"It was a grey and windy day.... Scott and Dave had been trying to get me to put lyrics on that one for years. Lyrics are, you know, about stuff." (Frank Black on St. Francis Dam Disaster - Blogcritics interview)
As mentioned, you will probably want to have a podcast aggregator (see links above). If you'd like to subscribe to the podcast, you can use one of the buttons above to subscribe in iTunes or My Yahoo. If you just want to listen to a specific podcast, you can also do that with iTunes, My Yahoo, or Podcast Alley. For other software, select Add/Subscribe to Podcast and then copy the following URL when it asks you for the podcast feed:
If you can't be convinced to podcast, you can, for the time being at least, download the podcast directly from the Episode Guide page.
What is a Podcast?
According to Wikipedia, Podcasting is the distribution of audio or video files, such as radio programs or music videos, over the internet using RSS syndication for listening on mobile devices and personal computers. Sounds tricky, but basically, it's an audio recording that your computer automatically keeps up to date for you every time a new one is released.
A podcast is a web feed of audio or video files placed on the Internet for anyone to subscribe to. And the FrankBlack.Net feed is absolutely free, so we really do mean anyone. We may offer direct download of the podcast, but being able to subscribe and have automatically delivered new content is what distinguishes a podcast from a simple download or real-time streaming. But don't take our word for it - ask a ninja!
Do I need an iPod or iTunes?
No; in fact, most podcasts are just regular mp3 files, so as long as you can listen to mp3s, you can listen to our podcast. What distinguishes a podcast, however, is the ability to subscribe to them; this means that whenever a new episode of the podcast is available, it will be automatically downloaded onto your computer, and from there, you can move it to a portable device. You can use programs like iTunes, Juice Receiver, or many other programs.
How do I subscribe through iTunes?
Subscribing in iTunes has never been easier. All you have to do is click here and you'll bring up our page on iTunes. Click the "Subscribe" button and you're done, or you can always check out some of the older episodes. If, for some reason, that doesn't work, just select Advanced from the iTunes menu, then Subscribe to Podcast, then enter the following link:
And iTunes should automatically start downloading the latest episode for you. You can get back episodes, too, just expand the podcast and click "Get". Easy!
How do I subscribe through other players?
For most podcast players, you should simply be able to click "Subscribe to podcast" or "Add podcast" and enter the link highlighted above. If that doesn't work, well, check your player's documentation; Not all players support podcasting. If you are having problems, we'd like to know, so send Dean or Brian an email.
What exactly does FB.net Podcast?
Every podcast will feature a mixture of album cuts, live tracks, rarities, b-sides, cover songs, original songs from forum members, and some surprises too. The first podcast was recorded February 14, 2006, by Dean Katsiris and Brian Salvatore (or Cult of Frank and Broken Face if you prefer).
Is there some way to find out what is in each episode?
Sure! You can just check out our Episode Guide. Every episode is there, and has the playlist as well as where the material is from.
I love some of the covers Frank Black tackles. You should play some!
That's not a question, but we'll answer anyway. We agree, there are some terrific covers that Frank Black has done. See, for example, Snake Oil. The problem is that getting the rights to play some of those
songs can be difficult at best, and in some cases quite expensive. However, we do hope and would love to someday be able to play music written by people other
than Frank Black and particularly by artists who have heavily influenced him, so this is something we are working on diligently.
Where can I find some of this stuff?
Most of Frank's albums are still easy to find from his various labels. Perhaps at some point in the future, we will run an FB.Net store, but for now, that's your best bet. Oddballs, sadly, is no longer available and is growing increasingly rare besides, so if you stumble across a copy of it in your local cool record store's collection, by all means, snag it!
As for live shows and rarities, many b-sides can be found in collections other than Oddballs, such as on One More Road for the Hit and Snake Oil. Others still are included as bonus tracks and on EPs. Finally, the rest simply circulate in the FB.Net community. Pop by the forum and make a request, and someone is sure to help you out - so long as it's legal!
Is this podcast legal/podsafe?
Of course! We are completely authorized by applicable license holders, so you can download and enjoy happily courtesy of Frank Black and other guests we may have on the show from time to time.