This episode I decided to make more robust shownotes, with links to the sites we mentioned and a photo. It looks really cool on our site, but unfortunately the result seems to be NO shownotes in iTunes. I’m wondering if any other RSS readers are getting the shownotes? Drop me an email or comment here if you subscribe to the podcast and CAN see the shownotes, pretty please.
On episode 20 of the Chillin’ with Lovespirals band podcast Ryan and Anji talk about their new podcasting setup on Anji’s cool new Intel iMac, listening to Lovespirals on the Pandora music site, catching up with our old lablemates Mira, Anji being interviewed by the Essence Podcast on the effect of piracry on indie bands, responding to listener email from Joseph on the evils of AllofMp3, thanking fans for writing up iTunes Store reviews, adding Lovespirals to Frappr Maps, and creating band avatars in Second Life.
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Lovespirals in SecondLife: Ryan Lumley and Anji Riel
This weekend Ryan signed up for a free SecondLife account and I helped him work on his avatar a little bit. I gave him one of the Lovespirals t-shirts I created, which looks pretty good on him, gave him a Dylan accoustic guitar, and showed him the basics of the game. Well, game is not really an apt term for SecondLife, it’s more like a platform or something… Anyway, we wandered around Podshow Island, Slackstreet, and some of the more popular hangouts just so he could get a feel for things. I also took him up to the Tibetan Buddhist base jump, which was interesting. We shopped for electric guitars, but there aren’t many options yet. He’d really like a classic Fender Strat, I’m sure. Haven’t found the best hair option for him yet, but he’s kinda making due with the pushed back look. Something long and parted in the middle would be better. Oh, I got some new hair that looks a bit more like me. I should still try to find a bob with proper bangs, though.
If anyone out there reading this would be willing to help us sort out our avatar’s appearance and band gear without charging us a bunch of Lindens, we would love to chat with you! Lovespirals would give out mad props on our site, podcast, in game – whatever. I’ve got a signed CD with your name on it, for sure. Ha! I’ve figured out a lot in my short time in the game, but I could use an old timer’s knowledge to polish us up and get us ready to actually perform in game.
By the way, my favorite SL clothing designer, Nicola Escher, was sweet enough to give me a few folders of her amazing vintage designs! I’ve been wearing her mink stole the past few visits, mixing that up with the pink or red boas. I just tried out her Milchy Way dress yesterday, and it looks pretty hot, but oh so classy. I adore her 20’s styled shoes and stockings! She has a great site with amazing photos of her GirlKultur collection that you must check out!
If you’re into Frappring and Lovespirals, come join the brand new Lovespirals Fans Frappr map! Maybe I’ll add this logo thingee to the corner of the site later on, but for now, it’ll be lurking here in the blog. Oh yes, and while you’re at it, why not check out The Chillcast Frappr map, as well?
I spent a little bit too much time uploading photos into both maps, btw… I just couldn’t stand looking at all the white space in the Slide widget, so I filled it up! I especially like the Chillcast one. Makes me feel chill just looking at it.
Seems like we’ve both been keeping our noses to the grindstone for far too long, unable to find the time and energy to work on music. My new podcast is taking up so much precious time, sometimes I wonder if it was really the best thing for me to get involved with. Then SL tries to steal even more time away… Ryan has been really busy with his work. Ever since the .coms made their comeback, his skills have been in demand again. But today we both made some time to get back to tracking vocals for “Caught in the Groove.” The scratch track we had been working with was recorded too muddy to actually keep, and the vocals we recorded right after our Pheonix show sounded too tired. Today we captured a really great, fresh, well recorded vocal. It’s nice to have so much experience singing a song before recording it, actually. We’ve been doing it in our live show, so I’m really familiar with it. Anyway, I think we’re pretty much done with the song now. Just need to make a good, solid final mix. Then we can take a critical listen to the scratch vocal track on the new blues song and go from there. That one was my favorite song to perform, so I look forward to working on it a lot! Still not sure what the title will be; I was calling it “Falling Asleep,” but Ryan suggested changing it to “Once in a Blue Moon,” which I think was the original title in my journal.
Anji and Ryan go on a rant about illegal Russian download sites, complain about the Amazon Advantage Program, answer fan email, share recent band news, ask the listeners for a favor, and play a recent Lovespirals cover of Pink Floyd’s “Welcome to the Machine.”