Friday, May 08, 2009
I like checking out the blogs!
This article origianlly appeared in yesterdays "Downtown" in Cork's Evening Echo
Blogging has really taken off in the last few years and even though i've been blogging myself for over three years now I have to admit I really only saw how big it had become quite recently. In music blogging has been very influential in promoting both new and old music and it has also raised up some important ethical questions with regard to file sharing too.
Basically, no matter what tune you are looking for can be probably found within minutes on a blog and the record companies and music rights organisations are doing their best to prevent further illegal sharing of music sales that are already in deep decline over recent years. Personally speaking, i have no problems with the blogs that share only out of print music as it encourages people to go and seek out this music and indeed other music from the said artists. Sharing music that is readily available is different however, and I can see the moral argument about why this should be prevented. This is definitely an argument for another day though.
Blogs are a great way of finding music so here are a few of my favourite music ones that I urge you to check out! These are obviously reflective of my own musical tastes but if you find any blog at all that you like go and check out the links and it will surely lead you to more
Excellent soul and jazz blog that shows the knowledge of Oakland based blogger Matthew Africa. He has got some serious music on there, always worth a look
Jim Carroll is a music industry veteran in Ireland and i grew up checking out soul and hip-hop articles he wrote for Hot Press, at a time when coverage of hip-hop and soul was pretty scarce. This is an excellent blog that will keep music fans up to date on a broad range of subjects.
Oliver Wang is a music journalist, sociology professor and DJ who has been writing on pop music, culture, and politics since back in the day. This site is highly respected and I regularly check it out
Corks very own Greg and Shane are always busy gigging or producing tunes; this is the blog where you will find out exactly what is up, from new releases to Go Deep birthday news.
I've never seen a blog updated so much. All things hip-hop are previewed here, and there are exclusive videos and performances thrown up practically non-stop; not always to my musical taste, but it's great to find fans of quality hip-hop people that are not exclusively stuck in the 1990's
Quality rare disco music with some really informative writing and a serious love of some of the most under-rated music ever released.
Well i have to include my own really! Updated about 3 or 4 times a day you can find all the news here, plus links to my mixes, my tune of the day, a late night chill out tune, some links to my Red Drive features on RedFM, interviews and much much more (I've many Echo articles archived here too)
DJ Day is a very interesting DJ and producer so as you can imagine his blog is pretty essential! Some wonderful music on here
This Limerick based blog has been active for ages and features contributions from some of the most knowledgeable music heads in this country, including Shane Curtain and Paul Tarpey.
Another Irish based hip-hop blog that is worth checking. Many of Irelands best soul, hip-hop and funk DJ's have mixes up on this available for free download.
My Blog List
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- Tune of the day! The Commodores
- Tune of the day! Sly and the Family Stone
- Tune of the day! Shuggie Otis
- Give em the night with Ini Kimoze
- Tune of the day! Arrested Development
- Give me the night with Sam and Dave!
- Tune of the day! Mobb Deep
- Give me the night with Driza Bone
- Rap lyric of the day! Digable Planets
- Tune of the day! First Choice
- One for the late night crew! Aretha Franklin
- Give em the night with Wrecks-n-Effect
- Another Dilla thrilla tribute
- Tune of the day! Gang Starr
- Africa Celebration 4
- Random Twitpics
- Tune of the day! Quasimoto
- Why hip-hop rocks in d 09!!!!!!!!!
- African Celebration 3 and tune of the day!
- Give me the night with The Black Eyed Peas
- Africa Celebration 2
- Rap lyric of the day! Ice Cube
- Africa Celebration 1
- Tune of the day! Barrington Levy
- Rock, rock on
- One for the late night crew! The Main Ingredient
- Rap lyric of the day-Peanut Butter Wolf feat Chari...
- Give em the night with LL Cool J!
- Tune of the day! Mary J Blige
- Give me the night with the Jungle Brothers!
- Rap lyric of the day-Mobb Deep with Q Tip
- Tune of the day! Little Brother
- One for the late night crew! Margie Joseph
- Give me the night with Paul Simpson and Adeva!
- Ray lyric of the day-Biz Markie
- Tune of the day! J Dilla feat Frank n'Dank
- Three for the late night crew! Al Green
- Ray lyric of the day-Biggie
- Give me the night and my 300th post! A Guy called ...
- Tune of the day! Souls of Mischief
- One for the late night crew! Bruce Sprinsteen
- Rap lyric of the day-Lost Boyz
- Tune of the day! Atmosphere
- Rap lyric of a very good day! Ice Cube
- 3 for Ross!
- Tune of the day! says it all
- One for the late night crew! Tom Waits
- Rap Lyric of a long hard hip-hop Friday!
- Tune of the day! Nice n'Smooth
- Three for the late night crew! Stevie Wonder speci...
- Give em the night with the Kurtis Blow
- Rap lyric of the day-Showbiz and AG
- Tune of the day! Sonic Youth
- One for the late night crew! Asheru
- Give me the night with Candi Staton!
- I like The Twitter dance--my girls at Save our sho...
- Rap lyric of the day-Jaylib
- Tune of the day! The Prodigy
- Two for the late night crew! Very different tracks...
- Give em the night with Rockers Revenge!
- A wonderful sunny Tuesday in Cork!
- Rap lyric of the day-Public Enemy
- Tune of the day! Lauryn Hill
- One for the late night crew! Ballistic Brothers
- Give em the night with the Ray Charles
- I Like
- Rap lyric of the day-3rd Bass
- Tune of the day! Billy Stewart
- One for the sunday lazy day crew parlay parlay par...
- Tune of the day! UMC's
- Rap lyric of the day-LL Cool J
- Like father like daughter on a Saturday morn
- Tune of the day! Cheryl Lynn
- Give em the night with the O'Jays
- I like checking out the blogs!
- Rap lyric of the day-Eric B and Rakim
- Tune of the day! Solange
- Rap lyric of the day-ATCQ
- One for the late night crew! A Carl Craig special
- Bart v Kanye
- Give me the night with Aretha Franklin!
- I like!
- Tune of the day! Donald Byrd
- One for the late night crew! Sam Cooke
- Give me the night with The Spinners!
- I like Film Tonight with Grandmaster Cash
- Tune of the day! The Fugees
- One for the late night crew! Outkast
- Give me the night with Fontella Bass!
- I like Zizou!
- Tune of the day! Curtis Mayfield
- One of soul musics greatest modern musicians and a...
- One for the late night crew! Photek
- Give me the night with Maceo and the Macks!
- Swine Flu Breaks
- Tune of the day! The Paragons
- Give me the night with Red Drive on RedFM-The Four...
- I like.............looking for Eric!
- Tune of the day! Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince
- One for the late night crew! Billie Holiday
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- ► 2007 (27)
- I'm a DJ from Cork in Ireland. I work with RedFM, presenting Red Drive, The Hitlist and my specialist show, Black on Red. I'm probably best known for being one of the main hip-hop/soul DJ's in Cork and Ireland. I've been DJing in Cork since the early 90's in legendary clubnights such as Sweat in Sir Henrys, Mor Disco, Free La Funk, Yo Latino and also Jam and Jam Junior at the Savoy and the Pavilion. I've also held down long term residencies at clubs around Ireland such as Brown Sugar at the Kitchen in Dublin, U-Turn at Ri Ra in Dublin, Jazz Juice at the GPO in Galway, Thompson Garage in Belfast, the Soul Clinic, Dee-Bop, Meltdown and Mo Bounce in Limerick and i've played abroad in the United States and the U.K. on numerous occasions. I also write a music column for the Evening Echo and i'm a regular contributor to the U.K.'s Blues and Soul, the longest running black music magazine in the world. These days i run the Pavilion, a music venue in Cork, which hosts my Jam night every few Fridays http://www.pavilioncork.com also you can catch me at http://djstevieg.podomatic.com