Archive for March, 2010

A&R in 2010

Wednesday, March 31st, 2010

The more I realize how corporate corruption and greed are destroying all that is free, the quicker my desire for success in any traditional sense dissipates.

I got an email about my solo music from a woman who said she was a talent scout. I wrote her back answering her questions. Big mistake. Her boss called me the next day and launched into an ass-kissing diatribe of epic proportions. Her first words were “your music is so raw and ethereal”!

My music may be raw, but it’s far from ‘ethereal’. She obviously doesn’t know what the word means, or she didn’t listen to the music. I answered a few questions but very quickly realized it was a con. I decided to just cut to the chase after she jabbed me for not making a living with my music (which is not something I feel badly about at all).

With over half the world starving, a real number of close to 20% Americans unemployed, millions uninsured, thousands dying in wars based on lies, I’m lucky to have a roof over my head, food, a job and benefits. The fact that I make my living doing something other than music is not a tragedy. And having a studio with the freedom to record what I want and the capability to get it distributed worldwide on my own terms, with no creative constraints whatsoever, is a dream come true. I have nothing to complain about. I didn’t take the bait.

FangsI asked “What do you do?” She answered that she does A&R for a company that places music in Film and TV. I asked if her company charges the artists they represent. BINGO! “Yes we do, it is a yearly fee of $390”. I told her I don’t pay for services such as theirs, and then her desperate greed-soaked vampire fangs were revealed as she started to berate me about it. I asked her why, if her company was so good at placing music, charge the artists? Of course she had a comeback for that:

Many of the projects don’t pay.

So, let me get this straight. I’m supposed to pay her to get me on a student film? I have no problem donating a song to a student film, if it’s good, but I’m not going to pay hours of hard-earned cash to do it. I would do it for its artistic merits, but I have plenty of projects to participate in with attractive artistic merits, I don’t need to pay someone to find me any more.

When she started in on how I was a hypocrite for not wanting to pay her when I have no problem paying to get my music mastered, etc. I told her “Thank you, goodbye”, and hung up the phone.

I just looked up the phone number I received the call from. Here’s their site. The search results showed up with a handful of other musician blog entries using the word “scam”, so I’m not the only one who feels this way.

The Bull Pit #49 – Something’s Burnin’

Sunday, March 28th, 2010

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Back from a week off, bands featured this week: Calabrese, Fighting Cocks, Sonic Avenues, The Erotics, JetVicioius, Sex Piano and Zoe Vette and the Revolvers.

Get Zoe Vette and the Revolvers new EP Trash is the New Glamour on iTunes.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Skull artwork by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com). Music provided, in part, by MusicAlley from MEVIO.

NEW TERMINAL HOTEL AVAILABLE NOW ON DVD!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

DVD COVER

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The Bull Pit #48 – Los Bastardos Finlandeses, Conchetumares!

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

LB_wp1024I open the show with a rap by Corey Haim, dialogue from the upcoming New Terminal Hotel sountrack (DVD release is 3/23). Songs by The Right Ons, 900 Pound Gorilla, The Gentlemen, Jenny Dee and the Deelinquents, The Toilet Boys, and Los Bastardos Finlandeses.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Bull Pit skull artwork (not to be confused with Los Bastardos skull artwork) by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com). Paul Stanley impersonated by Donny from 900 Pound Gorilla.

Brought to you by Bull Lee Media (c) 2010.

The Bull Pit #47 – The Sad Tropics Story (interview)

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

sadtropicsDrummer, Jeremiah Wade, of Sad Tropics (from Goshen, IN) joins me to talk about the band and their Everything Was Beautiful and Nothing Hurt. EP. The EP is available at CD Baby and iTunes. I play two songs off the album: “Fakeout” and “Beauty Unknown Before”.

Jeremiah is also a podcaster and DJs a local radio show called One Step Beyond Radio. You can learn more about both of his shows here.

Go to Podbean or iTunes to stream, download or subscribe. Skull artwork by Mike Dyson, Guerrilla808 Studios (guerrilla808@gmail.com).

Flesh of Things (new free EP)

Monday, March 1st, 2010

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I started the year off with the retarded idea (“Hi Mrs. Palin”) to record a new original solo acoustic song every week and premiere it at the end of my weekly rock podcast, The Bull Pit. After four weeks, I decided it was a bad idea. I committed myself to recording a song per week in 2008 (starting with a surplus of 10 songs), and it nearly killed me. I don’t know what I was thinking.

So I packaged up the first three songs into a free download-only EP called Flesh of Things. Get it here for free on my Facebook page.