Supersizing “Live So Far” – Three New Tracks Added To Our Live Album.

One of the joys of releasing music through Bandcamp (officially the world’s greatest digital music release platform, as voted for by me) is that album releases can be progressive.

We’ve already added ‘Happy‘ to the live album, when it became our de facto single, thanks to the awesome video. Continue reading “Supersizing “Live So Far” – Three New Tracks Added To Our Live Album.”

New Live Album… Recorded Last Week!

Ahh, the future – it’s a wonderful place to live.

So, as I said in my last post, our live set up now has a MOTU Ultralite soundcard at the heart of it, is wired with all super-high-quality Evidence Audio Cables and on this tour we’ve got killer live sound from QSC K8 speakers. Which all adds up to us being able to record ourselves, multitracked, on every gig, and to play very well given the consistently marvellous sound that we have at the shows.

So here’s our brand new live album, Live So Far: Continue reading “New Live Album… Recorded Last Week!”

Solo Bass Word Association – Help, Please!

As y’all know, I’m a big big fan of Bandcamp it is, at the moment, the best self-service MP3 sales platform on the entire internetz.

They’ve just implemented the option to have artists, albums and tracks tagged with genre, location and associated words… Making it searchable.

So, this is where you come in – I’m interested in what you associate with my music when you listen to it. It can be a genre description, or a feeling, or something far more random. The floor is wide open.

So, if you would be so kind as to have a listen via the MP3s page, or Spotify, or last.fm (or indeed your own MP3 collection, if you’ve already demonstrated your cool, your exquisite taste and your generosity by downloading them all 😉 ) and let me know what comes to mind. Please either post it here in the comments on this post, or on Twitter with the hashtag #SBStags

(of course, if you’re a last.fm user, you’re most welcome to cross-post the tags over there…)

So, let your imagination run – let’s see if we come up with a mental map of the music that means something.. or just a load of random stuff that helps no-one… It’s over to you 🙂

Lawson/Dodds/Wood Album Available On Bandcamp.com

I’ve got loads of End of year/start of a new decade type blogging to do over the next week, but for now, here’s the Lawson/Dodds/Wood album, freshly uploaded to Bandcamp.com, for download sale, pay-what-you-like. 🙂

<a href="http://lawsondoddswood.bandcamp.com/album/numbers">Number Five by Lawson/Dodds/Wood</a>

If you weren’t around here when it came out, feel free to watch the documentary on the making of the album that’s on Youtube – I’ll embed part 1 below, then click through the links. (the sound on the first one’s a bit rough, but it gets much better as they go on!)

Live In Nebraska EP Now On Bandcamp

Finally! Thanks to a little help from a friend who had the CD (we sold out of them ages ago, and didn’t have any left to get the high-res files from!), We’ve now got the Steve Lawson and Lobelia EP up on Bandcamp.

As you know, I’m a huge fan of Bandcamp, and it now handles physical CD sales as well! How exciting is that (you can buy Behind Every Word on CD from there).

I’ll be ditching my online shop altogether soon and moving all my sales over to Bandcamp, or just simple Paypal buttons for the CD-only sales – if you want a one-stop shop for listening and browsing now, you can just go to the MP3s/Downloads page here on this site.

Anyway, here’s the Nebraska EP – Listen, Enjoy, Share it, Embed it anywhere you like, and if you want to keep it, pay whatever you think it’s worth:

<a href="http://stevelawsonandlobelia.bandcamp.com/album/live-in-nebraska">Happy by Steve Lawson and Lobelia</a>

Posterous: Blogging For Everyone Else

OK, so the thought of maintaining a blog full of pontifications on the state of the world, the web, music, whatever is a bit daunting. The self-imposed expectation that there needs to be loads of amazing stuff to read about on your awesome blog is just too much…

…So what do we do? Clearly, the web these days – and in particular, music on the web – is ALL about sharing. Without sharing, we’re all screwed.

Enter Posterous – it’s a blogging platform that’s been around for a while, but seems to be really gaining in traction of late for a whole host of reasons. I’m going to focus on what an awesome service it is for embedding, and posting links to, things you really like online. Continue reading “Posterous: Blogging For Everyone Else”

Bandcamp, Soundcloud And The Portability Of Music

For many years,  musicians have been looking for decent ways of hosting, embedding, distributing and selling music online. The shops that sell MP3s, on the back of iTunes success, are myriad. As are the sites that let you upload a few tunes and put them on your profile, ala Myspace, Reverbnation etc.

But two services are now becoming essential in the web-savvy musicians tool-kit – BandCamp and Soundcloud.

I’ll blog about Soundcloud tomorrow, but let’s start withBandCamp: Continue reading “Bandcamp, Soundcloud And The Portability Of Music”

New Adventures In Mobile (CSS)

Screen grab of the opera mobile demo from opera.comSo, for the last couple of days I’ve been working on a mobile version of this site. It’s the same site, same pages, just the design is tweaked to make it look better on a mobile handset. It’s easy enough to do, using CSS. CSS stands for ‘Cascading Style Sheets’, and is a way of labeling elements on a web page, and then controlling the way that everything that has that label is formatted. But because the machine you look at a web page on can be identified as a computer or as a mobile, you can have a different stylesheet for each type.
Continue reading “New Adventures In Mobile (CSS)”

Streaming/Downloads

I’ve basically given up on mainstream distribution for my music – for a number of reasons, Bandcamp serves you and I way better than me going through the process of submitting all of my music to iTunes, Amazon etc. even before we get to any ethical concerns we may have about the companies…So, to hear and buy everything I’ve done, head to music.stevelawson.net – or better yet, check out the subscription – it’s by far the best value way to get a TON of amazing music, previews of new stuff, new exclusive videos and everything new I release in the coming year… If you like physical things, there’s the USB Stick of Everything!

Here are a selection of recent things to get you started:

Let’s start with my latest solo album:

Beauty And Desolation

Then there are the collaborations:

Restless, with Pete Fraser:

Live So Far, with Lobelia:

FingerPainting, with Daniel Berkman:

Diversion, with Jon Thorne:

Invenzioni, with Mike Outram:

enjoy!