Saturday, February 21, 2009


Today I went to the Jamendo blog where they have posted some excellent playlists. On playlist #3 I struck gold (also check out the hip-hop in playlist #4). Circa Vitae is a band that's hard to categorize. They possess an experimental Radiohead sound, and seem to mix that with a college rock vibe. Circa Vitae released their CIRCA VITAE ep in December, and I recommend you download a copy. My favorite track on the album is "Pterodactyl", I also like "Tower." Male vocalist Britt and female vocalist Anna have a beautiful, contrasting sound over powerfull lyrics. The EP also sports transition tracks that mix a noise/classical sound. This EP is likely unlike anything you have ever heard, and a worthy add to any collection.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Demo by MoOt

I have always been a big fan of The Beatles, that is why I was happy to discover MoOt. He is an excellent musician from Britain whose work appears on Jamendo. He released his Demo album almost a year ago, but I did not discover it until recently. I have listened to it a couple of times, thoroughly enjoying every song on the album. The opening track "Dancing Nowhere," is excellent. Listen to it, it is a great example of what the album has to offer. The album is composed of pop rock instrumentals with catchy lyrics. My only complaint is that some of the songs sound too similar. MoOt has a lot of potential, and I recommend heading over to Jamendo for the free download.

Monday, February 16, 2009

The Ugly Army

The Ugly Army is the latest album by fresh body shop. It is an excellent mix of industrial, pop, and electronic elements. fresh body shop, is a Creative Commons favorite due to the excellent songwriting of Pedro, the band's lead singer. My favorite tracks on the album are "My Artificial Sun" and "The Ugly Army." I especially like the salsa feel of the latter track, which mixes surprisingly well with the industrial sound. I listened to the album for two days, waiting eagerly for it to become downloadable. Now that the wait is over, I recommend heading over to Jamendo to grab a copy. Any fans of Nine Inch Nails, or song writing in general, will appreciate this album. While you're there, I recommend downloading fresh body shop's other albums. You won't be disappointed.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Open Muzik

Hey all, this is techierant. Welcome to Open Muzik, the blog for Creative Commons music. I'll be posting my favorite albums and tracks from I'll also talk about music production on Linux. I've got code, ideas, and music to share. I hope you'll stick around.