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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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http://www.flickr.com/photos/mohawkalex/4503736486/

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Indie (and new music) Playlist Roundup, June 2010

June 9, 2010 9 comments

Sorry, this thing is usually done a lot quicker, earlier in the month. But this month has been a doozy for me. So much so that I have not downloaded all of these as I usually do. Did you know, by the way, that the end of a sentence is not where a preposition should be AT? I didn’t. Still do not. For me, that’s still where it’s usually at.

NE-ways. Here’s the list of lists containing links to the playlists so you can download them and fill your players and computers with so much new music you will be compelled.. yes COMPELLED to spontaneously purchase at least 5 CDs and attend 3 shows. Much like the Men’s Warehouse, I guarantee it. Minus the guarantee part. And the part where I sound like I’m falling asleep recording the promo. Hmm. Might be a regional reference. (but you should do those things anyway)

Check out the great cover art this month, too. My fave is the BIRP cover. Paper party ribbons or something. Very nice.

How lucky are we to have SO much new music to sample every month? The more the merrier. Sure, we get dupes here and there. But there’s so much to choose from and so many discoveries to be made. SO lucky. This used to be so difficult. Finding that odd station on the left of the dial, listening through the hours of hippie-dippy-hour DJs to get to that one guy in the middle of the night with his finger to the pulse of the new music world. And then sometimes missing the back-announce, never to find out who did that one song that had the thing in it that sounded like the gods having an orgy in a sand-pit with their feet on fire and then went SHOOOM – Bashow!! Yeah, the “good” old days. …. are.. over. Finally. But I miss you, radio. I really do. More on that later. For now… THE LISTS!

(Disclaimer: I visit these torrent sites using NoScript, allowing only stuff required to use the site and no more. You should do the same. If any of them do anything nasty, I’d never know because I remain protected and vigilant. So proceed with caution when using any site you’re not familiar with. Train your noscript patiently and carefully, only allowing necessary scripts)

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Indie Rock Playlist (Criznittle's)Indie Rock Playlist(Criznittle)June, 2010 –  Have not downloaded it, but grabbed the torrent file. The list of songs looks like another great one.  As always, if you can only get one, this is it. Always great, diverse and inclusive of the near-mainstream to the obscure. The original. The one. The NEO of playlists. But without that kinda sucky third movie.

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Blalock's Indie Rock Playlist June Cover art.Blalock’s Indie Rock PlaylistJune, 2010 – What can be said that hasn’t been said already. Always reliably great selection. And a great community at BIRP.

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SaG's Indie Electro Rock Playlist June, 2010 Cover Art.SaG’s Indie Electro Rock PlaylistJune, 2010 – Have not grabbed this myself but it comes highly recommended! Could be just the thing you need.

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Cut The Crap Playlist cover art, May 2010Cut the Crap: Link to TPB profile in case he changes his mind – as of June, 2010 according to this blog (CAUTION:BIEBERBLOG lol), the Cut the Crap playlists will no longer be torrented. They will be distributed via Zip file. If you keep up with the blog, you’ll be able to find the links there from now on. The blog also has an awesome music submission page using google docs. Too bad this one is no longer going to be on the torrents. But at least it’s still around, which is good because this one tends to be very different than the others.  Still no June playlist though, as of today. You can find the May 2010 one here. (EDIT: The reason there’s no June playlist is because he releases his playlist at the END of the month, not the beginning. So that explains that. This one (May) is the most recent.)

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Joydue’s Indie Rock PlaylistJune, 2010 –  (cannot find cover art) Another playlist that tends to be very different from the others.  A lot of stuff I’ve never heard of. Catch up time. Tried to find the cover art, but it’s not in the torrent and the blog appears to be invite-only. On purpose? Not sure. But that’s how it is right now. Invite only.

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Navigator's Indie Rock Playlist June, 2010 cover art.Navigator’s Fresh!!! Indie Playlist June, 2010 – Have not tried this one, new to me. Even though Google reveals it was on Mininova back in 2009. Not sure how I missed it. Don’t know much about it other than the tracklist, which looks interesting. It leans a bit toward what you’d probably hear on the few “alternative” stations still around for some of the tracks, direct indie tracks for the rest. Leans on the rock side of things it seems. Which isn’t a bad thing, since the others don’t focus on that as much as a whole. So this is good. Grab it.

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Dakradha/Samy/Snipe The Hype – Nothing this month, but watch here for the next edition(s). I really love the fact that these two are working together now, even if it means we won’t get a PL as often.

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Indie 69 June 2010 Cover ArtIndie69 New Musiaylist June, 2010 –  That’s right. Musiaylist. A new word. (curiously similar to “New Music Playlist”) Invented by TPB’s recent habit of removing random characters from torrent names when their captchas fail more than 3 times. ARGH! I mean, I love the site, no denying it.. but WTF??!! And no way to fix it without abandoning the torrent and starting over. Let this be a lesson for me (and anyone else), pay attention to the torrent name after the captcha fails more than once. Chances are, something is going away when you’re not looking in the right place at the right time. FAILICIOUS! I’m hungry for hearts of facepalm!

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That’s it for June. Dakradha and Samy are missed, to be sure. Criznittle is still back (yay) and there’s a few new faces on the block. If you find or know of other playlists, comment please and I’ll edit them in/eventually try them. Have a great June and I’ll blog in-between about Internets stuff up until July, which is already stacking up to be a GREAT month for new music of all kinds. Keep the true indie spirit alive as these people have. And make your own playlists, then share them. But most of all.. and this is VERY important…

SEED. El Seed, senor. And keep the bittorrent angle alive. Don’t be a slave to bandwidth that can be controlled, stopped, inspected, scrutinized or manipulated in any way by others. Bittorrent will free us all. Direct download alternatives are great. Wonderful. Perfect. BUT.. try to stay in the bittorrent world at the same time.  It can be frustrating, but it’s so worth it.  They say in space no-one can hear you scream. In bittorrent, no-one can hear you DMCA. No matter HOW much that metaphor sucks.

and it does.

Love ya all, have a great “rest of June”.

Indie 69 June 2010 Playlist Released

June 4, 2010 4 comments

Indie 69 June 2010 Cover Art

Indie 69 June 2010 Cover Art

Sorry for being so late this month. The extra time I set aside for it was probably worth it.

Due to a very personal near-tragedy, this month’s playlist almost didn’t happen. I remember a time when I swear it almost felt like each opportunity I was presented with to be a flake was greeted by me with near-enthusiasm. Even when it came to things I loved. But those days are long gone. I’m certainly no “Mr Responsibility”, not by a long shot. But I have changed in these last 5 years or so. Everything seems immediate, important, vital. When you almost lose someone you care about and love, things come into focus or you shut down.  I guess in a way I’m lucky I haven’t been taking the latter road. Time will tell.

I didn’t have as much time to focus this month, which could either be good (randomized, less focused or predictable) or bad (dupes, too much focus). It’s hard for me to tell. I just try to make it as diverse as possible and trust my ears as your ears by proxy. In other words, instead of only adding things  “I” would like, I listen for quality, originality and diversity. And a few that I’d like, too.

New this month, finally, are Zune HD wallpapers. I’m sure there are not very many of you out there with Zunes, but if you do have one I hope you like ’em. I still have no idea if the iPod or other players use the “wallpaper” thing at all. I know my old gigantic Creative player didn’t. There’s not much else that’s new other than the music. And again if there are any dupes please forgive me this month. I just didn’t have as much time. That said, there are some GREAT new tracks this month. And I have something so amazing right now, sitting right in front of me in the form of an advance CD, that I’ve promised not to share until the time is right. And it is KILLING me. It’s so good. Won’t be long now. Album of my summer and probably will be for a lot of you as well. You’re gonna love it.

Enjoy the music and look out for my monthly Playlist Roundup to catch all the other playlists coming out this month, all in one place.

And remember, if you don’t want to have 5 copies of the same new song that was added to ALL the playlists in a particular month, use uTorrent (I’m sure other clients allow this, too). When you start to download and that first screen pops up you can de-select songs you don’t want to grab. Just un-check them. Of course it’s always helpful if you seed the whole thing, but being selective can save disk space and time. I get it.  🙂

You can grab the Indie69 June 2010 New Music Playlist HERE.

FUNNY : When I uploaded, I double checked the name so something is going all funny at TPB. Then when I tried to edit, it saves and it’s exactly the same when I re-check it.

I’ve been through this kind of thing before and when you delete and try to re-up it’ll tell you it “already exists in the database” and won’t let you upload. So for now, until it lets me edit and actually change it, the name of the torrent is:

Indie69 June 2010 New Musiaylist (LOL!!)

…and in all the usual places. Enjoy, seed, share, go see the shows.. go buy the CDs or the downloads if you love what you hear. And tell everyone you know about the playlists and the artists. Spread the word. See you here in the blog and in July for the next playlist. I still have thousands of words to publish and I’m never satisfied, so I’ll be “letting go” of these posts that I keep re-scheduling and re-editing as the month goes on.  And if anything happens to me that would deny me access to the Internet for any extended period… this blog would just keep on publishing without me for quite a long time. Thank you, WordPress scheduling.

Image and cover art Credit – http://www.flickr.com/photos/paradisecircus/25882660/

Creative Commons – Attribution – Non-Commercial – Share-Alike

Alternate Cover art sources –

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lrargerich/3796091862/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lrargerich/3795264491/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/cobalt/167189240/

Finished covers and alternate covers can be found within the playlist folders along with Zune and Zune HD wallpapers and maybe other stuff.

p.s. – Can you spot a theme or region this month? How about an old track? Comment if you noticed anything.

Playlist running late.. sorry.

June 4, 2010 Leave a comment

Should be ready to go this evening. Just too much going on right now. But I am almost done. Thanks for your patience.

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