Category : music

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Bob on Press Releases:

Don’t send ’em. Unless you’re a publicly traded corporate behemoth like Live Nation or you’re an old wave band, owned by the media, that has no idea who its fans are.

If everybody was reading the newspaper, why has circulation dropped? Ditto with “Time” and “Newsweek”. And network TV has abysmal ratings, certainly compared to the days before cable. Why do you keep sending a zillion arrows into this abyss?

I know why, it makes you feel good, it makes you feel like you’re doing something. But you’re not. You’re just wasting time.

Read the full tome …

bob’s on to something, and i think you can apply his ideas to all consumer sectors, not just music. i don’t agree with all of what he says, though.

people are actually watching MORE television than ever

they are reading MORE content (newspaper/mag/online) than ever

aggregate circulation, ratings are going UP across the board, but down among individual outlets.

the attention’s all spreading out.

the ubiquity of content makes all messages less impactful.

that’s why NEW brands struggle — whether they’re bands, TV shows, soft drinks. there’s no central place to force people to pay attention and take note.

ATTENTION, not content, is a scarce resource.

All communications must become all the more deft, targeted and un-templated.

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rip george

my dad always loved george carlin. him and richard pryor. and as a kid i didn’t quite get the appeal but i grasped the sense that these guys were cool badasses who cut through the BS in a way that made lots of grown ups love them. as the years unfolded, i never did develop much of an appreciation for george’s standup. i saw him as a sort of creepy, cranky negative guy. a hard-edged complainer, which didn’t sit well with my good girl sensibility and rosy demeanor. but as i became more authentic, allowed myself to get angry about all the shit in the world, i’ve begun to dig on george more.  there was a great interview with him in the november 2007 issue of interview magazine where he defines success as “finding something you love, finding that you’re good at it, and being recognized for that.” simple and true.

and here’s another one of his quotes i once posted here on col’s blog that i think is worth rehashing:

I don’t like ass kissers, flag wavers, or team players. I like people who buck the system. Individualists. I often warn kids, somewhere along the way, someone is going to tell you, ‘there is no i in team.’ What you should tell them is, maybe not. But there is an i in independence, individuality, and integrity.” –George Carlin

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love, music, zen shit
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the long blondes − couples

hot, smart, tough, and a bit sad. the thin lines between space time love and hate. that’s what the long blondes’ second lp couples invokes. feeling all the complications of dating, independence and being a timeless, sensitive woman in a world that favors egoic alpha males … it’s what my ears like to hear. not linear. it’s messy… sexy messy. new wave, brit pop, punk, rock … chrissy hynde meets logan’s run meets the harajuku girls. when she made uk music mag nme’s cool list, long blondes front woman kate jackson said, “they probably thought they didn’t have enough girls. it was so overrun with boring boys, they needed someone to bring a touch of glamour.”

well said sister. i love this record. it’s got the montage-collage sound of the world we’re living in right now. not old, not new. very now. makes me long for an atari as much as a guitar hero. makes me wanna dance, drink, give someone the finger and have a scandalous affair before settling into a state of complete zen detachment. it’s like liz lemmon saying: “suck it monkeys!” in one episode and then having a baby jones in the next. we’re all inconsistent …. it’s just that some of us deal with it better. some even make it look good.

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goodstuff listmania

zen col’s not the only one out there looking for the goodstuff. seems these days we all are. here are a few lists i’ve enjoyed in the past week or two.

1. Twelve Keys of Emotional Intelligence

2. A User’s Guide to Fabulous Friendships

3. Twelve Steps For Acting Like a True Friend

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the long blondes'

new album, couples, drops april 8 in the US. according to the teaser on their home page they did some kind of video series like beirut did for flying club cup “to add atmosphere to the songs.” it’s like bands are making miniseries now; not videos. interesting. “century,” a single off the new album, is avail on the long blondes’ myspace page. and here’s the video for “weekend without makeup” off of someone to drive you home.

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hey, i like mos def too!

lizzyandmos.jpgIf you are idle, be not solitary; if you are solitary be not idle.
— Samuel Johnson

stuff white people like — once or twice a day for the past two weeks people have mentioned this blog to me. a cursory review of the “stuff” on it reveals that i like about 75% of said stuff. my question is: are my asian, black, hispanic and “other” brothers and sisters equally amused, entertained and represented by this site and the stuff on it?

hot chicks with douchebags — the name says it all.

http://www.hillaryismomjeans.com — endless auto-generated imprecations against hil (or anyone, really). thanks laurs

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encore

beacon-sjdk.jpglast night’s sharon jones & the dap-kings/budos band concert at the beacon theater was one of the best live shows i have ever attended. seriously. i see a shitload of live music and don’t remember anything nearly as invigorating. intimate & classy, the beacon is. we had nice seats. the opening act, the budos band, is a bunch of badass white-boy brooklyn-hailing hippie-ster afro-caribbean funk musicians. so many of them, it was approaching earth wind & fire proportions (i think budos has 12 whereas EW&F had 15 at one point). anyways, they opened the show in high style. and then, the dap-kings. they were dressed real classy, like a mod ratpack. the lighting was gorgeous.

and sharon, SHARON!

you know when you hear the records that this woman is special. but to see her live is to realize she’s a force of nature. the minute she steps on the stage you forget about all those guys behind her. she’s it. a beacon. she’s it. totally authentic, hilarious, and energetic beyond anything i’ve seen. she gives the audience everything, and has so much fun doing it that by the end everyone is walking out smiling and feeling all lovey dovey. also i love that she’s just hitting her career highs at age 52. for years industry people told her no. in the absence of any recording contract as a solo singer, she spent many years working as a corrections officer at Rikers Island and armored car guard for Wells Fargo Bank, until receiving a mid-life career break in 1996. there’s a whole long story about mark ronson and amy winehouse and all that but i don’t feel like getting into it. suffice it to say this is one amazing show and if you have the opportunity to see them live run, don’t walk.

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horsey innuendo (equestrinnuendo)

this song, a timbaland classic, has been a favorite since 1996. as a wise woman once said, “it’s so obvious, it isn’t even subtle.” wondering which is more OTT — “pony” by ginuwine or “too close” by next. hmm….

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my band

maenad.gifthe name of my band is “the maenads.” i’ve got a tambourine and a sweet bottle of ’99 barolo. anyone got a double flute?
In Greek mythology, Maenads (Greek: Μαινάδες) were the inspired and frenzied female worshippers of Dionysus, the Greek god of mystery, wine, and intoxication, the Roman god Bacchus. Their name literally translates as “raving ones.”


Maenads are a special kind of nymph that are the main female followers of Dionysus. They dressed in thin skimpy outfits or nothing at all. They danced, played double flutes, or struck tambourines. As they wandered they picked up human converts who joined them.

They were known as wild, insane women who could not be reasoned with. They sometimes would achieve a frenzied state that was quite dangerous. In this state if they caught a wild animal or even a human they would tear it to pieces and then devour them.

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the grammy's

click to see the full flowchart from nymag.

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