I was lucky to see a lot of great live shows this year, and even luckier to be able to shoot most of them with my Nikon D5000. Although I am decidedly an amateur, I think I ended up with some pretty decent shots, so I decided to create a “best of” style compilation to wrap up a great 2011. Continue Reading…
I’ve been seeing a ton of music this spring and summer and making great use of my two new camera lenses, so I decided to put together a round-up of my favorite shows and Live Music Blog posts. Check it out… Continue Reading…
I finally just got around to testing out ThingLink.com, which is a cool app/plugin that allows you to add dynamic tags and information within images on the web. One of the niftiest features they’ve added to the service is an integration with Soundcloud, which allows you to directly embed a Soundcloud music player into any image.
Here’s an example using one of my favorite tracks off of White Denim‘s latest album. Hover over the image to get the black and white dots where the links are embedded:
Here’s another approach using a personal photo from my travels in Hawaii:
It’s tagged with a link to my twitter handle as well as one of my own random musical creations, dubbed “Desert Flyaway” (which was created in a single take on a Digitech loop pedal).
And here’s yet another example using an album image from Brothers Past‘s latest release, Everything Must Go, Volume 9:
With this version, we’ve got the following:
1) a Souncloud audio player for “Bitches and Candy” (the main track from the new release)
2) a link to where you can download that track
3) a live video of the same tune via YouTube
4) and a tag for the band’s official twitter handle
Overall, it’s a little packed, but I think it proves the point that there’s a lot you could do with this plugin, including some interesting ways that bands can put it to use (especially if they’re already using Soundcloud).
Wow. Some serious dual-guitar riffage:
The rawkin’ Austin trio has added a second guitar and they’ve gotten a bit more — dare I say — jammy. Check out the dual-guitar madness on their new track:
I finally caught White Denim’s live set down in Austin during SXSW. They seriously rocked, but it was in a weird and rather sterile scene at the Convention Center, so I can’t wait to see them again in a more rock’n'roll kind of environment (like a sweaty NYC rock club).
I also can’t wait to check out their new record which drops on May 24.
I finally had a chance to pull together a full re-cap of my trip down to SXSW last week.
Check it out: SXSW 2011 Recap at Live Music Blog