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Weird, Weirder, Weirdest

August 1, 2007

Weird, Weirder, Weirdest

Not a very funny month of Weird, Weirder, Weirdest, but still a unique one.

Weird:

Those thousands of unsigned musicians struggling against a brutal tide to get themselves heard in this incredibly challenging industry need despair no more: NewMusicHere.com has arrived to provide much-needed support.
This website is devoted to marketing and promoting Indie music through free and discounted services and offers, and a new interactive community for both bands and their fans that includes blogs, forums, educational and promotional opportunities.

Online music communities: not weird. Online music communities that offer to make you a card-carrying member of their organization: a little weird. I’ll be first in line for a credit card with Sonic Youth on it, though….

Weirder:

New signing You Say Party! We Say Die! is currently gracing the cover of Exclaim! Magazine (www.exclaim.ca) in Western Canada this month, congrats to them and whoo-who!  They will be out on Exclaim! Tour supporting “Lose All Time,” the band’s spectacular sophomore album…

I’m not sure that death threats are the best way to engender fan loyalty. I could be wrong, though. Coming next month: “You say read! We say defenestration! (formerly known as Independent Clauses).”

Weirdest:

Click here to sign the Save the Internet Radio Petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/SIR2007r/petition.html

As you may be aware the US Copyright Office Copyright Review Board announced a decision late last week that released a ruling on performance royalty fees that are based exclusively on the number of people tuned into an Internet radio station with no consideration given to what, if any, revenue is generated by the broadcaster. This decision has the very real potential to force the closure of a wide realm of online webcasting sources that have significantly impacted the growth and development of independent roots music across all genres. To lose this avenue of promotion and support for roots based music could be potentially devastating with respect not only to its financial impact on the industry, but to its cultural survival.

While not very funny, this is the weirdest thing that came across the bar this month. This isn’t just “weirdest” – this is real, this is creepy, and this is not cool. Sign the petition and do your part to save internet radio.

Weird, Weirder, Weirdest: Daniel Johnston Runs Through It

May 1, 2007

Weird, Weirder, Weirdest: Daniel Johnston Runs Through It

Weird: MUSIC TALKS SESSIONS Hosts Live Tele-Video “Online Gigs” Demonstration Session & “Marketing Madness” Panel

New York, April 10, 2007 — MUSIC TALKS SESSIONS (MTS), the New York City based educational forum focused on musical entrepreneurship and personal development for recording artists has expanded its services to Los Angeles, California.

Not gonna lie, when I read “Marketing Madness” I thought they were going to hit me with a Daniel Johnston parallel and teach us how to promote insane artists. Even more than that, that possibility piqued my interest. I am SO weird.

Weirder: Eyeball Records brings down music blog/pirating site, Kinixtion

In case you haven’t read/heard, this letter still gets me.

This was my first and still prevailing thought on the letter: OWNED.

Weirdest: Welcome to the first official mary-kateandashley.com Battle of the Bands!

The competition was fierce, but we’ve narrowed all of our entries down to ten gems. We’ve got acts from New York to California, and all places between. We’ve got everything from sub-par flirts, to strange animals, to sky guys, to desert dwellers, and all the meaty goodness in the middle. All independently made. All unsigned by major labels. All original material.

The BOTB is not the weird thing. Consider the oddities among the contestants: 2 mature singer/songwriters (Bethany Sharayah, Eric Sarmiento), 2 POST-ROCK BANDS (Cloud Archive, Phoenix and the Turtle), and a DANIEL JOHNSTON FOLLOWER (Lil’ Hospital). I cannot make this stuff up. Imagine all the 11-year-olds getting their brains toasted by 6-minute epics and joyfully off-key vocals…..it makes me laugh immensely. Who thought that was a good idea??

(in case you were wondering, female-led guitar-pop band Bad Flirt won; it’s called “know thine audience”).

Stephen Carradini

independentclauses@hotmail.com

Weird, Weirder, Weirdest

November 1, 2006

Weird, Weirder, Weirdest
Not a very funny month of Weird, Weirder, Weirdest, but still a unique one.
Weird:
Those thousands of unsigned musicians struggling against a brutal tide to get themselves heard in this incredibly challenging industry need despair no more: NewMusicHere.com has arrived to provide much-needed support.
This website is devoted to marketing and promoting Indie music through free and discounted services and offers, and a new interactive community for both bands and their fans that includes blogs, forums, educational and promotional opportunities.
Online music communities: not weird. Online music communities that offer to make you a card-carrying member of their organization: a little weird. I’ll be first in line for a credit card with Sonic Youth on it, though….
Weirder:

New signing You Say Party! We Say Die! is currently gracing the cover of Exclaim! Magazine (www.exclaim.ca) in Western Canada this month, congrats to them and whoo-who! They will be out on Exclaim! Tour supporting “Lose All Time,” the band’s spectacular sophomore album…
I’m not sure that death threats are the best way to engender fan loyalty. I could be wrong, though. Coming next month: “You say read! We say defenestration! (formerly known as Independent Clauses).”
Weirdest:
Click here to sign the Save the Internet Radio Petition: http://www.petitiononline.com/SIR2007r/petition.html
As you may be aware the US Copyright Office Copyright Review Board announced a decision late last week that released a ruling on performance royalty fees that are based exclusively on the number of people tuned into an Internet radio station with no consideration given to what, if any, revenue is generated by the broadcaster. This decision has the very real potential to force the closure of a wide realm of online webcasting sources that have significantly impacted the growth and development of independent roots music across all genres. To lose this avenue of promotion and support for roots based music could be potentially devastating with respect not only to its financial impact on the industry, but to its cultural survival.
While not very funny, this is the weirdest thing that came across the bar this month. This isn’t just “weirdest” – this is real, this is creepy, and this is not cool. Sign the petition and do your part to save internet radio.

Weird, Weirder, Weirdest

October 1, 2006

Weird, Weirder, Weirdest

Once again, Independent Clauses documents the zany, crazy, awesome, and “totally out there” of press releases. Here’s September’s recap.

Weird:

The song “Cornbread” from the Sugar Free All-Stars CD Dos Machos will be featured on episode 1, season 3 of PBS’

-Mark Beemer
The Syrentha Savio Endowment

Just more proof that it’s a completely different world down there in Florida. I’d like to be in the city council meeting called early on account of a Styx show that the mayor needed to open for.

Weird, Weirder, Weirdest:

June 1, 2006

Weird, Weirder, Weirdest:

We get a lot of press releases here at Independent Clauses.com, and some of them are awesome, some of them are weird, and some are awesomely weird. This month I’m recapping some of the most awesomely weird things we received this month.

1.      Weird: Man improvs on piano for 60 hours and 1 minute without stopping.

May 25, 2006 (Rome, Italy) — Christian Calcatelli, composer pianist from Rome, Italy, has been awarded a unique official Guinness World Records certificate for setting the world’s longest solo music internet broadcast. Christian improvised on a Steinway D concert grand piano for 60 hours and 1 minute at the international fundraising event known as “The Calx Project” which took place at the Galleria Alberto Sordi in Rome, Italy, on 15-17 September 2004.

Sorry to be logical here, but what about food? Water? Bodily functions? I guess he’s the world champion of “Hold it in” as well….

2.      Weirder: The Destroyed are back together.

70s Boston Punk Band, The Destroyed, Releases New CD, Russian Roulette

Critically popular punk band is still at it!

Bert Switzer, 57, drums, and J.D. Jackson, 51, guitar and vocals, have recorded the new punk CD, Russian Roulette. Both were original members of The Destroyed. (1977-79).

I hope I still rock when I’m nearly 60. These guys have my admiration and my confusion, as well as the “weirder” spot of the month.

3. Weirdest:  Shelly Blake and Joel Grip to Perform 48 Hour Benefit Show

June 9th through June 11th, 2006 - In celebration of the release of Blake's new CD, Discourse and Correspondence (Fall Records), musicians SHELLY BLAKE and JOEL GRIP will perform for 48 hours straight, as a duo, with no breaks. This is a benefit for the Homeless Voices Heard project of European non-profit collective Public Health Music (www.publichealthmusic.com). The Homeless Voices Heard campaign assists homeless children in Ukraine by involving them in music. Run by Grip, the program incorporates instrument donation with music workshops as well as performance opportunities and hands-on training in aspects of music production. Donations will be accepted at venues across Baltimore and online. Separate donations will also be collected to support the rebuilding of Baltimore's Tarantula Hill house and performance space which was destroyed by a fire in March.

The show will be in constant movement from venue to venue and environment to environment. At random, Blake and Grip will be dropping by venues throughout Baltimore and will take no breaks from performing - they will be playing music for 48 hours straight, even while in transit from one place to the next. Venues will include lofts, record shops, public parks, Baltimore's transit system, and city piers. The entire 48 hour performance will be documented by NYC filmmaker Phillip John Usher.

The initial venue will be posted on Blake's website (www.shellyblake.com) shortly before the show; a hotline will be established to call in and find out where Blake and Grip are throughout the 48 hours. Philadelphia's Niagara Falls (Honeymoon Music) will open the show at 10PM; Blake and Grip's set begins at exactly 11:15PM on Friday, June 9th and will continue peripatetically without sleep or interruptions until 11:15PM on Sunday, June 11th.

I think they have officially become my heroes. This is the coolest, weirdest idea ever. I can only guess how this idea came about, but I bet it was something along the lines of this:

Grip: "Hey John, would shoot a movie of us if we played for 48 hours without stopping for sleep?"
Usher: "Yes, yes I would."
Blake and Grip: "Let's DO IT."

-Stephen Carradini

independentclauses@hotmail.com

Stephen Carradini and friends write reviews of bands that are trying to make the next step in their careers.

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