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I have another song demo nearly ready to go which means that’ll be nine out of ten done for the next album, holy smokes! The tenth track is getting there as well. With luck I’ll be working on finishing the record by the summer. So that’s nice.
In hanging around Cambridge and Harvard this week I spoke to a lot of people. Here are some of the links I remember referring to:
- Kevin Kelly’s Better Than Free article. A great, great article breaking down what artists can still charge for when the art itself is given away for free.
- Scott Adams’ How To Become A Cartoonist. I read this years and years ago and the idea of the “copy test” was hugely influential — though I applied it to music.
- thesixtyone – community voted music site.
- Magnatune – “We’re not evil”, creative-commons based record label. Doing variable pricing long before Radiohead’s In Rainbows.
- RCRDLBL – Advertising supported record label.
- Eminem sues Apple for using song – when talking about what would happen if Apple used one of my songs in their ads without permission. (I believe I said it would be “hilarious” and great for me.)
- The Superficial. When talking about the escalating trend of dismantling celebrities who “artificially” elevate themselves.
- Daft Punk’s Live Show – I described their (awesome) masked, pyramided largely pre-recorded performances as blurring the lines of what people expect or want from live shows and what people will pay for.
- ccMixter.org – Creative commons based remix site.
- Brad Sucks Digital Download Store – the open source digital download store I wrote. Referenced when defending myself that I don’t care about “the money” enough.
- Gimme Some Money – the open source icon donation thing on the right side of this page. Also reference when defending myself that I don’t care about “the money” enough.
- Source – where to get all the source files for my album.
- Out of It community backup vocals – call for vocals for the title track on my next album (results soon, it’s sounding good!)
- Toy Story 2: Requiem – the Toy Story 2 / Requiem for a Dream mashup featuring an Israeli remix of my song Dirtbag which led William Gibson to my music, later inspiring a character in his novel Spook Country.
I’ll add more if I can remember any.
Sound was pretty rotten at the Harvard thing which was sad. Pretty much no PA which was like whoah. Gonna have to burn out the brain cells with those memories in them. The talk was fun though, a really engaged and smart crowd. Tomorrow I’m doing an in-class thing which should be super fascinating and then the show at the Middle East which hopefully will be much, much louder.
Boston is pretty nice from what I’ve seen which isn’t much. I’ve seen a lot of car accidents though and now I’m going to go see a bar about some drinks for my belly.
The Berkman Center at Harvard has posted the deets about my Web of Ideas deal there:
Web of Ideas with David Weinberger and Special Guest Musician Brad Sucks
Monday, February 11, 7:00 PM
Griswold Hall Room 110
Harvard Law School
RSVP is required if you’re going as I think there’s limited space.
Web of Ideas is an evening night discussion series at the Berkman Center, lead by Berkman Fellow David Weinberger, co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto and author of Small Pieces Loosely Joined and Everything is Miscellaneous. Each session will begin with a 20 minute discussion-opener, followed by open conversation. Food will be provided.
Be sure to say hi if you attend. I’m really looking forward to it, it should be pretty interesting and I like everyone I know down there already. Also one of my main passions is talking about myself so it seems like a perfect fit.
Crunch time. Here’s what I’ve been up to:
Mixing the album. Did a mixing meeting with Rob and am back on track with the album. Actually excited about getting it out, which is strange for me. It’s really taking an embarrassing amount of time. You would think this would result in exponential improvements and new material and awesomeness and you would be wrong. Just a lot of coordination and logistic delays.
I’ve been reading a lot about the album being dead and all I can think is: THANK GOD. I’m not sure I ever want to do this again. But what to do instead?
Getting ready for Harvard + the show in Cambridge. Looks like there’ll be a Metafilter meet before and during (and after?) the show on the 12th. I think I’ve got my show pretty much down, new Firewire card = improved stability, blah nerd blah.
The big thing lately has been packing all my gear to get down there. Do you know what a custom guitar flight case costs? I will tell you: around $500. That’s five HUNDRED dollars. It would be cheaper for me to fly to Boston, buy a $250 guitar and throw it in the garbage on my way home. I honestly haven’t ruled that out but for now I’ve ordered an SKB Freedom case which apparently “smells” (read the reviews) but works good.
If my guitar is shattered on the way there, I’ll buy a cheap one for the shows and give it to a homeless person before I leave.
Getting the website ready for the new album. I’ve been re-jiggering all my store stuff for the new album and beyond and that should go live in the next week I hope. Due to lack of sales I’ve decided to drop the OGG format and limit it to MP3 and FLAC. Simpler for everyone. OGG fans can always get the FLAC and convert it as it’s lossless after all. I want to support open formats but I’d rather it not feel like a waste of time, energy and resources.