Posted on 12-08-2010
Filed Under (engineering) by Jon Stinson

Yesterday I posted a couple personal thoughts in regards to the release of the new Wes Sp8 EP, Three Song Thing. But I thought since this is a blog primarily about producing, recording, and mixing (a topic I have not actually posted on in a while), I should also share some notes about the recording process.

Recently Wes emailed me asking about what I could remember from the recording process-specifically what gear I used. A week ago Wes published a post on his blog that included my response to that email.

Click on over to Wes Sp8′s blog to read the post:

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Posted on 11-08-2010
Filed Under (stinson bulletin) by Jon Stinson

Yesterday, over at Radical Notion (independent media), we finally released another project from my production catalog-the Wes Sp8 Three Song Thing. I say finally, because it’s a project that we started a really long time ago. It got put on the back-burner for a little while, but thankfully it didn’t die there.

I’m very happy with the way this new release from Wes Sp8 turned out, and very excited to share it with you. As I listen back to what we all created, I know with total confidence that we achieved exactly what we were aiming for.

Sharing the finished product of a release is one of the biggest satisfactions I get out of doing all this. And although Wes Sp8 is no longer an artist that we officially manage at Radical Notion (independent media), I’m thrilled that we still get to be a part of making and releasing some of his recordings.

So please take a short moment out of your day to listen through Three Song Thing via the widget below. And if you like it, please share by grabbing the embed or link code, and posting around!

<a href="">Mama Took Away All The Fun by Radical Notion (independent media)</a>

I also encourage you to support Wes by signing up for his email list: [Sign up to the Wes Sp8 email list]. When you do, he will send you Three Song Thing for $0. You can additionally support Wes by purchasing Three Song Thing directly from the widget above-the cost is $3.00.

We’ve posted full details around this release on the Radical Notion (independent media) blog here: Wes Sp8 Three Song Thing Available August 10th

Thanks Wes for being persistent, pushing me to stay with this project, and fighting for your music (as all great artists should do). Cheers to everyone who is/was involved, and congratulations on making another great one!

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Posted on 27-11-2008
Filed Under (announcements) by Jon Stinson

Since it’s Thanksgiving Day today here in the United States, I wanted to express thanks to all my faithful subscribers. Once again, I do appreciate everyone remaining subscribed even though my posting has been pretty much non-existent. Keep hangin in there, because things will pick back up again soon!

Also in recognition of Thanksgiving, I want to express thanks to all my twitter followers, Myspace friends and facebook friends. I’m also thankful for the fans of Wes Sp8, the fans of Mother/Father and the fans of Radical Notion. And of course I’m thankful for my friends and family offline as well…

One last thing: for those who are into getting deals on Black Friday, you might be interested to know that at Radical Notion Digital we do Black Friday deals every day. If you would you rather shop somewhere you’re more familiar with, then our Wes Sp8 CD Baby page and our Wes Sp8 iTunes page have some pretty good deals too. Mother/Father music is not available to purchase yet, but will be soon.

Hope today feels like a holiday no matter where you live…

Turkey photo by xybermatthew and licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Posted on 09-08-2008
Filed Under (marketing and promotion) by Jon Stinson

We have extended the 888 promotion we did yesterday. If you missed your chance to download the free recording from yesterday, then you now have the whole weekend to get it.

Send an email to [email protected] anytime today or tomorrow and we will send you the link for the download.

Get to downloading!

BTW-Don’t send any correspondence to the above email address, as no one will see it. It is purely an auto-response message. If you do want to talk with someone real, send me an email at stinson[at]producernotes[dot]com. I’d love to talk with you about anything.

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Posted on 08-08-2008
Filed Under (marketing and promotion) by Jon Stinson
Wes Sp8 888 Album cover

Wes Sp8 888 Album cover

Well things have become very busy lately, which is a good thing. I have not posted on producer notes in over a month, but thought I would show up for a minute to run a promotion. Since today is 888, and I am part of a team who manages and produces an artist who goes by Wes Sp8, I thought it would be cool to tell you about something we cooked up to play to the 8 theme.

If you send an email to [email protected] by 8pm tonite, we will send you a link to get a free download of a live version of Behind My Back, recorded at a band rehearsal.

Additionally, I want to link you to another free download of Please. This is the studio cut, and title track off Please EP. Go to and right click (ctrl+click on Mac) on the please.mp3 link near the top of the page. Choose “save file to disk.”

While I’m pointing you to free downloads, I might as well remind you that you can get the full mp3 version of Please EP for free at While you are there take a look around, because Please EP comes in several other higher quality formats you may be interested in (they’re cheap!), such as FLAC Lossless, Apple Lossless and the physical CD.

Finally, you can find Please EP at these online retail outlets:

Download away, and come back here to leave comments.

Happy 888, and hope to be posting again sooner than later…

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Posted on 07-04-2008
Filed Under (announcements) by Jon Stinson

You can now buy Wes Sp8′s Please EP on CD Baby and iTunes. Check it out at the links below.

On CD Baby:
WES SP8: Please EP

On iTunes:
Wes Sp8

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Posted on 02-04-2008
Filed Under (announcements) by Jon Stinson

So yesterday was April 1st. Duh… Oh well what can I say, I was caught at a vulnerable moment.


But at least it’s a reality in my world because The Radical Notion Digital Store is all set to go live tomorrow. And that is not a joke. March was a very long month, and April started hard, but we’re very excited to be releasing Street Corner Champs debut Self Titled EP, and doing it as a download only. It is the second release ever for Radical Notion (independent media).

SCC Download Party Poster
Due to certain circumstances we didn’t have a chance to promote Street Corner Champs’ EP Download Party very much at all, but here are some details:

  • The party is tomorrow nite at The 5 Spot in East Nashville
  • We are launching Street Corner Champs’ website, as well as The Radical Notion Digital Store
  • The lineup includes Wes Sp8
  • Vovo may not be able to make it
  • Cost is $5

Hope to see you tomorrow nite…

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Posted on 24-03-2008
Filed Under (marketing and promotion) by Jon Stinson

Wes Sp8 EP Release Poster

*The Wes Sp8 EP Release Party and CD is FREE*
This Friday, March 28th, will be Wes Sp8′s EP Release Party to celebrate the release of his debut, Please EP. The party will be at The 12 South Tap Room in Nashville, TN with O’ Don Piano playing first (Josh Hood, Wes Sp8′s drummer). There is no cost to get in, and the first 50 people who show up get a free copy of Please EP. You don’t want to miss this show (unless you hate free stuff). Come be a part of the community that Wes Sp8, myself, Jonathan Harms, Radical Notion and others are building in 2008. We put the value in the guest’s experience.

Get directions to The 12 South Tap Room here: []

One more thing…
Thanks for reading my blog, and taking an interest in what I do. If you live in Nashville I’m going to do a special promotion of Please EP for you. It’s going to end on Friday, or once the first 10 people act-whichever comes first. Come by the Radical Notion office (my apartment) any time between now and Friday to say hello and get your FREE, pre-party copy of Please EP.

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Posted on 12-03-2008
Filed Under (announcements) by Jon Stinson

Please EP
We received the Wes Sp8 Please EP from the manufacturing plant today. This represents a lot of hard work and patience for all of us who have been involved along the way (Wes Sp8, Josh Hood, Jordan Hester, Kristin Thomas, Nate Creekmore, Chad Erickson, Jonathan Harms and myself). It has been nearly a year since we hit the record button the first time to begin this project. In between then and now we have worked, and continue to work relentlessly, putting our heart and soul into this project. It is a milestone in all of our musical careers, and a great payoff for what we have been chipping away at for the last 11 months. I can’t explain to you how excited I am to have this CD in my hand, but I don’t have to. I write this blog for an audience of independent musicians, producers, engineers and marketers. Each one of you know what it feels like to finally have in your hand what has taken months, even years, to develop.

Please EP is the first recording to ever have the credits read “Produced, Recorded and Mixed by stinson.” And the first release ever by Radical Notion (independent media).

Only a couple more weeks until the release party. We will be celebrating this release in our home town of Nashville, TN at the 12 South Tap Room. If you live in town and are able to make it I hope to see you there.

I want to use this moment to connect with you. I would love for you to share your stories of your first product release, book, recording, etc. Even if you have never released a physical product, I would still like to hear from you. Any story of releasing a product applies, even the first time you posted a song on myspace, or released your first ebook-anything. So please, leave your comments. Tell your story.

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Posted on 03-03-2008
Filed Under (stinson bulletin) by Jon Stinson

It has been a couple of months since I have given an update on what’s going on. Radical Notion has been ticking along quite nicely. Both bands we represent have been playing plenty of rockin’ shows, and stirring up some local attention.

Wes Sp8
Back in November Wes Sp8 (pronounced Speight) and I did a radio interview on Vanderbilt’s station 91.1 WRVU. I told you that the recording would be up in the near future, but it took me a bit longer to post it than I hoped it would. Either way it is finally up, and you can find it at

Another bit of Wes Sp8 news is that he is now a SESAC affiliated performing/recording artist. In January we began having a series of meetings with SESAC to seek affiliation, and in early February Wes signed the appropriate papers to make it official. If you live in Nashville, look for the upcoming show to celebrate.

Last bit of Wes Sp8 news-we were all excited when Wes got a little bit of commercial radio attention a couple of weeks ago. Mid February, Wes played a show at Christopher Pizza. One of the sponsors happened to be a local radio station, Lightning 100. They aired a promo of the show, which featured a clip of Wes’s single Please.

Street Corner Champs
Things are going strong in Street Corner Champs’ camp as well. Last Thursday they played to a packed house at Windows On The Cumberland in a battle of the bands. There was a great energy in the room; I could tell the fans were very excited. I was pleasantly surprised at the fan support that Street Corner Champs have. The competition went on all weekend, so I don’t know where we stand. In the end, it was a success because Street Corner Champs poured their soul into the performance, which formed a stronger bond with their already loyal fans.

In personal news, I got a call over the weekend to go record some overdubs for the local country/pop group, Shedaisy []. My friend Andy has been recording with them, but has to take a break to get another project started. He called me to fill in, so Tuesday and Wednesday I will be in the studio recording various overdubs, and generally having fun. I look forward to working with Shedaisy, as they seem like a great group of people.

That finalizes the news…
I don’t feel like this blog is the right place to talk about Radical Notion news. News regarding my freelance production is relevant, but it’s difficult to differentiate sometimes since the two are cross-relevant. I am working on building a blog for Radical Notion, so in the future look there for RN news.

I am going to experiment with more efficient ways to give news updates, because I feel that this time I waited too long. It’s hard to find the right timing for news since I only post once a week. Other bloggers that post daily, or multiple times a day don’t have any problem staying current with news updates, because they can still post their normal content too. Since I only blog part time it’s a trickier balance. My goal is to find a way to give news updates without breaking away from the usual content of the site. I don’t want there to be entire week gaps in the main content because of a news update. Today I’m going to experiment with a “double post.” I’ll try this for a bit, and depending on how it works, I may or may not try something different. So for now, on weeks that there is news to talk about, you will find two posts.

I’ll Take Your Suggestions
If you have an idea for a better way to handle news updates, I would love to hear it. Please leave me a comment with suggestions on how you would like to see news posts on this site.

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