The great Tom Robinson has a BBC 6 Music show Tom Robinson Introducing which has an album length podcast with 12 pop songs from new artists. These are up and coming music makers and the ultra convenience of letting your pod catcher (in my case iTunes) automatically download the podcast then listen to the music is most splendid and if you like something you can track it down via the show’s tracklist page and listen to more (via the ubiquitous myspace usually). All without the evil fingers of large corporations getting in the mix. You can also recommend artists to the show and self promotion is allowed! Podcast url is (I hope it works outside the UK, sorry if it doesn’t, blame the BBC!)-
A couple I’m digging right now-
Talk and Talk and Talk by Wing Commander.
Castell by Mother of Six (from Wrexham!) with a brilliant angry chorus- Don’t build your Empire on me.
If you want some Tom Robinson musical goodness you can download tracks from his website and if you’re feeling noble make a donation, as he writes-
Free Downloads: iTunes downloads cost 79p per track. Writer/publisher get 6p, Performer 6-8p, Visa/Mastercard 7p, Apple 12p, and Record Company almost 50p. Sod that. Help yourself to my songs & share them with your friends: right-click (Mac: ctrl-click) on titles to download. Optional: if you’d like to help with hosting costs, click below.
Frankly I don’t know how anyone can live without listening to War Baby every so often.