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20fifteen (volume 10) by Laconic hegemony, a #mixtape for you

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The new Laconic Hegemony “20fifteen (volume 10)” is now out. Laconic hegemony is a small mixtape i put out with my favourite songs of the past year. you can listen to all, some or none of it. it is your choice. All these songs have been songs which have accompanied my over this year and mean something to me in some way, but I am aware they do mean anything to you. so feel free to have a listen and let me know what you like of the mixtape. think of it as a c60 (roughly of goodness to accompany your work rest and play!

20fifteen (Laconic hegemony volume 10) by Sch3lp on Mixcloud

Technically my mixtape are hosted by mixcloud.com who provide the free widget above, an app for listening on your smart phone or even using a website, (A website, can you imagine!) The reason I use mix cloud is they are free, (which is important) and also they use their advertising income to pay royalties to the featured artists. I guess it is not a lot of money but I like the idea that the artist will make something from this randomly being played on the internet.

Laconic Hegemony vol.8 – 16 songs which travelled well from 2014, #mixtape

Think of it like a virtual version of a mixtape cassette which I am giving you, only without DJ’s crashing the vocals.
Mixcloud Mixes Object

The New Pornographers Brill Bruisers
St Vincent Digital Witness
Belleruche Minor Swing
Pete Molinari You Will be Mine
Sun Kil Moon I Love My Dad
George Ezra Budapest
July Talk The Garden
Jeremy Fisher Song In My Heart
A Sunny Day In Glasgow MTLOV (Minor Keys)
Gungor I Am Mountain
Jenny Lewis One of the Guys
Barenaked Ladies Boomerang
Lake Street Drive Bobby Tanqueray
smoke Fairies Bones
Andy Minero The Saints (feat. KB & Trip Lee)
Nostalgia 77 Don’t Run
Yumi Zouma The Brae

Laconic Hegemony vol 3 – mixtape 2010 – 16songs

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Laconic Hegemony vol. 3 is available for you to download.
Laconic Hegemony is a mixtape which i irregularly make up and give away to my friends. Volume 3 is record of 16 songs which i think remind me of of 2010. I doubt it will win the 16 best songs of 2010, but 16 good ones, in a neat selection.
It lasts for about an hour and features lots of people who you have never heard of, and some you have, inc. The National, Richard Swift, Foals, Shearwater, Anais Mitchell etc.

consider it a new year present…

::[[click here to get it]]::

::[[click here]]:: for a pdf tracklisting

P.S.i made it using a virtualDJ thing on the computer so if the mix is a bit off. Sorry.

Best album of 2003 (marking 10 years of music)

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As part of thinking back and remembering things on the cusp of moving into 2010, I am trying to work out what to put on my iPod and what not. so what follows is a brief look through the best albums I got in the year 200 and a top 3 with some witterings on why i like things you will probably not like!

From 2003 the year London introduced its congestion charge, and the end of Channel 4’s Brookside and Supersonic aircraft Concorde.
the contenders are in alphabetical order;

    Barenaked Ladies – Everything to Everyone
    Belle & Sebastian – Dear Catastrophe Waitress
    British Sea Power – The Decline of British Sea Power
    Bruce Cockburn – You’ve Never Seen Everything
    Coldplay – A Rush of Blood to the Head
    Eddi Reader – Sings The Songs of Robert Burns
    Martyn Joseph – Whoever it was that brought me here will have to take me home
    OutKast – Speakerboxx / The Love Below
    Over the Rhine – Ohio
    Radiohead – Hail to the Thief
    Rufus Wainwright – Want One
    The Shins – Chutes Too Narrow
    The Violet Burning – This Is The Moment
    Zwan – Mary Star of The Seas

using a completely biased methodology of what did I listen to most then, what do I listen to now and think is pretty good and just what rocks my world, the top three are
please note this year was extremely good for music and a real tough decision!

number 3
e2eBarenaked Ladies – Everything to Everyone.
in my humble opinion probably the best record Barenaked Ladies have made. off kilter, gorgeous pop with a rock underbelly. lyrics to die for and a pop sensibility which belies the seeming simplicity of the album, it took me a while to click with, but now the album is welded in my subconscious, with twists and turns which are as familiar as old friends and sometimes as surprising as friends are.
seek out – “Another Postcard”, “Shopping” & “War on Drugs”

number 2
wantoneRufus Wainwright – Want One
I remember buying this CD then giving a lift to someone in my car, and saying “You must listen to this album. it is wonderful, it mixes classical pop, beauty and wonder. it is as operatic as it is pop, it is just wonderful”. then I turned it up loud and sang along completely convinced it’s beauty would work wonders.
what an album. If it wasn’t for number 1 it would easily have been album of the year.
seek out – the whole album. it is easily one of the top ten albums of this decade.

number 1
OhioOver the Rhine – Ohio
I don’t know how 2 albums into a 4 album deal Over the Rhine persuaded Virgin records to allow them to release a double album, but frankly it is a move of backing artists vision which was rewarded by one of the best albums i have ever heard.
It is moving, frank, honest, emotional, wonderful, dreamy, yet real, bitter sweet, an album of supreme skill craft, songwriting and beauty, just wonderful. absolutely wonderful.
seek out – ensure you have this album. If you don’t have it ask I will buy it for you. (really this is a real offer)

Music Downloads – free legal music

So the holy grail really is free legal music.
something you can downlaod and own just because the other person is giviging it away. something which some artists are trying, some thing which can work well.

Anyway two live concert recordings are currently available for download by two of my favourite bands.

bnl4On the “pop”ier side of things, Barenaked Ladies have been long term loves of mine. they have a turn of phrase, an ability to make you laugh with simple yet effective humour, and a great line in pop/rock tunes. And they are Canadian. nice. ever since i heard “If i had$1,000,000” i have followed them. anyway things have been a bit shaky for them. They left their label, formed their own record company, released 2 albums and 1 children’s album, Lead singer Steven Page was arrested for drugs offenses, declare to prove himself innocent, the band canceled a tour with Disney.
No real surprise then that the band announced that band Steven Page had left the band amicably to pursue solo projects, causing the band to go from a 5 piece to a 4piece.

So what would it sound like?
Would it be any good?

one of the key points of the band had been the vocal interplay between ed’s straighter rock vocals and Steven’s more theatrical vocals. The other thing which really made them stand out were the intricate five part harmonies which the band preformed live. well, a week or so ago as part of a mardi gras celebration the and played live as a four piece. They recorded the live front of house mix and have released the whole concert live as a free give away.

get the download here

and would you believe that apart from a few ropy harmonies which i think can be mostly forgiven they sound not half bad.
(I particularly love “the Big Bang Theory” theme tune) yeah, we built the pyramids!

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Perhaps I just have a love of wordsmiths. The second live offering is the first live performance of the album “The Hazard of Love” by The Decemberists. The album is described in a press release as, “a 17-song suite that tells the tale of a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover, William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, lascivious rake.” yeah rock on! not really spinal tap i suppose but to be honest. it is quite wonderful.

Is it any good?
A live 17 song suite, isn’t that just a return to prog?

I have only got through the first 10 songs but think that a long drive to Edinburgh this evening may provide me with the opportunity to hear the whole thing. What’s that? how can I listen to the whole concert. well i will tell you. The good people at NPR recorded the whole thing, broadcasted it live on the web and on American radio and have made it a live concert podcast.
Click here to access the live stream or the podcast.

sometimes. I really love live free music, don’t you?