Thursday, December 20, 2007

X-Factor Winner

What a cutie. Does America have some of law against attractive artists winning these idol-type events? I guess they don't want people thinking they were picked for looks and not talent. But that brings up the fact that none have really had talent either.

Confusing.

Be A Money Genius

I know I often write posts relating to finance and loans and whatnot, basically because there are a lot of businesses out there offering a lot of options. For a change, here's one that offers all the options in one place.

FinanceGenius helps you with all types of spending, including insurance, student loans, mortgages, credit, autos, and solutions for your budget. They have some good info on Used Car Warranty, too. Since I've never bought a brand new car - and never will unless it's electric - this is useful knowledge for me.

Check FinanceGenius out. It may save you money.

I Rock Iraq

Talk about staying with your passion despite opposition.

If music drives you as hard as it drives these guys, then you should never give up. You don't have to be Ono or Bono to make a change in the world.

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

Away From Winter

I already booked my Christmas holiday for Las Vegas, but what was I thinking? I had no idea it would be so cold there, I mean it's in the middle of a desert, right? If I had done my research, I'd be heading for a sweet spot in Spain.

It's not too late for you! Take a look at CheaperThanHotels.com for some unbelievable deals on hotels in Spain. Don't take a gamble like I did and plan your trip to include the birthplace of Picasso. In the Gothic Quarter, you can find Picasso and Dali exhibitions. Other art offerings include the Barcelona Museum of Contemporary Art (MACBA) and the Museu National d' Art Catalunya (MNAC). Check out hotels in Barcelona for prices.

Another spot sometimes overlooked by travelers is Malaga. If you go, you can visit the Picasso Museum, the Caves of Nerja, and attend the Festival de Malaga. Look here for hotels in Malaga.

You don't have to like bullfighting to love Spain. There's so much to do! Enjoy.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Emmich Busy After Dumping Label

Indie rock artist Val Emmich has been keeping busy over the last few months recording the follow up to the critically acclaimed and independently released "Sunlight Searchparty" and its companion album "Songs, Volume 1: Woodstock."

Both albums follow Emmich through a musical transformation shortly after he ended a tumultuous relationship with his former record label Epic/SonyBMG (hiss!). The so far untitled album will break mid-January and will feature Blake Sennett of Rilo Kiley. Emmich look for the album to be released in spring 2008.

More news at valemmich.com

Lap Band Details

What the heck's a lap band? Probably not what you're thinking. For one thing, it has nothing to do with music, and for another, it doesn't happen on your lap.

Lap bands - or Laparoscopic Adjustable Gastric Banding - is a medical procedure to help people with severe weight issues to lose weight.

JourneyLite doctors create small incisions to insert an inflatable silicone band to wrap around the upper part of the stomach. The band is tightened, creating a small pouch which limits food intake. If you want to learn more about JourneyLite and the revolutionary lap band technique, visit "weight loss Conroe" for more details.

Monday, December 17, 2007

The Material

"Alternative, post-punk and super poppy female vocals" sound good to you?

Sounds good to me. Congrats to The Material for reaching top three on the Dew Circuit! You rocked them, indeed.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

HipHop Will Nevah Stop

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Iran Says Rap Is Evil

When anyone claims to be "promoting virtue" your only choices are flight or fight. I hope they fight, but since most popular music has to be found via the black market I'm not sure what the artists and fans have to fight with.

Friday, November 23, 2007

First Friday Art Walk

One of the cooler events I've seen listed online lately is the St. Augustine, Florida's First Friday Weekend Art Walk, which happens (of course) the first Friday of each and every month of the year. And, it's so much fun, they've had to bundle Saturday in as well.

More than 20 participating art galleries offer free admission to their latest exhibits, and provide music and other entertainment as well as refreshments. There is also free transportation between most of the galleries provided by St. Augustine Sightseeing Trains and Old Town Trolleys. Shuttles are available for the loop every 15 to 30 minutes. The self-guided St. Augustine Artwalk tours begin at 5 p.m. and continue until 9 p.m.

Some of the St. Augustine artists currently showing their work include: Sydney McKenna (whose oil and watercolor paintings beautifully portray the interplay of water and sky), Ray Brilli (known for capturing the true St. Augustine), Peter O'Neill (famous for his poster of a Sept. 11th firefighter and brilliant in his technique of suspending motion), Beau Redmond, nature artist Trip Harrison, Jean Troemel and Jan Miller.

If you are an artist yourself, you may be able to participate in the art walk by requesting exhibit space. For more information call 904-829-0065.


Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Banned In Japan

Wow ... you have only lost about 50 bajillion potential fans there. I guess that proves if you don't have an Axl, you just can't roll. I am not saying that's a good thing. I'm just saying.

It's too bad a band can't be judged on their own merits - or lack of - instead of past reputations. Still, I think I'll sleep all right tonight.

For Your Health

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The Lap Band procedure is currently the least invasive weight-loss surgery available. In most cases, it's also an outpatient surgery option, with no rerouting of the stomach or intestines. There's no cutting or stapling and that means your recovery should be must faster than in other weight-loss surgeries.

Journey Lite is offers specialized surgical facilities and experienced, skilled bariatric surgeons backed by a team of caring healthcare professionals.

Sick Puppies Video

The band - not any actual puppies. What, do you think I'm crazy here?

As if you didn't know, Sick Puppies are Shimon Moore, Emma Anzai and Mark Goodwin from Sydney, Australia. They may be best known for their post grunge/nu metal version of Destiny's Child's "Say My Name," which would probably never had made a ripple if Destiny's Child's record label hadn't threatened a lawsuit over it. Idiots.

Too Sweet

Talk about your Sentimental Displays ... this online graphics company helps you announce the arrival of your offspring on a t-shirt.

But they take it beyond the simple "It's a ____!" and let you personalize the shirts with the little tyke's hand prints or footprints. They also offer cute bibs for the babes and Spanish language prints too.

Solway Streaming Freeware

Most freeware streamers only give you access to Internet radio stations, but Solway's Internet TV and Radio Player (tm) gives you access to television as well. Check out these features:

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  • My Delicious Writing


    Great news, Dear Readers! Thanks to the evil genuises at Vat19.com my writing will never again be bland or tasteless.

    With the deliciously named Smencils Gourmet Scented Pencil (mine's grape), we can all look forward to post after post of only the most juicy indie music tidbits. And if you really want a kick, just let some of the posts ferment for awhile and I'm sure they will taste at least as good as well-aged Mogan David.

    There's so much cool stuff at Vat19. Take a look at their Electronic Talking Photo Album - if you're into that kind of thing. If not, there are plenty of things to appeal to your more vulgar sense of humorous gift-giving, like the Van Gogh DisappEARing Ear Mug. Yep. When the mug gets hot, Vinnie's ear magically disappears.

    It's too beautiful for words.

    It Takes a University

    The University of New Hampshire has entered into an agreement with an online company that will allow students to legally download music. The program called Ruckus allows anyone with a .edu e-mail address to access over three million songs.

    And the fans went wild? Not exactly. Seems the deal only works with Windows so Mac users are SOL and the free songs won't transfer to an iPod and can't be burned to CD.

    And just like every college perk, once you graduate your music is gone. Haha! Wait. That sucks...

    Spock on Ring of Fire

    Finding people online is a pretty easy thing to do, especially if they want to be found. Finding the connections between people is another matter ... and I mean beyond the six degrees from Kevin Bacon type of connections.

    If you want to know all the artists who've ever done a cover of Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" how are you going to do that? What about if you want to know all the people who've dated Courtney Love?

    We're going to try to answer at least the first question with the search engine Spock. This engine reports that it can allow us to search people "by name or by a 'tag' consisting of a personal piece of information (e.g. Brown hair, New York Yankees, enjoys vegetables, etc)." Let's see how it goes.

    First we sign up (easy peasy) and simply type in the words "ring of fire". And the results are ... odd to say the least. I'm thinking Robert F. Kennedy Jr. hasn't done many Cash covers. Same with Gerald Okamura, famed martial arts stunt man. What gives? Well, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. was on a radio talk show named "Ring of Fire" and Gerald Okamura had a role in a movie by the same name. This widget shows all the peeps found in the search.



    Clearly this is more complicated than it seemed at first. We can narrow the search down further by choosing the tag musicians from this search. That leaves us with the Man in Black himself, Ina Anita Carter (who actually recorded it before Johnny did), and - I kid you not - Dr. Ring-Ding, the German reggae, ska and dancehall artist. But where are the members of Blondie and Social Distortion? Apparently there are more connections that need to be made and fortunately we can do that. To make sure your favorites show up in all the right places, sign up up for yourself and start making connections.

    He's Back, But Why?

    From the "Isn't it wonderful?" files:

    After a 24-year sabbatical, Dr. Noah Drake has returned to ABC daytime, and the music of Rick Springfield is about to fill our speakers once again. Sonic Past Music, a new label dedicated to bringing fans previously unreleased albums from their favorite classic artists, has just uncovered Rick Springfield: The Early Sound City Sessions. The CD will be available on November 20 and includes material that set the stage for Springfield's rise as a Pop star.

    Recorded in 1977 and '78, the album includes songs that were later re-recorded with studio musicians for his Beautiful Feelings album. Best of all! Rick Springfield: The Early Sound City Sessions features a bonus track, "Still Got the Magic," which has never been heard before.

    Can we all say "yea!" No? OK. I didn't think so.

    Friday, November 16, 2007

    Goths Can Date If They Want To

    OK, let's make this quick and easy because I know you have things to do, like meet your next date for one.

    If you are into any of the following cultures:

  • Goth
  • Fetish
  • Dark
  • Vampire
  • Extreme Music
  • Alternative

    then you need to hit up Darkyria.com in search of genuine Goth singles. No more thinking you've hooked up with a "Goth chick" or "Goth dude" and finding out that she or he thinks Goth means nothing more than an unsteady hand when putting on eyeliner.

    At Darkyria you and your fellow dark ones can upload your photos and Send a Wink to someone you’re interested in. If you need a bit of guidance around the dating scene the appropriately named Dark Cupid can help you dig up a soulmate.

    And there's more - including free video chatting, a World Map Seeker and forums where you can share the good, the bad and the ugly. The site has a soothing black background with the requisite blood red text and the graphics are pretty wicked as well. I'm over there now with about 200 other seekers and uh, well, I won't tell you who I think is most, shall we say, interesting. (Interesting means hotter than Hell, as if you didn't know) Frankly I don't need your competition on this one.

    As they say "Love Different." And enjoy. Or don't, you counter culture fool, you.

  • Boyz II Men II Old Farts

    Enough said.

    Fire Up

    Excellent! Best of luck to youse. If Arcade Fire is facing Radiohead's Internet version of "In Rainbows" they can't help but win.

    My only question is when did Canada get so darned edgy? (Pardon my language.) Look at how many bands and whatnot use The Word That Begins With an F.

    Thursday, November 15, 2007

    Blog Biz Cards

    Did you start your band's blog figuring that was the way to instant fame and fortune? It can be, that's true. But only if people know how to find you (or that you exist). whether they are online or off-line.

    The answer? Free blogger cards. Yep, these work just like business cards and give you an easy way to let people know who you are, what you do, and where online you do it. Ooprint is now offering 100 blogger cards for just the price of shipping.

    Enjoy.

    Wednesday, November 14, 2007

    Traverso Audio Freeware

    Got your download for the day - Traverso - a free, cross platform multitrack audio recording and editing suite, with an innovative and easy to master interface. It's suited for both professional and home users. Traverso is a complete solution from recording to CD mastering.

    By supplying many common tools in one package, you aren't forced to learn different applications - this will lower your learning curve considerably. Adding and removing effects plugins, moving Audio Clips or creating new tracks during playback is perfectly safe, giving you the opportunity to get instant feedback.

    Enjoy.

    Must Be Karisma

    Are you rich? Would you just like to feel that way for a few days?

    Karisma Resorts would like you to consider their secluded and oh so decadent Karisma Hotels on the beaches of the Mexican Riviera Maya. This place is all about white sand and extreme luxury - from gourmet meals to unparalleled entertainment, ocean-view intimacy in a beach bed with retractable curtains to sunset margaritas brought to you across the sand by your very own Beach Butler.

    If it sounds like a dream, it is. It may not be what you'd expect from Mexico Vacations, but it's just what you'll get - and a lot more.

    Karisma Hotels offers five different locations, some adult only, some family friendly and one for "naturalists." If you are seeking days of superb luxury and service, Karisma promises you the "Wow" factor normally reserved for only the most affluent.

    Ozomatli

    If you haven't heard Ozomatli, it's about time you did. Honestly, this is the first mainstreamish news coverage I think I've ever heard on them. The band has an ever-changing, multi-ethnic line up, which hits the Latin, hip hop, and rock genres in a great way by incorporating the flavors of reggae, funk and salsa with a little jazz thrown in.

    You don't have to like their politics, you just have to dance.

    Clashing What?

    Umm ... what? Isn't this kind of like, I don't know "Battle of the Bonbons?" "War of the Winds?"

    This just isn't the type of gang I expect to see fighting it out in the streets. "West Side Story" gone wimpy, I guess would be the closest I could come to a comparison for this alleged clash.

    I fear for music.

    Hits The Spot

    If you're used to using Online Coupons, you know sometimes the sites can get a bit stale ... same old coupons everyday and half of those expired.

    Well, you won't find that happening at The Big List. Their coupons and deals are updated daily. Right now, they include some great Musician's Friend coupons and Wine.com deals.

    If that wouldn't make for a perfect weekend then I don't know you.

    Tuesday, November 13, 2007

    Chris Colepaugh Release

    Just to let you know: Chris Colepaugh and the Cosmic Crew are blazing a trail with their new release “In Your Backyard.” The album drips with thick electric guitars, Bonham-esque style drums, massive bass, and soulful songwriting and lyrics. From the heavy guitar-soaked-rocker-single "Caught Up To You" to the acoustic guitar/mandolin picking of "Don't Want You 'Round No More," the album features guitar-intense, southern rock.

    Chris and the Crew have performed at festivals in Canada and the United States including SXSW , CMW, NXNE, NEMO, Evolve, Canadian Music Cafe, including dates with the North Mississippi Allstars, performances at the House Of Blues, tours of New England and southern US, the U.S. West Coast and two tours of Southern California. If you missed them on tour you can grab the album at the Web site.

    Sunday, November 11, 2007

    Zero Interest?

    Here's another lesson in learning to mind your money. Pay attention, I know you can afford at least that much.

    0% credit cards are a great way to reduce your overall credit debt, right? Yes and no.

    Transferring high interest rate balances from other credit cards to a zero percent card works by allowing you to pay the same amount as you have been but applying more of that payment to the principal instead of the interest. So what could ever be bad about that?

    Well, most of the time that zero percent is only an introductory rate. Sometimes it may be only one month before the interest rate rises well above what you used to pay on your old cards.

    So what's the lesson here? Read the fine print. Know how long that rate will last and how hard you'll be hit when it ends. Best thing to do is find a good zero percent offer for balance transfers that lasts long enough for you to pay off the entire debt.

    Love Dishes

    Nadine Cheung, my new favorite Spinner.com writer, tool a deep breath and plunged into the short circuit that is Courtney Love's brain. God bless her (Nadine). She came back alive with this juicy tidbit that made me laugh laugh laugh.

    "In a long-winded, grammatically atrocious rant" the former Hole frontwoman's MySpace blog ... takes a jab at Madonna calling her career "a joke".

    "Madonna is a great business woman but come on, she's weak as an artist and we all know it. I like Madge but as a relevant musician it's a joke.

    "She's singing from such a calculating, thought-out place all the time. It's never from her gut or heart of intuition, so maybe it sounds great and slick and you can hum it."

    Relevance is so ... relevant, don't you think?

    Friday, November 09, 2007

    Found My Home

    Girl, I am so moving to Cyprus! After checking out the views from some of the beautiful North Cyprus Property for sale, I know where I'm going to be when my ship comes in. Yes, on a sunny island in the Mediterranean.

    North Cyprus has a good cost of living index considering the fabulous location and most of the residents speak English. The food is good and the beaches go on forever. And the prices ... how about approximately $184,000 (USD) for a three bedroom villa?

    Now you're listening, aren't you? Take a look at the 360 degree views of the houses and land on the Web site. I'm sure I'll be calling you "neighbor" soon.

    Thursday, November 08, 2007

    Canada Rocks

    How odd that digital delivery would be such a boon to the Canadian music industry and such a terrifying prospect for the American musick industry. We haven't been crying a little wolf, have we?

    Stinking RIAA. Stinking big musick. You're so painfully, transparently greedy and grasping. You can not die one moment too soon.

    Krillion Search

    We now interrupt your regularly scheduled broadcast for a brief Whirlpool Washing Machines commercial. Your music will continue after the pause.

    If you're like 75 percent of shoppers and do your big appliance shopping online before you hit the real world stores for the actual purchase, you need to visit the Krillion Localization Engine™ (forget Google in other words). Krillion provides local, relevant search results for ready-to-buy consumers like yourself - or the ones searching for your business, whether it's national or regional, big box or small.

    Krillion features the latest info on the latest models of flat panel TVs, ovens, ranges, dishwashers, refrigerators, washers (like the sweet Whirlpool above), dryers and much more. Shop away.

    Opened Paradise

    The incredible, hollowed out grandeur of Occult brings you straight into the darkly glorious and melodic world of Opened Paradise.

    Periklis E's voice is evocative and intense that it gives Peter Murphy a run for his money, while Babis on guitars and Constantinos on drums lend a dire, driving sound to the album that makes perfect counterpoint to the cavernous vocals, so sayeth the musical geniuses at Magnatune.

    You are "strongly" recommended to turn off the shuffle on your MP3 player until you've heard the whole album first note to last.

    Hank Thompson Obit

    Bad news indeed. I remember listening to "The Wild Side of Life" from when I was just a wee thing hearing my father's drinking music late at night. He'd rouse me and my siblings out of bed and teach us the two-step. We'd dance until the sun came up.

    Thanks for the music and the memories, Hank.

    Make It There

    No matter where you're from, there's one place you need to go and that place is New York City. And the best way to experience this cultural Mecca and world capital on the coast of the U.S. is with the New York CityPass.

    The pass will literally open the doors to the city for you - no more standing in lines at the must-see attractions. Just flash you pass and you are escorted in with no waiting among the mere tourists. The CityPass Winter Special runs December 15 to March 15 and will save you half off the normal cost of admissions.

    What you get are tickets to the top six NYC attractions along with public transportation info, a map and insider tips on the best time to arrive. You'll see the American Museum of Natural History, a Circle Line Sightseeing boat cruise with a view of the Manhattan skyline, the Empire State Building Observatory, the Guggenheim, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and my personal favorite, the The Museum of Modern Art.

    Let me tell you, the visit to MoMA is worth more than the cost of this entire pass. New York City is definitely eye-opening, but MoMA is mind-expanding. Your creativity will simply explode and, if you let it happen, it can evolve your own work in ways now unimaginable. Go. Enjoy. Learn.


    Swivel Neck Jones

    Magnatune artist William Brooks, aka "Swivel Neck Jones," makes a foray into atmospheric electronica and succeeds admirably at creating a mellow,underwater vibe with the release of "Deep Life."

    Hammond organ and vibraphone swirl around crisp, mid-tempo beats for a great listen while you work album. Viva the life aquatic or just get funky on dry ground. Enjoy.

    Swivel Neck Jones - Deep Life

    Wednesday, November 07, 2007

    UK Payday

    If you're in the UK and have a need for Payday Loans, you might consider RobertsBridgeFinancial.com. They can match you up with a loan from between £80 up to £750. Just contact them and they'll see you're set up with a loan and a repayment plan.

    The best thing is they can make it quick by electronically depositing your payday loan directly into your account.

    Remember, UK residents only. Thanks.

    Free Internet Radio Software

    RaimaRadio allows you to listen to and record radio stations from around the world. While listening to your favorite radio station you can record it anytime you want. Browse through the radio stations or just select a random station and enjoy Internet radio.

    You have total control over your radio stations allowing you to add or delete a station anytime you want. Need to play a station from another applicaton then just enable global hotkeys and control it anytime. If you need to listen to or record a station at a certain time then you can. Just schedule it, sit back and relax. It will also show album art and station logos where available.

    Download RaimaRadio freeware now.

    Monday, November 05, 2007

    Idol Minds

    Admit it. You love American Idol. You watch it when no one's watching you and you just wish you could do the whole office water cooler thing where can you gossip about the judges and contestants and who totally rocked or bombed.

    You can do all that and more at the Idol Exclusive website. This is the place to be for everything Idol. You can join fan groups, get exclusive photos and videos and talk about it all in the forums.

    Speaking of the forums, there are some really interesting and some laugh-out-loud posts there, like "Is Clay Aiken Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" and "American Idol to be Banned in China."

    Visit and enjoy! You know you want to.

    Winehouse ... What a Name

    What do you know? She made it.

    I'm sorry I'm so cruel. Really I am. When did I become so damned unsympathetic to artistes and their addictions? Oh yeah ... about the same time I realized that when you O.D. you never even get to read the coverage on your tragic end and that choking to death on your own puke is not at all glamorous.

    Anyway, best of luck, girl.

    More Home Less Work

    Keeping up with the latest on home loans and mortgage rates
    options has become almost a full time job these days. If you're simply looking for a home, you shouldn't have to work that hard.

    Don't do it. Take a look at the services offered by MyHomeLoanMortgages.com and make your new life in a new home come about a lot smoother and with a lot less hard labor. The site is so comprehensive, you can expect all of your issues to be addressed - from finding a real estate agent to the current hottest markets.

    Thinking of Hank

    Best wishes go out to good old Hank - the real one. It is sad to see these artists slipping away from from us. These people were the real thing, indie before we even knew there was an alternative. Even if country music wasn't your thing - it certainly was never mine - you need to listen to these kinds of artists to truly appreciate how music has evolved.

    Take care, old man.

    Never Deal With a Dealer

    You know how Lending Tree has come up with the great commercials where bankers are now forces to compete to loan people money (even their own employees)? I love these and the whole notion these businesses need me more than I need them. That's gotten pretty skewed lately.

    Now what if you could get car dealers doing the same thing? What if you never had to pay full price for a new automobile again? Well, just hit up Carsblvd.com and you can buy your ride at wholesale prices from dealers competing for your business. Need a Honda Car Quote? You can get up to two free quotes now and completely change the way car dealers treat you. They can also help you find a loan.

    Sweet.

    Valentina Loves Le Loup

    Today we have one of the favorite picks of music lover Valentina Vitols, a Lulu member and all around indie fan. She's given the nod to Le Loup's "The Throne Of The Third Heaven Of The Nations' Millennium General Assembly."

    "Take Sufjan Stevens's quirky folk sounds and blend them with electronic beats and dramatic, intricate melodic shifts. The results will take you to the sounds of Le Loup, a well-oiled band where voices (which they refer to as Vox in their MySpace) enrich each other and sounds burst into elaborate and lavish music! And, oh, the wonders of the modern technology!

    Valentina's favorite songs from the release are: "Outside Of This Car," "The End Of The World!" and "We Are Gods! We Are Wolves!"

    Do enjoy.

    Time for Some Loyalty

    What do your customers get for their webloyalty these days? How about some in return? Webloyalty, a leading online marketing services company, makes it easy for you reward your paying customers while at the same time increasing your own revenue.

    This win-win situation is accomplished through innovative products that create benefit packages for the consumers of fee-based services from businesses that specialize in travel, ecommerce and more.

    Webloyalty was started in 1999 and has been innovative from the beginning with their commitment to responsible marketing and outstanding customer service. More than two million subscribers are currently enjoying savings from Webloyalty’s services. Take a look if you'd like a way to thank your customers.

    Dead Famous Launches

    Into dead famous artists? Wish some of your favorite artists were dead famous?

    Now you can hit it with the launch of Dead Famous Artists International, a new record label with licensing, publishing, artist management and global distribution. The scoop is it's only for independent musicians, their fans, industry professionals and of course, the sweet sweet music lovers.

    Dead Famous Artists offers music artists a brand new platform using the latest technologies to get their songs heard, licensed, published and distributed throughout the world.

    And for fans, the Dead Famous Army plans to be the best way to discover great new music and the best up-and-coming artists in the world. "With all kinds of perks and VIP packages, from free music downloads to promotional items such as t-shirts, advanced ticket sales, meet and greet passes, that are sure to interest everyone from the casual listener to the devoted fan."

    Dig in!

    Bind Divine at Magnatune

    Magnatune is offer two great releases from Blind Divine this month. If you haven't heard this band, you can get a glimpse of how they sound from this description, "If Gwen Stefani was a goth, she might make music like this."

    The releases are Devouring the Beautiful: Hauntingly erotic, Devouring the Beautiful features the sensual, melodic vocals of Paula Catherine Valencia as well as the impressively rich instrumentation of Daniel Martin Diaz. Blind Divine's music is somewhere between alt-rock and art rock, with a subtle trip-hop groove churning underneath. Standout tracks include "Something Magical" and the gorgeously
    emotive "Sometime Soon."

    And Desire to Destroy: Downcast and sexy, Paula Catherine Valencia's stylized vocals strike a great balance between a dark and delicate mood, while Daniel Martin Diaz's music features downtempo rhythms with soft, melancholy melodies. Electronic and acoustic sounds together with unique warmth and depth, revealing several of the more somber paths to beauty. The darkly tender "Find a Cure" on
    this album is an absolute must-hear.

    Sounds beautiful. Thanks to Shannon at Magnatune for keeping us up to date and in the know.

    Friday, November 02, 2007

    Tactical Gear

    5.11 Tactical Outdoors has all the police and tactical gear you could ever want at very reasonable prices.

    Check out their Galco holsters and shoulder rigs - these are some of the highest quality rigs ever produced and are used on the job and in movies. 5.11's also carries Galco bags, ammo pouches, range bags and slings.

    If you need any kind of tactical wear from jumpsuits to gloves to TDUs, 5.11 Tactical Outdoors has it. Free shipping available on some purchases.

    Thursday, November 01, 2007

    CD Cover Freeware

    Moving to the next level? Do you have a promo CD in hand and you're ready to start hitting people up for play?

    Before you start dishing out, consider making your CD memorable. You don't want it covered with dust on some DJ's side table. Here's some nifty freeware to create the cover of your dreams. Yes, I said Freeware as in free software.

    CdCoverCreator is a powerful tool to create your own CD covers for both Audio and Data CDs. Use CdCoverCreator to create your covers, inlays, labels, and even booklets for your lyrics and whatnot.

    It's worth a download.

    Take It Easy

    If you are a seriously overweight Texan and your doctor has told you that it's time to take the next step, doctor Richard Collier wants you to know about his practice and the conroe lap band system. The Lap-Band is the only adjustable and completely reversible weight-loss surgery available in the United States.

    If you're looking for surgical weight-loss procedures in Houston, Conroe, Kingwood and The Woodlands in Texas, Dr, Collier's surgical center is designed to maximize your comfort during this outpatient surgery. Every aspect of the environment was created for ease of movement and to create a soothing ambiance.

    OiNK: Another View

    Was I hasty in my condemnation of OiNK? I have to be honest and say I don't belong to any file sharing site, so I don't always know the ins and outs. I certainly don't trust the RIAA so this post at 451 Press is making me step back and take another look.

    451 says:

    The raid was done by one of the affiliate organizations associated with the RIAA. According to these officials, the raid was the culmination of a two year investigation on Oink. I think it's a load of crap. If they did spend that much time investigating the site then why were the information they leaked to the public so wrong? First, they said that Oink asked for subscriptions to access the site. This is not true. Membership is free, although it is on an invite only basis. Second, they said that the site "releases" advance copies of albums. Oink doesn't do that because it is just a TRACKER.


    Until I hear otherwise, I'm withholding further judgment of the wee piggies at OiNK.

    PayDay PayBack

    If you're in the position that you need a payday loan, you should know what you're getting into before you sign on the line. Payday Loan Quotes offers a payday loan fee calculator that you really should access to get a idea of the payback rate. They also offer multiple quotes on payday loans.

    Your short-term loan can range from $100 to $1,500, depending on your needs and other factors. The money can be electronically deposited and repaid from your checking account.

    Sited: Jamphetamines

    JAMphetamines a free, social media-type indie music community is now open to the public. Jamphetamines offers independent musicians and fans a place network and share their music videos/audio privately or publicly.

    The site has a wide variety of features for anyone interested in the indie music scene. Stay up to date with multiple RSS feeds. Join music-related groups on Jamphetamines and hook up to video channels - each one featuring a different genre of music.

    Monday, October 29, 2007

    Listen to St. Augustine

    The Florida town of St. Augustine is, if you didn't know it, an absolute treasure trove for antique lovers. To take full advantage of what they have to offer and the beautiful weather that rolls along with it, October and November are singled out for the best St. Augustine events of the year.

    On the last Saturday of every month, the city's Uptown Saturday Night event takes place between 5pm to 9pm in the Uptown San Marco Shopping District. You can browse the shops for rare books and other antiques from the Spanish exploration forward.

    And you know I wouldn't even be bringing this up if it weren't for the incredible range of live music that will be available to wandering shoppers. No, this is not just an event for dusty old rummagers, these people take the music into the shops and out onto the streets. Even if you're not a collector, (even if you just came to ride the scary Ripley's Ghost Train) this event is perfect for getting an earful of bands you may have never heard before.

    So we have free live music, rare book finds and authors there to sign current works, free wine and refreshments, a beautiful city with beautiful Fall weather ... I can't think of a better place to spend my weekends.


    Mandela AIDS Concert

    Some nice choices on the lineup ... Annie Lennox is an absolute God.

    I'm glad they looked toward mass, worldwide appeal, while still honoring the continent's own musicians. Clegg as the white Zulu ... still makes me laugh a little. Not because it's ridiculous. Just cute.

    Casino Bluebook

    If you have the itch to gamble and no time to fly off to Las Vegas or Atlantic City, you still have some online options for fun. You can visit the online casino bluebook's free guide to popular online casinos.

    Among the top ten sites chosen as the 10 best casinos after review by experienced online gamblers, four are directly accepting players from the United States. All of them offer welcome bonuses ranging from $100 to an incredible $888! That casino is of course Number One on the list.

    But there are other factors that influenced the reviews - including the most important: customer support. The reviewers also judged payouts, free loyalty bonuses and the games available. At these top casinos you can play poker, blackjack, slots, craps, keno, bingo and baccarat.

    Visit onlinecasinobluebook.com and have fun!

    Saturday, October 27, 2007

    Frankie Who?

    Uh... Frankie Valli covering Stevie Wonder? Am I the only one frightened here?

    Is there ever a time to stop and reflect on the great music of the past silently? Do we really have to redo it? Most of it sucked bad enough in its original form. Please don't make us live through it again.

    Silence is a golden oldie. New music is good.

    Fun In Fla

    Orlando, Florida, is well known as one of the best family vacation destinations in the world. Why is this true? I'm sure it has something to do with the fact that there are more than 50 different theme parks in the immediate area, including Disney World.

    With this many attractions, you know there are also tons of choices to make in hotels. How do you find the best amenities at the best prices?

    Orlandovacation.com is your best choice for finding the Orlando Hotels with the greatest discounts and most comfortable accommodations. Orlandovacation.com can even get you hooked up with discounts on theme park and event tickets.

    Come, have fun in Florida!

    Mohawk Radio Relaunches

    WWW.MohawkRadio.com has launched their revamped website a Web 2.0 music network website and anti-myspace community.

    Most of the bands and people on MohawkRadio.com are into rock, alternative, punk, psychobilly, rockabilly, hardcore, garage, thrash, scumbag rock, ska, oi, surf, new wave, metal, hardcore, indie and gothic, but everyone is more than welcome.

    You can promote yourself on Mohawk Radio by creating profiles, uploading pictures, selling merchandise, uploading and downloading songs, promoting your show dates and more.

    Check it out for yourself at www.MohawkRadio.com.

    Friday, October 26, 2007

    Extreme Makeover Rodeo Drive Style

    When I think about an extreme makeover, I'm not talking about my living room. I'm talking the entire body job. Well, maybe just a discrete tummy tuck anyway.

    Plastic surgery has changed a lot, especially over the last 10 years. The advances that have been made are amazing and places like Rodeo Drive Plastic Surgery have recognized the fact that people wanting a makeover want to be treated like humans, not like a piece of flab on a slab.

    Dr. Lloyd Krieger, a well-known California plastic surgeon, specializes in tummy tucks and celebrity plastic surgery and can give you the famous Rodeo Drive Belly Button. Not feeling so much like a celebrity right now? Then maybe the Rodeo Drive Mommy Makeover is what you need.

    The point is, the Rodeo Drive site is caring, skilled, innovative and accessible. They've been featured in national and international publications like The Wall Street Journal, The Los Angeles Times, Univision, Los Angeles Magazine and England's Daily Mail and Grazia.

    To perform the basic tummy tuck surgery, the doctor makes an incision near the bikini or boxer line under the abdomen, allowing the scar to be hidden under clothing after the surgery. Then through this incision, excess skin and fat are removed and the muscles are tightened. The remaining skin is "redraped" to accentuate the body shape. If necessary, the belly button will be repositioned to match the contours of the improved abdomen.

    Learn more about the procedures and the surgeon and view the gallery of before and after photographs to get an idea of some of the results. You'll see real photos of real people, scars and all. These aren't faked up, airbrushed pictures, but real results from real people. Keep in mind, your experience may vary as all procedures will produce differing results on differing body shapes and sizes.

    Thursday, October 25, 2007

    Control

    ... or lack thereof.

    This promises to be an interesting serving of biography and music, that will probably bring even more fans into the Joy Division fold. If you were too young or too old to experience the music when it was happening, now is your chance to catch up and both the sound and the personalities behind it.

    I hope it lives up to its possibility.

    Van Buuren Best DJ

    Oh, this was a given. This guy absolutely rocks the floor. A club without Armin is no club at all. I just wish he would hit the States more often, because I could certainly use a good 10 hours or more of non stop dancing about every week.

    Congratulations to Armin and runner up Tiesto.

    Working Racks

    Owners of "real" working vehicles - we're talking trucks and vans, no wimpy sports cars here - can now get their racks on for some unbeatable prices from BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com.

    They have every kind of rack imaginable from ladder racks and van racks, to flatbed and regular pickup truck racks. They also have a great selection of utility bodies and rack accessories brands you can trust such as Cross Tread, Amer-Rac, Kargo Master and much more.

    If you work any kind of construction, plumbing, electrical or utility job you will find the van rack or truck rack you need to carry everything you need at BuyAutoTruckAccessories.com.

    Williams/Reznor Free Download

    Musician Saul Williams has announced the release of "The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!" produced by Trent Reznor. Williams and his label Fader Records will make the release available for download October 31st, 2007, free or for a $5 contribution to support the artist.

    By paying for the download, listeners have the opportunity to choose between three formats: 192kbit/s MP3, 320kbit/s MP3 and Free Lossless Audio Codec (FLAC or full CD quality). Free downloads will be for the 192kbit/s MP3. All versions are 100% DRM free and will include a PDF with artwork and lyrics.

    Lana Lane Release

    Symphonic rock icon Lana Lane has announced the upcoming December release of her new studio album "Red Planet Boulevard."

    The new album follows Lana's 2005 art rock masterpiece "Lady Macbeth", and her highly acclaimed 2006 classic rock covers album "Gemini". Red Planet Boulevard is a melodic rock album that showcases Lana's legendary vocals with timeless songwriting all produced in a modern symphonic rock environment. The atmosphere of the album is both spacious and grand, soaring melodies and intimate phrases play against lush arrangements of guitar and keyboards, all intertwining in a compelling tango of orchestration that is pure Lana Lane.

    Recorded in The Netherlands and in San Francisco, California, "Red Planet Boulevard" combines the feeling of European precision and old world mystery with the Bay Area's legendary style and mood. The melange of locations shows in the album's production that is both bombastic and moody, clear and heavy, intimate and extroverted.

    Sales Training

    After building a reputation as the place to go for training in the field of plumbing, Avand is now expanding its training courses into the area of sales. Whether you're a plumber, a carpenter or a business owner of any type you know that sales is a required part of running a successful venture.

    When Avand's plumbing graduates began enquiring about sales training, they realized the importance of offering UK Sales Training to people who want to learn sales, but don't necessarily want a business degree.

    If you would like to learn more, visit the site and request details on the available sales training courses.

    Don't You Get It

    Do we not get the concept of rewarding artists for making their work accessible to fans without the intervention of Big Musick?

    Speaking of sick, this article makes me queasy. This is not revolution, this is not changing things for the better. This is theft pure and simple.

    And it's stupid.

    Project Management Software

    Are you in the market for a reliable and feature rich online construction project management software package? If your answer is yes, then you really need to look into Procore Online Construction Project Management.

    Procore features hosted delivery, allowing your project data to be accessed by your team members from any Internet connection. The software is billed on a monthly basis and is affordable and easy to learn. They are so sure of the quality of their service that they are now offering a no risk trial that allows you to use Procore for up to 30 days on an actual construction project. If you're not satisfied with the software, you'll receive 110% of your money back.

    Cinema of Dreams

    Hans Christian's "Cinema of Dreams" is a collection of solo cello pieces combined with keyboards, sarangi, tape, nyckelharpa, sitara, bass, sarod, and various rhythm instruments designed to get you into the flow of time and space. With a mixture of classical orchestral and electronic sounds, Hans enters a new musical landscape and takes you along on his explorations.

    The instruments are enhanced with creative use of tape effects, backwards
    phrasing, half speed loops and other techniques designed to surprise and delight. Enjoy.

    Wednesday, October 24, 2007

    Garage Bands Listen Up

    I have the ultimate answer for you garage bands out there who have the neighbours calling the police at all hours complaining about the "noise" simply because you're trying to rehearse for a gig.

    Prefab Concrete Garages.

    Need I say more? Well, actually I do. Lidget, the company that makes these wonderful, totally customisable buildings, is in the the UK. (So I don't need any American English folk letting me know that my spelling sucks, all right?) This makes delivery and set up a bit expensive unless you're local.

    But Lidget is making state of the art garages even after being in the business for 30 odd years. They know what they're doing and can help you set up the affordable garage band garage of your dreams.

    Simply Red to Split

    OK, ignore the fact that I didn't even know these guys were still together.

    Twenty five years in the music biz is amazing, having done it under one name is even more so. Simply Red has become a name synonymous with a certain sound and we all know how changing a brand usually meets with wild resistance from its fans.

    I think it's a smart move from a smart musician.

    Could It Be Magic

    I hope all of you in the United Kingdom have been paying attention because I've been propping you with some sites to visit for just about everything under the sun. Up today is the new site Magic Loans that offers Home Equity Loans.

    In my opinion, the site is clear cut and easy to navigate. They offer secured loans for fixing up the old homestead if that's what you need. Use their loan and budget calculators to narrow down the details about what you can afford. They also have a list of the top five questions people are asking about loans and news updates on what's happening in the home sector.

    As I've said a million times, always do your research and ask a lot of questions before you get into deal involving credit or finance in any way.

    Sohodolls Download

    If you need some raucous music, you need to listen to Sohodolls. The band has a reputation for furious, chaotic, in-your-face live performances, which is all good, always. Sohodolls have shared the European stage with bands such as Daft Punk, The Charlatans and The Magic Numbers.

    Get a free download of the Crystal Castle remix of "Trash the Rental,"at Sohodolls' home page.

    Rock on.

    Print Away

    Printing has its price and it's not just the cost of materials. How much time do you figure you've wasted every time you needed to replace a cartridge and couldn't find the right one?

    Cartridge Finder is here to end those wasted hours. You can select the brand of your printer and drop down from there to find the cartridge info you need and, by taking advantage of Cartridge Finder's partnership with PriceGrabber, you can find the best price and order right away.

    Time saved. Problem solved.

    Tuesday, October 23, 2007

    Spanking OiNK

    OiNK, you were just asking for it.

    Let's engage some reason here people. You're not helping musicians in anyway by dropping their releases before they get a chance to. Convince me how this helps anyone but the owners of the web site. You have to "donate" to upload? This is total crap, welcome to the pen.

    Sleepy Time

    French Beds in the UK? Who knew?

    Well, they know style, as Time 4 Sleep proves. Well known for their line of leather beds, Time 4 Sleep also has a great selection of French bed styles and designs. If you are looking for French antique style reproduction beds - upholstered, wooden, metal or in rattan - you are covered. My favorite is the luxe, king size moulin noir bed, very chic.

    With a wood selection encompassing walnut, ash, teak, mahogany, oak, rosewood, pine, redwood and cedar, you will find a bed to match any decor from classic romantic to farmhouse country.

    As an incentive, you'll get a discount on their standard mattress prices when you buy a bed frame and if you find the same product at lower price, they promise to beat it.

    Alice In Alabama

    What I find shocking is the fact that they even let him in Alabama. Let's hope he gets out safely as well. I don't want to be reading about Alice in chains.

    Down Solo

    Big Blue Hotel

    If you've been rocking Blackpool and you need a place for you and the band to crash, take at look at the Big Blue Hotel, one of the finest of Blackpool Hotels.

    OK, it's not just for hard rocking indies. This is four star hotel that has a comfy place for business travelers, tourists and families to rest their heads. But don't plan on only sleeping - the hotel has the welcoming Blues Bar with jazz on tap and a great menu at the Blues Brasserie.

    And the views! Take in Blackpool's Promenade at look out on Europe's tallest and fastest rollercoaster, the Pepsi Max Big One. The Big Blue Hotel has rooms that overlook the coaster, so even if you're too chicken to ride it yourself you can see the screaming fear etched on the faces of the riders.

    Now that's fun.

    The Seldon Plan Release

    The Seldon Plan - The Collective Now is the follow up to the band's debut and you can find it at the best place online for new and affordable indie music. Yes, you know I'm talking Magnatune.

    Highly polished yet exquisitely laid back indie rock: "What impresses us most about this band's music is how unpretentious it is. The smooth, ultra-hummable songs on this CD flow by like big fluffy clouds in the sky.

    After spinning this disc a few times...we can't decide which we like better, the debut ... or this? Actually and in fact, we prefer both as they are each equally satisfying and superb."
    -Babysue.


    Standout tracks include "Colored Lenses," "Seraphim" and our favorite, the deceptively catchy "Modern Vigil." Take a listen. Buy the release.

    Sinking Feeling

    I've said it before and I'll say it again: If you want class, style and innovative design and you want then at your bathroom sink, then you have to hook yourself up with Moen faucets. Fortunately this is just the link you need to do it.

    Faucet.com has a huge selection, great prices and quick delivery. They also offer some guides on choosing a faucet so you can match the current set up and won't need to change sinks or counter tops to change the look of your loo. Once you find what you need, a handy link will take you to all the faucets they have available in that style.

    Tres cool.

    Knocked Up at The Duplex

    Gotta love this girl, not just for the voice but the attitude as well. This baby's kicking!

    "Knocked Up at The Duplex"
    *The Third Trimester Show*

    It was so much fun, I'm doing it again - "Knocked Up at The Duplex".
    - Karen Jacobsen


    9:30PM, Tuesday, November 6th
    The Duplex
    61 Christopher Street @ 7th Avenue South
    New York NY 10014
    Tickets: $15 + 2 drink minimum
    TheDuplex.com or (212) 255-5438

    "Her artistic growth is so evident on this CD that it has to be spilling over into her live performances... find her schedule and plan around it."
    -Jennifer Layton, Indie-Music.com

    Monday, October 22, 2007

    Skate Sk8

    If you haven't yet hit Warehouse Skateboards you are missing some of the best skate deals on or offline. They've got some truly hot board designs by Zero featured right now and they have - in stock - more board from makers like Zoo York, Enjoi, Baker, Girl, Element, Almost, Plan B, Blind, Flip, Mystery and hundreds of others.

    You can also shop for accessories such as skate pads, wheels, trucks, videos, hardware and clothing.

    If you don't see the skateboard you like, you can always design your own with Warehouse Skateboards' "build a skateboard." Customize to your heart's desire. Get free domestic U.S. Ground Shipping on orders over $150. Orders ship with in 24 hours.

    You have to see this selection.

    Beats Per Minute Download

    To get your groove on, you need to know your Beats Per Minute, otherwise mixing becomes a nightmare and the dance floor's a train wreck. Cry no more:

    SongTime is a down-and-dirty little app to take the drudgery and guesswork out of figuring it out! Just run SongTime, enter in the BPM, Beats/Measure, and number of measures, and it will tell you not only how long it will be, but also frame and keyframe times as well. Then, just play with the BPM or any of the other parameters, until the time is right where you want it. Both GUI and commandline version of this utility are available.


    Download SongTime freeware here. It works great for doing commercials and syncing music for video, too.

    All About Chairs

    We are all about leather today and all about chairs. If you are in the market for any type of chair you can find it here.

    Take a look at these offering from Furniture From Home: Brown Leather Chairs, Leather Club Chairs (my personal favorite), Recliner Leather Chairs and modern bar stools.

    The bar stools are good looking and the price compares to anything I've looked in furniture stores. Add the free shipping and no tax in most areas and you've got yourself a great deal.

    Solace - Moon Moth Mixes

    I have great new releases announced by Magnatune that I'm going to be sharing with you this week.Solace - Moon Moth Mixes is the first and if you love electronic music with soul, you have to give it a spin. Here's Shannon to tell you more:

    When artists get remixed this well, it's not only because there's a demand for more of their work - it's because their work inspires a multitude of approaches to the music.

    Bringing together everything that is mysterious and seductive in both electronic and Middle Eastern music, the Moon Moth Mixes are seriously great. Deep, dark, and very sexy, this is the kind of album you can only make when you have achieved fierce levels of expertise and fearlessness in your craft.


    Do Enjoy.

    Cabinet Cool

    I've got some new buzz on my all-time favorite guys - yep, Car Guy Garage. This time we're looking at the cool garage cabinets because we both know what your garage looks like. (Well I know what mine looks like anyway. And I could use some help.)

    Their stainless steel cabinets are so cool, unfortunately they look better than my car does. And then, there's the whole thing about needing to clear enough space to be able to put the cabinets in. We're talking floor to ceiling here.

    Go take a look. They have a lot to offer.

    Saturday, October 20, 2007

    Bio-Pic Or Pick to Brain?

    How can this possibly be a good thing? Well, outside of Ms. Love's pocketbook anyway.

    Oh, but they got the guy who did Wolverine? That's so different! He already had experience with portraying the lives of mythical beings.

    Get Quizzed

    Quibblo is now offering cool quizzes on popular topics such as
    Harry Potter quizzes, Election 2008, Music, MySpace and tons more.

    Not only can you add these quizzes to your Web site or blog, you can link up with others who share your interests by visiting the comment/discussion forum on each topic.

    Whether you make you own quiz or share some of the many special topic quizzes, Quibblo can make your site more interactive and fun.


    Friday, October 19, 2007

    The May Bees on Wampus

    Wampus does it again with that fantastic l'il indie music gig they got going on over there.

    It isn't about image. It isn't about entertainment. Great rock is about movement -- of the heart, the mind, the feet. The May Bees, a scrappy, uncompromising duo from The Netherlands, understand this instinctively. They want to make a good impression, sure, and they want to amuse and engage you. But mostly they want to move you, to change you, to leave an indelible mark upon you.

    Fueled by the anthemic vox and guitars of Gregory Orange and the distinctive, powerhouse drumming of Marzj, their spirited onslaught evokes a battalion more than a duo. Calling to mind Dinosaur Jr., Sebadoh, Guided By Voices, Sonic Youth, Grandaddy, and Pedro the Lion -- apocalyptic rock-club thrash with a maple-syrup coating -- the May Bees are a raging two-headed pop monster, launching their salvos with melodic abandon at passion volume.


    Their international debut, Drop Little Boy, has dropped on Wampus Multimedia.

    Canada Adds Music Tariff

    I hope this won't affect the musicians' cut in any way. Surely the retailers or record companies will pay for this gratuitous increase.

    >bitter laughter<

    Sorry, Canada.

    The Price of Oil

    Well, despite all of our best intentions, the price of oil is still rising. I hate to say it, but I guess we should have known ... those who are old enough to remember the days when the gas to fill your up your car wasn't the most expensive item on your tab from a night out on the town.

    We should have taken our parents' advice (the ones who remembered when oil prices were sky high in the '70s) and made some solid oil investments. But when did we ever listen to them?

    We're grown up now, but it's not too late. Oil can still be a good investment if you take the time to educate yourself about the risks and learn what to look for in a potential investment. The link above will help you do just that.

    After all, why should we let our elected officials do all the profiting?

    Royal Returns

    Four decades into an impressively resilient career, Billy Joe Royal’s soul-drenched voice is as pliable as ever. That’s demonstrated on his album "Going By Daydreams," which is now available at CD Baby.

    Royal girds each of the 10 songs on "Going By Daydreams" with a relaxed confidence. The assurance was always there in his vocals—even at the start, when he established himself with “Down In The Boondocks,” “I Knew You When” and “Cherry Hill Park.”

    But that first period of heady fame wasn’t as easy as it appeared — every day was fraught with fear that his good fortune would come to an abrupt halt. Fear is no longer part of the vocation. Royal is a steady presence on the tour circuit, a trusted veteran of several formats, and he’s still got it as a vocalist.

    We Can See You

    Your home's windows aren't your personal "windows to the world" if the world can look in at you. It's more like a fish bowl than a home, wouldn't you say?

    End the endless scrutiny with blinds from Terry's Fabrics online. They can hook you up with the right colours, shades and tones to match about any interior. Need the hardware to hook that up, too? Again, they've got you covered.

    Take a look at the ready made blinds on offer now and get privacy and quality at a good price.

    Thursday, October 18, 2007

    Stupidest Interview Ever

    Britney gal pal bares all! Oh wait, that's Britney baring it all yet again in a scene we wish would never be repeated. My roommate's basset hound looks more appealing than the stuff she's flopping around.

    Role model? Oh yeah. To flappy-faced dogs everywhere. Close your legs. Shut up and sing!

    Hard Money

    Hard money isn't that hard to come by if you've got a little green and the Monex Deposit Company on your side. Want to sport your wealth in a sweet gold coin? Try Monex's offer on the American Eagle gold coin, This baby is a pure .9167 fine gold coin with a valid US legal tender face value of $50. You can buy the Eagle in packs of 10 units only.

    If you want to spreap your wealth into other hard money, the Monex companies can also hook you up with silver and other precious metals in the form of coins or ingots, delivered right to your door or conveniently deposited in safe storage at an independent bank.

    Monex Precious Metals has been serving America's precious metals needs for more than 30 years and takes pride in offering the some of the best prices in the US.

    Give It Up, MTV

    Why do you think you have to own the Universe? What is your brand even worth any more? You might as well just take your initials from Girls Gone Wild and leave it at that since you rarely have any connection with actual music.

    Shaggy Back

    I know this isn't indie, but man, it's Shaggy. Damn where have you been?

    Get Furnished

    If you're looking for furniture and what your hometown has to offer just isn't cutting it, check out Furniture From Home. The site is pretty clear-cut and they have good photographs of what they're offering, which includes Home Furniture, Dining Room Furniture, Living Room Furniture and more.

    The free nationwide shipping makes it practical to buy online. And if you're in the market for home office furniture, check out their executive desk selection.

    Audio-Democracy

    Audio-Democracy is an up-and-coming music Web site that's carrying on the indie tradition of thumbing their noses at Big Musick. Here's a quickie intro courtesy of Edward de Leau:

    Audio-Democracy, (is) a smaller site where bands can submit tracks and, we, audience, can listen to these tracks and comment on it. Although there are not many bands on there yet, I still like it that I can just press play and listen to music right from the frontpage.

    You Want Rock?

    I know all you big stars feel the need to flash your diamonds and if your glitter isn't blinding, people start suspecting your last release must have bombed. Avoid the rumors by indulging in some sweet stones from JR Dunn Jewelers.

    Whether it's loose diamonds you love or you want a watch to stop time, JR Dunn has it. They currently stock timepieces from Breitling, Tag Heuer, Chopard, and Baume Mercier.

    Their designer jewelry is sweet as well. I'm loving the Kimora Lee Simmons Hello Kitty necklace and the deadly appropriate Roberto Coin diamond encrusted skull.

    Davies Puts Out

    Former Kinks frontman Ray Davies intends to offer his latest album "Working Man's Cafe" free with the Sunday Times newspapers. The free album will be delivered with the paper on October 21st.

    A single from the album named "Vietnam Cowboys" will be available as a free MP3 download Time's website for those of you who ignore the media.

    Enjoy!

    This Isn't Music

    Sorry to do this to you, but Clay and Spamalot? How can I not bring this thrilling development to the light?

    OK, so is this a step up for Clay or a step down for Spamalot? Please, please keep your answers somewhat civil.

    How's Your Brand?

    Feeling flat? Feeling stale? Are your stats looking the same way? Could be you need to work on your brand.

    And here to help you do just that is the Kolbrener branding agency, a marketing and branding consultancy with expertise in technology companies. Through their Brand Evolution Process, Kolbrener can take your flat stats and give you results you want and need to see.

    By integrating their marketing strategies with your company culture, goals and offerings they can help you hit your target audience and increase revenues. Whether your branding goals include exposure on the Internet, TV, radio, direct marketing, or other non-traditional means, Kolbrener has the capabilities to cover it.

    Wednesday, October 17, 2007

    Classic Indie

    The original Indie music gets its props Aussie style. Damn, some of them may look stodgy, but I bet that was one hell of an after party. Classic, you could say.

    Rock on, Opera. Rock on.

    The Day Job

    If you have to get a day job to support the band, don't feel bad. John Lennon probably gutted fish or something like that. It can happen.

    Fortunately, in our day, you can sign up on a site like Recruit'n and save your feet from beating the hot streets. Yes, this is an online employment site and there are millions of those, but Recruit'n has some features I particularly like.

    One point is the profile form. It actually lets you choose from a good variety of job skills and areas, not simply titles. You can chose as many areas as you have skills or experience in by doing control+click of the mouse. Of course, musicians are still pretty much restricted to the "arts/media/design" category.

    Another point is the blogs. They have a lot of them and they are actually interesting. Definite bonus points for that.

    One thing you should know - all jobs and resumes are submitted to Google Base. If that bothers you and I understand how it might, just don't sign up.

    iTunes Drops Price On Some Tunes

    iTunes is offering some of "its" DRM-free iTunes Plus songs for $0.99, a drop of 30 cents from the regular price of $1.29. Songs by Flight of the Conchords and The Perishers are among the $0.99 offerings with more expected to be available soon.

    Now this couldn't have anything to do with Amazon's recent foray into Big Fat Online Music, could it?

    DRM or Death!

    Tuesday, October 16, 2007

    Furniture From Home

    You might wonder how practical it is to order furniture like a sectional sofa online simply because of the cost of shipping. Furniture From Home has an answer to that: Because they offer one of the world's largest furniture outlets without the cost of expensive display space, they can offer free nationwide delivery. SO you can order furniture at a good price without going broke on shipping charges.

    Their great selection of Sofas include some really beautiful Leather sofas.

    And take a look at this Special Item: Counter height slate dining table.