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

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Ottawa Senators Are In The Playoffs - A Playlist

I haven't made very many "traditional" blog posts in a long time (in fact, here's the last one!), but it is something I'd like to return to.  (By "traditional", I mean posts that aren't just show notes for a podcast episode.)  So if you were expecting a new episode when you clicked a link to www.alternativeairwaves.tk, I apologize - I haven't recorded anything (yet).  Further apologies if you were not expecting to read about SportsPuck on a music blog.

On Saturday April 11, 2015, the Ottawa Senators clinched a playoff berth in the NHL; for those who don't follow hockey, this is an extremely big deal for a couple of reasons: 1) The Senators were 14 points OUT of a playoff spot in February, and clinched a spot in the last game of the season.  2) This is the first team in modern NHL history to do this.

So obviously, I am quite pumped.  At one point on Saturday, I was thinking that I was feeling really good - as if I had had a few drinks and was feeling a buzz.  I actually had NOT had anything to drink during the game, because it was a 12:30pm Eastern start.   But I was just really excited and happy - I was expecting the team to be out of the playoffs at the start of the season, so this was a pleasant surprise.

Given that it is now officially Spring (it's not Spring until you've got your team in the playoffs and can drive with the windows down), I present to you an accompanying playlist for your listening pleasure.  I set out looking for some hard rock songs, but there are others in there that simply fit the profile of "this would be cool to listen to while driving around town".  Others I picked because of lyrical content that fit the context of the situation.

All tracks are available from Jamendo.  Enjoy!