Tags: mp3


we have lost contact

it has taken even longer than the last two EPs, but at long last i offer you my latest musical endeavour, we have lost contact.

i won't get into a big discussion about it right now; i think i have already mostly summed it up in a previous entry anyway. suffice to say that it is a companion piece to the first two EPs i released this year, the hoods, and old habits die hard. and i hope to release the three of them together as a limited edition 3 CD package, early in the new year.

jacob earl - we have lost contact

jacob earl - we have lost contact
release date - 2008-11-18
approx. running time - 29:09
  1. your heart beating

  2. settlers on Mars

  3. geometry

  4. we have lost contact

  5. i've counted the days since we parted ways

i hope you enjoy! (and feel free to visit my homepage where i happily host these songs free of charge to you). also, remember my upcoming show at zaphod's, next monday (november 24th)! it's also free! free free free!

a masters degree in duplicity

my new EP, the hoods, is complete and will be released as scheduled, tomorrow, 2008-03-04. look for it to be on the music page of my homesite sometime tomorrow evening, for free download (as usual, you know by now). high quality 320kbps (this is why it's best to download my tunes from my site, because 3rd person providers like last.fm and ilike and facebook impose size/quality restrictions). the final tracklisting remains the same as posted last week.

longtime listeners may not be used to the relatively "upbeat" nature of this album, compared to the majority of my other works. hope you enjoy (but don't get used to it; i've still got plenty of melancholy in me you know).

more detailed info to follow with the official release announcement tomorrow. this is just a tease. 'til then, sleep well.

in reel time, in real time

the album is done. finito. hot off the presses, hot mixes. very little mastering was done. really only in the form of pre-mastering the mixes as i progressed. and a little compression in the overall render. i'm not a huge fan of post-production, can you tell? i polished off the mixes (and even laid down some last minute bass tracks) this evening. the mp3s have completed their journey via FTP to my website. very soon i will update my website discography page to include links to download all the new tracks (*edit 22:04: updating of the discography page is done; go download at your leisure and pleasure). FOR FREE REMEMBER! YOU PAY NOTHING. JUST CLICK HERE. mostly because it's fun, but you can give me money if you want; or support me in other ways, like come out and see me play (if i ever get off my ass and onto the stage again).

i thought i would cut-n-paste pieces of the 'blurb i wrote in my live space about the new album here as well for maximum album release coverage (haha). it offers some insight into the overall concept and the work that went into it:

in some ways, in reel time marks a real departure for me, from my typical songwriting and recording techniques and habits, and in other ways it is like coming full circle to how i began. i like this feeling that has been evoked in the production of this album, because it seems to fit conceptually with the themes of the songs, and the story they tell as a whole. the lyrics, though far from entirely autobiographical, are meant to convey a sense urgent juxtaposition between politics and relationships, between external and internal opinions. as such, the use of heavy imagery and metaphor relating to film, television, media, literature - and the very personal feelings that end up becoming attached to these indifferent and abstract devices - is very much intentional.

thematically, make believe was fairly self-explanatory in what it was about; questioning the nature and origin of our inspiration to feel that there is meaning to life; and remaining faithful to a solipsistic ideal: that everything around us (me) must just be a dream, a fabrication of the imagination. in reel is the logical counterpoint to the thesis that make believe posed: that is, that the physical world around us - and our interaction with it - is very real. it creates our memories and feelings, and contributes to our assignation of something or someone's emotional importance. when that something or someone is gone from our life, we feel loss and can continue to feel loss long after it happens, because memories have been carved out to be triggered by sensory input from film, tv, literature, other media, etc. nostalgia brings the emotion back.

the circular nature of memory vs. the linear nature of time moving forward: it got me thinking about a film reel or a tape reel, and how it must turn around and around to keep the story going forward. and even though it seems current because you're experiencing it in the here-and-now, in real time, it was actually recorded in the past, sometimes a very long time ago. really, you're just reliving a memory. and i guess that became the concept of the two albums i wrote and recorded this year. in reel time completes the circle that make believe began.

in reel time
release date: 2007-12-04, athoos productions
running time: approx. 56:57


  1. black day
  2. 24 views (of mount fuji)
  3. shut up
  4. interest
  5. allegory, my friend
  6. the Duke
  7. casa blanca
  8. blackbreech
  9. grownup children of modern day failed marriages
  10. vacation
  11. leave behind the world you know
  12. before you go

AND just 'cause you're all special and i want to be loved and showered with admiration (or scathing critique, 'cause feedback - even negative - is still better than nothing), i've directly linked a couple of tracks above for immediate gratification (for those who can't bother to take the two seconds to visit my website). anyway, you're all great for caring enough to even read this far. thanks to all the people in my life who have supported and listened this far, and hopefully keep on doing so. it's terribly humbling, and therefore keeps me suitably grounded.

mmm digital radio

i joined last.fm, and what fun! i know i normally detest profiling, but my overwhelming love of observing socio-behavioural patterns, coupled with my love of music and metadata just makes this program pretty darn irresistable to me. it really does learn better and better what i like. this is the playlist it played for me over the past half an hour, based on a search for artist(s) [similar to]: royal city;

ed.14:39 - it appears the playlist image is dynamic [a.k.a. overwritten] when re-generated. interesting.

ed.21:59 - i've decided to put the last.fm playlist image in my header entry, since it constantly re-generates to show my current "now playing" list. that way, it will always be the first thing you folks see if you happen to go to my LJ. yay, you always know what i'm listening to!

altar eggs

i have decided after a long long period of hiatus, to re-publish my old blogger blogs on blogspot. i used to host them off my old webpage, before i started using livejournal. consequently there are many old (and dare i say somewhat angsty, inciteful, even infantile) opinion pieces i wrote, dating back to 2001 | 2002. if you're feeling daring, visit the new and improved a clear job and laid lean job care. i have already begun writing in each anew, and time-pending, hope to continue to do so with more frequency in the future.

in other news, i got some inexpensive new headphones, and inherited a sandisk 256mb mp3 player. my musical enjoyment factor just increased at least ten-fold. i also acquired a brand new dinky cheap webcam. thus far i have used it to record video of bobby the cat (he loves being in movies and music videos), which i will likely post to youtube soon.

music galore

i'm really digging the new primal scream album.

in other news, i'm hosting much of my own music for free at various sites, including esnips, tagworld, hi5, and the latest - audiostreet.

[no] apologies for the short and insubstantial posts of late. i really have nothing important to say.