Freebie: This is the Biggest Freebie to Date – Music from SXSW 09 Performing Artists.

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As you know, SXSW 09 is coming up real soon, and it keeps getting bigger and bigger.  Unfortunately, due to the recession and the fact I spent my money to go to DC for the Inauguration (well worth it), I can’t attend this year’s festivities in Austin, TX unless some of you generous people would like to sponsor me!  However, I got the next best thing.  How about over 5 gigs of free legal music from all of the performing artists at this year’s SXSW. You can download the music in two parts via torrents.  Here are the links.  If you are new to torrents and how they work, check this link.

I will be downloading myself and picking out my favorites and posting them in the coming days.

Freebie: Atmosphere – “Shoulda Known”

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I like to introduce a new section to the new RadioMilwaukee’s Soundboard blog.  It is called Freebie.  Basically, it is where you can download free music (legally).  Cool.  I knew you would  like it.

Here is your first Freebie. New single from Atmosphere’s upcoming album “When Life Gives You Lemons, Paint That &#$! Gold”

Atmosphere – “Shoulda Known”(right click and save as)

SXSW in 4 gigabytes or less…(update)

SXSW in 4 gigabytesIf you missed SXSW like me, you can have an opportunity to hear all the artists and bands from the comfort of your ipod. I briefly mentioned it in an earlier post. A kind gentleman by the name of Greg Hewgill compiled music from all the artists that were showcased at this year’s SXSW. It is a little over 3 gigabytes of music. You will need a torrent client to download the file. If you need help to download the file, go here for guidance.

If you download it and listen to some of the music, let me know some of your favorite tracks. I will post some of my favorites after I finish downloading the file. While you are waiting for your download, take at a look at some of the video coverage of the event. (Update) I just found out someone who took the time to review the over 768 songs that is included in the torrent. Check it out here.

Vampire Weekend at SXSW

N.E.R.D. at SXSW

Dirty Soul Mix

My thanks to Tarik Moody for inviting me to be his guest on last week’s Rhythm Lab. I was able to dig into my dusty, deep funk 45s and put together a 1 hour Dirty Soul Mix. Check it out and I hope you enjoy!

UPDATE: RIAA: Now attacking School Funding

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RIAA is now threating the funding of colleges and universities. If suing single moms for sharing 24 songs, or little girls wasn’t enough, the RIAA and its lobbyists are trying to force colleges and universities to fight piracy and if they don’t, they risk losing funding. So your hard earn tuition will go to resources to see if you are sharing the new Britney Spears album instead of education. RIAA is so desparate they are doing everything except evolving the business model.

The College Opportunity and Affordability Act (PDF) is a monster of a document, weighing in at 747 pages. The bill aims to amend the Higher Education Act of 1965, and buried deep inside is a nasty secret sponsored by the entertainment industry: universities would be required to help fight piracy or risk the loss of federal funding.

University officials have been understandably alarmed, as the above provisions would put a potential $100 billion each year in federal aid at risk; failure to comply would cause the school to lose all of its financial aid for students, affecting even those students who don’t own a personal computer.

In a letter written on Wednesday and signed by the presidents of Stanford University and Penn State, and the chancellor of the University of Maryland system, university officials wrote:

Such an extraordinarily inappropriate and punitive outcome would result in all students on that campus losing their federal financial aid–including Pell grants and student loans that are essential to their ability to attend college, advance their education, and acquire the skills necessary to compete in the 21st-century economy … lower-income students, those most in need of federal financial aid, would be harmed most under the entertainment industry’s proposal.

If college wasn’t expensive enough. What’s next day care?

Also check this interesting article from Wired.com on the details of this plan to charge taxpayers to pay for music subscriptions for students at universities.

If there’s a better place to share music than a university, I haven’t heard about it. They offer students broadband connections, of course, and with so many peers around students must always have plenty ideas about the latest songs to download.

But even without the broadband connections, universities would still be near-ideal places to share music. The so-called sneakernet allows students to dump the contents of their iPods onto each others’ computers. Or, you can fit about 1400 MP3s onto a single 4.7GB DVD-R disc.

That’s why a clause in the College Opportunity and Affordability Act (COAA) makes so little sense. According to the Digital Freedom Campaign (part of the Consumer Electronics Association), the bill’s Campus Based Digital Theft Prevention provision “would require every university receiving federal funds to purchase a subscription to a music download service as a way of preventing unauthorized downloads and file sharing on college campuses.”

Digital Freedom accused the RIAA of having had one of its Congressional lobbying victims insert the clause, which it says would require taxpayers to spend $100 billion earmarked for financial aid on digital music subscriptions.

Don’t Sleep On: Wale Update

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On our previous “Don’t Sleep On”, we introduced the rapper Wale. Well go over to iTunes and the free download of the week is Wale’s Nike Boots. Go grab it you will not regret it.

Don’t Sleep On: Wale

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Here is another artist in my series, “Don’t Sleep On”. His name is Wale and he is a rapper from my old stomping grounds of Washington D.C. I been playing his music on the Rhythm Lab for a while now. I think he is one of the freshest sounding MCs to come out in a long time. He also incorporates the sound of Go-Go into his music.

From Wikipedia:

Go-go is a subgenre of funk which originated in the Washington, D.C. area during the mid- to late-1970s. A handful of bands contributed to the early evolution of the genre, but singer/guitarist Chuck Brown is credited with having developed most of the hallmarks of the style.

He has just appeared on the cover of the latest issue of Urb Magazine along side the French Duo Justice. He is currently working with super producer Mark Ronson (producer behind Amy Winehouse, and Lily Allen). He even opened up this past year’s MTV Video Music Awards. He also has mixtape called 100 Miles and Running available as a free download. I see big things for Wale in 2008. Also check out this article in the Washington Post on Wale.

P.S.: Also check out Tabi Bonney. He is another great DC rapper with a style all of  his own.

Wale featuring Tawiah – All I Need (produced by Mark Ronson) Tawiah will be another Don’t Sleep On artist in the mean check this out.

Wale – Breakdown

Wale – Nike Boots

Budos Band – Chicago Falcon Remix feat. Wale (produce by Eli and Ronson)