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Indie Rock Playlist Database (new site/service)

April 11, 2011 3 comments

Old school database

Old school database

I discovered this service/site when its creator, Javier Fernandez, e-mailed me for permission to include my playlists in his database. I of course said yes and was immediately curious about the whole thing. Well, it turns out it’s a great service. If you’re looking for a song based on title or artist or even just want to see what was on the playlists in a particular month or year, this could be a convenient way of doing it. And the potential is there for it to become even more. It’s also nice in the sense that this is another sign of these playlist things becoming more like a larger community, with associated and related services, aggregators and forums (which BIRP is the best at IMHO, great site).

Check the database out HERE and try a search.

I’d been meaning to write about this for a while but somehow set it aside and forgot to get back to it.

Currently the database uses Criznittle’s original Indie Rock Playlist, BIRP, Jimdo, The IndieRockPlaylists.com site, Indie69, last.fm and myspace, although I’m not sure how the database uses data from last.fm or myspace. Perhaps this is a future addition or feature. Hopefully the site will eventually include Samy’s, Cut The Crap, SaG’s, Shankly and PlayIndie. The database interface is simple, clean and to the point. No bells and whistles. I like that, a lot. I can just imagine how useful something like this would be if it could also get an unlimited “firehose” of data from a site like Hypem. Wondrous! Or perhaps even bypass the use of another aggregator/curator like Hypem and just seek out the direct rss feeds of particular blogs that feature artist and label submitted promotional tracks. You could have the future of free legal music search encompassing the best of both music blog curation and the playlist community. The database could be useful to artists as well, as a way to track their exposure.

The only bug I noticed was with bands that have “and” in their names, which is quite a few. If you use the word “and” , some bands won’t show up.  Eliminate the “and” part of the band name and they DO show up, with some of them using “&” instead of “and”. (*another reason why I avoid using characters like “&” in filenames) Once you have results you can sort them by artist, song title, file size, length of the track, the month of the playlist, the year and the playlist (IRP, BIRP, Jimdo, etc etc). This is a great service to both music fans and the playlist community, and I hope Javier continues to work on it in the future. Fantastic work. It’s even available en Espanol !

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* I have come under fire for my “weird” file naming structure in the past, but this is just another example of why I’m right and this criticism is based on a lack of understanding. (OOOH, arrogance!!)The way I name files is standard based on being the most compatible with things such as databases, alternative operating systems and file systems.  But the way I do it balances between being human-readable and machine-readable quite nicely. I certainly didn’t come up with it myself. This is why I avoid empty spaces/special characters. The rest is just logical. The dash represents a division in the file name clearly pointing out when the band name stops and the song name begins. The underscores are used because using a dash would be confusing. Duh. 😉  And seeing as how many don’t even include the name of the band in the filenames when they create mp3s lately (hrmph) , my way is at least an improvement in that regard. Having learned to use computers on a machine that was not running windows, (not linux) a filename with empty spaces within it seems alien to me and always will. Endrant.

Indie and New Music Playlist Round-Up – September 2010

September 14, 2010 3 comments

I figure… as long as I get this done before the 15th, it’s not late. So, depending on when you see this, it is or is not “late”. Either way, I’ve had a chance to listen to a couple of these and it IS a good month. Just wish I had time to grab them all. Looks like Criznittle is sitting September out. We miss ya. Remember, when I find new playlists, I add them to the list for the month. So check back here often for updates. Here’s the rest….

BIRP Sept 2010 cover art.Is that not the best cover? Pure awesome. Click on it to see it animate! TrippyCat iz in your headz, makin’ your trips! I can has acid? It’s a great selection this month. Check it all out. HERE.

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Cut the Crap Cover artCut the Crap is back. Let the Crap be Cut!! Good to hear this one. The name fits, really. It seems like time and effort are put into these to get a certain quality and selection. And you will find tracks here that none of the other playlists have. It’s a different take on things. Refreshing. I know it says August, but it really came out in Sept. So have at it all HERE.

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Navigator's Fresh List Indie Sept 2010 Cover art.Here we have Navigator’s playlist. I have not downloaded this one yet, but I will. You should, too. Give it a shot. Past lists have been great. Grabby HERE.

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Jimdo's Indie Rock Music September 2010 cover artJimdo’s playlists are always great and this is no exception. You know, this is really dull sometimes, having nothing negative to say. The truth is, I just love all the lists and get a gigantic kick out of hearing SO MUCH new music all the time. And it would be hard for one of these playlists to go terribly wrong. But I SWEAR.. this one. … this Jimdo’s playlist is special. Yes, if you download all of them, you will get some repeats. But that’s not exactly hard to fix. It’s worth it. Grabster HERE.

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SAG's Indie Electro Rock Playlist September 2010 cover art.Here we have a stated and very real difference. There’s a lot more bleep-bloop here. That’s not a bad thing. And there are some GREAT bleepin’ bloopin’ tracks out this month. Don’t let anyone tell you that this music cannot “rock”. Oh it can. And will. Bleep it bleepin’ HERE (link to multiupload on indierockplaylists.com). Really needs to be a torrent of this every month.

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Indie 69 September 2010 Cover art.Alright. What’s the deal with the name? There have been over 100 tracks for 2 months running now. So it’s not that there are 69 tracks. Is this guy some kind of perv or something? I mean, WTF!? Is that some kind of a joke? SixtyNine! Oooh, how original. I bet he thought that’d get some attention, huh? Jeeze. And then with the cover art? What is that? A Doctor Who font? Nerrrrrrrrd!!!! lol. I cannot believe this guy still thinks anyone cares what he thinks is good on a given month in music. But he just keeeeeps doing it. Over and OVER and OVER. I guess if you like that sort of thing it’s worth grabbing this month. I guess it’s good for…. completists? That’s about it, really. Stop encouraging him. If you MUST.. grab it HERE.

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That’s it for this month. I hope this list comes in handy for everyone. Also, there’s a new site out there you may have seen mentioned in the comments called IndieRockPlaylists.com . It’s well maintained, easy on the eyes and the person doing it is pretty darned cool. So check it out. You may find it a more convenient place to grab everything. And there are tons of artist links on the lists. Nice touch. But.. umm.. come back here anyway! lol. See you next month and in the blog. I promised higher volume of posts and I am delivering. So check back often.

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.

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