This weeks episode of the Coastal Noise Podcast featured two local musicians from the group Rosco Bandana. Jason Sanford and Emily Sholes talked for over an hour about music, weather, horrible Easter bunny pictures and much more. Here is a break down of some of the show's highlights.
Opening up, we talked about the super storm that wrecked havoc for three days this week. Tornadoes were reported in almost a quarter of all the US and the Weather Channel reported 75 million people were at risk for severe weather. Mobile saw one of its wettest days in over 140 years with close to nine inches of rain. To make matters worse, NASA has been following a colossal glacier the size of Chicago named B13, that is expected to break off the Antarctic soon, which could raise sea levels by 1.5 meters. This land mass ranging from 255 sq miles and 500 meters thick is one of the world's biggest, but is still dwarfed by B15, a glacier that was 4,250 sq miles, almost the size of Jamaica, that broke from Antarctica in March of 2000.
The Biloxi Skate Park will be shutting down soon, taking its place will be a sound studio reported for film and possibly music. As the day of closing nears, many wonder, where will Biloxi's roller derby girls go?
Neil Young showed the music world he meant business this past week when he raised $6.2 million dollars for his digital music device the Pono Player, which will deliver music in "the highest audio quality possible". Young hopes his device which delivers music at 24-bit and 192 kHz will change a generation that has become used to the insignificant and inferior quality of portable mp3 players. Fans were so supportive on Kickstarter, that the Pono Player beat its goal of $800,000 in the very first day. At $6.2 million raised total, it is the 3rd biggest campaign ever run on Kickstarter. The device will run approximately $400 with albums coasting anywhere from $15-$25 dollars on average. "Most major record companies are on board," Young says, and he has the video to prove it. Check out this video from the Pono website that shows first time reactions from big name industry artists such as Rick Rubin, Flea, Dave Grohl, Tom Petty, Sting, The Beastie Boys, Anthony Kiedis, Mumford and Sons, Jack Johnson, (and many, many more) all praising the developers device. Look for the Pono Player in the coming months to deliver studio grade sound quality to its listeners when it releases later this year.
Jack White broke the Guinness World Record for fastest released record on April 19th. He recorded a live performance from his Third Man Records studio in Nashville, pressed it to vinyl and released it in just 4 hours, beating the previous record held by Swiss Polka trio "Vollgas Kompanie" who released their album "Live" on August 16th, 2008 the next day after it was recorded.
Speaking of breaking speed records. There is a new land creature that holds a new record in distance in relation to body size. The Paratarsotomus Macropalpis can run 322 body lengths person second. Try to imagine yourself moving 322 of your own body length in one second. It would take a human running 1,300 MPH to match that speed. Cheetahs can only run a measly 166 B.L.'s a second.
Jason and Emily dive into more of their music life by discussing various side projects they are undertaking including "Em and Me" which highlights the two musicians in a more intimate, acoustical duet setting. Emily is also beginning a new project with other members of Rosco Bandana called "Della". The two talk about recording the bands next album and what it would be like to have a recording space of their own in the near future. They swap stories that give a glimpse into what life on the road is like with the full band. We talk about fun games like Boulder Dash, Killers and Villagers (see blog), Space Team, and Emily has us test her abilities at one of her favorite van pass-times: puns.
Other topics include a comic strip entitled, "Coffee With Jesus" a simple delivery of folks sitting down to have brief, humors conversations with the man himself (A must read for some), horrible (and scary) Easter Bunny pictures, Seasick Steve (see video), Ryan's arrival to Denver, and getting rid of our smartphones.
You can listen or download the episode here at the Coastal Noise Podcast page. You can also click here to keep up with Rosco Bandana and see where their next shows will be. Also check out the Coastal Noise Music page to see the date and time for the Diberville Crawfish Festival where I will be playing on May 10th.