I’m born and bred in Woodside, Queens; a rare breed of the Native New Yorker. Unfortunately and unexpectedly, I do not play any musical instruments or have any musical talent (just the occasional two-step and salsa moves when my partner knows what they’re doing). However, I enjoy various music ranging from Indie Pop and Dance, Country, Rockabilly and music that my mom’s played on long road trips (Buddy Holly, The Carpenters, The BeeGee’s, Dolly Parton, Elvis).
We introduced you to the YouTube Audio Library back in 2013, when license-free music and sound effects were made available to creators to download, edit and use in their YouTube videos. If you haven’t checked it out since then, now is the time, as 1,000 new tracks were recently added to the mix!
Among its many interpretations, music can inspire enjoyment and relief, or present a gigantic universe to be explored and discovered. Hasan Saltık, founder of the stand-out Turkish label, KALAN, is more of the discoverer kind and with that, has built what many would count among the pioneering Turkish labels.
An established figure worldwide, Hasan Saltık has been awarded the Prince Claus Award and selected as one of Time Magazine’s “European Heroes.” When he decided to highlight the forgotten pieces of Turkish Folk music in 1991, KALAN Music was born. In its first years, KALAN attracted a remarkable amount of interest from various music authorities by re-mastering the good-old original gramophone records of authentic Turkish music. Doing so made KALAN the first Turkish label to highlight this concern of preserving local music in Turkey. Throughout almost a quarter of a century, KALAN has maintained this objective and continued bringing old records to modern-days.
If you’re in Toronto right now, you know the TIFF competition (that’d be Toronto International Film Festival) is already getting tough. Or shall we say… stiff. Some incredible films are making their rounds, getting bought up in a hot flash and sending excited movie-goers into a frenzy. One such film is the acclaimed documentary making its world premiere Sunday night, The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble. And you’re lookin’ at the very lucky distributors of the film right here.
Hey, everybody! I’m back again. For those of you I didn’t get to meet last week, my name is Adam DeAscentis and I’ll be stepping in as host of Freeloader Fridays over the next few months. This week is jam packed with great new music — here are my favorites!
Let’s first check out Windhand’s latest album release, Grief’s Infernal Flower. This gritty, Psychedelic Rock band has delivered some seriously grungy new material and thanks to our friends at NPR, you can stream the whole album right now. Reminiscent of Nirvana and other down-tuned, over-driven rock bands, this music tends to the darker side of the spectrum. But keep your ears open! Pockets of Acoustic serenity on tracks like “Sparrow” and “Aition” provide a pleasant balance.