Radio, someone still loves you....
We mentioned spoken word podcasts in a couple of previous posts, Podcast Picks For People Who Think and A Handful Of Educational Podcasts. This time, we're looking at music. Music unites us, it has universal humanity behind it. The way it makes us feel, the messages in the lyrics, the styles adopted by the artists, it all goes into making society. Now, with the internet, there's never been more choice. Great radio is where you find it, and here are some needles in the haystack that have been signposted just for you.
Deuce Music. Supporting independent musicians and songwriters, Deuce Music have a regular radio show that gets played on dozens of major stations. Their artists usually come from the underground or international circles meaning that we've likely not heard them before. It's a mix of pop and rock that enjoys the most airtime.
Red Light Radio. This stream comes straight from the red light district of Amsterdam. They play many genres, DJs take it in turns to play what they want. You get a lot of beats, dance, and experimental electronic music with Red Light Radio. There's also a healthy world music theme that they have which always sounds great.
Sanctuary Radio. Gothic music, EBM and everything that evolved from the new romantic scene. Here we get a really great mix of new and classic heavy duty electronic music and moody compositions. Put your eyeliner on thick for Sanctuary Radio.
Trance Athena. Trance music beams from Athens. It's a non stop uplifting and melodic party atmosphere with Trance Athena. Fun for those times when you want something great to dance to.
The Dub Lounge. All kinds of dub music, ranging from trip-hop to reggae styles. We get to hear new, old, and little known classics. It's a chilled out zone with The Dub Lounge, sit back and enjoy.
Epic Rock Radio. All the best bits of the heavy metal scene placed on one station. It doesn't do the overly aggressive and swearing that a lot of metal bands are known for. It's quality musicians and quality songs in the heavy metal style.
Rock The Folk. This station plays folk and rock with a popular twist. What they define as folk can sometimes be a bit questionable, but it's all in good fun. I'm sure I heard The Spice Girls on there recently.
Shrunken Planet. This great podcast plays lots of eclectic folk music and strangeness. It's on every Saturday for a few hours. The shows are good enough to be listened to several times, if you like the sort of thing they play. A massive back catalogue means there's enough to keep us busy for ages.
PsyRadio Chillout. This is downbeat dance music that is relaxing to listen to. It's not completely mellow, there are rhythms and emotions in the music but you won't hear any banging tracks on this station. It's something to sit back and listen to, maybe do some work or reading.
Zero Beat Zone. This really is beatless music. Drone tracks and experimental soundscapes fill the airwaves when tuned into Zero Beat Zone.
Strength Through Failure. Another great podcast, this time it's avant-gardism. Experimental and heady music that takes us on inward journeys. It can be a bit much unless you want to be moved.
We hope that moved you into wanting to listen to more radio!
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