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An examination of the world of music as listeners and creators, including trends in the industry and the elements of success.




70 - I Wonder If I Can Make It Sound Like A Walrus

Here it is, the final episode of Bits & Pieces. We reminisce on what the podcast has meant to us, relive some bloopers, and discuss our future plans for being listeners and creators of music. Oh, and there's a shotgun guitar. Picks of the week from Michael Edwards and 13 & God.

Duration: 00:50:31

69 - Can You Enjoy It On The Toilet?

Mike has some bittersweet news, Matt has a gig report, a forgotten unreleased Sufjan album from the 90s surfaces, and Matt seeks after hardware and software flexibility. Picks of the Week from Hypoluxo and Adulescens.

Duration: 00:50:51

66 - Usually I Just Sit Here Alone

Mike writes a song on his iPhone while flying in a plane, Matt tries to solve audio I/O routing on his computer, and dabbles in livestreaming his music production. Picks of the Week from Daniel Rossen and Nik Kershaw!

Duration: 01:00:46

65 - Give Us An Update On Your Woes

Matt updates us on the troubles with his audio interface, Creative Commons is under fire in a lawsuit, and an AI makes pop music. Picks of the week from Elin Palmer and TR/ST.

Duration: 00:44:04

64 - Guitars Are So Damn Tiny

Matt comes back to the show as we discuss headphone jacks, in-ear headphones, stupid required memberships with Ticket Master, a crowdsourced melody, and the ghosts living in deliberately bad mp3 encodings! Picks of the week from Deastro and Sinkane.

Duration: 00:46:33

63 - We'll Need a Hero Iconoclast to Come Play Us Bad Music

Kevin Larkin of Denver band Chimney Choir guest hosts with Mike as they discuss 80s synths, Ableton Live rigs, and the future of computer generated music. Picks of the Week from Dr. John and the Dresden Dolls.

Duration: 00:38:16

62 - I Was Homeschooled One Year, Don't Judge Me

Justin Edwards, Michael's brother, guest co-hosts while Matt is off at Gamescom. We discuss innovative infographic treatments of classical music, how visual albums are (or aren't) changing cinema, and how Justin got into music. Picks of the week from The New Pornographers and The Rentals.

Duration: 00:34:19

61 - We Are Already Unhinged

Mike podcasts lying down as he and Matt marvel at the wacky pop metal sensibilities of Maximum the Hormone and LADYBABY. ALSO: Talenthouse has a sketchy new promotion scheme. Picks of the Week from Car Seat Headrest and Alternative Allstars!

Duration: 00:42:58

60 - Just Slam Your Hands On The Keyboard And Stuff Comes Out

Friend of the show Benni joins Matt as they discuss switching instruments, purchasing habits and music they are fascinated by yet cannot really get into. Picks of the Week by Explosions In The Sky and Nathan Allen Pinard

Duration: 00:41:54

59 - I Haven't Heard A Mixylodian Pop Song Yet

A slew of interesting web-based instruments and music tools, and Apple might buy Tidal? Picks of the Week from Say Hi and Errors.

Duration: 00:42:38

58 - So Springsteen, I'm Not Even Mad

Led Zeppelin wins a Stairway to Heaven lawsuit, the music industry wants to revise the DMCA's Safe Harbor clause, and Alicia Keys is banning phones at her concerts. Picks of the Week from Glorie and The War On Drugs.

Duration: 00:48:29

57 - Gonna Sew Some Shit

Mike re-releases his 2011 album Genetic Engines, Germany backs sampling as a legit art form, and do you ever have days with no music? Picks of the Week from Starflyer 59 and Three Trapped Tigers!

Duration: 00:39:29

56 - Maybe Dogs Are Enjoying Those Frequencies

Doom's soundtrack hides 666 in its spectograph, songwriter royalties are shockingly low, and USB DACs are invading consumer audio. Also: Art School favors novelty over talent and skill? Picks of the Week from Beulah and HLCY OFUK!

Duration: 00:49:49

55 - Internet Explorer Click Noise

Adult Swim's Lords of Synth tickles AND impresses us, iTunes might try to delete your music, and Radiohead teaches us a lesson about frequency ranges, hearing and audio engineering. Picks of the week from Hope of the States and, uh, Radiohead.

Duration: 01:00:28

54 - Two Things I Hate And Then We Can Move On

Matt delves into a Lara Croft themed meme-genre, a jazz drummer plays along with Super Smash Bros., and Radiohead erases their internet presence. Also, YouTube takes some steps towards fixing Content ID woes. Picks of the week from Faded Paper Figures and Grauzone.

Duration: 00:47:43

53 - The Shoegaze Boyband

Phil Collins never stops the thundering tom-toms as we talk micro-genres and meme-genres like Seapunk, Vaporwave and Simpsonwave. Also, Matt hates Nightcore. Picks of the week from Sunny Day Real Estate and Crystal Castles.

Duration: 00:50:55

52 - Get Swole On Your Audio Skills

A resource dump of audio tools, explanations of reverb, and a new learning platform called SoundGym. Also, an interesting new field recording mic. Finally, if rock is dead, did perfect studio recordings help kill it? Picks of the Week from Buke and Gase and Red Vox!

Duration: 00:48:00

51 - Your Song Didn't Solve World Hunger

Recording face to face yet again, Matt and Mike discuss Adam Levine's updated contest, and Herbie Hancock's open letter to inspire artists. Also a deep dive into things we've learned and are still learning about audio production and songwriting. Picks of the Week from Beirut and Jon Hopkins!

Duration: 00:42:57

50 - Let's Just Stay In The Cave

Matt is in America! Kanye's business plan includes IKEA, the Bela promises an affordable open source platform for low latency audio, and a new contest by Adam Levine follows the awful tradition of trying to squeeze free work out of artists. Picks of the week from Dinosaur Jr. and Hideki Naganuma!

Duration: 00:49:08

49 - All The Fanciness Is At My Fingertips

What awful listener contexts should you take into consideration when mixing? Also: SoundCloud may close, and Kanye is a controversy machine. Picks of the Week from St. Vincent and Sébastien Schuller.

Duration: 01:01:21

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