Category Archive for: ‘music’
Twelve years into our relationship, I finally made a song for my wife. I started it in May,
so happy birthday/Mother’s Day/Memorial Day/Independence Day/Labor Day, Jaime. Love you.
Great song about the violent events surrounding the admission of James Meredith into the University of Mississippi in 1962. Written by Mr. Bob Dylan, also in 1962 (age 21), and included on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan. I recorded a version of it last night (my 32nd birthday) after everyone went to sleep. Sometimes I have to do this to keep myself from playing a song hundreds of times. It’s hard to explain. A sort of compulsion.
May 04, 2013
I said my cousin Sean came to visit last month for a few days. We recorded a few old songs while he was here, and two or three came out pretty decent. Three of the songs are traditional, and two of the songs were written/recorded in the late 1920’s. If you click around enough, you can find out the song information such as who played what instrument and a link to more info about the song.
Last Christmas, when I was playing music with my cousins at the Irish neighbor’s house (guy I grew up next to), we played a few songs to warm up, and he asked us “What is this like hillbilly music?” Just had to say “yes” to that one.
First and last songs are my favorites.
This is the album I was talking about the other day. I took a bunch of our songs and ran them through Paul’s Extreme Sound Stretch (aka Paulstretch), which can play a song back many times slower than it was originally intended. I took my favorites from that project and remastered them accordingly. That’s tracks 1-5. Track 6 is a song I made by playing around with some hand-tuned wind chimes that Jaime bought me several years ago. The whole thing is free if you care to add it to your iPod or anything. It makes good background music for doing homework or design work or coding or anything like that. Also, we released it with “no rights reserved” so people can use it in their for-profit productions (movies, videos, games, etc). Anyway, enjoy, and don’t forget to relax every once in a while.
Okay, I can finally put all this talk of my band’s album to rest, and for that I am sure you are all thankful. For well over a year now, I’ve been incessantly mentioning “the album” and all the work that’s going into it at every different stage. Well, now we’ve taken it as far as we can. The CD itself (hard copy) is for sale many places online and it can be special-ordered in over 2,500 real (as in “brick-and-mortar”) record stores. The .MP3 digital download version can be purchased at iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon MP3, Bandcamp, and pretty much anywhere that legally sells music online. It has also been added to most of the streaming music sites (Napster, Rhapsody) as part of their database.
A lot of these .MP3 vendors set their own prices, and not surprisingly, iTunes is the most expensive at ten dollars. The only places that we had direct input in setting up the sales are Bandcamp and CD Baby, and those are each $6 to download the album. If someone downloads the album, we make about five bucks, but if someone buys a CD for almost twice as much, we make a dollar. That’s kind of a shame.
If you just want to listen to the album for free without downloading it, that’s fine too. It’s still available for free listening at Bandcamp. Additionally, if you would like a physical CD (hard copy) for less than $10, just get in touch with me about making a deal. I have a stock of these in my basement, and my cost was much less than $10.
Typically there are at least a hundred people involved in making a record, and we did everything with just the two of us. We wrote, recorded, and produced all the songs. We commissioned the artwork. We made the website. We ordered and stocked the CDs. We set up every detail of the online sales. Thanks to everyone who helped us along the way: this includes people who bought the first incarnation of the album a couple years back, people who contributed artwork for very little pay, and everyone who has given us encouraging words about our music for the past five years. The money we made from selling the first version of the album (released under the title “innovation avenue” and featuring many different songs/mixes than this one) went entirely towards the making/ordering of these CDs and setting up the online sales. We are now broke, but with feelings of accomplishment and satisfaction. Thanks again, everyone.
ps–Another good way to help us is to leave a review on iTunes!
I keep forgetting to mention that earsauce is on this compilation: Independent music for Japan. You make a donation (minimum €1 EUR) in order to download the compilation and all proceeds are donated to Save the Children. There is no overhead with a release like this, so 100% of anything you donate will go to the charity.
Also, on a personal level, I just made this song with my friend Adam. I think we worked well together on this one. To put it in perspective, this was all made in the past two weeks. So, while I’m constantly complaining about how much work Henry is and how I have no free time, I obviously have time enough to do some things that I want. This song is called “Mulholland Funk” and it’s pretty middle-of-the road as far as electronic stuff goes. It’s easy-going and accessible.
After a six month absence from the internet airwaves, Fat Man After Dark is returning tonight with a new live format, and he has invited earsauce to be guests on this inaugural show. I’m trying to restrain myself from ending every sentence with an exclamation point because we are excited about this opportunity(!)
HOW TO LISTEN: Just visit fatmanafterdark.com and the show will start playing at 10pm EST. There are no plugins to install and you don’t have to sign up for an account or anything. We are scheduled to start between 10:20-10:30pm tonight.
For those of you that don’t stay up that late on a school night, there will hopefully be a podcast so you can listen at your leisure.
Okay, it’s not much of a “video,” but it shows that I have a dedicated fan out there. Pretty cool. At least, I assume he/she is a fan if they made this.
(The song is actually Evan Valentine and Admasta)