Saturday, August 22, 2009

District 9 OR Mmmmm, Cat Food

The older I get, the less I'm able to watch violence. This was unbearable for me.

Trent Reznor on marketing for unknown artists

Not only do I love his music, but his passion for getting his music to the people (either live or recordings) in the cheapest way possible. Radiohead, again one of my favorites, used something in a similar vein with offering their last cd as a "pay as much or little as you want". I thought that was a genuis move - Trent disagrees and actually makes an intelligent argument against what they did...
"that works for one time for one band once - and you are not Radiohead".

Anyway, I found this posting on the official NIN website by Trent very enlightening.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cassidy Haley OR I Love the Internet

Several years ago, Cassidy Haley met Adam Lambert on MySpace.

Both were LA musicians and had posted their original music on their MySpace pages for streaming. Cassidy and Adam liked each other’s music and became MySpace friends and then real-life friends. Cassidy was/is also a designer/creator of clothing, including leather jackets.

Fast forward to 2009. Adam performs on American Idol. He has a distinctive fashion style and his leather jackets get noticed.

During the Idol season, Adam mentions in an interview that his Idol jackets are from SkinGraft, a design house owned by a friend of his.

Adam’s fandom whirs into action to find out what this crumb of information might reveal about Adam's life before and outside of Idol. They learn that SkinGraft is owned in part by Cassidy Haley and they see Cassidy's picture on Skingraft’s web page. They squee!!! when they realize that they’ve seen him before, in pictures of Adam that had surfaced previously from Adam's old MySpace page and from the FB and MS pages of Adam's friends and family. They find Cassidy’s MySpace and Facebook pages. One bold fan “friends” Cassidy on Facebook and he surprises her by “accepting” her friendship. She reveals to the fan community that he’ll friend strangers, so hundreds of people friend him and discover his music and a small fan base is born.

On Sunday (Update: Saturday), Adam, via tweet, encouraged his followers to check out a music video by Cassidy. At least one Idol fan forum (ontd_ai, for all Idols but it's a particularly Adam-loving place) went to work encouraging its members to not only check out the video, but also buy Cassidy’s self-produced and just-released EP on iTunes. In less than 24 hours, the album went from nowhere to #3 on the electronic album chart. It stayed in the top 10 for a bit more than a day and is holding in the Top 25 seven days later.

Journalists have picked up the story, first internet bloggers (Lyndsey Parker for Yahoo Music blogs about Adam being an Idolmaker himself) and coming soon to the mainstream press, i.e. the Houston Chronicle. Lyndsay Parker's piece describes Cassidy's efforts to mobilize the fans to do the marketing for him by generating ideas for getting his music heard and taking on tasks themselves to get it done. Cassidy mobilizes them via Twitter exchanges like this:

Who knows how it’ll go for Cassidy’s music career from here. If he makes it big, it’ll be a crazy illustration of the intertwining of the real world and the internet world; they are not separate. Relationships on the internet are not meaningless; social networking on the internet can make big things happen in real life; a 140-character tweet can be as powerful as ad time on network TV (and it’s free). Meeting someone on MySpace may change your life.

Meanwhile, a 44-yr old mother of three living in California has a date with herself for the September day that her kids will go back to school. She plans to shut the windows and the blinds, have a drink or two, put on Cassidy’s EP that she bought on iTunes, turn the volume up to 11, and dance until she can’t stand up. How did she find Cassidy’s music? It's simple, but yet amazing. She went to nursery school with me and now we’re in touch daily via Facebook (after decades of barely staying in touch) and I watched Season 8 of American Idol and became an Adam fan, crazed enough to keep tabs on an internet fan forum where I learned about Cassidy. And Cassidy has six of her dollars and six of mine in his pocket. I love the internet.

I don't expect that Cassidy's music will appeal to others writing here, but I was all wrong about LJ and Dropkick Murphys (still puzzled by that) so what do I know. Try it:

And another one (Whiskey in Churches) here. This is dancier. And a little bit racier. (Possible trivia: Adam might be the headless man, but Cassidy refuses to confirm or deny, which I think has to mean it is Adam.)

Update 9/30/10: We learned a while back that Adam is not the headless man in Whiskey in Churches.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Johnny Law...

got his man.


Favre becoming a Viking is just odd. I grew up a Packers fan and I still root for them except when they play the Vikings. So I feel bad for Packer fans. And I can't get excited for the Vikings since I don't think Favre will be very effective. (He's old and he hasn't practiced.) It's a win for Favre's bank account, I guess and maybe the Vikings ticket sales will be improved for a few games. I must say I enjoyed his press conference yesterday. It's been eons since the Vikings had a quarterback who spoke in paragraphs.

Manhunt in Athens

Just as I hung up the phone last night about 9:30 pm, I got my first robo-call from reverse 911 about the (still ongoing) manhunt. From the Athens Daily Review.

Finally going to the House of Blues.....not

As Stephanie informed us here, my newest musical discovery was going to be in Dallas, playing at the HOB. I was going to get tickets today when I saw this on the HOB website. I'm bummed...

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Monday, August 17, 2009


At our family reunion in Bis, I had the pleasure of enjoying some perfectly-made scrambled eggs. Thank you, M. There is really quite a difference between well made eggs and poorly made eggs. I suspect part of the key is using a low temperature, but perhaps he could comment or guest-post about technique.

In the meantime, here's Julia Child teaching us how to make an omelette.

h/t Ezra

Every single time I've ever set out to make an omelette, I've bailed at some point and decided that I'd rather just have scrambled eggs anyway, dammit.

Update: I'm a bad blogger. I completely forgot that we made "omelettes" like this (and they were edible) in Bis:

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Might as well make it three Adam posts in a row

Here is the full-length version of Adam Lambert singing A Change is Gonna Come at The Zodiac Show, pre-Idol. He's wearing more (fabulous) feathers than when he sang it on Idol. Stunning, vocally.

Staging an apocalypse? Cue Adam Lambert music

A promo for Flash Forward here, coming television series, uses Adam Lambert's Mad World, starting a tad before the 2:00 mark. (Updated to take out the embedded video because it looks like ABC isn't allowing embedding.)

I wouldn't bother to post this except that it's a nice pairing with the previous post. Apparently, there has heretofore been a vacuum for music/vocalists befitting an apocalypse and Adam has arrived just in time.