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by zipthebird
Fri Jan 16, 2009 11:39 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Armstrong biography
Replies: 0
Views: 1535

Armstrong biography

Can anyone recommend a good biography of Louis Armstrong?
by zipthebird
Thu Jan 15, 2009 4:47 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Help! Muddy Sound...
Replies: 9
Views: 4465

Have you tried boosting the pre-amp from the i-Tunes equalizer? That will get you some more juice.

Both the cafeteria and the big hall at MIT are also acoustic nightmares, so that may be exacerbating things. Though if other djs aren't having the same problem, it can't be the only reason.
by zipthebird
Wed Jan 14, 2009 7:30 pm
Forum: Song IDs
Topic: [Answered] Jumpin' at the Woodside, Benny Goodman
Replies: 11
Views: 4187

Thanks Jesse. Should have gotten that ID myself--I own that album! Seconded that it's a good one. I regularly use many of those tracks.
by zipthebird
Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:14 pm
Forum: Song IDs
Topic: [Answered] Jumpin' at the Woodside, Benny Goodman
Replies: 11
Views: 4187

[Answered] Jumpin' at the Woodside, Benny Goodman

Anyone recognize the recording of JATW used in this contest?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bcfiY69-YA
It starts at about the 4:00 mark.

Thanks,
James
by zipthebird
Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Yehoodi Radio Show
Replies: 551
Views: 146890

Here's the set list from this month's show. And here is a list of all the current bands that I included , along with links to their web pages or Myspace pages. If you've got comments, tips on bands that I missed, praise or snide remarks about the ones I included, I'd love to here it--leave a comment...
by zipthebird
Tue Dec 23, 2008 6:12 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: 1930's slow tempo songs
Replies: 10
Views: 2507

He might also check out the soundtrack from the film Chinatown. There's some very melancholy jazz horn music.

Also, I know it's not exactly the right era, but I bet your friend would be inspired by Chet Baker. Deep in a Dream is a good compilation.
by zipthebird
Thu Dec 04, 2008 4:36 pm
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: What are your favorite songs right now?
Replies: 220
Views: 64559

Matthew wrote:"Shake That Jelly Roll" - J.C. Cobb & His Grains of Corn, from a CD called Chicago Black Small Bands

The solo in the break at 0:40 is mind-boggling and awesome!
Is this the tune you're talking about?
by zipthebird
Tue Nov 18, 2008 7:23 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Post-set analytics
Replies: 6
Views: 2346

I love playing with numbers, however I rarely have full night sets any more, which are the type of sets that can produce meaningful data. That's probably true. But even if you regularly DJ for an hour or two every week or two weeks, you could look at trends over your last couple outings. Are your s...
by zipthebird
Mon Nov 17, 2008 1:43 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Post-set analytics
Replies: 6
Views: 2346

Post-set analytics

Here's a super-nerdy question for y'all. Imagine that you were going to do post-game performance analysis on a DJ, either yourself or someone else. What statistics would you look at and how would you set up the analysis? Here's two examples of simple bpm charts: Frequency distribution of tempo range...
by zipthebird
Sun Nov 16, 2008 2:23 pm
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Meet Chicago DJ James Pustejovsky
Replies: 3
Views: 2732

Chicago has a pretty diverse crowd of dj's, some of whom have been spinning for many years--5+, 8+ or more. And we're all pretty opinionated. On the whole, I would say that I play more pre-WWII big band, more 30's small group jazz, and more New Orleans/Dixieland-inspired jazz than most of the other ...
by zipthebird
Sun Nov 16, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: DJ Skillz
Topic: Meet Chicago DJ James Pustejovsky
Replies: 3
Views: 2732

That's me. Actually, if you're looking for my setlists--here's a bunch more . I've posted every one of my sets from Fizz, the Monday night dance in Chicago, for the past two years. If you are looking to get a sense of the sorts of music played in the Chicago scene, this may be as good a sample as yo...
by zipthebird
Wed Oct 29, 2008 12:11 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Easier and Safer DJing with iTunes
Replies: 7
Views: 2996

...The biggest danger with Cog was that it switches audio outputs if you take your headphones out of the headphone jack mid-song! So if you put Cog to the speakers, and your laptop/itunes to headphones, and then accidentally pull your headphones out, the audio will switch from the dance floor to yo...
by zipthebird
Wed Oct 29, 2008 8:49 am
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: Easier and Safer DJing with iTunes
Replies: 7
Views: 2996

My go-to is Disco LT, but I've been experimenting with other options for times when I want to spin from iTunes. Right now I'm playing with a little open source program called Cog, which is a simple media player. I use Cog as my live playlist, and use iTunes for previewing. When I find something I wa...
by zipthebird
Tue Oct 28, 2008 8:52 pm
Forum: Tech Talk
Topic: DJing Software.
Replies: 113
Views: 43961

I've been using Disco LT, a slightly less feature-rich version of XT, for about a year. I like the software, but there's a few things that really bug me: - I can't design my own fades--only use the preset ones, none of which are ideal for swing dances. - Every once in a while the automatic end-point...
by zipthebird
Wed Jun 11, 2008 7:39 am
Forum: Swinging Music
Topic: Worst Songs Ever Heard at a Lindy Hop Night?
Replies: 107
Views: 39067

Ditto for Manamana.