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Random tips and suggestions from an aging, grizzled indie musician for other indie musicians trying to make a go of it. Although it’s entirely possible that I’m full of crap.


Code Monkey Make Blog Post

May 25, 2011

Internet Geek-rocker Jonathan Coulton (hereafter often referred to as “JoCo” because apparently neither he, his die-hard fans, nor I really enjoy repeatedly typing “Jonathan Coulton”) was recently interviewed by NPR’s “Planet Money” podcast/radio show, and he blogged about it. First, he kinda seemed a little hurt that they comapred him to a “snuggie” – you […]


Words of Advice for People About to Get Something Mastered

Apr 27, 2005
People rarely ask me what they should do when they're going to submit a demo/compilation/EP/album/whatever to get mastered. I've had plenty of discussions to this effect, though, with people who do this for a living, and they all end up saying pretty much the same thing. Here are a few simple admonitions for musicians young [...]

Laugh, dammit

Dec 6, 2004
This may come as a shock to no-one, and this may be a case of the last horse finally crossing the finish line, but I have recently developed a theory as to what is wrong with electronic music today. And by "what is wrong" I mean "why can't anybody seem to sell anything." It's a [...]

Electronic Music Review translation guide

Oct 12, 2004

Ever wonder how reviewers come up with things to say about an electronic album? Or how those blurbs on the sticker are written? Here’s a handy guide. Now you can write your own reviews! “ironic retro sound” == sounds like Human League circa 1982 “minimal arrangements” == boring “tongue-in-cheek humour” == the lyrics are embarassingly […]