Month: August 2019

Jim Rezac: Now at Muckey Landing!

We here at Muckey Landing couldn’t be more pleased to announce that singer/songwriter Jim Rezac is on board as our house music director! Jim’s music brand is Americana, personal, and original, and the first time we heard him perform, we felt he couldn’t be a better fit for our podcast. Go listen to him perform his original composition An American Song and tell us we’re wrong — nope, you can’t.

We sat down with Jim for a meet-and-greet last winter to feel him out about whether he’d be interested in working with us on this project — he was, and in short order, he sent us a piece to consider as a theme song. It totally worked, and we knew we’d found our guy.

If you’re not familiar with Jim and his work, check out his website and see where he’s performing, and definitely make it a point to see him perform live. And listen for Jim and his work on Muckey Landing – a sort of a podcast, coming later this year to wherever you listen to podcasts!

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Recommended Podcasts: Welcome To Night Vale

It occurred to me that there are probably some actors who are planning to audition for my podcast, Muckey Landing, who have never listened to a podcast before. To help get you up to speed, I’ll recommend a podcast from time to time that’s well-done and typical of the medium.

One thing I’ve found is that podcasts like Muckey Landing are few and far between: the vast majority of podcasts tend to be in a free-wheeling talk show format, frequently with guest interviews. Furthermore, the few shows that are actually scripted tend to be in the drama, sci-fi, horror and true crime genres. However, one well-known scripted podcast does deliver dark (very dark) comedy: Welcome to Night Vale.

Welcome to Night Vale is the podcast that first got me hooked on this new version of old-time radio. This comedy-horror-sci-fi mix is downright venerable as podcasts go, arriving on the scene in 2012. The premise is that you’re listening to a local radio station broadcasting from Night Vale, a town somewhere out in the desert Southwest. Your radio host is Cecil Palmer, who announces news items, upcoming events, and general goings-on about town. It quickly becomes apparent, however, that there’s something not quite right about Night Vale, in a way that’s rather impossible to describe — a rival town actually exists in another dimension, they can’t keep interns at the radio station because they keep dying off, and a glowing cloud of poisonous gas runs for the school board and wins. One apt synopsis described it as “the news from Lake Wobegon as seen through the eyes of Stephen King.”

These days, Welcome to Night Vale is not just a podcast: it has spawned several books, it regularly goes on tour with live performances, and it’s supposedly being adapted for television by the writer/producer of Breaking Bad. It’s not to everyone’s taste, but as one of the longest-running scripted podcasts around, it’s worth a listen. Download it to your computer, phone or tablet from Apple, Google, and other podcast download sites, or ask Alexa or Google Home to play it for you. Visit the Welcome to Night Vale website at http://www.welcometonightvale.com for more info.

If Night Vale’s a little dark for you, and you’re looking for something that’s in a more traditionally comedic vein, I’ll have a few more recommendations later on — or you can just wait for the debut of Muckey Landing!

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Upload Your Digital Audition. Now.

Upload Your Digital Audition. Now.

This is yet another thing that we know you want to do. We’ve posted a new page that has everything you need to know about how to submit your recorded audition to become a Muckey Landing cast member — check it out!

The photograph above, BTW, does NOT depict equipment you can actually use to record your audition. Displayed above, my friends, is a real-live Sony Walkman. It played prerecorded cassette tapes. That’s how we rolled back in the 80s, children. This magnificent photograph, imaginatively entitled My_First_Sony.jpg, was taken by Joost J. Bakker from IJmuiden [CC BY 2.0“]. I don’t know what all that means, Creative Commons told me I had to write it if I wanted to use their picture. IMHO, though, “Joost J. Bakker” would be a great name for a rock band.

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Wanna Sound Off With Us?

Wanna Sound Off With Us?

We know we’re a little off – we’re quite proud of it, actually — and we’re looking for someone who will fit in with our particular brand of nuttiness to run sound during live performances. Mike and Bruce both know sound, and Mike will probably take care of most if not all sound in post, but they’re gonna be busy stinkin’ up the joint acting and stuff during live performances. They can’t do it all, people. Chris is, of course, clueless, and half-deaf to boot, so she’s no help. So that leaves you, Sound Guy or Gal. Get in touch. You know you wanna.

BTW, that is NOT our mixer board. That board belongs to some pub in England that some dude took a picture of and posted on Wiki Media, which is where we stole it from. Take this as our half-assed attempt to credit this fine work of art to No machine-readable author provided.Biggerbyfar~commonswiki assumed (based on copyright claims)” under CC BY-SA 2.5.

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Auditions Coming Soon

Auditions Coming Soon

Looking for versatile voice actors for Muckey Landing. Watch for details! We’ve even got audition pieces posted now, THAT’S how uptown we are. Go here to see ’em.

BTW, this guy in the picture is some unknown dude doing a voiceover with a fancy glassed-in soundproof voiceover booth with all sorts of equipment like microphones and knobs and sliders and stuff. I found him on Wikimedia Commons, and this is what they say about him: This image is a work of the United States Department of Health and Human Services, taken or made as part of that person’s official duties. As a work of the U.S. federal government, the image is in the public domain. So this is just one of your garden-variety humble public servants. Probably works in the dental health department, which would explain the turtleneck and the toothy grin. This is not, I repeat, NOT, what our setup is like. I’d share our setup with you, but if I did, I’d probably never see you again. And we can’t have that, can we?

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