Playlisting, a practice
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For the last decade or so, I've been a staunch proponent of music playback by album. Recently, I've found a deep appreciation for playlist building.

Shortcuts for archiving Apple Music playlists
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I’m sort of a nut about metadata and archiving my digital stuff. I also like lists and enjoy listening to music. It’s all of those things that led me to my ongoing bi-monthly playlist project, where I collect...

My Favorite Things 2018: Everything
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My lists are all short this year and I have a long holiday break to enjoy, so I’m going to combine this year’s My Favorite Things posts into one. I hope that’s cool. MusicI gave fewer releases...

New Music: Old Best Friend - "Anna"
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Old Best Friend has a new record coming out in February of this new year. The lead single from that record is called “Anna” and it premiered yesterday on Chorus.fm. Old Best Friend · AnnaMike put together a nice little...

Reading List: 'A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships'
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Perhaps the only event bigger than Christmas worth celebrating this year is the release of The 1975's latest album A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships, which dropped on Friday. I've been enjoying the album a lot. So much so that...

The MV Podcast: Revisiting The Beatles (Help!)
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via Modern Vinyl: Part 5 of our Revisiting The Beatles series dives into Help!, their August 1965 release. We discuss how the band’s rising fame seeps into their songwriting, Chris gets a crash course on “Paul is Dead,” and...

Podcast Recommendation: The Undersiders
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A new podcasting publisher has popped up called Engle and their first show is a hit. The Undersiders is a series about the intersections between the burgeoning hip-hop movement and the sale of drugs at mass. The show is produced...

The MV Podcast 205: My Dear Podcast,
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via Modern Vinyl: Episode 205 of The Modern Vinyl Podcast takes on The Weeknd’s new release (NOT EP), “My Dear Melancholy,.” Chris and Mike, along with special guest Jacob Tender (Bantha Fodder), discuss where the EP belongs in the...

Wedding Hits With A Same-Sex Twist
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In a new EP titled Universal Love, six classic love songs have been reimagined to be more inclusive. As marriage has become more inclusive, it seems like it’s time the music we use to celebrate it caught up. That’...

Purevolume to Shut Down
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Jason at Chorus.fm noticed today that PureVolume will be shutting down at the end of the month. According to a pop-up on the site's homepage, folks with songs hosted there "will have until April 30th, 2018 to download" them....

Friday releases: The Weeknd, Bohnes, Punchline, Kacey Musgraves
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There's plenty of great music out this weekend. Here's what I'd recommend: The Weeknd - My Dear Melencholy The Weeknd dropped a new EP tonight. The biggest surprise wasn't 6 new tracks with just two days notice, but the throwback...

What to Do if Your Favorite Indie Band Goes Mainstream
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Jon Plester at McSweeney's: Option 1 Denounce their entire catalog. Declare them corporate shills, forever dead in your eyes. Option 2 Continue to listen to them, but only their self-released albums from before they signed to that major label. Whenever...

My Favorite Things 2017: Music
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Variable Bitrate has been on a hiatus for the past year, which has taken some of the pressure off of listening to new music, which naturally means I listen to more new music. LPs Vultures - Dead LeavesMental Illness -...

BF 26: Things That I Buy: A Holiday Special
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In 2013 A friend introduced me to Old Best Friends’s ‘Keep In Touch,’ an EP that changed my world. Over the next year Mike Comite and I became friends. In 2015, we started a podcast called Bantha Fodder. We’...

The MV Podcast 192: The Great Pop-Punk Debate
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The Modern Vinyl guys invited me on to talk about Rolling Stone's pop-punk list. I defend AFI. Good times are had. via Modern Vinyl: On the newest episode of The Modern Vinyl Podcast, the hosts debate and dissect Rolling Stone’...

Welcome To Geekdom 050: Digital Storage and Backup Data
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Deanna and I talk about our storage solutions and workflows, backup options, and related media management. via Welcome To Geekdom: Jacob Tender returns to the podcast for an extremely geeky chat about digital storage and backing up data.Find the...

Welcome To Geekdom 038: Frank Ocean
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Following my undocumented, RARE project and the Master List, I joined Deanna Chapman once again to give an idiot's lecture on Frank Ocean. via Welcome To Geekdom: Jacob Tender returns to talk about Frank Ocean's early career, his discography, and...

Undocumented: The Frank Ocean Rarities Collection
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UPDATE: The mixtape has been updated and is now hosted at blonded.blog. Over the years, I've amassed an extensive collection of Lonny Breaux reference tracks and Frank Ocean rarities. In doing do, I've had plenty of help through existing...

Welcome To Geekdom 022: Apple Music
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I'm back again on Welcome To Geekdom to talk about Apple Music, the streaming service I use to access the rarites and unstreamables that were formally found only on my external hard drive. I've been playing around in the Apple...

VBR #23: 'Personal Mario Arcade Machine', with guest James Cassar
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James and I recorded an episode of Variable Bitrate together in Chicago. Unfortunately, it was shit. Time constraints and the weariness of walking and talking for 3 hours around Navy Pier didn't allow us to do the thing justice. I...

My Favorite Things 2016: Music
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Despite hosting a podcast revolving almost entirely around movers and shakers in the alternative music industry, I’ve listened to very little new music this year. Of that, an even smaller percentage has stuck. The result is a shorter list...

Review: John Mayer - "Love On The Weekend"
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John Mayer has been teasing his return to pop music for some time, most notably through his Instagram.[1] Of late, he’s been touring with The Grateful Dead as a member of their band. It’s a bit of...

Bantha Fodder Presents: "Rebellious Landino"
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As mentioned previously, my Bantha Fodder cohost Mike Comite and I love audio production. I'd say that our podcast is about 75% about the Star Wars universe and the remaining bit is about trying new things with our format, mixes,...

VBR #20: 'On My Bus, Nobody Goes To Sleep', with guest Danny Samet
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Danny is the NICEST guy! He's also well traveled, committed, and hardworking. Ladies? Danny Samet has toured with bands like Say Anything, Two Door Cinema Club, Motion City Soundtrack, Thrice, The Academy Is, and so many more. In just 5...

Robbins Crossing Sessions, vol. 1
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When I attended Hocking College for music industry management and production, my classmates and I worked collaboratively on a project that encompassed all of the skills taught to us over the past two years. Together, we booked a number of...

VBR #17: 'Dude, Not Ballin', with guest Mike "Gunz" Gunzelman
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It took a while, but I finally got Gunz on the show. After a few weeks of rain delays and train crashes, the Idobi posterboy gives us the dish on his career in broadcast journalism. Mike Gunzelman aka Gunz is...

VBR #16: 'I Would Just Like Band Pages', with guest Tyler Sharp
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I almost took a job at AltPress out of high school, there have been times I regretted going a different route, but knowing what I know now, I'm glad I didn't make the move to Cleveland. I love Alternative Press....

VBR #15: 'It's Hard For Helpers', with guest Sheridan Allen
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Just when I think the podcast is becoming easier to produce on a weekly basis, it isn't. In actuality, this episode was very easy to produce. It has the shortest run time, has one of the best speakers I've interviewed...

VBR #14: 'Have A Nice Package Together', with guest Nate Sirotta
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Nate Sirotta of Impulse Artists sat down with me this week to share some great tips surrounding PR. Whether you're in a band, write for a blog, or have an interest in doing publicity yourself, this is a great episode....

Frank Ocean: A Look Back At Four Years
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In February of 2013, Frank Ocean sat down with Zane Lowe for a chat. Like most Zane Lowe interviews, some exclusive knowledge was dropped regarding his anticipated follow-up to 2012’s Channel ORANGE. It’s another cohesive thing, bordering on...