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Patrick Daly, a regular at Angelica’s Bistro Open Mic does a cover of the new John Mayer song “Who Says”. Starts at about 1 min into the video. Close your eyes. Tell me who what you hear…


Jason from West Seattle Pleasure Club

Just saw Jason from WSPC live at open mic at Angelica’s. Check out his band here.

Jason from West Seattle Pleasure Club


B is For Bob (full album online)

I’m probably not in the habit of discussing individual releases, but as a dad, this one is a special exception. I grew up listening to my dad’s Bob Marley albums, and now my kids get to hear the same songs, made perhaps a little more appealing for them (at 6 and 8). Definitely a must-have — and the songs are available to listen to for free online right now:

B is for Bob is a collection of original Bob Marley songs re-imagined for kids and fans of all ages!!
The international musical legend’s eldest son, four-time Grammy winner Ziggy Marley, executive produced the album, which bridges the gap between the timeless Bob Marley and a new generation of kids.
Bob Marley’s music touches people of all ages. With children in mind, Ziggy has transformed 8 of his father’s songs while leaving 4 of Bob Marley’s other masterpieces untouched.
Released just in time for summer, this is the perfect album for the entire family to enjoy!

B is For Bob (full album online)

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United Breaks Radio

Online Breakbeat Radio station, and what appears to be a really interesting and active fan community around the music as well:

Full featured internet breakbeat station broadcasting over 60,000 minutes of the finest domestic breaks. Search our fast growing breakbeat music playlist and request your favorite breaks to be played on ubRadio! You may also dedicate your request to otherbreakbeat fans. Come join ubForums breakbeat forums, A great place to interact with your favorite breakbeat producer or dj. Also, Talk to other fans and members about your breaks music passion! Register and join the breakbeat music forums today! Check out ubLIVE breakbeat dj schedule for the full lineup of weekly live dj showsbroadcasting live audio and occasionally video only on UnitedBreaks.FM

United Breaks Radio

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Me Like Good Music

I just found this site because its owner just followed me on Twitter.


That’s an agenda I can buy into. Electronica, Pop, R&B, Metal, Bossa Nova.. you name it, there’s something for everyone. In-browser streams and information about the artist/music for each track.

Me Like Good Music


World of Blues

This site is a labor of love by a few pals who enjoy the blues and would like to pay something back. We’re blogging about the blues and we have some simple pages to help gather information to be shared with other blues fans. Check back often, we hope to do great things for all the blues lovers and artists out there. If you have any suggestions or ideas please feel free to leave a comment here for all to enjoy.

A great blog that’s a blues lover’s treasure trove, with sections on Traditional, Delta, Acoustic, Chicago, Female Vocal, and Contemporary Blues.

World of Blues

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Playing For Change

Playing for Change is a multimedia movement created to inspire, connect, and bring peace to the world through music. The idea for this project arose from a common belief that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. No matter whether people come from different geographic, political, economic, spiritual or ideological backgrounds, music has the universal power to transcend and unite us as one human race. And with this truth firmly fixed in our minds, we set out to share it with the world.

We built a mobile recording studio, equipped with all the same equipment used in the best studios, and traveled to wherever the music took us. As technology changed, our power demands were downsized from golf cart batteries to car batteries, and finally to laptops. Similarly, the quality with which we were able to film and document the project was gradually upgraded from a variety of formats— each the best we could attain at the time—finally to full HD.

A great site with a great purpose. Some great live music videos from around the world.

See them on Twitter @playing4change. Also see PlayingForChange.org, the foundation behind the movement (donate):

If you are inspired by what you’ve seen and heard, donate any amount you can to create positive change through music

Your donation will directly fund the first of many music schools we are building and connecting together.

Now, musicians from all over the world are brought together to perform benefit concerts that build music and art schools in communities that are in need of inspiration and hope. In addition to benefit concerts, the Playing for Change band also performs shows around the world. When audiences see and hear musicians who have traveled thousands of miles from their homes, united in purpose and chorus on one stage, everyone is touched by music’s unifying power.

Finally, check out episode 9 (“Change is Gonna Come”):

This performance demonstrates what happens when some of the musicians from “Stand By Me” meet and perform for the first time. This song was recorded live in New Orleans, and features Grandpa Elliot and Clarence Bekker on vocals. Thousands of people witness first hand the soul and conviction of two men who make us all believe a change is going to come.

Yes, that’s a Djembe on-stage 😉

Playing For Change

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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



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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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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