What I’m Listening to at the Moment

If all goes according to plan — which is always an iffy proposition when it comes to travel these days — I’m supposed to visit Scotland in June. So I’ve just started checking out a couple of indie Scottish musicians on the extremely remote chance that our schedules might coincide and I’ll get to check one of them out when I’m there. Not at all likely, but one can always dream!

“Propaganda Machine” by Voldo (feat. Orange G)

I love the retro vibe on this one. Slightly reminiscent of music by fellow Scot, Edwyn Collins, this one would feel right at home on the soundtrack to Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery. Some nice harmonica work by Orange G, too!

“Island Spinning Song” by Evelyn Laurie

Love the groove on this one! Great interplay between the trumpet and piano as well. Evelyn Laurie has an incredibly charming voice — jazz with a Scottish twist. Thanks to Kelly Kintner for turning me on to this one! Check out Evelyn Laurie’s full catalog on Songwhip!

“We Are OK” by Brian Lambert

Okay, not quite Scottish, but I think I’ve heard Denton referred to as “the Scotland of Texas”? Maybe? In any case, “We Are OK” by Brian Lambert is an uplifting track with great energy. And my recent comments about preferring EPs over albums notwithstanding, the full We Are OK album is definitely worth a listen!

Life at the Pace of Objects – Remastered!

First, let me say that I’ve always hated when my favorite recording artists issue remastered versions of LPs and CDs I’ve already purchased. Earlier this year, I bought Morrissey’s Your Arsenal only to see a remastered edition available the following week — and the remastered version did sound noticeably better. The incident annoyed me to no end, and yet here I am with a remastered version of Life at the Pace of Objects, the first (and, so far, only) EP I put out under the name Android Invasion.

So why did I do it?

For one thing, I’ve been recording a lot more music lately and putting it on SoundCloud, a web service that allows musicians to upload and share their music for free. As a result, I’ve nearly reached the two-hour limit of music I can post (with a free account, anyway). To make room for new recordings, I decided to take some of the older recordings down. But I also wanted to keep them around in some form, so I started a bandcamp account where Life at the Pace of Objects and future Android Invasion recordings will be available for purchase. This will allow me to keep posting new tracks to SoundCloud as I work on them and then transfer them over to bandcamp as I complete each album to my satisfaction. What this means in practical terms is that if you like my music, you can download it for free while I’m still working on it, or you can wait for the finished, polished, final version and pay for it. I’m happy either way!

Of course, since I’m charging people to download any material I make available through bandcamp, I wanted to make sure they got their money’s worth. S0 I fixed a few things I didn’t love about the sound quality of the tracks I originally put on SoundCloud. For example, I always thought “Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?” ended a split-second too soon, so I fixed that. And I played with the volume and EQ a bit to make all of the songs sound a little more “present.” I also added a bonus track for anyone who buys the entire album (as opposed to individual tracks). It’s $4 for six tracks, for a total of about 20 minutes of music.

So, okay, I kind of get why my favorite recording artists issue remastered versions of their work, but I still wish I’d waited an extra week before buying Your Arsenal. C’est la vie!