James Pants Hotel Collection

While digging through some old James Pants links on his Tumblr I found out about this collection of tracks. I knew about the Valet track from the OVWAT promo but had no idea that was associated to even more JP stuff I haven’t heard yet. Can’t wait for a new Pants record, hopefully that will happen sooner than later!

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Workinonit

As mentioned in a post earlier this year, waxramble has been in hiatus status for a bit now. During this last week of vacation time (which ultimately turned into a staycation) I’ve been thinking more about the site and what I want to do with it.

I had the thought of moving everything over to Tumblr and even spent many hours converting posts here to bring over there. The thought with that was that if I’m not going to work on things here, I may as well not pay to host the site. Tumblr’s mobile app also looked appealing, as I could do more of photo posts/micro posts there. The thing with Tumblr though is that in comparison to WordPress the options for everything are so limited.

I was not happy with how the Tumblr site was looking so I have ultimately decided to stick with WordPress here. I’ve spent a lot of time today making site improvements, which include moving all photos in posts to now being hosted in my WordPress media library (no more tinypic/imgur images!), adding a new slideshow function to images (no more Flickr slideshows!) as can be seen in my last post, and other smaller adjustments.

Now that the site is more integrated in WordPress, I can finally start utilizing things like the mobile app. The recent 4.0 update is also making the desktop experience much better as well.

I’m not sure yet what will be coming next for waxramble, but I did just want to post an update to explain that I’m at least thinking about the site more these days! My last post about the record fair last month is probably what content will look like more in the future, in that it will be less sharing what all these other active music blogs share but instead more unique content/personal posts that may be of some interest to those who find themselves on my site somehow. Looking forward to more posts here soon!

ps: I’m guilty of being a real life Clickhole article -_-

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Crate Diggers Record Fair

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Last month we ran a pretty awesome record fair/after party in Portland, thought it would be worth sharing a bit here about the experience. The day started off with the record fair, we had over 30 vendors from all over the place selling some great stuff. Really wish the event had taken place closer to my payday, I could have easily spent hundreds of bucks there but ultimately decided to hold off. I did grab a signed copy of PBW’s My Vinyl Weighs a Ton (the 3LP version!) for $30 which was sweet.

After checking out a lot of the vendor stuff I ended up manning the Discogs area until the start of the after party. It’s been a long time since I’ve helped run a booth at an event like this, it was definitely a lot of fun. Giving out Discogs merch and  getting a chance to hear feedback from the community (most of it very positive!) was awesome. I’m looking forward to helping out at future record fairs to experience this again.

Unfortunately the weekend this all took place was a very very busy one for me. The day before I had driven to Seattle for a Seahawks game and came back home after so I was running on about 4 hours of sleep or so. I managed to catch some of the earlier sets from the after party which were fantastic but I couldn’t stick around for Dam-Funk’s set which was a huge bummer (big fan of his stuff). If this becomes an annual event I will definitely be planning ahead better!

The event turned out really well and was a great time. It took a lot of work from those involved to make everything a success, I’d like to think it was all worth it. It sounded like everyone was hoping to do this again in the future, so hopefully this won’t be the last “Crate Diggers” event!

Below are some photos of the event:

 

OPB also interviewed Liz/others and wrote up an article here.

 

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Hiatus II

discogs turntable

It’s been awhile! I’ve come back to do another one of these hiatus posts unfortunately. I did one a few years back and I’m afraid it’s time for me to say bye once again (for awhile anyway!). I don’t get a huge amount of traffic here, but I have received some e-mails/tweets/etc from people so I thought it would be nice to let everyone know I’m going to be AFK for the time being.

As it’s quite clear from my “latest posts”, I have not been very active since getting my job at Discogs. I’ve been incredibly busy (but having an awesome time!) working with the great group of people at Discogs and by the end of the day I’ve found myself just wanting to make some food, watch Hulu/Netflix or listen to records, and fall asleep. I love music and I do enjoy writing about it, but it’s been difficult for me to motivate myself enough to do this here on waxramble. As I’ve written a number of times in the past, one of my main motivations when there was a lot more activity here was just writing out of sheer boredom and depression dealing with unemployment/etc after college. When I have absolutely nothing to do I’ve always found myself trying to create things or projects so that I feel like I’m actually getting something done. It sucks because I’ve had a lot of fun doing stuff here and have enjoyed hearing from some awesome people who visited the site and shared their music with me. It’s also such an amazing year for music (Freddie Gibbs/Madlib, Step Brothers, Blu, Dag Savage, etc etc etc) and I feel bad I haven’t written about any of this. Ultimately the lack of motivation for writing here comes from a lot less free time.

This certainly isn’t the end of waxramble, but I do think the site will become quite a bit different after I’ve decided to make a return. There will likely be less posts about news/new albums or mixes and probably more content that is personal which could include record pick ups (photos/video maybe?), visits to record shops, and at some point maybe some of my own music (I hope to buy some gear this summer). While the content/focus of the site may change, I do intend to keep all my previous work here as well (including all the download posts I know you all enjoy/come here for!). I’m thankful for any visitors I’ve received and for those of you who will continue to visit my site. I look forward to spending more time here in the future, whenever that may be.

Please feel free to follow my new personal Twitter account @clcnw and/or keep in touch by sending an e-mail to waxramble AT gmail . So long for now!

gramaphone records digging

That’s me digging at Gramaphone Records in Chicago earlier this month!

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Madlib Interview w/ Dazed Digital

madlib interview
Absolutely fantastic interview with Madlib via Dazed Digital. Some great insights and new information, easily one of the better interviews I’ve read with Madlib (so much better than this recently…). The above was quite relevant to me, as what he’s describing has truly been his effect/influence on me and so many others in this younger generation. Definitely read the interview if you have any interest in this type of music or even ideal. Props to Tim Noakes for the great questions asked.

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