Heading on down to SX, gonna see if I can unwind…

So it looks like I’ll be spending quite a bit of time in Downtown Austin for SXSW.  I will be working a lot, as well as spreading information about the podcast. Hit me on Twitter and let me know if you are in town for SXSW.

 

Scott

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Ready for SXSW?

I’m getting ready for SXSW this year, and for me, it starts on the 8th.  In past years,  I’ve been ready to pull out what little hair I have left, but for 2015, I’m ready to go.  

I’ve lived in the Austin area since 1993, and this town turns into a madhouse, but this year I want that craziness.   I’m booked for work for all of SXSW this time, after missing last year due to foot surgery. 

 Come find me or my business cards during the madness …

Coming back from a long hiatus…

Hello.  Been a while.

Sometimes life gets in the way of things you love to do, and in the case of the podcast, something had to give.  I’ve spent the last couple years running like crazy; working three jobs, going to school full-time, and trying to write, record, edit, market, and build the podcast.

In hindsight, trying to do the podcast on a weekly basis was pretty insane, especially given all the other responsibilities I had when this started.  I thought about changing the format of the show, or using new and unknown bands, but that is not what the concept of the podcast was intended to do.

But enough of that.  It’s time to get things going again, and I am once again looking for music for the show.

If you were in a band, or were a fan of a band that no longer puts out music or plays shows, please get in contact with me.

Time for me to get back to work.

Scott

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

Seeking quality music to feature on the podcast.

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I am looking for bands to feature on the show.

If you were in, or have a recording of a band you want to hear on the show, please let me know.  It doesn’t matter how much background information you can find on them or what genre of music.  This podcast is not a critique of people’s music, it is a showcase.  There are several ways to get in touch with me, listed in the contact information, on the submissions page, or simply at:

Scott Long

Death in Amber

P.O. Box 526

Manachaca, TX 78652

or

deathinamber at gmail

or call

512-eight 2 seven-7 zero three 5 and leave a message.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Death in Amber Podcast

I was listening to a podcast of NPR Jazz Profiles about Gil Evans when David Sanborn said something that struck a chord with me.

He said “He (Evans) didn’t try to recreate the past, he didn’t try to live in the past. It was like… then. Because then you become… the past, then you become… preserved in amber… and that’s the death of an artist… is to be, imprisoned by people’s image of who they think he is…”

Sanborn’s comment reminded me that as artists, everyone tries to move forward and reach a higher level. But what happens when those efforts are not recognized for their originality in their time, unlike Evan’s work with Miles Davis?

I have played with many people over my 20+ years of making music who really had something to say.

A lot of time, effort, and sometimes money has gone into recording that music. You know that guitar player from 10 years ago, who still has a box of 45 unopened CDs on the shelf of his closet that everyone in the band chipped in money to record…

It has been a couple of years now since I first had the idea for Death in Amber. It started when I lost the only burned copy of a demo CD by an Austin band, Captain Clyde.

I got on Austin Craigslist and posted an ad looking for a copy of the 4-song demo I had basically worn out before losing. The songs were a fantastic mix of classic rock, psycho disco, funk, and jazzy pop. It was amazing.

By chance, I received an email from a guy asking me, “Who are you and what is your interest in The Clyde?” I relayed him my dilemma, and he happened to be the former bass player from Captain Clyde. It was to my delight that he not only provided me with the coveted 4-song demo I had lost, but also everything they ever recorded!

I came to the conclusion that there has to be thousands of bands who never signed a record deal, reached a wider audience, or “made it big” who might want the opportunity to showcase their music.

Death in Amber is the opportunity for hidden, forgotten gems to get their due. I want to play those songs so that people can hear them again, or for the first time.

All styles welcome.

If you have a band to suggest for the Death in Amber Podcast, please contact me and let me know.