OPENING ACTS: "Constructive Eviction," Samantha Crain

As we approach the anniversary of the near-complete shutdown of the live music industry, I thought that perhaps one small way to help might be to focus the songs I feature here on some of the lesser-known artists that I either learned about by seeing them open for bigger acts, or that I have opened for myself. Samantha Crain, an Oklahoma-based singer-songwriter of Choctaw descent, actually checks both boxes: I saw her open for the Avett Brothers back in 2010, and not long after had the chance with The Lost Cartographers to open for her at Chicago's legendary Empty Bottle. Her 2020 release smooths over some of the country grit she previously incorporated into her songs, but if you've ever wondered what Phoebe Bridgers might sound like with a little more twang, A Small Death might be just what you're looking for.


"Remote Music Collaboration Online (in real time)" - Solvable

Anyone who's ever been in a Zoom meeting knows that latency -- the lag in the audio that causes people to frequently wind up speaking over each other -- is a big problem in real-time audio on the web, and one that has historically made synchronous performance over the internet virtually impossible. But in this interview, you'll meet someone who solved the problem, all in the name of allowing his son's choir to practice together during lockdown.


"How YouTube Reaction Videos Are Changing the Way We Listen" -  by Jonathan Bernstein, Rolling Stone

To me, one of the weirdest ways the pandemic has affected our experience of music is the explosion of reaction videos as a genre. Sure, they've been around for years, but something about us wanting to watch other people experience music seems to have really caused these videos to blow up in 2020 (and if you're wondering  just what the hell I'm talking about, this Rolling Stone article will fill you in).
Rough Mix is a newsletter about all things audio curated by Aaron Rester and brought to you by Beartrap Spring Records. Every other week, I highlight great music, articles, podcasts and more that I think are worth sharing and spending some time with. Have a suggestion for something to share? Email, or connect with Beartrap Spring on YoutubeFacebook or Twitter. Music highlighted in these emails is available on our Spotify playlist.
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