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Top Cast RUNDOWN (6/06-6/13) [CHARTS]

musicwithoutlabels topcastThis weeks RUNDOWN is personally my favorite so far. So many great posts from last week it was a close call for who made it. These are the viewers favorite posts, with sounds from all sorts of genres. Enjoy the TopCast.

What’s the music scene like in India? – Q & A w/ Dammit

Awesome indie punk band Dammit, from India, recently opened up a pretty sweet Fan Questions page linking to their Facebook. Not knowing much about the music scene in India, this post’s title was my question. This was their response:

Q: What’s the music scene like in India?

A: oh wow! big question! lol. well its pretty messed up. there’s very little support for independent music since the whole nation has been brainwashed to think that the only source of music in the universe is Bollywood movies. Even if some band gets a good fan base on their own, its tough to play gigs coz there are very few good venues and they overcharge the fans and many dont pay the bands either. All the gigs happen in like 4 or 5 cities in the entire country and all the other towns don’t have any venues for playing live music and people just don’t have much of the culture of going to gigs so touring isn’t really a great option.

There are very few independent labels that help musicians but we are not very experienced in dealing with them so we don’t know much about them.

All the major gigs happen at college festivals where bands do get paid to perform. earlier, all people wanted was covers but the scene is very slowly changing and people are becoming receptive to original music now.

Answered on 12/08/2010 by Dammit

Wow..so it’s not so different from here! (US)

It will get better..the thing to remember is that the web is the new structural base, or platform, for the music industry, and the web, by nature, is capable of spanning the globe. This will mean that if the web can make the music industry better, it will do so for the whole world, and trust me, the web can make the music industry better. Give it time, and just keep making great music!

If you want to ask Dammit a question, go here.

Check out one of Dammit’s newest songs “State of My Nation.”  These guys rock!

Download their new EP Confused for Free Here Now


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Dammit! – Free EP Confused – Review

Dammit! – “State of My Nation”

Dammit! is an amazing small town band straight out of India.

“Six-piece Karnataka alt/grunge/punk band Dammit recently released their debut EP Confused. The overt national consciousness/paranoia/rebellion of the band bleeds into their EP and their album art.”  –NH7

The band consists of:

Anup Cowkur-Vocals
Rijusatvik-Lead guitar
Varun Sharma-Rhythm guitar
Rohit Nikam-Bass
Sidhesh Iyer-Keyboards
Nachiket kalburgi-Drums

The EP has only 3 tracks, but they are extremely well recorded and put together, and if I didn’t know better, I’d never be able to tell this band was from India.

All of these guys are great musicians, and they seem to mesh really well together. Anup’s English is perfect, and his voice compliments their groove perfectly as well. As far as punk bands go, these guys kick ass! Their lyrics and song concepts are full of purpose and they’ll also just rock the fck out.

The EP can be downloaded for free on the band’s Facebook page. It’s definitely worth a listen. These guys are awesome!

Reviewed by: Dante Cullari  Founer & CEO Beat-Play, LLC

Music School Advertisement in India

Here is a great advertising idea by The Culcutta School of Music, located in Culcutta, India.

The Calcutta School of Music

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2010, and Still Very Much in the Dark

It’s not rare to hear middle-aged people go on about the technology we have now; the cell phones, and the video games, and everybody’s busy lives. But for all the talk about how advanced we are and how everything’s getting so uncontrollably complicated, there’s not enough talk about the truth of the situation.

The fact is, as a country, America is pretty advanced, but in the age of the world wide web, there’s a lot of that web still missing from the picture. The internet has the ability to transform commerce, transform communication, and transcend boundaries. It could be argued that it’s the most important thing missing throughout the world.

The internet has means of education, means of trade, and opportunity. Food and water sent from a rich country can save a life, but it cannot sustain it.

For all the talk about how advanced we are, I think it’s time we start realizing that the rest of the world is still very far behind. When we think about “our” situation, we need to think about it from the perspective of the world as a community, because in reality, and even more so in the future, we are all connected.

I am undoubtedly a huge advocate for more innovation and more technology, but in these circumstances, I would readily support a stand still of all progress in developed countries, in order to catch under-developed countries up at least to America’s standards, which are certainly not the highest, but would still be great for the world.

This stand still would never happen, but I am hoping that with the coming technologies to emerge out of the developed countries in the years to come, a solution to this problem can be found that brings, if nothing else, widespread internet access and computers to the world.

America, Europe, and parts of Asia may be relatively advanced, but in many parts of the world, there’s still not much difference between now and 200 years ago. We tend to make a huge separation between us and ancient people, or even the victorians, but as a whole, we are not much different, and as a world community, we still have a long ways to go.

Written by: Dante Cullari Founder & President Beat-Play, LLC

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