Episode 143: Made Of Oak (Nick Sanborn)

Episode 143: Made Of Oak (Nick Sanborn)

This week on the podcast we’re checking in with multi-instrumentalist / producer Nick Sanborn. Hot on the heels of Sylvan Esso’s massive tour supporting their spectacular self-titled debut, Sanborn  is back with the EP Penumbra, his latest project under the name Made Of Oak. An atmospheric collection of rhythmic adventures that draw as much inspiration from the natural world as they do from the machines with which they were made, Penumbra soundtracks the smaller, quieter moments in life, then sends them crashing into the club. We talk to the Nick about the genesis of Penumbra, the magic of mystery in music, Kendrick Lamar and more in an inspiring and enlightening hour with one of music’s brightest and most forward thinking artists.  

PLUS! Phil Moore of Bowerbirds is back with his new project TUSHKA. A deft mix of electronic music, and R&B that straight up jams, “The Program”, is the first single off of his upcoming album is here, and ready to move you.

Your holiday week begins NOW on Episode 143 of ChunkyGlasses: The Podcast!

ROCKTOBER 2012: 1999 - Own Nothing, Have Everything

“Fans of the MP3 digital audio format will be interested in Napster. This software supports a virtual community and search engine that makes it a good way to find MP3 files and associated resources. In addition, the software also lets you download and play MP3 files combining almost all the functions you need in a single application.” Newsbytes July 23, 1999

On March 16, 1999, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), the trade organization that supports the major music companies, introduced a new certification level for record sales. The RIAA already awarded Gold records to albums that sold more than 500,000 copies and Platinum records to sales over one million, but the new “Diamond” certification was conferred upon albums that sold more than 10 million copies. The new distinction made sense – the $13.8 billion record industry was growing ever bigger, with Britney Spears, the Backstreet Boys, and Santana moving so many units that a higher classification of “hit” record was necessary.

Not long after the Diamond classification was introduced, however, record sales began to slow down, and it’s easy to see a steep drop-off in the number of Diamond certified albums released after 1999. There’s another Britney album, two Eminem albums, Shania Twain, and, inexplicably, Linkin Park, but the list ends there. While most of the years prior to 2000 feature several albums that achieved Diamond status, 2003 and 2004 have just one each - OutKast’s Speakerboxxx/The Love Below and Usher’s Confessions, respectively. There have been none since.