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Sunday, October 31, 2004

HCI Radio: Festivus!

Happy Halloween! A special episode is out today, highlighting the buried, unsigned (!) treasures at

The show is twice the length of normal, clocking in at 59 minutes.

So, iPodder + Dial-up = suicide. That said, I've decided to NOT sacrifice the audio quality that these songs deserve. All shows from today forward will be encoded at 128k/Stereo, so you're looking at an average file size of 35MB (except for this beast which is about 55MB.) If we podcasters want to take over the world (that IS the plan, right?) and compete with crappy Radio, we need to sound excellent. That's my goal.

Enjoy today's show! It was a thrill to make, and it only represents a miniscule percentage of the quality bands out there.

As always, thanks for listening!

Thursday, October 28, 2004

(99% of) Music Sucks

I've been scouring my music collection and the Internet to find tracks for the upcoming Hardcore Insomnia Radio, and I realized one thing with clarity: Most music sucks.

I listened to 10 bands on different labels, all being touted as the "next best thing," and you know what? Same lyrics, different voice. Same chords, different structure. Same hooks, different places. Same harmonies, different octaves.

Now before you go blasting me, I'll freely admit that I own many CD's with a lot of similarities. Not every band can be original - - but not every band can have that magic something either.

So here's what I want to do: Open up submissions for the next show. If you know of any local talent that just rocks your socks off and wants a little free exposure, send links or mp3's my way. (I have GMail, so no worries there.) If I play them, I'll put links up on my blog and forward the tunes to Mr. Adam Curry who is also looking for music for HIS show (which has at LEAST 3,000 listeners)

I will personally reply to every one as soon as time allows.

Thanks for reading and listening!

Wednesday, October 27, 2004

Important Announcement about BitTorrent Podcasts!

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Tuesday, October 26, 2004

Hardcore Insomnia Radio #4

From the central coast of California to your iPod (or other, less sexy, mp3 player) it's HCI Radio #4! This one is coming at you in 128k High Fidelity, thanks to the magic of Ilk and Bittorrent.

I snuck it in under the radar tonight at 3a.m.

Show notes:

Kickin' Tunes from:

Enjoy. Let me know your thoughts

Monday, October 25, 2004

Skype Me

I finally see what the buzz is about. I just installed Skype, which is p2p telephony. (in other words, free long distance using your PC.)
Want it ? Skype

If you have it installed, feel free to

Sunday, October 24, 2004

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Saturday, October 23, 2004

The $250Million Radio Show

WOW! I have some competition, but I'll gladly submit to being the loser. As far as RIAA-free, independent music is concerned, Derrick Olien at the $250 Million Radio Show is doing it well.
Groove to his Podcast Here
Check out his Blog Here

By the way, this guy used to work for and Vivendi Universal, so needless to say he knows his music. Quality show, please check it out.

Friday, October 22, 2004

Finally Live to the World

We're up and running! The show is out there, supporting BitTorrent (here's the link) and iPodder.

(and yes, I"m serious this time!)

Polished Radio Promo Courtesy of...

HCI Radio Promo
...Eric Rice @ Eric Rice.Com

Never dreamed I'd hear something so polished with my show in it. Thanks a million Eric!

Ok, 3rd time is charm that's been stomped on, spit on, and dragged out back

After much hard work, cussing, and creativity by Ilk at NWS Radio, we have a green light! Download away people!

Here is the Direct Torrent

iPodder and all similar software should be working now also...
My iPodder Feed

Hardcore Insomnia Radio #3 is (Almost) LIVE

Ok. Having major problems getting this distributed via Torrent form. VERY close, hang in there.

For those of you with iPodder,, etc...please hang tight. We're working out the kinks to have it distributed via the built in torrent ability. But so far, it's a mess.

For now enjoy the torrent, and stay tuned....


Thursday, October 21, 2004

3rd Time's a Charm

My iPodder Feed
I wrapped up @ 4a.m. yesterday (today?) with Hardcore Insomnia #3, and I have to share with you that I am thrilled with it. As a whole, the selection of songs has an energy that just propels the show forward. Right now my only focus is getting it posted to the world sometime tonight. My buddy Ilk @ Not Work Safe Radio is going to school me on how to roll the show into a torrent for a lighter bandwidth load. Hopefully you can wake up to #3 on your iPod.

For now, here are the featured bands, with links to their respective sites.

The Stereo
Ambulance LTD
Boy Sets Fire
The Eels

Rockin' your socks off;

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

What People Are Saying About Podcasting

This is a fantastic little blurb about the kind of early media exposure that Podcasting is getting.

Check it out! And if you want to learn more, there are many many informative links at Indie Feed

Episode 3 Coming Soon

I've spent the better part of 3 hours selecting some amazing music for the 3rd show. Here's a quick list of bands to look forward to on Thursday night:

Ambulance LTD
Boy Sets Fire
The Stereo
The Eels
Hot Rod Circuit

The format is going to change drastically. A lot of podcasters are finally moving away from talking about podcasting, and seriously polishing their shows into something that should have Corporate Radio looking over their shoulder. (One great example of this is RadioZoom) And I have all intentions of doing the same...

Stay Tuned;

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

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Monday, October 18, 2004

A message for my good ole friends @ the RIAA

In the light of recent discussion regarding copyright infringement concerning Podcasting, I just want to say this:

I will continue to play my favorite songs on Hardcore Insomnia Radio, regardless of their origins being on major or indie labels. Please be aware that I never intend to profit from the bands I adore. Just the opposite: I'm encouraging my listeners to buy the bands's songs or CD's if they happen to enjoy what they hear. It's free advertising for your bands, so if you ever consider attacking my show, please don't :-)

In the near future I will even be including links to the bands' websites, "buy" links, and other useful information.

This show is about the love of Music. Not about profiting ala Corporate radio, which I view with extreme disdain...

Thanks and have a great one;

Saturday, October 16, 2004

Hardcore Insomnia Radio #2 COMPLETE :-)

That's right...even though no one reads this...
Just kidding. If you hear this podcast, I love you, and I'm listening. Any feedback, love letters, hate mail, is appreciated:

Direct Mp3 Link

I'd like to thank Ilk from Not Work Safe Radio for hosting the file, as well as providing invaluable help along the way. Thanks so much!

Also, thanks to my little girl Trinity for the new Station ID.

Dropkick Murphy's - Fortunate Son
Mineral - Parking Lot
Blood for Blood - Some kind of hate
Young Heart Attack - Mouthful of Love
The Weakerthans - Everything Must Go!

Trinity's Station ID
Podcasting (big surprise)
Shameless Plugs
Musical Addiction

Tune in and check it out...

Thursday, October 14, 2004


Amidst 38 hours of selling shrimp, salmon, and T-Bones and 5 computer jobs on my days off, I"m busy preparing episode 2 of Hardcore Insomnia Radio. More songs, less of my mindless banter :-)

I switched from Audacity to Adobe Audition - what a differene. Trying to wrap my head around the ridiculous amount of options this program has is not going to be easy, but in the end it should be a very polished show, so I hope you guys and gals listen in.

IF YOU DON'T have an iPod, you can STILL get a direct mp3 of the show by going to:

Take care all...

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Buzzword: Podcasting

Download iPodder, the cross-platform podcast receiver

The last 8 days has been non stop information overload.

The term "Podcasting" flashed across my computer screen while searching for iPod software, and I was instantly intrigued by the concept. It meant I no longer had to tune in to live Internet Radio. It meant I wouldn't even have to visit the corresponding website to download an archived mp3 of the show if I somehow missed it.

It meant TIVO for my iPod.

Podcasting is brand spanking new, and it was essentially developed by Adam Curry. (Yes, THAT Adam Curry, of MTV VJ fame.) I'll attempt to explain it a little beyond the TIVO reference. Basically, a program called iPodder lets you enter an RSS feed to a Podcast, and from then until forever, the program automatically checks for a new feed, downloads it, moves it to iTunes, creates a playlist for it, and updates your iPod. All of this happens automatically once it is setup.

The movement seems to be bristling with excitement right now. Everyone (hopefully this won't be limited to the geeks for long) is picking up a mic, a copy of Audacity, and making their own show. (If you want to hear some excellent examples, please see the links near the middle of the page.)

ALSO: The Good news. It ain't just for iPods anymore. Code is being written for this to be compatible with ANY mp3 player, but in my opinion it's going to be the most popular on the iPod platform.

So, I decided to dive into this headfirst, knowing virtually nothing about podcasting, show production, or xml. The result is Hardcore Insomnia Radio. It's goal is to entice you with new music and expose my listeners to completely awesome bands who are under the radar and unmarred by corporate radio.

And the occasional rant about Disneyland, parenthood, groupies, or whatever else springs to mind.

Also, don't be scared of by the techie talk or the Podcasting focus. This site is also about me. A butcher by day and computer tech by night. A walking contradiction. I'll post whatever is on my mind and try to keep it semi-interesting.

So enjoy!

To get in on the action, visit:

Thanks for reading, and for listening. Please take the time to make fun of me.
Have a great one.