Skream – Dubstep

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Electro, Independent Music Finds | Posted on 28-04-2009

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SkreamDubstep is an electronic genre with roots in garage. It emerged in the early 2000’s but is still considered to be an “underground” genre. Dubstep is defined by its syncopated sparse rhythms, deep rolling bass lines and dark sound. Those who don’t get dubstep will probably just write it off as boring but in my opinion, it’s one of the most interesting genres.

Skream, is widely regarded as the most prominent dubstep producer. He released a full album ‘Skream!’ in 2006 and has brought out a bundle of tracks on singles, EP’s and on dubstep compilation albums. Skream! is a great album and the songs varying greatly whilst still keeping the same dubstep feel. 

There are also many dubstep podcasts available through itunes for free. Dub War NYC has so far produced 7 podcasts, each around an hour long. http://www.dubstep.fm is also a site with loads of free dubstep material.

DailyBooth

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Other Finds | Posted on 25-04-2009

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dailybooth“Over time, your face changes. Your face shows emotion, your face shows age, your face shows thought your face shows everything. Capture these little daily moments in a frame, day by day. See and share your evolution, your emotions, your thoughts.”

I’ve been using DailyBooth for almost two months now. It’s a tightly knit online community and one of the friendliest I’ve known. DailyBooth was fully launched on 13/02/09 and it still only has a couple of thousand users. The idea of the site is that you take a picture of yourself using your webcam/upload from camera each day and create a backlog. It’s format is fairly similar to twitter in that users can follow one another and then comment on each others daily photos with text or other pictures. DailyBooth is probably my favourite website and it’s well worth looking into it if you aren’t a part of it already.

Triple J

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other | Posted on 24-04-2009

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Triple JTriple J is a national Australian radio station first started in 1975 mainly aimed at a youthful audience (defined as those between 12 and 25). Music played on the station is generally more alternative than commercial stations with a heavy emphasis on new and Australian music. During the day, there’s usually a healthy selection of modern indie tracks from artists such as Sigur Rós who I’d never expect to hear on a national radio station. They play quite a variety on the station ranging from metal, to hip hop and from house to punk in their speciality night programs. 

To get it in iTunes, visit http://www.abc.net.au/triplej/ and click ‘listen’. Then chose mp3 stream in the pop-up that appears. On a mac, an m3u file is downloaded and this can be opened in iTunes.

The Anomalies

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other, Rock | Posted on 20-04-2009

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The AnomaliesThe Anomalies are a seriously cool English hip hop/breakbeat/indie band. They’ve toured supporting Lethal Bizzle and dan le sac Vs. Scroobius Pip and have drawn quite a following. Live, they’re very entertaining often freestyling about items the audience offer them. The Anomalies have released a bunch of singles already but their debut album is out today. (20/04/09)

The video below has Crowe beatboxing at the start to introduce their set. You might have seen himon Britain’s Got Talent a while ago. He can do some immense stuff with a harmonica.

Son Of Dave

Posted by Charlie O'Shea | Posted in Acoustic, Charlie O'Shea, Independent Music Finds, Other | Posted on 18-04-2009

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Son Of DaveSon of Dave is a one man hip hop/blues band. It’s the solo project of Crash Test Dummy’s Benjamin Darvill.

He released the first album ‘B. Darvill’s Wild West Show’ in 1999 and then albums called ’01’, ’02’ and ’03’.

It’s a really good sound mixing harmonica, beat boxing and foot stomping and using tape loops to do it all on his own live. You can listen to 01, 02 and 03 on Spotify.

Below, Son of Dave’s cover of Daft Punk’s ‘Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger”