which is limited to 60 items. However, We7 provides a variety of way of getting music to your computer. You can either manually download items in your playlist or download them all as a single zip file. You can also subscribe to you playlist as a iTunes podcast or subscribe to an RSS feed for the playlist to hear it with another service. They also provide a widget so you can share your playlist on your MySpace, Blog or website.



Users have the ability to both rate and comment on tracks, albums, and artists. Aside from that, there are no traditional community features such as member profiles. They do provide an interesting feature is called Tastemakers. Basically We7 allows independent artists to upload music to their service. However, instead of just publishing everything, they allow the user community to review music first to help them decide what is good enough to make public. Artists need to rate at least five songs before they have the ability to upload their own music. It’s an interesting concept that helps We7 establish community feedback and control the quality of content they offer for download.



The current downloads just have We7 promo spots so its difficult to tell how annoying they will be once real ads are implemented. However, if they live up to their promise and seriously address the catalog issue, We7 may prove to be a pretty promising model.

Amazon.com launches Amazon MP3 today



The music industry is changing, the new tendencies for selling music seems to be the mp3, so amazon.com opened today the respective store. The cd is dying, oh it is! Read the respective new from filter-mag.com:

Online giant Amazon.com launches Amazon MP3 today, the world's largest selection of DRM-free MP3 music downloads available to date. The new public beta boasts a catalog of over 2 million songs, from over 180,000 artists represented by over 20,000 labels, including Universal Music Group and EMI Music. Leading independent labels Sugar Hill Records, Entertainment, Trojan Records, Rounder Records, Sanctuary Records, Alligator Records, HighTone Records, and Righteous Babe Records will also be offering their catalogs for the first time. Every song and album purchased from Amazon MP3 is available in MP3 format without digital rights management (DRM) software allowing Amazon customers using any hardware device and any music management application to easily burn MP3s purchased from Amazon to CD.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Gallows - In The Belly Of A Shark



This videoclip is a little more extreme than the ones that i had here. but i think its great and the sound of it pull me out of the chair to shake my head :) Its the official Gallows video released 7th September 2007, "In the Belly of a Shark".

As a disenfranchised D.I.Y. punk band from the U.K., Gallows fuse rage with a disgust with their social surroundings in the same fashion as their forefathers, the Sex Pistols and the Clash, to add a genuine urgency to their punk revival. In 2005, Frank Carter (vocals), Steph Carter (guitar/vocals), Laurent Barnard (guitars/keys/vocals), Stuart Gili-Ross (bass), and Lee Barratt (drums) formed the band after digesting a steady diet of '80s hardcore staples like Black Flag and Minor Threat and underground bands like Swing Kids and JR Ewing. Frank Carter attacks his songs with an unforced intense venomous scream while confronting perilous topics like date rape, street violence, and simmering anxieties boiling within. Gallows made their debut album, Orchestra of Wolves, on a minimal budget in September 2006 after signing to the Nottingham label In at the Deep Records. In March 2007, shortly after a SXSW gig in Austin, Gallows secured a record deal with Epitaph Records, which made plans to re-release the band's first album, with three bonus tracks, on North American soil that July. Biography by Jason Lymangrover

Cat Power - FNAC Brazil Interview (2001)



Chan Marshall interview and live performance (05.11.01)

As someone said on youtube.com "oh my God Madonna Jesus's mother, what can I say about that. That's hilarious."

Thurston Moore - Ono Soul



This videoclip "Ono Soul" is an extra of the Sonic Youth DVD "Corporate Ghost". Its so beatiful!

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Spiralfrog.com & Qtrax.com - this websites say anything to you?

This is a great new, spiralfrog.com and qtrax.com will be websites where people can download free mp3. How can it be, do you ask? You only have to see or get publicity first and after that you can get your tracks. The publicity on this websites will pay the users download. Great no?

www.spiralfrog.com
www.qtrax.com










"SpiralFrog is a Web-based, ad-supported music experience, combining music discovery with the free acquisition of audio and music video files, licensed from major and independent record labels and publishers.

We are a market-driven solution to illicit pirate file-sharing sites, with an easy to use Web interface that allows music lovers to discover artists, songs, music videos and artist information."













FREE! Unlimited free downloads and song plays.
SUPPORT! Agreements with major record labels and independents.
FAIR! Royalties paid to artists.
NO ADWARE/SPYWARE! No intrusive and annoying adware/spyware.
MPQ PLAYER! In addition to MPQs, play all your existing MP3 and WMA tracks.

Interesting articles about this two websites in cnet.com:
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9779449-7.html?tag=blog.1
http://www.news.com/8301-10784_3-9711371-7.html?tag=blog.1

Navel: The most exciting band in the world!


























Yeah its true the Alternative / Rock / Punk band from Switzerland Navel its the most exciting band in the world!

Some info about Navel from their label: A Viennese journalist wrote about a Navel concert: 'The next piece is about vomiting - and back at the bar the old people talk about war. And it's one of these concerts where in 2 years everybody will pretend to have been, but only 50 people were, in fact, hanging around the stage. This was in April and now such little audiences are a thing of the past. Today there are shows like the Greenfield Festival (5000 raving Navel-fanatics) or in Belfort, where espacially at 'Vomiting' the pogo-mob increased up to 1000 kids. We talk about Navel. The band whos first single "Forsaken Speech" was sold out 2 months after release .They hadn't released an album yet but opened for Wolfmother, The Fratellis, Sparta, Turbonegro, ...Trail Of Dead. They Played "The Great Escape" in Brighton and internationally well reputated Festivals like, Grennfield, Paleo, Haldern, Eurockeennes, and Melt.






Some words by Navel:

"I don't waste much words. they're in english and for me. no rusty soul will ever understand anything at all. our scream is for you , that one everyone will get. the dump we're coming from lies somewhere in switzerland. Pretty & boring & busted. we got nothing else to do but R.O.C.K. guess that's pretty much the only thing were able to. guilty for navel's matter is ricola. the place i met the other two freakoes, ef & andi. we packed those nasty candies in bags. no joke... so we said to ourselves: some better death than this one we'll find everywhere. that was about 3 years ago - now louisville records outta berlin bumped into us, they do the whole record thing now ... a brilliant incidence for us to finally get out of that creepy dumphole. we don't want to be on conveyor belt radiostations, we don't like photosessions since we look better than those silly bands with suits on anyway, we hate that fucked up perfectness, love to sleep on stage and we all share that uncertain feeling not have to become very old right now.

jari in the name of navel. which is: jari antti (git/buttons/screaming) eve monney (bass/voc) steve valentin (drums since june 2007) olivier jolie (drums since december 2006, now with the fantastic voodoo garage rockers Lombego Surfers!) andi steiner (drums till january 8, 2007. andi is still hot)

bones, babes, fucking bones.

Only Label: Louisville Records"













See Navel pictures here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/melle/tags/navel/

Their official website: www.navelband.com
Their official myspace.com: www.myspace.com/navelofswitzerland
Their label: www.louisville-records.de

Th' Faith Healers

I got some of their songs last week for curiosity, but now i am very happy to know then because they sound very cool! If you want to listen this band go to myspace.com, they are there, but i don't know if its official or its made by some fan. This is their biography:

"A hard to classify guitar rock band with none of the fashionable influences of the early '90s -- although their Krautrock fixation would go on to become a badge of hipness in the latter half of the decade -- Th' Faith Healers didn't fit in the U.K. indie scene of their time, but their records hold up much better than those of many of their contemporaries.

The Hampstead, England-based quartet consisted of singer Roxanne Stephen, guitarist and second vocalist Tom Cullinan, bassist Ben Hopkin, and drummer Joe Dilworth. The group played regularly at a club called the Sausage Machine in their hometown. When the club's owners, Paul Cox and Richard Roberts, formed a new indie label, called Too Pure, Th' Faith Healers (the article's terminal E was truncated for coolness' sake; the band joked that it had been stolen by Thee Hypnotics) were their first signing. Their song "Jesus Freak" led off Too Pure's first release, the compilation Now That's Digusting Music, in May of 1990. Th' Faith Healers' first single, "Pop Song," came out that summer.

Th' Faith Healers released two EPs in 1991, February's Picture of Health (featuring the career high point "Gorgeous Blue Flower in My Garden") and October's In Love. Their debut album finally appeared in the spring of 1992. Lido's eight lengthy tracks were noisy and hypnotic grooves, noisier than the similarly sound-for-sound's-sake My Bloody Valentine and more driven than their new labelmates Stereolab (who deputized Dilworth to be their drummer on their first three singles and debut album, Peng!, before they finally found a permanent replacement in Andy Ramsay), the quartet didn't sound like anybody else at the time. A killer cover of Can's "Mother Sky," performed at the point of delirium, brought the group's Krautrock influence to the fore.

It took a while for the group to follow up such a success, and Too Pure released the compilation L, gathering the contents of the previous singles and EPs, to fill the gap. The difficult second album didn't appear until November of 1993. Imaginary Friend was darker and less manic than Lido, with the pounding 20-minute dirge "Everything, All at Once, Forever" taking the group's hypnotic drones to their logical conclusion.

The band must have thought so as well, because after a lengthy U.S. tour supporting the Breeders, then at their short-lived commercial peak, Th' Faith Healers broke up in the spring of 1994. Cullinan formed a new band, Quickspace. Stephens returned to art college, Dilworth opened a photography studio, and Hopkin became a tree surgeon." Biography by Stewart Mason, from www.allmusic.com

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Foo Fighters - The Pretender Video

This is the new video from the Foo Fighters new album "Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace". Its call The Pretender

Silverchair: Not That Grunge Band You Once Knew

This is a very cool interview. I found it on http://www.chartattack.com/DAMN/2007/08/2013.cfm

Monday August 20, 2007 @ 03:00 PM
By: ChartAttack.com Staff

by Shehzaad Jiwani

It's been a while since Silverchair have been on the scene, so ChartAttack recently caught up with band leader Daniel Johns to talk about what they've been up to and why it took so long to release their latest record, Young Modern.

ChartAttack: It's been five years since you put out Diorama. What have you guys been doing this whole time?
Daniel Johns: We've all been doing separate stuff. I've been writing with a lot of people, producing different stuff, working on The Dissociatives. Ben [Gillies] did a side-project, Chris [Joannou] did some production work. After I did all that work, I started writing this new material, and we did this tsunami benefit show after the tsunami, and that was the first time we played together for a few years. I had about 52 new songs written, and we really enjoyed playing together, so that was when I said to the guys, "I'm ready to do another Silverchair record," and they really wanted to. It's taken a long time, but to us, it wasn't long at all. We were all working and trying to learn new things, staying inspired.

What was it like getting back together after so much time apart?
It was pretty instantaneous, right from the first rehearsal we had. It just felt really natural. That's why we decided to do another record, it felt really natural playing together. I didn't feel that we had to pick up any momentum, it just felt like we picked up where we left off. There were a few moments where we're like, "Fuck, how did that one go?" and you're trying to remember. The vibe and the energy in the room was really positive, and everyone was excited. There were a few moments where I forgot words or chords and a few things… [laughs]

You're usually pegged as a control freak during the songwriting process. What do the other members contribute to the songs?
The other guys don't write, they're happy to let me do the songwriting and I'm happy to do it. They definitely add an element that can't be achieved without them. Whenever I write a song, I demo things or whatever, and it always sounds so much better with Chris and Ben adding their thing — it sounds like a rock 'n' roll band. They're still my best friends and we still get on really well. I'm happy to have guys behind me to make my songs sound better. It's not unusual for a band to have a chief songwriter or whatever. I like to follow one path and have a strict vision. I don't want to be in a band where I bring in a song and people go, "I don't like the way that sounds, I think this should go here…" Shut up! Stay out of it! [laughs]

Diorama seemed to float under the radar here in North America. How was it received back in Australia?
It's weird, it's the biggest record we've ever had in Australia. Our hardcore fans heard it, but as far as the mainstream perception is concerned, Diorama didn't really happen. A lot of people think Neon Ballroom was our last record. I consider our first two records to be by a high school band. I don't even see it as the same band anymore. It's just the same name. I find it to be quite natural, not even that unusual. Most musicians are embarrassed about their first bands, their high school bands or whatever, because they're silly young kids, and it's the same with us except we were phenomenally successful. [laughs] Everyone has this perception of us as being teenage grunge sensations from down under.

It's strange that you've already made such a significant artistic progression at your age, when most bands would be making these progressions well into their thirties.
It's a blessing and a curse at the same time. I do feel that it's more of a positive thing that we've got such a heads up on people. We started when we were 12 years old, and now we're on our fifth record, my sixth as a recording artist. A lot of bands coming out that are older than us are on their first record. I do feel privileged to have the opportunity to have been in the industry and to learn so much so young. At the same time, you always wonder, what would have happened if the first record we put out was Neon Ballroom? What would the perception be? It's definitely one of those things where you can only speculate. My perception is that there's a slight element of sentimentality with Silverchair. People have seen us grow up, but people still see us as a teenage kid playing grunge music. But I definitely see it as a positive thing. There's people that have seen us grow up and progress, so the fact that people still care, I feel very privileged.

Each album seems to be vastly different from the last. Where do you find new influences for each record?
The influences come from just being a fan of music. I want to always try something new and not back myself into a corner. That just comes from liking different kinds of music. That's why every album sounds completely different. I don't want to get into that sort of situation where you do one thing, and people expect a certain thing from you, then they're disappointed when you don't do it. I feel like we're one of the few bands left that are trying to avoid having an identity, as opposed to most bands trying to find "their sound." I don't ever want to have a "sound."

Verbena - My Baby Got Shot












Verbena are one of my favorite bands off all time! Its a shame they ended. Now Scott Bondy (the vocalist of this band from the past) have a solo career, he is called AA Bondy and he released his first album "American Hearts" in August 21 of 2007 by the label Superphonic. He abandoned the Rock/ Blues and get into Folk/ Acoustic sound...

Wearing their animosity on their sleeve, Birmingham, AL-based Verbena bear more than a slight resemblance to Nirvana with their gritty, aggressive rock and singer/guitarist Scott Bondy's soul-bearing vocals. Bondy began playing with Les Nuby (drums) and Daniel Johnston (bassist) when the three were in high school in the early '90s. Ann Marie Griffin (singer/guitarist) joined the trio, called Shallow, and shared songwriting duties with Bondy. Nuby left the group and was replaced by original Remy Zero drummer Louis Schefano. The band renamed itself Verbena and released the EP, Pilot Park, on Merge. Nuby rejoined the band a year later. Verbena's debut full-length, Souls for Sale, attracted attention from Capitol and Foo Fighter Dave Grohl, who agreed to produce the band's major-label debut, Into the Pink. In 1999, Johnston left the band, making Verbena a trio once again. It would be another four years until Verbena would rise again. In 2003, Nuby, Bondy, and Daviston resumed schedule with Capitol for their third album, 2003's La Musica Negra, which continued the band's move towards straight-ahead rock.

This video is from "Into the Pink" album. In my opinion is a masterpiece in music and video terms. Check it out:


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