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since the beat done gone

So I’ve had a terribly lazy summer. Late nights, late mornings, and the paychecks kept rolling in (how?!). I’ve also had an awfully hard time getting settled in anywhere. I’m hoping that both will change in the next few weeks.

I’d like to take a break from our un-regularly, unscheduled program.

I’ve kind of gotten used to living in the South in recent years. There are two things that will keep me here, if I do keep myself here: the most classic food anywhere, and Athens. What a town. There’s an Athens band I’ve loved for several years now called Modern Skirts, which if you pay attention to the Athens scene at all, you know them. Their most recent album All of Us in Our Night was released nationwide in January. And, wouldn’t you know it, the boys just got done recording another brand new batch of songs in New Orleans.

Before that, though, they recorded this wonderful live session at Ardent Studios in Memphis. This is the best peek you’ll get, right now, at the new stuff. And it’s wonderful; quite possibly the most adventurous songs they’ve done. “DUI” has every member on percussion, and it’s a blast to see live. “Happy 81” is arguably the most catchy song they’ve done. The less recent songs in this set (I can’t call them old just yet) sound better than ever; perhaps better than on the record, really proving the Skirts prowess as a live act. I’ve been going to their shows for years; they’re loads of fun and the coolest guys.

The set is officially up for download in MP3 format at the link above, but there’s one inconvenient thing about it: it’s not exactly iTunes-friendly, as the songs aren’t split up. I’ve gone ahead and split them up for you here; you’ll want to put this on your iPod or burn it, or something. (Needless to say, all credit goes to Modern Skirts/Ardent Studios in Memphis.)

Modern Skirts Live at Ardent Studios, Memphis, TN
Download ZIP Archive

1. Intro
2. DUI
3. Hitler on Wheels
4. Radio Breaks
5. Chanel
6. Bridges and Overpasses
7. Happy 81
8. Eveready
9. Soft Pedals
10. Yugo
11. Like Lunatics

podcast #15

podcast #15: october 18, 2005

Another one from the archives to let you know I’m still alive here. Again, I don’t remember at all what this contains. I do remember fall 2005 as being pretty incredible though. It’s a time I often miss while I’m trying to survive the quarterlife crisis.

I’ve been a total slacker, but in my defense I’ve had quite a busy summer. Steph and I went on a good old fashioned road trip up to Long Island, NY. We hit the Eternal Sunshine spots that we could. And yes, we got engaged. It was perfect and gorgeous and I’m excited about what the future holds, even though I’m on my last couple of paychecks from the teaching gig. I’ll save the nitty gritty details and photos for Facebook.

New podcasts are still on the way. The equipment works wonderfully, but the cables are giving me trouble (recording only one channel for some reason). I could record in one channel and upload that, in fact I’m really anxious to go ahead and do that, but it’d bug me to listen to that so I’m trying to get it sorted out. I know very little about the recording/mixing process so I’m learning as I go along.

Thanks for the non-spam comments (Andrew and Jess). We’ll have to build this thing up from the ground again.

podcast #14

podcast #14: october 11, 2005

Another one from the WGUR archives as I take care of housekeeping.  I don’t recall at all what’s in here, so listen at your own risk.

Payday this week!  So, I’ve ordered a mixer (Behringer XENYX 802) and a mic (Behringer C-1) for recording, so new ones are on the way soon.  I’ve never shopped for recording equipment before, and I was actually surprised at how inexpensive that stuff was.

Stephanie and I are road-tripping this summer with the eventual destination of Montauk.  My intention is to podcast from various locations on the east coast as we head up there.  So, I never wanted to replicate a studio.  Portability is the goal right now.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind is our movie.  I found a very cool Variety article with the exact addresses of many of the locations used in the film.  It’ll surely be the best use of the GPS yet.

P.S. Holy bejeezus…how did these spammers find my blog so quickly?

podcast #13

podcast #13: october 4, 2005

Here’s a very old show from the archives, while I work out the kinks for the site.  It’s always weird reading old journals or things you’ve written; it’s even weirder hearing your younger self speak.

Things I don’t miss:

  • The bumps (had to play these)
  • Awkward moments, filler talk, and perceived lack of planning
  • My lack of musical knowledge compared to now
  • The fact that I played Bloodhound Gang…but part of me still laughed

Things I miss:

  • Yue Daddy
  • GCSU/the WGUR studio in Atkinson
  • Hunter (who is not in this podcast)

I’m not posting playlists anymore.  Copyright Nazi Paranoia.  Listen and be surprised…or not, it is a re-run after all.

If you have any suggestions for the following, please comment:

  • Mixers, mics, and recording equipment (nothing professional…as cheap, simple, and portable as it can get)
  • WordPress themes and plugins
  • RSS feeds
  • iTunes cover art

Thanks for listening.

Under construction…but the foundation is set

Out with the procedural stuff first.

I’ve owned this domain since ’04, and while it’s been inactive for the majority of the time, it was cheap enough to renew it every year and keep it safe from squatters.  Time, money, and a lack of focus are primary reasons for the inactivity.

One of the most exciting things I did as an undergrad was producing and podcasting my radio show.  This was in ’05, right as folks were catching onto the wave of podcasting.  I did this on my own; no one at WGUR seemed to be willing to get the online streaming (or even a website) up.  I was one of a handful of non-mass comm. majors to be as involved as I was with the station.  However, I took on a lot of credits during my last year or so, and had to give it up.  I would love to have pursued it as a career, but my passion was primarily in radio, and it’s clearly a dying medium.  I’m excited that 99X just returned this weekend; I haven’t had a chance to listen because I’ve been out of the Atlanta area, but the fact that it came back is a bit of a miracle.  Commercial and public radio all around the country is struggling; the trend is definitely pointing toward podcasting or online streaming a la Pandora, and it has been for a while.  It’s cheap, you can reach a lot of listeners, and most people who do it aren’t looking for a lot of profit, anyway.

I was always surprised to see how many people visited and at least downloaded podcasts (who knows if they listened or not).  I amassed one or two reviews on iTunes.  Which, actually, was a big deal to me, because I did nothing to advertise aside from some flyers on campus.  I have no clue how anyone outside of Milledgeville got word of the site or the show.  People listening was/is a bonus.  I just love playing good music.

This has been a long time coming.  A big thanks to David (thirdeyeblindrocks) at TVCY for setting me up with hosting.  I won’t have the luxury of a studio like I did when I was at WGUR, but maybe that will be a blessing.  I’ll be buying a mixer and a mic with my next paycheck, and hope to be podcasting on the road some this summer; from my apartment in the meantime.

You can expect a few shows from the archive (re-runs) while I get things up and running with the site and hardware side of things.