Friday, January 28, 2011

lost in the shuffle

This is a time period of life when I can lose my mind - the anticipatory weeks in between the hectic rush of promoting a new cd and the actual "add date" and release date, which are both the same this time around. I don't do much touring, so it can be alarmingly uneventful. I'm thankful for the radio stations who don't adhere to the add date for whatever reason. Especially nice was a debut at #1 last week at CFRU in Ontario (electronic chart). That's a sweet little break in the dead calm, and a first!

One way of occupying myself is, of course, to work on new tracks. I've started a few, and am particularly happy with one called "I Know It's Coming". Online bonus track or new album/ep, not sure yet - but something's in the works.

Another way is to get with some new sounds. I've been venturing into the vast, very vast plains of net labels...and have done my share of downloading. This morning I took it all and plopped it in the 'my music' folder and tried to make sense of the cryptic folder names. The outcome is I need to make a new folder called 'meh'. But there are glimmers of light: some fresh water, a stand of pines, the occasional patch of wildflowers.

The above pictured ep "Mathematics" by CYCOM from the Plain Audio label is one of them. Hot breaks and d'n'b. The title track is the best and the funkiest. "Blow Up" is marred by what appear to be intentional flatulent sounds, Maybe in a club this sounds good but on pc speakers and combined with the title - it's bad news. The track is not without redeeming factors, but the fx are distracting. "The Dream" is darker, all out d'n'b that's a fine listen with fascinating samples and sequences. I'd go grab this free ep - you'll swear later you paid $4.99 for it. - SO

Sunday, January 23, 2011

New CD Sampler!


8 of the 12 tracks in the mix.
CD is available for purchase here.

Downloads will be available 2/15/11
at Itunes, Amazon, Rhapsody and
all the rest!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Recent listens & "Encouragements" for sale

The new cd is not "out" yet but you can get a copy by clicking on the store link or by visiting the album page. Also on the page are album details and song lyrics to the 2 that have them. Response to the lead-off single has been very positive. Shipments of "Encouragements" to radio stations and review mags began on New Year's Eve. Here we go!!

I was happy to see a bunch more stations pick up "Nativity Set" for the holidays, including one in Honolulu. I wouldn't mind spending Christmas there sometime. Thanks to all the mds and djs for treating me so nice and making the holiday bright.
At this very moment I'm listening to John Scofield's A Go Go - which, it's just been confirmed, is still my favorite jazz album. Just too funky and direct. One of these days I'll get brave and listen to the later one they did - I wasn't wowed by what I heard on the radio. Til then - this one's bliss.

Over the holidays I picked up Tomita's Planets. All I can say is Oh me garshk. "Snowflakes are Dancing" has been on my mp3 player for about a year, but I had no idea this one would be such a mind blower.

I've also been checking out music from some electronic net-labels lately. Some of the real good ones seem to be calling it a day - and I'm not sure how I feel about music being free, when so many downloaders get it that way illegally. A person's song should cost you something to have forever and take with you everywhere, a dollar seems like a bargain. On the other hand I can't say I'm not happy when music offered for free is also very good.

One such album I've enjoyed a lot is "Acid Blue", one of the final offerings from the Net-Lab label. It is what it says, lots of acid, by various artists. It's all pretty solid - my favorites being by the artist Shinra, and Idiron Soundtrack.

Thanks for stopping by and happy new year! - SO

Crowdfunder for the New CD!

  As it turns out, "Record Party" will come out on cd thanks to some generous donations! To assist with what's left to finance...