An internet waystation.

it me - michael eades

πŸ‘‹ Hi, I'm Michael Eades; a long time Internet dweller, design dabbler, dangerously amateur developer, online social experimenter and frequent curator.

Currently working as a Product Manager at Mosaic. I also keep the lights on at a boutique record label called yk records, a podcast network called We Own This Town and a t-shirt shop called Nashville Galaxy. Previously, I built things for Vimeo OTT, VHX, KNI and Spongebath Records.

This site is an archive of ephemera I find entertaining; tweets, videos, random links, galleries of images.

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Reach out via twitter or good ole email if you have anything to discuss. I do my best to reply in a timely manner.

for the record: "yewknee" is a nonsensical word with no literal meaning but a unsurprisingly nerdy etymology. It is pronounced, "yoo • knee."

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ongoing projects

yk Records →
started in 2009 as a conduit for music that friends had no plans on releasing. now it's a full fledged boutique label focused on releasing quality music from a variety of styles. you know, like a label does. Here's a sampler on Soundcloud and a different one on Spotify. Options.

We Own This Town →
Originally a Nashville area music blog, this site has grown into a full blown podcast network as of 2018. It's an attempt to bring together creative folks about a variety of interesting topics.

I host this show all about Nashville local music outside the expectations of the city. I'm biased but all the shows are good.

Nashville Galaxy →
An online t-shirt shop featuring beloved and defunct Nashville area businesses. Very niche audience on this one but I tend to think niche is good.

some noteworthy other things

Chris Gaines: The Podcast →
published along with co-host Ashley Spurgeon; a limited series podcast that takes an absurdly researched deep dive into the time that Garth Brooks took on a fictional personality named Chris Gaines.

Garth Brooks Chris Gaines Countdown →
to celebrate the 20-year anniversary of the time Garth Brooks took on the fictional personality Chris Gaines and appeared on Saturday Night Live in character, I GIF'ed the entire episode. It's a lot of GIFs; please use them.

Whiskerino →
a social network built around communal beard growing for four months. yes, it was as weird as it sounds but equally fascinating and enjoyable.

Moustache May →
an offshoot of the beard growing contest mentioned above. equal amounts of oddball fun but only a month long.

Summer Mix Series →
before all music was streaming everywhere, Internet music fans would swap zip files of music. it was truly a strange and wonderful time.

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Rethinking Spotify and Music Streaming: Addressing Common Criticisms with Realistic Insights

Nice breakdown of why Spotify works the way it does and why royalty rates are so low. It does omit how every streamer is actively trying to pay less but it’s a great read overall.
Hey, it just so happens to be Bandcamp Friday and I just so happen to have a dose of Nashville based music that would be worth your dollars and, more importantly, your time.
Books on Tape is the latest full-length from Sam Hoffman and it hits me in all the right places. I have played "Glencrest Lane" more times than I can count. It's got that yearning melancholy vibe that I am a total sucker for. And the artwork from Sarah Goldstein is top notch.

The cover / title combo on this one should tell you everything you need to know - Here Come the Warm Jets. It's rare to be able to make a Brian Eno Hot Tub pun but Rainsticks did it! The record itself is not funny but it's got a light hearted and airy vibe to it.

Just a single song here from BIFFF but "BABY TAPES = GONE" packs a lot in for its sub-3-minute run time. Love those occasionally frantic drums, the DIY-ish production and the sparkling guitars. Get it into your ears.

Have I talked about my annoying levels of enjoyment for Total Wife previously? I really like them. At it's core it's shoegaze; lots of fuzzy guitars, low-mixed hushed vocals and enormous walls of sound. That alone is completely satisfactory for me. With each new release from TW, they explore new layers, sounds and techniques. It's the natural progression you want to see from a band - growing and changing without going too far afield from what you initially liked about them. If you're not a huge fan of walls of noise, start with "Rest" and ease your way in. If you're up for something a bit more challenging, dive into "UHF optate" and prepare yourself for some unexpected late 90's blast beat drums. The entire record is a delight and I recommend a start to finish listen ASAP.
Car Colors - Old Death is...
The first new music in 20 years from Charles Bissell, the singer-writer-producer of the Wrens, his first release since the landmark album The Meadowlands.
If you know The Wrens album Meadowlands, this will be exciting news! If you do not know that album, maybe start there as it is a phenomenal piece of work.

Having listened to that prior record so much, this new 3-song EP is immediately familiar. Bissell's voice is distinct and his use of acoustic guitars driving a load of other layers is just wonderful. I am also intrigued by how similar the artwork is between these two releases, 22 years apart. I can't tell if this is an intentional nod to the previous work or just an affinity for a type of image.

Anyway, this isn't meant to be an in-depth review - just something I find worth recommending.

Oh, and I'd also say you should check out Aeon Station, the new project of Kevin Whelan - also of The Wrens. Gotta hear it all.
Been taking a bit of a deep dive into the Tennessee Encylopedia lately; specifically the Nashville Music Venues article(s). That's right, I'm directing you to read an online encylopedia and I stand by it.

It hasn't been updated since 2018 but still manages to cover a lot of ground; from the Bijou Theater in 1904 through Mary Mancini's Revolution's Per Minute that became Lucy's all the way up to Mercy Lounge. That's all useless gibberish unless you're invested in Nashville's history of music venues, which somehow I am!

The 88x31 GIF Collection

A collection of 4210 classic 88x31 buttons from the 1990s and beyond.


a directory celebrating great, independent businesses. worth a bookmark to peruse and support when you are just noodling around.

It's Black Friday, Charlie Brown

Louie Zong churns out a lot of EPs that give a nod to a familiar style. They are all great and this one is no different. Get it.
The fifth season of Nashville Galaxy designs is now available. Twelve new shirts paying tribute to Nashville locations that have closed but hold a special place in people's hearts. If you're an outsider, Blue Sky Court may feel meaningless but if you grew up here, you know the deal. The audience is niche but we like it that way!

Every time we launch one of these seasons I end up doing a ton of research on every location to learn more about it, write it up on the product description and gather historic visual materials to be used in marketing later. It's a blast. If you do not have a subscription, I can't recommend it enough. Not a phrase I thought I'd ever say but there it is.

Follow @nashvillegalaxy on IG for updates. Gonna be fun to promote these!

stranger video

i am not brave enough to do it but enable your webcam and have a staring contest with a stranger. the site will detect whoever blinks first. the web is still weird.

The Lost Art of the Miniature Golf Course

beautiful images. makes me wanna putt-putt asap
My feathers still feel pretty ruffled from the recent Bandcamp transition. I don't even work there but letting so many staffers go, impacting so many people of color disproportionately and basically shuttering the Union does not leave a good taste in the mouth. Despite that, I am trying to be optimistic that the future of Bandcamp is much the same as it ever was - a destination for purchasing music that has some community features and a reliable editorial arm.

However, that doesn't mean I'm not also looking at alternatives. At VHX we always told filmmakers that ubiquity was the key to success - be everywhere. I still believe that. So, here's a few platforms I've had my eyes on recently that maybe you'll find interesting. The TLDR of it all is that nothing is anywhere close to Bandcamp in terms of feature maturity but features aren't important if your platform is headed six feet under. Anyway, here we go.
  • AmpWall - very early stages platform being built by Chris Grigg and John McKinney; two self-described metalheads out of New York that is established as a Public Benefit Company. They've got a working profile page and that's about all I know. This only started in September 2023, so there's actually quite a bit of growth for such a short period. I recommend joining their mailing list as they've sent out a number of surveys to help inform where they are headed.
  • Sone / Tone - this is a platform / protocol being led by Kevin Duquette; whom you may know from Top Shelf Records and calling out Bandcamp for trying to union bust. I'm in their Discord and find that there are plenty of smart people in there discussing interesting problems. To be transparent, I can't figure out why there are two names - are they the same service? Different pieces of the same service? I've no idea. Additionally, there's a foundational usage of blockchain at the core of this endeavor and that gives me pause. It's not NFTs or similar grifts as far as I can tell but it's still a curious aspect to keep in mind.
  • nina - out of all the options I've seen so far, this is the most mature. It's got album pages, flexible "hubs" to host labels & blogs, bonus material, allows for following and very easy uploading. I even made a yk Records Hub and tossed two records on the service to see how it worked. It was all quite smooth! I believe this platform also uses the blockchain - both to note ownership of a given release and to store the actual audio. Solana is at it's core, which is a "proof-of-stake" blockchain, so the environmental impact is nill. I'm hesitant about anything involving blockchain but they also allow for regular ole credit card transactions, so it's seems somewhat flexible.
  • Ampled - I'd like to also note this "co-op for musicians" endeavor that looks very promising but has announced they are closing in 2023. Bummer!
So far, that's about the extend of my research. I know there are more. Hit me up via email (yewknee at gmail dot com) if you have anymore you think I should check out.

Laser Screenprinting

must admit, a clever way to modernize this process. best part is the laser setup requires wearing sunglasses, which seems rife with disaster. otherwise, very cool!
The one and only album from Mama Zu has been announced for pre-order. Quilt Floor will be released in February of 2024.

The album is a collaboration between Lindwood Regensburg and Jessi Zazu. Way back in 2006, Zazu was a founding member of Those Darlins, an alt-country outfit that evolved into a full blast rock band over their decade together. Linwood officially joined the band around 2011 and was a constant collaborator through their last two albums. Sadly, Zazu passed away from cancer far too young in 2017; she was only 28.

I heard about these recordings at that time but assumed they were not to see the light of day since six years had passed. I am happy to be wrong and excited to hear more from Zazu's musical mind.
You may have seen a How It's Made: Vinyl Records, a process that starts be cutting into a lacquer disc from a master audio recording, which then becomes a stamper through electroplating process, which then molds vinyl blobs into LPs.

What boggles my mind about the process is that the lacquers are only made by one company; Public Record Company / MDC in Japan. There used to be a second company- called Apollo/Transco - but it was destroyed in a fire in 2020. The idea that one company supplies the entire planet with the raw materials for creating vinyl records is truly mind boggling.

There are alternative ways to make a vinyl record that do not involve a lacquer but those processes are not as widespread nor as high in fidelity for all kinds of recordings.

Regardless, enjoy this pleasant manufacturing video of the lacquers being made at PBR / MDC. Soothing.

Coat Hingers – Foldable Coat Hangers by Simone Giertz

very clever. I do not personally need this but I do love that it exists in the world.

The Humane AI Pin is a bizarre cross between Google Glass and a pager

as intrigued as I am by this device, I also can not deny the appeal of scathing first look. Ron Amadeo is not a fan.

Garbage Day: Is the web actually evaporating?

you gotta be reading Garbage Day. Honestly, if you enjoy thinking about The Internet, then subscribe asap.
Don't let anyone tell you that the web isn't fun anymore. You have to look a little harder for it and you have to be willing to make time for it now but it's out there. Evidence: Nailstudio; an interactive site where you paint the hands and nails like a color by numbers. For fun. That's it. Enjoy!

Brought to you by YASLY, Tamara Chu and inspired by Susan Kare.
I've no idea if Sarah Sherman actually sent this audition tape to SNL to secure her place in the cast but it's a blast to watch regardless of reality. Enjoy.
I've become a regular listener to Blank Check with Griffin and David, a rather enjoyable film podcast. They've been covering the works of David Fincher recently and touched on The Social Network, citing Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross's score as particularly crucial to the impact of the film (the score did win an Oscar after all!). From there, the algorithms took notice of my interests and recommended I check out this clip of Reznor using the Swarmatron, an electronic device that is featured heavily in the score. It's eerie and entirely unique.

Of course, that led to a deeper dive into the Swarmatron. Turns out it is a handmade device by the company Dewanatron, two cousins with the last name Dewan and an affinity for creating instruments. This introductory video walks you through the Swarmatron, their history, their passion for the craft and some other devices. I particularly enjoy the Dual Primate Console; a synthesizer that requires two primates to operate successfully.

I love how the founders appear very buttoned up and serious about their craft but there's so much humor and delight running through everything. This interview with Leon Dewan demonstrating the Swarmatron at a convention is excellent evidence of that.

As intended, the Internet provides links upon links through subjects you knew nothing about but can be delighted by what you find on the other side. Hope you continue further with the Swarmatron.

Cafe Racer - Words In Error

shoegaze, proper psychedelic sprawl and a healthy pinch of Sonic Youth. delish.

Blinker The Star - Animal Math vinyl campaign

been listening to BTS for about 25 years and this new record is one of the best in awhile. worth considering backing.

A QAnon Cult Set Up a Compound in a Small Town. The Locals Are Fighting Back.

VICE covers a lot of insane stories but this one feels especially nuts
Back in April I heard about the upcoming "AI Pin" - a new device that integrates into your life similar to how Google Glass or Apple Watch do but in an entirely new form factor. I said back then that it looks like a Star Trek communicator badge and I stand by that.

Now, the device has been announced. It's been developed by a company called, which includes a bunch of ex-Apple folks. It costs $699 and has a $24/mo subscription fee. Not cheap but I could also see it being a lot more expensive.

The announcement and demo video has a bizarre tone. It's very calm, almost comatose, but that lack of flashiness shows the device working in real time. This isn't a proposal, this is the device actually listening to the wearer, fetching information and returning answers in real time. It does feel a bit stilted but I think there's an upside to that vibe.

I love the form factor. It's not a watch, it's not a pair of glasses, it's just a badge you wear. Refreshingly new. Okay, it's a brooch but it's still a nice new approach. I also love the Light Interactions that project on to your hand. Will that be visible in daylight? I've no idea but it's innovative in a way that I must respect.

The unfortunate part of this thing is calling it the "AI Pin." The name feels like it's leaning into buzzwords. Why not call it The Badge? Or PinPal? I'm spitballing here but so much "artificial intelligence" is just a piece of software searching your email - it's not really what people think of as "AI."

I digress. Wearable and pervasive tech is an inevitability and they seem to be doing a good job of tackling the privacy issues that come with it. Overall, I find the device quite intriguing and applaud them for the innovations they're bringing. Can't wait to encounter one in person and keep up with various developments.
If you have not watched the OpenAI DevDay Keynote, I suggest you carve out 45 minutes soon and do so. The whole AI landscape is moving incredibly quickly and it's pretty fascinating to watch. Unlike the blockchain exploits of recent years, the AI explosion feels much more relevant and far less like snake oil. There are flaws and concerns but, on the whole, it feels more positive.

Regardless of your viewership of that particular video, you should read this Ben Thompson piece entitled The OpenAI Keynote which serves as a summary of the event, some of the important announcements and, more importantly, an inspection on the return of the keynote generally speaking. It also speaks a good deal about consumer behavior and makes some light predictions on where OpenAI is headed. It's smart, informative and measured - excellent traits all around.
This piece over on Dazed Digital about some recently unearthed Polaroids from Hackers is from 2020 but it's new to me! It's focused on the fashion of the film; specifically how Roger K Burton put together the costumes. I was quite pleased to learn that Wigstock was an influence on Burton's choices, as well as the more obvious influences of Club Kids and classic British punks. Great read.

Beat Computer - Text 2

listen to Hand Wires for some delightful ambiance via synths. me likey.


a graphic interface for stable diffusion. Kind of like Yahoo Pipes but for interacting with a generative AI. Have heard many good things

Geist Font

an excellent monospace AND sans typeface. love that it was designed specifically for developers and designers in mind.
A professor at the University of Chicago created a new tool called "Nightshade" which functions as a poison pill for generative AI when scraping your images for training data. The idea is that by injecting a special set of pixels and invisible data into an image you could cause an AI to misinterpret your image, thus saving it from being used correctly for training.

I've looked over research preview and agree with the idea of the tool - it'd be nice for artists to be able to opt-in or out of training data - but I'm not convinced this would actually work.

My skepticism aside, it's a topic worth pondering in more depth. Obviously AI is skirting a lot of copyright issues and potentially hurting a lot of artists in a myriad of ways. That's not to say it's a black and white issue - AI is beneficial as well - but this is an area that is a brave new world. How can we train these machines to be useful but also provide credit to those created the foundation? I fear the answer may be "legislation" (of which I am even more skeptical) but we'll just have to wait and see.