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Never heard of this group before, but they do a pretty solid Blind Willie McTell cover here.

 

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I've seen this guy many times. First time was at a house party behind a funeral home in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with an audience of about 15 people. More recently, I've seen him play sold-out Chicago venues. Dude made a name for himself.

I enjoy how in this video, initially there's a lot of chatter in the crowd, but by midway through the song, everyone has decided to just shut up & listen.

 

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He does write songs on topics other than death & dying, btw. These are just the ones that are speaking to me tonight.

 

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Speaking of The Magnetic Fields, this is one of my favorite of their tunes:

 

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I didn't realize Wm. E. Whitmore had any official music videos. Love this tune, though.

 

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And see below for something completely different. Honestly, I strongly preferred Kiss it Goodbye's precursor band, Deadguy, but Kiss it Goodbye had 50% of the same personal and the same rad graphic design, and "oh well, we're burn that bridge when we get to it" was something I had frequently written in my journals of that era before the song came out, lol.

 

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Here's one in the grand American tradition of moonshiner songs :grin:, "South Lee County Brew."

Some folks say the jar's half empty
Some folks say it's half full
Some folks like me don't give a damn
As long as I get another pull


 

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Murdoc, I'm shocked! Starting a cult based aorund yourself is a new low, even for you! Why, I can't even...

...ah hell, I can't continue with a straight face. Honestly, the only shocking bit in retrospect is that you didn't try this shit sooner.
 
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[Evolution of Rock Music]

I took a class in the history of rock music in college, and actually got to have it count as a history credit. I had a very heavy class load that semester (and during the two bracketing semesters), and needed something that wouldn't take quite as much studying as the other ones. I already listened to a lot of "classic rock," so I figured that it would just be filling in the gaps for me. The class was a mix of the professor talking about the subject and playing sound clips from songs, going back to the early blues era. The tests included listening to clips and identifying the songs and artists, and the study materials in the library were tapes (this was the 80s) of music clips. It was actually really well done, and very interesting, and almost functioned as more of a history of 20th century popular music. It probably would have more appropriately fallen under a "music appreciation" credit of some sort, but it remains one of my favorite classes of all time.
 

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Get a decent microphone if you're going to do that. Mrs Nobby-W Nobby-W runs a business with a significant social media presence in Indonesia, and looked into doing a podcast at one point, so we did a bit of homework on the matter.

One term you will hear is 'XLR' microphones, which is an analogue standard where the plug design has rubber dampeners that stop vibration being conducted into the mike. These will also need a digitiser box (typically between £50-£200) to plug into the computer. XLR mikes are not strictly necessary but will avoid some types of environmental degradations to sound quality. The Shure SM7B is well regarded and popular in Youtube circles, although at about £300 or so it's not cheap.

Otherwise, a bit of google-fu should turn up suitable mikes. A reasonably decent USB mike should start about £100 or so. I got one called a Blue Snowball for teleconferencing, which the manufacturer also pitches for podcasting. That's probably about the bottom end.

One of the free audio editors is probably fine.

The Butcher The Butcher - Apropos of such things, I found out a couple of little factoids:

The Snowball's older brother, the Blue Yeti, gets a fair amount of hate in YT circles, although there are videos showing how to use it correctly (talk into the front of the microphone, not the end). It's apparently also considered that it uses components that are a bit cheap and nasty.

For an XLR mike interface for a PC, I've seen a few folks recommend a gadget called a Focusrite Scarlet in my YT browsing. One can browse around for a suitable XLR microphone. Generally folks recommend dynamic microphones over condenser types.

A lot of Indonesian content creators use a Chinese brand called Saramonic. Mrs Nobby-W has a bit of social media presence in Indonesia and we just got a Saramonic lavalier (clips to your shirt) microphone set for her - a Blink 500 UC set consisting of two wireless lavalier mikes and a receiver that plugs into a phone via a USB-C port. This was a little over £200 in the UK and is a bit cheaper in Indonesia. There's also a Thunderbolt receiver available that works with iPhones and an analogue receiver that you can plug into normal audio kit.

It arrived a couple of days ago, and I tested the sound quality, which was actually quite good. Saramonic kit is a bit cheaper than the Western brands like Shure, and it seems to be of reasonably good quality. You can also get it via channels like Amazon. For your poetry, you probably still want to get a studio mike rather than a lavalier, but they do all that sort of kit as well.
 

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The Butcher The Butcher - Apropos of such things, I found out a couple of little factoids:

The Snowball's older brother, the Blue Yeti, gets a fair amount of hate in YT circles, although there are videos showing how to use it correctly (talk into the front of the microphone, not the end). It's apparently also considered that it uses components that are a bit cheap and nasty.

For an XLR mike interface for a PC, I've seen a few folks recommend a gadget called a Focusrite Scarlet in my YT browsing. One can browse around for a suitable XLR microphone. Generally folks recommend dynamic microphones over condenser types.

A lot of Indonesian content creators use a Chinese brand called Saramonic. Mrs Nobby-W has a bit of social media presence in Indonesia and we just got a Saramonic lavalier (clips to your shirt) microphone set for her - a Blink 500 UC set consisting of two wireless lavalier mikes and a receiver that plugs into a phone via a USB-C port. This was a little over £200 in the UK and is a bit cheaper in Indonesia. There's also a Thunderbolt receiver available that works with iPhones and an analogue receiver that you can plug into normal audio kit.

It arrived a couple of days ago, and I tested the sound quality, which was actually quite good. Saramonic kit is a bit cheaper than the Western brands like Shure, and it seems to be of reasonably good quality. You can also get it via channels like Amazon. For your poetry, you probably still want to get a studio mike rather than a lavalier, but they do all that sort of kit as well.
Thanks for the advice, man.

Costs put the kibosh on that plan for now.

I’ve recorded a few on my phone for practice, and yeah, I’ll definitely need a decent mic!
 

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Algorithms found me a new artist.

Jennifer Thomas - The Fire Within
which I like better than the more famous/ more often broadcasted Illuminations which is on this playlisting

 

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And see below for something completely different. Honestly, I strongly preferred Kiss it Goodbye's precursor band, Deadguy, but Kiss it Goodbye had 50% of the same personal and the same rad graphic design, and "oh well, we're burn that bridge when we get to it" was something I had frequently written in my journals of that era before the song came out, lol.


Screamin' with the Deadguy Quintet is a forgotten classic.
 
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