PodSafeSound and the SpaceShots Rock

Tonight, listening to my “Getting Things Done” playlist while going through Day 4 of Ruby, the Spaceshots’ tune ‘I Promise the World’ came through the headphones.

I picked up that tune last November, while subscribed to BlogDigger’s mp3 feed (which I highly recommend for 2-3 days at a time). I search for ‘spaceshots’ at iTunes.

Did you mean “spaceshits”?

Umm. No.

Googling for them sends me to PodSafeSound.com – the independent resource for podsafe music. Yes, they have a feed and yes it includes the songs. That’s how to make my day.

Wait. It gets better. I head over to The Spaceshots site and they’re offering the entire album for download, free – in a single zipped file. Same goes for their side project, Alpha Pi.

These guys rock.

First Crack 30. More Washboard, Less Cowbell

On the drive back from a Urban Hillbilly Quartet show, I interview Milo – the band’s washboard player, and his fiance (& my sister) Kari. You hear the history of his washboard playing, a washboard solo, what Kari does doing a show, and how to review a book in 5 words or less.

Listen to More Washboard, Less Cowbell [39 min]

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First Crack 21. Why We Try with Sandy Smallens from Surface Wound

A conversation with Sandy Smallens, bass and vocals from Too Much Joy, and dot com music executive. His new band – Surface Wound just released a self-titled EP. We talk about the realities of balancing the need to play music while having a day job and family, Creative Commons, and the history of discovering new music.

We discuss and play “Why We Try” and “Slow Bus Home” off the EP, if you like the music, head over to sayhername.com and pick up the album, it’s $6. If you like Too Much Joy, become a patron of the arts.

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Listen to Why We Try with Sandy Smallens from Surface Wound [38 min]

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First Crack 18. Blogumentary’s Chuck Olsen and the Revamps

Chuck Olsen and I discuss his movie Blogumentary, open source films, vlogging, authenticity, and piles of other things including:

I end the show with “Rainy Day Exit” by the Revamps. For more on them, drop lead man Darren Harff a line or catch them at their show on Jan 14th at the Terminal Bar – they go on around 11:45pm.

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First Crack 14. RIAARadar.com Creator Ben Tesch

A conversation with Ben Tesch, the creator of RIAARadar – a website that suggests non-RIAA artists and MixMatcher.com – a media-player-independent song playlist sharing site.

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Intro: PodCat from PodCat’s Daily Best of Podcasting

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Featured in PodCat’s Best of Podcasting Dec 9 – 13

First Crack 12. The Winter Blanket at Marysburg Books

Special Guest: The Winter Blanket. We talk about the last 4 miles of the Hiawatha LRT opening today – from downtown to the airport to the Mall of America, winter striking Minnesota this week, and the band’s upcoming Polar Bear tour. We close with a live premiere of their new song – Neil Young Blues.

Links mentioned:

Intro: PodCat from Daily Best of Podcasting

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First Crack 11. Folk Music & Copyright Issues

Jeremy Piller and I discuss the Intellectual Property Protection Act and some other copyright issues. He shares the history of folk music and how it wouldn’t exist with copyright protection.

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