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Arley

blogger / trader for robots



About Me

I am a freelance graphic designer / web developer in Canada. All day long I listen to music. In 2006 I started a record collection. I have a pretty eclectic tastes, mostly in classic rock and indie.

My main sources for hearing about new music: - Pitchfork (pitchforkmedia.com)

- The Dallas Does Indie podcast (dallasdoesindie.com)

- The monthly indie rock playlist torrent on isohunt (isohunt.com/torrents/indie? ihs1=12&iho1=d&iht=2)

- IMP!

Favorite Songs

If I had to pick an all time fav it might be The Beatles - A Day in the Life

Check out my high rotation mixes on my personal site: arleym.com

See what I'm spinning on my computer at http://www.last.fm/user/arleym/

Favorite Artists

All time favorite artists include:

The Arcade Fire, The Beatles, Radiohead, The White Stripes

Up & coming favorite artists include:

Peter Bjorn and John, Tapes'n'tapes, LCD Soundsystem, The Salty Pirates, Spoon

Check out my mixtapes here http://arleym.com/0110110101101001011110 00.asp

Favorite Albums

Top 5 Desert Island Albums

The Beatles - Abbey Road,

Johnny Cash - Live at Folsom Prison,

Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon,

Mike Oldfield - Tubular Bells,

Moody Blues - Days of Future Passed

Recent Concerts

BB King, Gordon Lightfoot... you know, music that doesn't reflect my tastes as listed above.

Blogs

So long for now IMP

2008-11-03 12:39:34

Video Game Music

2008-10-14 05:57:02

Dream Band

2008-10-06 06:08:19

What "Timeless Music" means

2008-09-29 06:07:27

Song of Time: The song that is you

2008-09-15 07:35:28

International Mixtape 2.0 Ideas

2008-09-08 07:58:45

Novelty Music

2008-08-25 18:07:34

Music Measured

2008-08-14 05:50:54

A time to hunt, a time to enjoy

2008-07-21 09:26:58

Musical Landmarks

2008-07-02 05:58:05

Media Convert: CD Burning help

2008-06-23 08:33:24

Stand Against New Canadian Copyright Bill

2008-06-18 05:49:18

Musicovery

2008-06-16 08:35:58

Bit rates: Test your ears!

2008-06-09 14:25:10

3 No-nos at Concerts

2008-06-02 10:37:49

The Sixty One

2008-05-26 07:10:32

Music in Videos pt. 1 [updated]

2008-05-23 06:05:35

The Music of Our Youth

2008-05-13 06:33:36

It's all about the Albums

2008-05-05 06:31:15

Seasonal Music: Summer

2008-04-29 18:37:00

Best Mix of All Time

2008-04-21 10:43:19

Where do you listen to music?

2008-04-14 06:33:53

Timber!

2008-04-07 06:53:06

BB King: A Life of Music

2008-03-31 08:01:12

The Gift of Sound

2008-03-24 05:01:52

Take Cover

2008-03-17 06:31:39

Desert Island 5?

2008-03-10 06:19:59

Happy Centennial Podcast! [updated]

2008-03-03 08:54:54

Old Mixes, Old Memories

2008-02-26 08:22:19

The Nature of Sound

2008-02-19 11:54:02

Mixtape Side Trades

2008-02-13 06:48:18

Appreciate Music More

2008-02-04 09:02:45

Music Changes Today [updated]

2008-02-04 09:02:36

Music on TV

2008-01-21 06:48:04

Music Investment

2008-01-14 08:07:54

Take Cover!

2008-01-07 06:05:16

Review of Reviews

2008-01-03 05:36:23

Year End Review

2008-01-03 05:34:12

Expanded Horizons in '08

2007-12-18 13:41:14

Are you making me a mix?

2007-12-05 09:32:31

Welcome back to independence

2007-10-10 06:08:31

Sweden! Your Grass is Greener...

2007-10-03 04:34:49

Pirate? Why bother

2007-10-03 04:34:39

Another Resource

2007-09-12 03:58:15

Good Vs. Cool

2007-09-10 06:45:49

Good news for everyone

2007-08-14 06:07:47

The Hush Hush Kids

2007-08-08 06:02:09

Guilty Pleasures

2007-08-03 06:59:01

Bo knows Indie

2007-07-30 06:28:52

Celebrity Boasting

2007-07-17 07:45:35

Viva la Analogue

2007-07-10 04:59:17

Fuel: Literal Consumerism

2007-06-29 06:58:00

New Sounds

2007-06-12 05:03:25

Generation now: The Musical Disconnect

2007-06-01 12:24:47

Great Music Goes Down the Drain...

2007-06-01 12:20:06

Mini Mixes!

2007-04-27 05:33:07

Downloaders Anonymous

2007-03-26 05:22:31

Monday Monday, so good to me

2007-02-26 05:07:14

Mixtapes

Rock Folk Rock

an indie rock mix with a gooey folk filling

Migrate to Mars

my happiest mix in a long time

Pluto was a Planet

emotional rollercoaster of songs

Blammo Kablammo: Spring Fevah!

A spring time mix made in Tennessee

Welcome to America

The American Roadtrip ice breaker for foreign nationals

take cover!

cover songs that I like both versions of

(you are) off the radar...

14 songs that I almost never heard, but did. Also, some other songs.

Most Spinnable Tracks of 2007

As chosen by my wife and I

Merry Christmas, or Get Bent

(Not a Christmas mix)

Keep it in your American Pocket

Another indieish mix

For the Robots

a huge fall mix

panorama: the heavy

sad songs that make you go 'hm', but in a different way.

panorama: nicklesplittin

a mix made during the hottest summer ever

panorama: adventures

a mix to go adventurin' to.

CanadaRocks Volume 1

My first mix of all Canadian artists

Summertime Nights for the Summertime Ladies

Some songs that make me think of summertime at night.

Summertime Daze for Summertime Boys

Some songs that make me think of summer time chillin' in the sun.

Happy First Quarter Gemini Star

My first IMP mix! A collection of high rotation tracks.

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Ron

...But reading a description of what a band sounds like means nothing until you hear them. If you wanted to take a chance on a artist 15 years ago, it meant plunking down , not 99 cents. Did I mention I also had to walk to school uphill both ways while fighting off mastodons? (As opposed to now, when you may have to fight off a drunk Brent Hinds [of Mastodon] while walking to school). As long as you try to stay current because of your love of music and not out of desperation to 'stay cool' you have nothing to worry about. Love what you love, hate what hate, no matter what anyone else says about it. And always keep your ears open.

Ron

Sorry about the multiple comments. The IMP server must not like long comments. Going to break this into two comments - just delete the 1st two: Hey Arley - Saw your comment about worrying about staying current 20 years from now. Confucious say 'If you're worried about it, then you don't have to worry about it.' In other words, if you always have the hunger to find new artists coupled with the fear of not turning into a musical fossil you'll be fine. It's much easier now to find new music than ever. Imagine trying to do that before the internet. Sure, there have always been music mags around....

Ron

Hey Arley - Saw your comment about worrying about staying current 20 years from now. Confucious say 'If you're worried about it, then you don't have to worry about it.' In other words, if you always have the hunger to find new artists coupled with the fear of not turning into a musical fossil you'll be fine. It's much easier now to find new music than ever. Imagine trying to do that before the internet. Sure, there have always been music mags around. But reading a description of what a band sounds like means nothing until you hear them. And if you wanted to take a chance on a artist 15 years ago, it meant plunking down , not 99 cents. Did I mention I also had to walk to school uphill both ways while fighting off mastodons? (As opposed to now, when you may have to fight off a drunk Brent Hinds [of Mastodon] while walking to school). As long as you try to stay current because of your love of music and not out of desperation to 'stay coo

Ron

Hey Arley - Saw your comment about worrying about staying current 20 years from now. Confucious say 'If you're worried about it, then you don't have to worry about it.' In other words, if you always have the hunger to find new artists coupled with the fear of not turning into a musical fossil you'll be fine. It's much easier now to find new music than ever. Imagine trying to do that before the internet. Sure, there have always been music mags around. But reading a description of what a band sounds like means nothing until you hear them. And if you wanted to take a chance on a artist 15 years ago, it meant plunking down , not 99 cents. Did I mention I also had to walk to school uphill both ways while fighting off mastodons? (As opposed to now, when you may have to fight off a drunk Brent Hinds [of Mastodon] while walking to school). As long as you try to stay current because of your love of music and not out of desperation to 'stay coo

Trish

HiArley I have a cool playlist about robots and space and wanted to know if you wanted a copy and yes I am interested in a side trade drop me a line at trishmul77@hotmail.com Thanks Trish

Cornelius

WIGGLE LIKE ME SMITHERS!

Ron

Man.....Sooooooooooooo glad you finally got them, Arley! Let me know what you think once you get the chance to listen. Peace (V)

Sean

Can't do the mullet anymore. I used to have the hair halfway down my back. Oy! Working on my annual holiday mix so expect it sometime around the end of November. I always give these out to friends. How are you doing?

Ron

both your mixes went out via priority mail on 9/24. the post office told me it takes 6-10 business days from pennsylvania to ontario(!)....at that speed i could have put them on the back of a three-legged chihuahua and beat the post with two days to spare. that was **priority** mail!!!

Ron

lol - don't worry about it. was feeling under the weather the last couple days, then discovered one of the discs didn't burn properly. no more delays though - both CDs are going out this morning. probably going to use priority mail so they get there post haste.

Ron

Never heard from you either way last week. I guess I'll send another mix out today, plus a bonus CD.

Ron

Just got the notification that you didn't get the mix I sent. It probably went out 9/2 due to the holiday, and I know it takes a while in transit from the US to Canada. Let me know if you still haven't received it by the end of the week. Sorry for the lateness.....

Ron

Hey Arley - I'm your sender for August. Sorry it's pushing the end of the month, but your mix is going out tomorrow. Hope you enjoy it. You say your tastes are 'eclectic', and this is definitely.......different.....lol

Dana

Hey there, Sorry this message is so late. It has been a hectic month for me. Got your mix in the mail, and it was by far one of the best mixes I have ever gotten. I am enjoying it a whole bunch! If you ever wanna do another side trade let me know!

Bob

I'm glad all the discs and inserts made it safe and sound. I'm also glad you like the "I got it from you!" idea. Themes for mixes sometimes pop in my head, sometimes I remember sometimes I don't.

Bob

So Arley did you find the tracklist/covers for the other two CDs?

Dana

just saw your post on the disscusion board for the IMP facebook group. Just wanted to say, I am most deffiently intrested.

Sean

Very glad to know you got the mix and you are enjoying it. I had the pleasure to see the Stripes in concert a couple of times and they are one of the best acts that I've ever seen.

CBK

Triple J sounds a lot like Les Companions! Pluto was a Planet is refreshing, nice mix.

Sean

The Peel Session tracks are killer. I went for the tracks that have an intense performance with the rhythm. Next time we swap, I'll send you both shows but for now enjoy these when they arrive. As for your music video blog, most people of my age discovered a lot of music and grew to enjoy it when MTV began. My best example is Adam Ant. Videos were not made by everyone at that time but Adam & The Ants made several videos and they were all played daily.

Bob

I got my copy of Blammo Kablammo: Spring Fevah! today. While I'm familiar with the names of many of the artists, most of them I've never heard before. The only one's I've heard are The White Stripes and The Raconteurs. This is good by the way exposure to new music is at least part of what this is all about. I'm a bit unsure which of my mixes I will send north, or west or northwest. I'm not quite sure where you are longitudinally. Give them a look see and let me know if you have a preference...

Liz

Hi, Arley! I mailed your CD last Friday, so you should get it this week. Hope you enjoy it. :)

Kristian

Hi. had to buy the Hives album even after i had written them off. Good move its solid. I can't get into the Hot Chip tune, but one bad un is good odds by me. Thanks again

Sean

I hate and love cover songs. I enjoy the versions that bands reinvent and still giving the original its due; The Cure's fantastic version of Purple Haze comes to mind (using Hendrix sound bites) while their version of Hello I Love You is weak. Sometimes an oldie needs a little more strength like Slayer's In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida. Sometimes you first hear the remake and think it is great then you discover the original and wish you heard of it before; ex. David Bowie's China Girl is more well know and good but I'll take Iggy's version anyday. One recent piece of trash is Godsmack's Good Times, Bad Times. I like their music but that is god awful. Arley, I also have Blur covering Maggie May from 1993 and it is very good.

Bob

Arley, I like your blog entries. I read your most recent one about cover songs and decided to put in my two cents on the topic as well.

Bob

Yeah I'm sure I could send you something while you're in the states. Send me an email. And you can be in the "frozen north" and in the states.

Sean

That Astro/Jack the Ripper version rocks. In fact, the whole Peel Session performance does. Next time we trade I'll give you some more of that.

Bob

I see you like the side trades as well. I'm new but I've already done a few sides, the more the merrier. Drop me a line if you are interested b_dinan@yahoo.com

Sean

Well, you finally got the mixes after 2 weeks!!! I just sent you a replacement package on Thursday with the same 2 mixes plus a third one (A Few Favorites). Expect those by next week (or two). I am big Stripes fan also. I have an excellent Death Letter from the BBC Peel Sessions. The one I gave you from the Grammys is pure adrenaline. Let me know how you like all that and when the second package arrives.

Sean

Hey Arley. Just checking to see if your package has arrived. My wife has been playing the Spinnable mix for the past 3 days. Good stuff. Thanks again from an old man.

David

magazines and IMP brings me into contact with a lot of great new music. And there are definitely lots of great music around now.

David

Good queston, man. I don't know why some people stop listening to new stuff and freeze up. Based on some of my friends,they've started to sound like their parents. They seen to hear a new band, don't like it and start saying things like "It all sounds the same." And then they won't listen to anything like it again. I think there has to be a willingness to give stuff a chance; even if it doesn't turn your crank the first time. I know for me, I read about new bands or artists a lot and want to hear what they're about before writing them off. I can still get all whispy about the music from my youth and there are certain songs that I'll always come back to; but a clear-fired way to kill my interest in a song or any type of music, is to only listen to it and to that over and over and over again. It's something I can't stand about most radio stations; the constanct repetition of the same 17 "classic" songs kills them for me. So, certain magazi

Sean

I got your mix today and cranked it at full throttle. The Menomena and YACHT songs are killer! Nice selection of music! Thanks for the trade and anytime you wanna swap again, let me know.

Dan

I'm glad that your wife liked the mix! Chicago had had 11 minutes of sunshine total at that point in Feb... so I was BEGGING for some sun. Thanks for the enthusiastic response.

Sean

I am digging your Most Spinable tracks Of 2007. Care to do some trading?

Kristian

Hi. I'm really digging your take on this whole IMP thing. i have been burned by a cd no show as well. its annoying. you get built up ready to hear something wild, new or familiar and alas. NADA. i'm in Canada as well and if you want a side trade i could get into that. Lemme know what you think.

Seta

got your and december's mix on the same day!! nice opening up a mailbox that's filled with inspiration and passion. Your mix was great...I was listening to it all day and it's become one my high-rotation sets now. Thanks.

CBK

I digg reading your blog entries. It's current topics on the state of the music industry that make me want to comment on. Why aren't you writing for this website yet? Keep up the great entries and look forward to one of your mixes.

David

Really?? "Rollercoaster" on endless repeat? If I did a Chili Peppers loop it'd be; "Soul To Squeeze", I think. Although that wouldn't necessarily chear me up; come to think of it.

Cornelius

I LOOOVE the Fantastic Planet guy!

Robert

Thanks for the comments and for your cracking good mix. You've actually introduced me to a much-hyped band I've shamefully ignored (CYHSY) and given me my first taste of In Rainbows (right, like I can't pay 0 pounds for it online, how hard is that). And I love the title. I have many pockets and routinely keep it in them. I have also enjoyed reading your blog entries. It has inspired me to get on some more myself. Your pal (not much) below the border, R.

Cornelius

Let's see...Robot Motto = Krush Kill Destroy. And why IS Halloween so fun anyway?

Jennifer

they were just radio edits- so any request for the mix tape i'm going to put together for you themes, moods, times, etc...?

Jennifer

i was the jennifer that sent you the september mix glad you enjoyed/ are enjoying it are you challenging me to out do my own mix? if so...i believe i am up for the challenge -jennifer

Sarah

Hey I was out of sorts for awhile and just reactivated my account. I never recieved my april mix. The anticipation is now killing me! Perhaps because the address changed, although I put a forward on my mail... who knows. But anyhow, thanks for the follow up message. Hope to hear some tunes soon :)

Marc

Point taken. But it's good to see you're following your countrymen in Triumph's lead and have gone to Fight the Good Fight for Canadian music.

Marc

Sadly, I would not be the Marc you thought I was. But while I can dig an all-Canada disc, I am saddened by your blatant omission of Loverboy. That's like making an all-Puerto Rico disc and leaving off Menudo, good sir!

Arielle

Hey Way to Rock the Canadian Pride! I also sent out a love of the maple leaf mix entitled "Canadian eh?" We have such a rich music community all over Canada and I think it's great when we are finally being recognized. Great artists are now being seen as Great Canadian artists. Woohooo. Your mix was a nice assortment of Canada's best and well known. Seen many of those very musicians live. It was grande. Well just wanted to give a shout out to a fellow Canadian. And also appropriately enough-- HAPPY CANADA DAY! Arielle

Patrick

Yo Arley, Canada really does rock! I got your mix the other day and while a bit miffed at first by the scant 10 song line-up, i was quickly appeased after the first couple tracks from wolf parade and the new pornographers respectively. perhaps the tightest 1,2 punch i've ever gotten on a mix. in retrospect, it's far better to lay down 10 solid songs than 20 shaky ones. i applaud your editing prowess. and for the record, gatekeeper by Feist had me wanting to make love to my stereo. so keep rocking canada, the world will be listening soon.

Ryan Mixtape

Hey Arley. I really like your blogs -- it's nice to see someone really thinking about the opportunities the mixtape format offers, as well as its limitations. Also, your sources for hearing new music are top-notch. As a matter of fact, I used to write for PitchforkMedia.com. I was a News Writer for that site in 2003 when I came up with the idea for IMP!

CBK

Like you don't have enough sources... the hottest online music communities that features peoples playlists. IMP should definitely integrate this into there site. www.imeem.com www.last.fm Forkcast - http://pitchforkmedia.imeem.com