The Death Of Bad Signal

February 23rd, 2008 | brainjuice

If you’re a member of my mailing list Bad Signal and had been wondering why you still haven’t gotten any posts from it, here’s why.

It turns out the current admin of the server Bad Signal’s run on decided, last Thursday, to just switch the mail server software off. Without actually telling anyone. Including, of course, the good people who arranged for my list to be run off that server many years ago. And it seems he’s not particularly interested in switching it back on.

There goes my ability to contact 11,000 readers.

I’m working to get a new system in place, but it’s going to be a couple of weeks. So, if you’re on the Signal, just stand by for instructions.


February 22nd, 2008 | brainjuice

I got Ariana to crunch the viewing stats on the first episode of FREAKANGELS into a form where idiots (me) could understand it. I know some commentators (thinking of Tom Spurgeon here) like a little transparency in these things, so here’s what Ariana said to me:

Absolute Unique Visitors: 77,031

Friday, February 15, 2008 (29,016)
Saturday, February 16, 2008 (18,763)
Sunday, February 17, 2008 (13,209)
Monday, February 18, 2008 (11,887)
Tuesday, February 19, 2008 (6,738)
Wednesday, February 20, 2008 (5,065)
Thursday, February 21, 2008 (5,288)

98,697 Visits (Not unique. This will include people that came back on another day, but it’s not the ginormous number that PAGEVIEWS is — this is actual sessions. Raw logs add about 20-30K to this number, but there’s no way for me to tell you whether those are bots, spiders, or just folks with javascript disabled. I’d probably add a buffer of at least 5k folks that just weren’t calculated for whatever reason — just working off general proportions for the other sites we’re running. There’s no way for RSS readers to grab the full ep, so we _can_ assume that no one is reading the thing that’s not getting it straight from the site, or whatever reposts may be out there.)

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February 22nd, 2008 | photography

The 4am: 10

February 22nd, 2008 | podcast

The 4am is a mixtape file containing nothing but music donated directly by new and/or unsigned acts. The 4am is of no set length and is released on no set schedule. The 4am is mixed down to 128 of the kbps. If you enjoyed The 4am, please spread the word, linking back to this post.

10: Peace And Soil

Yeah, I know, it’s been a month since the last one. A combination of work pressure and really not finding much music that seems to suggest a progression or sequence for a podcast. So have a short 4am that reeks of misery, loneliness, injury, abandonment and death.

It’s about time I used something from Aaron McMullan: wonderful voice, and a real writer. Burnt Earth’s other work has a strong early Human League/Depeche Mode influence, but “Locked Inside” is, to me, the one where they reach escape velocity; it’s bigger, more muscular, stomping and grinding sparks.

“Fierce The Fallow Foe” is just beautiful, a funereal garden.

Hope you find something here to enjoy.

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Aaron McMullan – “Ode To Innocence” (5:09)

Burnt Earth – “Locked Inside” (5:14)

Poles Apart – Fierce The Fallow Foe (4:25)

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