Monday, December 17, 2007

DSP-042: Radiohead, Eraser Remixes and Covers

Today on the show we catch up with Thom Yorke and Radiohead and play some of the new remixes from The Eraser, a couple of covers from the Thumbs Down Webcast and flashback to an earlier version of "Videotape", the closing track to Radioheads latest In Rainbows as captured on the Nigel Godrich video series "From the Basement".

Track List:
1. Thom Yorke - And It Rained All Night (Burial Remix)
2. Thom Yorke - Skip Divided (Modeselektor Remix)
3. Radiohead - Ceremony (New Order Cover) - Thumbs_Down (Webcast)
4. Radiohead - The Headmaster Ritual (The Smiths Cover) - Thumbs_Down (Webcast)
5. Thom Yorke - Videotape - From the Basement (Webcast)

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  • Wednesday, November 21, 2007

    Thanksgiving: A Truly American Holiday

    "When you sit down this year to celebrate, remember that the essential, secular meaning of Thanksgiving is the celebration of successful production. Thanksgiving is the producer's holiday." - Debi Ghate

    Here's a link to great short article on one of the greatest meanings behind Thanksgiving.


    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Marqui Adora show tonight!

    Danny and I are doing an Electro Acoustic show tonight. We've reworked a bunch of the songs, learned some covers and have added a handfull of new songs to the mix. It should be a good time.

    Tuesday, November 20, 2007

    LCD Soundsystem - "All My Friends" Live From Manchester

    This is a great tune from LCD's Album Sound of Silver. You have to give credit to the guy playing the piano/keyboard part. It's so redundant, I would go crazy playing it my self... but front man James Murphy wouldn't have it any other way.


    Thursday, November 8, 2007

    Creative Self Expression

    I just finished listening to a Podscast from Steve Pavlina on Creative Self Expression and the concept of doing what you love. Inspiring stuff, simple and to the point. Steve does have a bit of "new age-y-ness" to him but for the most part he speaks & writes cleary and objectively.

    The podcast focuses on the topics of Body, Mind, Heart and Spirit and how when properly aligned with doing what you love in a creative way will lead to being in a genreal state of "Joy". Very interesting listen. If you got a half hour to spare, then indulge.


    "Many people have been socially conditioned to believe that a career or job should be chosen based how well it pays and how qualified you are to hold it. This podcast will explain why that approach is completely backwards. Paradoxically by selecting a career based on money and skills, your financial and career results will be but a pale shadow of your potential. And even worse than that, you will virtually guarantee long-term unhappiness. Going to work each day will become something you only do because you have to, not because you want to, and staying motivated will be very, very hard.

    The path for conscious human beings is to focus first and foremost on joyful, creative self-expression. That is far more important than money, skill fit, or even contribution to others. Your own creativity is the very mechanism by which you’ll achieve everything else you could possibly want — including financial abundance, superior talent, long-term fulfillment, and meaningful contribution."

    MP3 Link: Here

    Sunday, November 4, 2007

    Bursting the bubble of young Rock Stars to be.

    A friend of mine plays keyboards in the band The Postmarks. They released an album this year on the indie label Unfiltered Records which is marketed through Worlds Fair. They had a stand out single called "Goodbye" that was licensed for use in an episode of Greys Anatomy and gets regular air play in retail outlets like Urban Outfitters, Publix & Lowes. The band received lots of love from Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, Spin and even queen blogger Perez Hilton. They cracked the top 10 on the CMJ charts, did well at college radio and performed live on a few high profile radio shows including Morning Becomes Eclectic on KCRW. The band did a couple of small tours this year, opened for Apples in Stereo in their home town and even performed at Lollapalooza. It's been a good year for the band and reading this you'd think they were doing alright financially, but with all of that aside the guys and gal of The Postmarks are still holding down Day Jobs and going to School when they come back home.

    Think about it. A band that gets heavy air play at college radio (there are over 500 college/community radio stations in the US) and is accessible enough to be heard while you're shopping for groceries and hardware barely makes enough money for the business of music making to be their career. It's their 2nd Job! And one that interferes with their primary job! This business is tough!

    10 years ago I would of thought for sure that a band like them would of been living the dream; touring, making records, getting write-ups in magazines and air play on college radio. As it turns out though all of that isn't enough to sustain a living for a five piece band. Now think about the rest of the indie darlings out there who are doing the same thing. Again this business is tough.

    This all comes to mind because A few days ago Kristen came home and told me that she heard our friends band playing on the PA while she was grocery shopping. Then yesterday I'm at Lowes picking up a new Marble windowsill for my kitchen window and I hear "Goodbye" playing over the speakers in between some schmaltzy pop song and Maroon 5. I couldn't help but think how much the music business was falling to crap. When you could get a new band into so many places and still no one is listening, no one is buying, it's just background.

    Just some food for thought. Even when a band looks like they're making it, they're really just getting started.

    MP3: The Postmarks-Goodbye

    Sunday, October 28, 2007

    Students: A challenge for YOU!

    I'd get involved... but I'm busy paying my mortgage

    Saturday, October 27, 2007

    Festival Action

    We're playing Moonfest tonight in WPB, FL along with The Creepy T's, AKA, The Freakin Hot and The Postmarks among many others. As I understand it they get 40,000 people out to this festival. Should be a good time. Two of our new songs, "In The Rain" and "Catch The Sun", will be making their live debuts tonight, which we're pretty excited about. Our only concern is rain, the weather has been rather crap here the past few days and the forecast doesn't offer much hope for improvement so this might be a messy affair all around. Woo Hoo!


    Thursday, October 25, 2007

    Getting Started

    Welcome To The Shockley Blog