Social networking site of the day: Jamendo

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WHERE’S IT AT?

www.jamendo.com

WHO’S ON IT?
Lots of bands, all offering their music for free. Jamendo is effectively the Web 2.0 version of MP3.com (remember that?), which allows unsigned artists to distribute their music online, for free, while protecting their copyright. Oh, and it uses peer-to-peer technology to do it.

WHAT KIND OF MUSIC?
All sorts, although a quick browse through the Flickr-esque list of song tags
appears to show a leaning towards dance, judging by the prominence of
tags like electronica, ambient, experimental, techno, trance and
triphop. There’s also a strong whiff of
cheese-eating-surrender-monkeys, judging by the large number of
chansonfrancaise tunes.

YEAH, BUT WHAT IF I LIKE OBSCURE STUFF?
Darkwave?
Electrojazz? Tango? Soundscape? You name it, someone’s probably
recorded a song in that genre. Personally, I can’t get enough of ‘God
Bastard’ off Mortad Hell’s album ‘There’s a Satanic Butcher In Everyone of Us’. It’s an acquired taste.

ER… RIGHT. ANYWAY, THAT’S MUSIC, BUT WHAT ABOUT THE SOCIAL NETWORKING?
You
can share albums with other members, post reviews, link to albums on
your blog or website, and discuss the ins and outs of French jazz on
the forums. Meanwhile, any album you star appears in your own profile,
so people who respect your musical tastes can check out your picks.

AND WHAT DO THE ARTISTS GET OUT OF THIS?
Fame,
fortune, and more groupies than they can shake a cucumber at. Well,
that’s the idea. In practice, there are options to make a direct
donation via PayPal to artists you like, to keep them in food, Jack
Daniels and amps.

Stuart Dredge

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  • Hi !

    Thanks for the note on Jamendo !

    If you like morta dell, david tmx should also be a good pick ;).

    Thanks


    Laurent

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