Archive for March, 2008

Self Medication On The Way

Thanks to RSS, just noticed that Amazon is now taking pre-orders on the latest Slackers album, Self Medication which will be out in a month. Fred was asking if I’d heard it, and while I haven’t heard the full album, I definitely recognize some of the songs, especially the first one, so I figured I’d post it here:

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Hmm… in pending, for some reason, the audio is compressed like the Chipmunks… I’m going to post this anyway and hope that’s not the case when it’s posted for real. If it is, I’ll see what I can do…

Well that didn’t work at all… not sure why it’s playing it like the Chipmunks, but in the meantime, if you want to hear the song, it’s here at Tumblr. Gave me an excuse to try Tumblr.

This version was recorded live on the radio when they were in Texas last year. Vic’s playing a baby grand piano rather than a keyboard or organ, so I’m guessing the album version will sound a bit different… but either way, I know that this song has been stuck in my head for a while, so I’m happy it’s the first song on the new album. I had a lot of fun doing my music post last month, so maybe I’ll try to do a review post once I get this album. In the meantime, take a listen…

Turns Out Lots Of Folks Listen To ‘All Things Considered’

Mentioned this over on Techdirt last week, but might as well mention it here as well, since all sorts of folks are emailing/texting/calling to say they heard the show. On Friday evening I got interviewed by Robert Siegel on NPR’s “All Things Considered” talking about “The Streisand Effect,” the phrase I jokingly coined a while back. It was quite a bit of fun. Siegel seemed pretty cool, making sure I was at ease before we got started. I had expected the questions mostly to be about examples of the Streisand Effect in action. Many of the questions were of that nature (though a few other examples I spoke about got left on the cutting room floor). I wasn’t expecting that last question about other phrases I’ve coined or a separate question which didn’t make the cut either about other similar phrases (not by me) that had caught on. I rambled on about Godwin’s Law for a while, but even as I was saying it I knew I hadn’t done a great job describing it, so I was pretty happy that got cut. Either way, it’s been nice to discover just how many people listen to All Things Considered — and I’m glad I didn’t make a total fool of myself (thanks, in part, to the NPR editors).