This is the website of Neil McDougall, a musician/blogger/podcaster/bookie from Ayrshire.

Grah.

Why the hell can’t I get a job? Am I reaching beyond my grasp? I got a knockback from DFS today, I had an interview for a cashier job at Ladbrokes last week; the area manager chap said he’d phone on saturday to let me know one way or another, he never did. I’ve got a few applications in for some other stuff, but I’m not getting my hopes overly up. Hell, I even sent CVs to Sony Music and EMI. Meh, I dunno. We’ll see.

Rant over.

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You Got Served

Beatalica have been served with a cease-and-desist order.

Sony can FUCK RIGHT OFF. Irreperable damage my arse. Maybe if they were making money off the songs rather than having them up for free download on the site. Gah. They should be protected via fair use and parody laws, but there’s no way they’ll have the $$$ to fight this in court.

This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on February 18, 2005 at 8:07 am, filed under music, musings and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



It’s done…

A couple of weeks ago, I went off to a farm in the middle of the windswept Glennifer Braes, a big-ass area of farms, hills and other such green-ness in the west of Scotland, south of Glasgow. As the topic title suggests, I was there to produce the debut EP of a band I’m friends with, The Mocha Nights. Last night the mixing & (rudimentary) mastering was done and I gave the dudes their master copies to burn off and send to promoters and stuff.

Additionally, I just uploaded the whole thing to their webspace (with their blessing, natch) and now I’m posting the links here to let my LiveJournal friends get in on the action early (the MP3s won’t be linked to on the site until after they’re out gigging).

So, here we go…right click on each track name and save to yer hard drives.

1 – Midnight Sleepers
The guys were shooting for a funky sort of Dave Matthews-ish sound to this one. Definitely very sunny and upbeat, and a cool opener.
2 – View From The Eyes
More sombre this one, a piano driven melancholy ballad with a big RAWK chorus.
3 – Love In Orbit
A bit Police-meets-modern-rock this one, about interstellar hanky-panky.
4 – Dinner Party
The ‘epic’, so to speak – five and a half minutes in three sections. Good one to close things with, and very Muse-esque in places, with touches of The Beatles. Listen for the nugget right at the end of the MP3.

Enjoy, and constructive feedback on the songs and the recordings are greatly appreciated, seeing as we should be doing the next EP some time in the summer. 😀

This entry was written by NeiloMac, posted on February 11, 2005 at 8:20 am, filed under music, recording and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.