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A couple of people expressed interested in hearing my electric kazoo when I got it. So here’s my 3:45 opus Me Screwing Around With My Kazooka Brand Electric Kazoo and My Boss GT-6 (5MB).

Posted on - June 28, 2004 [at] 9:02 pm by Brad
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Three more remixes for you all:

Thanks!

Posted on - June 26, 2004 [at] 1:39 pm by Brad
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I switched Sellout Central to WordPress a few weeks ago, which was a bit of a rough ride due to the additional challenge I put on myself to not allow myself to break any URLs in the transition.

WordPress is faster and seems to have more features than Movable Type, but also has a lot of “quirks” and, uh, “character” if you want to put it that way. Enough research smooths that out a bit, but it takes a while. Overall I’m pretty happy with it and would like to switch on this site.

The main thing holding me back from that right now is moving the design over. I really don’t want to jam this stupid table-based design into the guts of WordPress and I also really don’t want to spend the next six months of my life trying (and failing) to come up with a nice browser-friendly CSS design.

Posted on - June 24, 2004 [at] 6:39 pm by Brad
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Besides being a totally amazing watch, The Popular Demo is extra cool because they released the tools to make your own demos with the engine. The quality is pretty stunning, I don’t think a video made with it and rendered at high quality would be out of place on television. I wish I had the time to try and jam one of my songs in there because that would be super awesome.

Posted on - June 22, 2004 [at] 4:12 pm by Brad
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Well, that is now in the bag. It was a pretty good experience in that I learned an awful lot since I had 100% no clue about live sound. I got some real helpful advice and a better idea of what the hell the deal is with playing live. Didn’t really make me feel like a flawless rock god, but that I guess is what the booze is for.

Posted on - June 21, 2004 [at] 9:28 am by Brad
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The first Brad Sucks live rehearsal at a real place where bands play with real PAs and so on is in like two hours from now. Kinda nervous, kinda looking forward to it, I hope it all goes okay.

Playing live is what I’ve been working on lately instead of recording new songs. If all goes well, I’ll be able to start playing live shows, stop worrying about translating my songs into live format and start putting down some new material.

Wish me luck!

Posted on - June 20, 2004 [at] 12:18 pm by Brad
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Joe Taylor points to the Internet Archive’s New FreeCache project.

For musicians this means a free and easy way to offload the bandwidth of their hosted songs. You just put “http://freecache.org/” in front of your URL and it does its thing. For instance, here’s the freecached version of Making Me Nervous.

That is both handy AND dandy.

Posted on - June 20, 2004 [at] 10:50 am by Brad
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Engadget shows how to make your own pirate radio station with an ipod. Great, great stuff. Makes me wish I had an iPod.

Posted on - June 17, 2004 [at] 6:48 pm by Brad
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Pitchformula, by Loren Jan Wilson, is pretty awesome:

This project combines a computer science background and a songwriting hobby with an unhealthy obsession for popular music reviews. In it, I attempt to come up with a new computer-assisted songwriting method which takes music critics’ opinions into account. By writing software to statisically analyze the content of several thousand record reviews from the Pitchfork music website (www.pitchforkmedia.com), I generate a set of compositional guidelines based on the musical preferences expressed by the critics. I then use those guidelines to write and record a couple of original songs, discussing in detail the relationships between the songs and the data that I have collected.

The word lists and their values and the songs he made which I do think sound a fair amount like the sort of music the average Pitchfork reviewer would go for.

Posted on - June 17, 2004 [at] 6:45 pm by Brad
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Here’s a batch of new remixes:

Borderline (Bill Berry Mix) – Bill Berry, who did a really cool Making Me Nervous cover electrona-fies Borderline.

Borderline (Alike Mix) – A Borderline remix which does funny things to my mind with its rhythm, almost dub/reggae-ish.

Making Me Nervous (Paranoia Remix) – Specialneeds remixes Making Me Nervous, plenty of cool electronic sounds in here.

Thanks! Also I made a listing in the extras section for the source that’s currently available.

Posted on - June 16, 2004 [at] 9:44 am by Brad
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