The Listening Experience podcast #1

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Today marks the debut of my new podcast called The Listening Experience. It branches off a bit from Book’s Music but I want to try a few new things in this one, which I will do in the weeks/months to come. The show remains, for the time being, 90 minutes in length although if you think it would be better if it was compacted to 60 minutes, let me know. As you can see, I don’t have a special logo for The Listening Experience so for now it’s basic.

The Listening Experience podcast #1 by Booksmusic on Mixcloud

AUDIO: Barnaby’s “Playing Me Off”

Barnaby writes, records, and producers his own music. He doesn’t want to leave it in the hands of someone who may make him not sound up to par, so for now he takes a D.I.Y. route. Listen to his song “Playing Me Off” to hear what he does. He has a soulful touch that makes his music soothing and intense, you may find something in this and not want to let go.

VIDEO: Billon featuring Maxine Ashley’s “Special”

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There was a time when a billion dollars seemed a universe beyond anyone’s comprehension but today, it’s casual. Maybe casual is the music of a duo who call themselves Billion. In their song “Special” they give the house vibe a boost that makes it sound very soulful with help from vocalist Maxine Ashley, making it irresistible. See and hear if you agree. This video is cool as ice.

AUDIO: Bandit’s “Dragon”

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Her name is Angela Plake but as an artist, she wants you to become familiar with her as Bandit. She has her own band that were formed in Nashville and they recently recorded their debut album. They’re signed by Broken Circles and the album will be released early next year, three years after their formation, called Of Life, presenting themselves as a rock band with some grit, grime, and garage vibes going on, all while showing strong songwriting skills that are sure to expand their audience quite a bit. Have a listen to what she/they are about with the song “Dragon”.

SOME STUFFS: Information Society release new album on cassette

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Information Society are here with us in 2014. Now a trio, the group released a new album called _hello world (Artoffact) and this one is in the cassette format. Copies are being sold in seven different color shells so if you want to be in a certain mood while listening, buy the one you prefer or buy all seven and be imaginative. Is it still useless to resist them? After listening to “Land Of The Blind”, you may say “very much”. You may order it from

AUDIO: Charlie Cunningham’s “Lights Off”

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As an old blues song once said, when it’s midnight, you turn the lights out. Charlie Cunningham understands this and gets into that mode with his song “Lights Off”, a nice folk-ish tale that could be a bit of advice or just wisdom from someone who wants to wax poetic a bit. IF you’d like to hear more, the song will appear on a new EP due out on November 17th called Outside Things. He will be touring throughout Europe for most of November, head to his official Facebook made to find out about dates.

AUDIO: Kev Brown & Hassaan Mackey’s “Hassaan Be Rappin”

When Hassaan be rapping, you want to let everyone know what they do not know. Kev Brown did this in “Hassaan Be Rappin'”, with the Hassaan in question being Hassaan Mackey, and if you miss rappers who have that monotone style in the vein of Rakim or Guru, then press play on this baby. This will appear on their That Grit min-album due out on November 4th via Ill Adrenaline/Low Budget.

VIDEO/FREE MP3 DL: Kink Ador’s “Hold on Tight”

Kink Ador is not the name of any of the members in this group, but it is the name of the band, so get to know this Nashville trio. They’ve released an EP called Free World and are hoping it will cause a few ripples in their path, so have a listen to an original song called “Hold On Tight”, which encourages lovers and lovers-to-be to be strong in a relationship situation. If you’d like to hear more of their music, go to the official Kink Ador Soundcloud page. IF you find “Hold On Tight” to be worthy enough of a download, you may do so below.

FREE MP3 DL: John Doe featuring Redd’s “Favorite Song”

Have you ever heard a song and immediately said “wow, this is going to be a personal favorite of mine?” Did you want to say “this will be my favorite song” 16 times in a row? If so, you will definitely get into Joe Doe’s new song that was produced by and featuring Redd. The press release said “so that is why there are too sides to the record“, but I believe they meant “two sides to the record” but no matter, this is your favorite-song-to-be.