Saturday, March 31, 2012

Don't Call It a Comeback...

I apologize for the station identification, but I needed to get some things sorted over the past few weeks. After reading through the thoughtful comments on my last post, I have decided to make a few changes around here that will hopefully encourage more readers to actively participate on the blog. For the time being, I have decided that I will not be going private with the blog. Second, there will be a couple new features premiering shortly; one that focuses on live concerts and another that is a continuation of a series I used to do on Ear Fuzz called Anatomy of a Sample. Third, I have decided to stick with Mediafire, but will no longer list the artist or album in the file name. Next, I will start password-protecting the links and the links will be placed in the comments instead of at the end of the post. Last, since the majority of commenters suggested that I focus on new posts first and upload old files upon request,  I have decided that this is the course of action which is best for me at this time.

Ever since an anonymous person left a comment about my podcasts being unlistenable, I have been searching for alternative ways to record my vinyl podcasts so there is less noise and better sound quality. Unfortunately, since my Olympus digital recorder doesn't have a line-in jack, the recordings I made so far have been  incredibly distorted and practically unlistenable. With this being said, I will go back to recording the podcasts the way I had been doing them as I don't currently have the funds to purchase a USB turntable, audio CD burner or a Pro package with Podomatic that enables me to have more space available to record podcasts at a higher bitrate. If anyone would like to help me purchase some new equipment or a Pro package with Podomatic to improve the sound of these podcasts, it would be greatly appreciated.  You can do this by visiting my podcast page at, and clicking on the Paypal donate button to help my cause.

Since I had already recorded a full podcast last Friday that wasn't worth uploading,  I have decided to re-record the same songs for tonight's podcast with new commentary in-between tracks. This episode of I Hear a New World is available to listen to here, and to listen\download here. I would like to dedicate this podcast to the listeners and readers out there who continue to support me through the good times and bad times.

I Hear a New World- Stacks of Wax Vol.13

1) Sandy Bull- Triple Ballades
2) Neutral Milk Hotel- Engine
3) Pink Floyd- Astronomy Domine
4) Firehose- Brave Captain
5) Psychedelic Aliens- Blofonyobi Wo Atale
6) Bill Withers- Who Is He and What Is He to You
7) Ornete Coleman- Friends and Neighbors
8) Pan Ron- Today My Friends
9) Eternal Tapestry and Sun Araw- Night Gallery Part III
10) Cate Le Bon- Fold the Cloth
11) Real Estate- Green Aisles

Total Running time: 55:22

Addendum: I have decided to use an alternate file-sharing service as Mediafire has been cracking down on many other bloggers recently. I will let you know what I decide on when I get to this point.

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Reassessment of Priorities

For those of you who didn't realize it, I received an e-mail from Mediafire yesterday letting me know that they have suspended the use of a Caetano Veloso track that I just posted a couple days ago as they received complaints about me making this track available to download.  These guys are really not playing around if a single track from a 60's Brazilian psych record on a small label is targeted as copyright infringement. I really am at a loss now since I don't know what I am able to share without having the RIAA, Mediafire and Blogger on my case 24-7. It would be great if everyone would just take a moment to realize that all bloggers are not evil criminals who prey on musicians' lifeblood for our own benefit. There are certainly some blogs out there that only post the album artwork and a link with nothing to say about the artist, but there are still many who have the best interests of the artist in mind. This is certainly not a money-making venture for me, and the primary reason that I am doing it is to share music and promote artists that I believe in. 

I haven't done this in awhile, but I really need my readers to step up and help me assess what is really important here as I need to figure out a new way to do things around here. Recently, I realized that a majority of my files which were uploaded on defunct file-sharing services like Sharebee, Mass Mirror, Quicksharing and Boxstr have all been deleted for quite some time, in addition to the ones uploaded with Megaupload. There are some files that I won't be reuploading since they were taken down multiple times by various file- sharing services, but some of them were links for live concerts and out-of-print records that probably just expired after a certain amount of time elapsed. What I need to know from my regular visitors is whether there is a file-sharing service out there that you recommend as I doubt that posting files to Mediafire is a viable option right now. I really don't know if there are any services available that haven't been targeted by the RIAA, but I would like to hear from some of you if you have any ideas?

Would posting new links for old posts be more important to you, or would you like to see me focus on new posts?  Since reposting these expired links will definitely take some time, I need to prioritize these tasks accordingly. I am also looking for your input on an idea that I have been mulling over regarding offering the download links through e-mail. The way this would work is if you want to download the album, mp3 or mix, you would need to send me an e-mail and I will reply to your e-mail with the link to download the files. This wouldn't necessarily prevent Mediafire from taking down files, but at least the files wouldn't be posted on my blog anymore for Blogger to administer. Another option is to make the blog private until the dust settles, and everyone who wants to be invited to the blog can post a comment letting me know this so I can add you to the list. Everyone who has been added to the list before I make the blog private will be able to access it without any problem.

One thing that I want to make clear is that I keep doing this because I want to, but I really need to know that continuing to administer this blog is valuable to my readers. I have barely received any comments on the last 10 posts, and I know that there were almost 3000 visitors during the last month. It would just be helpful to me if I knew that I was taking risks to keep this thing going because people value what I do here. Please let me know if you have any helpful ideas, thoughts or positive vibrations to send my way, because I really need them right now.

Monday, March 05, 2012

Choice Cuts Vol.3

It is once again time for me to reach back in the refrigerator for some "choice cuts". Each time, I will be featuring sizzling and succulent morsels that are grabbing my ear right now that range from funk to country, from afro-beat to garage rock, etc. Sometimes there will be a theme to these songs that ties them all together in a nice bow, but other times the songs featured will just be a musical hodgepodge of eclectic delights. Without further ado, lets see what "choice cuts" the vinyl butcher has prepared for us today.

Eddie Fisher- Beautiful Things
From:  Eddie Fisher and The Next Hundred Years [Cadet Records, 1971]

When I first heard this record there were other tracks that grabbed my attention, but this one slowly but surely imprinted itself on my memory. With an extended intro featuring a captivating blend of bass, strings and harp, you would never guess that this track would turn into the funk monster that it does around the midway point. After nearly four minutes of orchestral beauty, the tempo starts to slowly increase with Fisher's majestic guitar playing taking the forefront for a couple minutes. Then, the track busts wide open with the walking bass setting the stage for a blistering wah-wah soaked solo that goes on for over four minutes. Finally, the song quietly fades out with the same orchestral instrumentation from the beginning. This is one of those tracks that is truly a thing of beauty with a little something for every type of listener.

Caetano Veloso- The Empty Boat
From: S/T [Phillips, 1969]

I discovered Caetano Veloso just a few years ago when perusing a blog that had a lot of Brazilian psych music on it, and at first wasn't completely floored by what I heard. It goes without saying that the best music takes time to really sink in, and this record and song are no exception. While I was taking a walk during a break from work recently, this song came on my I-phone. At first, my impulse was to hit the skip button, but some inexplicable force took over and encouraged me to keep listening. I am so glad I gave it a chance, because what was about to unfold was nothing short of stunning.

The lightly strummed guitar at the beginning starts the song off in an unassuming fashion, leading you to believe that this is bossanova-by-numbers. Then, the rug is pulled out from underneath the listener, as shards of incendiary fuzz guitar erupt out of nowhere and practically drown out Veloso's vocals until the song closes. While the tone and intensity of the guitar sound is enough to pull you in for the rest of this trip on Veloso's empty boat, it's his yearning vocals attempting to fight it out with the guitar that make this well worth the price of admission.

Link removed by Mediafire as I received a notice from them that this file is infringing on the copyright of the artist. Blogger set my post to draft and requested that I remove the link so I have complied. 

I hope you have enjoyed this edition of Choice Cuts, and would love to hear what you guys think about these tracks. One thing that I have on the back burner right now is a new series featuring live concerts that I have recorded and downloaded from various sources over the years. You can look for this series to come to fruition in the near future.

Until next time...