#332 with Kurt Morris: Razorcake Podcast

Sep 12, 2014

#332 with Kurt Morris: Razorcake Podcast

Let me explain how these things come together for me: I’m often thinking up ideas of themes for podcasts for Razorcake. I go through dry spells and then there’s a torrent of inspiration. Something about a band’s name or song title will strike me and it all comes together. I search through my iTunes (yeah, I’m all digital—sorry vinyl nerds) and see what I can find that fits the theme. An extensive list of songs is made and then I try and look for bands I haven’t played before (or at least not too often). Based on that I narrow it down so the music clocks in between thirty-five and forty-five minutes (with my talking I like it to come in at between forty and fifty minutes). Then I arrange the songs so there’s a good flow from one track to the next. I usually like certain genres and sounds to fit together in blocks and the opener and closer of the podcast both need to be strong.

I load it all up into Garageband and put the songs in order, spacing them out, and creating some gaps to record my voiceover in between sets. Then I work my magic, say stupid things, stumble over my words, and make jokes that only I understand. The whole recording process usually doesn’t take any more than thirty minutes by the time I yell at Garageband a few times and have to go back and record sections because my roommate slammed the door in the background or a truck decided to back up outside my window for five minutes. I try and keep it “somewhat” professional. At least so you, the listener, are not distracted.

Finally, I check levels on my vocals and all the songs so that they’re all equal and sync up all the tracks so there are no gaps in between anything. I send it from Garageband to my iTunes and listen to it a couple of times with headphones on to hear for anything I don’t think I can live with. And voila! You have a podcast. I send it over to Razorcake folks along with my setlist and a photo and they take care of the rest.

For this particular podcast, I don’t remember which of the bands spawned the idea, but it hit me: bands with body parts in their names. It seemed like a good idea. And it was an excuse to play Agoraphobic Nosebleed. That’s too good of a band name to pass up.

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Ten Foot Pole, “John” (Unleashed)
Lungfish, “Friend to Friend in Endtime” (20 Years of Dischord)
Gunmothers Head, “Sleeping Science” (Well, I Don’t See Why Not, Vol. 3)
Motörhead, “Going to Mexico” (Aftershock)
Agoraphobic Nosebleed, “Pentagram Constellation” (The Poacher Diaries)
Small Arms Dealer, “Today I Discovered the World” (Cover Your Tracks)
Stiff Little Fingers, “Suspect Device” (No Thanks!)
Brainiac, “Flash Ram” (Electro-Shock For President)
Bad Brains, “Big Take Over” (Self-titled)
The Redneck Manifesto, “Paint The Dilebloa Pink” (I Am Brazil)
Cross My Heart, “The Reason I Failed History” (The Reason I Failed History)