Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Random Stuff

I haven't done newsy bits in a while but there's some stuff I wanted to post that wasn't necessarily column worthy.

First, a couple local bands are offering their albums for free download. Today Cabron releases Mexican Shoe Thief for free download (though it doesn't appear to be posted yet.) From their MySpace blog:

Our 7 song EP Mexican Shoe Thief is going to be released online for free on Oct. 8th (or sometime around there), yeah thats right, for free. Who buys CD's anymore anyway? We've posted 4 new tunes on our myspace page. The songs were recorded live to 2" tape at Audio Design Studio in San Diego, CA and engineered by Dan Maier (Head Wound City, The Plot to Blow Up The Eiffel Tower, Some Girls). Bobrob (guitar) will be doing a limited run of about 500 silk screened wood block 12" covers that we'll sell at shows for about 7 bucks. We'll put a blank disc with a site you can download the tunes from in it along with an insert for lyrics.

Basically people will pay for the art if they come and see us and if people really want we'll mail them. We'll probably put it out on vinyl in the spring after we save enough kola nuts and bottle caps since people seem to actually pay for vinyl. Basically Bob talked to some of his high ranking industry contacts and was told that we wouldn't recoup the cost of making, printing, releasing a 'CD' and that it'd be better just to release that shit ourselves, which is cool with us.

Who needs record labels anyway? It's the same thing punk bands have been doing for the past 30 years. I am talking about bands that go from town to town in a crappy 15 passenger van with a trailer playing dives and making just enough for gas money and a taco bell bean burritos.
The other band, and I might have mentioned this before, is Fono. Their album "Too Broken To Break" is available at their regular website here for free just by filling out some info for their mailing list. Give props...Cindy and I went to junior high and high school together.
Was anybody at home watching Cold Case on Sunday night? I was and was happy to hear two San Diego bands featured in the music. Both songs were played almost in their entirety through two central dramatic scenes. The first was Augustana's "All The Stars & Boulevards" and segued right into Greg Laswell's "Sing, Teresa Says" (which just picked up the SDMA for song of the year.)

It seems that Augustana is also one of those bands people love to hate, because on Monday night's "The Big Bang Theory", a character feels rejected when his hot neighbor is kissing another guy. "You're not gonna start listening to some trite emo songs again are you?" his roommate asks. Cut to scene of the guy in his living room singing Augustana's "Boston"...'you don't know me, you don't even care...you don't know me, and you don't wear my chains' Anyway, I'm just glad those music directors are paying attention to San Diego, even if they are poking fun at times.

No stranger to TV herself, Anya Marina's Miss Halfway is being released this fall in the UK and is already generating buzz, being added to the playlist on Music Week and added on Record of the Day (Oct 3) where they had this to say about "Miss Halfway."

San Diego singer/songwriter Anya Marina has had five songs licensed to Grey's Anatomy, with this track on the show's latest soundtrack. Avatar Records will release her album, Miss Halfway, through Pinnacle in the UK later this month. We like the poppy yet ironic lyrics and the catchy melody about this track. Given the
interest in her work stateside, we're glad that a strong PR and radio plot has
been put in place in the UK.
If you happen to be up late this week, check out Ray Suen on Last Call With Carson Daly. He'll be joinging the Joe Firstman House Band on Wednesday and Thursday of this week.
Alrighty...that's all I've got for now. Off to get a facial at The UnderCarriage. Things to Do will be posted later tonight. Guess I better do Tuesday.

BTW, congrats to my Two Gallants ticket winners, Corey S and Michael L. If you didn't win, try again next time, but the show will be well worth the money so you should show up anyway.

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