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REVIEW: SPOTIFY’S SOUNDTRAP

This week Spotify unveiled their latest development in their buildout in the podcast and audio world, Soundtrap.

The big piece they unveiled for podcasts is a transcript and audio sync that allows you to delete audio straight from the transcript.

I specialize in narrative so this was very appealing. The program has a free trial that allows for 30 minutes of audio.

I uploaded my interview with artist Billy Strings from Pickathon in 2017. I already have a transcript for it from Amazon’s AWS service which is now offered for free in the next year if you using Auphonic, but it fit in right at that 30 minute mark.

First looks:

An online software at this point, it feels like a fusion between Garageband and Canva(an online graphic design tool). Uploading was very simple. The transcript took about an hr to be created and as advertised, you can absolutely delete audio straight from it.

The program also has audio integration including a large library of royalty free loops that come with a couple of levels of the subscription.

Soundtrap is making waves for podcasting but it’s main application when you enter the site is music production.

For podcasting, the delete tool is great, but it hasn’t really fleshed itself out yet to truly be effective for storytelling.

Where it can improve:

First, there is not an option for using plugins. This means that you cannot do audio clean up in here.

Second, it does not have space yet for clip saves. In narrative, being able to save small chunks and then reassemble them is important. Hindenburg and Audition are still far superior for both of these first two reasons.

Third, there is not yet a way to edit the transcript other than deletion. This means you can’t make a quick script and note when voices change without listening.

Final take:

Overall, it’s a pass for this editor currently. My current stable of programs are more effective. That being said, I hope they continue to develop this technology and I’m interested in seeing where it develops in the next year. If they are able to integrate plugins and clip save or if other programs are able to develop this technology themselves, it would be a wonderful tool for storytellers.

http://www.soundtrap.com

The Silent Protest: Music’s Revolution with Wild Ones, Reptaliens and Priests

The Silent Protest: Making Music Today with Wild Ones, Reptaliens and Priests

 

“People think because we’re outspoken, or because we have opinions about the fact that like a fascist is running our country, we’re a political band. But I think that that binary of political non-political music ignores the fact that there’s a political dimension to almost any kind of art.

Saying let’s keep politics out of this is a way to reinforce the status quo. So we shy away from from the label political band for those reasons about the world around us.”, say Katie Alice Greer, from woman for DC band Priests.

They are a post punk band in a post the rich asshole era, who just released their latest album in January. This feeling defined a large number of the perspectives from artists I spoke with this year for this Season’s interviews.

Wild Ones Danielle Sullivan shared, “I’ve always thought obviously going to concerts is a really special thing, but it’s felt like elevated in a special way since all of the upsetting and disturbing things have been going on for the last year.

Almost just the act of going getting out of your house going to a room to be with all of these other people that you don’t know.. and they could believe or think or like be different from you in every way. Getting sweaty right next to strangers, just to absorb an experience and be part of art feels so important right now. It feels even more important than before somehow.

Wild Ones new album plays with the ideas of anxiety, set to a pop and synth splattered canvas. In both Priests and Wild Ones albums, there is a certain escapism that folds in the message, a certain defiance. Despite all the darkness, we’re not getting held down from the light.

Reptaliens smooth and upbeat optimism, paired with the downright experimental stands against uniformity, taking challenges with their music and in their approach.

“It’s all about a serial killer and it kind of takes you through his life and like his childhood and then through… there’s this saxophone bass solo that kind of takes you through him killing somebody. So it’s a really intense song it’s called olive boy.  “oh this boy on everyone’s minds.. who is the olive boy,”  shared vocalist and shredder Bambi B about a track from a B sides record released this spring.

Stepping on stage with a dancing alien, singing music about serial killers, they called the attention of Captured Tracks. It was the only label they reached out to but they were quickly signed with the label.

For Wild Ones, Reptaliens and Priests, it’s a time to take risks with music and not be afraid to tell it how it is.

You can check out each other albums, which were released this year, on their websites.

Listen to the episode for more stories, set to music from their recent albums.

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5 acts promising to surprise you at MFNW

As I was getting ready to write the preview for this year’s Music Fest Northwest/Project Pabst: Portland, Oregon’s biggest hometown Music festival of the year, it hit me that I hadn’t seen anything from weekend closer Beck in awhile.

It’s nice to be surprised. A quick google search revealed the artist just happened to drop the latest single from him upcoming album Colors an hour before

Music Fest Northwest has spent the last couple years finding its’ voice after making a huge shift from it’s empowering music industry city wide free for all to a contained downtown event on the waterfront. After competing in 2014 with Project Pabst, faith in the fest was spotty at best with tickets being given away like candy.

This year marks the second year that MFNW is partnering with Project Pabst and the festival is finally finding its’ rhythm with their most solid line up yet, including one of the first sets by Beck after the single drop. The line up features some of my favorite local artists including Lithics,  Last Artful, Dodgr andOregon/Chicago’s Whitney as well as legends like Iggy Pop.

They’re back and not afraid to take some risks. Like I said, it’s nice to be surprised.

As I get ready to take in my last big fest of the summer, here are 5 artists sure to leave you surprised this weekend down at the Portland Waterfront.

Father John Misty

Whether you are a fan of J Tillman’s ‘self important’ style or not, the fact is that he can put on one hell of a show. Expect no less from him Saturday night.

 

Lizzo

This entire article could just be dedicated to this powerhouse Minnesota Native who broke out in a big way this year. Lizzo has been pushing hard the last few years making a break with the track Good As Hell after signing with Atlantic last year. In a year that has not always been a “feel good year”, you will leave her set with a new frame of mind, leaving all the haters behind.

Filthy Friends

The Northwest was built on the backs of labels like Kill Rock Stars and the punk and grunge pop of artists like Sleater Kinney. From a scene that built around collaboration, comes Filthy Friends, the latest ‘super group’ out of the region includes Corin Tucker of Sleater-Kinney; Peter Buck of R.E.M.; Kurt Bloch of The Fastbacks; Bill Rieflin of Ministry, King Crimson, and R.E.M.; and Scott McCaughey of Young Fresh Fellows. It’s not nostalgia when it’s this good.

 

Beck

Beck has been teasing his latest album since last year and the time has nearly come for its’ release. He’s an artist that brings social commentary into some of the best composition of any artist out there today. As a super fan since the release of Guero and it’s subsequent Nintendo remix, I cannot wait to see what surprises he brings to his closing set Sunday Night.

Die Antwoord

The first time I heard South Africa’s Die Antwoord, I did not know what to think. TW for anyone watching any of their videos. They’re violent, tongue in cheek, riddled with drug abuse and sex and absolutely addicting. Audiences may not quite know what they’re getting into but it promises to be something magical.

Check back next week for a run down of my favorite sets of the weekend, I’m sure it’ll have it’s share of surprises.

Tickets are still on sale, check them out here!

 

A Kickstarter Run Down!

As you may have seen on social media or on our mailing list, Gritty Birds has just launched it’s FIRST KICKSTARTER!

With only a couple days in, we’re edging in on $500 and would LOVE YOUR SUPPORT to help us get to $1000 by the end of the weekend.

Here’s a little run down of some of the highlights over the last few days!

1)Late Sunday we got an early launch!

2)At $500 I’ll be releasing several photos from our 2 year anniversary recording with Blossom(pictured), Skull Diver and Coco Columbia taken by photographer Jason Quigley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3) Love the music from the video? Listen to this playlist! Featuring Natasha Kmeto, Bitch’n, Ages and Ages, Gold Casio(Featuring Coco Columbia) and 10 String Symphony.

4) Rewards!

We have dozens of rewards and I’ll be featuring some of them every couple days. Here are two of my favorites right now!

$50:A night out at Barrio/Portland Mercado Food Carts or Double Dragon with tickets for our next live taping.

 

 

 

 

 

 

$250: An analog photo shoot with Ingrid Renan valued at $750

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5) Miss new episodes? ME TOO! I’ll be releasing our live episode with Lucia Fasano once we reach $1500! Lets get to it!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stay tuned for more featured packages and news!

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Gritty Birds 2 year anniversary DANCE PARTY!

Gritty Birds and Revolver Studios present:
Gritty Birds 2 year Dance Party!
SKULL DIVER
COCO COLUMBIA
SECRET FORMER GUEST HEADLINER
Hosted by Comedy Lady Kellie Irwin
 
Friday 5/12/2017
Kelly’s Olympian
Sponsored by XRAY.FM, Revolver Studios and Vortex Music Mag
$5
9 pm
21+
 
XRAY.FM Radio show and podcast Gritty Birds is celebrating it’s second anniversary Friday May 12th at Kelly’s Olympian with a diverse line-up of women artists including recent WW Best New Band honoree Coco Columbia, upcoming Vortex Artist to Watch Skull Diver, comedienne Kelly Irwin and a secret headlining performance from one of the show’s former guests. The performances will be recorded and released with studio interviews in late spring/early summer. The dance party is sponsored in partnership with XRAY.FM, Vortex Music Magazine and Kelly’s Olympian.
 
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Skull Diver
Skull Diver is a plush pink nightmare of sultry vocals, heavy lyrics, reminiscent synths and dark dreamy guitars. Fronted by sisters Mandy and Ally, the trio derives inspiration from grindhouse film, classic Americana and 70’s cult-culture. A captivating mix between doom metal and psych-pop, their upcoming full length Chemical Tomb is out later this year.
https://www.skulldivermusic.com
 
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Coco Columbia
Music school drop-out Coco Columbia burst into the Portland music scene in 2014 with her debut, Kickstarter-funded album, “The Weight.” Columbia set aside her passion for jazz drumming to teach herself how to write songs, record, make beats and play piano. Having never performed live, she put together a group of young Portland jazz musicians to learn her material. Columbia released her sophomore record, “When the Birds Begin to Walk” last August to critical acclaim in the Portland Music scene. Her music fuses infectious indie-pop melodies, off-kilter rhythmic feels, dreamy-eyed electro-soul soundscapes, and jazz harmony to create her own brand of bumpin’ future-pop.
http://www.cococolumbia.com/
 
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Kellie Irwin
Kellie Irwin is a comedian, writer and host. She has just made her way back to Portland, after spending 10 years in Wyoming, where she studied the effects of stupidity and alcohol on mend and women, in a small town habitat. Her research as a comedian, scientist has proven to be fascinating an draw. Kellie’s biggest accomplishment to date, would be her undying ability to take life’s worst situations and make them unforgetabbly laughable.
 
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Gritty Birds is:
In April 2014, soul/rnb songwriter and vocalist Jeni Wren had a panic attack on stage headlining a Soul’d Out Music festival date at Doug Fir Lounge.
 
Conflicted between the love of songwriting, producing records and managing a 7 piece band, Wren had questions about what it took to be successful and creative with the increased pressures of today’s music industry.
 
Shifting from music production to audio production, Wren interviewed friends from around Portland includingJared Mees(Tender Loving Empire), Alicia Rose(Benefits ofGusbandry), Fahiym B. Acuay(We Out Here Magazine), and Jeremy Wilson(Dharma Bums) to find the answer, releasing the first season May 11 of 2015.
The original summer season, running 11 episodes, planted a seed that germinated a year later. After losing her job as an elementary school teacher as her anxiety continued to grow, Wren found her feet again with Gritty Birds, reimagining the podcast for radio inpartnership with XRAY.FM. The second “season” debuted April 12, 2016.
 
In a year that included a RACC funded trip to Podcast Movement and facing for the first time, publicly, her experience with sexual assault, Wren interviewed over 50 artists(Ken Stringfellow, David Bazan, Thao Nguyen, Reva DeVito, Logan Lynn) in several states and at multiple music festivals(Treefort, Pickathon), expanding and refining the series to an NPR-style narrative form.
Moving into the 3rd season, Wren is taking a strong stance as a mental health advocate for working artists and producers. The 3rd season will be exploring the narrative format in a deeper way, featuring multiple stories and narratives in episodes, moving to a bi-monthly release schedule and expanding her conversations up and down the West Coast.
 
Gritty Birds Media will continue to grow this with an upcoming Kickstarter and increased focus on the show’sblog, YouTube channel and Anchor.FM show.
 
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