dfc Play It Again, Max: More news and requests

Sunday, August 17, 2008

More news and requests

UPDATE: Got the Joe Clark & Tony George but I still need a copy of my Rabbit McKay post. I hate to resort to extortion but I have a lot of new records to post & little desire to do so if no one can help by reposting this.

I wanted to let people know about another new release by an artist whose first (full-length) album was posted here. Bruce Murdoch, one of the most under-rated folk singers to come out of the 1960s, has a new CD entitled Matters of the Heart, which you can purchase from his Web site. In an interesting contrast to the new Andy Zwerling release I mentioned a couple weeks ago, Murdoch's new music is less political (in the macro sense) and more hopeful than his first album. The songs, while introspective and melancholy at times, still seem to be largely songs of love and acceptance (even in the face absence). You can also preview some tracks on the Web site. For what it's worth, my recommendation is that you get a copy now.

I also need to request a couple of the albums I posted here: Rabbit McKay's Bug Cloth and Joe Clark & Tony George's One Man Bands. My recordings for both of these were lost when my hard drive crashed and I'd like to repost them. I recently heard from Tony George's daughter and am hoping to get some further information on that obscure release. I know plenty of people downloaded both of these, so here's your chance to contribute to the blog by either leaving a repost link in the comments or emailing me one. Thanks, BTW, for the person who reposted Rosemary Haddad.

Finally, I've recorded a few new albums and will try to get at least one up per month over the rest of the year. Next up, by request, is Douglas Leedy's early computer music classic, The Electric Zodiac.

P.S., I forgot to mention that the Bobby & Laurie record I posted will soon be reissued on CD, so grab it now. I'll be taking it down & letting you know where to get the CD when it comes out.


Blogger Jason said...

Here is Bugcloth unless you already have it. I would have posted it sooner, but I've gotten out of the habit of checking your blog every day, which by the way, is fantastic. I'm very pleased to be able to give back a little. Thanks!


3:45 PM  
Blogger Max said...

Thanks Jason!
Let me know if there's anything you'd like to see posted & I'll keep an eye out for it.

6:07 PM  
Anonymous Jukebox said...

I just got ready to upload the Clarke & George, when a quick reread told me you already had it. LOL

Thanks for all the interesting posts. I have a few vinyl folk transfers I made which, if you're interested I can upload somewhere for you. I have no desire to run a blog myself, but I'm happy to send contributions.

12:28 PM  
Blogger Max said...

Hi Jukebox,
I'd be interested in finding out what vinyl transfers you have and maybe posting some here. You can email me through my blogger profile or leave a message here. Thanks!

12:52 PM  
Anonymous Mark Matsuda said...

I've Lottie Golden's "Motorcycle" if you're in need.

I'm also working on a rip of Pollution (a psychedelic soul band featuring vocalist Dobie Gray and Carmen "Tata" Vega), if you're interested. It could, however, take me a bit, as my recording equipment doesn't seem to want to agree with me these days.

2:37 PM  
Blogger Max said...

Hi Mark,
My links for the Golden are still working, so I'm OK with that one. I would be interested in hearing the Pollution album if you get a chance to copy & post it.

8:33 PM  
Anonymous Mark Matsuda said...

I'd be elated to do so; perhaps you could do a feature on the album when the rip is completed?

Until then, I'll be sure to check up on the site from time to time, as it's one of my favorite music weblogs!

Take care.

5:04 PM  
Blogger Max said...

Yep. I'll write up a full post for it. Thanks again.

6:46 PM  
Anonymous Mark Matsuda said...

I've run into a few problems with the software, so I may have to hold off on the rip for a few days (or more), given the scope of the problem.

I hope you'll forgive me for the delay?

1:38 PM  
Blogger Max said...

No problem and no rush. Let me know if I can help.

1:46 PM  
Anonymous Mark Matsuda said...

I thank you for the offer. I've ripped one or two tracks, but the sound quality is terrible -- far too much surface noise and hiss for my liking. I'm most likely going to need a new audio cable/jack....would you so happen to have any recommendations?

2:01 PM  
Blogger Max said...

Hi Mark,
If you want to send me the wav files I can try to clean them up using Cool Edit. It's an old program but I've learned to use it well for getting rid of the clicks and pops and the hiss that results from my cheap pre-amp. The digital recording tends to pick up surface noise to a greater extent. It may be faulty cables but that sounds unlikely. There are a number of noise reduction programs out there but the trick is to use it without distorting the sound of the music, which can be a tedious process (you have to use, then listen, then adjust the settings & then try again).

5:44 AM  

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