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2009/04/26

Keeping Track of Upcoming Music Releases with Soundamus

One thing I was missing for many many years is a (free) Internet service, that informs you of new music releases for specific artists. I even thought about making such a thing myself. A year ago or so I discovered such a service called soundamus which I highly recommend! One ingenious feature is the integration with one’s Last.fm stats.Last.fm Social Music Revolution

But the artists considered aren’t limited to your Last.fm profile. Other services like Pandora are also supported and you can alternatively manually define which artists you’d like to track.

The resulting list of upcoming releases is available as webpages, an RSS feed and iCal. So you can also integrate that iCal feed into a calendar software like Google Calendar. From my understanding, the data of releases is from Amazon Webservices, so more obscure releases might not be included (but I didn’t notice that so far).

Here are examples for the available data sources for my Last.fm profile:

There are more features and new features are being added. Check out the Last.fm Group for details on that.

2006/08/26

Albums I Eagerly Await(ed)

There’s still good music being made in the 21st century, believe it or not. This list is mostly for my own reference, but some of you might find it usefull.. I hope.

Upcoming albums I eagerly await

  • Farmer’s Market – (unknown): No certain informations. Got signed by Ipecac Recordings and speculate on their homepage.
  • Harmful – (unknown): Studio recordings have been finished as of 4th July.
  • Napalm Death – Smear Campaign: German release 19th September. Advance leaked.
  • Nine Inch Nails – (unknown): Read Reznor writing on the homepage about a new longplayer in the making. Should investigate further though..
  • Primus – (unknown): Somewhere I read about an upcoming studio album on one of their sites. Yeah!! Hopefully not just wishful thinking..
  • Squarepusher – Hello Everything: UK release on 16th October on Warp Records.
  • Ween – (unknown): Still in the studio or so.

Long awaited “recent” releases

  • Boards of Canada – Trans Canada Highway: UK release 6th June on Warp Records.
  • Emirsian – A Gentle Kind of Disaster: German release 18th August on Nois-O-Lution/Indigo.
  • Helmet – Monochrome: US release 18th July on Warcon Records.
  • Les Claypool – Of Whales and Woe: US release 30th May on Prawn Song.
  • Slayer – Christ Illusion: German release 4th August.

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