Free Music Archive

Free Music Archive LogoIn case you’ve ignored all my link updates below, let me tell you how unbelievably awesome the Free Music Archive is. It’s really, really awesome! So awesome, I head to my favorites list on FMA every time I hear an ad on Pandora for endless, ad-less entertainment. And all of the music has some variety of permissive-licensing, from public domain to the more restrictive FMA-limited license, including the CC licenses.

And now, I just saw there’s an FMA API for access to their data. I want to complain about the lack of gratuitous RSS feeds, but with an API, I should first see if it’s not already in there somewhere. NerdLoveSpasm!

BBH Interviewed

(Moses)- This was quite a while ago, but here’s the story as I remember Alan telling it to me:

“I wish”, says Bernie McCabe, “that there was some kind of bodily signal, some kind of clear biological signal, not like a yawn, something that people did to politely tell someone else that they were getting bored.”

“Like what?” says Alan.

“I don’t know”, says his dad. “Maybe some kind of flap on the top of your head that slowly lifted up as you were getting bored. Then this guy would’ve seen the flap going up, realized what was going on, and said, “Oh, but you’ve probably got to go – I don’t mean to keep you.”

This story apparently inspired Alan to suggest his band be named Bernie Bernie Headflap. I got outvoted three to one. 🙂

… and …

(Kit)- As a guitar player, my top three influences are Jimi Hendrix, Motorhead and the good parts of old Rush (think “Cygnus X-1”, not “Closer to the Heart”). Of course, BBH is a completely different animal, and to approach my duties in this band from the perspective of screamy blues, proto-thrash or Canadian geek rock would sound forced and awkward. Did you ever hear a metal band try to cover a Pixies song? I have. F*cking horrible. Often trying to wear your influences on your sleeve and jam them all into one creative outlet sounds like just that. Music is as much knowing what and when not to play as going out there and shredding all over the damn place. For BBH, I look to Matt Hicks, Paul Chell, Joey Santiago and Johnny Marr for inspiration. Solid but (usually) subtle playing.

Uh, wow! It’s pretty unbelievable to be mentioned next to those guitarists. Thanks, Kit!

There are those last few members with whom I’ve lost touch and can’t track down… it would be interesting to read their opinions about BBH’s affects on their lives.

Well, if I’d seen the interview in time, I would have been auditioning for a drummer gig!