NPR Chats With Portland Indie Trio Quasi

Quasi

“In rock ‘n’ roll terms, the band Quasi, from Portland, Ore., is a veteran act. Sam Coomes and Janet Weiss have just put out their eighth album, called American Gong, but when they started playing together 17 years ago, they had no idea the gig would last…”

Read the full NPR interview, stream a sampling of their album tracks, and download their SXSW performance here.

We’re proud to bring these indie rockers to Madison on April 16th.  They’ll be playing at The Annex with special guests Let’s Wrestle and Hemlines.  Get your tickets now!

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Free MP3 Download: Bowerbirds’ “Northern Lights”

Bowerbirds

“I don’t need from you a waterfall of careless praise/And I don’t need a trophy for all the games I played/But all I want is your eyes…”

This gorgeous, heartfelt song was one of my personal favorites from 2009, and it’s yours to download and enjoy free of charge.

If you’re jonesin’ to see these talented artists perform right here in Madison, you’re in luck!  The Bowerbirds will be at the High Noon Saloon on January 17th.  Tickets are available here.

Enjoy the song!

Bowerbirds – “Northern Lights”

More free Bowerbirds downloads can be found here.
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DJ/rupture On The Ethics Of Free Music

It’s always interesting to hear different perspectives on the evolution of music to its current state–especially when those perspectives are articulated by musicians themselves.  This recent essay by Jace Clayton (aka DJ/rupture) posted on NPR’s website is well-worth a read:

“…I grew up in the ’90s. Toward the end of that decade, I upgraded to a PC with a CD burner — amazing! But, as a DJ, I still coveted vinyl LPs, not because they sounded “warmer” or “better” to my ears, but because I could literally get hands-on with them and use the slabs of wax as raw material in a mix session. Pre-MP3 smorgasbord, I would haunt the record shops and tape the radio, getting cassettes via mail order. I learned obscure paths through music — pre-Google, pre-Blogosphere, before Ms. Internet and Mr. MP3 got married and made us all their children…”

Check out the full legth article here.

Can you relate?  What do you think about what DJ/rupture had to say?  Let’s start some discussion…post your comments below.

Free MP3 Download From The Mountain Goats: “Genesis 3:23”

the mountain goats

The Mountain Goats will be hitting Madison’s High Noon Saloon on November 6th (tickets here), and we’ve got a tasty, downloadable treat from the band’s album, The Life Of The World To Come,  to get you jazzed for their show.  Enjoy!

The Mountain Goats – “Genesis 3:23”

Lookin’ For Your Free MP3 Fix? Get It Here

White Rabbits

Need some new tuneage?  You’ve come to the right place.  Enjoy free (and completely legal) downloads from artists like Blind Pilot, Au Revoir Simone, White Rabbits and more.

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Artists You Should Know (mp3s and free ticket tips!): Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis

Jenny Lewis is nothing short of indie’s golden girl.  From child actor, to Rilo Kiley front woman, Lewis has enjoyed a successful career in the spotlight.  Her latest venture, recording and performing as a solo singer-songwriter is already shaping up to be another notch in the belt of a massively talented artist.  Read on to find out more about this shining star, snag some free downloads and find out how you could win a pair of tickets to her June 4th show at The Barrymore!

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Media Roundup: No More Business As Usual

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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Neil Young recently weighed in on the YouTube/Warner Music controversy.

Neil Young

Neil Young

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Musicians sure do love their weed!  Especially, Fabulous, who was recently busted with 500 lbs (!) of the green stuff.  At least the rapper is in good company–check out these other artists who couldn’t quite sneak their vices past the authorities.

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Could the current economic crisis actually be beneficial to the music world?  OasisNoel Gallagher seems to think so.  “I hope the financial crisis gets a bit worse – at least we’ll get a few good albums out of it,” he joked.  Way to see the silver lining, Noel!  In other Oasis news, the band’s tour of China has been canceled.  In response to hearing about the band’s pro-Tibet affiliations, the Chinese government revoked the band’s touring license.

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iTunes revealed that Depeche Mode will be the first featured artist on their new iTunes Pass.  Click here to read more about what the subscription service offers.  What do you think?  Will you throw cash down for a Pass?

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode

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Pirate radio stations are on the rise in the UK, and law enforcement is meeting the challenge head-on.
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THIS is Spinal TapChristopher Guest and Co. announced plans to hit the road performing songs from their classic mockumentary as well as the more recent film, A Mighty Wind.  Is it too much to hope they’ll tour with a mini Stonehenge?

the members Spinal Tap perfecting their pouts

the members Spinal Tap perfecting their pouts

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Cult favorite Rodriguez has been getting more and more buzz in the music press.  Daytrotter is featuring the Detroit-born artist in a series of video posts and promises to have a live session available soon!  Like what you hear?  Then you’ll be happy too hear that Madison’s own High Noon Saloon will be hosting Rodriguez on April 10th.  Get your tickets here!

Rodriguez

Rodriguez

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Want to get paid to download music?  Nope, you’re not dreaming.  Officer Roseland is offering fans $1 to download their album.  If you’re in the giving mood, downloaders also have the option of redirecting the money to charity instead of claiming it for themselves. The deal has sparked strong opinions from music fans.  Read what they had to say here.

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