Shanghai Music

April 16, 2014 at 9:05pm
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Inoffensive Indie Rock

White LiesWhite Lies

It’s always a mystery why some bands do so well and some bands never amount to anything, at least commercially speaking. Obviously things like talent, showmanship, music quality, hard work and promotion all play a part, but controlling for certain variables, it’s still surprising to me how some bands become huge when I really can’t find anything about them remarkable one way or the…

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April 6, 2014 at 4:33pm
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The Best Tribute Act Ever

The Best Tribute Act Ever

peter hook and the lightPeter Hook and the Light

I am not one to diss cover bands and tribute acts. In fact, I love them. For real.

It’s mostly because I like live music, and I like hearing music I like played live. Am I ever going to see Elvis play live? No. He’s dead. Allegedly. But am I going to see an Elvis or Beatles or Who tribute act? Yes, yes, and yes. Same goes for cover bands. It’s your friend’s wedding. Are…

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April 2, 2014 at 5:49pm
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How to Promote Your Indie Band — Part 5

How to Promote Your Indie Band — Part 5

stop hassling me

Part 5 — Don’t Hassle the Writer

So you’ve sent me five e-mails and I haven’t responded? It’s not because I’m busy. It’s because your music isn’t right for my site or I can’t find your stuff or I don’t like what I hear or any number of other things. It’s not personal (unless you take things personally, and then yes, it is). So stop hassling me. I’m not going to write about you right now.

I say…

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March 31, 2014 at 5:31pm
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How to Promote Your Indie Band — Part 4

How to Promote Your Indie Band — Part 4

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Part 4 — Put Together a Basic Press Kit

It has to be easy for me to find your stuff. It’s not that I’m lazy (that’s merely a coincidence). But I can only spend a certain amount of time Googling you before I get bored and give up and move on to the next e-mail from the next band. So make it easy for me to find you!

Here’s what your press kit should have:

  •  A  document that tells me about…

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March 29, 2014 at 3:01pm
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New Music from Spill Your Guts

New Music from Spill Your Guts

spill your gutsSpill Your Guts

If hardcore rock’s your thing (it’s always somebody’s thing), here’s a new offering from Shanghai band Spill Your Guts.


I always like straight edged hardcore bands like Spill Your Guts, because they’re super rough on stage, but then offstage they just like to hangout and drink Suntory (and not that fancy Premium Suntory, either) and just generally be decent people.


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March 28, 2014 at 6:46pm
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Let’s Talk About the Banjo

Let’s Talk About the Banjo

mumford and sons banjoMumford & Sons

Last September, British band Mumford & Sonsannounced they were going on hiatus, which sometimes means bands are breaking up and sometimes means they aren’t breaking up. If Mumford & Sons are finished, well, that sucks, because I like them and I like both albums that they’ve released, despite the fact that they’re slightly insufferable. But if they are breaking up, well then,…

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March 27, 2014 at 5:21pm
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How to Promote Your Indie Band — Part 3

How to Promote Your Indie Band — Part 3

rock band names

Part 3 — Tell Me About Your Band

This one is HUGE. You’d think, “How could someone forget to tell you who they are?” but it happens ALL THE TIME. I get e-mails from musicians and bands saying, “Hey, can you write about this song?” or “Hey, do you want to interview us?” I don’t know. Do I want to interview you? I have no idea who you are! I have no idea what kind of music you make. And no, I’m…

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March 23, 2014 at 5:04pm
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How to Promote Your Indie Band — Part 2

How to Promote Your Indie Band — Part 2

music magazines

Part 2 — Develop a Relationship With the Blogger

Blogs are awesome, because they’re usually authored by just one person. So it’s not hard to go to their “About” page, figure out who they are, and send that person an e-mail. A personal e-mail.Anyone who has worked in events or promotions for more than an hour can instantly tell the difference between someone who is firing off generic e-mails to…

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March 20, 2014 at 5:27pm
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How to Promote Your Indie Band - Part 1

How to Promote Your Indie Band – Part 1

Rock n Roll Band

Okay, so you have a band. Awesome! That’s the easy part. Now you want to get people to come see your band and buy your music. That’s a bit more difficult. Obviously you don’t have a publicist, so you’re going to be doing all of your own promotion for the time being.

And here is a good place to start.Right here! This site. But not just my blog, but all blogs. People read blogs (search me! I’m as…

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March 17, 2014 at 8:13pm
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New Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin

Apparently Jimmy Page has been busy (not including the time spent hassling Robert Plant to tour again). Page has been remastering several of Led Zeppelin‘s early albums with plans to reissue them as deluxe editions (which means extras!).

I used to mock “reissues” and “box sets” and things like that. Then music went digital and everything changed and now I think they should reissue the shit out…

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