Published on August 31 2009

The Black Atlantic is an acoustic indie pop band from Groningen, Netherlands. A few months ago they took part in the TV show "In A Cabin With". The show's concept is as simple as it's great: every two months, one or more Dutch musicians are invited to travel to somewhere in the world to record an album in collaboration with local musicians.

The show will start airing in September; up to now, the invited musicians have travelled to Thailand, New York, Ottawa and Sweden. Once the albums are mixed and mastered, they are available for free download on the show's website, and the CDs are distributed by the famous label V2 (now a branch of Universal).

The Black Atlantic were lucky enough to be selected for the show, and went on to record in a log cabin in the Adirondack mountains, near New York, last fall. The album, which fans of Fleet Foxes or Bon Iver are bound to like, is now finished and ready, and the band's label, jamendo favorites Beep Beep Back Up The Truck, even managed to negotiate with V2 to release it under a Creative Commons license!

So here it is, on jamendo, for your listening (and downloading) pleasure:

You can see videos of the recording sessions here.

Written by amelie

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Published on August 27 2009

Pea Sized is a German duo who also happens to be a couple. Pia and Karsten started making music together in 2008 only, but their style has had enough time to be very well defined. Somewhere between Björk and CocoRosie, they mix atmospheric pop, electronica and experimental music for a result that's just as pleasant as interesting to listen to.

Written by amelie

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Published on August 26 2009

Audi, the car maker, organizes every year its Talents Awards to distinguish creative people in many fields. One of those fields is music, and this year, out of 1300 candidates, jamendo old timers Cool Cavemen, a funk-rock outfit from Lille, France, were selected as one of only 48 finalists.

You have until today, 26 August, to support them by voting here. As you'll see, the band is among those having received the largest number of votes - in addition to possibly being the only one using Creative Commons licenses. "The possibility to send an email to all our fans on jamendo was really useful, explains Kevin, Cool Cavemen's singer. It enabled us to easily rally our early fans in record time (the band has been on jamendo since 2005)."

The contesting track is "Fusion", first song on the album below:

The Audi Talents Awards winner will get to shoot a video clip as well as to perform onstage in Paris. 

Good luck to them, and thanks to you!

Written by amelie

Published on #Contests

Published on August 25 2009

Nice article the other day on, in the shape of a guide to music on the web. Jamendo is not only listed among the main destinations alongside Pandora, Deezer, Last fm et al, it is also quoted as the author's "favorite place on the web", no less.
It's always nice to be appreciated, so thank you TechCrunch!


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Published on August 18 2009

Instrumental (or post-) rock was a popular genre in the late 1990s, with the apparition of successful bands like Mogwai, Tortoise and Godspeed You Black Emperor. Dutch combo We vs. Death revives this tradition with talent, painting sophisticated rock soundscapes rich in emotion.

Brought to us by our friends over at Beep Beep Back Up The Truck.

Written by amelie

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