Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Just for Kicks: The Decemberists

The Decemberists are legends among indie hipsters like me. Their newest composition The Hazards of Love, a rock opera guest starring the talents of Lavender Diamond's Becky Stark, My Brightest Diamond's Shara Worden, My Morning Jacket's Jim James, Robyn Hitchcock and the Spinanes' Rebecca Gates, earns five stars in my book.

And I get to see them next week (concert review sure to follow)!

So, what does this have to do with Mad Atlantic? For starters, I recently listened to The Decemberists's song "The Tain", and realized that "Sir William" sounds a lot like some of the parts of the song. So, I started thinking: why not cover one of my favorite Decemberists songs: "Shankill Butchers".

It's a creepy acoustic song about guys who go out killing children who are up past bedtime...yeah...it's freaky.

I'll be honest; the original is much better, but I took it upon myself to learn and record this song in fifteen minutes, so enjoy!

Shankill Butchers

Mad Atlantic

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Just for Kicks: Top Fifteen Most Influential Albums

Hey again. It's me. Just back to throw more useless information onto the Internet.

This time...it's a list...oooooohhhhh.

Okay, these are the Top Fifteen Most Influential Albums to Mad Atlantic (in no particular order):

15. Sigur Ros - Takk...
14. Brian Eno - Ambient 1/Music for Airports
13. The Decemberists - The Crane Wife
12. Pink Floyd - Wish You Were Here
11. Death Cab for Cutie - Transatlanticism
10. Wilco - Sky Blue Sky
9. Bright Eyes - Cassadega
8. Coldplay - X&Y
7. Snow Patrol - Final Straw
6. Neutral Milk Hotel - In the Aeroplane, Over the Sea
5. Radiohead - OK Computer
4. Muse - Black Holes and Revelations
3. Keane - Under the Iron Sea
2. Oasis - (What's the Story) Morning Glory
1. The Weakerthans - Reunion Tour

And just in case you were wondering (and so you can stop asking), the origin of the name Mad Atlantic came from the opening track of Keane's album Under the Iron Sea which ranks third here. That song remains in my Top Ten List of Favorites.

So, if you want to sound like me, listen to these albums religiously.

Mad Atlantic

p.s. Check out the NoiseTrade widget below. NoiseTrade is a site that offers fans the chance to pay what they want for music. In fact, you can even get it free! Just refer five friends to the album. That's all you (and they) have to do.

NoiseTrade Widget

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Just for Kicks: Radiohead + Mad Atlantic (= a great combination!)

Hey,

Anyone who's joined my fan list will see that my new single "Absolute Silence" is coming in October. The 13th to be exact. It may be online before or after that, but that's the official date.

The band Radiohead has gotten a lot of coverage since it started the year I was born: 1993. But Radiohead is also a band that means a lot to a bunch of people: die-hards like me! To musicians Radiohead has been essential in the past, but new marketing techniques (such as giving away their new album) have paid off more than conventional ones, causing musicians to (again) rethink the industry.

Recently, I decided to offer people the chance to listen to my album for free a month before it came out. Though I had absolutely 0 fans, I was determined to try something new.

So this time, I will again.

I have quite a master plan for my next release, but I need everyone's help before it even gets off the ground.

I currently only have a few fans: all of you are family and friends (if not let me know by commenting below). What I need everyone to do is spread the word! Please, talk to people. Tell them about the album. Give them a link to the website. Post it on Facebook or Twitter. Whatever you can do and I will keep giving back to my fans. I understand what it's like to be a fan of someone's music, and wishing you knew more. I am always willing to do that. I will read through every word of advice you guys send to me. I will soak up criticism in the best way possible. But, I need people to fuel it.

Please just shout it out to the world: "I LOVE MAD ATLANTIC!!!" Or just blog about it; that's good too!

So, speaking of Radiohead, here's a cover of a famous song of theirs, originally performed by a computer voice on a Mac.

Enjoy!
Mad Atlantic

Fitter Happier

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Just for Kicks: Mad Atlantic Gear List

I'm starting this chain of new posts every week (if I have the time) called Just for Kicks. Eventually, over the course of the next few months, you will have the delightful opportunity to take an embarassing journey into my back-catalog, to a day (not so long ago) when I was recording songs in terrible quality on a cassette recorder. But this week, to kick it off, I have the official Mad Atlantic Gear List! Yay!

Here goes:

System:
HP Pavillion a6110n PC (specs can be found here)

Guitars:
Acoustic-Electric (can't read who makes it, sorry!)
Mahar Electric (Strat Model)
Epiphone Gibson Special II Electric

Keyboard:
CASIO WK-1350

Speakers/Monitors:
SDTA Multimedia Speakers (60W)

Amps:
Fender J.A.M.
Squire Champ 15
Kustom Arrow 16DFX

Monitor Headphones:
Audio-Technica ATH-M30

Mixer:
Peavey PV6

Software:
Sony ACID Music Studio
Native Instruments Pro-53
Amplitube 2/Metal
Steinberg Hypersonic
Antares AutoTune
XLN Audio Addictive Drums


A Digitech RP250 Effects pedal, various shakers, tambourines, etc.


That's it! All of it. Soon I am aquiring an actual bass guitar (ooooh...) and a MIDI controller (aaaah...). I'll keep you posted (*wink*).

Here's the first track of a collection of my early works Fortune:

Ode

(Just click on it and press "Save")(Problems? Right click and press "Save Target As...")

Mad Atlantic

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

NEW SINGLE: Absolute Silence

The "Mad Atlantic" album had only one B-Side: a track called 'Absolute Silence'. I have decided to release this song as a single available on most major digital download stores.

The song will be available AROUND October 16th, though I'm not sure the exact date. Check back periodically.

I will send a link for a free new track to whoever figures out what the song is about and comments here!

Mad Atlantic