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.




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.


Episode 6 – The Math

Artwork by batfish73

Artwork by batfish73

Death in Amber – Episode 6

The Ill Math

This week is going to be a bit of a departure from previous episodes, because this show is not about a band or group no longer making music together.  This podcast is a shout out and thank you to my ace, The Math, for all the help he has provided in making this show even possible.

I have known Math for going on 15 years now, and he is a talented individual when it comes to making music and art.  He created all the various logos I use for the podcast, and also supplies the bed music I use in between songs.

But when I use his music for the show, I try to stray away from some of his more complex compositions, especially those that are sample heavy.  For this week’s show, I don’t have to worry about that.

Math digs, cuts, loops, remixes, and builds his songs.  As a product of the old school and golden age of hip-hop, there is a definite boom bap style in his songs.  He takes individual drum sounds and build his own kits and beats, sampling everything from foreign movie soundtracks and library music to obscure funk cuts from the late 60’s and early 70’s… and movies and television… and radio… and books on tape… and…

He is also a talented comic book and portrait artist, just for good measure.

If you want to check out his music online, head over to Soundcloud.

You can also view his artwork at deviantART.

Artwork by batfish73

Artwork by batfish73

Seeking quality music to feature on the podcast.


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


deathinamber at gmail

or call

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

Hope to hear from you soon.

Episode 2 – Liquid Stereo Project



Death in Amber – Episode 2

Live Hip-Hop

Started in 1999 and solidified in 2000, .::liquidstereoproject performed live hip-hop in and around San Marcos, Austin, and Central Texas.  This rather large group blended guitar/bass/drums with synth/samples, a real DJ (hip-hop folks, remember those?), singers, and MCs.  The atmosphere of their live shows was good grooves and good vibes.  Attending a LSP show was like going to a house party – it was always a helluva time.

Though the group officially disbanded,  the members have moved on to various projects.


Suzanna Choffel (www.suzannachoffel.com)
soloist/band – appeared on The Voice on NBC (Team Blake Shelton)

Greg Williams (www.chiefandthedoomsdaydevice.com)
Chief and TheDoomsdayDevice > We Are Disco Doom Revenge > The Word
Association (co-founder) > Electric Mayhem (co-founder) > Binary Audio
Misfits > Big Orange

Omari Clayton
The Word Association (co-founder) > Binary Audio Misfits


Rene Rodriguez
Jon Garcia > Chancla > Suzanna Choffel > AM Syndicate > The Great
Nostalgic > The Authors > Paperthreat (current) > Mr.Brownfolks (1st
solo project)


Chris Lynch
(a+)machines > Jared Francis Band > Electric Mayhem (sound guy and
drink wrangler) > Cari Hutson Band > Lucy’s Sound Engineer > full time
dad/occasion open mic’er


Chris Trafton
Gigged, toured, or recorded with Carolyn Wonderland, Guy Forsyth, Seth
Walker, Wendy Colonna, Ephraim Owens, Brownout, Dertybird, Suzanna
Choffel, Will Taylor, Lisa Tingle, Wayne Sutton, Tameca Jones,
D-Madness, Lisa Marshall, Erin Ivey and the Finest Kind, Miranda Dawn
and the Lucky Break Horns, Liz Morphis, James Robinson, The Lost
Counts, Olivier Giraud and Continental Graffiti, Slim Richey and the
Jitterbug Vipers, Topaz and Mudphonic, Craig Marshall, Kris Kimura
Quartet, Monster Big Band, James Speer, Troy Dillenger, Carlton Pride
and Zion, Liquid Stereo Project, Java Tribe, Spies Like Us, Tavana,
The Reddies, Sinai Fiyah, Charlie Terrell and the Murdered Johns, Karl
Morgan, Naga Valli ~ Eastern Soul, Leah Zegar Quartet, Bruce James
Soultet, King Corduroy, Tommy Shane Steiner, Jessie Torrisi and the
Please Please Me, Amanda Cevallos and Lonesome Trail, Kole and the
Significant Others, The Eggmen, The Recliners, The Motts, and many


Stephen Orsak (www.wee-pink-sound.com)
simi > Some Say Leland > Twigs & Yarn > Wee-Pink-Sound (founder)


John Crownover/DJ Crown
Electric Mayhem (co-founder) > The Word Association (DJ) > Table
Manners Crew > Firehouse Lounge (resident Saturday DJ, 2005-2008) >
Barcelona (resident Friday DJ, 2008-current)

Other former members:

Garry Franklin (honorary member – drums), Carlos Rodriguez
(percussion), Randy Bounds (percussion), Ryan Davis (piano), Keith
Wahrer, Zach and Nick (vocals)

LSP reunited last summer to celebrate the wedding of Omari’s brother, Ishaq.

Here’s a taste:

You can check out more music from .::liquidstereoproject here



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.