Summary: Soundcentury is the Indie Rock and Alternative Energy Source. Soundcentury features unsigned, indie rock bands from small towns across the world and serves them up through informing articles and professional quality podcasts. In addition, Soundcentury delivers the latest news on emerging alternative energy companies.
America in 2017 may have a society flush with differences and a weird ex-reality TV star as president but the one thing we all have in common is that good rock and roll is not far away. Walk into just about any small town on a Friday night and you have a good chance of […]
It is time to get funky folks with the latest podcast from Soundcentury. I just turned 40 years old today and I am not going sky diving. I did not buy a shiny red convertible and I am not staring at myself in the mirror wondering where the time went to. Oh no my friends. […]
The Grateful Dead have always been one of my favorite bands to listen to winter, spring, summer or fall. I am especially keen to their sound in 1974. I love that year. When you have a band like the Grateful Dead who have made such a massive cultural impact across the planet, it is inevitable […]
I was shocked and saddened today to learn that Colonel Bruce Hampton died on stage playing with friends in Atlanta on his 70th birthday. Hampton was a legend in the jam band community and a leader of the incredibly funky Aquarium Rescue Unit. I was able to see him perform with the Unit several times […]
This podcast was a lot of fun to put together. I saw Strangefolk quite a bit between 1996 and 1998 in Vermont. In fact, some of the best live shows I have ever been to were some of these Strangefolk performances. I was at the first Garden of Eden shows and celebrated New Years Eve […]
The String Cheese Incident sound has grown on me over the years. I was first introduced to them in Crested Butte, Colorado back in the fall of 1999. A dishwasher called out one night at a local restaurant that my friend owned and I was asked if I wanted to come in, help out and […]
Spices have a tradition of making food better. One spice is nice. Two spices is often twice as nice. Three spices and things are getting interesting. Sometimes just one flavor gets stale in the same way that just one spice is not enough to get the full flavor you are in search of. I often […]
Soundcentury has been on hiatus for quite some time and now that I am somewhat used to being a Dad to two beautiful girls, I am ready to get back on it. I would like to say that I have been out traveling the world seeing exotic places and doing radical things. Perhaps, I could […]
The Persian Claws from Burlington, Vermont deliver a heavy dose of stripped down, powerful rock and roll. With a garage punk-rock sound steeped in late 1960’s surf styled riffs, these troubadours of raw rock and roll power have delivered a dangerous set of tunes with their album, Caged and Unreleased. Find out more about the Persian Claws on soundcentury.
I want to send a big thank you out to Sarathan Records out of Seattle for tuning me in to the sounds of My Goodness. They are yet another rockin' band out of the Pacific Northwest. They are offering a free download to get a feel for their sound. The tune is C'mon Doll and is the song featured here. You can download it on the bands website, as well as purchase the full album. You can hear My Goodness performing live from a recording at the KEXP 90.3 Studio in Seattle by clicking here. KEXP is a fantastic radio station and a powerful resource for solid music.
My first listen to Audio Love Letter, by Poi Dog Pondering, was in my office at the University of Maine, which is more like a closet. I just didn’t enjoy the album all that much on my first listen. I blamed it on the flurescent lighting and the hum of the aging server that contributes to the technology infused, artificial being of my office. Yeah, I thought to myself, the lame environment was the culprit. Poi Dog still has it. I just need to listen to it later. I need to take some time to listen to it in a more music friendly environment. I do this a lot with albums. Sometimes on my first listen, I just don’t dig it. Second listen, it starts to entice me a bit. Third listen, it could become my new favorite album. (Read More at soundcentury.com
Glasgow, Scotland has always had a hot music scene. There must be something in the water there. So many awesome bands come out of this town. Soundcentury attempts to stay tuned into mainly New England unsigned bands, but just for a little change of pace, decided to branch out into some unsigned bands from Europe for this podcast. There is just so much good music, it is really hard to just commit to the New England bands.
The folks over at Sarathan Records (http://sarathan.com/index.html), a very hip record label based out of Seattle, WA, recently got in touch with me to let me know about Jason Spooner. A successful songwriter, Jason Spooner hails from Maine, but now tours all over the states. I unfortunately missed his recent performance at the Strand Theatre (http://www.rocklandstrand.com/) in Rockland, Maine. I heard it was an amazing show. But you have another opportunity to catch them live in Maine when Spooner and his band rock out the Brian Boru Pub (http://www.brianboruportland.com/index.html) in Portland, Maine on St. Patty’s day. Go check them out if you can. The song, Black and Blue from the album The Flame you Follow, that I have featured in this post is available as a free download (http://www.jasonspooner.com/free/blackandblue/) on the Jason Spooner website. (http://www.jasonspooner.com/default.asp)
Portland Maine funksters, Sly Chi (http://www.slychi.com/) announced a series of tourdates during March, April and May. These guys know how to make a dance floor shake. Their final show at the Big Easy in Portland looks to be absolutely killer. They will be paying tribute to legendary funk monkies, “Tower of Power.” Get out and see them if you can. The featured song Emotions is a free mp3 download off the Sly-Chi Facebook page. You can purchase songs by Sly-Chi here. (http://www.cdbaby.com/Artist/SlyChi1) Sly Chi spring 2011 Tour Dates. 3/12/11 - The Big Easy (http://www.bigeasyportland.com/), Portland - Music Heals: A fundraiser for Music Therapy in Maine 3/19/11 - The Phoenix House (http://www.phoenixhouseandwell.com/), Sunday River 3/26/11 - The Rack (http://therackbbq.com/), Sugarloaf 4/13/11 - Port City Music Hall (http://portcitymusichall.com/) (Stevie Wonder vs. Ray Charles Clash) 4/22/11 - The Arts Block (http://theartsblock.com/), Greenfield, Mass 4/23/11 - Rockwood Music Hall (http://www.rockwoodmusichall.com/), NYC 4/29/11 - The Dover Brickhouse (http://www.doverbrickhouse.com/), Dover 5/14/11 - The Big Easy, Portland (Saturday Soul Series) 5/31/11 - The Big Easy, Portland (Cover to Cover - Paying tribute to Tower of Power)
I plan to keep trying to get cool New England bands on Soundcentury when I can. I also plan on trying to cover emerging alternative energy companies more. I have a big list of what seem to be really exciting companies that hold a lot of promise in ending our dependence on big, bad oil. But, lot’s of other things take priority at the moment over this site, but I will try and get to it as often as possible. So, please check back once and a while. Who knows, you might just find out about a cool new band or discover a new alternative energy company. This podcast features Wicked Funk (Funk Rebirth Mix) by Kwanzaa Posse feat. Fela Kuti (with some sound bytes thrown on top) > Black Rain by Ben Harper > Funky Dollar Bill by Funkadelic > Funky President by the man James Brown > Vital Juices by Funkadelic > Tight n’ Shiny by the Jesus Lizard > UMASS by the Pixies.