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  1. The Procussions "Little People" is about child neglect, and their song "American Fado" is about child prostitution. You could use either of those pretty effectively - check them out on the iTunes Music Store. bvl
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    Color Bands

    Bobby Brown The Bowling Green Blue Six Black Star Blackalicious Frank Black Corey Red David Gray Indigo Girls James Brown Redcloud Red Flag Unit The Whites
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    my new record

    Hi, all. My new record, entitled "chromedecay tracks pt2: 2001-2005", is now available via chromedecay (my record label). http://www.chromedecay.org/releases/cd003/ This project represents 4 years and 11 tracks, spanning dub-techno, downtempo instrumental hip-hop rhythms, and moody soundscapes. My signature sounds are found all over this record, which sees beauty filtered through a gritty urban palette of sounds and textures. There are 2 full songs available as downloadable MP3s to give a taste of what it's all about. I hope you check this out - it's a really significant piece of work for me. Apologies if this is too self-promotional in nature - I've really enjoyed being a part of this community and I thought I'd share this next step in my own artistic development. peace, Bill Van Loo
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    Trading In CDs

    The new best way to trade in your unwanted used CDs is LaLa: http://www.lala.com It's awesome - I've traded 33 CDs, and it's easy + cheap. You sign up for free, and they send you a packet of shipping envelopes (pre-paid postage) and plastic CD cases. You list the CDs that you want to get rid of (your "have" list), and when somebody wants one of your discs you pop it into the plastic CD case, and stick the artwork plus disc into a shipping envelope. It doesn't cost you anything, and you get credit for having sent out one disc. You can also build a "want" list, and after you've racked up some credit for sending out discs, people will start sending *you* discs. It costs somewhere around $1.50 to receive a disc (much better than the ratio when trading in discs at the local store, in my experience). I've gotten rid of some stuff I never listen to (for exmaple, a copy of John McLaughlin & Mahavishnu Orchestra's "Inner Mounting Flame" that was a gift; ugh, such awful fusion noise!) and gotten some real gems (Sleeping at Last "Ghosts", Sara Groves "Add to the Beauty", lots more). If you're going to sign up, it would be great if you could drop me a private message so I can "invite" you and get credit for it (and receive a free T-shirt). peace, Bill
  5. Give Pandora a try. Go to http://www.pandora.com, type in "hum" and go from there. You'll probably hear at least a couple Hum songs, plus stuff that sounds similar. bvl
  6. I love Hum, too. I haven't heard Downward is Heavenward in forever...I'm going to add it to my La La list for trades, though. I've got a Pandora station set up called "Midwest Hum-centric bands" whose core is Hum, Sleeping At Last, Poster Children. Sleeping at Last has become a recent fave in past months, in large part because of the similarity to Hum. This is drifting away from shoegaze, I guess...sorry. bvl
  7. Absolutely try out Whiskeytown. Pneumonia is *such* a good record. "Jacksonville Skyline" alone is worth the price of admission. bvl
  8. Yes, I use MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/bvl That's my page for my own music, and I'll be adding a page soon for the collaborative project I did with my friend J. Schnable. I still use my own website for the primary source of information about my music, but MySpace is a good way to reach a lot of people that wouldn't necessarily check out my site on its own, and keeps me connected in a way that's deeper than somebody reading my site (which is: http://www.chromedecay.org, so you can compare). peace, Bill
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    Sleeping at Last

    I finally picked up "Ghosts" thanks to the CD-trading site lala.com, and have really been enjoying it. The song "Currents" has been especially capturing my attention. I'm looking forward to hearing their new one, "Keep No Score", which just came out. http://www.sleepingatlast.com/ bvl
  10. I picked this up about 6 months ago and have listened to it a whole lot - it's a great record! I actually got that and his latest, "Belladonnna", at the same time, and have listened to Acadie a lot more. While I like "Belladonna", I find Lanois at his best when he balances instrumentals with his songs (which is why "Shine" is my favorite of his records), but "Acadie" has some really lovely moments. bvl
  11. This is a pretty well-regarded record, although I agree that more people should hear it. "Music for 18 Musicians" is one record I can definitively point to and say, "that changed the way I approach listening to and making music". Such a great piece. bvl
  12. How about "Rescue is coming", by David Crowder*Band? Then you could follow it up with "Come Awake", for early Sunday morning... bvl
  13. Glad to see this - I was going to mention it if nobody else had. And I'm sorry, it must be my kids' influence on me, but I find the version of this from the bonus disc that came with "The Other Side of Something" super cute. If you've heard it, you'll know what I'm talking about. bvl
  14. I've posted a little chart of my recent favorites to my blog, including short write-ups of each record: http://www.billvanloo.com/blog/ The top 7: Half-handed Cloud: halos + lassos [asthmatic kitty] david crowder*band: a collision (or 3+4=7) john davis: john davis [rambler] various tracks from the Thinner netlabel [http://www.thinnerism.com] loscil: stases [one netlabel: free from http://one.dot9.ca/2/releases.php?id=027] LABKLIK: Quilting with Dan and Tim [deepspace5 records; available for digital download via: http://www.forthelistener.com/store_downloads.php] Miles Davis: Kind of Blue [sony] peace, bvl
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