Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Years ago I was an angry young man. I'd pretend that I was a billboard.

  • Keren Ann "Big Yellow Taxi" (Joni Mitchell cover)

  • Caetano Veloso "(Nothing but) Flowers" (Talking Heads cover)

    Josh said...

    I'm sorry that some people (or perhaps even someONE) feels the need to bitch you out over the money thing. I'd help if I could but I find myself in the same boat. The best I can do is offer you a cheesey "don't give up" kind of comment, in hopes that you will continue to keep this blog running and that you rediscover why you wanted to do this in the first place. Know that this blog is one of few that I read religiously and that you fill a huge gap that no other blog can fill (frankly speaking, the other cover blogs on your blog roll suck compared to this one).

    Don't let one jerk get you down, there's plenty of people who wait and will continue to wait for however long it takes for you to put a post together, because when they are posted they're usually spectacular and worth the wait.

    Lobstar said...


    Thanks. Yeah, I have to admit that in the midst of a slew of positive and supportive comments, it's usually the one negative or snarky comment that I focus in on. It just irks me to be kicked when I'm down and it's sometimes hard to let nasty comments go. But I'm trying to put it all in perspective. Thanks again for your support.


    momcore said...

    i recently found this blog & when i did i realized that i know you from long ago, at livejournal. back when we "met" via lj i was seasoulsky, though i have changed lj names since then.

    i have just started a blog & linked yours, do you mind? if you do i will take the link down.

    this is an amazing place. don't let anyone make you feel like you should not do it.


    Anonymous said...

    I love your site. And I hope you find your way to keep it going because it's a great resource.
    That said, it's a little weird for people to give money to a site that provides downloadable content without compensating the artists. In effect, the radio station is getting paid (albeit not enough to keep it going) and not paying the people who are providing the content. I am all for sharing music, especially on blogs, it's the best way I have found to discover new music.
    That said, isn't there some way you can post a few songs for a short time and then take them down without having to pay? How is it possible that so many people are posting songs to blogger? How much could this endeavor cost per month (just the hosting, I mean) There has to be another way.
    It's a conundrum and I don't mean to start an argument or get you riled, because I adore the site. It's like Coverville only downloadable and with less obnoxious Podcast-Dj (PJ?)
    So, good luck keeping it up, but I can't send you $$ for the endeavor. It jsut doesn't feel right.

    Lobstar said...

    Anon- I've always said that donations are solely for those who feel like donating simply because they like what I do (an assertion that recently got deleted when Blogger made me change formats), and the reason I put the donation button on my site in the first place is because people were requesting that I do so because they wanted to donate. Not because I ever expected people to want to donate.

    That said, isn't there some way you can post a few songs for a short time and then take them down without having to pay?

    Not really. Unless I use one of those ad-laden download sites that takes you to a completely different site to grab the downloads. Personally, I do not like those sites because, as someone who frequents MANY music blogs, it's far easier to download from those hosting their own music. The time it takes to download music from blogs that use outside file-sharing sites is prohibitive enough for me not to want to use them. Therefore, I want people to easily be able to download the tracks and not have to do something that admittedly irks me.

    How is it possible that so many people are posting songs to blogger?

    It is possible because people are buying web space on which to host the files, as I do. Frankly, it's not prohibitively expensive to do so. Unless, of course, like me, you have no job and lots of debt and bills to pay.

    S.W. said...

    I have been following this site for over two years now. Though I am not one to comment on most occasions, at this time, I feel compelled to say that I have really enjoyed what you have created here. Not only are the tunes excellent, but the accompanying narratives and descriptions are often thought provoking and/or snicker inducing. No matter what the future brings, you should know that what you do here is very cool and that people all over the world are enjoying it. All the best.

    Anonymous said...

    Don't let the turkeys get you down, Liza. Host costs are the reason I only use savefile and mooupload now.

    BTW-I recently posted a cover by Of Montreal doing Boston's More Than a Feeling. Something you might be into.



    JER said...

    hi Liza,
    sorry to hear/read that you're thinking of chucking it in. That would be a real, real pity as I always enjoy reading and listening to your posts.
    I use a free webhosting so perhaps you could use them too? They only allow you 50mb of space per site, meaning that I now have 4 sites registered with them to provide enough space for me to put up tracks on a rotating basis. But it's free and would be a way for you to keep posting.
    Try www.freewebs.com
    take it easy

    Duniya Dur Darshan said...

    I know it sucks when some bozo (yes, I said bozo) who hides behind anonymity makes snarky comments about this blog. But just realize that for every bozo out there, there are at least 10 of us who really dig it. And I, for the record, am not opposed to donating for your web needs... and I don't have any problem with you asking for said donation through a blog post. :)

    Anonymous said...

    Nice selection: a song and it's rewrite, both covered. Smart. I would propose a similar post: Angie by the Stones and the Smiths rewrite, Jeanne. Tori Amos covered the former (not great) and Billy Bragg the later (which might even better the original).


    Shop said...

    Very interesting!