Archive for February, 2006

MBM using my photo

stevecooley | February 24, 2006 in news | Comments (0)

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hey, that’s one of the photos I took at the feb. 9th concert date! sweet!

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the Amen break beat

stevecooley | February 21, 2006 in reviews | Comments (0)

This is an awesome audio essay on one of the best known breaks in electronic music. Thanks Cory..

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low polygon turntable on dark shirts!

stevecooley | February 15, 2006 in news | Comments (0)

For sale now on zazzle: The low polygon turntable on dark shirts! Woo yeah, looking nice! click any of the t-shirts and then you can customize to change the color or add some text to the front or the back if you want. :)

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Meat Beat Manifesto Feb. 9, 2006

stevecooley | February 10, 2006 in news | Comments (0)

let's see, about 4 macs over here I’ve been a fan of MBM since about 1992, but I’ve never had a chance to see them play live until last night. I was totally amazed. I’ve never seen so many Mac laptops on stage for a performance like this. Jono and I were extremely impressed. :) The cables running around on that stage would probably give most normal roadies a heart attack. There was so much small, powerful gear up there. We had a hard time identifying some of it. I’m hoping someone else taking notes will have better luck than me. Jono said something slightly over my head about how he thought they were running Digital Performer, and clock syncing to a DV cam. (correct me if I got that wrong, jono :)

Anyway, after Dalek finished up, the guys took the stage and played an awesome set. I’m somewhat at a loss to describe how awesome it was. It just was. I’m no music critic, but this was a great show. They played a blend of songs spanning most of the Meat Beat Manifesto catalog. What a trip to hear some of those older cuts performed live! I was smiling a mile wide all night… I kept thinking “holy crap! this is so cool!”

The visuals were mind bending… not content to be straight clips of anything, the visuals were a giant blender of cultures. I can’t even imagine how much work it took to put that show together. We were just stunned.

The crowd was nice.. in demeanor and in size, I suppose. :) I only had to cut through the crowd once, and everyone was courteous. I know it’s kind of silly to mention it, but, I guess I don’t get out much anymore, so I appreciate a respectful crowd. There were a lot of people there, but there was still room enough to get right up on the stage and get the photos I got.

Jono and I were just buzzing the whole trip home because we were so inspired by what we’d just experienced. This is what a performance can be. This is what a good concert is.
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I just posted all my photos here: http://web.mac.com/djcatnip/iWeb/Site/mbm2006.html… enjoy!

Here are the remaining tour dates! GO CHECK THIS SHOW OUT!

February 10 – Los Angeles, CA – Knitting Factory
February 11 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
February 13 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre
February 15 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
February 16 – Austin, TX – The Parish
February 17 – Houston, TX – Engine Room
February 18 – Baton Rouge, LA – Spanish Moon
February 20 – Orlando, FL – The Social
February 21 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbit’s
February 22 – Gainesville – Common Grounds
February 23 – Atlanta, GA – Smith’s Old Bar
February 24 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
February 25 – New York, NY – BB Kings
February 26 – Buffalo, NY – The Buffalo Icon
February 27 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
February 28 – Chicago, IL – The Abbey

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Digital Distribution options

derek | February 9, 2006 in news | Comments (0)

For those interested in getting your music distributed digitally, but haven’t had much luck submitting to services like iTunes directly may be interested in this. There are three digital distribution services that I came across that may be able to help….

TuneCore – http://www.tunecore.com/
IODA – http://www.iodalliance.com/
The Orchard – http://www.theorchard.com/

All three say they distribute to services like iTunes, Rhapsody, and the like. Check out what they have to offer, and please feel free to post comments about your experiences or thoughts in general about them.

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The 4th level

stevecooley | February 5, 2006 in reviews | Comments (0)

one of the authors of this podcast wrote a comment here pointing me to their fine techno effort: The 4th Level. Bangin’! woot! 2 nice enhanced podcast episodes so far, along with other techno subgenres that I haven’t checked into yet. Thanks for the record label info in the podcast artwork track! That’s way cool.

Podcast URL is: http://podcast.techno.fm/podcast.xml… and then grab the 4th Level episodes.

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iTunes Signature Maker

stevecooley | February 3, 2006 in news,tools | Comments (0)

My coworker Jason sent this to me:

http://www.jasonfreeman.net/itsm/

it’s a java applet that goes through your itunes library and makes an audio signature from your 30 or so most played songs… way cool :)

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Good use of Ableton Live

derek | February 2, 2006 in news | Comments (0)

Many of you out there may have heard about beatboxer Kid Beyond from San Francisco, but those of you that haven’t should check this clip:

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or

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He shows you how he uses Ableton’s Live performance software to do his thang. Quite amazing and inspiring…even if you don’t beatbox. Check it out y’all!

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