Week In The Knees

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What a week. Last Saturday we saw Torche at Spaceland then jammed downtown to see Earthless officially bury my ears in Chinatown. Then I traveled to SF on a steady diet of Earthless’ latest live record (HIGHLY recommended), hosted a Topspin meetup, met with friends Erin (of ATC) and Jon (and their lovely boys), Steve and Dalton (who named his kid after me, which is rad) from iMeem, and Ali from iLike before heading back home. Then early this morning we saw a great Web design company in the UK called Outside Line push live a slew of options to purchase the new Paul McCartney/Youth collabo, The Fireman. Yeah, Macca on Topspin! Crazy! Album is good. Get over and buy yours now.

Torche – Healer [Buy]
Earthless – From The Ages (excerpt) [Buy]
The Fireman – Nothing Too Much Just Out Of Sight [Buy]
The Fireman – Dance Til We’re High [Buy]

Grammy MusicTech Summit

Oh and I almost forgot, I finally posted my keynote presentation from the Grammy Northwest MusicTech Summit. I admit I’m surprised at the amount of interest it received, but I appreciate everyone caring, taking notice, taking the time to comment (even the haters), etc. Some of the comments were off-base IMHO but many of them were dead on, particularly the ones asking for more specifics about how you market a band who doesn’t yet have a brand. The truth of the matter is while you can point to a few success stories many more need to be developed. This is what we’re working on every single day at Topspin and we’re definitely not there yet. I won’t be happy until incredible records like Imaad’s and White Denim reach everyone who would like them, no more, no less. That doesn’t mean the albums will be “huge” and they’ll be “huge stars”, but there’s no question that more people would like these records if they knew about them, and the market isn’t terribly efficient just yet. But I do think things are moving in a positive direction and it was great to hear so many people responding to this positivity. Thanks much.

White Denim – Heart From All Of Us [Buy]
Imaad Wasif – Halcyon [Buy]

Lucinda is waking up from her nap, time to stop typing. Hope everyone is enjoying the weekend. Personally, I could use a bit more sleep.

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What Does America Have to Offer You Now, Morrissey?

From my favorite Morrssey album:

“But where the president is never black, female, or gay / and until that day / you’ve got nothing to say to me / to help me believe”

If you missed it, buy it now. Seriously. It’s great. I actually just bought that deluxe MP3 edition myself because it wasn’t expensive and I don’t have most of those b-sides.

The last place I saw Morrissey was at the Sly and The Family Stone show at the House of Blues on Sunset. If I saw him now, I’d ask him what his adopted country, America, has to offer him now.

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Everyone’s turning into pigs and ponies. Can’t let it happen to me.

I’ve heard the cliche that my generation would eventually run the country repeatedly throughout my life. Tonight it actually feels like it came true. Instead of a well-connected elderly white war vet our country elected a well educated mixed-race midwesterner. Why? Well, partially because George Bush is the Worst President Ever (TM) but that wasn’t enough to get John Kerry elected (and JK is white), Barack Obama won because he he is an idealist and inspired a nation desperate for someone to believe in again.

I’m not a registered Democrat. I voted Nader eight years ago because I believe it’s my civic duty to vote not based on party but for the candidate whose positions most mirror mine. I didn’t grow up knowing what party my family was (my parents views mirror mine for the most part but my grandparents were/are Republicans). I’ve always been a “throw rocks at both sides” kinda guy and my friends were too. But we subversives came out in force for Obama this election. Those Shepard Fairey posters were a sign of people usually more interested in election reform than the Democratic candidate actually being inspired by a political candidate for the first time in their lives. This is real.

I’m more proud to be an American now than at any point in my 36 years on earth. For me personally Obama or McCain meant feeling a connection to the country I’ve grown up in or really believing hope was lost and our country had been eaten by moralists, fear-mongers, and big business. It’s good to know I’m not alone, that others share the hope of a caring, thinking, feeling diverse America. We have shown the world the American dream is still alive and is still something to covet. Ironically, this is the freedom others used to look up to America for. As Barack said in tonight’s victory speech:

“…from the millions of Americans who volunteered and organized and proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth.”

Now lets get to work. I’m game for Barack’s challenge to get us all working for the good of the nation again instead of strictly going for self. Where do we start?

Chi-city represent:

As of this writing, my (and Axl’s) home state of Indiana has still not yet been called. I did offer to buy a Dr Pepper for every Hoosier if it goes blue, and it looks like I might owe some folks some delicious prune refreshment. Lets check back in the morning to see.

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Our America

I’ve heard the cliche that my generation would eventually run the country repeatedly throughout my life. Tonight it actually feels like it came true. Instead of a well-connected elderly white war vet our country elected a well educated mixed-race midwesterner. Why? Well, partially because George Bush is the Worst President Ever (TM) but that wasn’t enough to get John Kerry elected (and JK is white), Barack Obama won because he he is an idealist and inspired a nation desperate for someone to believe in again.

I’m not a registered Democrat. I voted Nader eight years ago because I believe it’s my civic duty to vote not based on party but for the candidate whose positions most mirror mine. I didn’t grow up knowing what party my family was (my parents views mirror mine for the most part but my grandparents were/are Republicans). I’ve always been a “throw rocks at both sides” kinda guy and my friends were too. But we subversives came out in force for Obama this election. Those Shepard Fairey posters were a sign of people usually more interested in election reform than the Democratic candidate actually being inspired by a political candidate for the first time in their lives. This is real.

I’m more proud to be an American now than at any point in my 36 years on earth. For me personally Obama or McCain meant feeling a connection to the country I’ve grown up in or really believing hope was lost and our country had been eaten by moralists, fear-mongers, and big business. It’s good to know I’m not alone, that others share the hope of a caring, thinking, feeling diverse America. We have shown the world the American dream is still alive and is still something to covet. Ironically, this is the freedom others used to look up to America for. As Barack said in tonight’s victory speech:

“…from the millions of Americans who volunteered and organized and proved that more than two centuries later a government of the people, by the people, and for the people has not perished from the Earth.”

Now lets get to work. I’m game for Barack’s challenge to get us all working for the good of the nation again instead of strictly going for self. Where do we start?

Chi-city represent:

As of this writing, my (and Axl’s) home state of Indiana has still not yet been called. I did offer to buy a Dr Pepper for every Hoosier if it goes blue, and it looks like I might owe some folks some delicious prune refreshment. Lets check back in the morning to see.

ian