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We had a good showing last year but we’re gearing up for Halloween 2007. First step is putting up some advertising like this countdown sign that’s now on our front porch. Here it is with the camera flash:

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They’re laminated fluorescent posterboard letters with a black light shining on them. The numbers are attached to the board with velcro. The crappy pictures don’t really do it justice, it looks awesome in person. (We stole this whole idea from here, but are proud of how it turned out.)

32 days left!

Posted on - September 29, 2007 [at] 8:22 pm by Brad
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Hey hey. I need some background vocals for the title track of my next album (Out of It). I kinda want it to have a singalong vibe. Instead of just going to some of my singing buddies I thought it’d be fun to try opening it up to anyone out there.

So here’s the unfinished song with rough vocals:

Out of It [3MB MP3] (lyrics)

How to play along at home:

1. Record yourself singing along with this song as best you can. It doesn’t have to be the greatest quality, but try to keep clipping/distortion & mic pops to a minimum. Note: I need a recording of only your singing to be able to mix you in.

2. Upload your audio files to ccMixter.org under an Attribution Creative Commons license (which gives anyone permission to use your vocals as long as they give you credit). Please tag the file with “outofit”. Update: ccMixter has a submit form specifically for this. If you’re logged in, go here.

Deadline: Monday, October 15th Sunday, November 11th.

What’s in it for you: If I use your vocals I’ll credit you in the liner notes for the song and ship you out a free copy of the record when it’s done. Woo!

Thank you! (You can see the submissions so far here.)

Update: fieryprophet has mixed all the vocals as of October 16th, check it out [5mb mp3].

Posted on - September 27, 2007 [at] 3:51 pm by Brad
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I’m pretty far behind on the blogging lately, let’s see…

Amazon launched their DRM-free MP3 download service – good news for anyone who hates DRM. The implementation is nice, the player’s decent. Things I don’t know: a) how my music got in there b) how they decided on $6.99 for the price of my album (which is a dollar more than 50 Cent’s Get Rich or Die Tryin’) and c) how much I earn out of the sales. Seeing as though I earn about $6.50 from each iTunes album sale I assume this’ll be significantly less riches for me.

I’m pretty into Hype Machine lately. My friend Ryan‘s been bringing me up to speed on the blog house scene. I really don’t have the time or patience or really anything to keep up with things so I’m relying on aggregators to do it. Of course now I’m thinking about writing my own as making web sites to enable my own laziness is sort of a passion of mine.

I think I could watch this Cadbury ad about one, maybe two thousand more times:

I think this is the first time I’ve ever been happy to hear Phil Collins.

Posted on - September 27, 2007 [at] 1:06 pm by Brad
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Hey, Dead in the Water, a film directed by Marc Buhmann that used my music in it, was released on DVD yesterday.

Amazon and Barnes & Noble have it and apparently it’s at most DVD retailers. More info on the movie is here.

Posted on - September 26, 2007 [at] 9:52 am by Brad
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WordPress 2.3 is out and I’m now upgraded. I’m fairly excited about tagging though I’m not sure if Windows Live Writer supports it yet, which could be a downer. If you notice anything broken (other than my spirit) please let me know.

Posted on - September 24, 2007 [at] 10:45 pm by Brad
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williamgibson So last night I met William Gibson. What a super nice man. I was, I think, only slightly to mildly retarded while speaking to him. He said very nice things to me and it was a pretty great and extremely surreal experience. I kept having flashbacks to watching him on Prisoners of Gravity as a teenager.

Aside from the personal meeting, the Q&A itself was inspiring. My ongoing creative struggles seem small and ridiculous when compared with the pressures and ups and downs of a quarter century career largely saddled with the expectations of others.

Posted on - September 23, 2007 [at] 9:08 am by Brad
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The only thing keeping me going right now is rainbow puke:

http://i171.photobucket.com/albums/u284/poonieboo/gross.jpg

Posted on - September 20, 2007 [at] 11:36 am by Brad
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shark_week_2Wow, it’s been a week of death and terminal illness in Brad-land. Not sure what brought that on, but I apologize.

At least there’s a new c. layne record called SHARK WEEK and it’s available for free download. Check it out!

Posted on - September 12, 2007 [at] 1:28 pm by Brad
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Pitchfork Gives Music 6.8, a fine article by The Onion:

“Coming in at an exhausting 7,000 years long, music is weighed down by a few too many mid- tempo tunes, most notably ‘Liebesträume No. 3 in A flat’ by Franz Liszt and ‘Closing Time’ by ’90s alt-rock group Semisonic,” Schreiber wrote. “In the end, though music can be brilliant at times, the whole medium comes off as derivative of Pavement.”

Posted on - September 10, 2007 [at] 12:10 pm by Brad
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podcasticalsmall-730512I’ve known Adam Finley since 2002 when he wrote about Brad Sucks in Lockergnome. We struck up a friendship and stayed in email contact since then. He was a very talented writer and we shared the experience of having large creative aspirations but being stuck in small towns. I encouraged (code for hassled) him to put his writing online, to start a blog, to get into blogging commercially, to get RSS feeds, to fix his RSS feeds, etc, etc. With my nerdy faith I knew that if he got his writing out there, nice things would happen for him as they have for me.

Lately he had been happily writing for TV Squad and updating Raise Your Children My Way, Damn It as well as Adam’s Utterly Podcastical Podcast.

Earlier today I received an email from his brother saying Adam had been struck and killed by a school bus on Thursday. I didn’t believe it at first because Adam’s most recent post on TV Squad was this morning (and made me laugh). But I knew it was possible the posts were pre-written and queued. I held out hope it was a sick joke, but Google News backed it up (1, 2). Awful.

As is common these days, I had never met Adam. We spoke on the phone once or twice and got along great. He interviewed me for Flak magazine and it was like talking to an old friend. In email we tossed bits and pieces back and forth, checking in for life/career/project updates whenever we had gone too long without contact. I always asked him what he was working on. I knew that he’d go on to be an extremely successful writer. It was only a matter of time.

There are huge gaps in my knowledge of Adam. I really didn’t know him the way his family and friends did and it would be disingenuous to even put my sense of loss on the same level of what they must be feeling. But I do know Adam was thoughtful, funny, caring, talented and unique. I’ll miss him and I’m very sad he’s gone.

Posted on - September 8, 2007 [at] 3:38 pm by Brad
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