There are thousands of great bands out there. Bands that write intelligent, thoughtful, sophisticated, uplifting, truly original music. Yet they toil in obscurity and poverty while Chad Kroeger speeds around in a Lamborghini and probably uses $50s for toilet paper. It’s just not right.
- written by DARRYL STERDAN in The Nickelback Debate, published in The Edmonton Sun
Nail, meet head.
I really do have impeccable timing. Right after posting about Daydream Cycle’s first album being available on Last.FM, the site announces that they will no longer allow users outside the US, UK, or Germany to use their radio services without paying €3 a month. Pandora has already shunned non-US consumers, now that Last.FM is out as well, where are we supposed to find new music?
Addendum: Free downloads and 30-second previews are still available according to the comments on the link above. It’s the artist/user/group recommendation radios that are disabled (which basically still neuters the service for us). Someone should use the Last.FM recommendation data/API and aggregate music to play user recommendations.
A while back I posted a link to Japs Sergio’s multiply page, as one of his bands, Daydream Cycle, placed their debut album up for download. Of course, Multiply no longer allows the downloading of the mp3s stored on their site (not willingly, anyway), so people had to make do with third-party software or homemade hacks to get the music on their computers.
Fans will suffer no longer, as the band has now uploaded digital copies of their debut album on Sergio’s Multiply site (now via direct-download service Mediafire) and their Last.FM page. Why turn down their brand of dreamy electro-pop for the low, low price of free?
With the reunion happening next week, it’s fitting that Pulse.PH has spent the last few weeks building up the excitement by providing a unique view on not only next week’s show but also on the band’s past and present. Already featured on the site are testimonies from Itchyworm’s drummer Jazz Nicholas, Purplechickens guitarist Marco Harder, studio guru Robin Rivera, and Fatal Posporos+Duster+Cambio singer Kris Dancel, along with some pretty prose. Also included is an account of a day in the frenzy that will probably be the country’s most significant musical event for the year.
I guess we know what type of music the United States’ torture department uses.
A belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
Obama aside, here’s a copy of the QLE Awards that resulted from Luis Katigbak’s rant on this year’s NU Rock Awards nominees. Notice how their selections are vastly different, even without UDD and Ang Bandang Shirley.
Also, there are STILL people that get into this site after typing “ang bandang shirley sucks”.