Sunday, April 20, 2008

Demand Beatnik Turtle

Now that Beatnik Turtle is finally done with Song of the Day, we've gotten on Eventful, which is a service that lets you demand that we play in your city. If we can get enough people wanting us to play in a particular place, we can considering going on the road.

If you'd like to demand that we play in your town, just click on this below:

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Come Hang Out With The Band (And See Some Great Live Music)

On Sunday, April 20th, Beatnik Turtle was supposed to play at the Abbey Pub for our fourth appearance at the International Pop Overthrow. We were excited, it's a great spring show for us, and we were gearing up to play lots of new songs from Song of the Day as well as perhaps a live version of Pizza: The Rock Opera.

Alas, the IPO this year is not to be for us. One of our band members had an emergency, and can't make it. Instead, the band Cyclesomething will be taking our place.

And we're going to be there.

Come on out, see some great IPO music on a Sunday afternoon, and hang out with the band in a way that you never get to when we play. Hope you can make it! We certainly will.

Sunday Afternoon, April 20
The Abbey
(All Ages!)
3420 W. Grace
773 478-4408

1:00 ScribbleMonster
1:30 Woodward
2:00 Gidgets Ga Ga
2:30 Blackout 101
3:00 Catsplash
3:30 Cyclesomething

Thursday, April 10, 2008

BT Live On the Radio!

Beatnik Turtle will be performing LIVE on the radio on WLUW on the Razor and Die show!

If you're not in Chicago, tune in from the website itself.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Abandoned Notepad Update

The abandoned notepad still lies unclaimed, now partially buried under today's Chicago Tribune. Whose scribbles are these?

Today's Abandoned Notepad

Thursday, April 3, 2008

News Flash - Abandoned Notepad Sighting

An abandoned notepad has been spotted in a corporate break room in downtown Chicago lying next to a copy of today's Red Eye. Whose could it be?

Today's Abandoned Notepad


A track from our RPM Challenge album, Sham Rock, was featured on NPR Public Radio today!

Click here to read the story and listen to the NPR radio feature.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Files, Files, Everywhere

WD Drive
What have I been busy with since my last blog post? MUCH time has been spent on file management. It would seem that writing songs, recording, posting, etc would be the bulk of the work that we undertook the past couple of years. Actually, managing the files that make up each song turned out to be a way bigger task then we ever thought. Each song is made up of multiple files - and multiple versions of those files. A song can be anywhere between a couple hundred meg up to 6GB, depending on number of tracks, takes, edits and so on.

Recently we archived all the files from The Song Of The Day project. The entire archive, including the videos, is close to 450GB. Over the past two years, we copied files to external drives to transport them back and forth between studios, resulting in multiple versions of many songs spread out between PCs and external drives. Reconciling these things to be sure we archived the latest version (in case we need it in the future) has taken HOURS. Given the amount of work that went into each song, we're in mortal fear of pressing the delete key - even if we're 99.999% sure that what we're deleting has been archived somewhere. So what do we do? We buy lots of 500GB external drives and keep lots of copies of our files in different locations. We're partial to the Western Digital My Book Essential 500GB drives. We've found it's best to stick with one model/brand so we have multiple cables and power adapters that we can leave in each studio and not have to carry them around. It seems we've evolved our file management system pretty well, but the work continues on...

What else have I been busy with? Oh yeah - that little project to produce an album entirely in February - our RPM Challenge album, Sham Rock. More files to manage...