Wednesday, September 19, 2007

What Is Urban Outside?

So, you might be wondering what this is all about? To be honest, I'm still finding my way through this! What I can say is that I've been thinking about Urban Outside for a long time. I've wanted to host a pop/hiphop podcast before I even thought about creating a tango music podcast. So here it is, or at least it's coming soon.

Now, you might be asking: "Why are you playing pop along with hiphop Vargas?" My answer to that is: "Why not?" Urban Outside will be mostly a pop music podcast that will play a broad swath of music. You will find mostly pop and singer-songwriter artists but you will also find a little bit of hiphop and some electronica. I hope that doesn't scare you off. Don't let it. So many of us are used to having our entertainment boxed, packaged and ready to go like fast food and if they encounter some mixture of genres they feel doesn't fit neatly into a box they become indignant! If you like pop music you'll like Urban Outside but don't freak out on me if you hear a hiphop song or an acid jazz song thrown in every once in a while. One thing you can count on with this podcast is that the artists that will be showcased here will be independent.

For the past seven years I've been exploring and buying lots of independent music, all the way from world music to pop. I have a nice little collection of both big label and independent artists. It's too bad that I can't play stuff by U2 or Black Star. The big labels have a problem with the internet. They don't want podcasters to play their precious stuff. Boo to them! You know what? With the vast amount of great independent music out there who needs to play RIAA music? KaiZen, Adrina Thorpe and Koop make some great music. Expect to hear some of their music on Urban Outside. But then if you're a music lover I'm sure that you already know this so why I am blabbing?

So the question now is how often will I put out shows? So far as I can see either once or twice a month. I haven't decided yet. I'm just now gettin' the hang of this podcasting thing, so bear with me!

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