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Bardo Pond - Ticket Crystals - Music Review

In Tibetan Buddhist cosmology the word, "Bardo" refers to an intermediate state. Specifically, a state between two lives on Earth.

According to Tibetan tradition after one has died and before one's next birth, one's consciousness experiences a wide variety of phenomena. These experiences and visions range from beautiful to terrifying and provide one with opportunities to reach enlightenment or to suffer a lower rebirth. This cosmic video game landscape is laid out in extreme detail within the pages of the Tibetan Book of the Dead. This book also serves as a guide to be read to the recently deceased to help them as they navigate through the Bardo.

A pond is a body of water which is generally defined by its' size. A pond is smaller than a lake and is usually shallow enough that sunlight can reach the bottom. Another defining characteristic is that ponds, as opposed to lakes, are usually the result of rain run-off, mineral springs or very small streams. Typically a pond has little or no outflow drainage and as a result ponds develop self-contained ecosystems. Ponds also display the formation of 'scum" which is the common name for the large amount of dead and decaying vegetation condensing on the surface of the water. A contributor to the pond scum buildup is the presence of algae which multiplies rapidly in the nutrient rich and sunlight exposed waters.

In reading through these definitions I'm struck by how, when combined, they provide a pretty good description of the music of the band, Bardo Pond.

Okay, for any of you literalists out there, I'm not suggesting that the band are all dead water spirits covered in scum! I'm speaking more of a poetic vision of their music and how it winds out. Within their music we find elements of hallucinogenic visions and often there are large squishy mats of algae-like noise.

With "Ticket Crystals" (ATP Recordings) Bardo Pond has released its' best album yet. I don't say this lightly as they have put out some heavy stuff in the past eleven years. In particular the albums, 'Set and Setting" and "Dilate" are awash in vast oceans of sound perfection and ambiance.

However, "Ticket Crystals" simply sets a new standard. It also re-prioritizes elements of their sound. Elements that while they were always present, are now more front and center allowing them to shine.

The obvious and most welcome of these is the voice and flute of Isobel Sollenberger. On previous releases her voice has, while adding texture, been primarily buried under a mountain of crushing feedback. Her flute has shown up before but on this album it also takes center stage. The repositioning of Sollenberger toward the center of Bardo Pond's sound is an absolute masterstroke! Oddly for a voice that can sound as eerie and wistful as hers, it provides somewhat of an anchor or focal point that helps guide and propel these songs along. Bardo Pond's music has always been a wild ride. they patch together huge crushing chunks of feedback with time-lag tempos and wrap the whole business in a druggy, vasoline-smeared gauze.

Their music can sound like summer lightning moving through a vast ocean of molasses and believe me folks, that's a very good thing! Much as Sonic Youth has done on their newest, Bardo Pond has taken one of their sonic signatures, noisy skronk, and is now using it more sparingly or strategically. And just as it did on the SY's album this usage shows both growth and power. It's like a great boxer saving their best punch for those perfect moments. Another lovely aspect to this album are the song lengths. In a music culture absolutely awash in 2-3 minute pop songs, Bardo Pond makes a statement with the 8-18 minute pieces alone. It's as though they are saying, "Slow down, pay attention. These things take time" Highlight songs include, "Moonshine", "FCII", "Lost World" and a stunning cover of the Beatles "Cry, Baby Cry".

It is always a pleasant experience to hear a band you love continue to evolve and grow. Bardo Pond has recently released a flurry of small to microscopic independent discs on labels such as 3-Lobed and aRCHIVE. All of these releases are radically different so it's hard to say if the Sollenberger as central-axis is a new direction or a passing experiment. Hopefully it's a bit of both. Either way, Bardo Pond has released an amazing disc here. It is a set of challenging, eye-opening and beautiful music.

FLV Video Share Sites Streamline Band and Music Promotion

Streamline your marketing and promotion with niche streaming web sites. The amazing onlinetv rage is right here and growing. Internet marketing attention is focused on broadband streaming media and nothing could be better for your music than a slice of that attention. This is a marriage made in heaven streaming media and music video.

With the free, built into Microsoft, Movie Maker most everyone can take their audio file and with a little creativity make it into a compelling video. Music videos are no longer a barrier for bands to take advantage of the onlinetv revolution. Just pop some cool pictures or some video shorts from your mini-cam, lay in your audio tracks and viola! You have made a simple music video to get that song out. A video with title, credits, lyrics and a message where viewers can buy it will more than suffice as a promotional tool. Don't forget "Where is the next gig?"

Who has not heard of YouTube or Google video? These amazing amalgams of everything under the sun stand as monolithic compendiums. There must be more than 100 million videos on these sites containing an inexhaustible variety of material covering every topic under the sun. This makes them the world's largest central repository for video. Like a dictionary containing every word it has the drawback it cannot be read even if using an index to find something. If you are not the most popular or the featured few darlings your message never sees the light of day, except by you. Google's top 100 videos are populated with soft porn girlies and that is hard to compete with.

Never let it be said that having your music video on YouTube or Google should not be done. Au contrairy, that is the first thing you would do followed by posting that video to your MySpace account. What did you say? You don't have a MySpace account? Then go get an account now! The accounts are free, easy and worth the effort. Move! Get back here when you are done baking that cake.

Now it is time to put some frosting on your cake. Frosting for this project is exemplified with a video share site like MusicTV Video Share. A shared video website designed with a specific focus on music. This is the oldest site streaming on the Internet. Even before Real or Microsoft had streaming software was broadcasting live bands from New York City and London using its own software. Every week over 20 concerts of independent bands were broadcast live and then archived on the Internet. Amazing! Even Keane played for MusicTV! While they no longer stream live they have put up a new video-sharing site that offers almost all the features of YouTube as well as the name and heritage (page ranking!) of MusicTV. The video share site is now only weeks old so you have an opportunity to rule the front page and the search engine results!

You can download your YouTube flv file using Vixy website saving time to upload with the smaller flv file, or simply upload your original (under 100meg) right onto the MusicTV servers. The service handles the conversion of most formats if you do not have an flv file. You will end up with an embeddable flv video as well as a URL for places that do not let you embed or email! The page is a perma-link home for the song that can be attached to your "group" at MusicTV Video Share. The offered code works in MySpace, Blogger and just about all the web sites that allow embed code. MusicTV Video Share has community resources that include; your own personal profile, messaging, friends, favorites, play lists, groups and other tools to help you expand your fan base. You can use the community by populating your profile with your music videos, pictures, and information while you form a group using your band name to gather new fans. It works. You can then send email to your friends directly from your account at MusicTV. It is all simple and easy. has always worked for the independent musician and labels. Independent labels are invited to form groups and showcase their bands. There is a special program for selling your CD's or downloads through the online DVD and audio CD sales outlet available on MusicTV Video Share.

The important thing is to get you onto these sites when they start and are fresh. MusicTV Video Share is new and will launch out in full this September. You have the opportunity to be the first there and that means front page! Google cache!

Niche streaming is the future and finding a place where you can stand out within your niche gets more difficult each day. You will see more niche streaming sites growing out as the proliferation of site offerings becomes overwhelming. Finding the bests sites to get your music heard and seen will be of great significance. When the next big wave comes are you ready to ride it? Get on so I can see you already!

Music and Socialite in One

Most of the internet users nowadays demand a more beneficial experience when they go online. Being in the know about the things going have been a necessity for most of us. We seldom use the telephone to communicate with our friends and family. More of than not, we utilize the internet to send messages. Not only for the purpose of communication but most importantly for meeting new people that we use our computer. How cool is it to socialite while listening to our favorite music?

Internet radio has revolutionized the way we listen to our favorite music. We have become aware that the more people you are connected with, the more chances of getting company. Regardless of the sector we come from, we face the reality of the benefits of social networking. Every day of our lives we want to get to know people across the globe. As we move through the day, our need for using the internet is consistent. In every aspect of our lives we have relied on this advance technology of reaching out. We want nothing but the best experience while we are online.

If you want to listen to your favorite song or simply to get the latest headlines, you can get it by tuning in to online radio. Similar to the conventional way of listening to the radio which allows us to greet our friends on air, internet radio has its own way of connecting different people. There are online radios that have combined the features of a radio station and social networking sites. It will show you a list of members that you can reach out when you want to make friends. Just like your favorite social networking sites, you will be able to see their profile that contains their name, address and brief background of their interests and hobbies. While you are searching for a friend, you will be able to choose from a play list that has contains an archive of songs.

When you find yourself these features combined in one online radio site then your search for entertainment and getting to know people stops there. You can bookmark the site so you can return to it on your free time. Most online radios with these features combined are available free. You will never be left out with the latest products in the market as they have a section that shows banner advertisements. Through live streaming, you will be able to listen to live broadcast of your favorite radio station. Thus, you can also find a section that you can play your favorite songs of your choice. Unlike before when you have to wait on the queue for your turn to greet your friends and make a request, internet radio gives you the ability to post messages for your friends.

With the existence of online radios that have the features combined on one website, your online experience will never be boring again. Not to mention that you will not be the first one to take advantage of it since most people have access to the internet.

Music Videos - Wonderful Entertainment Experience

The internet has facilitated you with several streaming audio websites that offer melodious music videos which means that you can now see videos as soon as you like. This also means that you can watch your favourite videos whenever you want to without waiting for it to appear on television. The only thing that one has to do is to just explore, choose and click. There are several online music stores who have well-defined music CDs and DVDs categories and vast archives of excellent videos.

Everyone likes music as they play an important role in our lives. You can discover a complete new experience while listening and watching CDs and DVDs. Online music shops have unique videos for the people having very specific tastes and also for those having broad tastes. Keeping in mind the different tastes, you can see all latest and oldest compilations.

You can choose from any genre you like to see. You can buy music videos of renowned artists like Eddie Grant, Madonna, Night Ranger, Beastie Boys, Metallica, Pearl Jam, Fountains of Wayne, Breaking Benjamin, OutKast and lots more. They form a wonderful means of entertainment.

You listen to music which refreshes your mood and gives a soothing experience to your ears. For example if you see a Goth subculture, there is an influence of music that they listen to. They wear same dress in the club so that, they can be easily identified. Similarly the Ravers also listen to Rave music and have formed their own subculture.

Music video DVDs relieves stress and helps you to relax. When you select videos, you can enjoy videos even if you don't like to listen to songs. The earliest music videos appeared in the late 1950's with Ricky Nelson performing with few other artists. Today you can see several music video channels showing latest music videos by different artists along with excellent visual impressions.

10 Places to Distribute Your Music

Trying to promote your music by send out MP3's to the general public? In one of my other articles I gave you 10 ways to promote your music, in this article I give you the 10 of best places to distribute your music.

SoundCloud is an amazing new website that's turning into one of the biggest community of music creators on the planet. You can upload, share and even embed the music on your website. The only downside is you can only upload 2 hours worth of music then you have to upgrade.

SoundClick started years ago and allows you to upload an unlimited amount of tracks for free, as-long as they are 128Kbps or under. You want to upload anything bigger then you need to purchase VIP membership. You can even sell your music through them, although I'm not sure that you will make any money.

For those of you who will not be making money from your music and wish to share your music for free permanently then this is a great option. You can release your music using creative commons licenses and link to them from your website and never have to worry about the cost of bandwidth.

Trying to make money from your music and want to use Paypal on your website? Payloadz allow you to sell your music using PayPal and they then distribute your tracks. You use the cart system on your own website without even having to know any scripting, just simply copy and paste any code they give you.

Unless you have been living on another planet then you will have heard of this website, you get a band page and the ability to upload MP3's to it. Your music is then added to the MypSpace player on your profile and you can also choose whether to give the mp3 away for free.

A mp3 distribution website that sends your tracks to the likes of iTunes and Amazon to sell. It costs to set this up, but its much cheaper and more reliable than trying to do it yourself. Its also less time consuming as you are setting it all up from one website.

Similar to TuneCore and also distributes CD's of your music to shops in the US. A really good website for independent artists to sell music. Unfortunately you can only use one official distributor such as TuneCore or CDBaby as the websites that they distribute to will refuse your tracks if they already have them from somewhere else.

OOiZit is a social network aimed at the unsigned artist and allows you to sell or give your music away for free. Also, if you sell music on OoiZit your music may be eligible for chart position in the UK Singles chart.


Online netlabels are a great place to share your free music, not only do you not have to worry about bandwidth, netlabels already have people visiting the websites to download music regularly. Music is hand picked by the netlabel owners so your music won't get lost among the hoards like it would on social networks. Check out Creative Commons Music Wiki and to find a netlabel that suits your style of music.

Another huge global network for musicians, labels, management, fans and even venues. It provide all manner of tools and widgets to help in promoting your revernation page. Artists also get a portion of the advertising revenue as part of Reverbnations Fair Share program.

Los Angeles Music - The Music From the City of Angels

Being one of the most important cities in the world for the film industry, it is no wonder that Los Angeles is also one of the most important sites in the world for the recorded music industry. Even some of its landmarks, like Capitol Records, which is shaped like a stack of albums, is representative of the music culture that's inherent in the city. The A&M Recording outfit has long occupied a studio off Sunset Boulevard, which was built by Charlie Chaplin. The Warner Brothers also built a major recording business in addition to their already-successful film business. On the other hand, Rhino Records made a business out of digging through archives of music, repackaging and reissuing them for new audiences.

A Little Music History

Los Angeles music, during the 1930s and 1940s, were mostly vibrant African-American music. It came from a small community. A handful of musical artists would congregate around Central Avenue and play. These communities spawned a number of great talents including Charles Mingus, Buddy Collette, and Gerald Wilson. However, this partial music scene disappeared during the '50s. When the '60s came, LA's music was thriving again. However, this time it was more concentrated on bands rather than blues men. Los Angeles music became a breeding ground for bands like The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and the Doors. Plenty of hard rock came out of Los Angeles, such as the likes of Van Halen from Pasadena, Motley Crue, and Guns N' Roses. You also have some of the biggest thrash metal acts in the world: Slayer and Metallica. During the '90s came rock bands like Korn and the funk band Red Hot Chili Peppers. Punk rock also took its claim in Los Angeles music; bands like X, Black Flag, and Wasted Youth were among its promoters.

Modern Los Angeles Music

Even though the city has produced few internationally successful acts, the modern music scene in LA is a thriving community. Here are some musicians of today and yesterday that are proud to have started from the LA music scene.

Audioslave. This is an American hard rock supergroup that was formed in LA, California, in 2001. The band consists of former Sound Garden vocalist Chris Cornell and the former instrumentalists of another LA band Rage Against the Machines, namely Tom Morello (lead), Tim Commerford (bass), and Brad Wilk (drums). Their sound was initially just dubbed as a mix of their two former bands. But when the album came out, it was clear that they had created a sound that was distinctly theirs.

The Beach Boys. The Beach Boys are an American rock band that was formed in 1961. They gained popularity for their tight vocal harmonies and lyrics that reflect what its like to live and be in a California youth culture. Their vocalist Brian Wilson's creative ambitions later transformed them into one of the more artistically innovative groups that earned them critical praise and influenced many musicians.

Today the Los Angeles music scene is mostly composed of diverse types of music. From hip-hop to rock and rap, the list is endless and so are the artists that represent Los Angeles.