Friday, December 29, 2006
Saturday, September 09, 2006
ahh,,,,the "normal" venues...
Monday, August 28, 2006
Weren't you just in...
Thursday, August 24, 2006
you sure do move around a lot...
today's lucky number:
42.31378 N 122.97125 W
Sunday, August 20, 2006
Where are we today?
Elevation 1387 Feet
Saturday, August 19, 2006
And a special shout..
Thank you, Linda!
Good news and bad news.
I can get online and tell you something.
The only internet connection here is in-house and they are blocking everything but port 80. No FTP uploads allowed here so the cameras won't work. We are out of Sprint coverage area so the JB is out of range today as well.
More good news:
Tomorrow we are in Saratoga, CA in the heart of silicon valley. Yes. They indeed know what the internet is.
Saturday, August 12, 2006
round and round they go...
Where they stop...
Band on a plate again for two shows here in MA. Everyone gets a front and center, and side, and behind seat. You get to see what Todd looks like playing from behind as well as what the techs see most of the time.
Sunday, August 06, 2006
Thursday, August 03, 2006
if you build it, it will come...
Sunday, July 30, 2006
"Art vs Money" or "Cams in the Casinos"
To answer Patti's question, if we are in a casino and we don't have cams, then it is because they don't allow us to tie into their network. This should be less of an issue as long as we are in Sprint cell phone range with the Junxion box. (We opted for the Sierra Wireless AC580 PC Card with Sprint 1X EVDO service).
Monday, July 24, 2006
Just another day in the life of...
Well first-off it is good to see that the comments function isn't broken anymore on the blog. :)
I finally made it back home yesterday after not being here all month and found my lawn halfway up to my knees. I am sure my neighbors were wondering what was going on.
The PayPal account is at $1091.50 and you guys have certainly come through more than we expected! The gear is ordered and we hopefully will have it all by Thursday when we fly to
Patti posted the Seattle Times article from today. There are several points that the writer missed or was misinformed. One of the ideas in the article is that the band posted this request. Well the blog is StyxCrew after all, not the band's website STYXworld. This is the crew's request, not the band's request. The writer states that Junxion gave us a "free" box. The word "free" never came up in any of my emails with one of the co-founders of Junxion who actually found the blog post via Technorati and completely surprised me when he emailed me. What he did do, however, is allow us to get the more expensive JB-110b instead of just the JB-110e. In exchange, we beat it up and report back any performance issues or suggestions just as we do with musical gear from other manufacturers. My last point of contention with the article (don't get me wrong, it's cool to be in the press and very surprising) is that they implied we traded tickets for goods. This is definitely not the case. I offered a limited amount of tickets to Junxion after the Junxion Box agreement was finalized. This gives me the chance, after using it for a month, to talk to the guys behind the product in-person to ask them technical questions about it as well as ask for suggestions to improve the way we are using it. The co-founder has been a fan of the band since the 70's which is a bonus for him, but most importantly it gives me the face-to-face time I wouldn't normally get since I am not able to leave the gig on show days.
The Junxion Box itself is only part of the whole system. The rest of the system includes an external amplifier, mounting hardware, antennas, protective case, and the PC card which connects to the cellular service. In addition there is a monthly subscription fee which we will now pay just like a cell phone.
I hope that clears things up. I will post an equipment list and photos for all you techie-geeks out there once "Everything Is Cool" with our rig.
We are readying the gifts for all who have contributed but we want to make sure they are perfect before we send them out. Perfection takes time. :)
You guys kick ass!
Tuesday, July 18, 2006
Wishlist fund update
The Paypal account right now is at $995. I had no idea you guys would show us so much love.
I was absent from giving an update for the last week or so as I was playing email tag with one of the founders of Junxion. He saw the post on the blog and offered us a deal which allowed us to get the more $$$ box, the JB-110b instead of just the JB-110e.
There are a ton of people who have contributed right now and I haven't had a chance to count up all who have donated. You will get a small gift from us as soon as we can get it together with this busy schedule we have for the next couple of months (I hope it doesn't take THAT long, though).
You guys Rock!
Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Tuesday, July 04, 2006
Login or create a personal account (or pool your monies together and have one person do the PayPal thing).
Use the "Send Money" tab at the top and send your donations to (remember to remove the spaces) styxcrew @ att . net
Hopefully this will be the cleanest and most organized way of doing this. Please include your email address in the comment section so we know who donated.
Saturday, July 01, 2006
Everyone Else has a wishlist...
What is this thing and why do we need this?
It is a box that takes a cellular phone data connection and converts it to ethernet.
What does that mean?
We can have an internet connection wherever we are as long as we are in cell phone range. Some of these gigs in the middle of a race-track or wheverever they can put a stage don't have internet connections. No connection, no styxcrew cameras. Yes, I know it's hard to imagine a world without the cameras, but it happens from time-to-time. This box will also allow a connection when vehicles (bus) are moving since it is cellular technology. Ahh yes...a connection on a 20 hour bus ride...
Why am I asking you guys, our loyal styx fans, for help? Well it costs more than the cameras did. If you guys want to get the crew something we could really use (like the Starbucks for the band) this would be the item. Yes...I know...shameless, aren't we? Plus everyone who contributes will get a small gift from the crew. :) Not to mention having cameras everyday at the gig!
Interested? Contact me here.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Tuesday, May 09, 2006
Happy Birthday to Us...Happy Birthday to Us...
Saturday, April 08, 2006
Monday, February 27, 2006
Sneakin some in on ya....
Friday, February 17, 2006
Friday, December 16, 2005
Pssssst! I know it's been almost a month since the last STYX show. Are you guys still awake out there or are you just chillin' 'till the next show on the books? I'm doing a short run with the Andy Williams Christmas Show this month and enjoying the mild temperatures here in Florida, although we will end in Merrilville, IN where the current cam pics are from. Stay tuned!
Friday, November 18, 2005
Thursday, November 17, 2005
Ho lee crap
maybe i am living in a microcosm of the tech/geek/audio/musician/roadie world, but i am getting damn excited about podcasting and the idea of podsafe music.
let's face it...podcasts without music get pretty boring unless you are listening to a pure science podcast. i have been struggling with the podcast i am producing by trying to be careful to not play copywritten music in it.
quite frankly, i was surprised how many podcasters were playing copywritten material in their shows knowing full well that they weren't paying ASCAP or BMI license fees.
maybe it was just the timing of it all but within 3 weeks we had the Sony/BMG rootkit DRM software discovery, the Portable Media and Podcast Expo, and many podcasters removing previous episodes to prevent risking being sued by the RIAA.
i just started listening to the rock and roll geek show...the first two tracks on this latest episode...man...BIG guitars and i am liking it already...
check out the podsafe music network...you will probably find something you will like. in 10 minutes i found 8 tunes i like already...
many podcasters are calling it right now for the music industry. they are saying the RIAA and corporations are killing the industry. i can certainly say there is a lot of resentment in the tech/geek world towards RIAA aka "the man" because of how they are attacking file sharing and their attempts to prevent piracy. in some ways they are perfectly legitimate. other ways, such as lobbying the government to limit technological innovations...well...that goes too far IMHO.
the old music industry model is broken for new artists. some bands (some that we all know and love) can still make a living on the old model. new bands, however, are in a different situation. in this age of flash-in-the-pan-one-album-make-as-much-money-as- you-can way of thinking in the record industry, this new way of thinking and finding new music may be the way.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005
Getting off my butt.
Monday, November 14, 2005
What is it like being a roadie?
I have been listening to another Roadie friend of mine on his podcast. He is a backline tech that has been doing this for many many years.
Episode 29 has an interesting soundscape of a load-in and in eps 30-31 he talks about some of the darker sides of being a person who does this for a living. He is able to say things that I haven't or probably shouldn't. We try to keep it light on our crewpodcast especially since we are attached to a band, but he is able to say what he feels more easily.
Parking In Bitterman Circle
Sony/BMG and the buzz on the net lately
Some of you have heard about this story I am sure. For those that haven't, let me hip you to something that has been going on for the last month.
Sony/BMG music distribution has manufactured CD's with "Enhanced Content" including the Van Zant album "Get Right With The Man" which has Digital Rights Management or "DRM" software on it. The problem is they did it poorly.
Instead of me trying to paraphrase all the information out there, let me do two things. Googling "Sony rootkit" will bring up a bunch of articles that will give you information on what is going on. Last night on the bus ride into Lafayette, IN I was listening to a tech podcast that interviewed the man who discovered what Sony was doing. Check out these links if you have a chance.
Mark Russinovich interview
NPR program referenced
Sony may be breaking copyright law themselves
Here is a good timeline for articles about this story
Saturday, November 12, 2005
cams are down here at borgata
either IT dept here at the borgata are messin with me, or the ftp server for styxcrew is down....
Friday, November 11, 2005
One of the hardest things is trying to get these guys to give you straight answers...
Monday, November 07, 2005
You ask a question and you get an answer. Now about these answers...
Tuesday, November 01, 2005
Interview with with our truck driver Derrick.
Thursday, October 27, 2005
This episode is a one-on-one with Libby. She talks about her duties as a lighting director and her background. Questions posted about in reference to her spotlight call podcast are answered.
Saturday, October 22, 2005
Waitin' on da bulls
We are waiting for the bull riding to get done. We will go on maybe 10pm tonight here in Kansas City.
That's right, bull riding.
Thursday, October 13, 2005
The periods of silence are portions where the band has been edited out to protect the copyright.
Note: Any music contained in this podcast is NOT podsafe music.
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Well it only took two months, but both the STYXworld and styxcrew podcasts are in the iTunes directory.
You can find these buy going to the iTunes music store and doing a search for STYX in the podcast genre.
Click this link to subscribe to the styxcrew podcast in iTunes
Click this link to subscribe to the STYXworld podcast in iTunes
Friday, October 07, 2005
Sunday, September 25, 2005
Saturday, September 17, 2005
Ask whatever you want like "What exactly do you really do?" or "Why do you walk across the stage so many times before the show?" You know, things like that are fair game.
Post your questions in the comments section for this post.
The Gorge Amphitheatre
Saturday, September 10, 2005
You do what you gotta do...
A sampler wouldn't fire up before the show. Jimmy loaned a soldering iron to the keyboard tech to fix the sampler. Mick's guitar rig goes down during the show. Jimmy pulls a spare head from one of Tommy's racks so they can continue their set.
We all know how tiring fly dates are...very little sleep, unfamiliar gear, etc. This is what we do out here on the road. Look after each other.
Btw, Foreigner sounds great with this line-up and undisputably classic songs.
Friday, September 09, 2005
Today is JJ's birthday. Be sure to wish him a happy birthday when you see him...he hates it! :)