Music Links on the Web: Our Very First Music Carnival

February 8, 2009 at 7:01 pm (Carnival, Music, rock) (, , , , )

Welcome to the February 6, 2009 edition of everything about music. This is our very first carnival, so we’re excited to share some of our favorite websites to catch up on the latest music. Many thanks to all of those who submitted articles.

Heather Johnson presents a huge list of some of the best places on the web to read about music. Check out her article featuring the Top 100 Musicology Blogs posted at Distance Learning Net

Carrie tackles the challenge of organizing a growing song library. Learn more at www.applexo.com: Managing a large music library on a small iPod posted at www.applexo.com.

Adam Zuckerman offers an in-depth look at Daedelus posted at Jay Zuck’s Sketch of the Day, saying, “Daedelus is an experimental musician whose music embodies a kind of Mad Hatter spirit if the Mad Hatter went to the future and brought back some instruments to share with us. I briefly review his music and even had occasion to design a typographical logo for him.”

Submit your blog article to the next edition of discover new music and playlists using our carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on our blog carnival index page.

~ C.H. & E.L.

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New and Noteworthy

February 4, 2009 at 8:44 pm (Acoustic, Music, rock) (, , , , , , , , , )

I always love when I rummage through the great melting pot that is music and stumble upon something promising. It you listen to a song you can pick out the various influences (yes, even classical traits exist in modern music). Sometimes the mix can be rather unfortunate, like the way Thy Symphony combined opera vocals with metal. Oops! On the other hand, it can be amazingly pleasing. Ryan Calhoun, an unsigned artist based out of L.A. is a prime example.

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Jon Foreman, Something for Everyone

February 3, 2009 at 9:43 pm (Acoustic, Folk, Music) (, , , , , , , , )

Jon Foreman’s MySpace Page

With a vocal quality similar to Dave Matthews or Isaac Slade (the lead singer from the The Fray), Jon Foreman’s music has acoustical drive with folk undertones. He is an artist who truly loves his music and isn’t affected by the modern music industry. I admire Jon Foreman for his strong connection to music:

“I’m so thankful that these songs still mean so much to me. In fact, I am perhaps more drawn to music than ever… Lately music has been my compass: it’s neither the map, nor the road but a steady constant that can help me make sense of the both.”

Most of his songs are quiet and relaxing. They tend to be focused on sadness and have mellow chord progressions, often including an acoustical guitar. However, his tunes aren’t monotonous or over-simplistic. Listening to Foreman can ease you through a painful experience or, at the very least, comfort you during a stressful time.

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Endless Sporadic, Where Is Their Label?

February 1, 2009 at 12:35 am (Metal, Music, rock) (, , , , , , , , , , )

Despite having been featured in both Guitar Hero III and Tony Hawk’s American Wasteland, An Endless Sporadic remains unsigned. Their music features metal structure and chord progressions, yet utilizes clean and innovative melodies. Their songs are not predominately heavy, but still offer those with long enough hair an opportunity to do some head-banging. If you can’t master Impulse, their hit from Guitar Hero III, on expert, I still recommend you give An Endless Sporadic a listen. Even those who steer clear of metal might be pleasantly surprised.

~ C.H.

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Rishloo, a New Discovery

January 27, 2009 at 7:01 pm (Alternative, Metal, Music, rock) (, , , , , , , , , )

courtesy of www.myspace.com/rishlooband It’s starts off quiet. Sure, it sounds like it might be a slow song, but suddenly it heads somewhere else. Freaks and Animals, a song by Washington based band, Rishloo, begins with a spacey guitar line but segues into an alternative rock head-banger. What is a Rishloo? I’m not quite sure, but one thing is for certain: they are successfully writing original music. Already they have two albums available: Eidolon (2007) and Terras Fames (2004). I’m not entirely sure what either of their album titles mean either.

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Young Artist Enters the Music Scene

January 17, 2009 at 12:31 pm (Alternative, Music) (, , , , , , )

photo courtesy of www.myspace.com/joshgoldenmusicAt the age of only 14, Josh Golden has written more than 25 songs, is in the middle of recording an EP, and already has his first music video. Yes, there might be some people out there who stand up and shout “I’m tired of this kind of music!” It’s true, a few of his songs stray dangerously close to a whiny alternative punk rock band, but to all of you pessimists: GIVE THE KID A BREAK. Seriously, listen to a few of his songs and you’ll realize he is a multifaceted songwriter.

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