Open Mic Recap @ The Point

Now I don’t feel so bad about leaving GSP early and missing Lea’s set. She played a song the other night at the Point’s open mic that reminded me why I came out to her open mic in DC so often. A few people I talked to liked her stuff a lot as well.

The famous Ray Naylor hosted the night instead of Andy and unfortunately for me he didn’t have access to the Internet sign up sheet. It was first come, first serve and I came pretty close to last. I gave “The Genius of It All” to the crowd at 10:45 and it went over reasonably well. I liked the guys who went a few acts before me. They had a duo called “The Fro” which consisted of a singer/guitarist and a violinist with a giant “fro.” One guy played a song called the “Philly Blues” where he named everything about the city he likes and did so without any sense of irony in playing a blues song about his favorite things.

Now I don’t feel so bad about leaving GSP early and missing Lea’s set. She played a song the other night at the Point’s open mic that reminded me why I came out to her open mic in DC so often. A few people I talked to liked her stuff a lot as well.

The famous Ray Naylor hosted the night instead of Andy and unfortunately for me he didn’t have access to the Internet sign up sheet. It was first come, first serve and I came pretty close to last. I gave “The Genius of It All” to the crowd at 10:45 and it went over reasonably well. I liked the guys who went a few acts before me. They had a duo called “The Fro” which consisted of a singer/guitarist and a violinist with a giant “fro.” One guy played a song called the “Philly Blues” where he named everything about the city he likes and did so without any sense of irony in playing a blues song about his favorite things.

Open Mic Recap @ the GSP

I can’t believe I ran into Lea last night at Grape Street’s open mic. She was one of my favorite artists when I lived down in DC and ran an open mic for a while at Soho Coffee and Tea. I really wish I could have seen her play, but I had to leave a little early. The next time she is up in this area I’ll definitely check out wherever she’s playing.

The performances last night were pretty good. Donny from a band called Chester White played two great songs, even though he broke a string early into #2.

Tonight I’m heading up to the Point’s open mic.

I can’t believe I ran into Lea last night at Grape Street’s open mic. She was one of my favorite artists when I lived down in DC and ran an open mic for a while at Soho Coffee and Tea. I really wish I could have seen her play, but I had to leave a little early. The next time she is up in this area I’ll definitely check out wherever she’s playing.

The performances last night were pretty good. Donny from a band called Chester White played two great songs, even though he broke a string early into #2.

Tonight I’m heading up to the Point’s open mic.

Back From Illinois (again)

Congratulations to Ryan and Jen Haley and I hope they have a great life together. It’s not every day one of your favorite cousins gets married especially one only a few months older than you. Ryan and Jen are perfect for each other and I’m so happy for both of them.

We all had a great time at the wedding and I even played a short set in the hospitality room. While sufficiently buzzed I remember playing “I Can Drink Any Woman Pretty,” “I Hope I Die on the Moon,” “Get Miles,” and the “Cut in Half Blues.” My cousin Alec Haley completely topped me by leading a singalong of a particular song by the Tenacious D. Chaos/fun ensued.

On the flight home we went through all the required security checks (I lost my swiss army knife on the way out even though I made fun of Jeanne for losing hers on the last trip), but strangely a woman was sitting in my seat when I boarded the plane. It turns out she got on the wrong freaking flight and wanted to go to Pittsburgh! Her ticket had to have been looked at several times by various people and the ticket agent gave her the incorrect gate number. It’s good to see they’re on top of things at O’Hare. Personally, I don’t know why anyone would want to go to Pittsburgh, so maybe the airline was doing her a favor.

Congratulations to Ryan and Jen Haley and I hope they have a great life together. It’s not every day one of your favorite cousins gets married especially one only a few months older than you. Ryan and Jen are perfect for each other and I’m so happy for both of them.

We all had a great time at the wedding and I even played a short set in the hospitality room. While sufficiently buzzed I remember playing “I Can Drink Any Woman Pretty,” “I Hope I Die on the Moon,” “Get Miles,” and the “Cut in Half Blues.” My cousin Alec Haley completely topped me by leading a singalong of a particular song by the Tenacious D. Chaos/fun ensued.

On the flight home we went through all the required security checks (I lost my swiss army knife on the way out even though I made fun of Jeanne for losing hers on the last trip), but strangely a woman was sitting in my seat when I boarded the plane. It turns out she got on the wrong freaking flight and wanted to go to Pittsburgh! Her ticket had to have been looked at several times by various people and the ticket agent gave her the incorrect gate number. It’s good to see they’re on top of things at O’Hare. Personally, I don’t know why anyone would want to go to Pittsburgh, so maybe the airline was doing her a favor.

Open Mic Recap

Could John and Adrian be the best artists frequenting the Living Room these days? If you haven’t seen them yet they’re going to be featured on Monday, August 5th at the Living Room from 8:00 – 8:30PM. They’re also playing at Ebeneezer’s in Moorestown on August 10th, so check them out if you hate me, but still want to hear music on the 10th.

Matt just keeps getting better and better. He uses a digital delay pedal to loop samples he creates on stage including guitar slapping precussion, pick noise, and even sticking the end of a guitar chord into his head. It’s funny to watch and it has a great improvised sound.

The host of the open mic, Jason Wheatley, is playing there on Saturday, August 3rd with Roz King and Cathy. I’d check him out, but I’ll be out of town this weekend.

Last night I played “16-18” and “The Genius of it All” and I thought it went over very well. It has been a while since I played either of those songs, so they were definitely due. I almost brought out “Thesis” which probably gets the least play out of any of my “good” songs. Thinking back to a few years ago, I can’t believe some of the garbage I used to play and I’m sure there are about 10 songs I couldn’t relearn if I wanted to. Maybe it had something to do with playing most of my gigs with my Dad’s guitar since everything sounds so much better and fuller on it. Thanks to Lynn for giving me a few free bottles of water during the night. Some goon in there last night sprayed her with Windex to get her attention and I can’t believe she didn’t throw him out. I would have.

Observation: Do they design the packaging for Carefree Koolerz gum to completely come apart as soon as you open it? The gum is fantastic, but as soon as you take the first piece you realize you now have a pocket full of individually wrapped gum blocks instead of a neat, contained, partially opened package of gum. Maybe they think you’ll chew it faster if they’re all over the place which may have some truth to it because I have a pack of gum sitting next to me here I bought over two months ago stil unfinished.

It’s a busy time for me. I have a wedding to go to this weekend and a gig to promote next week. I also quit my job and am trying to find the time to finish a new song I’m working on. Right now the song is either really good or really lame.

Could John and Adrian be the best artists frequenting the Living Room these days? If you haven’t seen them yet they’re going to be featured on Monday, August 5th at the Living Room from 8:00 – 8:30PM. They’re also playing at Ebeneezer’s in Moorestown on August 10th, so check them out if you hate me, but still want to hear music on the 10th.

Matt just keeps getting better and better. He uses a digital delay pedal to loop samples he creates on stage including guitar slapping precussion, pick noise, and even sticking the end of a guitar chord into his head. It’s funny to watch and it has a great improvised sound.

The host of the open mic, Jason Wheatley, is playing there on Saturday, August 3rd with Roz King and Cathy. I’d check him out, but I’ll be out of town this weekend.

Last night I played “16-18” and “The Genius of it All” and I thought it went over very well. It has been a while since I played either of those songs, so they were definitely due. I almost brought out “Thesis” which probably gets the least play out of any of my “good” songs. Thinking back to a few years ago, I can’t believe some of the garbage I used to play and I’m sure there are about 10 songs I couldn’t relearn if I wanted to. Maybe it had something to do with playing most of my gigs with my Dad’s guitar since everything sounds so much better and fuller on it. Thanks to Lynn for giving me a few free bottles of water during the night. Some goon in there last night sprayed her with Windex to get her attention and I can’t believe she didn’t throw him out. I would have.

Observation: Do they design the packaging for Carefree Koolerz gum to completely come apart as soon as you open it? The gum is fantastic, but as soon as you take the first piece you realize you now have a pocket full of individually wrapped gum blocks instead of a neat, contained, partially opened package of gum. Maybe they think you’ll chew it faster if they’re all over the place which may have some truth to it because I have a pack of gum sitting next to me here I bought over two months ago stil unfinished.

It’s a busy time for me. I have a wedding to go to this weekend and a gig to promote next week. I also quit my job and am trying to find the time to finish a new song I’m working on. Right now the song is either really good or really lame.

Haircuts Suck

I only wanted to take about a half inch off the top and just clean it up around my ears. The guy from Ed’s barber shop in Collingswood must have thought I said “leave about a half inch.” My girlfriend likes it, but it’s a little shorter than I wanted it to be.

The Tortilla Press on Haddon Ave in Collingswood is a great new restuarant to try out, but if you ever go there I wouldn’t order the chicken enchiladas. Everything else is very good especially their “virgin” margaritas, and by all means, go high class like we did last night and bring a giant half empty bottle of tequila to deflower your margaritas with. Buying a small bottle just for dinner is for suckers.

I only wanted to take about a half inch off the top and just clean it up around my ears. The guy from Ed’s barber shop in Collingswood must have thought I said “leave about a half inch.” My girlfriend likes it, but it’s a little shorter than I wanted it to be.

The Tortilla Press on Haddon Ave in Collingswood is a great new restuarant to try out, but if you ever go there I wouldn’t order the chicken enchiladas. Everything else is very good especially their “virgin” margaritas, and by all means, go high class like we did last night and bring a giant half empty bottle of tequila to deflower your margaritas with. Buying a small bottle just for dinner is for suckers.

Why Do Bands Still Use Real Audio?

How many times have you checked out a band’s website only to find their music samples are in the Real Audio format (.ra or .rm)? Here’s a few good reasons why your band sucks for using Real Audio:

  1. It only plays with Real Player
  2. Real Player is a CPU hogging piece of spyware
  3. It sounds awful at the low bit rates where its used most often
  4. The file format is closed
  5. While Real Player claims to have a higher number of installations in home users, most people who frequently listen to music online have MP3 players as well (this is my observation, and not backed up by statistics).

Your goal in putting out digital music should be to get people interested in what you’re playing. Forcing potential fans to go through the hassle of installing and using a bloated, ad-ridden, program like Real Player is completely unnecessary when there are great alternatives like MP3, WMA, and Ogg Vorbis. The one place Real Audio has a use is in low bit rate streaming, but so much sound quality is lost it probably isn’t worth making it available to the public.

Some good file format comparisons:
Results of 64 kbit/s Group Listening Test
OGG vs. MP3 vs. WMA vs. RA
Working With High Quality Musical Works

How many times have you checked out a band’s website only to find their music samples are in the Real Audio format (.ra or .rm)? Here’s a few good reasons why your band sucks for using Real Audio:

  1. It only plays with Real Player
  2. Real Player is a CPU hogging piece of spyware
  3. It sounds awful at the low bit rates where its used most often
  4. The file format is closed
  5. While Real Player claims to have a higher number of installations in home users, most people who frequently listen to music online have MP3 players as well (this is my observation, and not backed up by statistics).

Your goal in putting out digital music should be to get people interested in what you’re playing. Forcing potential fans to go through the hassle of installing and using a bloated, ad-ridden, program like Real Player is completely unnecessary when there are great alternatives like MP3, WMA, and Ogg Vorbis. The one place Real Audio has a use is in low bit rate streaming, but so much sound quality is lost it probably isn’t worth making it available to the public.

Some good file format comparisons:
Results of 64 kbit/s Group Listening Test
OGG vs. MP3 vs. WMA vs. RA
Working With High Quality Musical Works

Open Mic Recap

Some very talented irregulars showed up at the Grape last night, including the Day Rubies and Senatobia. The guys who went right after me sat on the floor while they played. Strangely, it helped draw attention to their performance. I also really liked the guy from Nashville (I don’t remember his name, but that happens often at open mics).

I played Gomez’s “Get Miles” and my own “Why Now Satan?” I thought “Get Miles” sounded fine, but I wasn’t too happy with “Why Now Satan.” It could have just been the monitor, but I couldn’t hear myself as easily as I usually can. The main reason I trucked up to GSP last night was to pass out my new flyers. Mark Lancaster said it reminded him of an album cover, possibly AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” Everyone seemed to like the flyer a lot, so you’ll be seeing it often until August 10th.

I added a second show to the list for my upcoming “featured artist” status at the Living Room on August 12th. The Living Room is on the corner of Collings and Haddon Ave in Collingswood, NJ. I’ll be playing from 8:00 – 8:30 to kick off the open mic. If you haven’t been out to the Living Room, you should check it out.

This week I’ll be hitting the Living Room’s Wednesday night open mic. Next week I’ll be at GSP on Monday, The Point on Tuesday, and the Living Room on Wednesday.

Some very talented irregulars showed up at the Grape last night, including the Day Rubies and Senatobia. The guys who went right after me sat on the floor while they played. Strangely, it helped draw attention to their performance. I also really liked the guy from Nashville (I don’t remember his name, but that happens often at open mics).

I played Gomez’s “Get Miles” and my own “Why Now Satan?” I thought “Get Miles” sounded fine, but I wasn’t too happy with “Why Now Satan.” It could have just been the monitor, but I couldn’t hear myself as easily as I usually can. The main reason I trucked up to GSP last night was to pass out my new flyers. Mark Lancaster said it reminded him of an album cover, possibly AC/DC’s “Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap.” Everyone seemed to like the flyer a lot, so you’ll be seeing it often until August 10th.

I added a second show to the list for my upcoming “featured artist” status at the Living Room on August 12th. The Living Room is on the corner of Collings and Haddon Ave in Collingswood, NJ. I’ll be playing from 8:00 – 8:30 to kick off the open mic. If you haven’t been out to the Living Room, you should check it out.

This week I’ll be hitting the Living Room’s Wednesday night open mic. Next week I’ll be at GSP on Monday, The Point on Tuesday, and the Living Room on Wednesday.

Bands Announced for August 10th

The Grape Street Pub has announced the following bands for Saturday, August 10th.

TRAGIK
POPPY COCK BABBLE – (website down)
PLOY
STUTTER (sorry, I couldn’t find a website)

I’ll be playing upstairs at 8:00PM, followed by the well known DJ SAT-ONE.

The Grape Street Pub has announced the following bands for Saturday, August 10th.

TRAGIK
POPPY COCK BABBLE – (website down)
PLOY
STUTTER (sorry, I couldn’t find a website)

I’ll be playing upstairs at 8:00PM, followed by the well known DJ SAT-ONE.

Letter to Rob Andrews

The other day I wrote a letter to House Representative Rob Andrews concerning the Berman Bill just introduced into Congress. The Bill would allow copyright holders like the RIAA and MPAA to disrupt illegal peer to peer file traders using technological means. They wouldn’t be able to delete any files or use viruses, but they may be able to use Denial of Service attacks on individuals without any guidelines for how much evidence is actually needed. Also, the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution would ensure this law applied to all copyright holders. This means I could theoretically shut down your Internet connection if I suspected you were trading my files (I won’t). Read on for the text of the letter.

The other day I wrote a letter to House Representative Rob Andrews concerning the Berman Bill just introduced into Congress. The Bill would allow copyright holders like the RIAA and MPAA to disrupt illegal peer to peer file traders using technological means. They wouldn’t be able to delete any files or use viruses, but they may be able to use Denial of Service attacks on individuals without any guidelines for how much evidence is actually needed. Also, the Equal Protection clause of the Constitution would ensure this law applied to all copyright holders. This means I could theoretically shut down your Internet connection if I suspected you were trading my files (I won’t). Read on for the text of the letter.Dear Representative Andrews,

I recently learned of a Bill introduced by Representative Howard Berman from California that would allow copyright holders to use technological means to discourage or prevent individuals from breaking copyright laws. The bill limits the liability of the copyright holder in doing things that would otherwise be illegal, and although methods like deleting files and using viruses would be forbidden under the Bill copyright holders would be allowed to use what is called a “Denial of Service” (DOS) attack.

A DOS attack is one of the following:
http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/denial_of_service.html

1. An attempt to “flood” a network, thereby preventing legitimate network traffic
2. An attempt to disrupt connections between two machines, thereby preventing access to a service
3. An attempt to prevent a particular individual from accessing a service
4. An attempt to disrupt service to a specific system or person

All of these disruptions are illegal under current US laws. The problem with deputizing copyright holders like the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) and the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is that performing DOS attacks does not just hurt the individual copyright law breaker. It also harms the individual’s Internet Service Provider (ISP) and all of the ISP’s customers by clogging up network bandwidth with “noise” in an attempt to disrupt copyright violations. Bandwidth is not free for ISP’s and eventually this cost is recovered at the expense of home users. The Bill contains a clause preventing copyright holders from causing “economic loss to any person other than affected file traders,” but I suggest you talk to an Internet Service Provider about the cost a DOS attack will have.

Under the Equal Protection Clause of the Constitution the Bill would also apply to any copyright holder, and not just the MPAA and the RIAA. The Bill would allow any individual to carry out their own DOS attack on copyright law breakers. Strangely, the Bill does not even include guidelines for what level of evidence is needed when preventing copyright infringement. This would allow individuals and organizations to carry out attacks with minimal suspicion.

Even though I am a copyright holder myself I strongly urge you to oppose this Bill, because it does not do enough to protect legal data transactions and ISP’s from the collateral damage of DOS attacks.

Sincerely,
Ben Garvey
Oaklyn, NJ
bengarvey@comcast.net

Here are some links to more information:

Text of the Berman Bill:
http://www.politechbot.com/docs/berman.coble.p2p.final.072502.pdf

Information About Denial of Service Attacks:
http://www.cert.org/tech_tips/denial_of_service.html

MPAA:
http://www.mpaa.org/

RIAA:
http://www.riaa.org

Watch the Sky

My brother Jake and his friends Keith and Jessica will be parachuting over Williamstown today, so if you see a Jake sized hole in your roof you’ll know why. I think I’ll wait until after he jumps before I give him back the $160 I borrowed last week.

I made some layout/color changes to the site the other day. I also changed the border of the news stories and I like the new “coupon” look.

Update: Freefall Adventures called off the jump today because of the weather.

My brother Jake and his friends Keith and Jessica will be parachuting over Williamstown today, so if you see a Jake sized hole in your roof you’ll know why. I think I’ll wait until after he jumps before I give him back the $160 I borrowed last week.

I made some layout/color changes to the site the other day. I also changed the border of the news stories and I like the new “coupon” look.

Update: Freefall Adventures called off the jump today because of the weather.