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When I was a kid I used to sit around staring at this:
Given what you posted, you'd dig a lot of the styles. Could probably just google a bunch of the illustrations. The stories behind the illustrators are pretty nuts, too. Aubrey Beardsley, for instance, kicked around with Oscar Wilde and may or may not have gotten his own sister pregnant.
Heard speculation on NPR this morning that it might have been Jordan. Trump's got a call scheduled with the King later on today. I'd say I'd love to be a fly on that wall, but given the slant of things, I'm sure we'll know exactly how it went and what was said soon enough.
Love those Dean Markley pickups. I'm surprised that you didn't run into more phase issues mixing the mic with the pickup that way- these guitars sound crystal clear. On a related note- the fact that "And Became Invisible" has 200 tracks and still sounds as focused and coherent as it does speaks volumes of your production chops. Gaddamn.
Never worked with Reaper- how's the learning curve? More importantly, is it affordable?
There's a place for hired gun musicians, I'm just not sure it's in a mid-level indie band. The scale just isn't there. One of the fringe benefits of having dedicated band members rather than a rolling cast of hired help is that they have an emotional stake in the whole process. They're more willing to suffer a little bit in order to achieve the whole experience, ie sleep two to a bed and a few on the floor in some fleabag motel on the way to the next gig.
When I think "bands that can afford to hire professional musicians" I think like Prince (RIP) or something. Not Pomplamoose.
Not saying that touring isn't expensive? But these guys were stupid with some of their expenditures.
-Renting a lighting rig is absolutely unnecessary, especially if you're playing places like the Fillmore, which is guaranteed have their own setup and it's probably the tits and dear god do you really need that bank of strobes to make your music awesome.
-I'm not sure why they listed equipment and backline as two separate items. If they really were two separate items, one of them was redundant.
-On top of that, if you're serious about touring, you need to buy a van rather than renting, which blows up your overhead. And don't make it a Sprinter. Buy a bare-bones fifteen passenger Ford workhorse for two thousand dollars. It'll go forever, and it'll be cheap and easy to fix if it breaks.
-And then by the way, sleep in that instead of renting one hotel room per two members, princess. Or if you really want to spring for the hotel (mister "nothing fancy"), you rent one room. For eight fucking people. Just do it, it's only four weeks. Nobody'll call you out on it. Who tours and rents two to a room? Jesus. Seventeen thousand dollars for four weeks. Jesus.
-Per diem? Fuck you, hospitality at the level of venues these guys are playing includes nice dinner and a liver's worth of drinks. They can pay for their other meals on their own. Salaries for bandmates? Really? Really? Howsabout a percentage of nightly sales. You're welcome.
-Insurance is not rock and roll.
-Commissions shouldn't cost this much. Booking agencies charge no more than 10% of ticket sales (which means no more than 9k). You don't need a business manager, you need Quickbooks. Or a better business manager because look at what you're spending money on.
Obviously, there's still not much money to be had in indie musicianship. But reading their breakdown makes me think that they bought into a lot of fripperies, and if they'd bothered to pare down just a little bit, they could have at least come out in the black.
Hot shit this is good. Congrats! You gonna push it? Play live shows and whatnot? Besides the songwriting, the recording quality is stellar. What's your setup?
I'm done with nursing school. Top of class, for what it's worth. Feels good, man. I've now got a BSN, and I'll be starting in the Emergency Department in a month or so after passing boards. Surreal.
Workload was shitty, but the curriculum was fascinating. Studying the cardiovascular system was as close as I've ever come to believing in a higher power. Makes me a little sad I never went to med school. Will probably go back at some point to get a DNP, but for the time being I'm good with turning my brain off, getting back into dad mode and making music on my off days.
I don't wanna jump into this mudpit
"we should aspire to be harder to offend" sounds like the rallying cry of a group of people who've enjoyed the benefit of generally not having a bunch of bad shit dumped on them.
I don't particularly think we should try to be more offended, but not responding to shitty behavior is its own sort of poison. We're beyond an age (if ever there was one) where you can just ignore it 'till it goes away. Think it's more constructive to aspire to be as decent a people as we can. That involves not cheerleading intentionally offensive rhetoric (no matter how facetious) AND calling people out when they do so
I haven't. I'll givem a listen.