I’m in the very early stages of recording a second LP under my pseudonym, Red State Soundsystem. (I’m also recording an acoustic EP of some of the tracks from my first LP, Ghosts In A Burning City, as well as some new tracks, primarily on guitar and piano.) So I’m thinking a lot about music […]

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One of the things I love most about using the ipad as a musical instrument is that several of my favorite tools (Bebot, Nanostudio) allow me to treat the screen as a continuous or ribbon controller. A bit of history here: though the good old fashioned piano keyboard has always been the primary interface for synthesizers, […]

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In no order, not including compilations. Van Morrison – Astral Weeks Bruce Springsteen – Nebraska Radiohead – OK Computer The Cure – Disintegration The Velvet Underground & Nico – The Velvet Underground & Nico Tom Waits – Rain Dogs The Violent Femmes – The Violent Femmes Paul Simon – The Rhythm Of The Saints Ryan […]

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I’ve started writing (which, since I use computers, also means “recording”) the second Red State Soundsystem album, which will probably either be called SPQR or The Big Darkness or possibly Senatus Populus Que Red State Soundsystem. (Probably not, though. But maybe.) As a songwriter, one of the biggest problems I have is getting over my […]

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I was delighted to find on Metafilter a link to The 120 Minutes Archive, a site dedicated to preserving the history of MTV’s long-defunct underground music show 120 Minutes, which was, back in the early 1990s, my gateway to the world of alternative music. (For example, I recorded this show from the summer of 1992 […]

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UK group The Indelicates are that most endangered of species — a band with intention. They defy the current notion that rock and roll songs should be about, y’know, whatever you want them to be about. Every song on their first full-length album American Demo was a thesis, a statement of purpose from the band’s […]

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So apparently a group of musicians in England called the Featured Artists Coalition have voted to support a “three strikes” law against illegal file downloaders: get caught three times and have your bandwidth reduced to a point where you can no longer download big files. It has not met with enthusiasm from the British blogosphere. […]

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