Besides a fan/spectator/sometime critic of eastern Iowa music, I’m a bit of a participant. My latest in a long string of obscure bands is called Radio Dramamine. We just recently made a few mp3s and stuck them up on the MySpace page. Radio Dramamine is perhaps one of the nerdiest bands in all existence, owing quite a bit of that to my involvement. Any band that would use the word “eigenvector” in a lyric has got to be down with the geeks, right?

I like to buck convention in my musical ventures, and in this case I’m even doing so in a new way: not only are the tracks downloadable from the MySpace page for exactly $0.00 (I don’t at all buy into the hysteria that Internet downloading is killing music, in fact I believe quite the opposite: it may be killing the old top-down model of the music business, but to the extent that independent musicians embrace this trend, they stand to benefit) – I plan to put together a “cover art” graphic, a text file of lyrics, and anything else that seems worth throwing in, and offer this so-called The Mind Is a Terrible Waste EP under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike license, as a single .zip download and as a data CD-R disseminated at our gigs, thus aligning with the “iPod generation”: we don’t make you waste your time “ripping” the tracks, they’re already ripped for you.

Charlie Schiz

Charlie Schiz
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. I've been weird all my life. It's my time to shine.

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