Monthly Music Challenge with Cosmic Bos is where songwriters and musicians come to take part in a challenge, a music making one, in which you have 1 month to make a song or piece of music around a theme, then submit it to us and we will play it on the podcast.
This is the second year of this challenge, and if you can stick with it for the whole year as a musician you will have an album by the end of it.
Come and join the most creative, expressive and inclusive musical community on the internet.
Cosmic Bos are Nick and Andy Jackson. Brothers from Brighton, UK. They make music, lots and lots of it. It is found here in this very podcast.
Brief History of the Podcast :
Season 1 (2019) - Improv-Revisation
9 Full Episodes/Albums of music that was derived from improv sessions that were edited/revised. Plus 20 music videos.
Season 2 (2020) - Improv-Revisation 2
7 Full Ep/Albums of improv-revisation, other 1st year of lockdown stuff, and 19 music videos.
Season 3 (2021) - Improvisation
1 final Improv-revisation and 4 full Improvisation albums with Joe Philogene, and 40 music videos
Season 4 (2022) - Improv Squared and Making of an Album
1 full Improv Squared album and the Making of an Album special, with an EP and a live album too.
Season 5 (2023) - Monthly Music Challenge with Cosmic Bos
It's a pretty epic musical adventure we are on, come join us, and get involved.
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MMC 2.1 - First Impressions
Welcome friends and lovers to the Monthly Music Challenge podcast with your hosts, Cosmic Bos.
This is the first proper episode of the second season of the Monthly Music Challenge, and it has grown somewhat since last year. 30 songs for you! that's right, 30 songs made around the theme of 'First Impressions', and SPOILER ALERT! They are crispy amazeballs, absolutely all of them.
Andy and Nick, Jackson, the brothers Cosmic, Bos, one S, are here to guide you through the delightful frist impressions from the most exciting up and coming musicians and artists that are creating in the world today, forget your Taylor Swifts, it's all about Taylor Lidstone here, and move aside Andrew Lloyd Weber, we got Andrew Hartshorn on the MMC Challenge (our Rocket, Submarine, Train hybrid that traverses the musical multiverse).
So come on a magical musical journey, with special guests David Battenberg Cake and Big Mic, as Cosmic Bos delve into the musical world of First Impressions.
Full tracklist, not in order, in fact it's the order of Big Mic's Big Numbers! The new game that Andy and Nick came up with to help them pick an order.
1. Cosmic Bos - You Only Get One Chance to Make a First Impression 2. TexMex Shaman - Firstly, I'm Impressed 3. John Serrano and Ores Minon - Rules to Break 4. Sonic Squirrel - Greetings from Planet Squirrel 5. Voltage Poetry Project - The First Funicular of the Day 6. NakelTBG - Peak Cinema 7. Smokin' Cola - Good First Impression 8. Gee-Whiz - First Impressions 9. Only the Host and John Serrano - It's Dangerous to go it Alone 10. Mr. Woody - Warning Sign 11. - 14. Mobidextrous - First Impressions EP 15. Aye Nevo - The Gift 16. Uncle Funkbeard - Thirst Impressions 17. Chemical Shift - Mariposas 18. Taylor Lidstone - I Bet You Skip Forward 19. Mario Marino - Loading Screen 20. Mike Allen - I Digress 21. Pixie Post - The Beginning 22. Andrew Hartshorn - First Impressions 23. Starve the Little Devil - Come Around 24. Trench Gun - When I First Saw You 25. A Sea Warren - First Impressions 26. Colin Pimlott - 8 out of 10 won't do 27. Notehead - Phosphenes 28. Above the Snow Line, Tracy Cloud and John Serrano - First Impression 29. Hellwaddler - Post Apocalyptic Impressions 30. Natalie Williams Calhoun - First Impressions Please go and vote for your favourite songs in the comments here on the podcast, or on youtube (prefferably), we will tally up the results and issue a 'Peoples Choice Award' next month to the song with the most love. Feel free to mention multiple.
Thank you for being here, we truly appreciate you, please give the podcast a like and subscribe, and comments are just wonderful.
The next theme for the MMC is 2.2 - Happiness, get your happy (or miserable) caps on and get musicianing oh dearest musicians of the indie music world. Closing date or submissions is the 1st March 2024.
Email an mp3 (and a bio if you are new) to firstname.lastname@example.org
You can still submit songs for 'First Impressions' and we might play them in our 'Late Subs' section.
Next Episode coming 3rd March - MMC 2.2 - Happiness
Peace and infinite love
Virtual Normality 3 - Cosmic Bos (Special VN3 Celebration episode)
Hello Music fans,
Welcome to a special presentation podcast by the hosts of the Monthly Music Challenge, Cosmic Bos (one S). Although this is the podcast feed for the MMC, it is also the place that Cosmic Bos put their special presentations and some other guff, like, if they want to chat about something for some reason.
Cosmic Bos are Nick and Andy Jackson, brothers from the South of the UK, making music and music videos and sharing them with the world.
Virtual Normality 3 is our third EP in the Virtual Normality series (you can tell by the 3 after the words Virtual and Normality), with the first one having come out way back in 2021 before the Monthly Music Challenge even existed, the second one hit internet shelves in 2022 mere months before the MMC was launched, and then this third one slipped onto the intershelves on the final day of 2023 (so we can still claim it came out in '23). https://cosmicbos.bandcamp.com/album/virtual-normality-3
A little Cosmic Bos history on this subject: Virtual Normality started life as a showcase for Nick and Andy of their songwriting skills, at the time, Cosmic Bos were making an improvised music podcast, with Nick and Andy working with Joe Philogene and producing 4 epic Full album improv sessions in 2021. 'Space Babies' was born from the improv sessions and was given a coat of production paint to open the EP, with 'Take it Easier', 'It's Always You' and 'Ride Another Wave' being used from the songbooks. 'Stay Inside' was a new song made with TexMex Shaman and loving placed on the EP.
Flash forward a year and Cosmic Bos release Virtual Normality 2, having won a 'Judge's Choice' Award for their album '2 A.M it's Mission Time' it was decided that Nick and Andy would give the songwriting their full focus. VN2 contained 4 songs that had been born from the Music Weeklies challenge on X (formerly Twitter) as well as a Cosmic Bos remix of a song by Andrew Hartshorn and Natalie Williams Calhoun. It also served as the blueprint for the Monthly Music Challenge.
At the end of the first year of the Monthly Music Challenge, Cosmic Bos turned their attention to Virtual Normality 3, knowing that they wanted it to showcase what the future may hold, just as the previous two VN EP's had. And that is what this podcast is about.
Come on a journey with Nick Jackson and Andy Jackson of Cosmic Bos as they discuss their new 5 track EP Virtual Normality 3, which you can buy on bandcamp right now here https://cosmicbos.bandcamp.com/album/virtual-normality-3
Also, if you fancy a free copy of the EP, then all you need to do is purchase our CD from Monochrome Motif Records here https://cosmicbos.bandcamp.com/album/mmc-1-2023-album - Containing our 10 songs for the first year of the Monthly Music Challenge, and a bonus free digital download of Virtual Normality 3.
Thank you for listening, regular Monthly Music Challenge will be back on the 4th of Feb 2024, you have until the 2nd Feb to write your 'First Impressions' songs, and then email mp3 and bio to us at email@example.com
Full tracklist for Virtual Normality 3
Oh Wow! (Hug the Lady) ft. A Sea Warren Future Anniversaries Unconditional Fragility How So Lucky ft. Theo Please like, share and subscribe to our work
And comment pwease, we weally weally love comments
Peace and infinite love
Monthly Music Challenge Podcast MMC 2.0 (2024) - Intro (What is the MMC? What is the next theme?)
Hello dear listener,
Welcome to the Monthly Music Challenge podcast with your hosts Cosmic Bos, they are Nick and Andy Jackson, brothers from the UK that make lots of music, and host this music challenge, monthly, in podcast form.
This is the introduction episode to the second year of the Monthly Music Challenge.
What is the Monthly Music Challenge?
Good question, it is a podcast, audioshow, that comes out monthly, and contains music submitted around a theme each month. We did it all last year, and had 10 themes that made up MMC 1.
Cosmic Bos (your show hosts) put their efforts out as a CD under Monochrome Motif records, which you can purchase from bandcamp here
How do I get involved?
If you are a musician, and you would like to submit music to the Monthly Music Challenge podcast, please send mp3's with a bio (for first timers) and a little write up about your track to firstname.lastname@example.org
We listen to all submissions and craft a unique show out of them, the peeps of the MMC are the cream of the indie music scene, and you can be a part of it too.
What is the theme for Jan 2024?
Well, the theme for Jan 2024 is - First Impressions
You have till the 2nd of Feb to get your 'First Impressions' songs in.
Is there a way to submit songs from previous themes of the MMC?
Funny you should ask, we had a segment last year we called 'Late Subs' to accomodate peeps that missed the deadline, and we will probably bring that back for this season of podcasting.
So if you would like to make a song or piece of music about any of the themes from MMC1 then please do, and submit them in mp3 form to email@example.com
MMC1 Themes for late subs are:
New Beginnings, Escape, Ignorance, Winning, Razzmajazz, Artificial Intelligence, Mother Earth, Dreams, Super Spectacular & Finale
So for this intro episode we didn't really get any submissions, we had suggested that if peeps were up for it they could make a track to go with the theme 'Intro'. Only one person took up the challenge, the one and only Andrew Hartshorn. Who also put out an MMC 1 album from his efforts on the MMC in 2023. Go buy a copy on bandcamp, it's awesome sauce and well worth your eartime.
Also, we hastily put our 'Intro' song together, and are getting it to pull double duties for now, as the podcast intro AND our MMC 2 intro. Fun times.
Please like, share, comment and subscribe to Cosmic Bos
Now get to work, you've got music to make
Peace and infinite cake
Cosmic Bos (one 'S')
Monthly Music Challenge 2023 Awards - Rest of MMC1 2023 SILVER AWARDS
So peeps, Cosmic Bos (your hosts of the MMC) presented the Gold Awards for the awesome music sent in the the Monthly Music Challenge in 2023. That was the Best of 2023, 11 Gold Award winning artists of the indie music scene, taking on challenges with a time limit and making the crispiest Golden music known to earballs in the solar rotational calander year known as 2023.
There were of course, a great many Monthly Music Challenge submissions from which the gold award winners were plucked, and to honour the truly exceptional work of the awesome artists of the MMC, Cosmic Bos gave Silver Awards to all the shortlisted songs for the awards.
So, we now present to you the Rest of MMC 2023, containing 10 of the Silver Award winning artists award winning songs, as well as 10 more Cosmic Bos songs from the rest of the music we made for the Monthly Music Challenge.
Side note - Cosmic Bos took part in the Music Weeklies challenge for almost the entire year, producing 43 songs for the MMC which are all available on the EP's that went with each Monthly Challenge. Not to brag or nothing, but it was an experiment that helped shape both Andy and Nick into the Bos'es they need to be to helm the MMC Challenger (it's a rocket, submarine, train thing that crosses the musical multiverse, see previous episodes for more details).
Monochrome Motif Records (the label run by Andrew Hartshorn) very kindly released Cosmic Bos MMC 1 (2023) on CD no less! Check out the bandcamp link here for details on purchase, download and streaming freeloads too. https://cosmicbos.bandcamp.com/album/mmc-1-2023-album
Here is the full shortlist of awesome Silver Award winners, please go and subscribe to them all on all the socials.
New Beginnings Silver Award winners
In the Beginning - Tonal Drift A New Beginning - Chemical Shift Phoenix Rising - Andrew Hartshorn Starting Over - Third Echo Sounds Escape Silver Award winners
Breakout - Trench Gun How to Stop Time - Stefan Bohacek Dance (escape the week) - Mijimo Escape - Peter Hawkey Ignorance Silver Award winners
Ignorance - Peter Hawkey I is for Ignorance - Hellwaddler The Size of the Stars - Notehead Ignorance - Mobidextrous Without Your Love - A Sea Warren Winning Silver Award winners
Winning (Deep Fried Mix) - Mobidextrous Slow and Steady wins the race - Andrew Hartshorn You Can't Be a Winner (if you're a Sinner) - A Sea Warren Smell Defeat - Notehead Razzmajazz Silver Award winners
Razzmajazz - Scowsh Molosh This is Fine - Notehead Razmajazz - Tonal Drift The Jazzman's Trumpet - Andrew Hartshorn Artificial Intelligence Silver Award winners
Era Oeuvre - Voltage Poetry Project Clouds Dissolve - Texmex Shaman and TRC Techno sapiens - Tonal Drift Ghost in the Machine - J Peck Mother Earth Silver Award winners
Price to be Paid - Aye Nevo Gaias Moonshine Merriment - Hellwaddler The Assassination of Mother Earth - Man of Arun Mother Nature - Taylor Lidstone Dreams Silver Award winners
Dreamscape Promises - Taylor Lidstone Crisp - John Serrano Unsettled Sleep - Tonal Drift Princess in the Snow - Hellwaddler Lonely in Lucidity - Notehead Impossible Perks - Mobidextrous Super Spectacular Silver Award winners
Mecha Funk - Mario Marino Can't Get You Out of my Head - John Serrano and Raul Lupianez Atlantis (Tringle) - Andrew Hartshorn Super-Spectacular - Above the Snow Line Epiphany - Hellwaddler Finale Silver Award winners
Lost - Only the Host Feed Me the Finale - Notehead Once Stowaway - Voltage Poetry Project Finale - Taylor Lidstone Noot and Carnage - Hellwaddler I Want to Run Away - A Sea Warren Now that is one helluva set of songs right there, we recomment you go and listen to all of them, and please share the love with all the artists, they are amazeballs and deserve more attention.
The 10 Cosmic Bos songs played, or what we refer to as our Rest of 2023 are as follows:
One Pixel at a Time Heart Holder Ivory and Ebony Kick in the Cultures Basic Sandcastle Destruction Get a Littl
Monthly Music Challenge 2023 Awards - Best of MMC1 2023 GOLD AWARDS
Here it is peeps, the Monthly Music Challenge 2023 Awards - GOLD EDITION with your hosts Cosmic Bos
2023 has been one helluva ride for the Monthly Music Challenge podcast, when we started this back in Jan 2023 (ahh memories) with the help of Music Weeklies and the support of our awesome partners in musical business (Andrew Hartshorn & Al Warren), we had no idea how it would go, but here we are at the tail end of 23 and we are doing an Awards show, 2 of them no less (SPOILER ALERT! there will be a Silver Awards show too).
Welcome to the first annual Monthly Music Challenge Awards, 2023, with your hosts Cosmic Bos
We have handed out awards to go with each of the themes of MMC1, and using the album that we made ourselves for the challenge (which you can buy on CD and Download from bandcamp right now! follow the link - https://cosmicbos.bandcamp.com/album/mmc-1-2023-album
So as not to reveal the winners in this here bit of text, all the nominees will be written out in no particular order, and you will have to listen to find out the Gold Award winner.
New Beginnings Award
New Beginnings - A Sea Warren In the Beginning - Tonal Drift A New Beginning - Chemical Shift/Broken Nomads Phoenix Rising - Andrew Hartshorn Starting Over - Third Echo Sounds Escape Award
Breakout - Trench Gun How to Stop Time - Stefan Bohacek Escapist - Notehead Escape - Peter Hawkey Dance (escape the week) - Mijimo Ignorance Award
Without Your Love - A Sea Warren Ignorance - Peter Hawkey I is for Ignorance - Hellwaddler Ignorance - Mobidextrous Eden - Andrew Hartshorn The Size of the Stars - Notehead Winning Award
Smell Defeat - Notehead Winning isn't Everything - Man of Arun Slow and Steady Wins the Race - Andrew Hartshorn You Can't be a Winner (if you're a Sinner) - A Sea Warren Winning (deep fried mix) - Mobidextrous Razzmajazz Award
Razzmajazz - Tonal Drift This is Fine - Notehead The Jazzman's Trumpet - Andrew Hartshorn Razzmajazz - Scowsh Molosh Just Make it Up - Hellwaddler Artificial Intelligence Award
Ghost in the Machine - J Peck Dichotomy - Natalie Williams Calhoun Clouds Dissolve - Texmex Shaman and TRC Era Oeuvre - Voltage Poetry Project Techno Sapiens - Tonal Drift Mother Earth Award
Price to be Paid - Aye Nevo Gaias Moonshine Merriment - Hellwaddler The Assassination of Mother Earth - Man of Arun Mother Nature - Taylor Lidstone They Lied to Me - J Peck Dreams Award
Princess in the Snow - Hellwaddler Lonely in Lucidity - Notehead Impossible Perks - Mobidextrous Dreamscape Promises - Taylor Lidstone Polarsken - Chemical Shift Crisp - John Serrano Unsettled Sleep - Tonal Drift Super Spectacular Award
Super - Texmex Shaman Can't Get You Out of My Head - John Serrano and Raul Lupianez Atlantis (Tringle) - Andrew Hartshorn Mecha Funk - Mario Marino Super-Spectacular - Above the Snow Line Epiphany - Hellwaddler Finale Award
Feed Me the Finale - Notehead Lost - Only the Host Once Stowaway - Voltage Poetry Project Finale - Taylor Lidstone Noot and Carnage - Hellwaddler I Want to Run Away - A Sea Warren Finale - Above the Snow Line ft. John Serrano There you have it, all these songs have picked up an award, but only one from each list gets the GOLD Award. Massive THANK YOU to everyone that submitted a song to the MMC in 2023, we had 167 songs made for the challenge by you! that's so awesome sauce.
In between each of the award winning songs, you get to hear Cosmic Bos submission to the MMC for that month, which you can buy on CD from Bandcamp here https://cosmicbos.bandcamp.com/album/mmc-1-2023-album
And you can get Andrew Hartshorn's MMC album on bandcamp too
And you can buy the pair of them together for a lovely little discount, please consider supporting us by buying our music, we do this all for love, but it would be nice to see some money pwease too.
Anyway, the Cosmic Bos songs that you will hear scattered across the award show are as follow
MMC 1.10 Finale (Monthly Music Challenge year 1 conclusion 2023)
Welcome to the Monthly Music Challenge with Cosmic Bos podcast
Monthly Music Challenge MMC 1.10 - Finale
We have reached the final theme of the Monthly Music Challenge's first year of existing, there will be no more monthly musical shenanigans until 2024, well, apart from the MMC Awards, and a few albums being available to buy on CD (SPOILER ALERT!) Cosmic Bos and Andrew Hartshorn both having CD's out under Monochrome Motif Records in December on bandcamp
Alas, we get ahead of ourselves, for right now, Nick and Andy Jackson and Jackson (Cosmic Bos) delve deep into the wonderful, eclectic, fascinating world of indie music, presenting for your earholes, interpretations of Finale, the Final E, the Fin Ale, the last song for the MMC1 albums we've all been making all year, the final outing for 2023, music made to the theme of Finale.
With some truly amazeball choonage that is sure to crispy your disco chicken, awesome your sauce, go on a musical adventure like no other, for the Finale outing in 2023, Cosmic Bos proudly presents the music of Mobidextrous, Above the Snow Line ft. John Serrano, Trench Gun, Notehead, TexMex Shaman and Tea R Sea, Andrew 'Big Dog' Hartshorn, Voltage Poetry Project, Taylor Lidstone, Hell'YEAH'waddler, Mario Marino, A Sea Warren (we can call him Al), Only the Host, Uncle Funkbeard, The Eclectic Collective, Chemical Shift/Broken Nomads and of course your idiotic hosts, Cosmic Bos.
Thank you so much for coming on this musical journey with us, it has been amazeballs from start to finish, and please support all these exceptional artists by buying their music, or at least following them on Spotify and other musical socials, bandcamp is still currently worth a visit.
We have made our Tringle for this episode 'pay what you want', with nothing being an option, so please go help yourself to a copy of our three tracks for this episode.
Comments make the indie musical world go round, so please leave comments wherever you get your MMC fix, thanks a billyuion.
You can also pick up our Monochrome Motif album - Cosmic Bos MMC 1 (2023)
Along with the Big Dog's MMC album 'Mythos Unveiled' too, Andrew Hartshorn Mythos Unveiled
Together you can get both on CD for £12 on bandcamp, whatta bargain!
Right, now onto the songs, here is the full tracklist for the episode:
1. Grand Theft Autotune (live) - Cosmic Bos 2. FINMV - Mobidextrous 3. Finale - Above the Snow Line ft. John Serrano 4. Monotony - Trench Gun 5. Feed me the Finale - Notehead 6. True Story - Texmex Shaman and Tea R Sea 7. Life & His Lover - Andrew Hartshorn 8. Once Stowaway - Voltage Poetry Project 9. Finale 2023 - Taylor Lidstone 10. Noot & Carnage - Hellwaddler 11. Transcendence 1 (the Twingle in the Tringle) - Cosmic Bos 12. HKJKT - Mobidextrous 13. Insomnia - Trench Gun 14. Subsiding Radiance - Mario Marino 15. I Want to Run Away - A Sea Warren 16. Lost - Only the Host 17. Changing My Mind - Uncle Funkbeard 18. Fallin - The Eclectic Collective (Texmex Shaman) 19. Bootymancer - Notehead 20. A New Beginning - Chemical Shift/Broken Nomads 21. CNDYFLP - Mobidextrous 22. Pinata of Troy - Cosmic Bos Now that is one massive bowl of crispy chicken soup for the soul, this is the bit of the podcast write up where we would usually announce the next theme, but technically there isn't one. However, as we have already decided that we're coming back next year to do Monthly Music Challenge 2, we offer up a little winter challenge for the keen and eager. In Janurary, Cosmic Bos will do a 'MMC 2.0 intro' episode, to reintroduce the idea for next year, and give peeps the month of Jan to jam their themed jam. If you want to get in ahead of the game a bit, then we will spin on the show any 'intro's' you wish to make for your MMC2 album. We will make one, probably use it to double up as
Amazing show by amazing artists
Just recently discovered this from Twitter, and have to say it's great! Kudos to Nick and Andy, keep doing what you're doing.
Talented Musicians, Great Podcast
Love these guys, talented musicians, podcasts are a mixture of chat and their music. It’s delivered in a personal chatty style (being brothers helps the banter) the songs have some great hooks with the lyrics very often underlining some important social & environmental messages but delivered without “preaching”. 5 stars all the way.
This is fire!
Been listening to these guys for a while now. Always a great podcast, really fun and great music. Well worth a listen!