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My studio construction is coming along pretty nicely and is probably about a week away from completion. I’ve been out pricing carpet and insulation and sound dampening foam as well as continuing my quest for near field monitors.

Researching monitors is pretty annoying and I don’t in any way condone or recommend it. Instead, I suggest you make a costly impulse purchase based on whatever speakers seem attractive to you and cost the most you can possibly afford. Rate them based on how heavy they are, or wind resistence properties or their colour or something. That seems to be about where my week of careful research has led me and let me tell you, it’s a happier place than talking to other musicians and engineers.

My research has indicated that the Event 20/20bas’s are probably the best bang for my buck. But if I were to walk into a room full of musicians and engineers and explain what I was thinking of buying, a riot would break out immediately and I would be torn limb from limb while people screamed brands like KRK, Behringer, Mackie and Genetec at me.

Here’s an example of the type of conversations about monitors I’ve been having over the past week:

Me: Hey, so I’m thinking I’m going to buy the Event 20/20bas’s. Most of the reviews are pretty good and lots of people recommend them and I realize they’re not top of the line, seeing as though they’re “only” $1200 Canadian, but I think they’re probably good enough for me right now.

Engineer: [slaps me] They suck and you’re an idiot! Don’t bother. You’re better off mastering your album on ten dollar Radio Shack headphones, you fucking idiot. They suck. You suck. Be a man and buy a REAL pair of monitors, like [monitors that cost ten thousand dollars each]!

Me: But I’m not expecting professional studio quality here, not to mention that I can’t in any way afford it. It’s just a small home studio and it seems like it would be silly to put myself in tremendous stupid debt paying thousands of dollars per monitor when I pretty much just want to make reasonable sounding demos. I always have the option of selling them later and upgrading when I have more money. Or if I want to get that 100% slick and polished sound, I can invest the money I would have spent on incredible monitors into professional studio time where actual trained engineers like yourself can worry about those things.

Engineer: Fag.

So it’s a pretty exciting time. Also, I broke my electric guitar. I tripped over a cable and knocked it off its stand and it fell flat on its face, which snapped the pickup switch off. Rock on!

Posted on - March 25, 2002 [at] 7:34 pm by Brad
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After going to WWF Smackdown! the other night, I’ve been trying to figure out how to work my music career so I can eventually be involved with wrestling in some way. Somebody sent me this:

Hulk Hogan CD

If you nail "Hulk Hogan and the Wrestling Boot Band" into Audiogalaxy, you can download all of the tracks and enjoy them as much as I currently am. I recommend "Hulkster in Heaven".

(You could also order it here, if you wanted to.)

Posted on - March 21, 2002 [at] 10:19 am by Brad
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After scamming around on the net for a while, everybody’s choice for some sort of affordable flat-response monitor solution seems to be the Event 20/20’s. I had to wade through an awful lot of stupid arguments about monitors, but this review by Sound on Sound is pretty encouraging.

The only other possible option I’ve been able to track down is the Mackie HR824’s, which seem to blow the 20/20’s out of the water, but with an understandable price increase that I probably can’t manage at this point in my music and web design career.

Posted on - March 20, 2002 [at] 8:29 pm by Brad
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Over the next week or two I’ll be getting a nice sound-proofed studio room built, which will hopefully be a vast improvement over the current "really reflective and cramped bedroom" thing I’ve got going on right now. Also, I think I’m going to shell out the dough for real live monitors so I can actually attempt to learn a thing or two about mixing. But first I have to learn a thing or two about monitors.

Posted on - March 20, 2002 [at] 7:36 pm by Brad
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I accidentally knocked my (apparently) glass guitar slide off my desk and it shattered on the floor into at least seventy-five pieces. I had always assumed it was made out of some sort of clear plastic but never tested it. Now I have. And now I have nothing to play slide guitar with.

And instead of working on a new song tomorrow evening, I’ll be attending WWF Smackdown! and will attempt to win the Hardcore championship on behalf of Brad Sucks and my fan. Watch for it!

Posted on - March 19, 2002 [at] 12:43 am by Brad
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There’s now a music page with little notes on the three tracks I’ve got online. The next Brad Sucks track will probably be up in the next week or so. Possibly delayed by me going to WWF Smackdown! on Tuesday, which I am actually doing regardless of what you think of me for it.

Posted on - March 15, 2002 [at] 12:35 pm by Brad
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Eventually I’m going to put some of the shady record deal offers I’ve received just from my three little songs online so you can all enjoy them as much as I have. They are numerous and trust me, they’re nothing worth bragging about or I’d be bragging about them. I figure if I could get a nickel for every "SEND US YOUR DEMO AND SIXTY DOLLARS AND WE MIGHT SIGN YOU!!" e-mail I’ve gotten since I put my songs online, I’d be living on the moon right now in some sort of transparent Brad-dome equipped with a billion dollar recording studio and enough guns to protect me from the government and any space aliens that might come along. I’d spend my days working solely on experimental compositions using only empty beer cans, prescription bottles and a ten dollar Radio Shack microphone, you know, for art. But no nickels.

Posted on - March 12, 2002 [at] 7:11 pm by Brad
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Here’s what Lockergnome Digital Media had to say about Brad Sucks:

Brad writes songs that sample from all the best bands and artists of the 90s. "Overreacting" sounds like a mixture of REM and The Flys, "Difficult Situation" wouldn’t sound out of place on any early Sebadoh album, and "Gangsta Love" resembles Mellow Gold-era Beck. Hell, even William S. Burroughs said it was okay for artists to steal: "Words, colors, light, sounds, stone, wood, bronze belong to the living artist. They belong to anyone who can use them." Brad doesn’t rip off other artists, he just knows what works and what doesn’t. Besides, his sense of humor permeates every song, and that’s quite original. All hail the Canadian paradox.

I skimmed this after I had just woken up and thanks to sleepiness and my negative worldview, the following words were the only ones that registered in my brain: ‘sample’, ‘steal’ and ‘rip off’, which was a little shocking. I read it again and then I felt fine. Ain’t nothin’ wrong with that.

Posted on - March 11, 2002 [at] 1:06 am by Brad
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I injured my left thumb two days ago shelling peanuts while watching wrestling and drinking beer. Playing guitar or keyboards makes me cry like a little girl with an injured thumb and no pride. You can extrapolate this anecdote into some sort of lesson if you’d like.

Posted on - March 7, 2002 [at] 6:54 pm by Brad
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IUMA (the site where I host my lovely mp3s) seems to be mentally ill right now. A friend has volunteered some temporary bandwidth to the Brad Sucks cause and I’ve uploaded some 128k versions of the songs (IUMA only allowed 96k). Part of the pain of being a net musician is finding a decent place to host your large, stupid music files.

IUMA has been pretty nice, but apparently has some stability issues. The interface is very clean and easy to use and the pages it renders look pretty sharp. You get the feeling that you’re part of some sort of elite music library, even though you’re absolutely not in any way.

The alternative, MP3.com, is frightening and the administration interface is full of confusing text ads that get in your way for the first while. Also, MP3.com forces visitors to log in to listen to your music, which is a big fat hassle. And when you’re on MP3.com, you get the feeling that you’re in some sort of musicians-only ghetto, which you are.

If you know of any other decent alternatives and for some reason you’re reading this, drop me a line at brad@bradsucks.net.

Posted on - March 4, 2002 [at] 11:37 pm by Brad
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