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Codex Now Has Its Own Home

Last night I decided to put together a quick and dirty website for Codex — as you’ll probably notice, it’s a simple mod of the SNOW Magazine site. Should make it easier to keep up with what’s going on with the show, instead of having to search for appropriate posts here.

Also, I already have my playlist decided for the next episode (03), but trying to be patient and wait a week before recording it.

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Codex 02

It’s no secret, I can be an impatient guy, and after I was done recording the first episode of Codex and released it — something that happened just last night — I was already really looking forward to doing a second one. And so here we are, the next day, with episode 02 of this “weekly” podcast.

About the cover images, that logo was something I just put together quickly in a couple of minutes because I wanted an image to accompany the post where I announced the launch of the show — for me, a project isn’t really a reality until it has some sort of visual component to it. I kinda still like it now, and my plan is to just change the color scheme every month, but keep the same basic layout (at first I was thinking of moving the letters around each time, but I think I now prefer having a proper logo).

You can download the show below, or even better, subscribe to the RSS feed.

Codex 02 (33.3MB)

1. Caribou – “Odessa”
2. The Books – “A Cold Freezin’ Night”
3. Four Tet – “Sing”
4. Brian Eno – “Dust Shuffle”
5. Das Racist – “Puerto Rican Cousins”
6. Mark Ronson – “Tomorrow feat. Devi Nova & Q-Tip”
7. Guided by Voices – “Kicker of Elves”
8. Pas/Cal – “Grown Men Go Go”
9. Pavement – “Heckler Spray”
10. Belle & Sebastian – “I’m Not Living in the Real World”

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Codex 01

Here it is, as promised, the first episode of my new (hopefully) weekly music podcast called Codex. As I explained before, I record it live using the Djay software, so please don’t mind the errors here and there — it’ll get better, I’m sure. This one was recorded at home, but for future episodes I’ll probably try recording at Cafe Pause, or other spots. New episodes will probably come out on weekends, which is when I expect to record them.

The download link is below, but I’ve also created an RSS feed, so subscribe if you dare.

Codex 01 (43.7MB)

1. Mark Ronson and the Business Intl. – “Bang Bang Bang”
2. Laetitia Sadier – “Ceci est le coeur”
3. Stereolab – “Nous vous demandons pardon”
4. Karkwa – “Le pyromane”
5. Sufjan Stevens – “Too Much”
6. Homo Duplex – “No and No”
7. Plumtree – “Scott Pilgrim”
8. Weezer – “The Good Life”
9. Wavves – “King of the Beach”
10. Pixies – “Subbacultcha”

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Gym Class Magazine 7 Out Soon

The seventh issue of Steven Gregor’s excellent Gym Class Magazine is about to come out, and I’m very happy to have contributed to it in the form of a short interview with composer Shigeru Umebayashi (In the Mood for Love, House of Flying Daggers, A Single Man).

The cover feature is an interview with legendary Esquire cover art director George Lois by Andrew Losowsky (Magtastic Blogsplosion), and GCM 7’s cover — an homage/wink at a classic Esquire cover — was also Andrew’s idea.

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My Mixtape for FILE Magazine

I was recently asked by FILE magazine to contribute a “mixtape,” and it’s now up on their site, available for download. The track listing is posted there too so I won’t repeat it here, but just know that it’s a very indie rock friendly mix. Big thanks to Fabio for the invitation.

Pictured, the latest issue of FILE (4), which can be purchased online.

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Return of Codex

A long, long time ago in a country far, far away (that would be Canada) I used to have a college radio show. I had two of them, actually, first when I was truly a college student — believe it or not, it was called The Jean Snow Show — and then 10 years ago when I was back in Canada for a year, I did another show on the same station (CKUM) which I decided to call Codex (for a reason I can’t quite recall). I’ve long missed those days of doing a weekly music show — in a proper studio — and although I can’t replicate that same environment, I’m feeling like it’s time to start doing something again like that on the net.

This doesn’t mean the end of Radio OK Fred — we’ll do some more shows eventually, when we can all get together — but this is something I want to do on my own, although I wouldn’t be opposed to the occasional guest. I’ll be using the same setup I use for recording Radio OK Fred, meaning it’s done live in one take using the Djay software on my MacBook Pro. Right now I’m just missing my mic — my trusty Zoom H2 Handy Recorder — which my fellow OK Fredders were recently using for interviews, but as soon as I have it back I’ll get recording.

As for content, it’ll be a weekly mix of 10 tracks I’m into, with me chatting in between — basically the same format we use on Radio OK Fred, although I may occasionally record them live at Cafe Pause. I’ll of course have an announcement here when the first show is ready, and include the track list as well as a prepare a feed for subscribing. Hope it’ll be something you’ll want to listen to, but more importantly, it’s something I need to do now for myself I think.

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Radio OK Fred + Another Africa

Episode 23 of Radio OK Fred is now up, and as you can probably tell by the photo, I unfortunately couldn’t make the recording because of scheduling issues. But it’s a terrific show, featuring special guest — and our good friend — Missla Libsekal, founder of Another Africa. All selections on the show are by her. The link to the episode is below along with the setlist, and you can subscribe to a feed as well.

Radio OK Fred 23 (46MB)

1. The Very Best (feat. Ezra Koenig) – “Warm Heart of Africa”
2. Malcolm Mclaren – “Double Dutch”
3. Miriam Makeba – “Pata Pata”
4. Madou & Mariam – “Sabali”
5. South African Gazelle – “Chic Afrique”
6. DJ Mujava – “Mugwanti”
7. MC Afrikan Boy – “Lagos Town”
8. Pasto Mbhobho – “Ayobaness”
9. Dirty Parraffin – “Aha – Mind Over Matter”
10. Schlachthofbronx (feat. MC Spoek Mathambo) – “Too High”
11. Spoek Mathambo – “Mshini Wam”

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Radio OK Fred on Endtopic

Endtopic has been an amazing supporter of Radio OK Fred, and I absolutely love the cover they created for the post about our last episode (“Robots”).

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Castlevania Meets Cafe Pause

Very nice to see that when my friend Jeriaska decided to interview Michiru Yamane, composer to the Castlevania series, he did so at Cafe Pause here in Ikebukuro. You can read the full interview here, as part of his “Chiptuned” column on the 1UP site.

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Radio OK Fred 22

As promised, here we are with a brand new episode of Radio OK Fred (22), the “Robot” episode. Yes, that’s us trying to act cyborg-like with a few wires sticking out — and from the looks of it, I’m a pretty broken machine I think. Below is the link to download the episode as well as the playlist, and you can subscribe to a feed too.

Radio OK Fred 22 (50MB)

1. Kraftwerk – “The Robots”
2. Prefuse 73 – “Robot Snares Got No Cadence or Balance”
3. RJD2 – “Chicken-Bone Circuit”
4. Playdoe – “Neolectro Afrobotic”
5. La Chatte – “Cosmique Cosmétique”
6. Universal Robot Band – “Dance and Shake Your Tambourine”
7. Cornelius – “Brazil”
8. Röyksopp – “The Girl and the Robot”
9. James Kochalka – “Monkey vs. Robot”
10. Breakbot – “Happy Up Here (Breakbot Remix)”
11. Dan Deacon – “Jimmy Joe Roche”
12. Born Ruffians – “I Need a Life (Four Tet Remix)”