An internet waystation.

it me - michael eades

👋 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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I've seen a good bit of hype surrounding the new Cindy Lee album, Diamond Jubilee. The record is only available on YouTube and Geocities. It's also just over 2 hours long. Damon Krukowski wrote a long treatise about how it contrasts the new Taylor Swift. Pitchfork wrote up a legitimately meaningful review with a score of 9.1. Cindy Lee used to be a member of the band WOMEN, which seems to push the hype even further!

Given all that, it's very easy to assume this album will not actually be enjoyable to listen to. Or that the distribution tactic of making it exclusive to a few platforms is what people are appreciating more than the music itself. Surely this is just some sort of exposition that only gatekeeping music journalists can manage to appreciate?

The answer to that is a resounding No! Diamond Jubilee does have a lot of hype surrounding it but it's absolutely legitimate. The Pitchfork calls it "the greatest radio station you’ve ever come across" and that's impossible to argue with ( it surprises me to say it but you really should read the whole thing). There are a ton of ideas across these 2 hours, most of which are influenced by Doo-wop girl groups and bedroom indie pop... but it really can't be reduced that easily. It's an impressive blend of uniqueness and familiarity all at once.

I recommend sitting with the entire record. My skepticism didn't fall away until I let the whole record play top to bottom. Like listening to the radio, I wasn't engaged the entire time but I was also never turned off. I imagine on future listens those bright spots and recessions will ebb and flow to different tracks depending on my mood. Some will argue that the record could have been reduced to one disc or a stellar 45-minute experience but I think that misses the point in this case. You're free to make your own version of the album but the real celebration here is the greatness of the abundance.


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