Friday, October 10, 2003
-- Discover New Music the site promises, and it keeps that promise. As a portal to artists in various genres on various online music sites it's a great launching point for your next expedition into the undiscovered, as well as a useful resource for the artist that wants to be discovered. Real artists. Real music. And, real cool.
Friday, August 22, 2003
-- As the wired world's quintessential Renaissance Man, Steve finds a way to blend music, poetry and herbal tidbits into a site that transcends the ordinary to become a cultural feast. Dig in.
Thursday, September 13, 2001
-- What if a record label ran like a kibbutz, with everyone playing a vital part of the community process, and everyone would be contributing and sharing in the wealth? What if popular vote would help influence the artist to receive a non-exclusive CD deal the next month? Referenda Records is off to a good start at shaping the future of independent labels. Everyone has a voice. Now everyone can get it heard. Whether you sign up as an artist or an affiliate looking to profit off CD sales, the site looks like tomorrow -- and tomorrow is looking pretty sharp right now.
Monday, July 09, 2001
-- Know a place where synthpop never dies? Know a site where clever music, book and film critiques converge to make one of the finest free e-zines online? Of course not. It's not natural. And that's exactly the point. 100% Unnatural defies convention and pop culture to talk up some great up-and-coming indie artists along with anything else that crosses the mind of talented writer Emil Hyde. What would that be? Odds are, it will be completely unnatural!
Saturday, February 03, 2001
-- It's easy to believe that Jane Eliz has the voice of an angel. It's easy to believe that she can strum the guitar with her wings. From the majestic beauty of "Closer To You" to the groovy underpinnings of "In My Mind" the Australian songstress makes words and melodies come alive and twirl across the room. Part Jewel. Part Kate Bush. All Jane Eliz.
Monday, January 22, 2001
-- When's the last time you heard something the likes of which you had never heard before? When's the last time you called something a "true original" without sounding trite or cliche. Check out the guitar mastery of Johnny Asia. One might say he borrows from the best elements of acoustic flamenco, blues and rock, but it would miss the mark. Completely. Johnny doesn't borrow. He takes. He takes and he tosses it all into a blender and hits frappe. The ultimate blend is wholly unique. Johnny Asia is a great instrumentalist, a great innovative instrumentalist.
Friday, January 19, 2001
-- Kim and Shoshana have created a musical oasis of empowerment for female artists. Thorough and rich without ever resorting to swinging away with estrogen the site is a useful collection of opportunities no matter how your chromosones line up.
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