Well, at long last, it has arrived. Let me explain…
I got busy, I got distracted, I “got late”.** (If you want to know what’s really going on, I’ve written a form-letter-like explanation. Just e-mail me and ask at the e-mail address provided below. I don’t want to *bum out* everyone.)
The good news is that the March 2012 playlist is here. It is my first playlist for 2012. My first in months. There are really, really new tracks here as well as the best of the tracks I had ready for several aborted playlists. There are some really amazing tracks on this one. I always say that, really. But this time it’s really, really true.
It seems at times that even the elements are against me when it comes to these monthly things. Just as I was putting the finishing touches on the playlist and browsing the files ready for the best of 2011 playlist (coming soon),the power to my entire neighborhood went out. No files were lost, thankfully, but I had to sit in the dark and just wait it out. All while the clock on my mobile inched closer and closer to my self-imposed deadline of midnight (or quit doing the playlists for good). I had to cheat a bit on my own deadline because I didn’t have electricity! Oh well. I don’t think I could quit anyway. I have too much fun doing these.
Thanks for being patient again and a huge thank you to everyone who left messages and sent e-mails. There was nothing any of you could have done that would have helped make it happen these last few months, but it was nice to know my playlists were missed.
So dramatic, eh? Without further ado,
hours days after my deadline… and months late…..
You can get the Indie69 March 2012 New Music Playlist HERE and in any of the other places you usually stumble into my playlists.
I imagine there has to be at least one or two dupes/repeats. I tried my best to prevent it, but at some point you just have to let go and release the thing.
Special thanks to Catherine for the cover art. So far this year, including this month, next month and the best of 2011, all of the cover art has been submitted/requested art/photos, or my own art/photos. Nice. I’d like to keep it that way this year. So if you want to submit art for the May/June playlists, send it in to: email@example.com
Hope you love the music this month and please remember to seed until it hurts. I’m going to put my headphones on now and bathe in the pleasant afterglow of accomplishment neurochemicals for a while. I love those things. Combine accomplishment with a nice 2 hour stationary bike marathon and you’re swimming in the suckers. Nothing beats it. 🙂
Be well music lovers.
** If you want to know what’s really going on, I’ve written a form-letter-like explanation. Just e-mail me and ask at the e-mail address provided below. I don’t want to *bum out* everyone. The reason it’s like a form letter is that I don’t want to go through it 100 times writing it out again and again. I’ll respond to any questions, but I can’t go through that over and over. My health is fine, by the way. It’s just… complicated and not for direct public consumption.
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.
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
(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.
Okay, so what the hell is this??
Well, these days I’m getting about 400 tracks a month or more. And to be honest, there’s only room for just SO many tracks on the main playlist. And I’ve noticed that there’s SO MUCH good music left over every month, it just gets tossed into a folder and forgotten, for the most part.
That’s not fair if the whole point of this is to get new music HEARD. So I decided to put together a second playlist now, every month (I presume), featuring these leftover tracks.
These TASTY leftover tracks. So eat up!!
GRAB IT HERE!!: GULP!
You may notice a lot more remixes, instrumentals and more obscure experimental or weird stuff here on this playlist. So if that’s your thing, you may like this one even more.
But that’s not everything here… there’s plenty of sweet pop goodness and rock delectibles and edibles to chew on.
Enough eating metaphors to fill you up yet??
Anyway. Enjoy. And remember, if you found YOUR music here, it doesn’t mean I thought any less of it.. quite the contrary. These are NOT REJECTED TRACKS!! Those go in the trash.
That comes to about half of what I get going into the recycle bin.
Hope you all like it. It was fun to put together. As much as the other playlist. I imagine I will even do this one with quite a bit more care and attention from now on, even throwing
in some older stuff and personal favorites from time to time. A kind of playground for my evil whims. Bwahahahaha!
See you in July, Guy.
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P.S. – The concensus is in. The concensus being that I decided. I’ll put these out when I have enough tracks to justify it about halfway through the month.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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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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). …
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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Funny story. See, I was up all night finishing this sucker, mostly because it’s couple of days late, but partly because I’m just like that. Once I get really rolling on a project, it can be VERY difficult for me to set it aside and finish it later. So I pull all-nighters. But I feel good, because this is a great one. And what makes it special is the huge number of artists that I’ve never, EVER heard of. And I could not, again, narrow it down to just 69 tracks. What I did instead was try to place the more “out there” tracks toward the end of the playlist, in the 80s and up. I suggest that you listen to the whole thing, but if you have limited time up front, this will make it easier if you know that the VERY strange tracks and instrumental-oriented things are at the end. I guess. It just depends on what you consider “strange” and “out there”.
I also had some really great, positive conversations with artists last night as I was reaching out to a final few at the last minute. And one of them was with the artist at the number one position this month, “New pyjamas”, someone I could only find a single blog post about. And the track I included, “fishing” really surprised me. Can’t wait to hear what he does next and I’ll be sure to share whatever I can when it happens. But enough of my chitter-chatter. If you want more info, a few links and more of my rambling on, see the NFO file in the torrent, which you can open with notepad or any old plain text editor. But for now…. finally….
Indie 69 May 2011 New Music Playlist – which you can GRAB HERE. (TPB link, tinyurl shortened)
840 MB , 114 Tracks.
I’m a little extra proud of this one, the music I picked, and how it just flows. It’s a good one. So if you like it too, please spread the word. Link to this blog, re-tweet the link to the torrent and my related tweet. Just generally spread the word. Let’s get this one to as many ears as possible. And the same goes for the other playlists out there such as Blalock’s, Criznittle’s and the others. All of which can be located using indierockplaylists.com .
Summer is almost here now, too! I think it’s going to be a great one for new music, if this is any kind of preview. There was just so much more than usual. I’ll see you in the blog posts and on Twitter @indie69 .
Enjoy… shutting up now. I’m a little delirious now, off to bed.
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