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Indie 69 October 2011 Playlist Released

October 14, 2011 11 comments

Indie 69 October 2011 Cover Art

Not too cheesy I hope.

Late again. Sorry. There was simply no way to get it done any faster this month. Well, without it sucking.

I think this is a solid collection though.

The extras have some pretty good tracks, too.  Some were just too good to leave out, even though I’m doing my best to go back to the 69 tracks limit. Maybe next month, with fewer extras.

I don’t have much time left right now, so I’ll leave it at that and just let you enjoy the music…

You can grab it HERE and any of the usual places.

See you here or in November.

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Indie 69 September 2011 New Music Playlist

September 14, 2011 3 comments

Indie 69 September New Music Playlist cover art

ASCII and ye shall receive

Letter Nate than Beaver, as they say.

Oh that cannot be right. Isn’t that what they say?

Oh, yeah. Better late than never. Very true, unless you’re waiting for an organ.

Minimalist cover art this month, eh? It’s a new trend for me, I think.  For a while anyway. This image caught my eye, as I have been reading a few non-fiction books covering the influences of 60’s culture on science and technology. The best so far has been “What the Dormouse Said – How the 60’s Counterculture shaped the personal computer” (non-affiliate links to Amazon), but I’m still digging into “How the Hippies Saved Physics: Science, Counterculture, and the Quantum Revival” and really enjoying it.  So when I saw this GEM of an old kit computer, AND it said “69” on the display, I stopped looking. Perfection.

If someone tries to tell you the 60’s was a waste of a decade, slam a pie in that person’s face. That person is full of poop. Why not full of pie as well? Mmmm… pie.

Oh, I almost forgot to make excuses.

Here it goes…..

Umm, my dog ate my playlist. Traffic was HORRIBLE! I just found out that one guy, yeah, who used to clip my uncle’s toenails and collect them in jars? Yeah he like, died and stuff. We were so close. TERRORISM! (was scary) My boss made me stay late ’cause Greg called in sick.  My socks didn’t match and it took me 14 days to find a pair.  I was naming my new band and all I could come up with were combinations of  the words tropical, party, vacation, summer, youth, young, camp, ocean, lagoon, river,  a whole bunch of Canadian provinces/cities, and lake.  Weird. Kept.  me.  busy. ( is it just me?? or does anyone else notice this stuff?? )  My playlist fell of the back of my truck.  No, seriously.  And I don’t even have a truck.  Wow.

The truth is actually a tiny bit personal and a little of the same old, same old problems with Internet, memory cards/sticks, etc. When I finally did have time, I didn’t want to do a rush job. It ended up taking a lot longer than I’d expected (or am used to). So there’s that. Seems to be yet another trend. Note to self: Start earlier AND never type “note to self” again….. again.

The good news is…. great playlist.  138 tracks! Another double-sizer.

You can get it …HERE and in all of the usual dens.

Sorry if you spot any dupes/repeats (songs that have already been featured in previous months). I do my best to catch them. But there are 2 or 3 tracks in there that are not particularly new. Just new for me, and hopefully you too.

See you here and in October.  I’ve gotta get to recording *Camp Alberta Lake Summer Youth Party Vacation Lagoon Kids‘ debut E.P. , tentatively titled “The  End Of Summer Bonfire Singalong E.P.”  Or maybe it’ll be self-titled.  See you here (perhaps) soon and in October for sure.

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* the band previously known as “you will know us by the trail of excuses your mom made to herself in order to drink until her pee was flammable and sleep with random bellboys….

(that’s 4 dots at the end, very important)

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Indie 69 August 2011 Playlist Released

July 31, 2011 2 comments

Indie 69 August 2011 Cover Art

empty.... full

August already? The summer is going by fast, and not as “summery” where I am.  Not much to say this month except that I think its a good , if sparse , playlist this time.

Get it HERE ( TPB link )

No “Tasty Leftovers” planned this month. May be a failed experiment. Hard to say.

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See you here, and in September.

Enjoy. Get some sun while you can.

Indie 69 July Playlist Released!

July 7, 2011 Leave a comment

Indie 69 July Cover Art

BANG!

A few days late, but worth it. This one just took FORfriggenEVER! There will again be a “Tasty Leftovers” playlist in July, some time around the 15th. There were again just far too many good tracks to fit into a 69 or even 100 track playlist. And when the size of the whole thing approaches a GIG, you know it’s just too much for one music download.

Not much to say here aside from posting the link. I’ve been busy with a few other things, far too busy to be posting my musings and meanderings here in the old blog. But that will change as the summer moves along. I had some trouble with truncated files again. Somewhere through the process of using memory sticks to bring all the files with me so I could work with them wherever I decided to be for the day, many files ended up with the end of the song missing, or the file going from around 6mb to around 300kb. NOT good. So I ended up spending a LOT of time, last minute, seeking out copies on Hypem. I sent off e-mails to the artists whose tracks I could not locate copies of. Sadly, I couldn’t wait around for replies. So if you are one of those people, not to worry. You’ll get on next month.

I found a few surprises in the inbox as I was going through submissions. One was a very special song by an artist that I love, based upon a true story I wrote. It was moving, beautiful.  I cannot WAIT to get permission to share it with all of you. The other news was that I was sent an invitation to Google Music Beta!!! I’m excited to give it a shot and when I’ve used it for a few days I’ll be sure to write a review up and post it here. Has anyone who reads this blog tried it? What did you think?

So on to what you’re all here for…

Grab the July Indie 69 New Music Playlist

HERE

(and in all of the usual places you steal it from… lol)

SEED SEED SEED!

Hope you enjoy the hell out of it. I think it’s a “very special” playlist this time. Like a very special episode of your favorite sitcom. Except without a victim.

Whatever that means.

Be sure to read the NFO file inside the playlist and give me some of the specific feedback I’m asking. (open it with notepad or your favorite plain-text reader of choice… look for PDF versions in the near future)

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See you in a couple of weeks for the Tasty Leftovers. I’m going to have some real fun with it this time.

Indie69 June 2011 New Music Playlist now available

June 1, 2011 2 comments

Indie 69 June 2011 Cover art

The mantis quietly judges you.

Well, well. June has arrived. And change is in the air.

…So that’s what that smell is…

I’m going to do things this month a little bit differently. Instead of stuffing a few tracks left over into a folder, and because there are now usually SO MANY good tracks left after I’ve narrowed it all down, I’ve decided to do a second playlist every month featuring what I call the “Tasty Leftovers”.  These are not rejected tracks. These are the ones that I liked but for whatever reason just didn’t seem to fit. Or would have made the playlist just TOO huge. Since I started off about halfway through the month this time with (around) 400 tracks, and STILL didn’t catch up with 100% of the e-mail submissions alone (if you were left out and your track was great.. chances are I just have not heard it yet.. check next month), I decided that it’s just getting far too huge for a convenient download. I cannot imagine everyone wanting to download over a gig of music just from my playlist alone, every month. So now there’s a second playlist (watch for it here) to take care of what was left for the month that didn’t suck. The whole idea of all this is to help this music get heard, new music. And with so much of it being so good, it just seemed wrong to stuff it in a folder and forget about it.  And let’s face it, that’s what was happening. There are only so many hours in a day and so many days in a month. The “Tasty Leftovers” for this month number more than 100 tracks. It’s up to you if you want to grab both playlists or just the main one. If you dig the instrumentals and remixes, the extremely eclectic or bizarre.. you may find a few examples of that in the leftovers. But there are quite a few pop and rock tracks in there as well.

I must apologize, however, for not having the time to double-check for duplicates this time. I scanned over it and trusted my memory this month. I hope it served me well and did not fail all of you. But if it did, I hope it’s not too much trouble to delete a couple of dupes. But let’s get to the playlist now and I’ll save my babbling on for a little further down the page…

You can grab Indie69 June 2011 New Music Playlist HERE and at all of the usual places you find it.

I would also like to announce my official intention to move the site to a new host with more flexibility, even though I adore WordPress.com. There are just a few tiny, specific reasons why I want to move to a new place. One of them is better community flexibility and more direct control over ways to submit music, as well as a specific interface I prefer at the new host. IF you are interested in guest blogging, let me know. I’m interested in finding music lovers who would like to post short reviews and mp3 downloads. Although I adore music criticism, I prefer to focus on what you DO like rather than posting articles about things you hear that you do not. I find very little value in being “warned” about bad music when so much of it is available for free. What’s the risk?? If I like a sample track, chances are I won’t HATE the album. And if I hate the sample track or single, why on earth would I buy the album? There’s no risk anymore which kind of takes the purpose of a lot of the criticism and flushes it right down along with things like Blockbuster stores and floppy drives. It’s still really enjoyable to read a well written review, and there are so many of those out there. But when things go negative these days, I tend to find myself wondering about things like motive and personal issues rather than the music. Is it just me? I’m not saying  “love everything you write about”, I AM saying “don’t write about music that you think is terrible”. There are exceptions, of course.  If something is so terrible that it becomes humorous or compelling in some other way, by all means write about it. I also ask that the focus be on new music or specific genre. If this all sounds fantastic and you’re okay with just getting a link and credit, get in touch at indiesixtynine@gmail.com . I expect to start the move this month.

Coincidentally, May was this blog’s best month ever, stats-wise. That was nice to see.

I hope you love the playlist(s) this month. Keep in touch, I love the e-mails and submissions. You know where to find me now on Twitter and Facebook (personal profile coming soon, I think). And keep your eyes open for the “Tasty Leftovers”, expect to wait no more than a few days, if that long. Comment if you’d rather see it arrive halfway through the month instead.

..and remember, always.. SEED SEED SEED! (even the old stuff.. I just re-seeded all of the 2009-2010 playlists)

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Xfinity / Comcast Blocking The Pirate Bay (a solution)

May 12, 2011 4 comments

xfinity comcast

Happiness is VERY easy..with TOR

FINAL: Looks like I (and many others) may have been very wrong. If  so, kudos to Comcast/Xfinity for getting the issue cleared up. Conclusions were certainly jumped to, but considering the reputations involved, I believe that would be hard to avoid when the problems were so focused on Comcast. Trust can be very hard to earn back.

UPDATE 3 : Looks like things are working again and at least I can connect to TPB without using TOR or a proxy. I guess it’s over. We may never know what the issue was, but it felt like the waters were being tested. Just remember..

“It’s blocked for you, it’s blocked for me, c’mon everybody leave Xfinity!” (I fully expect to be throttled by this afternoon)

UPDATE 2 : After this many hours of the issue being “escalated”, at the same time that the  site is clearly available to most of the world and tons of other ISPs, while the rest of the Internet is available on Comcast/Xfinity, I can only assume the worst.

UPDATE 1 : Perhaps I (and everyone else) was too quick to place blame on Xfnity/Comcast, since multiple world-wide ISPs are reportedly experience the same issue. The primary source of this information at this time appears to be customer service for Comcast/Xfinity, so take that for what it’s worth. But it very well could be that this has nothing to do with Xfinity. The fix, however, still works.

So, I went to ready an upload to The Pirate Bay this evening ( Indie69 2009 complete collection) after doing my best to re-seed ALL of my old playlists, only to discover that TPB was down. Well, I figured it was just another in many short TPB downtimes lately. So I decided to check to see if maybe it was working for my other ISP, Speakeasy, which I use for wireless.

YEP, got to the site instantly.Worked fine. Refreshed, re-loaded. Closed the browser, cleared the cache, went back.  Still worked.  Refreshed, still working. Rather fast, I might add, for a wireless connection. Kudos, as always, Speakeasy.

So I looked around to see if maybe Comcast/Xfinity was blocking TPB. I found a single recent story through google saying that Xfinity had started blocking the site (with many more planned) on Wednesday, May 11th, 2011. So, of course, I started to feel very angry and started spewing out multiple angry tweets (which you can find HERE for your amusement).  Then it became mission.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I can become OBSESSED with projects and problems, to the point of extremity. First I tried setting up an account with OpenDNS , something I was surprised to discover I had not done already with this particular machine. No luck. Perhaps a reboot would help? Nope. Then I used Speakeasy’s DNS server (which I assumed would not work at all, but did for all sites but TPB.. odd). No luck. Another re-boot to be sure. Nope.

At this point I’m thinking either Xfinity has figured out all of the IP addresses being used by TPB (something I’m sure TPB could have fun with, changing them up often enough for Xfinity to have to hire permanent staff to keep up with it, LOL! I could see them doing it more for amusement than anything!) or are somehow blocking the site on some other level of the protocol stack. So my next step, of course, was to go back to the service I used back when I was unable to upload to TPB when they were blocking uploads from the USA (on purpose? I never found out). …

TOR!

No, not Tor Johnson

Do NOT mess with TOR!

No, not Tor Johnson. The OTHER giant TOR that could kick your ass. The TOR anonymous browser. TOR worked!! There I was, on Xfinity, on The Pirate Bay once again. I chose the TOR browser bundle option.  It’s a single file you can download and extract into a folder and simply USE without an installation process. After a couple of add-on installs for the included Firefox (NoScript , a must for security and Download Statusbar, something I cannot do without) I was ready to go and browsing my site of choice. Now, I must admit to anyone who is now turned on by my “bad boy” thing, I really don’t use The Pirate Bay for.. well.. piracy. I use it to download playlists like my own these days and an occasional TV show that I cannot get in the US, or is released abroad before it’s released here. (hint: blue box) Oh, I USED to use it plenty. But my usage illustrates a very important point about Xfinity’s piss-poor attempt at censorship. You see, not EVERYONE who uses TPB does so in order to take advantage of piracy. And I would bet that there’s a percentage of people who download my playlists (and other’s playlists) ONLY to get those playlists and for NOTHING else. And what I do is NOT piracy, not by a long shot. Every single one of these tracks are made available for promotional purposes and all I do is pick what I think are the best and put them in one place. Like… I dunno… RADIO used to do.

SPREAD THE WORD about this FIX !

So, in the end, nice try Xfinity. Sorry, better luck next time. In spite of the fact that I can bypass their censorship, I am still forced now to cancel my Xfinity service until they change policies. YOU SHOULD AS WELL! This is just one of what are probably several stop-gap measures in order to get you through to the day when your new ISP is working. Remember, DSL is still VERY fast and relatively, competitively cheap. Speakeasy, the service I use for wireless around the house, is a fantastic service, in spite of their being bought out by Best Buy a while back. I will simply upgrade the Speakeasy account and turn off my Xfinity AND cable TV service. Phht. To think I was considering using them for voice. I really assumed that much of what I’d heard about Xfinity was overblown. Caps? No sign of that so far, and I go FAR beyond the so-called caps every single month in uploads ALONE (last month I uploaded over 250GB for just the April playlist alone) and although I really don’t do a lot of downloading, I’m sure I go over the limit when combined with uploads. So, bye bye Xfinity. I hardly knew ya.

If they were to change policies before the next billing period, I will reconsider. But I simply cannot abide censorship. Even if every ISP did this, this month, I would cancel all services and walk away in protest, using only open wireless and TOR. No company censoring the Internet deserves yours, mine or anyone’s money.

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Yeah, I took the leap. I’m on.. Facebook

May 4, 2011 3 comments

So I finally broke down, and although I don’t have a personal profile, I have a “Page” for Indie69 on Facebook now. Not sure if I’ll ever get a personal profile. But if I do, I’ll post about it here first.

So if you’d like to keep track of what’s going on with the Indie69 stuff on Facebook, follow my page or be a fan or whatever it is..

HERE

I looked for a way to add a button, or to make it pretty or something, to no avail. So there it is.

EDIT: If anyone has any trouble adding/following/being a fan of my Facebook page, PLEASE let me know in comment. The whole thing feels wrong and I’m just not sure if I set it all up right or not.

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