Insomnia Radio has Moved! --->

Monday, January 31, 2005


The music has been flowing in at a rapid clip over in Insomnia-land. We're only 4 days removed from Episode #16, and already the playlists for 17, 18, and 19 are DONE! (and these are 10-track shows)

In the last 48 hours, no less than 12 bands have submitted tracks. This is a clear indication that something is happening out there. An increasing # of indies are becoming aware, waking up to what we're doing and, amazingly, are offering nothing but enthusiasm and support.

What's the recipe for success?
Word of mouth. Undeniably, this is happening on many sub-levels. Readers blog about it, spreading it around. The media picks up on the buzz. Listeners turn friends on to podcasting, bands who have been featured take their excitement and share it with colleagues, etc...Hell, Ulysses even offered to pass out Insomnia Radio flyers at their shows! Unreal! Find an RIAA band who will do that...

It's insane guys. I just wanted to share my excitement with you...
(and now for the unexpected "but...")

This is getting overwhelming. The show is growing, and growing up, expanding it's reach further than one person can handle. So, if you are a band slated to be on the show, please be patient. Your music is coming! If you've dropped me an email and I haven't replied, please know I'm working towards it.

And all of you Insomniacs out there? If a Thursday passes without a show, rest assured it's for me to regain my sanity....

As always: all of you rock. Thanks for listening and helping me make a difference.

Saturday, January 29, 2005

AMP Website is Online

Our AMP site is currently in BETA so it's possible you may not find all the links you are looking for. Please be patient, we will be launching on February 1, 2005.
Here is the link: Association of Music Podcasting

Please check back regularly for site improvements and updates...

TNP Presents the Jade Tree Special

Deniz over @ the Tragically Nameless Podcast put together a sweet episode featuring nothin but Jade Tree bands...Head over there and feed your ears! If ya like what he's doing leave some feedback: it's great fuel for new podcasters...

Friday, January 28, 2005

Feelin the love from Jade Tree

Does it get any better than this? Once Jade Tree links to AMP, I can't imagine the # of hits our shows will receive. Go give Jade Tree some love...What follows is an email from the label...

Hey Jason,

Thanks for the props on the show! I'm going to get a link to the Association
of Music Podcasters up on our site tomorrow.

Keep an eye on our site. We're going to be launching our own podcasts very
soon. It looks like we'll be doing a "singles" MP3 podcast and a short radio
style show.

Thanks again!

Jade Tree

Thursday, January 27, 2005

Insomnia Radio #16

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Insomnia Radio #16
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Running Time 1:00:43
Rating: Work Safe
Insomnia Comment Line (US) 206-350-1795
Heard a band you dig? Let them know :-)

The Bands:

I will add a few more notes (including labels) tonight. 'Till then, enjoy the show :-)
And where are those plugs I mentioned near the end of the show? Well, I forgot :-( But scroll down a few posts earlier and you'll see em..

The Rock & Roll Report

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Everyone check out the The Rock and Roll Report: Where Rock and Roll is still an adventure. Mark Boudreau has his finger on the pulse of emerging indie music and all things rock. He's now featuring podcasts focusing on independent and unsigned artists.

Wednesday, January 26, 2005

XeroBubble Radio #1

Ladies & Gentlemen: I give you Xero.Bubble.Radio #1, hosted and produced by Hunter Saunders out of Sunny San Diego, CA.

Let me be the first to say that this is THE most impressed I've ever been by someone's first entry into podcasting. Go subscribe to his show for even more high quality indie ear candy...

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Tuesday, January 25, 2005

The Association of Music Podcasting

Ok. Many of who have been wondering "What the heck is AMP?" Here is your answer :-)

From our forthcoming AMP website:
AMP was formed in January 2005 to unite podcasters who play awesome, legally available independent music.

We are a bunch of music lovers who have access to great, mostly independent music that you probably haven’t heard of (yet). We provide a fresh alternative to the radio you may be used to. It is all 100% legal and safe to download. Each AMP member has his/her own unique podcast show, but we all share a passion for getting great new music heard, and we believe AMP helps everyone: music listeners, bands and labels, podcasters, and podcast service providers (PSPs).

I'd like to proudly welcome our 2 newest members:
Bandtrax & The Disposable Radio Show

Questions? Feel free to shoot me an email. If you are a podcaster playing independent music and are interested in joining the AMP family, let one of us know.

Monday, January 24, 2005

Marble Madness!

Further proof that Podcasting works: has picked up on the craze, specifically the exposure Manda and the Marbles has gained by being played on Insomnia Radio, Indiefeed, MacCast, and others. It truly is working.

Get the full MTV News article here.
Also, check out the Manda & The Marbles fan site.

And stick around for your chance to snag 1 of 5 copies of their forthcoming CD "Angels With Dirty Faces."

Noteworthy Shows & Random Notes

*Use the link on the right to vote for Insomnia Radio @*

If you haven't yet, make sure to check out the DoneWaiting Podcast from Columbus, Ohio.

Also of note is The Tragically Nameless Podcast. This is a politically charged, heavy music show fronted by Deniz. This kid is only 15, and after 4 shows, he has already found his groove and is a thrill to listen to. He is also quickly becoming a podcasting music crusader, gathering permissions from such notable labels as Nitro and Jade Tree, and heavily promoting local bands in his area.

His show is special to me, because Insomnia Radio inspired him to create it, and I helped set him up and get the wheels churning, so go check it out.

Also, thanks to everyone who has posted their thoughtful and intelligent comments regarding my RIAA situation. Really appreciated. Keep the thoughts coming.

And finally, a question for ya: How does an all request Insomnia Radio sound? I'd like to do one once a month beginning in February. This would be entirely listener driven, as you can submit bands from your area, or simply request songs you'd like to hear. Let me know what ya think...

Take care and thanks as always for helping us make a difference.

Friday, January 21, 2005

Insomnia Radio #15

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Insomnia Radio #15
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Running Time 1:00:46
Rating: Not Work Safe
Insomnia Comment Line (US) 206-350-1795
Heard a band you dig? Let them know :-)

The Bands:
  1. Hot Boogie Chillun: "Oh well" / Drunkabilly Records
  2. Taxi Doll: "Soft Kill" / Antidote Records
  3. Climb: "What You Call Love" / Unsigned
  4. The Catheters: "No Natural Law"/ SubPop
  5. The Helio Sequence: "Blood Bleeds" / SubPop
  6. Ulysses: "Sweetheart" / Thrift Store Records
  7. Caplyn: "Door to my Soul" / Unsigned
  8. Sherwood: "The Summer Sends It's Love" / Sidecho
  9. Manda and the Marbles: "Cheap Tragedies" / Addison
  10. The Glass: "Tell Me It's Snowing" / MakeShift Music
Plugs & Random Notes:
This marks the first time I have ever had a co-host, and I believe it went pretty well. Definitely not as easy as flying solo, but twice the fun. If you have any feedback, please drop me a line. As always, thanks for listening.

2 pots of coffee and good times....

Together with new co-producer Brodi, Insomnia Radio #15 was born. It's 3:15 a.m. which means production notes are out of the question tonight...

I'll have full links and info sometime late Friday a.m. The show is a bit different, hope you enjoy...

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

The Day RIAA Made Contact...

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So it's come to this. At this stage in the game, I didn't expect to see this can of worms spring open just yet, but here we go. (Nah, not an evil lawsuit as you may suspect, especially since I'm RIAA-free)

A few days ago, I was approached by a representative of the band "Buddahead." In retrospect, many of us music 'casters were contacted...
"Here's a great band from an independent label! Here is permission to play their tracks! Here is everything you'll need! Play proudly!"

So I let the lush, melodic, well-produced & wondrous music of Buddahead bend my ear.
Then I decided to start digging. Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Sanctuary Records is not only RIAA, but houses such acts as WuTang Clan, Nancy Sinatra, Neil Young, Anthrax, Morissey, and the fucking New York Dolls!

Immediately I felt my mind go into overdrive. At first, the decision was obvious. With my anti-RIAA stance, of course I would NOT even entertain the idea of giving Buddahead airtime. Then the inner argument followed thusly: Is it fair to discriminate against a terrific, fledgling band who are just getting their feet wet, because they're associated with the RIAA? Is Sanctuary Records one of the big 5 giants? No, and No.

A-ha, but then the entire mission statement of this show came into the forefront. "Look at how much of an anti-RIAA crusader you've become, Jason! And besides, they won't need podcasters, they'll no doubt be on every radio station from Florida to California in about 9 days. Don't play them! Don't take the risk. Keep doing what you're doing. It's working!"

So, my friends, I am in turmoil over this. Buddahead ARE an outstanding, honest, quality band. You SHOULD go buy their album "Crossing the Invisible Line" immediately. But, I am extremely hesitant to play this music on the show. "you're insane" I hear you saying. "This is huge! An RIAA label is encouraging podcasters to safely and legally play their music, and you're saying NO!!!! You imbecile!", I hear you saying...

I'm really interested in what you do have to say about this little snafu. Totally open to any and all comments, negative, positive, pro-RIAA, anti-RIAA. There are some large issues that could spring from this situation, both great and evil.

Should it be all about the music? Should label status matter, providing the band is underground and worthy of your attention?

Sound off...
Sorry for the long post, but this has been really consuming my thoughts today.
You can also leave an audio comment, which would most likely be great material for the next show: 206-350-1795

Friday, January 14, 2005


I just finished listening with amazement to the latest episode of Bandtrax, and this podcast just continues to blow me away with it's professional presentation and selection of music. Go check them out!

Thursday, January 13, 2005

Insomnia Radio #14 Production Notes

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Insomnia Radio #14
Running Time: 58:08
Rating: Not Work Safe or Family Safe, but RIAA safe? You bet...
Insomniac Comment Line: (US) 206-350-1795

The Bands:
  1. The Gecko Brothers
  2. Berman
  3. De Las Vega
  4. Lucid Nation
  5. Granian
  6. Desa
  7. Now is Now
  8. Uncrowned
  9. MaxTone4
  10. Oscar Trim
  11. Inner City Surfers

The plugs:
And what the heck is that Association of Music Podcasters over there to the right? Hmmm....
Stay tuned gang....

I'll be in your ears again soon. Take care.

Insomnia Radio #14 by tonight...

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Just finalized the playlist for #14, and it's going to be a tune-packed 14 song longplayer...
For the first time, I have legal permission to play all 14 bands; a milestone for Insomnia Radio, and something that will continue, on the road to complete guilt-free, Non-RIAA, legal podcasting.

I want to use this space to thank everyone who has submitted songs in the last week or so. A few of you will be pleasantly surprised :-)

Stay tuned...

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Insomnia Radio Listeners: Making it Work!

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Almost a week removed from Episode 13 and feedback is still rolling in. I heard from Marc, manager and fan of Manda and the Marbles. The group has received email from Japan, the UK, and all over the U.S.

Major props to everyone who has taken the extra effort to contact the bands we play. Increasing the awareness of podcasting as a promotional outlet for bands is the key goal here. (Killing Radio is only secondary!)

Thanks everybody!

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Radio: Getting Nervous

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Original post from Eric Rice. (Thanks for the plug man.)
Haha. Get this. The radio industry is trying to remind us that they are cool, dammit.

"The promotional ads, sent to thousands of radio stations yesterday, include the tagline: "Radio. You hear it here first." The campaign is designed to show AM and FM radio as the place that exposes listeners to new music." AM-FM Radio Touts Strengths In Ad Campaign (

So, Mr. and Mrs. Corporate Radio, if you'll excuse me, I'm off to Coverville and Insomnia Radio for starters. If you feel the need to adapt and not die, then perhaps dropping me a note for some podcast consulting services?

First cited from Jonathan Mosen

Monday, January 10, 2005

The Accident Hash Podcast

Created by C.C. Chapman, the best reality bitchslapper in the business, comes The Accident Hash Podcast. Another fine addition to the independent-based music podcasts. For his first show, it was damn good. Go feed your ears! (Only about 6 of you heard my 1st show: for good reason!)

Also: If you have contacted me recently, and I have not replied, please please send me a little nudge (aka light a fire under my ass) to remind me. All things Insomnia Radio have been quite hectic lately, so I apologize if I have not written you back yet...

To the anonymous poster RE: Boxelder and One

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An anonymous poster suggested the bands Boxelder and One, both from South Florida. I emailed Boxelder, but it bounced back to me because their email account is overlimit, and I can't find a link for "One"....
Please email me:
(sorry for the post directed at one person, but Boxelder rocks and I can't let it pass by.)

Friday, January 07, 2005

Downhill Battle for RIAA

Example Example are not content to simply whine about the state of major labels in the music industry. They are doing something about it in what can only be described as guerilla music warfare....

Buy a digital camera from Walmart. Then take a few thousand of the above stickers, walk boldly into Best Buy, Walmart, and Target, and tag up as many CD's as possible with the shiny red warning labels. Document the whole thing with digital camera.

Upload photos to website, return the "loaner" digicam to Walmart. Done.
You can read the full story right here.

I am definitely getting involved with this group. Hit the website and judge for yourself.

Their site is downright informative, hilarious, and passionate. Check it out.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Insomnia Radio Lucky #13

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Thrilled to bring you the girl power episode! 60 minutes of female driven indie rock.
Get the Mp3 here
Subscribe to the show Here

(Update: I've had a few requests for information about Skype: Think AIM, but with a better interface, no crappy spyware and popup windows, and very simple Voice over IP chat, that is easily comparible to cell quality. It also does drag and drop file transfer and a host of other nifty things. Go grab it and add hardcoreinsomnia to your contacts...)

ALSO! Manda and the Marbles is featured on Indiefeed today. And Chris gave the Indiefeed homepage a facelift to promote our premiere bands. Check it out!

Sounds from:

Mentions & Plugs:


Insomnia Radio #13 is hours away

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Just finished recording it. Last steps: mix it down and upload it.
Coming at you very soon

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Welcoming Bob to the Indiefeed Mix

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Please Welcome Bob Goyetche from the excellent Bob & AJ show to Indiefeed. His contribution (first of many) is out on the Folk/Americana channel (not quite alt/modern rock, not quite folk, definitely Americana) , and I must say he sounds born to do this, doesn't he???

Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Bands under the Radar Podcast

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Ok, I just found the soulmate of insomnia radio. err...the show, not the host :-)
Kami's description of her show goes like this:
My mission is to help expose unsigned bands and indie artists that I believe are really talented. There's a lot of great artists that people are unaware of because they don't get radio airplay. The Internet is giving undiscovered artists a chance to be heard and allowing me to put forth my 2 cents.

Sound familiar? Pretty much my mission statement.
Go groove to her show

If you dig what you hear, please give her a vote on Podcastalley

Lost Thoughts

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I recorded a quick 3 minute mp3 yesterday and put it out on the feed. Are you guys getting it? The statistics seem awfully low, andI'm suspecting something wrong with my RSS or something.
The filename is InsomniaRadioLostThought.mp3

If you are NOT getting this file, please drop me a comment....

Monday, January 03, 2005

Insomnia Radio Yahoo Group

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Earlier tonight I created a group on Yahoo! for the show. It would be fantastic if everyone listening would go subscribe. I'm basically using the group for it's newsletter capabilities to keep everyone in the loop with random announcements, ideas, and a "behind the scenes" angle.

Just plug your email into the box at the right, and stay tuned.

SHOW UPDATE: Shooting for this Thursday, I apologize for the delay gang.

Sunday, January 02, 2005

...Hosted by Liberated Syndication...

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Hey Insomniacs! Now that it's official, I'd like to share with all of you that the show is now hosted by Liberated Syndication, an all-in-one Podcasting service. What drew me to them was their passion for podcasting and their unique approach to pricing...

They charge ya for storage space, not bandwidth consumption per month. So, let's say you need 100MB of space per month for your podcast. Yea, it's only 5 bucks. 250MB per month? Only 10 bucks. Plus your account includes a blogging service, FTP access, and an RSS feed associated with your blog. It's pretty much an all in one solution, and they've got more features in the works.

If you decide to maybe give it a spin, please use the referral link at the top of this post...So far I've been extremely pleased with libsyn and will most likely consider it my permanent hosting home.

I'll talk to you all again as soon as possible.