Friday, November 18, 2005

Crewpodcast 9 - Upcoming break/Bus rides


Nov. 18, 2005
We are taking a long break from the road.
What Libby is doing and how it is to sleep on a bus.
Ross and Paulie's plans for the holidays
Jimmie Bratcher "Bad Religion" from his album "Red."
What I am going to do.
Cruisebox's song "On A Podcast"

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.

Aron of Bitterman Circle pointed out a couple of things that I have been lacking on web design for Styxcrew.com. Okay...a small site revision was in order today here in Lafayette, IN.

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

Crewpodcast 8 - Paulie, Greg, Keith


One of the hardest things is trying to get these guys to give you straight answers...

Monday, November 07, 2005

Crewpodcast 7 - Ross, Russell, and Jimmy


You ask a question and you get an answer. Now about these answers...

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Crewpodcast 6-Derrick


Interview with with our truck driver Derrick.