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Elliot Mazer on Analog vs. Digital

Tape Op Issue 72Tape Op is one of the best music magazines out there. Even if you’re not a recording engineer, the interviews and articles give you a different perspective on the music you love. Best of all: it’s free. There’s a great interview with Elliot Mazer in the Jul/Aug issue, where he talks about being “Neil Young‘s producer” among lots of other things. It’s interesting that the guy who recorded the ultimate analog album (Harvest, recorded mostly live in Mazer’s leaky home studio and then back in Neil’s barn), has such strong feelings about digital recording:

I’m happy that I will never, ever have to record onto another analog multitrack tape again. They are not neutral and have a flavor and change their character. Magnetic tape deteriorates with time and use and the top end goes away. [This is debatable. -ed.] There are all kinds of problems. The speed by which you can record, mix and process is much slower with analog. It’s the same with film vs. digital photography. You take some pictures. You take the roll out of the camera, mark what the roll is, send it to the lab, have a lab send it back, look at the negatives and make prints. There’s a built-in delay due to the technology of the process itself. It’s much more immediate with something like ProTools or Logic. It’s possible in our world, as it is in the world of photography, to make bigger files, which will look and sound better – and to make bigger files using a better analog/digital converter or a better lens or whatever. I see great similarities between both those worlds. I think convenience trumps quality, which is why the iPod is such a huge success. iTunes software is very helpful to me. It’s helpful if I’m doing files at 24/96 or AAC files. The software doesn’t care. The organization tools are really nice and Apple does a nice job suppoerting that software and those devices. I love big files and high sample rates and all that, but I have a lot of iPods for various projects that I am working on.

If guys like this have given up on analog, is there any hope for its future? And does that even matter anymore?

Neil Young: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki.

If you don’t got Mojo Nixon…

Mojo Nixon…then your record collection could use some fixin’.

Especially since right now, you can download his entire catalog for free from Amazon MP3. But don’t wait, because this is only a three-week deal and after that, it’s over. Well, not totally over. The full Mojo Nixon catalog will be half-price after that. If my math is correct, I think you have until October 27 before they start charging you.

Nixon’s got a new album, Whiskey Rebellion, a collection of previously unreleased material, and this is a very cool way to promote it.

“Can’t wait for Washington to fix the economy,” Mojo Nixon stated. “We must take bold action now. If I make the new album free and my entire catalog free it will stimulate the economy. It might even over-stimulate the economy. History has shown than when people listen to my music, money tends to flow to bartenders, race tracks, late night greasy spoons, bail bondsman, go kart tracks, tractor pulls, football games, peep shows and several black market vices. My music causes itches that it usually takes some money to scratch.”

“Elvis is Everywhere.” “Don Henley Must Die.” “Debbie Gibson Is Pregnant With My Two Headed Love Child.” “Stuffin’ Martha’s Muffin.” These are songs that everybody needs to listen to regularly. Free!

MP3: Mojo Nixon on Jack Kerouac’s On the Road

Mojo Nixon: Amazon MP3, web, wiki.

Full press release after the jump.

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Another Adam Yauch Cancer Update

Yauch, 2007It’s been a couple months since we heard from Beastie Boy Adam Yauch on how his cancer treatment. But we got an email this afternoon saying he’s “feeling healthy, strong and hopeful that [he’s] beaten this thing.” Since his surgery, he’s travelled to India where he saw some Tibetan doctors and visited some nuns:

they did a puja (religious ceremony) for me to help me get well. one nun said to me “we do prayers and then you are better.” so i’ve got that going for me, which is nice.

No new release date for The Hot Sauce Committee Part I yet, but Yauch is “hoping it’ll be in the first half of next year.” In the meantime, he’s lying low in Massachusetts.

Read the full statement after the jump…

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Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World – 20 Years Later

It’s no secret that GLONO is a haven for Neil Young idol worship. Most of us are of an age where our foray into Neilvana was sparked by a single event. In the fall of 1989 Neil Young was the musical guest on Saturday Night Live and unveiled before a country mired in Reagan-Bush malaise a song that shook us all to our core. As we recover from another Bush era, remember to Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World.

Video: Neil Young – “Rockin’ In the Free World” (live)

Neil Young: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Two Cow Garage Opening for Hold Steady

The Hold Steady have invited GLONO faves Two Cow Garage on a leg of their upcoming October tour. Two Cow Garage gladly accepted, continuing to tour in support of their latest release, Speaking In Cursive (Suburban Home Records).

TWO COW GARAGE TOUR DATES (all with THE HOLD STEADY):

10/17 – St. Olaf College – Northfield, MN

10/18 ­ Fargo Theater – Fargo, ND

10/19 ­ The Railyard Ale House – Billings, MT

10/20 ­ The Filling Station – Bozeman, MT

10/21 ­ The Big Dipper – Spokane, WA

This is a great opening slot for a band we love dearly. Here’s hoping it leads to bigger and better things.

Stream Speaking in Cursive now from Suburban Home Records:

MP3: Two Cow Garage – “Your Humble Narrator”

The Hold Steady: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Two Cow Garage: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

Previously: Loads of stuff…

Autopsy results: Michael Jackson was healthy

Michael Jackson, 2009The Associated Press has obtained a copy of Michael Jackson‘s autopsy report, and the doctor who reviewed it for the AP says, “His overall health was fine” (Variety, Billboard). Nevertheless, there are some interesting tidbits in the report.

The good:

• Jackson weighed 136 pounds, which is “in the acceptable range for a 5-foot-9 man.” I.e., not skeletal.

• His heart was strong, and his kidneys and “most other major organs were normal.”

• Aside from two sedatives and the propofol that caused his death, the only substances found in his system were Lidocaine, which he probably used to numb injection sites and ephedrine, which doctors probably administered to attempt to resuscitate him. The AP reports that “No other drugs – legal or otherwise – were detected, nor was any alcohol.”

The bad:

• His lungs were “chronically inflamed and had reduced capacity that might have left him short of breath.”

• MJ had “arthritis in the lower spine and some fingers, and mild plaque buildup in his leg arteries.”

• Jackson’s death was ruled a homicide caused by “acute propofol intoxication,” with the other sedatives listed as a contributing factor.

The weird:

• Jackson had “several tattoos, all them cosmetic, including dark tattoos in the areas of both eyebrows and under his eyes, and a pink tattoo around his lips.” He also had “what appeared to be a tattoo” across his the top of his head where his “short and tightly curled” hair was receeding.

• He had multiple scars on his face and body. The AP’s doctor said that most of the scars “appeared to be from plastic surgery.”

• There was “depigmentation of his skin around his chest, abdomen, face and arms.” Which seems to confirm his claims of vitiligo.

Most Popular GLONO Items: September 2009

Glorious Noise: a nicer place to be.Once a month we look back on the stuff we wrote that got the most attention. We don’t do any special weighting for items that appeared later in the month, or anything fancy like that. These are simply the things that received the most views last month, according to our stats. If an item ranked last month, its position is in parenthesis.

1. Rhino Records: 1973 – 2009 (Updated) (Sept 2009)

2. Beatles Remasters Finally Coming (April 2009)

3. (2) Remastered Beatles Box Sets Available for Pre-Order (July 2009)

4. Fun with Forkcast, Round 17 (Sept 2009)

5. (1) Elliott Smith’s Girlfriend Cut Off (2007)

See positions 6 through 20 after the jump…

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Cool Band: Spindrift

Spindrift.jpg I caught these guys when they closed out a night of psych rock at Dante’s in Portland. What started out as a love fest for local heroes the Dandy Warhols (who had just hosted the bands on the bill to an apparent desert bacchanal) turned into a loud and trippy homage to spaghetti westerns and West Coast freakiness.

With a flair for the cinematic (the band has its own full length feature film, The Legend of God’s Gun), these Los Angelenos make no attempt to hide their penchant for Ennio Morricone hero worship, and God Bless ’em for it. There’s an undercurrent of violence gurgling under the surface that is too often the focus of modern psych bands, but Spindrift understands that it’s often what’s off-screen that is most frightening.

MP3: Spin Drift – “Beauty”

VIDEO: The Legend of God’s Gun (Director’s Cut Trailer)

Spindrift: iTunes, Amazon, Insound, wiki

GLONO Twitter Roundup

In what may become an ongoing feature, below are the things we’ve posted to Twitter recently. In reverse chronological order, just like Twitter…

# Spotify-employed Pirate Bay appeal judge ruled to have conflict of interest. Judgement unanimous, cannot be reversed. http://ow.ly/rUWV about 1 hour ago

# RT @jgrossnas: How the Tape Recorder Killed Journalism http://bit.ly/XRahb about 18 hours ago

# RT @xxofMontrealxx: Kevin Barnes interviews Hall and Oates for Under the Radar! Check it out here: http://tinyurl.com/y8l97rn about 18 hours ago

# DJ AM’s tox report showed cocaine, OxyContin, Vicodin, Xanax, Ativan, Klonopin, Benadryl, and Levamisole: accidental OD. http://ow.ly/rJ5q about 19 hours ago

# Ian Brown planning soundtrack album with Johnny Marr, Mani, and Paul Ryder. http://ow.ly/rJ0O about 19 hours ago

Lots more after the jump…

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Bloodshot artists in serious accident

This just in from Bloodshot Records:

One of the members of the Bloodshot family, The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir, was in a terrible van accident yesterday in Indiana, on their way to a show in Cincinnati in support of their new record.

Without getting into too much detail, the van blew a tire and then rolled several times, eventually coming to a rest upside down on the median. The band was transported to the Jasper County Hospital in Rensselaer, IN.

More info, including how you can help, after the jump…

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