Where am I going and why am I in this handbasket?

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately, again.  I listen to quite a bit of independant music and the whole “pod-o-sphere” (God I hate that word, so why did I use it?) is a great place to keep up to date on some of the new happening artists who are putting high quality good music out there to share.  I will spare you all my rants and tirades on the RIAA today and I’ll just leave it at the fact that not only do I get to hear fresh music instead of all that tired crap on the radio, but I also get to support the artists directly when I buy their CD’s or single mp3’s.  It makes me feel a lot better supporting an artist instead of a label.

I just picked up two new CD’s today, as a matter of fact.  I picked up Matthew Ebel’s Beer and Coffee and Berman’s 3-cd set.  Sum total of my purchase?  About $25 for 4 CD’s of music that hasn’t been played over and over and jammed down my throat by some smarmy radio DJ… tunes that I can rock out to.  Matthew Ebel’s stuff is some really good piano-driven folk rock and Berman is, well, let’s just say it’s almost impossible not to turn it all the way up to 11 when this high energy rock comes up in my playlist and leave it at that.

I really didn’t mean to make either of those sound like an advertisement, by the way.  I’m just sharing what I’m up to now, so please forgive me if I sound like some cheesy marketing guy or something.  I’m just happy to stumble across good Indie artists like The Black Keys and share them with friends, family, acquaintances or total strangers.

I definitely encourage everyone to break out of the box a bit and explore.  There’s SO much out there that we don’t know about and if we allow ourselves to be pressed and molded into the media and marketing machines of corporate America we have no one to blame but ourselves.

— WF

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