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Anyone out there using allpeers? I’ve been wanting a way to easily share MP3s with friends for a while and allpeers seems pretty nice, though I’ve yet to get it to work in the Firefox 3 beta.

I’m ‘frenetic’ on there if you’d like to add me and make me listen to your favorite songs.

Posted on - December 30, 2007 [at] 12:33 pm by Brad
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I’ve been jealous of Gimme Some Candy for a long time. I’ve hassled them to let me in but they’re not accepting new artists. It’s a great idea — a tip jar with benefits. Supporters can buy items and leave a little message that gets displayed on the artist’s homepage.

So I’ve written and released an open source clone that’s pretty easy to set up. It’s called Gimme Some Money. The default items are a star, heart and cookie but they can be swapped out. You can see mine (using the default icons) over on the right sidebar.

Requirements: PHP 4+/MySQL & a Paypal account

Update: fixed an IE/Opera bug and updated it to v0.86 (thanks to jason for pointing out the bug).

Posted on - December 26, 2007 [at] 10:13 am by Brad
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Hope everyone’s having a nice holidays. I’ll have a belated open source Christmas present for other artists up here tomorrow when I’m less stuffed full of spätzle, potato dumplings and beer.

Posted on - December 25, 2007 [at] 10:04 pm by Brad
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That wasn’t too miserable. v0.06 of the Brad Sucks Digital Download Store is up with a pretty big overhaul:

  • bsdds has its own shopping cart now instead of using paypal’s — should allow alternate payment methods
  • zero dollar downloads
  • buyer/downloader is now redirected to the download page post-transfer if PDT is turned on in paypal preferences)

The shopping cart needs some CSS love but that’ll have to wait as I got things to do.

Posted on - December 22, 2007 [at] 4:50 pm by Brad
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Holy mother of Christmas I would like one of these Gibson Robot Guitars:

Also please add: unstoppable killing powers.

Posted on - December 21, 2007 [at] 12:13 pm by Brad
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Just uploaded a new version of the Brad Sucks Digital Download Store. Two big changes:

  • No longer requires Amazon S3. Your store files can be local and links will expire after your given duration (mod_rewrite required).
  • Variable prices via text input. Previously variable prices could only be selected via a pre-defined list in the drop down. Now buyers can specify whatever they want as long as it’s more than zero.

Next stuff I’ll be adding:

  • Integrate a shopping cart I wrote so that other payment options are possible (Google Checkout/VISA/etc).
  • Handle zero dollar downloads.

Hooray for work!

Posted on - December 19, 2007 [at] 4:01 pm by Brad
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Fantastic optimistic article in Wired by David Byrne about emerging music models: David Byrne’s Survival Strategies for Emerging Artists — and Megastars. His conclusion:

No single model will work for everyone. There’s room for all of us. Some artists are the Coke and Pepsi of music, while others are the fine wine — or the funky home-brewed moonshine. And that’s fine. I like Rihanna’s "Umbrella" and Christina Aguilera’s "Ain’t No Other Man." Sometimes a corporate soft drink is what you want — just not at the expense of the other thing. In the recent past, it often seemed like all or nothing, but maybe now we won’t be forced to choose.

As someone doing the 100% DIY thing for years, I’ve been scouting around for the low to midrange music biz services and been fairly disappointed with the options. Hopefully that’ll improve.

Posted on - December 19, 2007 [at] 9:17 am by Brad
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moby_equation The Washington Post has a cute article: The Moby Equation. A helpful sellout guide, taking into account rock and roll ideals, the song’s sacredness, the artist’s reputation, wealth and time since their heyday.

These days with a PVR and downloading TV from the Internet, television commercials are alien to me. The idea of a song being "wrecked" by a commercial seems like a thing of the past, but I’m often weird about these things.

Posted on - December 13, 2007 [at] 9:34 am by Brad
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Since finishing all the recording for my next record it’s been exciting to work on new music again.

Thanks for the Add (demo) (5.2MB MP3)

One of my resolutions is to be more fast and loose with the creative output. Obsessing all alone was not helpful or fun.

Update: here are the lyrics for those that asked:

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Posted on - December 12, 2007 [at] 4:07 pm by Brad
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Just an FYI: through some mix-up which was not at all my fault, the Brad Sucks gig on December 17th has been cancelled. Total drag.

Posted on - December 11, 2007 [at] 11:23 pm by Brad
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