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ChipFun

Yo yo yo yo yo check out some sweet new (chip)tunes available now at Hemlockrecords.com.

Seasonal Affective (free download!)
"about // Written and recorded over the course of an unusually harsh winter in New York City, Seasonal Affective reunites the musicians behind Fade to Fall, a six-track interpretation of the transition from Summer to Fall, for the second installment in a four-part series. Featuring guest appearances by composers Neil Voss and Bubblyfish, the compilation spans the full narrative of the season, taking you from the night of the first snowfall to biting winds bearing muddy sleet and ending with the first day you don't need a scarf anymore."

Fade to Fall (free download!)
Also, Fade to Fall EP now available for preorder, featuring some ultra-hot Orange Drink remixes. You can still download it for free though! Or watch the music video below.
"about // music // Written and recorded over the course of September 2008, the Fade to Fall EP offers six unique interpretations of the transition from Summer to Fall. At times both mournful and celebratory, the compilation represents the confluence of several relative newcomers to New York's vibrant and long-standing chiptune community, many of whom are officially releasing their material for the first time. The last half hour of daylight is the recommended listening time."

Fade to Fall (Audio|Visual Release) from Hemlock Records on Vimeo.

Fast Food Tapas

The plan was to meet for some bubble tea. Aaron, Kaveh, and I rendezvoused at Lynnhaven Mall food court per the usual random suburban meeting spot.

BTW, that place is crazy now. Or feels crazier than I remember. The place is swarming with high schoolers walking around very slowly loudly gabbing away and pointing at each other, while rent-a-cops are milling about in large brimmed hats trying to look important. Occasionally they'll approach several kids sitting at one of the tables and mention that they are not allowed to sit there if they are not eating, drinking, or shopping. So the kids get up and join the others slowly walking in a big circle around the food court, gabbing and pointing all the way. A bizarre ritual.

The bubble tea kinda sucks at Lynnhaven mall because if you order the slushy/smoothie kind the tapioca balls freeze. I've never seen that happen at any other place - they must be trying to save money with lower quality tapioca balls. Anyway Aaron and I weren't really feeling it so we started talking about other possibilities. Share a big pile-o-waffle fries? Nuggets?? Oh so many terrible options. And then we had one of those extraordinarily rare moments of brilliance that can really only happen in Virginia Beach.

Fast Food Tapas!!!!

Ok ok ok ok I know it sounds gross. And it kinda was. And it kinda sucked. But it was also amazing. And the best idea ever.

We split up for about 10 minutes, our mission was to find two small orders of food to bring back to the group.

Aaron bought: chicken nuggets and waffle fries
Kaveh bought: sushi and bubble tea (split into 3 small cups)
I bought: bbq wings and Philippine noodles.

Ugh. Actually now that I think about it I can't believe we ate all that shit at once. Gross. But NECESSARY. You don't just come up with an idea like that and not do it, ya know?

Anyway we sat and talked about the Bead-to-Boob exchange rate (for another time) and finished up. Got kicked out by rent-a-cop since we no longer could prove we were eating, and then went in a Christian clothing store. Weird thing, that store. Shirts with Jesus written in graffiti font and semi-hip fashion accessory items. The employees are pushing the shirts, but also trying to push Jesus and talk to you about your spiritual beliefs. The little metal hook device the guy had to bring down the shirts kiiinda made him look like a shepherd. Just sayin! Weird times. Suburban adventure!

Hang drum

Huh, well this is kind of the sort of thing I think I could kind of maybe possibly use in a junk kit. Except this is made with precision hardened steel in Switzerland. But I like the timbre, and maybe it could be made to sound a little dirtier with some modifications.

Kutiman funk remixes of Youtube

This is great stuff. Israeli funkmaster Kutiman takes clips of people playing instruments on youtube and assembles dub/funk/reggae/hiphop/r&b masterpieces. Amazing.

http://thru-you.com

If you were waiting for the 2009 analogy to DJ Shadow's 1996 Endtroducing, this could be it. Lawrence Lessig would be proud.

On Attention Spans...

Wait, what?

Is a song that is only 20 seconds long still a song?

BET After Dark

Digging through some old recordings of mine and found this. Heard this melody on BET After Dark a few years back and once again recently on current.com. I basically recorded this little loop to remember the melody although I think the rhythm of it is different on the original. If anybody knows the name of the original song contact me cause it's been driving me crazy for years.

Attached audio files: 

Zombie - o - Zombie!

"In 1977 Fela and the Afrika ’70 released the hit album Zombie, a scathing attack on Nigerian soldiers using the zombie metaphor to describe the methods of the Nigerian military. The album was a smash hit with the people and infuriated the government, setting off a vicious attack against the Kalakuta Republic, during which one thousand soldiers attacked the commune. Fela was severely beaten, and his elderly mother was thrown from a window, causing fatal injuries. The Kalakuta Republic was burned, and Fela's studio, instruments, and master tapes were destroyed. Fela claimed that he would have been killed if it were not for the intervention of a commanding officer as he was being beaten. Fela's response to the attack was to deliver his mother's coffin to the main army barrack in Lagos and write two songs, "Coffin for Head of State" and "Unknown Soldier," referencing the official inquiry that claimed the commune had been destroyed by an unknown soldier." - w

Some new tracks

Two new winter remixes for ya'll.

Zirafa Remix of "Jazzanova - I Can See"

Zirafa Remix of "Public Enemy - Harder than You Think"

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Alternative Roads to Success

Spoke with Drew the other day about "getting creative" with distributing and selling music. How can an unknown band become successful without going the traditional routes?

"Success" meaning generating significant revenue off of music sales.

One idea is to use reverse bounties. A reverse bounty basically just means that people pay for something before they get it. So say Drew has a new album coming out. He would announce that his new album is ready for release but that he can't release it until he generates $1000. After he generates $1000 then the music will be available for download for free to everyone - with the people who paid for it having access to it a month in advance (or some other reward).