Month: March 2005

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Over the last week or two, I’ve been listening off-and-on to the 752(!) songs that the South By Southwest folks so kindly made available via BitTorrent.

It really is fantastic that they did this. I love hearing new music from new bands. Mind you some of it is crap, but in general I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at how much good stuff there is in there. I’ve also been surprised at how diverse the music is.

One of my favorites so far is For The Kids by The High Speed Scene. Sums up pretty well what I think about the mainstream (i.e. major-label) music industry in general. Have a listen! It’s short — just over two minutes — but possibly not work-safe, so don’t say I didn’t warn you.

They’re also on iTunes Music Store — if you like them, go buy some music!

Music

It’s been a while since I posted any video, but Monday’s Daily Show opening segment was a riot, so I decided I’d share.

You’re all familiar with the Terri Schiavo case by now, I’m sure, and Congress’s ridiculous passage of a law last weekend, to prevent her feeding tube from being removed. Well, I wasn’t the only one who thought it was just about the stupidest thing they’d heard all month.

The folks over at the Daily Show thought it was pretty stupid too. So, for your viewing enjoyment, brought to you by the wonders of RSS 2.0 enclosures, here’s the first 8 1/2 (relevant) minutes of Monday’s Daily Show.

Politics

Well, I’ve taken the plunge. I’m now Podcast-capable on this blog. You can see it in action in my last post. (PS: Now in this post too. Couldn’t help myself with the new toys!)

Is it a fad? I don’t think so. The name Podcasting may be a fad, and the predominance of audio files in RSS enclosures may also be a fad, but the idea of sending media files around via a syndication feed in a website is probably here to stay. At least it’ll stay as long as people syndicate their sites with feeds, something I don’t see stopping any time soon.

Surprisingly, I actually had a desire for this feature on my blog, and possibly even a real need for it on the site for my moonlighting business.

See the thing is that I’m hooked on music — more recently music production (in addition to my long love of music performance). And I like to share my work. So stay tuned. You’ll probably see lots of new music featuring yours truly flying through here, and if the other thing takes off, there’ll be music from other people too.

To start it off, this post is a Podcast of some multi-track recording I did just last week with my band. There will be more to come. And if I ever start a Podcast over there?… I’ll be sure to let you guys know.

(Oh, and a little secret: Manila is now the easiest to use Podcasting software. I saw what they’re doing in LiveJournal and Blojsom. They have extra steps. I just pick a file when I’m making a post, and it all goes at once. No need for a separate upload step and then a blog post. It’s all right there. Nice.)

Music

I finished a recording project tonight that was started in October of last year. Aaron Burton is an acoustic blues guitarist/singer here in Dallas, and I had an opportunity to record an hour-long performance last October at a benefit.

I’d already mixed one of the songs down, as part of a compliation CD that I did for the benefit, but hadn’t yet mixed the other 14 songs Aaron performed that night. Tonight I finished the mixing and mastering, and out the other end popped a 15-song, 47 minute CD.

Aaron seemed pretty happy with the results. (I am too.) It was an unexpected bonus for him, since he’d never done any real serious recording before, and had lucked into the fact that I’d recorded the benefit gig last October.

‘Can we hear some?’ you ask. Sure! Here’s a slide guitar track from the new CD. And how would you feel about some ice cream?

Enjoy!

Music