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50ft Radio Volume Fourteen

Finally, after over a year of its absence I think its high time to get the 50ft Radio series back up and running. I have had a few playlists in iTunes brewing this whole time and while at first they focused on specific genres, I ended up mixing them up for a more eclectic mix with a number of different genres making an appearance. Going forward I hope to keep the running time right around an hour and see what I can do about getting them out more often again, at least seasonally.

Please, respect the music, respect the mix, and respect the artists found here. If you love the music then seek out the artists and buy their albums, go see them live and shake their hand, support them in any way other than Apple Music or Spotify if you truly want to support them.

Now, on the backend. Starting with this mix I am trying out a couple of new things, first off there is now a podcast feed. It will not be broadcast to iTunes and the like, it will only be available here for those who want to follow along this way. Just pop this into your podcast app of choice: http://fiftyfootshadows.net/feed/podcast

Speaking of which, I am back to mp3 again and will most likely stay here for the foreseeable future. Now that there is a handy tool to add chapters to mp3 files I am making the move because Apple has clearly lost interest in enhanced AAC files. The only issue here is that you need a playback app that supports chapters in mp3 if your interested in the ability to jump around and see what you rare listening to. I am jumping into all of this untested so I may have to back up and try again but heres hoping everything just works for everyone, just hang in there while I iron out the kinks.

A direct link to the mix is here for those who simply want to jump in and listen or store it away wherever you would like. DO NOT link to this file, share this file, take apart this file, etc. Again, have some respect for the music it contains and I’m sure everyone will get along just fine. Simply enjoy it for what it is and if you want to share then point people here. Thanks for your understanding and enjoy!

Update: As requested, here is the playlist.

2014

My Year In Music 2014

Sure, I may be a month and a half late but catching up on a years best music is a great excuse to remember what music made an impact on my life over the course of a year. That said, I had a look back among albums and singles released 2014 and came up with a short list of music that stuck with me over the course of last year.

This is not so much a top music of the year list as it is a music that stuck with me the most through the year list. I have decided to focus the list this year on songs rather than albums because not all of them came out of full length LPs and I liked the idea of having a nice playlist of favorites from the year. The songs found here were those which lifted me up and kept me grounded through the year as only great music can do.

Pardon my candid writing style below, I simply put on this playlist of music and wrote what came to mind as I listened to each song. That said, in no particular order, here is a handful of songs that really stuck with me in 2014, hope you find something new to enjoy! Feel free to drop your personal favorites in the comments below. (more…)

Vol. 13

50ft Radio Volume Thirteen

It’s a new year so I think it’s time I wrap up my latest mix and share it with the world. I have been piecing this one together for quite some time now. It’s stuffed full of ambient tunes mostly devoid of words but this time around I took a couple of detours along the way including a little bit of found sound and a few songs with percussion to give you a little something to gently nod your head to.  I tried to imagine this mix as a soundtrack because I love moments in life where music amplifies my senses and shows me something I may have otherwise overlooked.

That said, I hope you guys enjoy it. As always, if you enjoy a song heard here then by all means, look the artist up, buy their records or even just the song you love. Streaming them online is nice and all but when it comes to truly great musical discoveries I think it’s best to support artists as directly as possible. Please, respect the mix, don’t repost it anywhere else online and if you would like to share it with a friend simply send them to this page. I create these to spread my love for music and help the amazing work of these musicians find new ears.

Listen without spoilers here, or see the cheat sheet here. Still hanging on to enhanced AAC files so artists and song names should show as you listen. (or as an mp3 here if AAC isn’t working out for you)

50ftradio12s

50ft Radio Volume Twelve

Some of you may or may not know that I have long been associated with music, both in its creation and amplification as an audio engineer. My technical prowess revolves around concert audio but my heart lives in the music itself. While I have not actively made any music in years now I have slowly rekindled a love for playing out as a DJ.

In the past year I have started to play around town with a couple friends of mine who are fellow vinyl junkies. We get together with a few crates of records and trade back and forth through the night. On our recent weekly gig we started to invite others to bring out their favorite records to play as well which has added a lot of diversity and community to the typically singular act of DJing.

While digital DJs have taken over the landscape (for obvious reasons), there is something about thumbing through a small crate of records that I have fallen for. It’s not about being different, or being hipster about it. This is about an honest love for vinyl and music and the act of sharing with others what I love so much. No tricks, no set BPM, no theme, just unpredictable fun.

With this edition of 50ft Radio I wanted to share a few tracks that I have enjoyed playing out recently as well as a few that I don’t have on vinyl but wanted to share here anyhow. It’s an hour of laid back dance music for the end of the summer, Hope you guys find something to enjoy.

I know my most popular mixes tend to be my ambient, calm ones and I’m happy to say, I have a new one well on its way already and I will get that out in time for the calm days of fall. Should be a good one, its shaping up nicely.

On a technical note, I am back to using an Advanced AAC file with chapters, artwork, and artist names for reference. I will continue to use this format until its no longer supported. May as well!

Respect and support the artists showcased here! If you love a song then head over to your favorite online shop or streaming service and pick up a copy for yourself. To grab volume 12 simply click here. Spoilers here.

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50ft Radio Volume Eleven

Back at it again with another edition of the 50ft Radio series, it’s one I have been whittling away at for a few months now and I love how its come out. You will find a few of my favorite artists as well as newly discovered ones I am excited to share. As always I encourage you guys to dig deeper if one of these songs speak to you. Pick up an album, check their tour listing, share on social media, most artists can use all the love you can give them these days.

For me, I choose to make mixes to share the music I love with others. A well considered collection of songs can tell a story, share how you feel, or in this case, spread the love of ones favorites with friends. Music is the soundtrack to my life and it provides the beat to which I walk and the rhythm of my heart. Sharing it is second nature and something I love to do.

While with this series I often try not to go too far out in left field and often try and choose music I feel anyone could enjoy, they still represent something about me and my personality. This time around I set out thinking I would make a mix of all americana/singer songwriter music but as usual it quickly evolved into my usual eclectic approach but overall I kept things pretty calm. Maybe next time I should finally get some hip-hop into a mix? Seems I have never knocked on that door with these.

I love coming back to mixes years down the line and digging through the songs like lost photographs, or old journals, each bring up a unique set of memories and emotion. My favorite part of sharing these though, and the reason I continue to make them is because I love hearing from you guys about discovering new music. It is always encouraging to hear that someone has picked up a few albums based on the music heard here.

At any rate, the format has changed this time from an AAC file to a good old fashioned mp3. Apple seems to have all but brushed the enhanced format under the rug and I see no reason to continue to use it which is a real shame because I will really miss enhanced audio files capable of multiple chapters and artwork, I feel it was never utilized by enough people and podcasters which was such a waste of a cool technology.

Let me know if you have any issues with the download, I’m still trying to keep it simple. The track listing is available HERE and the mix is available HERE. PLEASE, do not re-host this anywhere else and if you would like to share it link back to this post, thanks so much for that.  As long as the MP3 tags stay in tact I have embedded the track listing in the lyrics section of of the file for quick reference.

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50ft Radio Volume Ten (Podcast Side B Bump)

Posted to add Side B of Volume 10 to the Podcast feed. Full details on Volume 10 can be found on its original post here.

Volume 10

50ft Radio Volume Ten

As soon as I finished that end of the year list of my favorite music I knew I wanted to share a few favorites in a new mix so I took my existing work in progress, moved a few songs around and came up with what I have today.  I had originally planned on the tenth mix being an ambient one only but I managed to create another “two sided” to accommodate other tracks I decided deserve to be heard by you guys. There was so much great music last year I feel its the best I can do to let you guys try out a few favorites. The original ambient mix I was working on ended up turning into Side B while Side A is more beat driven. As always, the mixes are advanced AAC files like a well organized podcast and include chapter markers with notes on the artist playing for easy reference.

I am trying out yet another host for these mixes and using Droplr this time around, we will see how it handles the load, hopefully without incident! I still plan on getting all the older mixes up on my Amazon server when I have a chance but I’m not making any promises to when that will be, heh. You know I do my best.

Please, everyone, do NOT re-host these mixes anywhere else. If you like a song then by all means look up the artist, buy the album, support the music you love! If you really love the music you listen to then buy it as close to the source as you can either directly from the musician on a bandcamp page etc. or through the label the music was released on. Better yet, see if they are on tour and go see them live, say hello! The best way to nurture any creative community is to support it! I love music and I love sharing great artists with you guys to help in what little way I can to spread the love and show my support for these talented musicians by presenting them in a unique way. Enjoy!

Side A (listing). Side B (listing).

2013

My Year In Music

The trick with making any “best of” anything list is that it is totally subjective, especially in a site run by one person. The music found on this years list isn’t really a best of by any stretch of the imagination. The list found here in this post is a collection of the music that caught my attention this year. They are the albums that I kept coming back to after hearing, the ones I probably also bought a vinyl copy of it was available.

2013 was one of those special years when music and ideas all seem to come together in fresh new ways and it was really exciting to have such a constant flow of inspiration coming in all year long. As you know I have no one genre that I stick to or prefer over another, I typically have more of a natural radar for what I think is good. I listen to what speaks to me personally and that varies quite a bit.

Music is more to me than a modest distraction. Music is a huge part of who I am, the crackle of a weird synthesized sound can bring out just as much emotion as a gently sung poetic ballad. I love sound and I love musicians who don’t take its exploration lightly. The music I tend to gravitate toward is that which I can clearly feel what the musician felt while creating it. It’s a powerful tool for any creative mind. A life without music is a life without warmth and joy as far as I’m concerned.

That said, let’s see what artists spoke to me this year, it was hard to narrow down to be honest. My original list was a good amount longer but I did the best I could to keep it reasonable. There are things that I took off that I probably shouldn’t have and a couple that probably deserve to be on here that I have not had a chance to hear yet such as Nils Frham’s Spaces and countless other great music that never even had a chance to cross my awareness. 2013 was a great year for music and if you have not heard any of these I highly suggest you take a minute to check a few out.

 

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50ft Radio Volume Nine (Podcast Side B Bump)

Posted to add Side B of Volume 9 to the Podcast feed. Full details on Volume 10 can be found on its original post here.

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