ARCHIVE: Miscellaneous

January 09, 2009

Worst Airline Ad Campaign Ever: Spirit Airlines MILF

So, this email subject line got my attention:  "Return of the MILF - Fares From $9* Each Way".  I looked a little deeper, and found the related ad:Huh.  At first I wondered if these guys had any idea what the... Read More

November 20, 2008

Gmail and Woot Impressed Me Today

I was doubly impressed while checking email today.  First, Gmail's new themes were pretty cool -- I'm going with the Ninja theme myself, currently: Then, I noticed the extremely well-targeted ad -- you can see it in the middle of the... Read More

October 19, 2008

Notes From My Trip to Vegas...

Well, we're back from our trip to Las Vegas.  A few random, points of note/discovery/highlight:We met "Miss Jay Alexander", the cross-dressing, male runway coach that teaches new models how to walk all sexy-like on the show America's Next Top Model,... Read More

October 04, 2008

Heading to WordCamp NYC

Because GarageSpin.com is switching from Movable Type to Wordpress...er, some day, anyway...it seemed like a good idea to check out WordCamp NYC to learn more about the paltform's future, and meet some of the folks using it.  And besides, the... Read More

August 15, 2008

Cool Movies You Can See Right Now on Netflix for Free

I was browsing Netflix's library of "Watch Instantly" movies (movies you can stream online without waiting for them in the mail), and was surprised by some of the great geeky stuff that's available:Monty Python: The Meaning of LifeGhostbustersEternal Sunshine of... Read More

August 05, 2008

The "Questions Answered" Photo Gallery: Take Two

My good friend Taylor (amazing photographer, startup junkie, and BarsForUs star) is launching a new community-generated content photography project called "Questions, Answered".It's sort of a cross between a Magic 8-ball and Flickr.  YOU submit a question, and he answers it... Read More

June 28, 2008

From Movable Type to Wordpress..?

So, I've been thinking about switching GarageSpin from Movable Type to the latest version of Wordpress for a long time.  Mostly for the amazing plugin support WP has, and because of the many, many, many free WP templates/themes that have... Read More

June 14, 2008

The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters Documentary

I just watched The King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters, a documentary about an underdog-guy trying to take the world high score record for Donkey Kong from the current record holder.Though the plot may seem overly geeky, the movie... Read More

May 19, 2008

I Need a USB Rocket Launcher

Cubicle turf wars got you down at the office?  Rogue band mates disagreeing with your creative vision during a recording session at your DIY home studio?  No more...I need one of these bad boys...a USB powered, web cam guided Rocket... Read More

April 29, 2008

Meeting Friends is Good

Spending "chill" time with cool peeps is a good thing.  On Saturday, I attended Megan Moss Freeman's photography exhibit at Greenwich Yoga; funky neon light-play photos in a zen environment...groovy stuff.  Also got to hang out with playwright Tara, cholonic hydrotherapist Xell, youth counselor... Read More

April 03, 2008

Rock Band Comic Strip for Rock Bands: Buddy and Hopkins

I know what you're thinking.  "Why isn't there more entertainment created with ME in mind?  Me, me, ME??  Marsha, Marsha!"  No?  Maybe that's just me.  In any case, if you haven't already, check out Jason Nocera's "Buddy and Hopkins" comic strip... Read More

March 20, 2008

Ashley Alexandra Dupre: $200k in Music Sales, Loses $1MM

So apparently, since the Governor Spitzer episode, Ashley Alexandra Dupre has made over $200,000 in mp3 downloads of her two club tracks on Amie Street, and is getting radio play.  (She was also offered $1,000,000 to be in the new... Read More

March 06, 2008

Sad News and Glad News - Dungeons & Dragons and Tron

I was both saddened and heartened today by some news:Gary Gygax, co-creator of the game Dungeons & Dragons (introduced in 1974!), died on Tuesday of this week.  Pretty amazing imaginataion.  Hey, he was the inventor of "Hit Points" for stamina,... Read More

February 15, 2008

Launching a Wordpress-Powered Artwork Portfolio

We recently launched a simple, 'beta' online portfolio for my dad's artwork, including acrylic, watercolor, and oil paintings of landscapes and still life.  Recently retired, he's unleashed mad-crazy painting skillz that have caught us by surprise -- we always knew... Read More

February 07, 2008

Improv Everywhere Fakes a Band's Audience at a Gig

Improv Everywhere is a comedy/improv group that creates scenes by laying out a series of actions in public spaces with numerous 'actors' -- their latest feat involved over 200 people freezing in poses throughout Grand Central Station, while onlookers and... Read More

January 22, 2008

The Youngest Mandolin Player, Ever

It's never too early too start learning to play the Mandolyn. Case and point, Morgan Olivia, who at 2 weeks, is rocking like it's nobody's business.Congrats to Jay and Natalia!... Read More

December 19, 2007

Secret Santa Bounty: Tron and a Snow Tube

It's true, office Christmas parties CAN be a blast.  We held one of those Secret Santa anonymous gift-giving delios today...and apparently, my co-workers know me pretty well.  First, I got a Tron DVD (20th Anniversary Collector's Edition). (The old Tron... Read More

November 21, 2007

Best Ad Placement Ever: Mac Spanks Vista on Home Court

Gotta love da Apple, jabbing at Vista in its own ad space. Microsoft may be none too pleased with CNET after this... Check out the video ads before they're pulled here.  UPDATE: Well, the ads have already been pulled. Fortunately,... Read More

The Thanksgiving Song, an Adam Sandler Turkey Classic

There aren't many turkey songs in the world, let alone Thanksgiving songs.  You never hear about anyone going Thanksgiving caroling on T-Day eve.  But the Adam Sandler turkey song (i.e. the "Thanksgiving Song") is a classic of classics.Though I couldn't... Read More

October 30, 2007

"Accomplice: New York"

Accomplice: New York was a blast; I recently went with my family this last weekend. If you haven't heard of it already, it's a sort of show that's part game, part scavenger hunt, part theater.  You buy tickets to it... Read More

September 14, 2007

"You Make The Call!" - HR Nightmares

Friday miscellany time.  The Office Overlord, a good friend of mine, has some of the best HR stories I've ever heard.  Check out his "HR Nightmares:  You Make The Call!" post -- too funny.  These scenarios should absolutely be part of... Read More

August 20, 2007

Create a Band for 10 Seconds of Amusement

Create Bands is amusing for about 10 seconds, until you want to put your fist through your keyboard to make it all stop.Choose your players, their audio loops, the backdrop, and lighting, and let the pain begin...(Personally, I'm a much... Read More

August 06, 2007

The Pickup Artist on VH1

The Pickup Artist, a reality show following Mystery (apparently, a famous pickup artist) as he teaches 8 socially awkward dudes to pick up women, kicks off today on VH1.  Desperate men rejoice; I know I could've used something like this... Read More

August 03, 2007

Theme Songs: The Office vs. Malcolm In The Middle

Watching The Office yesterday, I unconsciously began singing the lyrics from the Malcolm In The Middle theme song to the The Office theme song.  They fit quite well, after the intro. Try it:The Office theme:  mp3"The Office Theme" by The ScrantonesMalcolm... Read More

July 02, 2007

Transformers and GoBots Movies Double Feature

I just about pee'd in my pants when I learned I might be able to see both the Transformers AND the GoBots wreak havoc on humankind.  Which trailer is better?  You tell me...The Transformers Movie Trailer: The GoBots Movie Trailer (courtesy... Read More

June 07, 2007

A Capella Reunions Rule: the Colgate Thirteen

The Colgate 13 is an all-male a capella group at Colgate University, sort of a cross between a frat, a choir, and a comedy troupe.  It's a little different from most a capella groups, in that in addition to learning... Read More

May 20, 2007

Random: A Turtle Bullies a Poor Cat

I've never seen such an aggressive turtle (tortoise?) before.  Maybe it's one of those teenage mutant ninja turtles.... Read More

May 04, 2007

Fun for Friday: "Net_Work" by Black20

This stuff is funny.  "Net_Work" is an online video series developed by Black20, a small video production group based out of some guy's Brooklyn apartment.  One episode follows below. Grimlock laugh hard. (They were just featured in a NY Times... Read More

April 16, 2007

Installed the Dada Mail Email List Manager

I added a DreamSpin Music Alert to the website today, which is just an email subscription list for anyone that wants to know when new DreamSpin music is available.  (The sign-up field and button are in the right column.)Since I'll... Read More

April 15, 2007

American Idol, Sanjaya, and VoteForTheWorst.com

This is too funny.  VoteForTheWorst.com is a site dedicated to a single mission: propel the worst American Idol contestant to the top.  They're currently campaigning for Sanjaya Malakar, who as a result, has made it quite far, despite his painful... Read More

April 10, 2007

It's Been a While, and Song Walls

I've been on hiatus from the blogosphere due to a combination of business travel, sickness, birthdays, Easter, and other good stuff.  None of it included music production, unfortunately...though I may actually have some time to fool around a bit this... Read More

April 01, 2007

Amazing Leaked Transformers Movie Footage

Wow.  I really need to see this movie. (Thanks, Mike!)... Read More

March 08, 2007

Piano Playing Cats Are Cool

I like this cat. If I take in a cat of my own, I will most definitely teach him/her to play "Heart and Soul" on the piano.... Read More

February 27, 2007

The (White) Rapper Show Finale -- Shamrock Wins

So, I passed on watching the Academy Awards on Sunday night, but planted myself down to watch the last episode of Ego Trip's The (White) Rapper Show last night.  Ah, the degradation of pop culture.  Halleluiah, Hollaback.  Caucasian rapper-wannabe Shamrock... Read More

February 14, 2007

Hemp, A Good Way To Start Each Morning

Yes, Hemp Plus Granola is a real cereal. And tasty, if you like granola-type stuff.  (I happen to.) It's an interesting marketing campaign -- either they'll succeed wildly with the 420 crowd, or they'll get arrested trying.What's next...Weed-Os?  Ganja Flakes? ... Read More

February 03, 2007

Second Life Spoof, Get a First Life

Brilliant.  A couple weeks ago, Darren Barefoot put up a Second Life spoof page called Get A First Life.  (If you scratched your head, Second Life is an online, 3D virtual world where people hang out and do...anything.)  I love... Read More

January 23, 2007

First Kazaa, Then Skype, Now Joost

Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google are facing serious rivalry in the realm of "ultimate cool entrepreneur dudes".  Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are simply on fire, volcanically speaking.  First they launched Kazaa, a de-centralized file sharing service that... Read More

January 16, 2007

Netflix Starts Streaming Movies

I'm a big Netflix fan, and now even more so.  Mike at Hacking Netflix reports that Netflix started offering streamed movies (to a PC) to a selected number of customers.  Hopefully I'm one of them...I'll have to check when I... Read More

January 14, 2007

Updates to GarageSpin.com

This weekend may have been one of the most active and surprisingly productive in a while for me: Worked on my next song, "Take a Stand", and now have the chord progression for a pre-chorus and chorus.  Chorus lyrics are... Read More

January 10, 2007

Acapella Music is Dangerous

Or rather, being in an acapella group is.  The Baker's Dozen, an acapella group from Yale, was jumped on New Year's Eve in San Francisco after singing the Star Spangled Banner.  It's a nasty world out there...I mean, who doesn't... Read More

January 09, 2007

I Want an Apple iPhone

The most anticipated event of the MacWorld conference took place today, in which Steve Jobs announced the launch of the Apple iPhone.  Holy cow.  This thing is UNBELIEVABLE -- iPod, phone, and internet browser combined.  (more iphone extras here) There's... Read More

January 07, 2007

I Love Tron 2.0

Tron 2.0 totally rocks.  I've always been a fan of the movie, in a geeky sort of way, and had seen the PC game when it came out in 2003.  This Christmas, I snagged a copy, thanks to my bro-in-law. ... Read More

December 21, 2006

The Diet Coke & Mentos Experiment Videos

I guess I've been on a viral video kick, lately... This series is fantastic, and I thought I'd post it for anyone that hasn't seen it yet.  The guys at EepyBird.com have taken the whole Diet Coke and Mentos phenomenon... Read More

December 13, 2006

The McDonalds Drive-Through Rap + Lyrics

Awesome. These guys went to a McDonalds drive-through and rapped their order into the speaker. The lyrics and beatbox are pretty good, but what I love even more, is when the order-taker says, "I'm sorry, I only caught the cheeseburger;... Read More

December 10, 2006

Christmas Carols Stop WWI Trench Warfare

I just finished watching Joyeux Noel (Merry Christmas), a french movie based on a true story of soldier fraternization that took place in World War I trenches during Christmas.  Basically, Scottish, French, and German troops end up drinking together in... Read More

November 29, 2006

What's On Your Christmas or Chanukah List?

Budget concerns aside, what would you love to receive during the holidays?  Right now, I'm thinking it'd be nice to have:A celloa small drum seta chromatic harmonicaa left BX5a monitor that worksa fanbasesome kind of portable, multi-track recorder that's compatable... Read More

November 06, 2006

Headed to Ad:Tech Conference in New York

I'm headed to Ad:Tech New York tomorrow (Monday) to check out the latest in advertising and marketing technology.  I'm looking for the latest developments in online lead generation, search engine marketing, and contextual marketing for work...But of course, under my... Read More

November 02, 2006

Songbird - Browser and Jukebox Mashup

Songbird's a pretty cool little app, sort of a mashup of iTunes and Firefox.  It's all customizable and open source, allowing for a lot of cool functionality.  One of the coolest -- you can subscribe to podcasts or mp3 blogs,... Read More

October 30, 2006

Happy Halloween - Carve a Pumpkin

If you're like me, actually cleaning out and emptying an entire pumpkin seems a bit labor intensive.The solution: carve one online here, then place your computer monitor on your front door step.  Poof!  You've got a pumpkin.  Hopefully no kids destroy it while trick... Read More

October 19, 2006

Favicons, PageRank, and DreamSpin

I can hardly contain myself.First, I successfully changed by Favicon from   to .  (i.e. "Favorite icon", an icon that is tied to your URL, that can be seen in Firefox or 'Favorite Page' lists)  Sweet, huh?Second, GarageSpin jumped from... Read More

October 06, 2006

Teleportation is REAL???

Get this -- people are already teleporting light and matter all over the place. Professor Eugene Polzik and the crew at the Niels Bohr Institute in Copenhagen totally rock my world: "... Until now scientists have teleported similar objects such... Read More

September 06, 2006

Instant Album Cover Art

You've got a band. You've got an album. You're all set to go, but your collective creativity has failed to produce cover art that you can be happy with. You're in luck -- check out the handy, dandy Jackson Pollock... Read More

August 24, 2006

SingShot - Awesome YouTube-like Karaoke Site

SingShot is an online karaoke platform that lets you record and share karaoke performances.  But what's really cool is the ability to generate a widget you can insert into any website that will play your performance.  How's that for some funky Web... Read More

July 31, 2006

James Earl Jones Star Wars Voiceover Remix

Check out the clip Vader Sessions, by AkJak.  Absolutely friggin brilliant.  Take 9 minutes of Star Wars footage, use James Earl Jones voice clips from movies he's been in, besides Star Wars, and you've got a work of art.My favorite... Read More

July 17, 2006

Comic Strip For Musicians - Bassist Wanted

If you've ever been in a band, you'll enjoy Bassist Wanted, the online comic strip by Porter Mason.  All your classic band struggles are there -- playing a "gig" to an audience of four, deciding whether or not to expose your musicianship... Read More

July 13, 2006

The New Transformers Movie

I am a happy man. A new Transformers Movie will be coming out in May 2007.  Check out the new site here, or skip right to the trailer.Have you seen the old school animated movie from 1986?  (I proudly own... Read More

July 05, 2006

GarageSpin Mini-Updates

Fireworks were not enough.  I needed some REAL excitement.  So, I created a favicon for GarageSpin.  (favicon = a "favorite icon" that shows up in some URL boxes and bookmark pages of different browsers (Firefox is best)...all the cool kids... Read More

June 17, 2006

Another Artist Goes Online

Tara Meddaugh, author and playwright, just launched her brand-spankin' new portfolio website to place samples of her work online. It was a fun project with a tight deadline; the goal was to get it up before the Last Frontier Theatre... Read More

May 12, 2006

Sonar, Cubase, GarageBand, ProTools on Google Trends

Google Trends just launched this week -- how fun!  I compared keyword search traffic for "Sonar," "Cubase," "GarageBand," and "ProTools" for kicks, and here's what I found: Hooray!  Steve Rubel at Micropersuasion had some additional fun with Google Trends...nice. ... Read More

March 31, 2006

Royalty Free Music Biz Growing

The business of royalty free music (where one pays a one-time fee to license a music track in perpetuity for any use) is growing.  Jupiter Images has made an absolute killing in the image licensing industry by acquiring a ton... Read More

March 29, 2006

MusicSage, The Music Search Engine

MusicSage is a new music search engine that launched last month that attempts to differentiate itself by presenting meaningful sentences of content instead of chunks of info.  I tried it out -- it's not bad considering it's only been up... Read More

February 16, 2006

Rock Star Art Review

Take a guitar out of a rock star's hand, replace it with a paint brush, and what do you get?  Well, as with anything, the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.YuppiePunk suffers through artwork by artists such as The Monkees and... Read More

February 11, 2006

Upgrading Blog Software...Please Stand By...

I'm in the process of upgrading my blog software to MovableType 3.2.  Please forgive any mess that may result.  Hopefully, by the end of the evening (or weekend?), everything will be working properly.  Cheers!UPDATE:  (2/12) All done!  Anyone surfing through... Read More

January 11, 2006

Happy 100th Birthday, Inventor of LSD

Albert Hofmann, the Swiss chemist who accidentally discovered LSD in 1938, turns 100 today.  He was also the drug's first guinea pig, originally intending it for medicinal use."I sat down at home on the divan and started to dream," he... Read More

January 01, 2006

Best Indie Music of 2005

Happy New Year, everyone!!John Sakamoto said it best:  "..trying to force a structure upon an entire year's worth of music is a fool's mission at best, an exercise in self-delusion at worst."  But hey, why not try.  Here are a... Read More

December 30, 2005

Submit Music For Australian Motorsport DVD

Since we're on the subject of submitting music for soundtracks, here's another opportunity:Smooth Motion Films from Western Australia is inviting all bands to submit music for consideration in their motorsport DVD, Motorvation 2006.  Selected bands get credits, website links, a free... Read More

December 28, 2005

For Guitarists - The Third Hand Capo

Happy Holidays, y'all.  I hope you've all received the music gear you've been hoping for this season.One of several gifts I got was a brilliant little ditty called the Third Hand Capo.  (for non-guitarists, a capo is a device guitarists... Read More

December 19, 2005

"Lazy Sunday Afternoon" video ("The Narnia Rap").

Tooo funny. If you haven't seen this Saturday Night Live video yet, check Chris Parnell's "Lazy Sunday", aka "The Narnia Rap" clip, and the brilliant lyrics that follow. It's one of those shorts that renews your faith in Saturday Night... Read More

December 15, 2005

Lighter Wallpaper For Non-Smoking Concert Goers

I found this kind of amusing. ModTones sells lighter wallpaper ("RockLighter") for non-smoking music fans that find themselves ill-prepared for concert hits. "..Find yourself awkwardly swaying your empty hands over your head during rock show power ballads? Or worse -... Read More

November 01, 2005

Funky Roll Up Keyboard

This totally rocks the casbah. Keyboardists need no longer complain about dragging around bulky gear. All we need now is a “roll-up drumset.”... Read More

October 28, 2005

Anyone Want to Buy GarageSpin for $18,000?

Apparently, someone's calculator is broken... :) My blog is worth $18,629.82.How much is your blog worth?... Read More

September 20, 2005

Freestyle Rapping on Rhapsody Radio

Hey freestyle rappers, check it. You can now bust da rhymes on ya mobile phone. Beats N Breaks is a freestyle rap service being offered through Rhapsody Radio, a new offering launched yesterday by RealNetworks and Sprint. I can’t wait... Read More

September 13, 2005

iZ, Zizzle's Animatronic DJ

I now know what I want for Christmas. Zizzle, a toy company founded by Furby creator Roger Shiffman, is launching iZ, an animatronic DJ. Kids poke and prod it to mix 'n' mash beats. I dunno. My wife's Furby never... Read More

September 06, 2005

So much news, so little time...

It's been busy. A new job, a new age, and new friends... Plus, I was away for most of the weekend, attending an amazing wedding in New Hampshire. It's been more than a week since I've touched anything music related,... Read More

August 24, 2005

Google Talk Music Broadcast "Hack"

Google Talk, Google’s IM (instant messaging) and VOIP (voice over internet protocol) application, launched yesterday. Very cool. (an aside, it's one step closer to Om Malik's vision of a GoogleNet, a global internet provider that could supplant all telecoms...spooky) The... Read More

August 18, 2005

Flow - Awesome.

I can't stop playing with Flow, a psychadelic, interactive music video Brad pointed out. Fan-friggin-tastic.... Read More

August 02, 2005

Interviews Coming Up...

I've got several really interesting interviews with experts in the music industry coming through the pipeline... This week, I shot the breeze with Nathan, CTO at HotLocalMusic, a company providing a variety of marketing services, including mobile marketing technology, to... Read More

August 01, 2005

Why "Bar Code" Album Artwork Is Bad

This is really quite funny. An 80's Hits compilation album was released in the UK with an enormous bar code displayed on its front cover. That alone wouldn't be a problem; however, cashiers are apparently scanning the huge bar code,... Read More

July 27, 2005

File Sharing Audio Project Made Easier

I posted in May regarding Halsey Bergund's "Speak Out: Musicians Must Unite to Keep Culture Free" audio project. He recently informed me that participating is a whole lot easier -- musicians can now express their support for file sharing online... Read More

July 25, 2005

10 Year Reunions

Please pardon the brief hiatus, I was playing the role of wingman to my wife during her 10 year reunion this weekend. One classmate of hers attended with all seven children she's had since graduating from highschool. I felt both... Read More

July 12, 2005

Frustration in the Home Recording Studio

I spent a frustrating basement session last night with a song I've been trying to produce, "Spinning Daydream." Frustrating, partly because I accidentally deleted the Mixer in a Reason 3.0 file, resulting in the loss of all volume automation for... Read More

July 08, 2005

The Top 10 American Rock Bands EVER

You may have wondered to yourself, "Which bands are the best American rock bands ever?" USA Today conducted a poll to answer that question once and for all. The winners are (drumroll): 1. Pearl Jam 2. Aerosmith 3. Van Halen... Read More

July 04, 2005

Independence Day Rap: Founding Fathers

In the spirit of the Fourth of July, check out the best interactive Independence Day rap video ever: "Founding Fathers!"... Read More

June 30, 2005

New Music TipSheet Junior

Here's a funky little plugin that let's you see the latest new releases coming out. Behold, the New Music TipSheet Junior: (Hm...apparently, if you're using a Firefox browser, you may be staring at a blank post. For those of you... Read More

May 30, 2005

New GarageSpin Banner

You may have noticed the addition of a new GarageSpin banner (as well as a new "About" page for GarageSpin). What do you think of it? I also created a mockup incorporating an image of a CD like the old... Read More

May 19, 2005

Busy, Busy, Busy

All work and no play make Johnny a dull boy. (It's been a busy week.) After many requests and proddings, I'll finally be adding an "About" page for GarageSpin this week. (Baby steps, baby steps) Within the next week, I'll... Read More

May 05, 2005

Cinco De Mayo!

Happy Cinco De Mayo! And it's Mike's (at Hacking Netflix) birthday! Two great reasons to get a little Tequilla-silly.... Read More

May 03, 2005

Blogger Geeks Hit Manhattan

I took a break from jamming last night to attend a blogger's "Geek Dinner". The posse ended up at Two Boots in Grand Central Station in NYC. Imagine, if you will, a spectrum of corporate, media-savvy suits sitting next to... Read More

April 29, 2005

Music Icon Mugshots

These are pretty amusing. The Smoking Gun has a whole bunch of Music Icon Mugshots taken during arrest. Here are a couple -- can you guess who they are? Rock is dead... Bawwidabaww dibang dibang diggy diggy.... Get on the... Read More

April 11, 2005

Free Download: 3 Chapters of "The Future of Music"

Gerd Leonhard is offering a free, promotional download of three chapters in his book, The Future of Music. The chapters included are: 1. Music Like Water 6. The Digital Kids and the Changing Marketplace 7. A New Music Economy From... Read More

April 07, 2005

2005 USA Finals For Karaoke World Championships

The USA finals for the Karaoke World Championships are today. Looking at the site, the KWCUSA resembles a lo fi, older American Idol competition that takes place in bars across the world. I hope you reserved your tickets. ;)... Read More

April 06, 2005

SoundFlavor's Playlist Community Site

Soundflavor delivers personalized new music recommendations using complex algorithms that analyze hundreds of song attributes (tempo, release date, genre, etc.) and community members' playlists. Kinda cool. Thanks, Hackingnetflix.... Read More

April 05, 2005

Google Launches Satellite Maps

Google's new satellite map application has nothing to do with music, but is so impressive I was compelled to post about it. You can see a "satellite's eye view" of your NEIGHBORHOOD! 1. Enter an address. 2. See the Google... Read More

Breaking Through the Bubble

I had been recording a song I wrote, "Spinning Daydream," for some time, and reached a point where it was time for the first "second opinion". (In this case, I solicited my wife.) Second opinions are amazing gems, espicially if... Read More

March 24, 2005

Using the Term "Indie"...Counter-Productive?

Peter left excellent feedback in my last post below regarding my abundant use of the term "indie" in GarageSpin: "You are trying to talk to us, normal people struggling in the music business. And on that note of struggling maybe... Read More

March 22, 2005

Build Your Own Microphone Pop Screen, Guerilla-Style

Finally, I now have a use for all those pantyhose...um, nevermind. Thanks to Jake Ludington for these step-by-step instructions on creating your own microphone pop screen for recording audio to get rid of all those plosive 'p' and 'b' sounds.... Read More

March 06, 2005

Learn DJ Mixing Basics

For anyone wanting to 1) become a DJ, 2) incorporate a DJ into a garage band, 3) incorporate samples into a song or performance, you can start learning how by checking out these DJ mixing basics at recess.co.uk. Enjoy the... Read More