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  1. Respekt Online needs a designer!

    Fellow Stixers, Respekt Online needs your help. A few months ago I finished a new code-base for the site to improve performance and add many new features. We are very excited to launch this new site, but we have been unable to do so thus far because we are missing one very important piece: The Design! I am a web developer, and handle all the coding for the site from the front-end markup, scripts, and style sheets to the C++ and SQL on the back. Unfortunately, I am not artistically gifted, and I have simply failed to create a design that does well by the site. We have been in contact with a few very talented artists, but for a variety of reasons we simply have not found a design for the new site. If you are a web designer, an artist, or just someone who has an idea, we would love to have you as part of the team. Here’s the plan: I am going to provide a list of things the site needs. You can choose to take on the whole list, just a part of it, or even a single item. Post whatever you come up with and some way to get in touch with you. It doesn’t need to be a final-quality masterpiece, just a sketch or mock-up. The other RSO staff and I will evaluate the posts and if we like what we see, we’ll contact you and get going on the real thing. Thanks in advance for sharing your talents, we really appreciate it! RSO Needs: 1. A Color Scheme. The background color, the font colors, the border colors, all that good stuff. 2. A logo. The thing that will say "respektonline" on every page. 3. A set of buttons for the pages. We need the following buttons: Concerts, Studio, Videos, Photos, Covers, Forum. We want these to be on every page so they need to smaller than the current ones. 4. A layout. The flow of information on the page, where all the “stuff” goes. I can code it in pretty much any way you can think of, but I'd like to have a layout that is consistent across every page (except the forum) instead of different layouts for each page, like we have right now. 5. A search box and button. These are different from the page buttons in that they should be somewhere unobtrusive, but a little more pronounced so that people can easily find the search function.
  2. Oops! Google Chrome could not find

    If you're logged in and go to the songs page, when you click the name of the song it should take you to the lyrics page. There should be an "Edit Lyrics" link at the bottom of the existing lyrics (which won't be very far down the page if there aren't any lyrics). I'm hoping to post another update to the site tomorrow night to allow audio and video uploads.
  3. Oops! Google Chrome could not find

    From running a quick query on the database, these are the songs without lyrics. Some of them might be duplicates of songs where the names are spelled differently. If so, let me know and I'll just fix the duplication: Call Them Brothers Dance Antehm Of The 80s Ezra Pound Feeling Good (Shara Worden) Firewood Happy Birthday Hero of the Story How In the Studio Inside a Boy (Shara Worden) It's a Boy Lauging With Love, You're a Whore No Surprises Oh Marcello Prayer of Francois Villon Riot Gear The Old Jacket The Party The Sword and the Pen The Tower (Nicole Atkins) The Way It Is (Nicole Atkins) Twenty Years of Snow You Don't Know Me You Stayed at Home
  4. Oops! Google Chrome could not find

    Well, I've posted my update for the weekend. It's a little smaller than I was hoping, but I got a lot of the difficult stuff out of the way. You can now register and become a member of the site. This will give you access to upload content. I had hoped to have audio, video, and song lyrics working by the end of the weekend, but for now all you can do is edit song lyrics. Eventually just registering probably won't be enough to get people "uploader" status, but I figure that can be worked out later. I hope to have audio and video uploading done very soon, I'm just too tired to keep working right now. We have a lot of songs missing lyrics, so if anyone's looking for some busywork
  5. Oops! Google Chrome could not find

    He's in a lot of pain and is recovering slowly, but it's not like his life is in danger or anything. At this point it's a question of how much pain he'll be in, and for how long. He had surgery on a herniated disc in his back for the second time in 10 years, and the last time he basically came out of surgery feeling 100% ok. This time he feels worse than before the surgery. With this kind of thing there's no real guarantee; it can make it better, it can do nothing, or it can make it worse. The doctor thinks he removed all of the disc that was impinging on the nerve (causing the pain), and that the current pain is caused by swelling (the scar tissue from the last surgery) and muscle spasms. I just visited him and he seems to have gotten slightly better since yesterday. He can stand up for about 10 minutes, but he can't bend or sit at all right now. It might take up to a month to know how things will ultimately turn out. I appreciate your concern and I'll pass it along.
  6. Oops! Google Chrome could not find

    Sorry about going dark for a few days here, my dad just had surgery and I've been a little preoccupied. I have been working on the code and I'll be posting another fairly big update this weekend.
  7. Oops! Google Chrome could not find

    Sorry not to have a more exciting update for the end of the weekend, but I spent most of the night working on the user registration and login process, which is very time-consuming, but essential if we want to enable the new features we've been mentioning. I have the process working, but I have not enabled it on the site yet, as it won't get you anything right now. Photos and videos are coming, but transferring them to the new server is slow going. Emmerrrrrrr, if you want some good tour photos to play with, try contacting Jamie, she has hundreds and I think she's been picking out the good ones lately to upload to the site (when that feature is ready). I'll have more updates tomorrow. Thanks for hanging in there guys, we appreciate your patience.
  8. Oops! Google Chrome could not find

    Hi everyone. Just a little mid-weekend update as I continue to work on the new site. All the shows, songs, and audio should now be converted over. You can play around with the new sorting and searching features and let me know what you think. I'm not planning on keeping the logo (it's the one we used for the Haiti show page), but making a new one is low on my list right now. If you've got some artistic talent and would like to try making a logo for us, it should be exactly 920px wide and no more than about 200px tall. To save anyone testing out the site some minor annoyances, the "enter" key doesn't work for search right now, you'll have to click the button. I hope this holds you over for another day or two, and please send any all feedback my way.
  9. 2012 Fall Tour

    I'm thinking Baltimore, Port Chester, Storrs, Cleveland, and New York for starters. I'll have to think about some of the others, but it should be a fun October
  10. 2012-05-31(Le) Poisson Rouge, Bleecker St, NYC!

    I might be able to go to this show. A friend got tickets and offered to take me as her +1, but she's not sure if she can make it that night. Hopefully it will work out.
  11. 2012-05-15 United Palace, Manhattan NYC

    My recording is up on RSO: 01 - Ain't No Cover.mp3 02 - The Calculation.mp3 03 - On the Radio.mp3 04 - Small Town Moon.mp3 05 - Blue Lips.mp3 06 - Patron Saint.mp3 07 - How.mp3 08 - All the Rowboats.mp3 09 - Sailor Song.mp3 10 - Ballad of a Politician.mp3 11 - Call Them Brothers.mp3 12 - Dance Anthem of the 80s.mp3 13 - Better.mp3 14 - Ne Me Quitte Pas.mp3 15 - Firewood.mp3 16 - Oh Marcello.mp3 17 - Folding Chair.mp3 18 - Laughing With.mp3 19 - Open.mp3 20 - The Party.mp3 21 - Us.mp3 22 - Fidelity.mp3 23 - Samson.mp3 You can also download a .zip file of the entire show at: quote: Originally posted by dentistgirl: a terrible first song she has been trotting out for a month A month???? hahahaha try like 5 years. More like 8 years, as far as I know:
  12. 2012-05-15 United Palace, Manhattan NYC

    This show was really incredible, and even though the setlist was almost identical to the one in Philly a few nights ago, I feel like I just heard something completely unprecedented. The sound in the theater was amazing, and Regina's vocals were absolutely perfect. I recorded the show (as usual), and after a perfunctory listen, I think this recording is going to come out better than the Wellmont or Tower Theater shows. Jamie and I talked to Jack after show, and he told us that he had designed Regina's new t-shirts (with the exception of the singular red piano key on one of the shirts, which was Regina's contribution). While waiting for Regina, we caught Brad Whiteley (Regina's keyboardist) and his girlfriend Erika Lloyd as they were waiting for a Taxi. We told them we had seen their band "Little Grey Girlfriend" at a tiny basement club on Houston St. last summer. They were very excited about having been recognized as artists of their own, and told us that we had made their night. They introduced us to their guitarist, and we talked with them for a few minutes about the show on Houston, Regina's music, and how two people from the middle of Pennsylvania had ended up at a show by a little band on Manhattan's lower east side. Almost as soon as we said goodbye to 3/4 of Little Grey Girlfriend, Regina emerged from the venue's side exit to greet her loyal admirers. A non-Brumstix group presented her with a cardboard pickle and giant book titled "Reading Time with Pickle." A dozen or so people were fortunate enough to score a photograph with Regina before she got to us, and when she recognized the group of stixers (many of whom had been at the show on Saturday night), her face lit up with a giant smile. We told her that Brumstix seemed completely ok with the changes she had asked us about in Philly, and she reiterated how happy she was to have our input on the subject. Betsy's group photo really captures how wonderful the atmosphere was tonight. It was great seeing all of you again, and I can't wait for next time!
  13. quote: Originally posted by Appt: EDIT: thank you for the recording! Amazing quality, even better than the Wellmont one. Thanks, I've been trying to get the microphones as high as possible. That seems to make the difference.
  14. My recording is up on RSO: 01 - Ain't No Cover 02 - The Calculation 03 - On the Radio 04 - Small Town Moon 05 - Blue Lips 06 - Patron Saint 07 - How 08 - All the Rowboats 09 - Sailor Song 10 - Silly Eye-Color Generalizations 11 - Call Them Brothers 12 - Dance Anthem of the 80s 13 - Better 14 - Ne Me Quitte Pas 15 - Eet 16 - Firewood 17 - Oh Marcello 18 - Laughing With 19 - Open 20 - The Party 21 - Us 22 - Fidelity 23 - Samson You can also download a zip file of the entire show:
  15. I'll be posting my recording later today, but for now I thought I'd give a brief account of what transpired after the show. There were more people waiting for Regina when she came out than I have ever seen before, but she took the time to get to everyone. Most of the brumstix contingency was hovering towards the back of the herd, waiting for the numbers to thin out in an effort to get a little more face time. A few people got some personal photos/autographs, so I'll let them give their own accounts of those interactions and just focus on the group conversation. Regina said she was glad that we were there, because the record label has been updating her website's design, and they wanted to change brumstix as well. She asked if we were very attached to the color scheme and if we would be ok if it was changed. I said it would probably be ok to change it, as long as we didn't lose any of the content. Regina said, "I know, that's what happened last time." She added that there would also be new features, and Jamie said that having private messaging would be good. Regina then asked us what our decision was, and we again expressed our concern about the content. She said that they swore, "As much as you can make a giant corporation swear," that the content would not be lost. We agreed to the upgrade, and she told us how worried she was about making this decision. I told her that we'd take responsibility for making the call if something went wrong. So, brumstix may be changing soon, and if it does go wrong, I guess you can blame me (and anyone else who wants to admit to agreeing to the change).
  16. 2012-04-10 Montclair, NJ | Wellmont Theater

    Glad to see everyone as happy with the recording as I was when I first opened the file. I've been having a crappy run with the quality of my recordings lately, but this one seems to have been steeped in luck. Hopefully the fortune infusion will last through Philadelphia and New York
  17. 2012-04-10 Montclair, NJ | Wellmont Theater

    I've posted my recording of the show on RSO: Sitting in the front row, the main speakers for the house were actually behind us, so I think most of the sound my microphone picked up was from the stage monitors. The result is rather good, at least by the standard of my usual recordings. The overwhelming synth-bass is absent, and, in fact, the levels seem pretty equal. I had to do very little to this recording in the way of restoration / noise reduction, and usually the less I touch something, the better off it is. 01 - All The Rowboats.mp3 02 - Small Town Moon.mp3 03 - Blue Lips.mp3 04 - Oh Marcello.mp3 05 - Firewood.mp3 06 - On the Radio.mp3 07 - Ballad of a Politician.mp3 08 - Patron Saint.mp3 09 - Prayer of Francois Villon.mp3 10 - The Flowers.mp3 11 - Silly Eye-Color Generalizations.mp3 12 - The Wallet.mp3 13 - Call Them Brothers.mp3 14 - Ne Me Quitte Pas.mp3 15 - Laughing With.mp3 16 - Ode to Divorce.mp3 17 - Open.mp3 18 - The Party.mp3 19 - Fidelity.mp3 20 - How.mp3 Full Show:
  18. 2012-04-10 Montclair, NJ | Wellmont Theater

    quote: Originally posted by makingstuffup: Why did you buy so many tickets, and why won't you be using them?? There are quite a few people without tickets, so perhaps you should sell them. It doesn't make sense to let them go to waste. Oh, they're all spoken for, sorry if I made it sound like I was just sitting on them. I gave the C tickets away (1 each to a couple of prominent stixters) and I traded the A tickets with someone else. The row C tickets were the first ones I got (at about 1 second after noon on that Friday), and since they were decent and I didn't want to lose them, I went straight through to checkout. Then, by some miracle, I got the row A tickets after trying repeatedly a couple dozen times. I secured the row AA tickets only yesterday, after about a week of offline negotiations. My "feeling bad" is about my having lucked into two sets of decent tickets when other people were getting seats much farther back, and then not needing them because I got even better tickets elsewhere.
  19. 2012-04-10 Montclair, NJ | Wellmont Theater

    I feel kind of bad that I got all of these and I won't be using any of them, when so much of the usual "front row" crowd ended up pretty far back. Hopefully the AA 101/102 tickets will get here tomorrow so I can relax and stop worrying about them
  20. quote: Originally posted by IDontCare: Also, someone in the NY area definitely needs to go visit SUNY Purchase and find the dude who has that copy of Regina's demo tape on CD and rip a copy of it.... I'd be very curious to hear if it's of better audio quality than the cassette tape one. I'd volunteer but I'm in lonely little Eastern MA... My sister goes to Purchase; I'll be there a few times between now and May. Do you know this person's name or how to get in touch with them?
  21. OMG!! New Movie featuring Regina !!!!

    I'll give Pianohero the benefit of the doubt and just assume that this was supposed to be a cute joke based on the character's hair.
  22. 2012-04-10 Montclair, NJ | Wellmont Theater

    Best I could get today was A 111 and 112, but I'll take them
  23. New music we should all hear

    A very cool, very impressive album was released a couple months ago by Matthew Haimovitz and Christopher O'Riley called Shuffle.Play.Listen. It's a two-disc journey through an enormous portion of musical space and time. The album covers an unfathomable variety of musical styles, and though the only instruments heard are Haimovitz's cello and O'Riley's piano, the performances are never lacking in harmony, expressiveness, energy, or emotion. The first CD begins as the exposition of the album, starting off with a movement from Herrmann's "Vertigo" score (from the film). The album then transitions to Janacek's "Fairy Tale" and a few movements from Bohuslav Martinu's "Variations on a Slovak Folksong", interleaving selections from "Vertigo" all the while. With the exposition complete, the duo then dive into the brilliant and moving depths of Stravinsky's "Suite Itallienne" for 5 consecutive tracks, returning to the surface via Piazzolla's "Le Grand Tango" and finishing the first disc with one last movement from "Vertigo". O'Riley and Haimovitz then change gear, opening the second disc with Arcade Fire's "Empty Room" and Radiohead's "Pyramid Song". The album's thematic crescendo continues to build through the Cocteau Twins' "Athol Brose" and "The Dance of Maya" by John McLaughlin before reaching the centerpiece of the whole affair, a powerful yet nuanced 6-minute arrangement of Blond Redhead's "Misery is a Butterfly". Plateauing briefly to prolong the climax, "Misery" is followed with a very fun and free rendition of "Weird Fishes/Arpeggi", the second Radiohead song in just 5 tracks. In keeping with the distribution, the album's long dénouement begins with Cocteau Twins' "Fotzepolitic" and "Melody", although the course briefly reverses with a bit of afterglow showing through in A Perfect Circle's "3 Libras". The dénouement resumes, proceeding through "Heaven or Las Vegas" and "In the Backseat", which I found to be the only unmemorable tracks on either disc, and ultimately concludes with an enchanting and satisfying performance of McLaughlin's "A Lotus on Irish Streams". It is rare to find such a variety of neoclassical, traditional, pop/rock, and alternative genres in a record store these days, so to have this remarkable amount of musical diversity on a single album is absolutely incredible. The gorgeous melodies of Haimovitz's cello are truly breathtaking throughout, but I find the most impressive and captivating feature of Shuffle.Play.Listen to be the uncanny depth and breadth of harmony Christopher O'Riley provides with only his piano. His dexterity, precision, and execution are all undoubtedly brilliant, but it is his ability to arrange seemingly any piece, written for any number or variety of instruments, for a single instrument (the piano), and to retain all of the defining characteristics of the original arrangement. Often, attempts to arrange orchestral or rock music for the piano result in either a "sanitized" feeling, or a clutter of voices and melodies without the recognizable harmony of the original. When the interesting or unusual idiosyncrasies of a piece are lost in the interest of minimalism, or the fundamentals are obscured by an overabundance of details, the arrangement fails to retain the spirit of the original work. O'Riley's arrangements seem to go perfectly through the center of each score, and his performances capture the original spirit so completely, one can almost hear both arrangements at once. If you're a fan of any sort of music or musicianship, I can't recommend this album highly enough.
  24. quote: Originally posted by Rosa!: I haven't heard every recording of Small Town Moon, but the one I have, which I love, is from her 2009 show at the Bowery Ballroom in New York. Hey, thanks! That was recorded on a $50 Sony MiniDisc player My personal favorite "Small Town Moon" is from the Purchase show in 2007. We have 8 recordings of the song on RSO, you can see them all on the song page:
  25. I might have "Us", the vocal tracks I have are Soviet Kitsch era. I can try to pull the vocal tracks out of the regular studio recordings of the other songs you listed, but it will take some time as it's not something I do very often.