Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Podcast 34 (8-12 Apr 2009).

The CD release episode! Featuring bands that are celebrating new disks this week, including The Miles ("Murder"), Megan Hamilton & the Volunteer Canola ("Cat Tail Legs"), Honest I's ("Wristwatches"), The Paint Movement ("Faults"), Luke Sneyd & the Deed ("Fightsong"), and Your Volunteer ("Oh Sweetheart").

Six local bands! Six new albums! Six good shows! Six songs you've never heard before (probably)!

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Justin Beach said...

Dan and April recorded their Tonka and Puma EP (6 or 7 songs) in someone's house in like 3 hours I'm sure they didn't spend 1k - granted it was supposed to and does sound kinda garagey but I like it and it doesn't sound like poop.

Justin Beach said...

p.s. You're famous on the internet for a reason. You're one of my heroes!

Twade said...

so I took a listen to the tonka and puma - not bad for less then 1k. BUT
How much money did that person spend on equipment?
The vocals are distorted and it doesn't sound like an effect, it sounds like the mic is clipping.
The bass sounds great, the drums are decent.
it gets the point across though.
For this sound, it should sound like this I suppose.

Justin Beach said...

I don't even know what equipment they used but obviously if you're going to include the cost of recording equipment and musical instruments in the cost of producing a CD it's going to drive the price up. I know that when Library Voices had their van broken into it cost them 10k. Fortunately those aren't expenses you have to absorb every time.

I think though that as fewer and fewer people buy music (and as technology gets more sophisticated) you're going to see people spending less on recording. Music industry people (the smart ones) have been saying for years now that you have to think of your recorded music as an advertisement for your live shows. I've talked to a number of people who say that their goal with the CD is to break even. If that's the direction of things (and it seems to be) people are going to start spending less to produce those "ads".

As for Tonka & Puma specifically I think the sound they ended up with is a compliment to the style of music they play.

What I'd like to see is a greater emphasis on high quality live recordings. I could easily list 100 bands who I'd buy live albums from if they were recorded properly and without all the ambient noise you get on bootlegs.

twade said...

That's fair.
Equipment is pricey. Technology is cheaper.
There is a lot to be said about production and how a quality producer can affect your sound...but then again - maybe in a negative way, one that isn't true of the bands sound. You can't deny that some producers have made huge impacts on the sound and made the artist that much bigger.

Have you checked out www.soundmann.com
He does some nice bootlegs.

Also, in about a week's time the Samson Zoom H4 will be released. It's a handheld recorder with 2 inputs and 2 microphones and 4 tracks - perfect for recording a band live (left and right from the board, 2 mics for the room). It should be interesting what happens.

Justin Beach said...

Wow. Thanks Tyler, I hadn't heard soundmann before - I have now though, and have added it to the links for NxEW and I'll blog it soon so others can find it too.

I've also put the Samson on my xmas list.

What I'm interested in though, really deep down, is having bands make money. What I'm sorta thinking about is starting a site where you can buy live recordings - work with sound techs and bands and let people buy a copy of the show they were just at for like five bucks - keep it all MP3 and start selling at the show so if you sell zero you're not out anything except a little server space, but if you want to spend $100 and buy every show on Elliott Brood's last tour you can do it.

historyjen said...

Live shows well recorded... great! Let's hope for more of those.

andrew said...

uh, i've had an H4 for about two years.