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17Nov13

The channels of digital distribution continue to grow and evolve. I’m not going to spend time attempting to cover the entire history of this evolution. Warp Records’ bleep.com, Boomkat’s 14tracks.com, Spotify, Bandcamp and Soundcloud are just a few of examples of digital media delivery services, all trying to get an edge to attract the producer […]


Nothing that is past is an object of choice. No one chooses to have sacked Troy; for no one deliberates about the past, but about what is future and contingent, while what is past is not capable of not having taken place…. – Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics The pleasure of returning to happy, beautiful art is […]


Headphone Commute is honored to premiere a new music video collaboration between a Swedish composer Marcus Fjellström and Dutch graphic artist Bas Mantel, taken from the upcoming Epilogue -M- EP to be released on Aagoo Records on May 28th, 2013. Fjellström has been a long time favorite artist, with his releases on Lampse, Kafkagarden and of course, Miasmah. On the […]


Headphone Commute is incredibly proud and honored to announce a colossal benefit compilation, with 100% of the proceeds being donated towards two charitable organizations, Doctors Without Borders and The Humane Society, to help all those affected by Hurricane Sandy! … and darkness came Over 6 hours of music in 87 tracks! $10+ USD headphonecommute.bandcamp.com PREVIEW AND […]


Headphone Commute is incredibly proud and honored to announce a colossal benefit compilation, with 100% of the proceeds being donated towards two charitable organizations, Doctors Without Borders and The Humane Society, to help all those affected by Hurricane Sandy! … and darkness came Over 6 hours of music in 87 tracks! $10+ USD headphonecommute.bandcamp.com PREVIEW AND […]


1995… It was the year of Oklahoma City bombing, launch of Yahoo!, Windows 95 upgrade, Nasdaq climbing over 1000, and the acquittal of O. J. Simpson. It was the 50th anniversary of the dropping of the atomic bomb, the announcement of DVD format, and the launch of eBay. But for me it was a year […]


Editor’s Note: The following article is written by James Kirsch and republished on Headphone Commute with permission of the author. James kindly updated the contents of the text, which was originally written in 2008. I’m going to lay out a couple of things I’ve learned in the past decade of producing free music. They would probably […]


Well, here’s indeed something special! The wonderful folks at Oktaf are releasing tracks in a new Sketches series into the world one at a time, and we got our dirty hands on the fourth installment from Marsen Jules, titled Serenade, exclusively for Headphone Commute! That’s right – this is the _ONLY_ place where you can […]


I know how most of you hate these surveys, but I promise you that this one is not for gathering and selling any of your information. I’m just trying to fine tune Headphone Commute and concentrate on areas that may require improvement. There’s no need to waste my time and energy publishing on myspace if […]


Hold up, hold up. Rewind selector! Before I attempt to sit down and put together my list of favorite albums of 2009, I must pay homage to the music that slipped past me in the year before. I have said this time and again – there is simply way too much music! Every year, I […]


Here are ten more entries to complete Headphone Commute’s 20 Compilations and Mixes of 2009. I’ve been trying to get these off of my chest for a whole year! Now that I’m finally sharing these recommendations with you, I feel much better. There is an amazing selection of music below, spanning across a variety of […]


Compilations are notoriously difficult to cover. Usually, when I write an article on a collection of tracks, I spend some time capturing a specific theme or concept that the volume is made up of, and then feverishly rattle off the contributors. It’s tough to encapsulate the theme otherwise. That doesn’t mean that I don’t listen […]


Here comes part two of my original writeup for 20 EPs of 2009. To those with minimal math skills and a keen eye to detail I must apologize for a little white lie. There was so much great music this year, that the second part of this article expanded to eleven reviews. I couldn’t leave […]


As the year draws to a close, and I start thinking about the upcoming Best of 2009 list, I realize that I haven’t properly covered some 12″ singles, EPs and mini albums. These tend to fall off my reviewing queue, mostly because in some cases it’s difficult to do a proper writeup for only a […]


Here’s a quick update on all the beautiful things at Headphone Commute. First of all, we want to thank you for your patience while enduring the silence during our move. It’s not over yet, but we have been slowly settling in at our new home on the East Coast. The listening studio is almost setup, […]


Originally published by Headphone Commute in March 2008, this article covers the compilation that started it all: Artificial Intelligence released by Warp Records in 1992. Full Article has been ported over and is now available here:Artificial Intelligence


What a great year! As I began my survey of the music that has left its imprint on my mind in the last twelve months, the entries quickly grew from ten, to fifty, and to one hundred and twenty five! How can I reasonably classify, rate, or group all of this music? And have I […]


That’s right – it’s not a typo. I’m taking a few moments to revisit the Best of 2007 before we wrap up this year. As many of you know, it is nearly impossible to listen and cover all the great music out there. There simply can’t be a definitive list for the “best of the […]


Besides listening to albums and compilations, I do tend to consume a lot of mixes released around the net on various blogs, podcasts, and labels. Although this selection is pretty enormous, I’d like to take the time and document some of the mixes that have appeared in my rotations more than a few times, and […]



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