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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.

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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 😉

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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

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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.

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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.

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Beatport

Beatport is the recognized leader of electronic music downloads by DJs and fans alike delivering content in premium-encoded formats that match the professional performance quality standards of the world’s leading sound systems. Beatport.com allows users to access the world of club music through secure, legal, hi-speed, high quality downloads in MP3, MP4 and WAV formats on a pay per download basis from an impressive library of the world’s leading independent labels.

They’ve also got a podcast chock full of music (apparently) called “beatport burners” searchable on iTunes (though I couldn’t get any of the podcasts). Big thanks to Choxigurl for the heads up!

Also see Beatportal, their electronic music/DJ enthusiast community site.

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