Monthly Archives: June 2009

SomaFM

14 unique channels of listener-supported, commercial-free, underground/alternative radio broadcasting from San Francisco.

SomaFM is entirely listener supported. They have an interesting support model where they show their monthly broadcasting expenses on their main page, and how much money they have left to raise for the month to cover those expenses. And they send you nifty goodies if you donate!

Also, @somafm on Twitter.

A list of the channels:

Lush Digitalis Groove Salad Secret Agent Drone Zone Space Station Soma Beat Blender cliqhop idm Sonic Universe Ill Street Lounge Boot Liquor indie pop rocks Tag's Trip doomed

SomaFM

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@beatslacker on Twitter

I’m not sure how I’m going to use this twitter account, but please follow if you are a BeatSlacker fan!

@beatslacker on Twitter

Internet Archive: Live Music Archive

A great collection of recordings of live music from a wide range of bands. Of particular note is the Grateful Dead collection. If you’re not a dead-head, there’s a ton of other bands music. A nice in-browser player, playlists (for Itunes, and your favorite audio players), audio in multiple (including raw format) – metadata included!

Welcome to Internet Archive’s Live Music library. etree.org is a community committed to providing the highest quality live concerts in a lossless, downloadable format. The Internet Archive has teamed up with etree.org to preserve and archive as many live concerts as possible for current and future generations to enjoy. All music in this Collection is from trade-friendly artists and is strictly non-commercial, both for access here and for any further distribution. Artists’ commercial releases are off-limits. This collection is maintained by the etree.org community.

This collection is maintained by the Internet Archive in association with etree.org.

Internet Archive: Live Music Archive

B A Scene.com (Bay Area Scene)

Thanks for the headsup from @alevin

BAscene.com is all about celebrating our local bay area artists and the raising of awareness of our diverse art scene, music scene and cultural scene in the bay area. We are providing an alternative platform (other than a soapbox) for bay area artists. All in an attempt to rejuvenate the local bay area scene. To achieve this goal it is essential to be a positive and highly interactive force so please contact us for any input. Help us open the doors of opportunity by connecting local artists, local bands, and scenesters in the bay area. We want to take the power back, out of the hands of corporate radio and of promoters and give it to you.

Also, @bascene on Twitter. Also, I’ve just started listening to the May 09 “The Noise” podcast and I love what I hear (from local Bay Area bands)!

B A Scene.com (Bay Area Scene)

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Bay Area Open Mic Directory

Adina Levin and I were discussing how frustrating it was to go to an Open Mic and see a great performer and then never find out who they are and where to find out more.

Well, problem solved (thanks to Adina!) Bay Area Open Mic is a site where folks at open mics can list themselves (names, websites, twitter, where they are playing next, etc) so that interested folks can follow them as they perform around the San Francisco Bay Area. If you have recommendations or ideas, you can leave comments on the site itself.

Bay Area Open Mic Directory

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Open Mic Discoveries

This is a series of posts I want to do highlighting folks I see live (usually at Open Mics). These are people earning their fame one performance at a time!

I’ve seen these folks at the Tuesday night (sometimes Friday) open mic at Angelica’s Bistro in Redwood City, CA.

  • Nkechi – “Astral Soul Songtress, Alternative Singer/Songwriter”
  • Merrady – Acoustic/Indie – sounds like Feist
  • Veronica Malki – a regular, with an amazing voice.
  • Shawn Evans – great original songs, up-tempo guitar playing, and really funky vocals. Check out the video of his performance with the full band on May 22, 2009
  • Bob Fruhlinger – blues, soul, rock, folk. This guy makes playing music look easy, and yet it comes out with soul. Blessed to see him perform at the open mic!
  • TracyShaun – A coworker and friend, but truly an amazing songwriter, singer and guitar player. Another one of those “makes it look easy” guys… Be sure to catch his live shows (currently at 7pm Pacific on Wednesdays) on UStream. You’ll be hearing more about Tracy here at Beat Slacker!
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Allison Weiss, an acoustic Open-Mic singer/songwriter does a really cool cover of Rihanna’s “Umbrella”. Watch the whole thing…

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The Roland HPD15 Hand Percussion Drum Pad looks really cool for anyone who wants to play a van-full of hand percussion instruments, but doesn’t want to carry them around. It doesn’t look like the playing style is very authentic, but the sounds are kind neat.

Yet another toy I’m not going to get.

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My Favorite (Social) Music Sites

In no particular order:

Do you have any others? Feel free to mention them in comments.

Indian Electronica

Indian Electronica is an online community, record label, radio station and annual music festival showcasing cutting-edge electronic music inspired by South Asian traditions.

Great streaming audio along with lots of info and a blog. Also see their IndoChill stream if you are looking for something more laid back.

Indian Electronica

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