We recently hooked up with the marketing director over at Griffin Technology and he kicked us down a box of goodies! I’ve been checking out some of their stuff this week, like the iTalk and lapel mic. Its really weird hearing sound coming out of the iPod through the little speaker. I’m thinking I’ll use it to quickly capture lyrical ideas when I’m on the move. I used to use a cassette recorder for that, but I could never find blank tapes to use, since I don’t exactly listen to cassettes anymore, and it’s such a pain in the ass finding the part of the tape with the song idea you want. Digital files have really simplified that process. Still, it is sort of interesting going back and listening to all the stuff I’ve recorded to tape since 1998. Some ideas I’d totally forgotten about. I was just telling Ryan about the recording I have of the very first time I asked him to “write me a song” and we sat down and jammed with guitar and voice. Maybe I should digitize some of that stuff? I guess I’d just use the Griffin iMic to plug the cassette player into and then record it into Final Vinyl, like I’ve been doing with the turntable… that’s what I did with some old LSD tape demos a few years back. That iMic might be one of the handiest things those guys came up with! I also use it to power my speakers and it sounds considerably better than when I plug ’em in direct. I’m excited for their SmartDeck connector to come out this summer. Right now I’m using an old 90’s CD car adapter and the cable is too fricken long.
We just uploaded our 2nd Chillin’ with Lovespirals podcast tonight, wherein we talk about our involvement with the Pink Floyd fan tribute, None of Us is Pink. This time around we spent just a little under 10 minutes talking, but who knows how long the next one will be? We’re thinking we’ll be doing them once every 2 weeks, but that could change if things are more or less exciting, I suppose. Ryan’s still not sure what all we’ll talk about, but we love to talk, so I’m not too worried about it. Now I’d love to know how many people are listening and if we’ve done an OK job getting the word out there that the podcast exists?
Wow I feel like such a geek right now. I just upgraded iPodder and am downloading the new episode of TWIT (This Week in Tech), plus I’m using the newly installed MacFLAC to decode a few bootleg tape trader files, and I’m getting ready to encode our latest podcast from AIF to mp3 (whilst I blog, of course). Oh, and I just got a big box of goodies from Griffin (Derrick is da man!) and so I’ve been checking out iTalk and iTrip a little bit. They always say Aquarians love technology, and I’d have to say that is completely true!!! Back to the fun…
So I had thought we’d do a weekly podcast, but Ryan’s thinking we’ll do an every other weekly podcast. What’s the technical term for that, anyway? The first one was released on a Wednesday. I wonder if we should stick with the “humpday” release date? Some people say we’re “babymaking music” so I guess that’s kinda cute. Sheesh, what station was it that used to talk about “humpday” — was it KLOS or KMET? Hmm… I seem to remember it being a classic rock station, anyway. Well, when the music was still actually contemporary in the 70’s. Come to think of it, when did that genre name come into use?
I can hardly believe I faxed the RIAA today. I felt all creepy doing it. Even though I’m a recording artist, I feel that most of what they’ve been doing is largely misguided and wrong. I guess I think of them as “evil.” But I do want to get ISRC codes for our songs so that BMI can track our royalties. We don’t get tons, but it’s nice to get checks now and again from radio play and stuff.
Now it’s time to get our artwork and packaging together for the new CD. It was difficult getting all the lyrics into the last one, even with the extra panel. I don’t think we’ll be able to print them inside this time. I’m thinking about creating a PDF file that folks can download off the site to either read on their computers or print. Of course, the lyrics will be on the site, too. I dunno. I always like being able to read the lyrics while I listen to albums. That’s one of the things that was so great about the 12″ vinyl format! You got great artwork, plenty of room for band photos, complete credits PLUS the lyrics. CDs are just too small to squeeze all that in. I tried with Windblown Kiss but I’m not totally happy with how it turned out. I’m really not sure how I want the new one to look, but I think somehow more like a record.
Lovespirals have contributed a lovely cover of Pink Floyd’s 1969 song, “Cymbaline,” to None of Us is Pink, a massive 3-CD tribute assembled by fansite/forum, Neptune Pink Floyd. Billed “The world’s greatest and largest international collaboration to make a Pink Floyd Tribute CD, by fans for fans” this downloadable collection of 49 tracks was lovingly assembled, mastered, and packaged by hard core fans of this seminal band for absoultely no profit whatsoever. None of Us is Pink is available via BitTorrent in SHN format, along with complete artwork including a 27 page booklet, at the NPF site. You can also enjoy Lovespirals’ version of “Cymbaline” in 192k mp3 on Lovespirals’ MySpace page for a limited time.
Sheesh! I am constantly amazed by how creepy some people can be. I was following up on an email from a band name registry site, and discovered that this ahole had registered Love Spirals Downwards as his band that he’d “begun in 1998”, with his homepage link and “record label” listed. Why would someone do something so stupid? Boggles the mind…
Finally got around to ordering Griffin’s turntable interface for Final Vinyl. I had used FV before to grab some stuff off the tape deck, but now I’m grabbing stuff from the 1200, which is really weird. The first album I converted to mp3 was some tracks from The Best of Buffy Sainte-Marie. I don’t mind hearing the record static on that album at all. Just keeps the 60’s vibe. It is really weird hearing record sounds on an iPod, though, I must admit.
I converted some Mick Karn and Japan stuff after that, which was cool, but I’m realizing I need to pick up Quiet Life on CD. That’s got to be my favorite album of theirs. It would be cool to hear it all quiet for once, ironically I suppose. Actually the first Japan tune I grabbed was “Suburban Love” which I had listened to not that long ago and realized how much it sounds like the kind of stuff that Ryan’s been into the past year or so. The whole instrumental breakdown part is tres “Summertime” and “Peace Love & Happiness” and hence “Sandcastles.”
Anyway, the converter is pretty cool. There’s a little hum, but unless the music is super quiet, you don’t notice it much. It still beats having to buy everything in my extensive record collection over again in CD format. And now I have a great excuse to listen to some old records I haven’t checked out in awhile, to decide what I really do want in digital format.
Wow. I really like how the site looks now with the extra box for the podcast. The page is finally balanced out just right. Before we had a blank space just waiting to be filled. I guess I could standardize all our feed tags at some point, though… It seems there really are no web “standards” at this point, just the unspoken rule that they should be orange. I read about this new CSS way of making the links now, but we’re still using small images. I dunno…
It occurs to me that I should update the LSD site to link their discography to the new CDBaby pages now. We just sent out a box of CDs to them to sell because they had Ardor back-ordered by someone somehow. I thought it would stop offering them for sale if they were out of stock, but I guess not. I dunno how much longer the albums will be in press, but I’ll keep sending them over as long as I can get them. I think CDBaby taps into a different fanbase than Projekt, which is kinda cool.
I’m already sort of looking forward to recording the next podcast. I wonder how many people have heard the first one?