Bryan Schumann and I talk about composing music, improvising music, and whether the classical guitar pairs better with an upright bass or an electric trumpet. Bryan Schumann’s links: Beznau Music Shop http://www.beznau.com/bddschumann http://www.myspace.com/bddschumann DeSchuVoemann Listen to A Guitar, Bass, Electric Trumpet, and Bryan Schumann. [27 min]
Posts Categorized: Music
A couple of quotes from Tim Quirk’s 10 year old interview the The Onion’s AVClub that came to mind earlier this week. I was mis-remembering them, posting them here so that happens less. “We were always trying to put out slick rock records. Even the crappily recorded stuff on Green Eggs And Crack was our […]
For decades, I’ve been a fan of Tim Quirk’s lyrics. He has a way of expressing the melancholy of defeat with cutting brevity and a touch of wordplay. ‘Topless at the Arco Arena’ rolled through the iTunes this afternoon and I stopped to savor these three lines: Some rise by sin, Some by virtue fall, […]
Over at the First Crack Podcast, I ask Tim Quirk about the forthcoming Wonderlick album ‘Topless at the Arco Arena’, the pay-what-you-want models, and music’s changing landscape. [mp3]
I’ve been a fan of Tim Quirk’s music for 20 years – easy. The playful melancholy in throughout his songwriting continually resonates with me. When he announced the new Wonderlick album was in the works and available for ‘name-your-price’ pre-order – I jumped on the opportunity. When I started hearing about how successful the campaign […]
5 Stars Cable TV by Fol Chen Poppy beats and seductive vocals about doing absolutely nothing. Except watching cable tv. An prime example of the oft overlooked SlackerRock genre. Nothing At All by Madi Diaz Like chasing a butterflies through a field on a summer day. Winona by Totally Michael A love song to Winona […]
For nearly decades, I’ve been a big fan of anything by Jay Blumenfield, Tim Quirk, Sandy Smallens, or any combination thereof. So, yea, I’m pretty excited about the new Wonderlick album available for pre-order. Here’s the interesting bit: “…anyone who winds up paying more than the average donation will get his or her name in […]
Not only are these picks really late (SXSW was months ago) but unlike other years, none of the 700+ tracks grabbed me immediately. The overall tone felt like the ‘college rock’ of 20 years ago. Good, sometimes interesting, artistic even, but every song sounds um, the same. As in previous years, these are track that […]
Thomas Bohmbach and I discuss DJ Edna, his open source project empowering musicians, and other artists, to take control of the sales and distribution of their creative work online. DJ Edna – Open Source Website for Musicians [33 min].
In Jonathan Coulton’s Portal post, I find 6 things very interesting. He: was commissioned (I’m assuming) to write a song for a video game ($$$) likes the video game (is this an ad or a recommendation to his fans?) includes the lyrics in the post includes the chords in the post thanks the video game […]
Over the weekend, we picked up a little stuffed IKEA octopus (technically a pentapus) for C. On the drive back, I remembered of working the strawberry fields listening to the Beatles on a cassette Walkman over and over and over again (an irony I only now see). Discovering and rediscovering each album. As I tried […]
“Apple is no different than Best Buy, Wal-Mart, or RIAA….No modern consumer is going to stop listening to their favorite band because Circuit City doesn’t carry their CD.” – Benn Jordan Benn’s post is one of the many articles online showing how little compensation musicians receive from the business organizations that are said to be […]
I bought Tony Thomas from Minneapoliscast, Andrea Meyers from HowWasTheShow.com, and Justin Grammens from LocalTone.com, and Brian McDonough from MinnieIndie.com lunch to talk about the Minneapolis music scene. We cover the goal of each of their sites, the challenges of finding good independent music, and Brian makes some band recommendations. Listen to Lunch with Minneapoliscast, […]
The last hold-out in the Twin Cities commercial ‘alternative’ radio dial succumbed to Love today. “Every mini-van driving soccer mom with a 15 year old will be pleased as punch when she turns on her radio and hears this festival of shit pouring forth from her speakers.” – Sornie Two choices remain; The Current, or […]
I’ve got two trips to Chicagoland already queued up for this summer. The first one is Saturday, May 19. When, of this writing, I’ll be spending some time on a go-cart in Buffalo Grove. The last time I attended one of these events, I was trapped on a permanetly-docked gambling boat near Aurora after dining […]
Anyone know a good source for downloading, local, independent music. Specifically, I’m looking for Minnesota-based or MN, WI, NoDak, SoDak, IA music. Thanks Update 27 April 2007: I’ve Googled for answer to this question and come up with a number of local music directory projects – some clearly abandon, others just useless. All of these […]
“This Song is a Commercial” by Wonderlick “The future is ad-supported music. Not that the idea is new idea but it is reality.” – NVTS, Evolving Trends The future is music as ad and the future is already here. Recorded music is an ad for the live performance (always has been). Recorded music is an […]
Thanks to Doug Adams’ script, Current Track to Twitter v1.5, if you follow me via Twitter you’ll get continual updates on what I’m listening to. I’m digging Twitter as way to automatically publish in the background. I can keep my flow and we can stay connected. I see this quality that’ll keep Twitter from being […]
When I started listening exactly 3 weeks ago, I was tossing out so many songs, I started wondering if there was anything fun and interesting in the 739 tracks. In fact, true to Sturgeon’s Law, 89% of the tracks didn’t do anything for me. Follows are the 80 tracks that, listen after listen, both pulled […]
True to their word, Too Much Joy never broke up – they just stopped having gigs. Until now. Friday, May 4th The Knitting Factory 74 Leonard Street New York, NY “It’s all ages. TMJ will be playing as a 5-piece, as both Sandy Smallens and William Wittman will be joining the celebration of drummer Tommy […]
It’s that time of year again – the time of year when SXSW releases their 3GB torrent files containing 739 mp3s this year’s Showcasing Bands. Yippee! And like past years, I’ll be keeping you up to date on my picks.
Since discovering Tangerine a couple months back, I’ve been tweaking the BPM-based playlist to find the ideal collection of tunes that keeps me working without calling too much attention to themselves. Here’s the iTunes Smart Playlist that’s been working for me for 2 weeks: BPM – is in the range – 90 to 110 My […]
Many thanks to AJ for putting together the first Minnesota PodSafe Music Awards and asking the PodcastMN community to help pull it together. If you haven’t hear my voice in a while…I introduces the nominees and announced a couple of the winners. Listen to the MN PodSafe Music Awards
Like everyone else, my podcast listening (and publishing) has an inverse relationship to how busy I am at work. I’ve cut back to only the gPod – bookending the day – with music in the middle. A couple weeks back, I found Potion Factory’s Tangerine, a great little app that generates iTunes playlist based on […]
Modern day troubadour Jonathan Coulton is the latest cult-of-personality on Ze Frank‘s GimmeSomeCandy micropayment platform. In related news – Amanda Congdon announced new projects with ABC News and HBO. Duckies, robots, and bananas for everyone!
So, despite your better judgement you got involved in a workplace romance. Now you’re no longer crazy about your colleague or the job. Time to move on. A song for you: The Gentle Readers – Last Day at the Office A song for your other: Jeremy Messersmiths – Day Job
Here’s my long-awaited conversation with Jeremy Messersmith talking about his new album, the Alcatraz Kid ($13.00 PayPal, City Pages review, Pulse review), and playing a couple of the songs of from it – two of my favorites (Day Job, Snow Day) and one of Jeremy’s (Great Times). Listen to Jeremy Messersmith Talking about the Alcatrez […]
This Saturday – Sept 2nd, Jeremy Messersmith is having a CD release party at the Acadia Cafe. Jeremy and I sat down for a podcast a couple weeks back talking about his new “The Alcatrez Kid CD” ($13 Paypal). Unfortunately, life got in the way of me getting it up earlier this week. Crap. I’m […]
John Hodgeman says so: MINNEAPOLIS, MN October 6 Fitzgerald Theater; 7PM With Neal Pollack. THERE WILL BE AN ADMISSION CHARGE: STAND BY
PopSci Podcast #14: Jonathan Coulton asks Bruce Schneier about the risks of snakes on a plane.