This week, we’ll look back at the golden age of online music distribution. For much of the past two decades netLabels and OMD communities have provided a safe and easy way for musicians to upload their songs for distribution via a Creative Commons copyright.
Recently, we have seen the demise of nearly all free OMD sites and only a handful of netLabels remain. The gatekeepers are all behind paywalls. Thankfully many netLabels have uploaded their catalogues to archive.org before going dark. Here are eight Independent bands we might not have otherwise heard without these independent online resources. We’ll begin in Lithuania with ndelay and ‘Generic Host Process’
That was King Shi and ‘Walk’ from a 2018 Dusted Wax release titled ‘Red’ Here is another contemplative piece thankfully archived from 2004 by Crashed by Car. It’s ‘Full Speed Dead’
That was Bodysurfer, a Melbourne based producer. With ‘Ready’ and French Sample and Beatmaster Yaul with ‘Talisman’.
Websites like funender, soundlift, IAC, song planet, free music archive and mp3.com all provided a great service for musicians but ultimately they proved unsustainable. But for a while they were ‘Satisfied and Free’. Here is Lobo Loco
That was the very tangerine ‘Iceland’ by napz and Florin Fabienrecording as 3tronik from the KOma Proj3ct release and ‘Have a Nice Day’ and started the set with Lobo Loco. Don't forget all the podcasts and transcripts are at Idyllicmusic.com. Thanks for listening. I'm Jim Nye.