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I’ve been working with David Huyck on some new Brad Sucks t-shirt designs. The first one is up in my shirt store:

Here are some of the shirt variations:

The crow on the left would rather be elsewhere.

Posted on - October 30, 2007 [at] 11:14 am by Brad
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A Paler Shade of White is an interesting article about indie rock and race. Its basic premise seems to be with the rise of legitimate black mega-star musicians, white people are self-consciously limiting themselves from doing what has previously made white music good — namely stealing from black people. Mostly he pins it on a lack of rhythm:

How did rhythm come to be discounted in an art form that was born as a celebration of rhythm’s possibilities? Where is the impulse to reach out to an audience—to entertain? I can imagine James Brown writing dull material. I can even imagine the Meters wearing out their fans by playing a little too long. But I can’t imagine any of these musicians retreating inward and settling for the lassitude and monotony that so many indie acts seem to confuse with authenticity and significance.

It’s a neat analysis and it’s fun to put down boring jangly Pitchfork whiteboy rock. I liked this quote:

But by the mid-nineties black influences had begun to recede, sometimes drastically, and the term “indie rock” came implicitly to mean white rock.

But there are lots of counter-examples. The White Stripes for instance are still healthily stealing from black people and are doing just fine by it. My city has more blues-rock bands than you can shake a stick at. But I guess they don’t get called “indie rock” as they’re not white enough.

Posted on - October 26, 2007 [at] 11:20 am by Brad
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451px-Seether-bandWeird, just got a call from my drummer saying “Turn on the radio! There’s a song called Fake It that sounds like yours but it’s some other band!” I realize I don’t even have a way to listen to radio in the house so I went and looked it up online. It’s Fake It by a band called Seether that I had not heard of.

Sounds pretty different to me, though now I feel like a tool maybe releasing an album in a month or so with Fake It as the first track.


Looking at their album they also have a song called “Breakdown” too and my album will have “Total Breakdown”. Good thing I never finished my song “FMLYHM (Fuck Me Like You Hate Me)” though or man would I feel stupid!

Posted on - October 25, 2007 [at] 10:09 pm by Brad
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fieryprophet put together all the vocals submitted so far for Out of It and man is it awesome:

Out of It submitted backup vocals (as of Oct. 16) [5mb mp3]

That audio fills me with so much joy. I can’t wait till more people get theirs in!

Posted on - October 16, 2007 [at] 7:52 pm by Brad
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I played Half Life Episode 2 and Portal over the weekend. EP2 was good, Portal was brilliant (and many props to Coulton for the awesome credits song).

Anyway I was trying to search the Steam forums and you have to prove you’re human by entering a CAPTCHA. I got so many wrong I gave up. Here’s a small sampling:

captcha-04 captcha-01 captcha-03 captcha-02   captcha-06 captcha-05  captcha-07 captcha-08

Can you guys read any of these? I had to check with friends to make sure I hadn’t suddenly become colorblind or something.

Early data points to Valve’s CAPTCHA algorithm sucking and my vision being fine.

Posted on - October 16, 2007 [at] 6:32 pm by Brad
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I was warned my Out of It backup vocals deadline was too short and either that’s true or not many people want to participate. Regardless, you’ve now got until November 11th instead. Read the original request and get the song MP3 here.

I’ve also clarified that I need a recording of your vocals alone (not mixed with the original track) in order to mix you in. Thanks!

Posted on - October 11, 2007 [at] 10:14 am by Brad
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The Ten Most Incomprehensible Bob Dylan Interviews of All Time. I think #3 is my favorite as he giggles and draws a picture of the interviewer through the entire interview:

Posted on - October 9, 2007 [at] 7:11 am by Brad
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I don’t know if anyone told you — I mean the Internet has been practically silent about it — but Radiohead is offering Magnatune-style pay-what-you-like pricing (including free) on the digital download of their new album In Rainbows (site is currently dead slow), to be released in ten days. Or you can buy their $80 box of vinyl and extra songs and stuff.

I don’t have much to say about the move. Radiohead is in a unique position that’s about as far away from most musicians as can be imagined and I’m thinking it’ll work great for them.

What’s interesting to me though, especially as I try to decide on one myself for the next record, is all the different sales models out there that musicians are using. It’s a little overwhelming:

There’s giving it away for free and asking for donations, variable pricing, lower-than-retail pricing, higher-than-retail pricing, tiered clubs with rewards, pre-ordering incentives, club memberships, merch bundles, box sets, etc, etc, etc.

How do you choose which one’s best?

Posted on - October 1, 2007 [at] 3:17 pm by Brad
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Here’s a remix I did for c.layne off his new album SHARK WEEK. (All his vocals for the album are available here.)

short fuses burn long bridges (brad sucks remix) [5 MB]

This was fun to do. After grinding away on shitty boring album stuff I was looking for a remix project to go kinda crazy on. I need to remember to do remixes more often, it’s relaxing.

Posted on - October 1, 2007 [at] 11:20 am by Brad
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