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Misc. Daily Archives

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...Dustin Diamond, whose high-pitched nerdy exploits as Samuel "Screech" Powers figured prominently in nearly thirteen (!) years of Saved by the Bell incarnations (plus that infamous sex tape), has jumped on the tell-all bandwagon. Behind the Bell, which Gotham Books preempted from Objective Entertainment's Jarred Weisfeld, promises to detail "sexual escapades among cast members, drug use, and hardcore partying," and for those of us who spent untold hours in our formative years memorizing "I'm So Excited" and the entire back catalog of Zack Attack, this is the greatest book deal in the history of the universe.
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Bo-Selector!

Being a music blogger of some repute (ill or otherwise), I am used to getting bombarded with emails from people hawking their band/client's latest release, tour, video and/or what-have-you. But it's been out of control lately. A while back I had plans to do a big report on all the promotional messages I received over the course of a week, but then I got so many of them I never had time to put it all together. I think, generally, I get around 30 promotional emails a day, on average.

But yesterday was out of control. As of 11:02 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8th, I had received 67 various promotional emails during the course of the day. Here's a not-so-quick breakdown:

61 of those emails were music related. A majority of them were deleted upon receipt.

17 were promoting new releases (Tuesday is new release day).

16 of the emails were from indie labels.

15 were from promotional marketing companies. Artists and labels hire these companies to get more people working on getting the word out on a particular record.

14 mentioned specific gigs or upcoming tours.

12 of the emails were from PR agencies.

10 had subject lines that referred to access to a MP3 file.

7 were promoting a new video or some sort of live video footage.

7 of the emails were from people companies I had ever heard of before and therefore have no idea what they actually are (Label, PR, Promo, etc.)

6 were from retail companies (i.e. no one promoting any music - JetBlue, Amazon, Crate & Barrel, etc.)

6 invited me to gigs in NYC, none of which I would ever be able to attend. I was actually surprised at this number. It was much lower than usual. Must be a slow week up there.

5 number of times Mr. Pink meowed at me, seemingly annoyed, while I put this list together.

3 were touting radio performances. The stations mentioned - KEXP, WNYC and NPR.

3 were weekly newsletters - none of which I signed up for.

3 of the emails were from the artist themselves.

2 the number of artists I got multiple emails about. That would be Albert Hammond, Jr. and Chromeo with two each.

2 of the emails were from major labels.

1 email was regarding Kanye West.

Whew.

But here's the point of this. Guess how many of these emails are currently not sitting in the trash in my Gmail account right now.

One.

So congratulations Mute Records! Your email promising me "New music from M83, Goldfrapp and Moby" made it to the top of the promotional heap for Tuesday, July 8th, 2008. I love me some Goldfrapp.

See and hear some of the the material they are promoting in the email after the jump.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm....

Getty Images and Flickr are working together to establish the first commercial licensing opportunity for photo-enthusiasts in the Flickr community. The Flickr collection will feature photography selected by Getty Images editors based on their expertise in licensing digital content and insights into customers' needs. In the next several months, Getty Images will begin inviting selected Flickr members who will have the choice to participate in the collection.

So not everyone gets to play. It'll be interesting to see who exactly gets invited and how this all works through Flickr given their recently noted API problems.

Saw a dude in a suit and sneakers skateboarding to work today. Awesome.

I'm on the West Coast until Friday, so any blogging this week will be done over on the Tumblr.

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I had the best birthday weekend ever, if I do say so myself. After arriving in NYC, we hustled over to 52nd and 5th, where I scored a retro Celtics championship shirt at the NBA store, shortly before a very satisfying, although by no means socks knockingoff, performance by My Morning Jacket at Radio City Music Hall. They're close but not quite their yet as far as playing big venues. They are missing that last little bit, where they can make a big place feel real tiny. I was also a bit disappointed they didn't do anything special for the show, like break out the hula dancers or something. The new stuff off of Evil Urges sounded great though. We also had an early dinner with young Jbergs, a class act if there ever was one and who's work I have admired for quite some time. Can't wait until he's running the photo department at Rolling Stone, maybe then I can find some work.

After the MMJ show, we headed out to Billysburg to see Teddy Thompson at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. It's amazing what they've done with the former Northsix space. It's all shiny and new and basically a smaller Bowery Ballroom. Very nice. Teddy was sort of a more guitar-focused Rufus Wainwright.

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We started Saturday out at MOMA, taking in Olafur Eliasson's spectacular Take Your Time exhibit / collection, and it was top notch. A gelato in the Sculpture Garden was even better.

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Later we tooled around SoHo, checked out the former CBGB's space (now a John Varvatos store) and then saw the Morrison Hotel's brilliant collection of rock photography by Bob Gruen. Some incredible stuff there. His shots of The Clash were very inspiring.

After that we hopped across the street to catch the second half of the Netherlands loss to Russia in a very crowded Irish bar full of ex-pats from the Netherlands (watching football in NYC is the best!) and then meet some friends for dinner.

Sunday we hustled home to take down my Artomatic photos before heading to the Pearl Jam gig. I left before the second encore and got home around 11:30. Finally made it to bed around 2 A.M. or so after editing photos. Then I worked until 8:30 last night.

Whew.

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Now on to San Fran. Back to 505 and all that. Mr. Pink is not very happy with me right now.

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PS - You better believe I'm making a trip here while I am there.

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I had totally forgotten about this photo until I started looking through Flickr for all my photos tagged "NYC."

It's very apt. I turn Paul Pierce years old today. In order to celebrate, The Future Mrs. Leaf and I are spending the weekend in NYC. You can bet one of our first stops in the Big Apple will be at the NBA Store, where this photo was taken in 2007. I need me some 2008 Champs gear.

Also, My Morning Jacket at Radio City tonight!

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That would have been my mood if I had gone to see one of my favorite bands and had the experience ruined by rain. Oh wait...

Seriously though, it appears that NYC had their "Radiohead @ Nissan" moment over the weekend. Severe weather royally screwed up the R.E.M. show @ Jones Beach on Long Island. Apparently lightning actually hit the venue during the changeover after Modest Mouse's set and the venue staff were telling different people different things as to if the show would indeed go on. Some people were told to leave the venue, others were told to stay and general chaos ensued.

But wait. It gets worse.

Fluxtumblr: "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “Disturbance at the Heron House,” “Life and How To Live It,” and “Harborcoat” from the setlist."

!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

OMG. I would have been inconsolable.

OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration, but that would be like someone telling me:

  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “High and Dry,” “Been Thinking About You,” and “Black Star” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “Lowest Part is Free,” “Web In Front,” and “Harnessed In Slums” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “There's No Other Way,” “She's So High,” and “Parklife” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “Sally Cinnamon,” “This is the One,” and “Driving South” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “Over the Wall,” “Never Stop,” and “Altamont” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “Well I Wonder,” “This Charming Man,” and “Barbarism Begins at Home” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “Say Something,” “Ring The Bells,” and “Sit Down” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “This Time Around,” “Slide,” and “Beautiful View” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “Motorcycle Emptiness,” “Faster,” and “La Tristesse Durera” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “Bengali In Platforms,” “Break Up The Family,” and “Your Gonna Need Someone On Your Side” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “D'You Know What I Mean?,” “Cast No Shadow,” and “Slide Away” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “Two States,” “Westie Cannot Drum,” and “Fight This Generation” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “Car Radio,” “30 Gallon Tank,” and “Everything Hits At Once” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “Frisbee,” “Bad Behavior,” and “Dacw Hi” from the setlist."
  • "You should’ve stayed! It was amazing, and the only thing I have to complain about is how the rain delay forced them to cut “December,” “Verisimilitude,” and “Star Sign” from the setlist."

I only wish I knew early GBV well enough to do one for them. Anyways, you get the point. On the plus side, Stipe & Co. did open the show with a cover of CCR's "Have You Ever Seen The Rain."

Is there some way to get bands, venues and promoters to agree that putting people's lives in danger probably means you should postpone the show?

Have I ever mentioned I have a Tumblr? I know it's a love/hate thing out there, but I love the functionality. My crack code team is working on ways to get the content to publish here as well, so it might be a good way to blog when I'm swamped. Be easy.

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