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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Box Of Sound 47-The Rock Alphabet?

Bill and Rich go over another one of those annoying lists and try to figure out which artists in their alphabet deserve mentioning.

Also, Prog rock clones and anticipation of record store day, which will be re-capped on the next episode.
Total time: 55:26
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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Box Of Sound 46-Record Store Day This Weekend

Enjoy, Boys and girls.

George Hrab's Geologic Podcast:
Total time: 40:00
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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Box of Sound 45 - Spin Clean Update and Magic Stylus Cleaner

Two shows in a week's time? What's this world coming to?
The Spin Clean Record Cleaner.
The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser for your phonograph stylus.
My YouTube Channel. Subscribe to it!
Total Time: 11:01
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Monday, March 01, 2010

Box of Sound 44 - Record Show Afterglow

A quick one here...
Record Roundup show.
Still waiting for the spin clean.
Total Time 10:26
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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Box of Sound #43-Avatar No, Spin Clean Yes!

Bill and Judy wish you a Happy Valentine's Day and here's the links for this episode:
Kevin Smith's SModcast. Not Family Safe!
Monkey Call's Web Site!
The Project Studio Network.
Peter Gabriel and "Scratch My Back".
This One Is On Us (Nine Inch Nails).
Rhino Records' new site!
The Lefsetz Letter.
Net @ Night with Bob Lefsetz.
Frank Zappa: Philly '76.
The Spin Clean Record Cleaner.
My YouTube Channel. Subscribe to it!
Total Time: 31:41
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Monday, January 04, 2010

Box of Sound 42 - Questions, Questions, Questions

Happy New Year!
Next record convention coming 2/28/10
It Might Get Loud
New Ringo Album this month
My YouTube Channel
6200 views of Beatle Box set!
Question, questions, questions.
Total time 20:09
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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Box Of Sound 41 - The Dark Side of The Lips

Last show of the year!
The Flaming Lips' new on-line only album.
Weezer's Rivers Cuomo apparently is OK
Here's a link for you:Dweezil Zappa World.
Total time: 16:20
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Thursday, November 12, 2009

I'll Miss You, Mom.

Last Friday, November 6, 2009, my Mother passed away. She had been ill for a long time, suffering from diabetes and dementia.

I took care of her for several years here at my home, and when it was evident that I could not provide or afford the care necessary for her, she was living in a local nursing home, but I never stopped caring for her or visiting her. I knew her death would happen someday, but as much as I tried, I could not prepare for it.

Now that the news is out, we are receiving an enormous outpouring of support from friends, family and acquaintances. The big question is: When's the funeral? Are you going to hold services? After careful consideration, I have decided we are not going to hold public services or have a gathering for my Mom's passing.

There was an obituary in the paper, though. You can view it and sign the guest book online until December 10. My entire family thanks you.

Here's my reasons:
This year my Mom got to experience two really great things that she was able to attend. The first was my wedding, and the other was my siblings and other family members getting together to take her out to dinner. She had really good days for both of those events, she enjoyed them as much as she could, and a few days after the latter event was when the big downward spiral began for her.

Her remains will be cremated and buried in a private place. When my Dad and my brother passed away, we did receive family and friends at the house, and that was for my Mom more than anything else. These "services" and "gatherings" are for others, and I find no need to prolong my grief or bring others down through this tradition. I feel there are better ways to get over a loss such as this. My memories for funerals are so dismal, and I don't want to remember a close friend or relative as a corpse in a fancy box, I want them to live in my memory for all the things they were, because that is all we have left.

I do hold my friends close, and most everyone I care about and who cares about my family has already contacted us, or I have contacted them. I'm sure there are more phone calls to make. We will continue to celebrate her life as well as our own and embody the good spirits and loving thoughts my Mom held dear.

Personally, I have a strong dislike of the traditional funeral system. It is a vacuum of money and hypocrisy in my opinion, but I do not want to deny anyone who participates in it the opportunity to grieve and heal from their loss in the way they choose. I don't think that I am dishonoring my Mother. A lot of the friends that she did talk to on a regular basis before she got sick are unable to attend any sort of event anyway. I've been spending time with my immediate family and thinking about the stuff that made my Mom happy.

The love that she gave to this world is immeasurable. We will never forget her. The good memories of her will enrich and educate us for the rest of our lives, and for that we give thanks.

Now...let's get on with our lives, shall we?

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

Beatles Released and Unboxed

Here's a little video I made with my unboxing of the new Beatles Stereo Box Set. Enjoy!

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Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Box Of Sound 40 - Record Store Day and Beatles

We're finally searchable in the iTunes music store!
Record Store Day.
Record shows.
Phil Spector found guilty!
Beatles Remasters coming in September (the one after 909).
The Box of Vision?
Neil Young's Archive Boxed Sets.
Ben Folds' A Cappella project.
Total Time: 32:02.
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Wednesday, April 01, 2009

Box Of Sound #39 - Osbournes Unloaded

Happy April Fool's Day! Here you will hear me talking about:
South Park and Venture Brothers on Blu-Ray
Prince's new CDs
Depeche Mode and iTunes
Turntable mats
Les Claypool's new album
Beastie Boys reissues and commentaries
The Osbournes Reloaded
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Friday, March 20, 2009

Box Of Sound #38 - Barking Dog and Sleep

Rich is here!
We're talking about:
The New York Dolls
Bob Dylan
Frank Zappa
Green Day
Dale Bozzio
The Zappa Drummer's Roundtable
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Friday, March 13, 2009

Box of Sound #37 - Prince 2b on Leno

On this show:
George Hrab's new song and video "Far". My mashup is "The 1,984 Days of Astronomy".
Prince releases his new album on a Sunday???
My YouTube channel.
Jack White starts another new band. Or six of them.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Box Of Sound #36 - I Must Buy New Audio Cables

Some things talked about here:
Todd Rundgren's Arena.
Frank Zappa's Lumpy Money.
U2's new album on vinyl.
Switched-On Rock.
George Hrab's new song and video "Far".
Monkey Call at the Creekside this St. Patrick's day.
and a new recording setup that I have to tweak some more...
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Thursday, January 15, 2009

Box of Sound #35 - Bluetooth Machine Girls

We talk about movies, best of '08, movies, questions, and more. Woof!
Rich got Bluetooth Stereo Headphones. Ceck 'em out if you dare.
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Monday, January 12, 2009

Bashed on Boston Radio.. and I LIKED it!

Taking time out to post this little bit of info: Yesterday I got some e-mails from the Boston area, asking for the Cheese Sandwich CD. I investigated, and the morning show on WFNX, The Sandbox, dug up a 2006 episode of the show and made fun of it.

Great stuff. Very funny.

If you want to check out their site, go here. To download their podcast with their mention of The Box of Sound, download this (It's in AAC enhanced format, iTunes compatible).

Two things you got wrong, guys:
1. The Bill Camarata who used to have a radio show was in Alabama, not Ohio. My on-air experience was in college radio, board op work at WTAM in Cleveland, and 5 years of mixing audio for WOIO and WUAB-TV.
2. Monkey Call (the band I'm in) has never played Cincinnati, nor plans to.

Thanks again to those guys on The Sandbox, proving not all commercial radio sucks.
...and show #35 will be up in the next couple of days.

Thursday, January 08, 2009

[scrubs] is BACK! and in HD!

Watched the first two new episodes of "Scrubs" eighth season on ABC (after 7 years on NBC) last night. The show is now in HD! It was a little hard to get used to the change in texture and the unique mix of comedy and drama on a wide screen, but the show is still great and I laughed out loud many times.
Courtney Cox (in her limited run as the new chief of medicine) isn't looking as good as she did on "Friends", but she has not lost her comedic edge. Sarah Chalke and Christa Miller, however, were both smoking hot - I wonder if this was intentional?
As much as I love this show, I just hope they let this season run it's course and finish the series with class. The seventh season was supposed to be the end of "Scrubs", but the writer's strike turned that season into a train wreck, even causing the shows to air in the wrong order. Maybe watching the shows again on DVD will be more comfortable.

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Changes coming in '09!

Happy new year, all. Now that most of the excuses I've been using for not doing this podcast on a more regular basis have cleared themselves out of the way, I am going to be doing a little bit more posting, and a bit more recording, as I have resolved on the last show. Pre-production has begun for show thirty five, as well as other things that will hopefully make The Box of Sound one of your favorite websites in the days to come. There may be a change to the podcast feed, so get ready for that. Also... wait for it... I'm going to try and get listed on iTunes. There. I said it.

These changes are a direct result of your responses and emails to the site, and keep 'em coming, because they will continue to shape the show, along with the types of things I want to present to you.

Thanks again for reading, and listening, and get ready. This is going to be fun.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Box of Sound #34 - Love The Surface Noise, Man

Vinyl, vinyl, VINYL! I play bits of records and talk about and over the sound.
Total time 52:02
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Friday, September 26, 2008

Box of Sound #33 - Pay Dirt at The Record Con

THIS IS A VIDEO PODCAST! I went to a record show and I am showing off my treasures. Total investment (including admission to the event):eighty dollars, or about a buck and 70 cents per album! Check it out. This is not on youtube...yet.

Total time 21:38
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Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Box of Sound #32 - If You're Butthead You'll Love It

Bill & Rich talk about Books and music references, Byrne and Eno, Metallica, ZZ Top, Rick Rubin, bootlegging, Record Theatre, and other things.
Total time 69:00 (huh-huh. huh-huh)
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Thursday, July 31, 2008

Box of Sound #31 - Worst New Artist Grammy Award

Bill & Rich talk about NIN, Eno, After Forever, The Grammys, Coldplay, collecting vinyl, Green Day plagiarism, and many other things.
Check out my video on YouTube, OKAY?

Total time 48:52
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Monday, May 05, 2008

Box of Sound #30 - What was Christina singing?

NEW show features: Brief NIN comment, Christina, HDTV, P@TD, Zappa news, Public Foot, Phideaux X., Daniel Pentastar, Madonna, and Boring Industry. Thanks for listening and e-mail me!
Total time 59:19
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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

More audio coming soon I hope.

I have an itch to put out another show, but taking care of my Mom is so taxing lately I haven't been able to. So stay tuned, as soon as I can more stuff will be up!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Box of Sound #29 - Late But Not Gone

This was recorded the week before Thanksgiving, a no-frills mono podcast with Bill and Rich. More to come.
Total time 44:55
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Friday, June 08, 2007

Box of Sound #28 - Gwine Up To Hebbin'

More new Zappa CDs and DVDs, Nine Inch Nails, Indigo Girls, Brand X, Grindhouse, etc. We're just catching up on our e-mail, basically. My Mom is also back from the hospital, but she's not on this podcast.
Total Time: 50:48
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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Box of Sound #27 - What's New In Zappa-land?

We're back again. Rich and I discuss a few topics, including Zappa releases, Hello Kitty Pez Dispensers, asexual reproduction and bomber buzzing.
Total Time: 34:02
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Saturday, November 11, 2006

Box of Sound #26-End of The Season

A huge honkin' download with two marching bands and three performances altogether. The homecoming game from October and the Olmsted Falls Bulldog Marching Band Concert from later on the same month.
Playing advice from the old guy (me).
Another pitch for my FREE CD!
Another tease for the HDTV-cast to come.

Total time: One hour, eighteen minutes, 23 seconds (it will fit onto a CD!)
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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Box of Sound #25-Concert In The Park

This was recorded over a week ago, this is the first time I had a chance to post it.
Best wishes and a shout out to Kyle Seitz and Adam Funk!
Happy Birthday Michaela.
I may be putting together a series of podcasts about Hi-Def Television and what it means for the rest of us.

Total time: 42:44
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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Box of Sound #24-The Monkey Call Experiment

My band,Monkey Call, played live at the Creekside Bar and Restaurant on September 1st. It was an open mike night, and this show has lots of amusing musical and non-musical merriment. This is what happens when you try to play music after drinking alcohol. I think I was the only sober person there besides our sound man.
Weird Al Yankovic has a new album out. Buy it.
Rifftrax is a web site that makes fun of movies, in an MST3K style.
You can still get your free "Cheese Sandwich" CD! Send your mailing address to to get my album for FREE. Did I say free? Yes, free.

Total time: 44:47
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