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Saturday, November 25, 2006

promonet - juicebox

and now for something different.

took my first serious stroll through the promonet the other evening...wow. there are so many artists, none of which i had ever heard of, which was simultaneously very exciting and extremely daunting. with so many bands/albums to look at, it really came down to catchy names and interesting album covers grabbing my attention. and could there be a more interesting album cover than this?


this is a band called juicebox, and from what i can tell, they are from holland. well, at least their label, hippo records (how great is that?), is dutch and the album, popcorn 69, was recorded in amsterdarm. i didn't have much luck finding much out about these guys, so i'll just copy and paste their bio from their label website:

"Born out of love for soul, boogaloo and R&B, Juicebox does more than keep alive the traditions that inspire it. These are the sounds of the late sixties but rendered by musicians with the impulse of another generation. Juicebox is an authentic soul band with a respect for roots but blessed with the invention that defined them..
Juicebox, in other words, has not stood still. Neither have their audiences who have been kicking the rug off the dance floor. “When the deaf hear and the lame dance we know we are getting something right” says founder, tenor sax and flute player Rob Berends.

"Juicebox’s debut album, Popcorn 69, offers 14 contemporary covers of classic tracks from the original popcorn era."

now, i won't pretend to know what i'm talking about here. i don't normally listen to much soul/funk/r&b (though i really don't know why not), and i had no clue what the "popcorn era" was. and actually, having now tried to find out, i still don't have a very good idea of what it is. the best that i can tell is that it's another name for boogaloo, which...i couldn't tell you what it is either, so i'll let wikipedia:

"Boogaloo (shing-a-ling, popcorn music) is a genre of Latin music and dance that was very popular in the United States in the late 1960s. Boogaloo originated in New York City among teenage Cubans and Puerto Ricans. The style was a fusion of popular African American R&B, rock and roll and soul with mambo and son montuno. Boogaloo entered the mainstream through the American Bandstand television program."

if i'm not going to try and pretend that i know about the popcorn era, i certainly won't try to fake an intelligent review. so suffice it to say, these two tracks are pretty sweet.

juicebox : "popcorn '69" (mp3)
from the lp popcorn 69 (hippo records, 2006)


juicebox : "juicebox" (mp3)
from the lp popcorn 69 (hippo records, 2006)


the strokes : "juicebox"
from the lp first impressions of earth (rca records, 2006)
(not the same juicebox, obviously, but just to get some traffic here to check these guys out)

4 Comments:

Blogger m said...

i too enjoy the IODA promonet idea...

but these non-working in the search engine links are lame eh?

ad that you have to post a strokes track to have the other tracks visited...

I've spoken in person about that link redirect issue to at least two Promonet employees and they do not seem to even comprehend or know about what I'm talking about...

making the links themselves half useless...

whatever... still a cool "free" service but i've taken to reposting tracks to my own server just to get the tracks seen & heard...

which violates the "terms of service"...

but like i said earlier, whatever

November 25, 2006 at 9:52 PM  
Blogger MissWanda said...

well hello there, M. I'm the community manager for IODA and Promonet - i haven't heard from anyone with this feedback. however, i'm very interested! please please email me directly here: corey@iodalliance.com. I do weekly searches and haven't found any problem with the redirects. I use promonet on my personal blog and for my podcast, and have found that my own traffic has even increased when i've blogged/ posted show note links for popular labels and artists. The redirects are part of the TOS b/c they make the legal mp3s possible for you to use, and we host the file which saves your bandwidth. tons of magic takes place (aka technology) behind the redirects so you shouldn't be affected. You can even use any affiliate codes (i.e. itunes, rhapsody etc) - you won't see your affiliate code in the url in the redirect, but you still get the credit. magic :)
soo... I'd love to hear from you M directly. that way i won't have to send you a TOS violation notice ;)

cheers!!!

but most importantly: thanks for using promonet, we're moving out of beta quite soon and we loooove your feedback...

:)
:)

corey

corey@iodalliance.com
but some ppl call me crazywanda

November 26, 2006 at 9:19 PM  
Blogger tad said...

corey,
thanks for checking in! the problem that m is referencing is that the promonet tracks that we link for download do not show up in searches on the hype machine (http://hype.non-standard.net/) or elbo.ws (http://elbo.ws/), which is where the bulk of our traffic comes from. i'm not sure how those sites gather the artist and track names, but for starters i would suggest contacting anthony at hype (http://hype.non-standard.net/contact). getting that figured out with him would definitely draw a lot more attention to the promonet artists...

November 26, 2006 at 10:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, first off I find it really odd how corey immediately found this post...That's kind of scary...


But both the Hype and elbows are mp3 aggregators so they only pick up .mp3 files and the music files which promonet uses are redirect links which doesn't end in an mp3.
If there is a way to fix adjust this some how I highly recommend it, because you will most likely have the entire mp3 blog community using your service...

Sorry this is a touchy topic so I kind of went off on a rant...

:) This was a great post tad.

November 28, 2006 at 11:16 PM  

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