T S U R U C A S T No. 7: Love And Darkness And Other Things…

Photography by the talented TsuruBride

Okay, so we’ve done a few podcasts, right? But, I kinda ran into a problem with them. I felt like the only difference between my mixtapes and podcasts was that the mixtapes were split into their tracks while the podcasts stayed as one giant mp3. As our mixtapes have evolved, thanks to some audio mixing programs, the only real difference was whether or not I had the time to split up the mp3! Well, that’s just silly.

A little research was in order, I mean, what makes a podcast a podcast? Apparently, it’s talking. Okay, no problem right, I just need to jibber-jabber in between some of the songs and BLAMO, all will be right in the mixtape v. podcast world.

A new problem emerged, the thought of attaching a mic to the lap top and sitting on my ass and talking to the screen seemed really, really dumb & boring… Not to mention, I’m no disc jockey (haven’t they been replaced by computers?) nor am I auditioning for my local community radio station, so talking as if I’m just as important as the music didn’t sound appealing at all. I need to be be me! I need to be free & unattached! I don’t just sit at my desk to listen to music, I certainly can’t just sit at my desk and actually talk about the music, right? Writing is one thing, but if my voice was going to be part of the music, something better must be out there, a solution must be found!

*insert the sound of snapping fingers here*

A voice recorder! That’s the trick! So, a little pit stop at Target, the cheapest I could find was one that was the size of an old walkman that recorded DIRECT to cassette tape (see the polaroid baby snapped of me podcasting…. who’s a sexy podcaster? yeah… ME!) for twenty-five dollars. Unfortunately, they didn’t sell cassettes anymore (weird). No problem, a little dig into the home archives and we found an old cassette from nearly a decade back of a mixtape a friend had made for Baby.

Okay, to make a long story short (too late), we didn’t want to lose that mixtape, so I quickly recorded that via audacity, and then it was all mine! Time to cast some pods and my friends, pods were casted! The results became T S U R U C A S T No. 7: Love And Darkness And Other Things… Featuring M Ward, Jonathan Richman, Okkervil River, Otis Redding, Leonard Cohen, Andre Ethier, Destroyer, REM, Morphine, And More!

Yeah, number seven, I screwed up the count, the TSURUREMIX was actually number six… I think. Oh well, no matter. This time we offer up over an hour of good times, a few surprises, and general awkwardness for your listening pleasure. So, let’s get to it (I’m actually a little nervous) as…

TSURURADIO Presents… T S U R U C A S T No. 7

Love And Darkness And Other Things…

Ah, and I got a little bonus for you! An outtake from the TSURUCAST sessions! My world premiere song, a cover of a modern iconic masterpiece “Buttons” by The Pussy Cat Dolls! Now, I just need to rent some studio space and I’ll be a STAR!!! HA!

Tsuru – Buttons (Ironic Pussycat Dolls Cover)


Okay okay, back to the real world, back to work tomorrow, back to the grind. I hope you enjoyed our little presentaion, now go show all these artist all your love here and/or here via your monies now…

5 comments for “T S U R U C A S T No. 7: Love And Darkness And Other Things…

  1. Tim Young
    January 26, 2009 at 1:25 PM

    Aha .. now you are fully equipped to come and be part of the Contrast Podcast … hurrah .. maybe you would like to come and play?



  2. Tsuru
    January 26, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Absolutely! You know me… I’m all about sharing the good times!

  3. Tim Young
    January 28, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Oh yes … when when you feel the urge the details of how to play are here:


  4. Scotter
    February 8, 2009 at 12:09 AM

    This mix is excellent. Who does the Violent Femmes cover? It’s renewed my love of that song (a feat I thought impossible).

  5. Tsuru
    February 8, 2009 at 1:36 AM

    Hey Scotter,

    It’s a trick! It’s actually the violent femmes covering their own song for the Gross Pointe Blank soundtrack. Personally, I like it better! Really got the Horns Of Dilemma going, eh?

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