50ft Radio | Volume Two

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First off, work has me running a bit behind on site updates but I will get back into the thick of it soon. New wallpapers are lining up in my ‘to post’ folder and the new design is looking good so far, I just need to sort out some of the logistics and make some tough calls to make sure its just right before pushing it out there and I would rather get it right than launch with a rushed design.

That out of the way, the new 50ft Radio mix is here! I have been working away on it for the past month or so and it’s changed shape a couple of times. I set out wanting to make a mix for the summer, for road trips, for hot nights and being played loud and booming. Something full of energy and heat.

This lead to the music selection to be nearly all electronic in nature but I tried to still make it fairly accessible to those not too into the genre. I was looking to make a departure from my usual quiet music mixes and let it hang out a bit and have some fun. With a couple of last minute additions and shuffling this afternoon and some time to listen to it through in its completed form a couple times (a must for any mix I share with anyone) I feel like it’s ready to push on out for everyone to enjoy. The idea is to spread some energy in these hot months through some great music. There are a lot of recent favorites on here and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

The 50ft radio mixes are presented in an advanced AAC format that includes chapters for different songs as well as changing cover art, information and links to the artists page from within the file. I will not be sharing these songs as individual files because I am not here to re-distribute music, I simply want to share some great music with friends and followers of the site to explore and enjoy. If you enjoy it check out the artists sites and show them love!

To listen to the mix simply click here. Track list is included in the zip.

Comments

  1. Paul Anthony Webb - July 6, 2010 at 3:14 am

    Word. Downloading it now! I didn’t know you did mixes too, that’s pretty sweet.

  2. Paul Anthony Webb - July 6, 2010 at 3:49 am

    BTW, the pdf still says “Volume One”.

  3. Nico - July 6, 2010 at 5:34 am

    thanks for this! another volume takin’ me through these long days more easily;) also looking forward to listening to this music in a more relaxed way some time this summer!

  4. john - July 6, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Woops, got the PDF all fixed up and good to go, Enjoy it!

  5. Karlyn - July 6, 2010 at 3:35 pm

    downloaded and tuned in, thanks John.

  6. Zack - July 6, 2010 at 7:15 pm

    Just wondering, what is the legality of you distributing / us downloading the music? It doesn’t sound like its creative commons or similar… Just wondering, I’d like to check it out, but want to make sure first.

  7. john - July 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm

    Zack, I have long fought the idea of sharing mixes like this online for years in my mind and waited and waited to see how blogs and music sites developed in this area through time. After lots of research and following countless other friends and music blogs I came to realize that creating and sharing mixes like these will not end up hurting me, the artists or the readers. In my opinion, mixes such as these and other simple blogs sharing songs help fuel the current state of the independent music industry as it is today. The most likely thing that could happen would be a letter from a band or a label asking to have their music removed but the chances are small and being a musician and artist myself I take these things very seriously.

    There are a number of sites I regularly follow that exist only to share mixes and music with the world, I find they are unique in a couple of ways.

    First off, the music you will find in these sorts of underground mixes are largely created by independent artists released on small labels and more often than not mixes like these and word of mouth are the reason for their growth as artists. In a market flooded with music the best way to find music is through blogs and friends and sites that showcase new music in unique ways and one of the most popular methods these days are mixes.

    Second, these mixes are pretty much always distributed as single files which contain music that has been mixed together into one long track. this, I feel, is an effective way of putting the music in a format that is not simply giving away songs, what it does is present it to the listener in a way that shares the music with other like minded music and gives the listener an opportunity to hear some new music and they can then decide weather or not to go seek out the song to buy for themselves.

    I make these available in a modest light, I am in no way shape or form making any profit from them, I do it purely for the sake of sharing with my readers some great new music they may not have otherwise been introduced to. The files are carefully created to contain information about the artists in them and I do not post the track names or artists here on the site outside of the PDF file listing the song names because I do not want them to be discovered by people looking for free music from these artists. I don’t want anyone finding them from google on a search for free music.

    These precautions and values I put into them are not taken lightly and I make these values as clear as possible when posting them to share with my readers. I have been doing this for about a year now on my you disappear music site and it has been a nice subtle way to share great music in a way that encourages new listeners to seek out music they like.

    All that said, I am confident there is no reason for you to worry, this is not some shady torrent junk or illegal album download site, this is just one music fan to another helping out the musicians I love in finding a new audience. :)

    Some of the other sites with like minded ideas about sharing mixes are:

    http://www.percussionlab.com
    http://www.soundcloud.com
    http://www.kitsunenoir.com

    Enjoy the music!

  8. private grave - July 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    what a great mix! I’m feeling this one more than Volume one. What can I say I’m a dancer in my head!

  9. Albert - July 15, 2010 at 12:03 am

    First of all, Excellent Mix. All the tracks work really well with each other.

    Second thing, i made a list of the tracks as well as what time they start in the mix. So if you want to track back to a particular song, you can do it easier then seeking the whole thing.

    Editor Update: I hope its ok for me to jump in here and update this a little. Im trying to keep text track lists off of the page here so Im not coming up in search results for these artists because Im trying to steer free music diggers away heh, I hope you dont mind but I did add the track times to the PDF HERE! Its a good idea and I should have done that to begin with! Thanks for jumping in and helping with that and sorry for stepping in on your comment! Hope it was ok!

    Remember: if you really like a song, go ahead and support the artist and buy it.

    I’m going to check out Volume One after this and as always, keep up the great work.

  10. john - July 15, 2010 at 1:00 am

    Albert, sorry about that edit there, glad you like the mix! I had a lot of fun making that one. I think I may throw together a second one thats more electronic but that digs a little deeper into my collection and release it on the down low so check back here in case I manage to get that going. I may just perform it out live and record it heh.

    Anyways, thanks again!

  11. Albert - July 15, 2010 at 2:21 am

    ha, yes it’s fine i understand that there is a lot of people who do not believe in paying for things that aren’t tangible. but i’m glad you added it to the PDF.

    What i did with the text list though, is put it as lyrics for the song so i could pull them up more quickly. Nonetheless, still good stuff.

    A song that goes really well with this mix’s genre, is Four Tet’s “Angel Echoes” i don’t know if you’ve heard it before, but it’s a beautiful song.

    I’ll be looking out for those mixes, and of course your photography.

    cheers.

  12. john - July 15, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Albert, You know, a fourtet song was on there actually but didnt quite fit in there as I was mixing it together. He certainly has made some amazing music over the years.

    Ill have to keep that track list int he lyrics tag idea for the future, I have done that in the past and I should do that in the future. Thanks!

  13. RF - November 18, 2010 at 11:22 pm

    Brilliant mix!

  14. RF - November 23, 2010 at 1:26 pm

    Follow-up on my comment:

    – Brilliant mix! (again)

    – Re: tracks and timing, the tracks show up thanks to the AAC format in iTunes, when you click in the Player area. This is quite nifty. I did not know about this until I listened to Volume One. I left a comment about this on the Volume One post.

    – Re: legality, I can share some firsthand experience. I probably discovered this site because of the wallpapers. Then I discovered Volume One, which amazed me. I already listened to Sakamoto and to artists close to the likes of Lawrence English, but probably none of the others (if memory serves). Bon Iver was the smash hit for me: I now listen to his music all the time. I have recommended his music countless times to friends, playing it at friends’ places from my iPod and getting excellent feedback. I would go and see him play if he came to Paris. I am pretty sure this mix contributed significantly the amount of fan-based free promotion that he now gets in Paris! That is what mixes do :)

  15. RF - November 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    Missing word, please edit: ‘contributed significantly *to* the amount’.

    And it’s Paris, France, not Paris, TX as in the Wim Wenders masterpiece ;)

  16. Book of Saturday » 50ft - December 3, 2010 at 7:02 am

    […] Volume Two of 50ft Radio is out; strongly recommended, just like Volume One, through which I discovered Bon Iver and many others. […]

  17. Oleg - December 9, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    Hi. Can you open this file please?

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