new music podcast I’m hosting/producing/working on

Hey everybody. I’m starting a new podcast project, and I’d love for you all to check it out if you have the time or the inclination. It’s called The Armchair Producers. It’s sort of a music analysis and critique show, with some twists.

Description #1- it’s like a record review show, except my co-host and I review two albums per show by two different bands, and they’re often times well-known albums by well-known bands, and other times lesser-known albums by well-known bands, or relatively unknown albums by relatively unknown bands. We select a handful of songs from those two albums, and provide a running commentary while the songs play of aspects of the songs that either impress us or leave us shaking our heads, asking ‘what were they thinking?’, or something along those lines. At the end of the show, after we’ve gone through 5 or 6 songs from each album, we weigh the scales to determine which album is better than the other.

Description #2- it’s kinda like one of those karaoke shows on tv (Amer. Idol, The Voice…), except instead of featuring unknown singers, we’re featuring bands you know, or at least have heard of. And instead of judging live performances, we judge the albums you’ve heard a million times. And instead of giving the album a simple thumbs up or thumbs down, we have two albums (of similar styles, of similar eras, i.e. apples to apples) do battle with each other to determine which album is of higher quality, taking into consideration a variety of aspects.

We have a FB page and a Twitter page, and the shows will live at HearThis.at. We plan on posting a show every week, and we try to keep the shows under an hour. We’ll cover all styles, and will go as far back as the 70s, and will include everything up to brand new releases. The first couple shows are already up- Metric’s Pagans in Vegas vs Silversun Pickups Better Nature and Toto s/t vs Supertramp’s Breakfast in America. Upcoming shows include Field Music vs FFS, Def Leppard vs Bon Jovi, Kendrick Lamar vs Kanye West, The Cult vs Slash’s Snakepit, The Power Station vs Tin Machine, Sarah McLachlan vs Sinead O’Connor, UFO vs Thin Lizzy, and more stuff like that. Once we get a healthy number of people hooked on the show, we’ll start doing some more outsider/indie music. But starting out, we’ll do just the big names.

I really want this to be a big deal. Honestly, I hope all my projects end up being big deals, yet they never are. No matter; I keep doing them regardless. But this one at least has a chance to be a big deal because it features music that many people like, or at least many people might be interested in, or at the very least isn’t the usual extreme noise brutally aggressive underground electronic music that normally populates my various projects. Plus, my co-host Emily and I provide some insightful commentary, presented in a very entertaining format.

I know an hour per week is a lot to ask, but if you like music (and who doesn’t?) and are interested in listening to music in a little bit more of an attentive way than just as a casual listener, I think it’ll be worth your time.

I would very much appreciate it if you could get the word out and forward on this information to any of your friends who you think might like the show. If you feel like it.

Before anybody asks, because we include so much copyrighted music in the show, I’m not even gonna bother going the traditional podcast route through Apple, nor will I attempt to put the shows up on YouTube or Soundcloud, for the same reason. HearThis.at doesn’t seem to have any such problems with the show, so they’ll live there for now.

(HearThis.at and WordPress aren’t cooperating as far as embedding goes, so for now all I can do is post the direct links)-

https://hearthis.at/thearmchairproducers/tap-metric-vs-silversun-pickups/

https://hearthis.at/thearmchairproducers/tap-supertramp-vs-toto/

I updated a few recordings on my Mixcloud

So I’ve been aware for some time that a few of the live recordings that I’ve posted to my Mixcloud are greyed out. I looked into it one time, and found that it’s only the US listeners who aren’t able to access those recordings. Something to do with royalties or licenses or copyrights or something like that. Something about mixes not having more than three songs from the same artist in the recording. Which is a bit absurd, because I’ve posted about 100 other recordings which have many more than three songs from the same band in them, yet those aren’t blocked in any countries.

The only thing I tried to do is to delete those recording’s tracklists, and label the entire recording as one big single track. That didn’t do the trick, and those few recordings were still greyed out. It sucked, but it didn’t bother me too much, as I expected somebody from some other part of the world would find some way to download the audio and post it somewhere else for download or as a torrent or whatever.

But now I see that for one reason or another, at one time or another, I signed up an account with a Mixcloud clone site called hearthis.at. It was super simple to transfer all of my Mixcloud recordings over to HearThis; it was just a single button in fact. But those recordings that were greyed out didn’t transfer over.

So I dug out my archive hard drive and found the original aiff mixdowns and tried to upload them directly to HearThis, and apparently HearThis has no qualms whatsoever about making them available to everybody, worldwide. So now all you American listeners can rejoice, as you can now access these recordings-

Enduser live at Berghain, Berlin, 14 May 2010

Venetian Snares live at El Corazon, Seattle, 7 June 2008

Enduser live at Scoundrel’s at Liquid Den, Las Vegas, 5 May 2007