First, I was so happy to see everyone posting on Facebook about The Styletones having a song in a Milk ad airing during the SuperBowl! George Varga was hip to the story and you can read about it in the UT.
Earlier this week, a beer guy took issue with lists about beer towns written by people who really have no business talking about beer. He decided to make his own list, and San Diego was definitively named Best Beer City in his article in the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Granted, it is a reader submitted blog, but the guy knows his stuff as far as we're concerned.
This was an interesting little article about new postal rates. NPR: Rising Postal Rates Squeeze Small Record Labels I'm not really sure how much record distribution is happening internationally, but it made me think about places like TAANG!! Records who have storefronts that sell records but primarily rely on international sales of classic vinyl to keep thriving.
Lastly, San Diego Music Thing Submissions Open On Monday! From their Facebook:
Hey friends! Artist submissions for this years SDMT open on Monday, Feb. 4th. Keep you eyes open for our new website also launching on Monday. Were celebrating by giving away a pair of SDMT all access badges. Post below with the name of a band you would like to see at this years Music Thing and we will pick a winner on Monday!Thanks to everyone who has submitted to the North Park Festival of Arts so far. I got some great entries last week and I'll be getting back to all of you. There's also an open call for poster artists so check out the site.
Finally, I don't have a ride to SXSW this year. I've tagged along with Dynamite Walls and The Heavy Guilt in the past couple years and would love to get back to Texas in March, so if anyone has room for one, I'll blog and tweet about how awesome your band is and be forever grateful. I think I'm covered with a place to stay, just need to get there and back. If you want to donate to this year's travel fund, my little PayPal is set up in the corner.