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Tuesday, April 26, 2005
 

New Feature/Invitation To Artists & Musicians

Freeway Jam is going to start a new feature, profiling bands/artists who offer new music on the internet. If you make music, I am actively seeking your sample tune. See the instructions at the bottom of this post.

Here's two who took the initiative and alerted me to their material before I extended this offer, thus inspiring the concept for this column:

Xinlisupreme: Zouave's Blue (Online Single Mix) 3:39
Xinlisupreme: Zouave's Blue (Alternative Version) 3:38
Xinlisupreme: Zouave's Blue [Web Album] Release: July 1, 2005
Duo Yasumi Okano and Takayuki Shouji, from the relative outback of Oita, Japan, specialize in an aggressive, violent noise-pop that sounds like a massive collision between My Bloody Valentine, Suicide, and Jesus and Mary Chain. The abrasive, caustic, and quite good "Zouave's Blue (Online Single Mix)" begins abruptly with a hugely amplified and processed ascending guitar and a manic distorted organ both awash in brutal white noise and feedback. We get some very scratchy lead guitar and overwhelmingly pummeling uptempo power riffing, and creepy, disembodied vocals wailing in the murk, morphing into organ or guitar noise. The tune ultimately whips up into a frenzy of guitar noise. The alternative version begins quite differently, with sped up percussion tracks and what sounds like kodo drums, or a sample, propelling it through the same din. This is a real maelstrom to be sure, dense and brutal. There's also real substance here; My Bloody Valentine fans who lean toward favoring more chaos and noise would love this; it'll leave them in feedback heaven. Not recommended for easy listening.

Their bio describes them as a "tender, strange, spiritual, violent band", which you have to appreciate. They also have an attitude and a sense of humor. More from Xinlisupreme at the Xinlisupreme homepage.

Blood Ruby: Remains Of The Day 3:46
Blood Ruby: Midsummer Fires 5:52
Blood Ruby: Midsummer Fires [Song Artwork By Cynthia Conrad] (2004)
Blood Ruby consists of Cynthia Conrad (vocals, guitar), Margaret Browning (bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals), Thomas Wall (guitar, bass, keyboards, programming, engineering). Conrad and Wall met at an online music forum and collaborated on music long-distance (Conrad was in New Haven, Wall near Chicago). Now based in New Haven, the duo was joined by Browning, who had played with Conrad in a local all-female band. "Remains Of The Day" is an atmospheric, jazzy, midtempo song with a good dream pop vibe to it. Conrad's high register, keening vocals recall Kate Bush to a degree. "Midsummer Fires" opens with some ominous guitar, before developing into a gentle, lush, but dark sounding expanse featuring a bubbly bass, tuneful, chiming, swirling, slightly distorted guitars, atmospheric keyboard washes, and another good vocal from Conrad, with Browning backing. Recommended to ambient dream pop fans. The band is currently completing their debut CD. More from Blood Ruby at the Blood Ruby homepage.

INVITATION TO ARTISTS AND MUSICIANS:

Freeway Jam hereby extends an invitation to any and all bands/artists out there to submit a sample tune for profiling right here on these pages.

This will become a new irregular feature or regular feature, depending on response.

This invitation is open to any and all artists, all genres, all nationalities. Unsigned bands, indie bands, or The Rolling Stones may participate.

Entry rules:

1 **You must have a website or blog where listeners may download a complete version of at least one song for free.

2. Send an email to: freejam@gmail.com with "Song link" in the subject. In the email, include a link to where your song is available on the internet. You may include any pertinent info you like: bandmembers' names, a band bio, CD cover, etc. If this is available on a website, point me to the website.

3. Please specify a genre, if you can. Otherwise, I might pigeonhole you in a genre myself, one you might not agree with.

4. If I put in the effort to profile your music, I'd appreciate a link back to my blog from your site or blog as a gesture of thanks. Not mandatory, but nice.

5. Rules subject to change. This is an experiment, for now.

I'd like to kick off an experimental column as soon as possible. So as soon as I receive four entries, I'll put one together. Be in the first edition! Send me your link now!


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Comments:
How 'bout streaming? Are bands who allow streaming of songs permitted?
 
I prefer it if my readers can get a little something, but I'll consider streaming on a case-by-case basis. However, I waive any rules for you Kachina, if you have someone in mind.
 
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