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

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 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.

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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.