Podington Bear


Hi Everyone,

A few announcements:

1. On Wednesday I will post my 100th song for 2007*. That’s nuts.

*including bonus tracks and remixes available on the CD box set and iTunes albums.

2. I’m introducing a discount on the box set for people who purchased one or two albums on iTunes or other another digital retailer. Simply forward your email receipt to polyfreemusic@gmail.com and use the discounted buy buttons on this page to make your puchase

3. I’ve licensed some tracks to Paul Frank Industries. They are now the soundtrack to this short movie about their whimsical puppet mittens. Go here and click on the monkey.


4. Gosh, I’m thinking about taking August off. Would anyone mind? (I’d still finish a year of posting tracks every other day, just not consecutively… and subscribers can rest assured they’ll recieve the complete set of 10 discs.) Maybe it’s just the Monday 99 tracks blues. I dunno. I guess part of the stunt is to do it consecutively. Just a little warning in case, I guess.

– P Bear

P. Bear’s Hit Parade – A Special Top 40 Episode

On July 24th Yours Truly will have released 100 songs (including the bonus tracks available on CD and iTunes–see song index) in this calendar year!

Over the weekend I took some time to select my own top 40 from the first six months/albums. I didn’t think too hard about it. I’m sure if I did it again I would favor a few others over what’s here. Anyway, I made a 46 minute memoir mix for an enhanced podcast episode. Incidentally, there are four bonus tracks which made the cut (the last two have not yet been released–a little teaser for the hard-core fans, I guess).

I hope that if you enjoy this you won’t hesitate to support me with a purchase from the shop or iTunes. (I take special joy in mailing out the box sets, personally.)

Download in iTunes here.

The Hit Parade Tracklist (what do you think I missed?):

Wonder Happens
Elephants On Parade
Frogs In Tuxes
Fantasy & Denoument
Wavy Glass
Caterpillar Brigade
Thee Horse Song
Steppin In
Sunset Stroll Into The Woods
Clouds Rain Sun
The Speed Of Life
Le Monstre
Thought Bubbles
Kitty In The Window
Chainlink Melody
Scrubbing Bubbles
Sunday Morning
Get Happy Now
Yip Yop
Dim Dim
The Album Leaf
Blur & Coalesce
Floating Up From The Cubicle
The Beach
Re: Joyce
Bass of Hearts
The Hump
Into The Unknown

*note: On the afternoon of Sunday the 15th the iTunes app would crash when trying to download an iteration of this file. It was a bizarre phenomenon that was tricky to troubleshoot. I temporarily removed this post, but everything seems smooth now. Go figure. I plan on letting Apple know about it, for what it’s worth.

P. Bear’s Evolution.


Dear reader,

As you may know, I’m just over half way to my goal of releasing a song every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in 2007. The songs are premiered via the P. Bear Podcast and collected in digital albums, and most famously The Box Set. This release schedule will amount to 156 songs released, for free, in 2007. But that’s not all. Because I’m giving them away I wanted to create bonus tracks as an insentive for people to buy the definitive, higher quality versions. This will add about 24 more songs, or so. At present I’m fast approaching song #100 with 95 released. For those of you who were introduced to my music a while ago, I hope you’ve enjoyed the evolution as much as I have.

Around the middle of March or so the P. Bear Podcast experienced a windfall of media interest from the likes of NPR, Wired.com, mp3 blogs and iTunes editors themselves, at one point pushing it up the iTunes Music Podcast Chart to #3. Since then it’s been a bit quiet, which might lead one to believe that it was all just a flash in the pan. All I know is that have focused 99% on the music since that time, and 1% on promotion. For example, I did an interview with The Globe & Mail in May and am only now getting round to posting a link. The way I see it, I’m still just getting started, and I’m brimming with ideas for the final acts of this play! If when I started my music was ‘okay’, and my stated goal was to become ‘amazing’, then I’d be happy to have reached ‘appealing’ by now. I’m not sure if I’ll get there, but a bear’s gotta aim for somethin’.

Yours truly,

p bear