Monday, December 31, 2007
Song of Winter '08 - MGMT- "Electric Feel"
Saturday, December 29, 2007
Here's an excerpt:
With the success of the band, it's no longer a project, so what is the most challenging aspect of being a "professional" musician? What do you wish you could change most about the reality of the music industry?
JJ: The challenging part of being an artist today is that there's no map to follow anymore. Yes, information is free and you can deliver your music to anyone in the world in a few minutes, but you're screaming out from a pack of a million animals. How can you be heard? How can you survive with less and less "grass" so to speak? We're part of an evolution right now and the only answers are trial and error.
For the full interview, click: here
Friday, December 21, 2007
how am i suppose to remember enough for a top 10 list?
its useless. so i'm not even going to try.
ps - the national's boxer would have been in it. just fyi.
Labels: top 10
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
retrovision 90s - ride, mansun, catherine wheel and more
ten years ago, as a senior in college, i was still in the middle of my new wave/brit-pop/dark wave phase. and coyote j, if you are reading this, i was spending each sunday night listening to his fucking fantastic program "the edge".
in the winter of '97/'98 i was still listening to the smiths, depeche mode and the cure on an almost daily basis. but as i was sitting here thinking about those times as underchuck, i was thinking about the other bands that i was listening too a lot, or the bands i wished i had been listening to a lot.
so in no particular order, here are a few:
echo and the bunnymen - why i didn't invest more free time in their catalog is beyond me. one of the first conversations i had as i freshman in college was about their cover of the doors'"people are strange". and honestly, "lips like sugar" is just stunning.
james - i was so obsessed with james that i even bought tim booth's album booth and the bad angel. without a doubt laid would still be in my top 25 list of best top-to-bottom albums of all-time. seriously.
jesus and mary chain - this is another example of a band that i should have gotten into 20 years ago, but didn't. i'm actually listening to "april skies" now and it blows my mind how i missed being obsessed with them as a teen.
catherine wheel - i still haven't bought '93's chrome, but i sure wore out happy days. they've been playing the band again on xm, which is great, because brit-rock didn't get much better in the mid-'90s.
mansun - "wide open space" blew my mind the first time i heard in on "the edge". it's a shame the band never took off in the states.
ride - name one song by ride? exactly. i can't either, but i have more of a reaction about this ethereal band than any of the genre.
over the next few weeks, i'll go over more must listens from the mid-'90s.
Labels: retrovision 90s
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
the ron paul conversation
from this post kissatlanta comment:
"love his views and his stance - i even have a t-shirt and button - but his chances are slim at best. great guy, poor politician, and in the end, his message just won't play to the masses ... yet.
it brings me back to a point i've made for a long time: it's time for a viable third party. the number of people who lean socially liberal and fiscally conservative continues to grow. the two major parties in the country are so concerned about playing to five major 5% voting blocks on each side of the aisle that they ignore the 30% of american voters that can't be classified into one simple category. it's easy to spend money to court the unions or the christian conservatives, but not the independent, free thinkers.
so what about libertarians, the green party, etc.? too many of the third parties get classified as appealing only to the margins because of their strong voice on one topic only. the libertarians had a chance a few years ago (paul ran as a libertarian previously) but never could get going. if memory serves me, you only begin to get major federal funding if you get 5% of the vote in a presidential election. (i may be pulling that number way out of my ass, but i don't feel like fact-checking at the moment.)
the internet is, for now, changing the playing field. paul is raising a lot of money, but he still gets less face time as the other candidates on tv/radio. and while seeing him getting booed by the audience for not backing down from his views in a republican debate in florida a month ago may get me going, it doesn't bode well for his chances overall.
where paul is having success is with the margins. that 30% of independent, free thinkers? yeah, a lot of them troll the internet. as we've seen in music - which rolled out a number of blog-hit wonders in the last two years - the internet can make the irrelevant, relevant. (just ask bands like test icicles or man man, who were the hottest thing for about three weeks each in '06.)
but until there is enough motivation from the youth of the country (the under 35 set) to find politicians who fit their viewpoint, regardless of party lines, runs like paul is having will continue to be few and far between.
what's the old saying, something like 'if you aren't a democrat at 20 you don't have a heart and if you aren't a republican at 40 you don't have a brain'? i somewhere in between you talk about it. and that's why, at the least, paul is causing conversation. and that is how change happens."
i have always found presidential campaigns to be riveting. the 2008 election may be the most interesting election the US has seen in decades. who will emerge from the republicans? will mccain make a comeback and win the bid? will huckabee continue his trending? can the democrats shed the "too liberal" label and win the majority vote in a presidential election from the first time since 1976?
time will tell. but at least it will make for a little good tv along the way.
Sunday, December 16, 2007
If you didn't know what it was, there's a better-than-even chance that you used Wikipedia. It's many people's default Web site to get quick answers to their must-know questions.
I, and many others, have a problem with Wikipedia. Like any open-source site, it relies on individuals to fill it's almost endless pages with content. The site has it's faults, inaccuracies and mistakes, but what data source doesn't? On the whole, it's a great site that provides information to millions of internet users a day. The content is kept as accurate as it is by a league of "experts" who monitor content to keep it as up-to-date as possible - it's a yeoman's job, for sure.
So why do I have a problem with it?
If you read the terms to posting on Wikipedia, you'll notice it has a clause about self-posting. It will not allow a link to an external site to be posted on a subject page if posted by the link's source. It's to prevent spam, they say. Hey, everyone hates spam, right? Way to go Wiki! Kill all spam!
Or, not so much ...
A few months ago, I decided to link a few of the past interviews I've done on the DeadJournalist.com site to the subject's Wikipedia page. For some of the bands or artists I've interviewed, there's a tremendous amount of information available. So while there might be a nugget or two of information that my little interview unearthed, most of the information has been mined by multiple sources. But for others, there isn't much information available. A link to my interview on Wikipedia might have proved to be worth the time John Q. Public took to read it.
When I do an interview, I like doing a little research. I don't want to ask a question who's answer is so commonplace that it is a waste of time for the artist who is taking the time to do a little pr by answering my questions. Sometimes, the artist's Web site or MySpace page doesn't have much information, and so the progression begins: first I got to Wikipedia, then to other on-line interviews, and so forth and so on, until I get a feel for the information landscape of the artist.
That sounds like 21st century research 101 to me. I'm sure I'm not the only person that follows that path when trying to dig up a little information.
So imagine my surprise when I found that all of my links had been deleted by the watchful eye of Wikipedia. I had been termed a spammer and thus my links as spam. All of this because, several months ago, I couldn't figure out why my interview link with The Raveonettes kept getting deleted off their Wikipedia page. I kept reposting when it kept getting removed. This went on for several days, until finally, the watchful eye of big brother Wiki said no more.
I get it, I shouldn't have posted my own links. I should have made up a fake ID and posted them from some other IP address. Excuse my ignorance.
Look, I'd love to say that this little site of mine generates thousands of unique visits per day. While I may not be the biggest music-based site on the Web, and my interviews may not be the Pulitzer Prize-worthy, during the last 20 months I've contributed 50+ interviews to the public for consumption. Some have been read a lot, some not as much. The bottom line is they are out there if you choose to read them.
But having the governing eye of Wikipedia controlling the flow of information on an open-source site by preventing additional subject-matter to be posted solely based on the fact it was posted by the source's author, should be (and pardon the pun) a red flag for concern.
I'm not trying to compare my plight to that of those writers in the 1950's whose voice was stifled under the guise of patriotism. I no longer earn my living as a writer; although I did for several years. And if it weren't for a cold Sunday afternoon, I probably would have never mentioned this. But the more I thought about it, the more it bothered me.
People deserve the opportunity to choose if they want to read a legitimate piece of journalism. I understand the need to prevent illegitimate or inaccurate information from desecrating a trusted content provider. However, deleting links that provide additional information on a subject just because it happen to be posted by the author - who didn't create an account under a pseudonym - is nothing short of 21st century McCarthyism.
Labels: Wikipedia's McCarthyism
Saturday, December 15, 2007
You Say Party! We Say Die!
If you have checked out my recent interview with the Canadian band You Say Party! We Say Die! you can do so here.
Labels: You Say Party We Say Die
Thursday, December 06, 2007
NOPHEST at ParkGrounds Atlanta
NOPHEST is three days of delicious local entertainment. 50 bands, artists, and performers will take over ParkGrounds December 7th, 8th and 9th. Dailies has arranged three feature films including Blood Car (Saturday night) and multiple short films - all local, all amazing. Liana and The Worlds Tiniest Queer Circus will do a Silks performance from our amazing oak tree. Barry and the Superhoopers will perform their fire show. The Atlanta Roller girls are in charge of causing "trouble". No Brakes is hosting a $5 in, winner takes all fixie race around the lot (Saturday) and a skid competition (Sunday). All musicians, dj's, etc. are local Atlanta celebrities. Come out and enjoy them.
THE "FINAL" SCHEDULE!
FRIDAY DEC 7 - INSIDE STAGE
7:15-7:45p United Pirates Club
8:00-8:30p The Green Hit
10:15-10:45p Wednesday If Not Before
11:00-11:30p Feeding Fingers
FRIDAY DEC 7 - OUTSIDE STAGE
6:00-9:00p Dailies - Film Showcase
9:00-11:00p Dr Xnlb (DJ)
SATURDAY DEC 8 - INSIDE STAGE
12:00-2:00p DJ Ryan Dempsey
2:00-2:30p The Focus
2:45-3:15p Witt Wisebram
3:30-4:00p Austre Giltrap
4:15-4:45p The Extraordinary Contraptions
5:15-5:45p Ship to Shore
6:45-7:15p Dig Your Hole
7:30-8:00p Ether Family Presents
9:00-9:30p Nerd Parade
9:45-10:15p Swank Sinatra
10:15-10:45p Random Rabbit
11:00p-12:00a DJ Choyce Hacks
SATURDAY DEC 8 - OUTSIDE STAGE
11:00a-4:00p Craft Market/ Liana, Wolds Tiniest Queer Circus
4:00-6:00p Dr Xnlb (live)
6:00-6:30p Citizen Green
6:45-7:15p Christopher Morris & Dharmatronix
8:00-11:00p Dailies - Film Showcase
SUNDAY DEC 9 - INSIDE STAGE
12:30-1:00p No River City
1:15-1:45p The Juice
2:45-3:15p Push Button Action Man
4:15-4:45p Hardly Darlings
5:15-5:45p A Fight to the Death
6:00-6:30p Single Channel System
6:45-7:15p Blanca Noche
9:45-10:15p R. Garcia
SUNDAY DEC 9 - OUTSIDE STAGE
11:00a-4:00p Craft Showcase
11:00a-2:00p DJ 12th Step
2:15p-2:45 Frank (NC)
4:00-6:00p Dj Minkey Boodle
6:00-10:00p Dailies - Film Showcase
You may now pre-purchase tickets with Paypal! The sooner you purchase, the better -- as this festival WILL sell out. We are offering a discount of $5 if you purchase a three-day pass. All transactions are secure and guaranteed for pre-sale tickets. Tickets may be available in limited supply the day of the show, but may be subject to additional charges.
NOPHEST - 3 DAY PASS - $25
Includes entrance for Friday, Saturday and Sunday Dec 7-9. Your tickets will be held and issued at the door upon your arrival. Please be sure to include your correct name in the transaction notes if your Paypal account doesn't reflect it: Tickets include re-entry and are Non-Refundable.
NOPHEST - SINGLE DAY PASS - $10
Good for any single festival day. If you wish to attend only two days, you must purchase TWO tickets separately. Your tickets will be held and issued at the door upon your arrival. Please be sure to include your correct name in the transaction notes if your Paypal account doesn't reflect it: Tickets include re-entry and are Non-Refundable.
PURCHASE TICKETS AT www.NOPHEST.com
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
How does time get away so quickly?
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