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Chastity Belt: Time to Go Home

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Tue, 01/13/2015 - 13:00

Chastity BeltWalla Walla rock band Chastity Belt has just released the excellent featured single from ‘Time to Go Home’ the first full length for the label Hardly Art, seeing its release date in a few short months on March 24th.

Chastity Belt consists of four friends – guitarists Julia Shapiro and Lydia Lund, bassist Annie Truscott, and drummer Gretchen Grimm. They met in a tiny college town in Eastern Washington, but their story began in Seattle where they packed into a cramped practice space and emerged with their debut album, No Regerts.

Recorded by José Díaz Rohena, the upcoming release of Time to Go Home sees Seattle four-piece Chastity Belt take the nights out and bad parties of their past to their stretching points, watch the world around them break apart in anticipatory haze, and rebuild it in their own image with stunning clarity before anyone gets hung over.
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No Idle Frets - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 22:15
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Crozet: I’m On Fire (Bruce Springsteen Cover)

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 13:00

Crozet“Having already established a huge fan base within the synth scene, US-based electro synth pop duo, Crozet is back with a dreamy cover of I’m on Fire by Bruce Springsteen.

“An ode to the ’85 original, the track’s gentle drum beats and smooth vocals work perfectly over a video so effortlessly cool that it looks like it was taken straight from the Boss’s film collection.

“Beginning as a late night musical outlet during the last year of college for John Helmuth, Crozet was formed with the much needed help from long-time friend and musician Sean Lee. Creating an epic wall of sound, built out of huge drums, creamy layered synths, reverb-drenched vocals, and rich guitar tones, Crozet’s musical direction blends emotional John Hughes’ style film scores with an influential synth-pop background.” [press release]

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AMPed Show #474

AMPed Weekly Show - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 05:00

Hosted this week by Stuart Morrison of Insomnia Radio

Show: It's A Frog's Life Acoustic Podcast
Song: Sinto Multo (Sonekka)

Show: Idiosyncratic Transmissions
Song: Memphis (Six String Loaded)

Show: The JogTunesIndie Podcast
Song: The Static (Nick Deutsch)

Show: DarkCompass
Song: Alive Again (Altas will Atone)

Show: Insomnia Radio: UK
Song: Black Country (Young Braves)

Show: Insomnia Radio
Song: Do the Math (Shadow Of The Flag)

Show: The Bugcast
Song: Crazy (Beautiful Mess)

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Idiosyncratic Transmissions Podcast – Episode 166

Idiosyncratic Transmissions - Mon, 01/12/2015 - 04:15

This week’s music provided by the artists and Jamendo.  Theme song provided by Dan at

Idiosyncratic Transmissions is a proud member of the Association of Music Podcasting.

Peeano – Presence
Manu Shrivastava – Indian Raag on Piano
Smiling Cynic – Faster
The Fisherman – Palates
Yours, Fantom Delivering – Washed Ashore
I Am Not Left Handed – Brace Brace


Auditorium: My Grandfather Could Make The World Dance

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 13:00

AuditoriumAuditorium is the musical project of Los Angeles based Spencer Berger, and today’s Dose is his new single.

Spencer says “When I was a kid, I performed onstage from the ages of 9-12 with a variety of large, sweaty, golden-throated dudes like Luciano Pavarotti and Placido Domingo in front of thousands. Nowadays, I perform by myself in my bedroom in front of my old He-Man action figures. It’s not quite as grand, but it’s less sweaty, and a good deal more cozy.”


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Roadhouse 515

The Roadhouse Podcast - Sun, 01/11/2015 - 01:52
This edition of The Roadhouse dives straight into the 2015 Blues Music Awards with nominees from across the spectrum. Johnny Winter, Bettye LaVette, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings, Sugaray Rayford, and Diunna Greenleaf represent just a few of the great artists nominated for this year's recognitions. It's another hour of the finest blues you've never heard - the 515th Roadhouse.

Hunter Dumped Us Here: The Life and Death of an Oak Tree

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 13:00

Hunter Dumped Us HereGabe Reasoner of Cedar Rapids Ohio starting creating music at an early age, his first project beginning at five years of age when recording a cassette with his dad. From that point he caught the music bug and he’s been a part of numerous recordings and projects, the latest being ‘Hunter Dumped Us Here’, encompassing who Gabe is. He sent us a great quote to describe this newest project:

“I strive to bring a blend of emotional post-hardcore and singer/songwriter style, sometimes electronic and sometimes acoustic. This project is not just about music, it is about helping people get through times in their life where they need someone. With all instruments and vocals written and performed by me, listening to an album is truly capturing who I am.”

While HDUH released his debut, Ribcage in March of last year, followed by the Key EP in June, today’s featured song comes from the Split EP between Hunter Dumped Us Here and A Young Man. This song is written from the emotional viewpoint of a tree. The feelings of being born, raised, forgotten, cut down, and used, are feelings that are relate-able to real life. This song is meant to illustrate the full course that a tree may take in its lifetime. The song starts off as a seedling, steadily surpising the listener as the song takes on a life of its own during the growth of the song and progression toward the climatic core as the tree and story reach new heights. It eventually slows down again, discarded, used and ready for another seedling to be planted. Its a great idea and is conceptually well done.

Hunter Dumped Us Here is now undertaking work on a full length where he will poetically retell your stories of sadness through music. If you’ve got a good story to tell, please hit him up at the social sites below.


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the bugcast 343 – Love is stronger than hate

The Bugcast - Sat, 01/10/2015 - 02:00

thebugcast343This week on The Bugcast: we pledge not to cover the week’s main news, and then do, but we make up for it by playing our usual mix of 8 great tracks of independent and Creative Commons music!

Songs played

Intro: Chris Juergensen – Bug Lips
Outro: Mark Marshall – Man Walking


Our attempt to not talk about the situation in Paris failed
YouTube: Nick Clegg’s “Freedom to offend” statement, starting from 28m30s
Podcast Awards 2015

Time to think about episode 350, let us know what your favourite tracks are from episode 303 to now! Suggest or contact us.

Please leave us feedback on the music or any of the topics that we’ve discussed

Podcasts mentioned

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Next week

The next live show will be episode 344, which will be broadcast live in the chatroom on Friday 16 January 2015 at 21:30 UK time (GMT/UTC).

Special thanks go to

The artists for allowing us to play their music.
Everyone who joined us in the chat room for the live broadcast of this show.
Internet Archive for hosting the podcast files
Ubuntu UK Podcast for the use of their Icecast server
Euterpia Radio for the use of their Shoutcast server
World Wide Indie Radio for relaying the live stream on their own service
Love Leeds Radio for replaying the show on their station

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Waterstrider: White Light

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Fri, 01/09/2015 - 12:00

WaterstriderOakland based Waterstrider just released, on January 4th, a new single, White Light. It is the first single off their upcoming debut album, as yet unnamed, and will be accompanied by Calliope as part of a AA side single to be officially released January 29th.

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DC657 Suicide Alive

Dark Compass - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 19:00
  1. Zero Down: Suicide Girl (from “No Limit to The Evil”, Minotauro Records, Clawhammer, Seattle, USA)
  2. Kouzin Bedlam: Never Come Home Again (from “Longing for The incomplete”, Inverse Records, Finland)
  3. Extinction Level Event: Entropy (Single Release, North Carolina, USA)
  4. Autere: Burn (from “Amal’l”, Inverse Records, Finland)
  5. Beyond the State: Lost Our Way (from “Calling for Freedom”, Anglesey, Wales)
  6. Kadinja: GLHF (Single Release, Paris, France)
  7. Broken Links: Submission (from “Divide/Restore”, Eastleigh, UK)
  8. Dear Sleeper: To Follow (Brighton, UK)
  9. Foreboding Ether: Deadline (from “Beyond Conjecture”, Margate, UK)
  10.  Divine Realm: Sentiments of Fear and Death (from “Beyond Conjecture”, USA
  11. White Mess: Let The Fire Burn (Single Release, Sheffield UK)
  12. River City: Twin Bridges (Single Release, Rotherham, UK)
  13. Dire Peril: Space Invaders (from “Queen of The Galaxy”, Sacramento, USA)
  14. EB11: Love You Now (from “Enjoy the Ride, InTune Records, Spain)
  15. Hateful Abandon: High Rise (from “Liars/Bastards”, Candlelight Records, UK)
  16. Counters: Disquiet (Single Release, Italy)
  17. Benedictum: Beast in the Field (from “Season of Tragedy”, USA)
  18. Los Trasgos Muertos: Fire in The Sky (from “Los Trasgos Muertos”, Manchester, UK)
  19. Syndrome of Fire: Run (from “Save me from Myself”, Nashville, USA)
  20. Through The Silence: Fallen (from “Debt of Words”, Portugal)
  21. Evyltyde: Chastity (from “Evyltyde”, London, UK)
  22. Rise of Dissension: Lord of The Damned (Ontario, Canada)
  23. Atlas with Atone: Alive Again (Bangor, Wales)


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The Outdoor Type: Are You Happy

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Thu, 01/08/2015 - 13:00

The Outdoor TypeMelbourne songwriter The Outdoor Type writes of modern Australian suburban life. Sonically, a blend of alt-country guitars and analogue synth drones, his music is reminiscent of home-grown artists from the late 80’s.

We love this fresh new country-laced independent effort recalling the uplifting jangling sounds of Paul Westerberg or Real Estate, the quintessential type of music that best fuels those lazy sunshine filled summer or in this case, snowbound winter daydreams.


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JW Show 269: First for 2015 with less waffles

The Justin Wayne Show - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 23:48

Gabe Reasoner performing in Hunter Dumped Us Here, one of the new artists on the show this week

It’s the first show of the new year and it won’t disappoint! You’ll hear from some great new artists to the show, you’ll hear Claire and I witter on a bit and all of the stuff you’ve come to love about us over the last seven years.

Gabe Reasoner performing in Hunter Dumped Us Here, one of the new artists on the show this week

Gabe Reasoner performing in Hunter Dumped Us Here, one of the new artists on the show this week.

The Playlist Title Album Artist Coco Coco (single) Farewell Davidson The Life and Death of an Oak Tree The Life and Death of an Oak Tree (single) Hunter Dumped Us Here Paper Tiger Paper Tiger Thieves In The Palace Monolithia The Ruins Planes On Paper Do You Wanna Do You Wanna (single) Lewis Olden Green Bottles Green Bottles (single) The Bulletproof Bomb On Sheer Force of Will Taste for Blood Smokey Brights Castro Do You Want To Rule The World Kolo Faint Lines Not Another Love Song – EP Elektric Sleeves Madi Anne Davis EP Madi Davis Patient Heart Write Me A Novel Sean Flinn and The Royal We My Grandfather Could Make The World Dance My Grandfather Could Make The World Dance (single) Auditorium I’m The Enforcer Be Brave Auditorium Down So Low Down So Low (single) The Carnabys Tides and Telegrams Gradients (mp3) The Winter Tradition Shake it Up Shake it Up (single) Stella and the Shakes Antidote Antidote – EP Hawk Lovin’ You Undercover Jason Clarke Rediscovered Always Follow Your Heart Mark Hole Sun City Sun City Lucas Jack Who Are You Luke Ferre EP Luke Ferre Make You Scream The Best I Can Be EP Bobbie Morrone The Bullet The Bullet – Promo EP Birdeatsbaby Just Enough Just Enough single Blacktooth Graceful Graceful EP Signal Flare


See you next week!

~JW and CR

Top 10 Songs for January 2015

The Justin Wayne Show - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 22:48

Welcome to the Top 10 of January 2015! Justin has picked his 5 favourite tracks and I have picked mine, so now it’s time for you to decide which song will make it to number 1. You have until the last day of this month to make your choices, and you can vote for up to three artists (because we all know how difficult these things can be). The podcast has all the tracks back to back for you, so do listen, share, vote and let us know who you want to hear more of on The Justin Wayne Show.

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Smoking Ghosts: Dance The Disillusionment Away

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 12:00

Smoking GhostsToday’s Dose is by Smoking Ghosts, “a 3-piece band suctioned onto the face of San Francisco with affiliate tentacles in Mexico City, San Jose and Brooklyn”. Its the opening track from their their album Flores de los Muertos available from BandCamp on a ‘name your price’ basis.
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Happy New Year! 2015-01-06 !

Zaldor's World - Wed, 01/07/2015 - 00:22

Welcome to 2015 – Just a short update to let ya know how the holiday was, and what’s up for this new year! hope your holiday was a good one!!

Cowboy Cantor 235ª Emissão: 9º aniversário

Cowboy Cantor - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 21:30

1. Sun Gods to Gamma Rays – Prism Light (Minneapolis, E.U.A.) [artista do mês de Janeiro]

Comprar: Bandcamp

2. Mopho – Adrenalina (Faro, Portugal)

Comprar: Bandcamp (digital), (físico)

3. FM Belfast – Par Avion (Reykjavík, Islândia)

Comprar: iTunes

4. You Can’t Win, Charlie Brown – Be My World (Lisboa, Portugal)

Comprar: Pataca Discos (disco)Pataca Discos (mp3)

5. Ben McKenzie – 1994 (Toronto, Canadá)

Comprar: eMusiciTunes

Mp3 grátis: Bandcamp

6. BLEECH – I’m Not Like You (Londres, Inglaterra)

Comprar: Loja oficialiTunes

7. Nobody’s Bizness – Mister Simon (Lisboa, Portugal) [artista do mês de Março]

Comprar: iTunes

8. Sequin – Naive (Lisboa, Portugal)

Comprar: Bandcamp

9. Running Red Lights – Under The Wire (Toronto, Canadá)

Comprar: Loja oficial

10. Uaninauei - Nascer Crescer Morrer (Évora, Portugal)

Comprar: Bandcamp

11. Sun Valley Gun Club - Bitternes (Sacramento, E.U.A.)

Comprar; Mp3 gráits:

12. Karpa - Aquilo que És (Lisboa, Portugal)

Mp3 grátis: Bandcamp

13. Will Phalen – The Saw Song (Chicago, E.U.A.)

Comprar: Bandcamp

14. O Abominável - Palavra do Eu (Porto, Portugal)

Comprar: Bandcamp

15. Ark Life - Proud of Me Out There, Mama (Denver, E.U.A.)

Comprar: Greater Than Collective

16. a Jigsaw – No True Magic (Coimbra, Portugal)

Comprar: Loja oficial

17. Blunda - A Broken Case (North Hollywood, E.U.A.)

Comprar: BandcampiTunes


Cowboy Cantor, a excelência da música independente.


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Is This Thing On Independent Music Podcast 250

Is This Thing On Podcast - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 16:15


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Is This Thing On Podcast

Scroll down to read my wife’s blog post on how she made a great Scooby Doo cake but before that press play and listen to this week’s episode that includes some great tracks

Little Death Machine – Pale, Logan Stryx – The Best of Friends, George Wilding – My Backwards Head, Valerio Lysander – Cotton, The Infatuations – Tonight We Celebrate, Oceans – Far From You, Uncle Arthur – Dahab Day, Nick Tann – Parallel Lines.

And now a post from this week’s guest blog


Scooby Doo Mystery Machine birthday cake


For my granddaughter’s 5th birthday I agreed to make a Scooby Doo Mystery Machine cake – to go with the theme of the party.  Never having made such an ambitious cake before, I did quite a bit of reading and research beforehand as I really wanted it to be a brilliant cake, not an embarrassment.

I found lots of really helpful tips on the internet.  Thanks to all those mums who post their experiences online, it is incredibly useful to see what others have done.  So, in the spirit of sharing, here is what I did, and learned along the way. The gallery of photos (right, or at the end) shows each of the steps.

1.  Make sure you leave yourself loads of time.

This cake took me two days – yes two days!  A day of baking and a day of decorating.  A friend of mine who makes wedding cakes advised me to do it over two days and she was right.

2.  Make a firm cake that can withstand carving.


I baked three large rectangular sponges.  I wanted to stack them on top of each other and then carve the shape of the Mystery Machine van.  A firm, robust sponge is needed for this, not a normal fluffy Victoria sponge type cake!

The recipe I used was this one – BBC Good Food Easy Vanilla Cake.   I used the following quantities for each of the 3 sponges – I used two 12×8 inch rectangular tins, and one 10×8 inch tin.

  • 250g pack unsalted butter, softened, plus extra for greasing
  • 250g golden caster sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla paste
  • 5 large eggs, cracked into a jug
  • 100g full-fat Greek yogurt (I used Total)
  • 85g plain flour
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 3 tbsp semi-skimmed milk

I used my food mixer to cream together the butter, sugar and vanilla with a pinch of salt.   Then I added the eggs to the mixer and made sure the mixture was thoroughly beaten.  Then I added the yoghurt.  Then I turned the mixture out into a large mixing bowl and folded in the flour by hand using a metal spoon.  Finally I stirred in the milk.

I was advised to line the cake tins with non-stick baking paper and also grease it with butter.  It’s worth the effort!

The cakes each took about an hour to cook at 160 degrees.  I baked them one at a time.  Use a knife to check if they are done.  Then turn out onto a wire cooling rack and leave to get completely cool.

Once cool enough, I wrapped each sponge in cling film and then put them in the fridge overnight.   I had read a lot about carving cakes and most people said to freeze them, but I didn’t do that as I was sure that fridge-cold would be firm enough.

3.  Get prepared for a day of icing and decorating!


The next morning I took the sponges out of the fridge and to my relief they were nice and firm.

The first step is to build the basic structure of the cake which uses a lot of buttercream.  I made this much buttercream for sandwiching in between each layer and also for the outer crumb-coat:

  • 350g unsalted butter, softened
  • 600g icing sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla paste

Then, simply spread the buttercream between in each layer (be generous!).


4.  Carving the shape!

This is the fun part.  I made a template from cardboard – just drawn roughly.  I then was able to carve the shape of a van.


I found that a sharp serrated knife worked best.  Remember to keep your lines straight as you carve.  Also I put the cake on top of an upside-down roasting tin so it was raised up high, this allowed me to see what I was doing properly.  It was much easier than I thought it was going to be!  

5. The Crumb Coat.

Once you are happy with the shape then you need to spread buttercream all over the outside.  This is known as the crumb-coat and it forms a good seal around the cake, not only keeping it fresh but also preparing it for icing.


This is quite easy but do take your time.   You need to get the buttercream smooth and even all over the cake, because once you add fondant icing later any lumps and bumps will really show through.  I used a smoothing tool to get it really even and smooth all over.

6.  Get everything you need for icing and decorating.

Take a trip to Hobbycraft to buy ready-coloured fondant icing.  It is so much easier than trying to colour your own icing using food colouring – and it is reasonably priced.  I used two light blue, one light green, one orange, one black and one purple (which I used to cover the cake board rather than leave it silver).


I would also advise you to buy edible glue along with a small paintbrush and a tiny Stanley knife for cutting.

I also borrowed flower shaped cutters from a friend which were brilliant for making all the flower shapes.  I think these really made the difference in terms of the cake looking much more professional.


7.  Tips when using fondant.

Once the packets of fondant are opened they start to dry so you need to work fairly quickly.   Roll out your fondant using a rolling pin and lots of icing sugar, to stop it sticking, to a thickness of about 5-6mm.

The Mystery Machine van is light blue all over – I rolled out a large rectangle and then draped it over (nearly dropping it!) from front to back.  I then added separate pieces for the sides.

Now you can see how important your smoothing of the crumb-coat was.  You can use the smoothing tool again to push out any air bubbles in the fondant.  If necessary use a pin to let air out and then smooth again.   You can also use a little water to join sections of fondant together and hopefully conceal any joins (or mistakes!).

For the Mystery Machine lettering, I simply used tracing paper to copy the graphic and then used a cocktail stick to make an indentation of the design onto my rolled fondant icing.   I then cut it out using the tiny Stanley knife.  This was incredibly fiddly and took me ages!!

The other shapes were made in a similar way with tracing paper and cutting out with the Stanley knife.

Tip – apply the edible glue to the body of the cake when attaching larger shapes, otherwise the shape will go floppy and break before you get a chance to stick it on.   However you can add glue to the smaller flowers as I found this easier for sticking those.

Be creative, add flowers, shapes etc. as you like.  And hopefully you will get a brilliant result

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Static in Verona: Bitter Branches

Insomnia Radio Daily Dose - Tue, 01/06/2015 - 13:00

Static in VeronaYou may remember our daily feature on multi-talented Chicago musician Rob Merz and his project, STATIC IN VERONA. Well, we ran across his fantastic sophomore album again while casting our net into the musical sea over at -TwitterSearch- and wanted to share something that cements home the fact on what a stellar album he’s put together.

The track Bitter Branches if from the album earlier this year, Everything You Knew Before You Knew Everything, a full 16 track release of indie pop songs with subtle experimental and electronic undertones as noted on his site. Previous to this Static in Verona issued the 2010 debut, Be Quiet As You Leave.

Teasers on his Facebook page indicate a new album on the way around April of 2015, although Rob claims to be a bit more active on his Twitter account, so I’d recommend following him there to stay up to date on the latest news for the highly anticipated upcoming release.


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Made in The UK Show 169

Made In The UK Show - Mon, 01/05/2015 - 20:14

Hosted this time by everyone. This is a Best of 2014 Special, introduced by Ro of DarkCompass

Ro’s First Submission:

Cellarscape: The Same Place (feat. Anneke Van Giersbergen), London

Colins Submissions:

Empathy Test: Losing Touch, London Fall Walk Run: Runaway, Wolverhampton

Stuarts Submissions:

The Len Price 3: Swing Like A Monkey, Medway Toy: Conductor (Mikey [...]
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