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Indie Playlist Roundup – May 2010

May 4, 2010 6 comments

Another month and we still have our beloved Criznittle back! And two playlist people have even started working together, Samy and Dakradha, making an unstoppable force to be reckoned with.  Nice job, folks! Looking forward to downloading it and listening. You should too. There may be some small overlaps, dupes, etc. But there’s also a LOT of diversity in this month’s playlist offerings. So let’s get to the links.

Indie Rock Playlist May 2010 Cover art. Criznittle’s Indie Rock Playlist (or simply THE Indie Rock Playlist)May, 2010 – Another great month with a lot to choose from. 120 tracks. I still don’t know how he does it. I spend a huge amount of time every month seeking out new music, and this guy always manages to find a TON of stuff I’ve never heard. And within those tracks, always a few that are real stand-outs, remaining on my player permanently. If you only grab one, this is it.

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Blalocks Indie Rock Playlist May 2010 Cover Art Blalock’s Indie Rock Playlist May, 2010 – 125 tracks of new music goodness. This month marks the 1 year anniversary of his fantastic site, BlalocksIRP.com . A great community for equally great people with outstanding taste in music and even a community playlist. He’s added a Mixtape section on the site this month to celebrate and anyone can participate.

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Snipe the Hype Vol 1 Cover art. daKradha AND SamySnipe the Hype Vol 1 – Two playlist people joined together to bring you what they describe as  “artists that are mostly rather unknown or deserve more attention, deserve to be heard, to be observed by you and we want, through this medium, provide you that possibility” It’s a brand new project for them and I’m really looking forward to hearing it all. Some of the tracks are not new, but I bet they’ll be new to my ears and probably yours. And that’s what counts. It just came out today, so get it and seed it. I hope this remains a monthly thing.

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Joydue’s Indie Rock PlaylistMay, 2010 – Joydue is from Brazil, and that means we get the chance to hear music from there that we wouldn’t normally get a chance to hear. But that’s not all, he also includes tracks from all over. And I’m always satisfied with the mix of styles and sounds. Joydue was missed in April due to some computer issues, but he’s back now with 47 tracks.  It’s a smaller playlist than some of the others, which makes it great for a quick download and a shot at hearing stuff that isn’t even covered in the indie “blogosphere” mainstream.

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Indie 69 May 2010 Cover Art Indie69May, 2010 – 69 tracks. Who is this guy? 69 tracks? What’s with that? Is that some kind of pervy thing, that number? Why that number? Suspicious.

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NE-ways.. see you in a couple of days for more rantings and ravings as always. Enjoy all the music, have fun and most of all support the artists by buying CDs, downloads , merch and going to their shows. Thanks for reading and HUGE thanks to all the playlist people. You keep opening ears and bringing happiness to people through music. It’s a wonderful thing you do. Except that one guy… seems like a perv.

Indie69 May 2010 Playlist Released

May 1, 2010 3 comments

Indie 69 May 2010 Cover art

Indie 69 May 2010 Cover art

FIRST: I just want to mention that The Flaming Lips’ Steven Drozd is still hospitalized for an unknown reason but says he will make a full recovery. I just want to wish him my best and if you’d like to as well, you can find him active on Twitter here: @stevendrozd . I met him backstage at a Lips show, briefly back when they were following the RHCP around. The show was far too brief, but memorable because I was able to join them on stage dressed as a dog. I danced, yelled a lot and afterward I got to spend some time confirming the rumor that Wayne can talk your ear off backstage(in a good way, the man has the gift of gab). I met Steven very briefly but he was super nice, quiet and of course one of the most creative people in the known universe and I got to meet him(meet? more like see, really)! It was awesome and I hope to do it again some time. But it would never be the same without Steven, so get well man. The world needs ya.

The flowers are blooming, winter has left behind it’s damp, cold jacket at the cleaners to be forgotten, incurring late charges and storage fees that will add up to half a month’s rent when all is said and done, making it necessary to abandon it. Or you live where I do, where it’s still cold and rainy, making each day seem like another round of soul-torture. I hope it’s pretty and warm where you are. But enough about the weather! We have some music to talk about. Right? Right?

Well, I hope you all love this month’s collection of new music. Nothing much stood out for me this time around, making it one of the more excruciating playlists I’ve assembled. There’s good stuff, sure. But after the last few months, I was expecting to be “wowed” again. Maybe it’s the weather, my mood or.. hell.. let’s blame the economy! Yeah! Heck, I’m not even happy with the cover art this time. It’s not bad or anything, but after 4 or 5 other tries, this was the best I could come up with and in the end it felt like a compromise. Whine. Moan.

Grab that big-ass Playlist HERE. (and at all the usual places)

As I sit here and write this, tracks are actually still coming in. So maybe at the last minute, some tidbit of genius will float in and save the day. It could happen. (edit: it did, I replaced a lot of stuff)

Not much else to say this time around. In a frightening turn of mysterious events, Demonoid went down, almost came back up and now will not load for me again. Demonoid always comes back though, right? Maybe they’ll work out some of the glitchier aspects of the site/tracker during the downtime.  Most external torrents there were being reported as dead with no seeds, when in reality they had tons of seeds and leechers. I never quite figured out what was going on there. Not sure if they did either because it continued on, never fixed. But it’s still one of the best damned places in the world, so don’t get me wrong.

As I was listening to tracks for this month, I received a Twitter msg from an artist thanking me for including their song in an older playlist, which I guess led them to some referrals which helped them in some way and I was reminded why I do this. That helped a lot. I wasn’t sure this thing was doing much at all for a little while this last month. And while I didn’t consider quitting, not even remotely, I was questioning myself a bit. Feedback from listeners and artists always gives me a boost and fires me back up again. And it’s always just when I need it. So thanks to all of you. It’s a lot of fun doing this. And as always, I suggest ANYONE try it. The more of us there are, the more the music is spread. The more the music is spread, the less SUCK there is in the world. And the world could do with a little less suck these days. Or always.

If anyone reading this has comments, suggestions, anything.. you can reach me most of the time through Twitter @indie69 . Or through e-mail at indiesixtynine@gmail.com . You can send tracks there as well. Have a warm and healthy month of May. Tons of blog posts are on the way. Over 12 thousand words already written, sitting there waiting for this procrastinating perfectionist to edit. So if you watch for those, watch for those.

See you again in June. Wow. Honest to goodness Summer is near. I think it’s going to be a good one.

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Mid-Month Update (sorta) Plus mp3

April 18, 2010 Leave a comment

It’s a bit late, but you know how those things go, us being close and all. We’re just like that.

Busy, odd couple of weeks for me, on so many levels your frontal lobe would crack in two and send a jolt of random instability through the core of the space-time continuum if I told you half of it. (yep.. I’ve been watching the new series of Dr Who) Isn’t Matt Smith the perfect Doctor? The new series is a blast. Loved the last few series, but this one is a winner. In spite of the slightly wonky new theme music. Anyway, on to the other stuff. There’s a new artist-approved torrent on the way. My bandwidth is a bit wibbly-wobbly-timey-wimey at the moment, so I’m waiting another day to drop that on the world. It’s important to seed, but it’s nearly as important to seed WELL. Especially at first. So that should be happening tomorrow.

The May playlist is coming along well, about halfway there, which is about right. Tons of new sources this month, so that means more to go through and I think what may be the best one I’ve put together as far as quality consistency goes. Not sure what will be different this month, but I’m feeling like making some changes. It’s like an itch or something. Maybe it’s just that things are going smoothly. With the playlist.Only.Period.

To whet your appetites for the torrent, here’s a sample. My Favorite of the Doyle and the FourFathers demos, all of which will be included in the torrent.

Doyle_And_The_FourFathers-Here_Comes_The_Dusk(Demo) (righty-clickey-savey-asey)

So enjoy and hello again after that little break I took. Lots of big, long, shiny, wordy and ranty posts already written and ready to go for the next week or so. Love ’em, hate ’em. As long as you read them. Love you all, yes.. even YOU. I’m gonna go watch a movie in 3d or something. Not that fake, after the fact “release the Kraken” crap 3d either. Or maybe go outside. It’s going to be a lovely, sunny day here. You do something too. It’s for the best.

Until tomorrow, stop reading this and have a great day.

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