Episode 14 – January 2014

Bag circa 2001

Bag circa 2001

Death in Amber Episode 14 – January 2014

What? I didn’t go anywhere.

Well, the end of 2013 was a sprint to the finish for me. In the midst of working three jobs and going to school full-time, I somehow convinced myself that I could still put out a podcast on a weekly basis.

Yeah, right.

So I took a little time off to regroup and finish up some much needed work, ad well as consider how to move forward with the show.  It was actually quite easy.

Less, but longer podcasts.

Between writing, recording, editing, uploading, and verifying everything – one week can get short awfully quick.

So this is the podcast for January 2014.

This week will include a couple of songs that I quite like from previous episodes, as well as new music from a band called Bag.

Bag was from Austin and played together from 2000-2003.  Its members were:

Barry Welch – Guitars and Lead vocals

Jason Smith – Lead Guitars and Backing Vocals

Scott “Scotty MC” Carlin – Bass and Backing Vocals

Jacob “Turtle” Nehman – Drums

Links:

http://www.scottymc.com/bagframes2.html

https://myspace.com/bagaustin

Thanks to Scott Carlin for the music and information about Bag. Currently, Barry Welch is immersed in his studio, Ross Recordings, recording independent artists in the  rock and hip-hop genres and doing commerical recording work.   Scotty Carlin has a new project that’s been going on for about two years called Space Cushion.

Well, that’s January for Death in Amber.  As always, if you have any submissions or know someone who should send out some music, let me know.

Thanks!

Bag at Trophy's in Austin, circa 2001

Bag at Trophy’s in Austin, circa 2001

Episode 13 – Unlucky.

Olive Street

Olive Street

Death in Amber Episode 13 – Unlucky

So there’s that… there… then…

I’ve spent the last 4 days at the beach, hunkered in under rain and wind, and unable to get to my computer for podcast purposes.  That’s okay, though, because I already had an idea of the songs for this week’s show.

This week’s podcast features two bands that I have never played on the show, and another song from Turbodwarf.

Olive Street – Dealbreaker

Turbodwarf – Here It Is

The Scobeys – Above

Hate to cut things short this week, but I have to finish up a couple more projects and be done with them.

Peace and chicken grease.

Episode 12 – MC Loud and MC G

the dance of the robots

the dance of the robots

Death in Amber Episode 12 – MC Loud and MC G

Marching of the Robot Army

Thanks to Michael McLeod for providing the excellent information this week:

MC Loud and MC G started as a recording project between Michael McLeod and John McGee around the Spring of 2005. John and Michael had met a few months prior through a mutual friend, Jesse Dalton ( of Uh Huh Jackson, Acoustic Couch Conspiracy, Green Mountain Grass, Hendrikz McLeod, and Grace Park and the Deer).

“‘Dance of the Robots’ was a concept album kinda. Truly these were days of learning how to record and layer and just build sonically for fun. These tracks were birthed out of enjoyment of creation and curiosity to grow in recording techniques. There were certainly no aspirations concerning money or travel or even live shows while the recording process was in full force.”

“John wanted to make dance music, or some weird style of disco. John always had a knack for pop hooks and catchy melodies and harmonies, simple structures and parts interwoven.”

Michael had guitar and bass history (Bachelor of Music degree in classical guitar) and engineered that first little album, of which only 100 physical copies were ever printed. Artist and friend Nate Schnell designed and arranged the original album art.

Guest artists on the album included Grace Rowland, Alan Houston, Aron Williams, and Jesse Dalton.

Later, a band called Newborn Trance Conspiracy formed, featuring Jesse Dalton, John McGee, Michael McLeod, and Elliot Mitchell, in order to perform the songs from “Dance of the Robots.”

MC G (John McGee) was a founding member of The Blue Hit, and now records and releases under the name Jinx McGee.

Michael McLeod currently performs with several groups:

Good Field

Grace Park and the Deer

Hendrikz McLeod

Roger Sellers

Jack Wilson Sextet

McLeod engineers albums out of his private studio under the name Nine Grey Clouds, which is also the name of one of his solo projects. Back in 2007-2008, he scored a documentary by Richard Linklater (Waking Life, A Scanner Darkly, Dazed and Confused, Bernie, etc.) called “Inning by Inning: A Portrait of a Coach.”

NewBorn Trance

NewBorn Trance

Episode 11 – New Format

Bloodshot Pyramid

Bloodshot Pyramid

Death in Amber Episode 11 – New Format

A Little Bit of This/A Little Bit of That

So I had a conversation with a friend of mine last week about the podcast, and he said something very interesting to me. He said he really liked the “Mixtape” episode, because even if he didn’t like one of the bands, he knew something else would be next.

Good point.

I like hearing feedback on ways to improve the podcast, and this bit of information was good for more reasons than one.

Many times, the music I get does not come with much back story. I had one friend, who I know well, give me the years his old band was together, and then ask me if that sounded right. Hell, I can barely remember some of my own bands’ time together.

So I’m changing the show.

Don’t get me wrong, when I do get all the information I would like to have, I will still do episodes that feature one particular band. My goal has always been to archive and collect as much information about bands as possible, especially before everyone forgets and all is lost.

However, the music itself remains the highest priority. Changing the format allows me to use more songs from individual bands in various episodes, instead of limiting them to three or four in one episode. It also makes it easier to use music I find at Goodwill, Half Price Books, and other stores that sell used CDs. You know those clearance, $1 CDs that might be really terrible or could be amazing? When I buy those, it’s like shooting dice, because I might have just wasted a dollar or found something great.

So this week’s podcast will feature music from 4 bands:

Bloodshot Pyramid – Newborn Addiction

Turbodwarf – Wornout Soul

Who Rides The Tiger – Hollywood Hates You

Strong Rock – Bitch Fiesta

Head on over to the Facebook page and let me know what you think.

Turbodwarf

Turbodwarf

Who Rides The Tiger

Who Rides The Tiger

Episode 10 – Mixtape

Mixtape

Mixtape

Death in Amber Episode 10 – Mixtape

B-Sides and Whatnot

For this week’s podcast, I’m going to give everyone a bit of a change.

While I still have bands ready for their own episodes, I want to hear from the people that listen to the show. This week’s episode includes some songs that were not featured from the bands on previous podcasts, as well as a new gem from someone I consider a great songwriter. Let me know what music you enjoyed!

So in celebration of Labor Day weekend, and of actually not working (as well as my return to more projects than I can probably handle) here is a selection of songs from the first shows  and a new one for your consideration.

The first song is by Kelvin (Episode 5) and is an instrumental called, appropriately, “Instrumental #1.”

The second song is by Captain Clyde (Episode 1), entitled “1933.”

The last song for this podcast is by someone new to the show, Lord Reagan aka Chris Weller, and is called “Geometry.”

Let me know what you think, and keep the submissions coming.

Episode 9 – Bronze Fawn

Bronze Fawn

Bronze Fawn

Death in Amber – Episode 9

The Twilight of an Epoch

This week’s show is the second appearance for the bass player from this band.  When Kelvin (episode 5) broke up, most of the members migrated to the west coast.  The bass player, my friend Steve, moved to Seattle.  There he met a group of like-minded individuals and formed Bronze Fawn, an effects-heavy journey into psychedelia and musical landscapes.

With influences like MONO (check out this Japanese band) and Mogwai, Bronze Fawn wrote epic-length songs mixing electronic elements, cinematic rock, and shoe-gazing riffs to great effect.

While the selections for this show are only culled from their debut, “Lumber”, they also released a second album, entitled “Life Among Giants.”

Treat yourself to a nice half-hour, and close your eyes and journey into a lush sonic landscape of electronic effects mixed with droning guitars and tight fills.

The band called it quits November 18, 2010.

You can find out more about Bronze Fawn here.

Bronze Fawn

Bronze Fawn

Episode 8 – mE

mE - ABCDep

mE – ABCDep

Death in Amber – Episode 8

Not you, mE.

The band mE was formed around 2002-03 in Houston, Texas.  Shortly after forming, they recorded their only release, ABCDep, in the studio the drummer was building with another audio engineer.   These days I work and jam with the bass player, J. Pitts, on a regular basis and have known him from the music scene since the mid-1990s.

The members were:

J. Blount – drums

J. Pitts – bass

J. Cormier – vox/guitar

R. Williams – guitar

The blend of acoustic and electric, along with the layered vocals and experimental sounds reminds me of some of John Frusciante’s solo efforts.

You can find them in the graveyard that is Myspace, here.

Me