Episode 20 – John Polydoros

johnpolydorosJohn Polydoros stops by to chat about Vacation Bible School, Off With Their Heads, and playing the hired gun from time to time.

TWITTER!!! follow me! @themizzi. Dave and I are done with about 7 or 8 tracks of drums for the new record, so it’s coming along really well so far. We put out a new Undercover Series track last week… Rave On by Buddy Holly. More coming soon! August 22 we are playing at Reggie’s with Amino Acids! They are from the D. Stoked! Stay up to date with the latest at the band’s website.

Podcast moving to Wednesday

Hey all, just a quick note here. I’ve found that with my schedule changes (work, recording, running [long runs are on Sat or Sun which make me not want to move]) in the past few months that Monday is a tough day for me to get the podcast out. I’m just never at the studio on Sunday like I used to be which is when I would polish up an episode. However, since I am invariably there on Monday or Tuesday after work, it makes more sense to move the podcast to Wednesday. So this week’s episode with Bobby Miller from Black Actress will drop on Wednesday and so will all episodes going forward until I change my mind again. That’s all I got, talk to you Wednesday!

Episode 19 – The Fuckers

1549396_784721468204911_5050131854870622006_nThe Fuckers stopped by for a bit of an unruly chat. The dudes talk about their new record, making burritos… and Luke… well… he speaks.

Grab your tickets for The Mizzerables Undercover show on September 25th. I’ll talk more about the show when it gets closer.

It’s getting fun over at twitter… so follow me! @themizzi. We’ve been working hard on the new The Mizzerables record. I’ll keep you posted as we move along. Next week we are resuming the Undercover Series. Stay up to date with the latest at the band’s website.

Episode 18 – Nate Madden

nateNate Madden from Jar’d Loose and Roman Ring came by and we drank some beers, chatted about the ever rotating door of band members, the metal scene, and a whole heck of a lot of other stuff. This is the longest one so far.

Jar’d Loose’s new album drops today. You can grab it here. You can stream a tune off of the album below.

Follow me on twitter at @themizzi. The Mizzerables are working on a new record! More details soon. Check out our website for the latest.

Episode 17 – Justin Miller

justinJustin Miller from All Eyes West came by and we chatted about craigslist auditions, his other band WitchFeet, and how he could have killed punk rock.

Be sure to check out All Eyes West and WitchFeet on Bandcamp below!

Follow me on twitter at @themizzi. The Mizzerables are working on a new record! More details soon. Check out our website for the latest.


Episode 16 – Jesse Michaels

photo-4I haven’t seen Jesse in over 10 years, so I was stoked that when I went out to LA I had some time to sit down with him. We had a great chat about what he’s been up to lately and touch on his music as well.

Be sure to check out Jesse’s new novel, Whispering Bodies: A Roy Belkin Disaster. You can purchase it on Amazon in both paperback and Kindle editions. I’m reading it now, and I’ll post or talk about my thoughts on it when I’m done. You can also check out Jesse’s art on his portfolio site.

Follow me on twitter at @themizzi. The Mizzerables have some road dates we should be announcing by the end of this week. Check out our Facebook page or our website for the latest.

Episode 15 – Masked Intruder

Masked_Intruder_PryjobMasked Intruder was in town recording a new album at Atlas Studios with Matt Allison. They sat down with me for a very respectful discussion about their struggles for love from the ladies and acceptance of their daytime jobs. This… was a weird one.

If you haven’t yet, follow me on twitter at @themizzi. The Mizzerables is going on the road in March. Details coming soon. I’m off to LA next week… maybe I’ll like it there this time around since I’m going with someone who knows the lay of the land. We’ll see…

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast with your favorite app using this url: http://whoacast.com/feed/podcast/. If you have an iPhone you can go here – http://www.itunes.com/podcast?id=657286635 – to subscribe using the podcast app.

Episode 14 – Josh Brown

photo-3I was out in San Francisco last week and was fortunate to be able to sit down with my good friend Josh Brown. Josh and I chat about playing a middle school graduation party, working in the commercial music industry, and his new band Cables and Arms.

I’m catching up on a bunch of albums to listen to… I know I’m a little behind. There were some rad records in the past couple of weeks though. Send me more! You can tweet them at me to at @themizzi.

Be sure to subscribe to the podcast with your favorite app using this url: http://whoacast.com/feed/podcast/. If you have an iPhone you can go here – http://www.itunes.com/podcast?id=657286635 – to subscribe using the podcast app.

Convert WAV (or other) to FLAC to save space and for faster uploading

Most services like bandcamp, tunecore, etc… now accept FLAC files, which are lossless, compressed audio files. This saves you a little space (and upload time) without sacrificing quality.

If you have a mac, install homebrew, then run

brew install flac

On Ubuntu, you can run the following to install flac

sudo apt-get install flac

After installation, you can use the following command to convert audio files to flac

flac --best {filetoconvert}

Creating a Cover Art Video for YouTube using FFmpeg

Often, I need to make videos for YouTube that are very simply a piece of cover art with an audio file. I now do this using FFMpeg and GIMP. I’m not going to give detailed instructions for GIMP here… but generally, I recommend padding your artwork to fit a resolution of 1280×720. Add whatever graphics you want in that resolution. Once you have, preferably a JPG or PNG, file, you can use this FFMpeg command to turn the cover art, and an audio file, into a video:

ffmpeg -loop 1 -y -i {imagefilepath} -i {audiofilepath} -c:a libfaac -c:v libx264 -shortest {outfilewithmp4extension}

I have some scripts I’ve writing to automate this for various inputs, you can probably derive your own from this single line command.

if you need to install ffmpeg… on a mac use homebrew

brew install ffmpeg

on Ubuntu or Mint use

sudo apt-get install ffmpeg