Thursday, August 25, 2005

Ouch!! My head hurts!

Wow. RSS, Atom, XML, Blogs, Podcasts...my head is starting to hurt just thinking about them.

In an ever increasing effort to do this the right way, I am switching different methods of producing the podcasts for the band and crew (crew podcast is always a guineau pig) in as much as they way they are coded and organized. Having an automated method of writing crucial files is always better than hand-coding them.

Posting a hyperlink here in this blog to new podcasts and letting the automation take over sure sounds like a good deal to me!

Now if I could just get the images to work properly in iTunes...and get into the iTunes directory...

Flickr.com

So if you haven't noticed, there is a new band podcast. Check it out.

P.Hearn has uploaded some interesting stagecam photos to www.flickr.com. Flickr has a nice interface for RSS feeds (something podcasts use) and don't require a person to register to look at photos. Just look for the tag of "styxcrew" and you should be able to see the photos.

That also goes for you that want to post photos to flickr as well. Please tag the photos that you upload (if they are of gear, crew, or stagecam shots) with "styxcrew."

If you get bored, just click on "explore" and there will probably be some interesting photo in front of you in seconds.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Podcasts

New styxworld podcast! Your iTunes will grab it if updates automatically.

Check out the news section of www.styxcrew.com if you need help in getting the podcasts.

Sunday, August 21, 2005

Band On A Plate

Well what can I say about today's gig?

Umm......Be sure to watch today's cams to see what I am talking about.

Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Wow, a whole day off!

Howdy, folks!

I have started posting photos to flickr.com. The photos are tagged with "styxcrew" so you should be able view them easily. Flickr has RSS integration so I chose it.

If you have webcam photos you want to share, please upload them to flickr and tag them with styxcrew. Thanks!

Friday, August 12, 2005

Added the camera shots to this...

As you can see, the two stage cams are on the right side of the page. Clicking on them will take you to a larger image. These images in the blog will also refresh every 30 seconds.

I started uploading photos to flickr.com. Relevant photos are tagged with "styxcrew" so check it out.

Sunday, August 07, 2005

Hey, Where Are The Camera's?

Ok, Ok, some of these gigs haven't had internet access lately which makes it a little bit difficult to provide images from Styxcrew.com.

Well, time to jump on a ski lift and go to the top of the mountain for the Kellogg, ID gig. This is going to be interesting.

Paulie's word of the day: BOLLOCKS!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Repeat episode?

I refined some of the code behind the podcasts so it is more streamlined and up to standards. The downside is it thought the old podcasts (for the crew and the band) were new. Don't worry, you won't receive double podcasts (how annoying!) from here on. We are still working out the bugs in our system. Thanks!

What did the camera see?

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Nothing is ever wrong...

2/18/03

Setting: House of Blues, Chicago.

Album release 'listening' party. This event is where the CD is played, front to back, for radio folks and their guests.

At FOH, trying to get my world in order, rushed as always, I notice the audio engineer, Gary, has a glazed and desperate look in his eye. This is not a good sign, it being 5:20, with doors at 6.

L: "Gary, what's wrong? You don't look so g-"

G: "We don't have the CD."

L: [sure I'd misheard him] "What?"

G: "The CD. The new album. Cyclorama, by the rock band Styx. Don't have a copy."

L: "Where's yours?"

G: "At home."

L: "Ask [the merchandise guy], he's got boxes of-"

G: "They told him not to bring any. No selling here tonight."

L: "Where's [the production manager's] copy?"

G: "In his workbox, in the truck, in Illinois."

L: "And [the tour manager]?"

G: "If he ever had one, he lost it."

L: "And the Guys [in the band]?"

G: "Are you kidding?"

>short pause, and light dawns. I rifle around in my laptop bag and find, loose, no jewel box, the bootleg copy of the thing the production manager gave me on the first day to learn the new material. It is slightly scratched, may be damaged, and has the name scribbled in Sharpie across it.<

L: (with unbecoming smugness) "You mean this Cyclorama CD by the rock band Styx?"

Gary snatches it out of my hands and runs away, I mean runs, yelling, "It's OK, everyone, we got it!"

Everyone assures me this really is the Big Time, but somehow, I'm often unconvinced.

;) Lib