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.

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Episode 5 – Kelvin

Kelvin

Death in Amber – Episode 5

Angular Indie Rock

Well, I’m a little late with this episode, but I have been on the mend for the last week and am just now feeling mobile again. For this week’s podcast, I’m bringing some early-2000’s indie rock, the band Kelvin.

Hailing from Austin, Kelvin put out three recordings starting with their 3-song, self-titled demo in 1999. The line-up consisted of Yamal Said on drums, Steve Becker on bass, and Vince Hagedorn with the guitar/vocals.

In 2001, they released the 8-song album No One Else is Laughing. Said was replaced by Jason White on all but one of the tracks (the last instrumental track, recorded by Marty Mack, who incidentally can be heard playing drums in the live .::liquidstereoproject video featured in the show notes for episode 2). The album was produced, mixed, and mastered by Lars Goransson, whose engineering and mixing credits include the likes of The Cardigans, Ian Moore, What Made Milwaukee Famous, Kacy Crowley, and Alpha Rev among others.

They released their final effort with 2002’s Outsideagain. The album saw the return of Said on drums for most of the record, the addition of a second guitarist in Jessica Campbell, and a slew of guest musicians contributing everything from cello to toy piano. Several tracks were remixed from No One Else is Laughing and included on the album, which again featured Goransson at the helm.

The band broke up in 2003, with most of the members moving from Austin to the West Coast.

You can find their last album on Amazon.

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.

Episode 3 – Goodnight Goddess

Goodnight Goddess

Goodnight Goddess

Death in Amber – Episode 3

Main Interest: Rocking.

That is a direct quote from the band’s webpage.

In this week’s episode, I am featuring the band Goodnight Goddess.  They started in 2004 under the name Slider, and the sound and members changed until they became Goodnight Goddess in early 2008.  With influences like The Deftones, Incubus, Failure, and Nine Inch Nails, Goodnight Goddess was another group with a great live show.  I caught them at the Triple Crown in San Marcos back in 2009 and was impressed with their energy and the light show.

The bands members included:

Michael Alan – Vocals
Todd – Guitar
Jason – Guitar/Vocals
Kevin – Drums, Engineering
Wyatt – Bass

I believe their last show was in 2011.  All of Goodnight Goddess’ music is available online here

Here is a video for a song from their early days, when their name was Slider:

The former members went on to be involved with several groups.  Check out the following links for more information:

Sevonica

Black Books

HELL&LULA

now known as

Dials and Colors

Goodnight Goddess Live

Goodnight Goddess live

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.