• Fudo Kazuki - Childhood (2011) Ambient / Trip-Hop / Electronic

    13 Jul 2011, 19:36 by FudoKazuki

    Fudo Kazuki just uploaded his second track from Cinematic Music series.
    Your feedback and commentaries are very welcomed!)


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    Label: Ultra Vague Recordings
  • UVR is to release Ru Trip Community VA compilation

    22 Sep 2010, 10:00 by FudoKazuki

    Ultra Vague Recordings (UVR) is to release Ru Trip Community VA compilation. The idea of this project was pretty simple - to take 16 fresh new bands from Russia and Ukraine playing related music, have them remixed each others songs in their own way and then release the result along with original tracks as a double album.

    Bands participants:
    Мои Автоматы
    Pandub Bear
    KBC pres. Mariachi
    Пойду Искупаюсь В Бассейне
    Fetish Silence
    Поводки Нетерпения

    Очень скоро Ultra Vague Recordings представит 2й релиз Ru Trip Community http://vkontakte.ru/club10068531 - Отпечатки.

    В него вошли как знакомые всем команды, уже завоевавшие свою аудиторию, так и только начинающие, но очень талантливые исполнители.
    Этот сборник будет качественно отличаться от своего предшественника. Во-первых, он будет двойной! В первую часть войдут 16 отборных треков. 16 композиций, доказывающих, что русский трип-хоп не только имеет право, но и должен существовать. Вторую часть сборника будут составлять...ремиксы. Ремиксы на эти же треки, сделанные все теми же участниками. Но никто не выбирал себе композиции, на которые хотел бы сделать ремикс. Все происходило по воле случая. Совершенно рандомный отбор подарил трекам новую жизнь. Они зазвучали совершенно иначе, неся на себе отпечатки чужого видения музыки.
  • [Gil Scott-Heron] 14 July 2010 @ Somerset Hs (London) w/ Mayer Hawthorne - Part…

    16 Jul 2010, 13:02 by IanAR

    14 July 2010: Gil Scott-Heron & Mayer Hawthorne @ Somerset House (London)

    I understand, from CaroleHarvey who saw Gil Scott-Heron & Mayer Hawthorne this week, that some of the songs played were as follows (w/ KantaJo1 (YouTube)'s videos interspersed):

    1. The Bottle
    2. Winter in America
    3. We Almost Lost Detroit
      Some chat on the origins of jazz

    4. Better Days Ahead
    5. Pieces of a Man

    Any updates in the set-list, Mayer Hawthorne's set or YouTubes available - most welcome! (Pls, comment.)

  • [Spook] Last.FM Bunnies & Other Animals

    30 Apr 2010, 20:54 by IanAR

    Following Fly Things Come In Threes? - Another in my occasional series of articles about spooky goings-on, on my profile.

    Here's a screen-cap' of my three month's top eight artists, today ...

    Notice anything odd? There're a few strange coincidences about this line-up. Here's a key image, to illustrate ...

    Chaps grouped in the centre & ladies on the flanks. Julieta Venegas is about to be pounced on, by a bunny. Whilst Shara Worden is holding a bunny. Simian Mobile Disco bring a monkey (class of 'higher primates', to be precise), in their name. Run Toto Run are named after a cute li'll' running doggie. The Stranglers are riding a dragon. Then We Are Wolves and ... It's the Wolf! It's the Wolf!

    What's the role of Imogen Heap & Massive Attack?

    My Current Fav'e Releases / Tracks From These Artists

    Julieta Venegas Otra Cosa / Amores Platónicos (other plays)
    Simian Mobile Disco Cruel Intentions / Cruel Intentions (Greg Wilson re-edit) (other plays)

    Massive Attack Heligoland / Babel (other plays)
    Shara Worden The Creatures in the Garden of Lady Walton / Cocodrillo (other plays)

    Run Toto Run Plastic Gold EP / Hater (other plays)
    The Stranglers BBC In Concert (23rd April 1977) / Sometimes (BBC In Concert 23/04/77) (other plays)

    We Are Wolves Invisible Violence / Paloma (other plays)
    Imogen Heap Ellipse / Wait It Out (other plays)

    What's the message in these tea leaves? I think this calls for an expert in Chinese astrology, or some-such! :/ %)

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    1 Mar 2010, 10:46 by IanAR

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  • [Spook] Fly Things Come In Threes?

    28 Feb 2010, 18:25 by IanAR

    Something odd happened, to me, yesterday! Most of you will be aware that subscribes see Recent visitors to their profiles, at about 15:30, my profile page looked like this ...

    ... grey lines mark where irrelevance is cut out.

    Zooming on the 'Recent Visitors' section, we see ...

    ... three flying people!

    Now, I am well known to have a special fondness for all things faerie-like - do Shantella, Keyser & Kika have some conspiracy ...

    ... or is it just about time there was a group called, something like, Monty Python's Flying Scrobblers?

    Answers on a postcard, pls - or just comment below :) Ian

  • Internet Radio, Streaming, Playlists and Auditory Ads

    21 Dec 2008, 18:15 by Babs_05

    It is well known advertising on the internet doesn't work. We don't need supporting graphs or Nielsen studies to know that. We know from using it. We might glance over an ad on a page in the same way we might notice leaves on the ground. Detritus, nothing more.

    Advertisers are in despair. Not being normal human beings, they have no idea how to reach us in a way that will work. So the latest thing they're considering are auditory ads, i.e. advertisements that will interrupt your listening pleasure.

    Spotify already uses them. For the moment, they are restricted to one ad per album or thereabouts. There is just the one advertisement at a time, with no background music or too much extra noise, just the announcement of the product.

    At first, I was freaked out. Having been a sole user of Last.fm for just over three years, I am used to listening to what I want, when I want, uninterrupted. A freaky disembodied voice with no background music telling me about some product came as a shock.

    But now, a few weeks down the line, I'm used to them. The one ad I've heard in the last hour didn't freak me out so much. I feel it won't be long before I tune it out. After all, it's not like I didn't grow up listening to commercial radio. What? They think I was born yesterday?? I see.

    As products of the 20th/21st centuries, we are sophisticated enough to be immune to advertising. The harder they try, the less we notice. It could be that maybe they should revert to old-fashioned advertising pre-1950s - "Buy X! You won't regret it!" (hold product aloft, point, cheesy grin) - and leave it at that.

    As consumers, our lives are littered. We are so used to multi-tasking and successfully dividing our attention, it is rare for us to focus on just the one thing. For example right now, my mobile phone is on and ready, I am logged in for emails, I am listening to music, my television is on as I am recording something to DVD, and I'm looking at the Sunday papers. How much of my attention is going to be solely focused on an advert for something I am not interested in?

    And there's the rub. If I'm not interested, I am not going to look. If I am, I will go searching. And when I do, I will never, ever, click on a Google sponsored ad. You don't do that. Scroll down and click a normal one. The internet was always meant to be ours, but we spend less time on older media forms and advertisers would monetise fresh air if they could. They're trying to monetise where we are. Internet businesses need advertising money if they are to provide 'free' services. What used to be ours comes with a pricelist now.

    Should auditory ads become the next big thing, we will have nothing more than commercial radio on our hands. So there will be a need for two things: ad-free listening, and another internet. They're ruining this one!

    Don't know what the chances of another internet are. Actually, I might be on to something. Apparently, the internet does have a shelf life. At some point, the very things that make up the internet will run out. There will be no more room for expansion. So we'll have to have a new one. Someone start it now. I'll join.

    Babs My Gang

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  • I can't believe it's not beta...!

    6 Jul 2008, 17:25 by Babs_05

    Hee hee! I was dying to use that as a title! Sorry, Last.fm, no offence, I just couldn't resist. :D

    We're having a funny old time in Last.fm Beta. I've found myself embroiled in some heated arguments getting to the bottom of things, I hope it was all worth it.

    If you've seen the beta site and it all looks weird or nonsensical to you, hopefully, this will help.

    First and foremost, it's essential everyone sees this:

    ...what we've been working on is a fresh start, a new foundation for a Last.fm that can hold all our ideas and yours. If things look a little bare or basic in places, that's why ;-) we need your feedback before we build up the rest of the site and put on finishing touches.
    From: Read Me First

    What that means is the beta site is more or less a template. It's like they cleared out a city and just put the landmarks in. It's up to us how we put everything back. Basically, we can have whatever we want. We have already seen things moved around based on our request. Nothing seems to be written in stone and everything seems to be in flux.

    The way it works is this: users give feedback either via the feedback link on the top left of every beta page or in the beta group. Staff regularly read everyone's posts then go back and discuss, and possibly implement. From time to time, they pop in to say thank you and ask us to keep it coming. They don't engage in any discussion.


    1: we can have whatever we want

    Within reason, although quite what the parameters are is unclear. Can we redesign the template? What's the final vision? What are we aiming for? Secrets aren't helping here. There will be a new and revised Reply Tracker, but quite what we don't know, for example. It's hard for us to get excited and start dreaming up ideas if they're going clash with these secret surprises Last.fm have planned for us.

    2: we've reached the end of the line with the live site

    Last.fm is positioning itself as THE music site on the internet. More and more search engines are pointing to it, from the BBC to Pirate Bay. In the future, with mobile computing picking up, there will be even greater interest. Last.fm is the only site that has everything in one place. It's a one-stop-shop. It does need to move from something that grew organically to something more sophisticated.

    The live site, much as we love it, isn't very stable. The new site aims to be more stable, better organised with room to grow. None of our ideas will be future-proof and I don't doubt the site will be upgraded yet again in about 18 months' time (as usual!).

    3: the same page

    What do we know?

    * there will be a new site
    * it's beta but not as we know it
    * Last.fm ARE responding to feedback
    * it will be a while before the beta goes live, we have literally only just started
    * we are invited to shape our beloved Last.fm anyway we want. All we need do is ask.

    I like keeping up with who's doing what in the business world. I have never heard of an instance where a company took this approach with their customer base. Usually, we get what we're given. A lot of people have looked at the beta and assumed that's what we're getting. Their knee-jerk reactions are understandable given there's no precedence to go on. Last.fm have invited us to help without actually telling us that was what they were doing. This has led to some people feeling disheartened or frustrated. Fair enough, really. We should all be extremely excited but instead, we're all a bit confused.

    I've made a start with a little brainstorming. I just want to capture my ideas here in my journal. They're more for me than they are for you, sorry, but feel free to go see, add your penny's worth, whatever. (Please write beta-related comments in the Beta group. I'm not building the site, they are.)

    Profile Page

    Home Page

    Music Page

    Listen Page

    I'll add any future thoughts here too.

    Videos Page 10 Jul 08

    Users Page 11 Jul 08

    Feedback on Feedback (and tagging) 11 Jul 08

    Link Artists/Last.fm users with their Artist pages? 12 Jul 08

    New site rules: tiered access for non-subs / subs / super-subs
    related: word from staff, from the same thread 14 Jul 08

    Events page 16 Jul 08

    17 July 08:
    It looks like beta isn't beta anymore. No official announcement yet (2.45pm). It's nowhere near ready yet.

    I already said it but I'll say it again: RIP fantastic, beautiful live site, you jewel in the crown, you sensational example of web design, you award winner, you trend-setter. Miss you already. :(

    Babs My Gang

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  • Stevie's Dear Disco?

    3 Jul 2009, 11:09 by IanAR

    I stumbled upon My Dear Disco's White Lies today, which showed enough potential to skim their 2008 album - Dancethink LP.

    Then I noticed that track four - a Stevie Wonder cover, All I Do - is a ' free download' (0c download). Now, the album's a DIY release (i.e. not from a label we might expect to have any special leverage on All I Do), so how are they in a position to give away copies / plays of the song?

    It seems like either: My Dear Disco have very deep pockets, Stevie's been kind enough to forgo royalties* or some lawyers are waiting for My Dear Disco to get very deep pockets (so they can empty them). If the band aim to get picked-up by a major and it's anything like the last option, despite what looks like some quite hefty PR, I wonder how such a liability would compromise due diligence in a label signing.

    * - Clarence Paul & Morris Broadnax are also credited for the song's lyrics.

    I'm not down-on My Dear Disco, to my ears they have good potential, but this looked like an odd use of a song and I've failed to find it written about elsewhere. If you know more about this release or have other ideas about the usage / licensing, please comment.
  • [One Little Indian] Independents Day 08 - Free 10 MP3/ZIP Track Compilation

    4 Jul 2008, 18:12 by IanAR

    I've just heard from One Little Indian, on MySpace, that they've released a compilation - "To celebrate independent music we want to share with you the reasons why we value our independence and our artists so much."

    Independents Day 08 - Tracks are as follows:
    1. Land of Talk - Summer Special
    2. Chris Bathgate - Restless
    3. HK119 - Mind
    4. The All New Adventures of Us (Tanaou) - 45 Forever or 45 forever
    5. Stalkers - In Your Street Today
    6. Underground Railroad - Sticks and Stones
    7. Rose Kemp - Nannys World
    8. Matthew Ryan - It Could Have Been Worse
    9. Jesse Malin - Russian Roulette
    10. Shelleyan Orphan - Something Pulled Me
    Download MP3s or ZIP here (tinyURL.com/ID08OLI) or via The Independent newspaper coverage and join the One Little Indian group :)

    Enjoy! I've got mine, but'm yet to listen - Ian My.Mashable.com/Scrawl

    Edit 05 Jul 08: tinyURL added.