other than that, I don’t really know what to say other than I’m glad the people in the bubble are noticing the bubble? and I’m hoping they notice that they also built the bubble, and then fortified it by equating credibility with bubble-oriented writing, and that they could possibly be the ones to tear that bubble down?
We Can’t Stop
On the shuttle bus that was taking us from Port Authority to the Miley Cyrus concert, which I had affectionately dubbed the Bangerz Express, Jordan, Dombal and I were having a decidedly un-#Bangerz conversation about the lack of effective ways to record interviews on an iPhone. […]
99% of the conversation on this post should be about the part I cut away, but just a note on this little bit: I’ve had very good results with TapeACall Pro. It’s pricey (ten bucks in the app store I believe) but it hasn’t failed me yet. Sound quality is great, no size limit that I’ve found (I’ve recorded hour+ interviews with no issue), makes the files super easy to export to DropBox, Google Drive, email, iMessage, etc. I’m a fan.
(This is all presuming you’re talking about recording phoners. I use the regular ol voice recorder all the time to record in-person chats.)
Daylight Officially Change Name To Superheaven
Daylight have officially changed their name to Superheaven. The change is due to legal issues with the name “Daylight,” but everything else regarding the band minus their name will not be changing. The band will be going out on tours in the near future with both Basement and Nothing, respectively. Check out a statement from the band below after the jump.
I have to say, Superheaven is a seriously badass band name
Kevin Devine Covers Nirvana’s “All Apologies” For Anniversary Of Kurt Cobain’s Death
Kevin Devine has released a cover of Nirvana’s “All Apologies” for the 20 year anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death. Enjoy the cover and a message from Kevin below after the jump.
Kurt Cobain Died Twenty Years Ago Today
This is really lovely
Foxy Shazam Release Free Album ‘GONZO’; Announce Comeback Tour
Foxy Shazam are back with a surprise. The band has released a new album called GONZO entirely free for fans in addition to announcing a tour with Larry And His Flask. Stream and download the album while checking out the tour dates below after the jump.
NEW FOXY ALBUM!!
OMG YOU GUYS I AM FREAKING OUT! FREAKING OUT!!
A Couple of Thoughts on Mitch Hedberg
This week Buzzfeed published a piece called “A Complete Ranking Of (Almost) Every Single Mitch Hedberg Joke”. It contained a complete ranking of (almost) every single Mitch Hedberg joke. A few things occurred to me as I read it:
1) For me, Mitch Hedberg’s jokes, kind of like Jack Handy’s jokes, actually work best as words on a page (or screen). I do like his delivery, and I know for many people that is part of what makes the jokes so good, but it’s another situation where having the right word in the right place is the essence of it, so I can really laugh just by reading them, which I have done over and over, even if I’ve never heard a given joke performed.
2) So this list of 275 jokes is essentially his life’s work as a writer (and his life wasn’t that long). He had about seven good years as a stand-up, where he made a living, toured, did late night television. During those seven years, he supported himself with these 275 one-liners (obviously delivered by his performing self), and he was able to do so, make a living, by thinking up these lines. He was in a movie or two in there, but everything in his professional life flowed out of these bits of text. The body of work reproduced on this Buzzfeed page was the core of his livelihood.
3) In 2014, if you write the kind of one-liners Mitch Hedberg did, it’s very tempting to put them on twitter, because twitter is perfect for the format. And you could burn through these 275 jokes for free in a few days or weeks and that would seem normal and your opportunity to make a living from those jokes would be gone. Maybe they would lead to other work, if you were good at anything other than thinking up one-liners.
4) When I read this, I wondered if Buzzfeed paid his estate anything to include all these jokes on its page. I think there are reasonable arguments for paying and for not paying. These jokes are on a million web pages scattered around all over the internet, and they were not published in written form but were transcribed from performances. So in that regard it would be silly. But the jokes seem so writerly to me, and it’s so clear that they survive as a written thing, and they are, as I said, essentially the life’s work of this late writer. So it’s not totally unreasonable that an entity making money from gathering them in one place would funnel some of that money to the writer’s estate.
Copeland Reunite; Announce New Album ‘Ixora’
Copeland are back. The band will be releasing a new album called Ixora that will mark the band’s first ever independent release on October 31st, 2014. Yes, it is April Fool’s Day, but the band has released a new song and have launched pre-orders for the release, which would be a very foolish thing to do if fake. Check out a message from the band, a new video for a song called “Ordinary,” and more details below after the jump!
Welcome back Copeland?
New song is fucking boring.