Andrew Sinclair


I just ordered Radiohead's new album, In Rainbows, for about $5. You can only pay in Pounds Sterling, but the price is entirely up to the buyer (so you can choose to pay £0.00 if you so desire). The business... more

Morrissey Cram Session

+ (June 27, 2007)

I like Morrissey, but I wouldn't really call myself a Morrissey fan. After being invited to a Morrissey show, I decided that I should study-up so I'd know more of the songs. This involved borrowing approximately six Morrissey albums and... more

The Exchange Rate at Great Scott

+ (February 26, 2006)

The Exchange Rate is playing Great Scott in Allston this Tuesday (2/28/06) - 9pm.... more

God is a DJ

+ (January 30, 2006)

Faithless has a song called "God is a DJ". Here's a literal interpretation [quicktime].... more

Guitar Hero Becomes Rock Star

+ (January 29, 2006)

Every night when I walk past TT The Bear's Place on my way home I turn my head a little to see the dry-erase board that lists the evening's entertainment. Last week on Monday, the sign read "Guitar Hero, The... more

Two Exchange Rate Shows

+ (December 14, 2005)

Mark your calendars and put in for vacation for the work days following these shows: December 21, 2005 at Abbey Lounge in Somerville, MA. January 8, 2006 at The Middle East (Upstairs) in Cambridge, MA.... more

No Reason to Copy Sony CDs

+ (November 17, 2005)

Apparently I am completely out of the loop on what the hip kids are listening to these day. Of the twenty CDs that Sony decided to protect with their anti-copying software, I have only heard of four, and of the... more

Nascar Guitars

+ (November 10, 2005)

I saw these Nascar Guitars in the latest Zzounds catalog. Now maybe it's just me, but I just can't see any connection between auto racing and acoustic guitar music. Are the winning drivers expected to serenade the crowd with the... more

The Exchange Rate's First Show

+ (October 23, 2005)

My band, The Exchange Rate, stepped forward from the shadows last week to play our first ever show at PA's Lounge in Somerville. A good time was allegedly had by all (most of the audience were friends of the band... more

I actually passed up buying a $10 cd this weekend because I noticed a statement that the cd contained an advanced copy protection system that would prevent me from ripping for my iPod. It turns out that my aversion was... more

Jed's Other Poem

+ (September 25, 2005)

Jed's Other Poem is a fan-made music video for the Grandaddy song about a robot that (as we know from another song) gets depressed when people stop paying attention to it and drinks itself to death. The video is made... more

Harvard Square Adidas Performers

+ (February 3, 2005)

I got a note the other day from Afro-D, one of the musicians that performed in front of the Adidas store in Harvard Square last December. Apparently the performance was entirely improvised, and none of the musicians had played together... more

Pixies Show Report

+ (December 5, 2004)

I saw the Pixies on Wednesday in Lowell, Massachusetts. I’m a huge Pixies fan, and I’d often dreamed that they would get back together for a tour. The show did not disappoint. They played plenty of songs, covering everything I... more

Crooked Fingers Show Report

+ (November 19, 2004)

I saw a fabulous performance by Crooked Fingers on Wednesday night. Crooked Fingers is essentially the solo project of Eric Bachmann, the former singer for Archers of Loaf. They've been one of my favorite musical selections over the last couple... more

Ashlee Simpson: Out of Sync

+ (October 26, 2004)

For some reason, busted lip-syncers and accidental emails are my two favorite social disasters. For a good lip-sync bust, you need the following elements: (1) a popular singer, (2) a performance for a large audience, preferably televised and recorded, and... more launches

+ (April 27, 2004)

The new cnet mp3 service, born from the downfall of, is now live. I’m not exactly sure how much of cnet actually acquired because today (perfectly timed with the public launch of cnet’s I got an email... more

Tangible Music Sales

+ (April 7, 2004)

It’s no secret that musicians are emphasizing live performances and non-piratable merchandise to bolster slumping record sales. I’m intrigued by the concept of selling live recordings of concerts as collector’s items. The Pixies are recording every show on their warm-up... more

Dance Music Guide

+ (March 16, 2004)

Ishkur’s guide to electronic music is a gem of a site. (via naj) Many musicians hate to be defined, but dance music producers know full well that the track their working on is Gabber or Goa or what have you.... more

I checked out the last show of the Death Cab for Cutie European tour last night in Amsterdam. If you ever find yourself going to a show at Paradiso in Amsterdam, know this: there is a smaller stage upstairs from... more

Grey Tuesday Thoughts

+ (February 24, 2004)

If you haven’t heard, there’s a big copyright protest going on today regarding a certain remix album that juxtaposes the Beatles’ White Album with JayZ’s Black Album – thus making a Grey Album. I’m pulled in both directions on this... more

CNET Music to Launch in March

+ (February 3, 2004)

I got my first email from CNET music today (they bought a few months ago). It sounds like they’re going to offer a service similar to, at least in terms of music hosting, so that should be good.... more

The Rise and Fall of

+ (November 17, 2003)

Last week CNET announced that it is buying “certain assets” of It seems to me that has never really been sure of (1) its purpose or (2) how to make money. If memory serves me, was originally... more

Plaid / Vibert Show

+ (November 9, 2003)

I checked out the Plaid / Luke Vibert show last night. It’s been a long time since I’ve been to an “electronic” show, and I think this was the first show I’ve been to where the laptop computer was the... more

Elliott Smith

+ (October 22, 2003)

The music of Elliott Smith means a lot to me. It's a sad day.... more

There is a rumor going around that the Pixies are going to reunite for a tour and possibly an album. I’ve never seen the Pixies, but I’ve often thought of them as the band I’d most like to see reunited,... more

I Want to Buy Some $10 CDs

+ (September 6, 2003)

Lowering the price of compact discs is one of the best ideas the music industry has had in a long time. (NYT article) We’re in an age where piracy is a given. Instead of trying to prevent the availability of... more

iTunes Could Be Better

+ (August 27, 2003)

The argument against iTunes.... more


+ (July 23, 2003)

I’ve seen a lot of new music devices in the last couple years that use creative interfaces to make music. Korg’s touch pad was first, followed by Alesis’ Air FX. Audiopad is an experimental (the I’ve mentioned are fully developed... more

There was a lot of court activity today, but instead of focusing on these serious US decisions, I’m going to bring your attention to a rather silly decision from the fifty-first state: The United Kingdom apparently has some stronger copyright... more

Museum of Techno

+ (May 21, 2003)

I’m not sure whether the museum of techno is actually a real museum, but I find their site pretty amusing. They have some good kick drum samples too. “Enjoy a summer's evening of fine food, stimulating conversation and, of course,... more

File Sharing Review

+ (May 5, 2003)

File sharing issues have seen a lot of developments recently. Last week, the RIAA unveiled software that instant messages users to let them know they are infringing. This followed shortly after a California District Court found that the popular file-sharing... more

Creed Fans Sue Creed

+ (April 23, 2003)

Fans of the band Creed (muhahaha) are bring a class-action suit against the band for failing to “substantially perform” when the lead singer “was so intoxicated and/or medicated that he was unable to sing the lyrics of a single Creed... more

Field Day Festival

+ (April 15, 2003)

This summer marks the first (to my knowledge) proper English-style music festival on the east coast of the United States. We’ve had touring festivals and radio-station sponsored one-day festivals, but the Field Day Festival is more along the lines of... more

If I Were a Synth

+ (April 13, 2003)

Another silly "What _____ are you?" quiz. I don't know why I take these, especially because the results of this one only insult me. I was hoping to get the Korg Z1, the synth I actually own, but I got... more

Snizzle fo’ rizzle

+ (April 9, 2003)

Yesterday the weather reporter announced his forecast for today’s “snizzle” (snow and drizzle combination). It looks like his forecast was accurate. Moving past the fact that it should not be snowing in April, I’d like to take this opportunity to... more


+ (March 31, 2003)

I went to see Sole last Thursday. I don’t tend to go to too many hip-hop shows, but I like Sole enough to have found my way over to Cambridge to check out the show. The opening act, Grand Buffet,... more

British troops are rocking out while blowing stuff up. Thin Lizzy’s “The Boys Are Back in Town” is apparently doing quite well on the British-soldier charts (er, chart). I doubt they’re playing any of the recent songs from The Beasties,... more

KCSB Webcast Back Online!

+ (March 18, 2003)

My college radio station, to which I devoted considerable time and energy (I lead the push to get turntables and a DJ mixer in the studio for live DJ mix shows), has never (since I've known it) had a webcast... more

Contracts Rock

+ (March 8, 2003)

My first-year Contracts professor has a tradition of singing and reading poems submitted by students about the cases. Yesterday, he invited me to play guitar for his class as he sang. It’s been almost a year since I was in... more

New song!

+ (January 30, 2003)

"shadow light", which for some reason it isn't appearing at the top of the list right now was produced sometime last year. I never got a chance to upload it until now. I'm quite proud of it. Please give it... more

Note, Follies, & Crooked Fingers

+ (January 28, 2003)

It’s been a long day of working on footnotes for my “note” for the Boston University Journal of Science and Technology. Writing a 35-page note is a requirement of all of the journals (as far as I know) so that... more

"Don't Try to Change My Plan"

+ (January 24, 2003)

I’ve been extremely impressed with the progression of the Drum & Bass Arena website. Whether you like drum & bass or not, you have to appreciate the quality of this site. The Drum & Bass scene is a small scene.... more

"You Do It to Yourself"

+ (January 15, 2003)

I somehow missed the point where the internet became a viable medium for the distribution of music videos, but I was pleasantly surprised to see that Capitol Records is offering several Radiohead videos, in addition to a selection of others,... more

I Am Trying to Listen to Wilco

+ (October 16, 2002)

The Coolidger Corner Theatre is one of the great independent movie houses remaining in this country. I think I've mentioned it before. The other night they showed, "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart: A Film About Wilco". The film... more

Newport Folk Festival

+ (August 3, 2002)

I just got back from the Newport Folk Festival featuring Bob Dylan. I actually don't know that much about Bob Dylan, so I won't say anything about the performance. I will make a couple of general observations: The Bob Dylan... more

Another New Song

+ (July 13, 2002)

As promised, I've uploaded another new song to Enjoy.... more

Festival Atmosphere

+ (July 7, 2002)

Spiritualized played a festival in Cornwall this weekend at the Eden Project. I'm jealous of anyone that got to go. Spiritualized played here in Boston a few months ago, an early evening show at Avalon during my exams (I didn't... more

Runnin Fridays Drum & Bass

+ (July 6, 2002)

I checked out the Runnin Fridays night last night at the Ecko Lounge in Chinatown. There seem to be only four drum & bass nights in Boston. Four isn't too bad; I'm sure there are some cities that don't have... more

Internet Radio

+ (July 1, 2002)

The Radio 1 website has been redesigned. I think I like the old design better, but there is something truly noteworthy in the new setup: an archive. You can't go too far back, but you can at least listen to... more

BBC Sampling Documentary

+ (May 13, 2002)

A few days ago BBC Radio 1 broadcast a pretty good documentary about sampling beats for hip-hop tracks. Usually these types of documentaries discuss the legal aspects of sampling, from copyright laws to their impact on the music. This one... more

Keep Up with the Jones

+ (May 8, 2002)

I’m amazed to discover that Jesus Jones is not only still a band, but that they put out an album in 1997, another one recently, and they’re about to tour the US! This was one of my favorite bands back... more

Today is a beautiful day (in terms of weather). Generally being a cold weather person, I'm dreading the hot summer months. Nevertheless, I do occasionally appreciate a "nice" day. I'd open my windows if Park Drive wasn't so noisy. I... more

Ani DiFranco

+ (April 6, 2002)

I went to see Ani DiFranco last night. I never really got into Ani, but a friend of mine is a big fan and had an extra ticket, so I went along. The show was really good, I'm really glad... more


+ (March 29, 2002)

A friend of mine told me about a very cool web site called dotcom-studio. It's basically an online drum machine that you program via your browser, then download an audio file of your beat. There are several drum machines to... more

n + 7

+ (March 28, 2002)

I was reading yesterday about a French Group called Ouvroir de Litterature Potentielle (Workshop for Potential Literature) that has developed a technique for messing around with poems to achieve new results. The technique is called "n + 7". You just... more