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  • Coming Around - Matt Henshaw album OUT May 1st !

    18 Apr 2013, 05:16 by ilsonowl

    Coming Around OUT May 1st !

    The new album from Matt Henshaw & ReggiiMental, the second slice and second episode of B-Boy Soul entitled Coming Around will be out on May 1st available from iTunes, Amazon, etc. and available to stream on Spotify, Last.fm, GrooveShark and many more ...

    You can pre-order the album @ matthenshaw.bandcamp.com and preview tracks through the month of April ...

    The artwork is fresh, the website has been updated and all the social networks are a buzzin' and a cookin' ... follow, like and share away !!!

    With Love,

    Matt Henshaw

    MattHenshaw.com



    PS. if you're a writer, blogger or journalist please feel free to reply to this email to request an advanced press copy of the album for review.
  • 2011: More Free Download Experimental Albums from Speculativism

    4 Jul 2011, 00:00 by speculativism

  • :)

    13 Jul 2010, 21:48 by x_modern_way_x

    Step 1: Open up whatever MP3 program you use and add every song in your collection.
    Step 2: Put it on random.
    Step 3: Post the first line from the first 30 songs
    that play, no matter how embarrassing.
    Step 4: Post and let everyone guess what song and artist the lines come from.
    Step 5: Bold the songs that someone guesses correctly.
    Step 6: Looking them up on Google or any other search engine is CHEATING!

    1 - Load up on guns, Bring your friends
    2 - Broken hearts and torn up letters (bit obvious lol)
    3 - Sailing silver waves, trough the skies and round your eyes.
    4 - I fell asleep on the last night train.
    5 - I'm wasting the time with you, my baby
    6 - When you first left me, i was wanting more.
    7 - Because i'm happy to be sad, i want it all i want it bad.
    8 - I believe in you and me, I'm coming to find you.
    9 - I know you suffered, but i don't want you to hide.
    10 - Attention, Pay Attention
    11 - Take me down to the paradise city where the grass is green and the girls are pretty (damn another obvious one)
    12 - End to it all, falling down.
    13 - There we were, Thick as thieves.
    14 - Birds flying high, you know how i feel.
    15 - Then i went down into the basement...
    16 - I would like to write you a letter.
    17 - Like all the boys before,
    18 - In a desert you're standing.
    19 - Last night these two bouncers.
    20 - So i say, Is that all that matters anymore?
    21 - I'm sure i've seen this look before.
    22 - So.... Everything is average nowadays...
    23 - Take me into the night... And i'm an easy lover...
    24 - I remember nights out when we were young...
    25 - Soaking though...
    26 - My friends are so depressed.
    27 - Road trippin' with my two favourite allies?

    28 - In the morning, i could take the burning sun
    29 - Do you have the time, to listen to me whine, about nothing and everything all at once?
    30 - Go ahead as you waste your with days thinking.

    to be continued... forgot to continue it, done it now :D i can't remember a few of them though... lol
  • Five artists I got into because of Last.fm (Thanks Last.fm)

    18 Mar 2011, 18:32 by InsaneGenius

    Almost five years ago Last.fm was recommended to me by a friend. Since I'm sorta in a mood to write about nothing in particular I thought "Why not pick a particular subject instead?". Witness the result. The following is hot, rough and unedited action. A little bit about five artists I got into because of Last.fm. They are arranged in no particular order. In the end I wont shut up about my own shit, yo.

    1. Rammstein
    Many years I was too cool to listen to Rammstein, I kinda had this opinion in my head that all their songs are boring techno/metal mashups with some deep voice vibrator up their asses. Judging from a few songs I heard. I never listened to an entire album of this, and I know that now, great band at that time. One sunny day, though, I listened to my Recommendation radio (back then it was still free all around the world, yay!) and on came Sonne. A song quite unlike what I believed Rammstein to sound like. And I liked it. But it still took me about a year to decide to hunt down all the Rammstein stuff. I listened to every album and loved them all. If it wasn't some serious rocking going on it was the lyrics, which can be moving, thought provoking, sometimes even clever of course some are dumb as well... And sometimes they just stir up shit. Because the music industry needs some serious stirring.

    2. Venetian Snares
    I just wished that stirring could be done by an artist as great as Aaron Funk. What kinda name is that anyway? Too cool to exist. Probably a pseudonym. But no, he's mostly active making music that fits in a genre which is apparently mostly enjoyed by people on the Internet. Because I have yet to find someone I know personally who likes this stuff. Or someone outside of his shoutbox on Last.fm. Rossz csillag alatt született was my gateway drug. I coincidentally stumbled across the artist page, saw the picture where he holds up one of his cats and thought "Gee, that must be a cool dude, let's listen to this shit". listened and was amazed. Back then, I believe, the whole album was streamable and I listened to it just like that. Before that I actually kinda looked down on electronic music (even though I did release some albums of my own at the time. HYPOCRISY). Now I'm intensely in love with a great portion of VSnares' albums.

    3. Explosions in the Sky
    Before I listened to my first Explosions in the Sky song I heard that name several times and thought "Whoa, that's a cool name for a rock band". But was kinda afraid it was just generic testosterone driven music about how awesome it his to ride a winged robot shark through an exploding sky while banging two busty blondes who moan in complete and ungenuine (not a word, I know, tell your teacher) ecstasy the moment they see something that might have a dick or at least a halfway phallic appendage. Those who listened to at least one of their songs know how completely wrong I was. It's good instrumental music that manages to build an incredible tension, mood, or whatever else is built in music. They made the only song that ever made me shed a tear (What Do You Go Home To?). That's quite an amazing feat considering the amount of music I listened to in my life.

    4. Nile
    After that, let's get the testosterone pumpin'. This is fucking metal, and while there are no songs featuring winged robot sharks it's the sheer amount of rocking that makes them surpass that. Imagine the fast growly sucky metal thing that everyone who's not into metal associates with metal whenever It's mentioned. Now remove the suck and add the awesome! What you get is Nile. While it is a fairly generic theme for a metal song Nile made one of the best end of the world and everything songs ever. The closing lines and music of Iskander Dhul Kharnon made me throw the horns and shake my head all metal like (headbanging they call it, I believe). Reading the liner notes reveals that the band actually does a lot of research for their lyrics. Sometimes that research was made years before they cared to make a song about it so it's safe to say the band has a great knowledge of and interest in the stuff they write songs about. They do all that while still making awesome technical rocking, often at speeds that should make the drummer's arms and feet fall off. Maybe he's a real life Spider Man, though. With two pairs of arms and legs each.

    5. Die Apokalyptischen Reiter
    A band which mostly make songs about love, peace, having a good time and the apocalypse. Their lyrics aren't limited to that, of course. But I found a good deal of their songs are just about that to varying degrees. They went from what they who like to label things call Death Metal, almost exclusively with harsh vocals to what they are now. Which mixes growls and screams with singing and, in one case, even rapping. And they make it work. Basically, they appear to be one of those bands who just do what they like. They often do some experimenting and explore the area beyond their designated "genre" And that's what makes a good band great in my book. To not imprison themselves in something they are 'supposed to be' according to someone.

    Don't read on if you don't want to hear me going on about my own music.

    12. Krachfabrik
    Last and definitely least I will shamelessly plug my own project, which came to life because of Last.fm. I mean, I might have still made those first few songs. But I probably wouldn't have published them if it weren't for Last.fm. And If I hadn't published the first four I might not even have made more. Even though no one encouraged me to continue making music. It was the thought that my stuff was out there, and maybe one day someone would listen to Heavy Metal Gunfight to find his ears shoot jets of blood afterwards. My most recent songs wont do that to you anymore, I'm afraid. I had to switch from my lo-fi recording technique to something more sophisticated because my neighbors complained about noise or something. Anyway, this probably sped up my ascension from a swamp of shit into an endless brown wasteland and further. All my stuff is free for download via Last.fm. My latest full album as well as the half-finished one I'm currently working on can be found on Bandcamp. Jamendo has the last two full releases.
  • A Very Productive Time - 3 new albums + a Buddhist Christmas record!

    14 Dec 2010, 19:06 by speculativism

    A Very Productive Time - 3 new albums + a Buddhist Christmas record! All full length streaming and free download.


    Glitchy Bricolage

    Hergest Bells

    Wastelands

    A Speculative Christmas
  • Kiribati to host climate change discussions next month

    23 Oct 2010, 08:32 by pawk

    The Kiribati Government, which next month hosts climate specialists for a preliminary meeting ahead of the COP 16 summit in Mexico, says maintaining the status quo on climate change negotiations is not an option.

    At the meetings in Tarawa on the 9th and 10th of November selected representatives from within the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change are being brought together.

    Called the Tarawa Climate Change Conference it aims to help develop positions ahead of the Cancun meeting.

    During last month’s UN General Assembly meeting, Kiribati’s President, Anote Tong, called climate change a defining challenge of today’s era.

    He says there is a need to share the solution and to act as one in Mexico.

    Meanwhile, the secretary to the President’s office, Tangitang Kaureata says progress is required on the ground to address the impacts already being felt and which are expected to worsen with time.

    He points to the agreement reached in Copenhagen last year on the

    adaptation fast start fund, but which Kiribati and other frontline nations still can’t access.

    http://www.rnzi.com/pages/news.php?op=read&id=56434
  • Can't Hold Back - SINGLE OUT NOW !!!

    16 Oct 2010, 20:33 by ilsonowl

    Purchase your copy now from Amazon, iTunes, Napster, Bandcamp etc. etc.

    Here's a quick link
    Can't Hold Back - Matt Henshaw

    Spread the word ! Spread the Love !!!
  • New (September 2010) Album - Free Download

    11 Sep 2010, 01:47 by speculativism

    The new album Is:

    The Sleepwalkers which includes the single:

    Number One

    and don't forget The Bok is Flowing

    All full streaming

    All free download

    All under Creative Commons 3.0 Attribution / Non-Commercial / No Derivatives

    The title refers to a book by Arthur Koestler...
  • And my sixth album is out.

    17 Aug 2010, 17:49 by InsaneGenius

    Hey guys. I released the final track of my album of Krachfabrik, which I guess means the whole album is out now. And, oh, look. We already got a review.

    Editors Note: Mr. Kniebaum was found lying in his own urine on the floor of his office. he was commited to an asylum the next day. He hasn't talked to anyone since. The following is what was on his computer screen when he was found and must've been the last thing he wrote before he went crazy.

    I'm sitting here after listening to the latest release of an artist called Krachfabrik. The album's name is Klangverschmutzung which is German for Noise Pollution. Or so I've been told. It's a good summary of the album, really. Honest. I wasn't sure I should listen to this. Iroquois von Gaywilliardo, the reviewer of the last Krachfabrik album, committed suicide and blamed the album for taking his will to live.

    Now, I've read another review of Klangverschmutzung already, and the guy who wrote it seems to be fine as ever. So let's give this thing a spin, shall we?

    The album starts with "Erinnerungen eines Toten" Some bogus German words because the guy who made it is German. On the track itself I gotta say: This sucks! But it's not bad. Surprisingly. A bit boring but maybe this isn't a lost case yet, maybe not all is lost with Krachfabrik.

    Then "You cannot grasp the true form of this track." happens. What the hell? This must be the noise inside the head of a rape victim. I'm not trying to be controfunny here. It really IS that horrible. There's distortion all over the song and some creepy voice whispers inaudible stuff. And that's all I can say about that.

    By that point I was done, really. But "No, Nate" the album said, or so I imagined "This is not over yet, there are still ten songs left. On a related note: Fuck you!" On second thought it really might've been my editor who said that. "Where's my goddamned review you lazy piece of fuck" "I can't rush this boss, the last album by that guy killed Iroquois" "Do I look like I care?"

    Let's not delay the inevitable, then. The next song is called "The Rainbow Was Paul" It starts with some distorted chaotic Piano and then becomes a non-distorted considerably less chaotic Piano. After the previous track this is probably the best track ever. For a second there it almost looks like it's got a vibe a-goin'. It has, but when will it stop? All things end eventually. This song does a bit earlier, the Album later.

    "A:\matter of mind" I can imagine Mr. Krachfabrik cracking himself up on that. The song starts with that annoying high-pitched synth sound which won't go away for a while. And when it stops, for an instant, this song is actually enjoyable in a way. Of course something had to ruin it. The song has vocals. Growls or screams or whatever you call it. About some mindfucking business or whatever. Of course these kinds of growly vocals aren't everyone's cup of tea. Not mine. But I think this is objectively bad. Did he even try to make it sound good?

    Next on is "Total Eclipse Of The Art". Clever name, totally. The song is surprisingly un-horrible. That wasn't even a word a second ago, but I think this is the only way to adequately describe the music. It actually builds up and becomes more and more intense. Then some ass hits the music with an axe. What the hell?! How do you produce such a sound? The song resumes. After about 30 or so seconds (I didn't really check the time) another axe hits. Then another and another. And the song, of course, ends with a fucking axe to your head.

    After all this senseless destruction the calmer "Zerstoren" (with an umlaut above the o) is welcome and much appreciated. It's almost beautiful. Then the mood shifts. And then electric guitars come in. Luckily it doesn't really get super heavy and violent like the Total Eclipse. At the end he says some shit about Bob Ross, what the hell?

    And "Eng" starts. This track is nothing. Absolutely nothing. It doesn't sound good. It doesn't sound bad. I'm tempted to call this stuff the B-movie of music. I don't want to leave in the middle, but I probably won't see it again. Unless maybe if I'm watching TV on a weekday after midnight. Or perhaps if it's the only song left on earth after a horrible disaster.

    "Translucent". That would be the name of the next song. It starts slow and stays slow. This is the best track yet. "Just don't get your hopes up, he'll wreck it with an axe" I thought. I found myself in constant suspense. The tension was unbearable. I knew, any second now, something bad would happen to ruin this song. Like the other decent one. But it doesn't happen. I breathed I sigh of relief when the song ended. If you really wanna listen to a Krachfabrik song, listen to this. It's the least horrible.

    Leetspeak. Do you know what that is? It's some kind of internet thing. You replace some letters with numbers. E.g. an E can become a 3, a 4 can be either an A or an H. It's good to know this if you really wanna know what the next song's title means. "Death's d3874" Totally clever, genius. Starts with a high-pitched noise again. It also ends with that noise. Whenever that noise isn't so loud the song actually isn't bad. But you could expect the guy behind the music to have learned something from "Translucent". Instead there's more of that high-pitched shit.

    The next song on the album is called "Non-Euclidean Streets". And it's your brain on drugs. Or mine. Hell. There are various string instruments but they've been filtered so I can't say which one's which. Let's just never speak of this again, okay?

    Finally, it's almost over. Just two more songs. The first of those is "Truth is a Democracy". HAHAHAHAHAHA DUDE WHAT IS WITH YOUR CLEVER SONG TITLES HAHAHAHAHA. And it sounds like someone took a shit on the neck of a guitar and some poor fucker had to play it. I hear a trumpet also. I don't think someone shat in there, you couldn't hear the instrument if that were the case. The whole song builds a dark atmosphere. A dark brown atmosphere. It's like the guitar dude could clean his guitar after some time but he didn't have a pick left. You can guess which dried substance he used instead. The longer the song goes the more chaotic it becomes. I was about to just skip it when it settled down a bit. And, thank god, ended after another minute.

    Okay, almost. Just this one song then it's over. "THIS.DIE();" Honestly. This title scared me. I knew it was probably serious, so I turned down the volume a bit. The infernal spirits from hell can't get me If I only hear the sound of evil at half of its volume. Right? RIGHT!!? Why am I alone here? I can't enjoy this knowing it will kill me the moment I look away. Why the hell am I alone here again? I can't be dead already, can I?

    - Nathan Kniebaum, Lolling Stone


    Sooo, guys. You can stream and download Klangverschmutzung via Last.fm or Bandcamp
    After such a favorable review, what reason could you possibly have not to?
  • Two New Speculativism Albums

    31 Jul 2010, 21:56 by speculativism

    War and Peace (released 25th of June 2010)

    Pauper at the Gates of Dorking (released 31st of July 2010)

    Both albums free to stream or download.