Portland’s Dave Depper has yet to release any material of his own, but has spent his years playing live and in the studio with many well known artists including Mirah and The Decemberists. Stuck in a creative rut, Depper decided to take on a project to keep him going: recording Paul McCartney’s Ram album in its entirety by himself at home. Posting tracks to his blog as he completed them, Depper has since finished the project with only the help of Joan Hiller taking on Linda McCartney’s vocal parts of the album, completing the whole thing in 30 days. The Ram Project will be released on vinyl on May 3rd and “Dear Boy” is the first sample from the album. Completely faithful to the original, I’m not sure if the reason I like this is because “Dear Boy” is one of my favorite songs or it’s a genuinely great cover. The whole project is an interesting one, I’m looking forward to hearing what he does with the whole album.
Pittsburgh sample maestro Wise Blood has been generating quite a bit of buzz over the last year, and based on the single “B.I.G. E.G.O.” I am beginning to see what its all about. The track was released last year off of the artist’s debut EP and, like all of his work, it is entirely contructed of samples of other artist’s music, while Wise Blood (Chris Laufman) sings over the orchestrations. Might be gimmicky, sure, but its one I haven’t quite soured on yet.
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Soft-Letter December 31, 1999 Predictably, the press and analyst community jumped all over Microsoft’s Nov. 9 announcement of Microsoft Office Online, a subscription version of Office 2000 that runs remotely over a Windows Terminal Server connection. Zona Research’s reaction was typically hyperbolic: “When the world’s largest software company announces that the world’s leading personal productivity suite is available through the world’s most significant access method, a major inflection point has occurred.” Microsoft has also lined up an impressive collection of ASP partners, resellers, and OEMs who plan to develop future collections of services based on Office Online. Microsoft Office vice president Steve Sinofsky pointed out that most of these partner offerings will consist of “software and services delivered together,” rather than Office rented by itself. go to site microsoft office online
Marketing tactics: Partnering relationships are clearly Microsoft’s preference for delivering Office Online. One of the few partners with more than a vaporware service is Personable.com (www.personable.com), which advertises Office Online access for “as little as $9.95 a month.” Personable’s subscriptions come with two dozen free games and utilities, but there are significant extra charges for “access fees,” “hard drive storage,” and “computer resource usage” that will bump the true monthly rate for Office Online above $50 a month for most users:
Development issues: Microsoft has invested a good deal of development effort into making Office a Web content-creation application, but Office 2000 remains a “fat client” application that still requires serious bandwidth to run remotely. (Microsoft recommends “DSL connectivity or faster,” but PC Weeks Labs says performance is “painful” even over a T-3 link.) In fact, Microsoft customers have been running Office 97 remotely over corporate networks and intranets for the past several years; the new Office Online offering, Microsoft admits, “simply extends this option to the Internet.” Forecast: Microsoft’s top brass has been careful to avoid predicting how the ASP model will impact the company’s core Office business– though both Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer have recently insisted that subscription licensing and remote hosting are high on the company’s priority list. web site microsoft office online
Steve Sinofsky, Office vice president, Microsoft, One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Wash. 98052; 425-882-8080.
Another taste from the upcoming sophomore record In Love With Oblivion from the Crystal Stilts. Not too much has changed with these songs from their excellent debut record Alight the Night, which is a good thing. Their spooky, reverb soaked pop music sounded by timeless and wildly inventive, and I am glad they are further expanding the sound on their 2nd record. I Can’t wait to hear the whole record. Crystal Stilts – Through The Floor by Slumberland Records
Boston songwriter Marissa Nadler never fails to impress me with both the haunting depth of her vocal ability as well as her forward-thinking approach to folk. While last year’s amazing “I Love My Man” was a bit of a throwback towards more traditional country music, her newest effort “Baby, I Will Leave You In The Morning,” is definitely a bit less conventional. While Nadler’s beautifully sad vocals haven’t changed, she’s added some interesting synthesizer parts as well as a slighly more rock-oriented song structure. I haven’t decided if I love it yet but time will tell. regardless, I’ll definitely be looking forward to hearing Nadler’s newest album which she just finished recording in February. No news on the release date yet.
Brand new track dropped today from Seattle hip hop collective Shabazz Palaces from their forthcoming Sub Pop release Black Up (5/31). “An Echo From the Hosts that Profess Infinitum” is a slow burning, dread-filled jam on paranoia. Shabazz Palaces are one of the forerunners in a vibrant new dark, experiemental rap scene burgeoning on the West Coast.
UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT SAN ANTONIO TO RELEASE IN APRIL A FULL STUDY ON EAGLE FORD SHALE HOUSING NEEDS
US Fed News Service, Including US State News March 8, 2012 SAN ANTONIO, March 7 — The University of Texas at San Antonio issued the following news release:
The UTSA College of Architecture and UTSA Institute for Economic Development (IED) will jointly release to the public in April the full version of a long-anticipated Eagle Ford Shale housing study. UTSA offered a preview of the research Feb. 29 at the Eagle Ford Shale Consortium Conference, where it was well received by conference attendees. here eagle ford shalehere eagle ford shale
The study paints a picture of the housing demands expected by 2025 in the western shale region.
The housing study is the third in a series of Eagle Ford Shale studies offered by UTSA. In February 2011, the institute released the Eagle Ford Shale Economic Impact Report, which indicated that the western portion of the Eagle Ford Shale – La Salle, Zavala, Dimmit, Maverick, Frio and Webb counties – is the area most impacted by activity related to the recent oil find.
Last May, the institute completed a workforce analysis to illustrate employment in the six counties. With funding from the IED Rural Business Program, the UTSA College of Architecture Center for Urban and Regional Planning Research has examined the six counties to identify housing challenges and opportunities in the region.
Experimental California outfit Railcars’ frontman Aria Jalali recently unearthed a bunch of old tunes from his abandoned “basement raga” project and he’s now releasing via Not Not Fun under the title “Buried Goods.” The first single from said project is “Stray Dogs Of Wroclaw,” an epic, droning mix of warped electronics and twangy, shimmering guitar strings. It sounds a bit like a gypsy caravan might if they wandered down into southeast Asia, did copious amounts of opium, and then discovered psychedelic Cambodian electro-pop.
— Jon Behm
You can purchase the entire limited edition tape here.
I’ve been listening to Detroit experimental/pop outfit Prussia’s new EP recently Four For Attention and I gotta say I am kind of into some of the weirder sonic textures the band creates on the new tracks. While generally more pop oriented, Prussia also employs some outside-the-box musical techniques – the most obvious on Four being “Girl Cops”‘ slow morph from wet-mucous sucking to guitar/synth pop. My favorite, however, is fuzzy dreampoop gem “This House Boat Is Making Me Sea Sick,” which sounds a bit like a dub beat fully saturated in a sea of reverb in which the poppy vocals float merrily along. I hope that Prussia continues to explore their more experimental sides – compared to their more pop oriented work it is far more interesting.
Last year when Thao and Mirah came through town, even though I am not that into their new collaborative music, I was still charmed by the duo’s infectious live energy. And I am generally a big fan of Merrill Garbus (tUnE-YaRdS). Still, I still am not quite sure how I feel about their syrupy sweet new single together. “Eleven” strongly features Garbus’s electro-funk, experimental influence on the other two ladies’ more pop rock oriented sound, with Thao and Mirah balancing out Garbus’s weirdness with their nice, if conventional ,vocals. I think in the end though I just prefer my Garbus unfiltered, without the mitigating effects of the other two musicians.