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Had to get one last week-long sickness out of my system before the album release. Ahhh much better.

The pre-orders are all ready to go and will be in the mail this week! Thanks to everyone who’s ordered one, it slightly counter-balances the release dread I feel.

Also: everything seems to be happening according to schedule. Crazy!

Posted on - August 28, 2008 [at] 9:54 pm by Brad
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Welp, my Fake It cliche video project is officially a success. Oh we still don’t have enough videos, no no. But this was created:

And by any measure it is now a success.

(But I would very much still like more entries. )

Posted on - August 21, 2008 [at] 9:43 pm by Brad
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So the dark, paralyzing fear of having a new album coming out shortly is that maybe nobody will listen to it! So I pose you this question:

If you were (or are) an independent musician with a very limited budget and a new alternative/rock-style album scheduled for release in a few weeks, where and how would you promote it?

I’m mostly looking for places/people to send/pitch it to, but I’ll appreciate more elaborate or imaginative suggestions.

Posted on - August 20, 2008 [at] 7:18 pm by Brad
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indieband A long time ago I was interviewed for a book called the Indie Band Survival Guide by some nice fellas. It’s published and available to buy now. I didn’t know what to expect, but I got a copy in the mail the other day and am impressed.

It’s real thorough and just the Internet stuff alone would be valuable to any musician trying to wrap their head around this web thing. Plus I run my big mouth off in it.

Posted on - August 20, 2008 [at] 10:32 am by Brad
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Well, there were some real good last-minute submissions for the Fake It cliche video project (thank you!). But I think we need more to make a truly cliche video so I’m going to extend the deadline out for another month (September 15th). And I’ll try to dream up some way to force more people to submit with my mind powers.

Posted on - August 16, 2008 [at] 2:18 pm by Brad
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It’s been a big couple of days here at Brad Sucks HQ (aka my house). Besides picking up the Out of It CDs (which look SWEET), my songs have been in a condom ad:

Someone sent me this Barack Obama / Work Out Fine mashup which actually works pretty good:

http://www.nevilo.com/content/listen.html (third song down)

I don’t like to get involved in American politics really but VOTE FOR OBAMA. VOTE. FOR. OBAMA. VOTEFOROBAMA.

And the hottest new iPhone/iPod Touch app called Simplify Media which allows you to stream your media (and your friends’ media) to your iPhone/iPod Touch has my stuff all over its promotional materials:

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I don’t have an iPhone or iPod Touch but this makes me want one.

This is the stuff I can’t really explain to people when they ask me how to promote themselves on the Internet. “Uh, be all slutty with your music and then weird shit will happen?” HOW WILL YOU MONETIZE IT BRAD. “I don’t know?”

Posted on - August 15, 2008 [at] 12:23 am by Brad
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Outofit-cover-300pxThe CD Release Party for Out of It is booked and officially on September 5th at Cafe Dekcuf in the city of Ottawa. Times and bands are still TBD, though I am practically guaranteed to be there and drinking heavily. But you are super invited and hey, you could pick up a copy of the CD three days before the release date! What a coincidence that is!

This will also likely be the last show as a regular old three piece rock band. It’s been super fun, but I can’t resist putting a computer in the live show and electronifying things and making us prone to tech problems. Anyway, I hope to see you there.

Posted on - August 8, 2008 [at] 2:14 pm by Brad
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Holy cow, there’s only a week left until the submission deadline for “the most cliche video ever” video for Fake It. So far there are only TWO submissions! Set sail for failure!

I’m not sure if it’s apathy or shyness or what. So… I guess we’ll see how this last week goes. And maybe I’ll try to find my rocker wig.

Posted on - August 6, 2008 [at] 6:12 pm by Brad
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The new version of social bookmarking site Delicious launched last week and overall I’m impressed. Search is snappier, the design is slicker and they didn’t ruin it by taking out nerdy features like tag intersections. Delicious and Wikipedia are the only two sites that give Google a run for their money for search for me so I’m happy to see it treated well.

That being said, there were a few UI decisions I didn’t care for and have created a Greasemonkey script to fix. Here’s the before:

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And here’s Delicious with my tweaks:

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My changes are:

  • I bolded the link titles. I found them too hard to skim, which is largely what I do on Delicious.
  • I turned the link URLs a light grey. For some reason the URLs were the easiest part to read for me and also just about the least important information.
  • I coloured visited links purple. At least to my eyes, visited links on the new Delicious are only the slightest bit fainter than the regular colour. This makes it hard to know at a glance which links you’ve already visited, which is a pain especially when you’re searching.

There are a few other changes I’d love to make, but my Greasemonkey skills are not the strongest:

  • Tags should be moved to the left. They’re the third most useful information to me (after titles and a description – which often isn’t there), but your eye has to travel to the right to see them.
  • Make the link counts easier to skim. The shades of blue they use for say, numbers 17 and 794 are barely different from each other. When I’m searching, I want to quickly know what the most popular links are.

I may get used to these issues, I’m a pretty fussy dude. But it’s been a few days and I still find they slow me down. Anyway, it’s still a good redesign and congratulations to the team for transitioning to it smoothly. There was no downtime that I noticed and the new site hasn’t lost any functionality that I enjoyed before. Good stuff!

Posted on - August 3, 2008 [at] 1:59 pm by Brad
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