Tuesday, September 15, 2015

#88 - Netlabel Day & leMeow

Back with a post-Labour Day podcast!  This episode's unifying theme is Netlabel Day 2015 - I'm finally doing a wrap-up by playing some of my favourite songs that I downloaded back in July.  Also mentioned are several podcasts I highly recommend, and the highlight of the show - Ottawa group leMeow allowed their track "Evening Blues" to be played on the podcast!  Enjoy!  Track listing and links below.

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  1. Ankaph - Just Because - Netlabel Day Featured Track
  2. Armie and the Strutters - What Do I Do? - Netlabel Day Featured Track
  3. Kyle Cox - Life is Good
  4. Hot Fiction - Sweet Goodbye
  5. The House of the Old Boat - Stay Awake
  6. Pimpstrut Local #13 - Party Pants Party - Netlabel Day Featured Track
  7. Now Endeavor - Waste My Time
  8. leMeow - Evening Blues - Video for Evening Blues
  9. waterpistol - Floating in Medicine
  10. Steady Hussle - Blindly Optimistic
  11. Major Major - Satellite

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

#87.5 - Vacation'd

I was able to push my way through the humidity and record a half episode today - no full episode for a while because SUMMER.  I've been busy between vacations and just being busy in general with summer time activities.  So here's a quick podcast to tide you over!  I don't talk about very much - it's mostly about the music.

Don't forget to check out http://www.zencast.fm if you're interested in starting your own podcast, or are looking for a new podcast host!  It's an excellent service that hosts this very podcast.  You get full statistics, etc.  Right now it's free - go check it out!

I also used Spreaker to record this episode, which is its own podcast platform.  I don't intend to use it long term for Alternative Airwaves (the quality just isn't right), but will be using it for another project I want to start up (which I will also use zencast.fm for!).

The music (don't forget to check out the full Summer 2015 playlist from Jamendo!):

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Weekly Airwave # 45 // Netlabel Day 2015

I hope you all enjoyed the bonus audio in your podcast feed last week; it was an unexpected turn of events from my end, that's for sure!  This week, I don't have an individual song for you - rather, I'm shining the spotlight on Netlabel Day 2015.  I talked about it in the last podcast, but it is officially here!

Head over to the official website, or stay tuned with everything going on with their twitter account.  It looks like releases are being staggered throughout the day, so following the twitter account is the best bet to catch them as they go live.

The full list of releases can be found on their release page - I haven't counted but there has to be at least 100 original, free tracks being released today.

Expect a recap podcast in about a week!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Weekly Airwave # 44 // Nic Falcon - Playing Fair

Blocsonic recently launched a brand new site redeisgn - I'd say two weeks ago?  In any case, if you weren't familiar with Blocsonic before (how could you not be if you follow this podcast?), it is a great netlabel that focuses on both original music and deluxe re-release editions.  Most of the artists found there will have a hip hop angle to it, but not everything; it's also home to the infamous netBloc, a compilation of various Creative Commons tracks around the Web.

Nic Falcon's Playing Fair EP was released back in March, but I missed it the first time around.  A shame, since this two-track album is pretty great.  It's more of a pop-rock sound and the title track is my favourite here.  These tracks are actually part of blocsonic's "fortyFive" series; the full listing of the series can be found here.  There are some other gems in there that will find their way to the podcast!

While you're reading, do yourself a favour and download Playing Fair!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Weekly Airwave # 43 // Emerald Park - Graduation Failed

Emerald Park are an indie-pop outfit from Malmo, Sweden. We try to deliver bright and catchy indiepop songs and free of artifice.

That's as official a description as I could find over at Emerald Park's Bandcamp page.  I recently played a track from their latest album, GO!GO!GO!, on Podcast # 87.  I really liked the track, and the whole album, so I thought it best to include Emerald Park in the Weekly Airwave series.

I selected the song "Graduation Failed".  I thought it was a great, catchy pop tune that also sounds unique.  It definitely fits on the list of Creative Commons tracks I would regularly listen to.  I think this time around, Emerald Park did a great job in producing something that sounds at the same time familiar and reminiscent of their older work, but something new as well.

I thought of selecting the title track, but feel that it's already getting enough exposure (at over 2,600+ listens at the time of writing).

Sunday, June 28, 2015

#87 - Netlabel Day, Dragon Boats, and Chromecast

Welcome to another episode of Alternative Airwaves!  This episode is jam-packed with music, and fascinating information about the upcoming Netlabel Day, Dragon Boat racing, and other fun stuff.  Most of the tracks here have been recently released, and also features a brand new track from Emerald Park!  Have a listen, and don't forget to rate on iTunes/Stitcher/However you listen to the podcast :)


  1. The Dead Rocks - Easy Job
  2. Lyonn - Empty Bed
  3. Colaars - Hurricane
  4. Prysm - Not Now
  5. Cashus - Alone
  6. Heirs to the McQueen Fortune - New Year Love
  7. The Gray Havens - Music From a Garden
  8. Manhat10 - Dance With Me
  9. Talking Machine - Can You Feel It
  10. Moon I Mean - Enough
  11. Thomas Allan - Sense In Working
  12. Funky Stereo - Funny Life
  13. Now Endeavor - AC's Not Working Right
  14. Emerald Park - LiberTeens

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Weekly Airwave #42 // Jasmine Jordan - Possibilities

We return to Jamendo this week with a funk-laced hip hop track from Jasmine Jordan, "Possibilities".  The track is from an album called the Time Travel EP, which was released about a month ago now.  The album itself is currently featured on the Jamendo main page, which is great exposure for any artist!

Jordan records out of Los Angeles, which should come as no surprise for an aspiring pop singer.  You can catch up with her at her website, www.jasminejordanmusic.com.

I actually had no idea what kind of music I was in for when I clicked on the album link, because I only clicked on it for the name - "Time Travel EP".  I had the suspicion that it was going to be a hip hop track, but I didn't really know for sure.  Anyway, while you're listening to Possibilities, do yourself a favour and listen to the rest of the EP.  There may or may not be a Back to the Future reference in it.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Weekly Airwave #41 // Alabama Shakes - Hang Loose

The Weekly Airwave returns, as promised in the last episode.  It's in a different format from previous incarnations - I knew I wanted to just present the track without audio commentary, but I wasn't sure whether I wanted to make it a part of the podcast feed or just link to the track.  I decided on the latter, for various reasons which I won't go in to now.

This week's track: Hang Loose by The Alabama Shakes.  Originally from their debut album, Boys & Girls, Hang Loose is a jangly track that just puts a smile on my face.  You may be more familiar with their track, Hold On, which is probably the best on the album, but that's not saying that the rest of the album is utter crap.

Quite the opposite - Boys & Girls is a fantastic album, and they recently released a follow-up: Sound & Color.  I'm listening to it right now as I write this, and I'm pretty confident in saying that it's a definite improvement over their debut.

It pleased me to discover that the Free Music Archive had a track from the Shakes available for download; I was merely content to find an artist similar in sound.  This particular version of the track was performed live @ KEXP.  You can download it directly from the FMA here - or stream it below.  (FMA-Limited License)

Saturday, June 13, 2015

#86 - Another Baseball Episode

Inspired by another beautiful, sunny day and a 10th straight Blue Jays win (and a few hefeweizens), enjoy another episode full of great music and some baseball facts.  Unfortunately, there is still a general lack of songs about baseball in the Creative Commons world.  But there is no lack of awesome songs, and included among those are two cover songs!  Enjoy!

Friday, May 8, 2015

#85 - Growing Old Sucks

In today's episode of Alternative Airwaves, we get TWO brand new tracks - from I Am Not Lefthanded and the Urban Canals!  Plus plenty of other eclectic music that (mostly) fits together.  Ottawa Comic Con is discussed briefly, and I also complain about what may or may not be a cold or allergies.  Exciting stuff!

  1. Louis Lingg and the Bombs - No One's Illegal
  2. Floppy Dee - Homesick
  3. Welcome to Ashley - I Love Monday Mornings
  4. Asleep in the Park - Lies
  5. Lawrence Beamen - Round and Round
  6. Slim - Heathrow
  7. Brynn - Apart
  8. I Am Not Lefthanded - Stateline
  9. Hello Citizen - The Brave Worms of the Future
  10. Josh Woodward - Goodbye to Spring
  11. Rontgenschall - Your Glamorous Life
  12. The New Economy - A New Morning
  13. Urban Canals - Generations