Sunday April 1, 2007

 

 

 

Happy Birthday, Kathee!

Today is April Fool's Day. It seems like things should be much wackier and more interesting.

Instead, I put together and sent out the e-mail blasts regarding the next 2 days worth of shows. Then I caught this diary up. The day's only made it to 2:33 pm but I'm calling it more or less done. With The Rock returning tomorrow at the ever-so-exclusive secret location (Ha!) and another show to follow the next day, I'm going to spend my day today doing whatever I feel like doing for once.

My life is now caught up.

It's time to move forward.

See if you can keep up.

And as my ketchup gift to you, I offer this. It's a video clip of the most incredible music rehearsal I've ever seen. I wish I had a Pokemon mic cover! (Thanks to the one and only Tom O'Gorman for sending the link to me.) So click here and get ready to head bang!


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Saturday March 31, 2007

 

 


Amanda had another shoot today and I considered taking it easy for once. Instead, I went through nearly 700 contacts and spent from about 10 am until 5:30 pm trying to reconnect for the benefit of the band. It kind of sucked but I know that someone's gotta do it and that job falls to me for now. Of course, when everything becomes equal ("Some are more equal than others."), I'll expect everyone to do just as much as I do!

When Amanda got home in the early evening, I was trying on clothes. I'm not abandoning the Joy-era look (yet) but I am trying to expand on it. That ol' look worked perfectly with the three-piece lineups but Joe changes the front line look considerably. I'm going to start off more or less the same but it will be evolving. I don't know what I'm going to do for shoes until I get The Satisfactionista but I've definitely retired the Vans from the stage for the foreseeable future.

Hey, does anyone have any good ideas for cover songs for us? The ones I always want to do are so obscure that no one even knows 'em ("Creepy Jackalope Eye", "Haven't Got A Clue"). What I think would be ideal for us is to have a few songs that are classics and that a lot of people know but aren't ones that every friggin' bar band and wedding band does. I'd also like 'em to be songs that we can put our spin on and would sound like OUR songs while at the same time not losing the vibe of the original. That's a mighty tall order.

The first ones that came to my mind were "Synchronicity II" by The Police, "Overkill" by Men At Work and all guitar / no keyboard versions of The Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" and Billy Joel's "Pressure." I'm most interested in The Who song. I recently saw an all guitar version that KISS briefly did on one of their '80s tours. I think we could take the amazing Who song (One of the greatest rockers EVER), take KISS' heavy guitar spin and run with it. I'm going to push hard for that.

Got any other ideas?

I can feel the resistance building but I will fight until we have the perfect accompaniment to our own lil' gems.

Oh yeah - and apparently Josh sent in those dates to Pollstar so it wasn't nearly as bizarre for us to show up as I had thought. It's still cool, baby!


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Friday March 30, 2007
 

James Gregory, Pat Boone and us. Too funny.

Thanks to the email and internet gods (and the techs at addr.com), I'm getting my messages again. I don't know how many I lost but I'm functional now so I choose not to complain. On top of that, I heard back from all but one of the bigwig types that I'd been in contact with so that's all okay, too.

The biggest surprise in my email was a Tour Alert sent from Pollstar.com. It was to let me know that Chris McKay & The Critical Darlings are going on tour! That kind of shocked me. So I followed the link and sure enough, our dates are listed on Pollstar now. The reason it surprised me so much is that I don't even know how to send the info in so I didn't do it! It was cool to see us right beside the likes of Pat Boone on the main calendar! Right now they only have our shows for April 14 and 18 up but hey, it's just cool to be on there!

I wound up getting this diary updated through last week. Once I get this week caught up (hopefully by the end of the weekend), I'm going to do my best to simply update once a day at the MySpace personal account. Then I'll compile it here at the end of the week. At least that's the plan! So yep, for the first time, it looks like MySpace may be the go-to place for the latest info with this official site as the hub and archive for all of the info. The bottom line is that if you're interested in the things that I ramble about here, I'd recommend going to that personal page, going to the blog and hitting subscribe. Then you'll get my mindless rambles instantaneously. (Ah, the interweb!)


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Thursday March 29, 2007

 

 

 


Hmmm...this isn't good. In fact, this is very bad for me from a business point of view. I was suspicious yesterday when I didn't get the email from Tyler regarding the interview but I had no idea how bad it had gotten. Then a friend in Tennessee and R.E.M.'s manager emailed me separately to let me know that they'd been trying to get in touch with me but the emails kept bouncing back. When I found that out, I knew it was much worse than I had originally thought. It figures that this would happen right when I sent out all of the important emails. That way, if they respond, I'll never even know.

Ack!

So I called Addr.com and got their tech people on it. They saw immediately that there was a huge backlog of emails but they couldn't be salvaged due to the other outside server blocking the mail for some reason. So what I wound up doing was setting up another re-routing system. I lost a slew of mail but anything that goes into delay mode or that's resent should now make it to me. The most amazing thing to me was when I was setting up the re-routed system that there were already close to11,000 messages waiting for me to wade through. Yep. 11,000. Needless to say, that took a while. It was almost all spam. Obviously something was up and I believe that overload was partially responsible for my email crash. To make a long story slightly shorter, I think I'm good to go now but if you emailed me from Monday through this afternoon, there's a good chance that it never made it to me. So if you're not hearing back from me, that's probably why.


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Wednesday March 28, 2007

All hail The Satisfactionista! My custom Converse shoes for 2007 and beyond.

 

 


I got a lot of stuff done today for the band and it took me almost all day to do it. 'Salright. It needs to be done. Among the obvious changes is a pop-up show calendar on the home page of this site. It's just easier that way. I'm going to leave it there. I've still got to streamline all of the rest of this place (finalize the News / Bio page, move old news, etc).

The new day has dawned and that's what we need to be focusing on.

I also got a whole lot of super-important emails out today that have been piling up. I had to do proof sheets for several artists and / or their management teams and it took me until today to get 'em all mailed.

I made a little detour from work today to design a new pair of shoes for myself. They're horrendously tacky and that's part of the reason I like 'em so much. They're hi-top Converse sneakers that are purple on one side, maroon on the other, have black soles and laces, a navy blue tongue and racing stripe, a pine spine, and a bright green inner lining. And just in case anyone thinks I'm NOT a completely megalomaniacal jerk, my name will be printed on the side. Sounds subtle, eh? I call my custom shoe, The Satisfactionista and as soon as I can convince Amanda that they're not entirely disgusting, I'll send out the order. The days of the simple checked Vans are so very C'mon, Accept Your Joy-era.

We had rehearsal with the band again tonight. When I got there at about 6:30, I found out that Tyler from UGA had been waiting to interview me for a half-hour. I had emailed him with 6 at Nuci's as an offer. I never got his reply. Needless to say, I felt really bad about it. I decided to go ahead and do the interview then and there whether or not it took away from rehearsal time. Wouldn't you know it? Josh was very late. He looked like he hadn't slept in a month or two and seemed halfway out of it. He and Frank both swung by and joined some parts of the interview. Joe also put in a few words but didn't stick around.

Since I still felt bad about leaving Tyler sitting there, I invited him to sit in on practice. He did and even though we all looked like crap (tired, out of it, etc.), we allowed him to photo the rehearsal. Again, since we were not firing on all cylinders, it was not exactly a stellar practice. Joe was having some problems with his guitar that really compounded the issues. Still, we got through and managed to get through each of the songs once and a couple of 'em twice. Now we've got no more practices before the first shows.

Personally, I don't think we're quite ready but it doesn't matter. I hope I'm proven wrong. That's one of the reasons we're doing these "secret" warm-ups anyway. For more info on those shows, just click here.

Oh - and I want to thank the person who sent me the nice fan letter about Concert Shots. While my audience has dropped from nearly 2 million to about 700,000 / week (thanks to me hardly ever updating it), I'm still thankful to everyone who thinks enough of it to actually write. The next update's for you and it should be coming within the next week or two!

 


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Tuesday March 27, 2007

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Wow, I felt like crap today. It's been months since I've had a migraine but this one today made up for it. I could hardly get up at all. I think it has something to do with the pollen. It's insane here. It hasn't rained for the better part of the month and everything outside is a sickly greenish-yellow. I've never in my life seen it this bad.

On the positive side, show offers starting flooding in like crazy today. It looks like Josh even managed to solidify the long sought after "return to Chattanooga" show. Meanwhile, I'm still in talks with a couple of other venues in that area as well. Unless we wind up with something earlier, May 24 will mark our return to Chattanooga.

I also got an interview request today from Tyler. He's a UGA student that's involved in some way with UGA Magazine. Of course, I was more than happy to oblige and as soon as we can set it up, we'll make it happen.

In the evening, I chilled out with a STYX bootleg. Yeah, yeah, I know, whatever. Lemme tell you. I was quite impressed. It's amazing that any band ever had that many classic songs to choose from. It's even more amazing that they're considered a joke these days. It's that whole music snob thing. STYX were a great band in their day and this show from the Paradise Theatre tour proved it. If you don't believe me, go put on yer Dave Matthews or Sloan* records and leave me alone.

 

 

*For the record, I really like Sloan.


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Monday March 26, 2007

 

 

 


Today my brother emailed me to let me know that one of the My Morning Jacket prom pictures of mine is in the current Rolling Stone (the one with Pink Floyd on the cover). I'm glad he tipped me off as I thought that run was done! There was another My Morning Jacket pic of mine as the main shot on Pollstar today too. So that was obviously a good choice of a show to cover!

In the evening, Josh, Frank, Joe and I got together again at Nuci's. It was one of those nights. It was beyond hot in that little room and we were just not "on." It happens from time to time and this was one of them. To be honest, I'm sick to death of drilling these same songs over and over. It was Josh's idea and it was a good one. It's just that I've never focused as hard on as few songs and I think it's getting to the point of diminishing returns for me. There are so many good songs I want to add in to the set but we've been focusing on 12-13 until Josh gets settled in. I hope he's getting there because we need some fresh musical blood to go along with the fresh actual blood! Between drilling the same stuff, the heat and the technical difficulties, I'd just as soon forget this rehearsal.

When I got home, there was a package from Special Ops media. It contained every single Robert Plant solo CD that I didn't already own. Yes, this is awesome and it cheered me up. Especially since these are the killer remasters with bonus tracks. Plant's solo career is possibly the most underrated career in music. Pictures At Eleven was certainly better than In Through The Out Door and more enjoyable to me than even Led Zeppelin II or III. But no one's ever going to give it a fair shot. The same can be said for Fate Of Nations. What an absolutely amazing record! The ghost of Zeppelin wishes it were responsible for "Calling To You". Those of you who are allegedly Zep fans and haven't gotten into Plant solo are nothing more than music snobs in my opinion. Nothing else makes sense. You're missing out on some amazing stuff, my friends!

Click here for last week with Cartel, Cobra Starship, Boys Like Girls, Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, Snow Patrol, OK Go, Silversun Pickups and more!

 


 

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