Saturday, 28 July 2012

Hi, how's it going? I'm going to start with the usual exhortation. In short: i really am giving away exclusive music downloads that you can't get anywhere else, and i'm doing it every week. I'm going to keep doing it till the end of 2012, but unless a ton of people sign up and download the stuff i'm not going to continue after that. So please tell people about this blog. This isn't about helping me out, it's not about boosting my ego, it's about getting good music into people's ears who like good music. Spread the word on facebook, twitter, whatever (pinterest, digg, i don't know, or you could just play the music to your friends and tell them where you got it)

And speaking of good music, here's some right now! A few years ago, when Out Of The Bedroom was in the basement of The Tron, a guy approached me on a night when i was hosting, introduced himself as Graham and gave me a CD with "SONGS" written on it. He said it didn't matter if i liked it since he'd probably never see me again anyway. I really liked the CD! The music's really good, and the lyrics have really got something to say as well. So the CD had ten songs on it and i'm sharing seven of them with you this week. Listen, download, play this music to people, it's good! And if you happen to know who Graham is, please let him know i liked his CD.

Okay, a couple of other things to mention this week, first of all Scottish urban artist Conscious Route has just released his album, his stuff is very much about the times we're living in now, and there's a lot of substance to the lyrics, so check it out, here's a review of the album by Pure Hip-Hop Heat and here's a song for you to listen to while you read the review. And don't be put off by the label "hip hop" (i know some people are!) - Just check it out and give it a chance.

Next is the upcoming album by Lorraine McCauley and the Borderlands. I am a huge fan of this band, and it looks like plenty of other people are as well. Anyway, they are asking for pledges to help them get their album released. check it out, and listen to a couple of their songs, here (top left sidebar, click the play button). It's what i would call original modern folk music, but again, like the hip hop music above, how can you really label good music? In the words of Charles Mingus: “There are two kinds of music. Good music, and the other kind.”

 Okay, nobody's commented or emailed me at all about whether they want gig listings as part of this blog, so either nobody cares or nobody's reading. Prove me wrong and get in touch, with me and with each other, comment, retweet, and play the music to people. This is not me broadcasting to you, it's new music trying to escape the confines of the internet and into people's ears. Okay, that's your homework for the week, now off you go and i'll see you out there in Musicland! 

Calum Carlyle
Edinburgh Unlimited

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