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Music I Like: Donora

Rather than provide any ex post facto rationalizations, I’ll just say that Donora’s particular brand of pop grows on you. The band first garnered widespread attention in the Calling All Bands competition sponsored by MySpace and Verizon Wireless which offered them “the chance to be the first unsigned band to launch their career on a wireless phone.” Thankfully they’ve transcended that dubious aspiration. The track Shh on their eponymous album was used in a viral valentine video that infused their career.


Postsecret‘s Valentine’s Day Video


Shout

Arcana from the internets: Bethany Hanner, the wife of drummer Jake, saw a road sign for the town and suggested it as the band’s name, although the band is from the Gibsonia section of Richland Township in Pittsburgh’s North Hills. The band had never been to the town until they performed there as part of a town celebration.


“I Think I Like You”

Hat tip to My Old Kentucky Blog

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Norton Commercial: Dokken v. Chicken


Terrible software; great commercial. Read the rest of this entry »

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Music I Like: Hayes Carll – She Left Me for Jesus (the video)

This tongue and cheek ice house anthem comes at the end of Hayes Carll’s breakout album Trouble in Mind. I hadn’t seen the video until today. Let’s just say it takes it up a whole n’other level. The Jimmie Dale Gilmore cameo around 3:12 is what really does it for me. Hat tip: A Fifty Cent Lighter and a Whiskey Buzz

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Music I Like: Avett Brothers, Murder in the City


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XKCD: Tech Support Cheat Sheet


XKCD: Tech Support Cheat Sheet

Amen. Read the rest of this entry »

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Classic Operatic Rice Krispies Commercial


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Flashflood Surfing in Houston (Pic)


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Proof that the surf really is up in Houston, and it’s closer than you think. Read the rest of this entry »

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United Breaks Guitars: Cautionary Tale to Companies and Customer Service Reps Dealing with Musicians

Companies would do well to realize that when you screw with musicians you are likely to have your interaction memorialized in song and the power of the internets means an awful lot of your customers may be hearing that song in no time at all. Here’s the gist of the United Breaks Guitars story from Dave Carroll, who heads up the band Sons of Maxwell.

In the spring of 2008, Sons of Maxwell were traveling to Nebraska for a one-week tour and my Taylor guitar was witnessed being thrown by United Airlines baggage handlers in Chicago. I discovered later that the $3500 guitar was severely damaged. They didn’t deny the experience occurred but for nine months the various people I communicated with put the responsibility for dealing with the damage on everyone other than themselves and finally said they would do nothing to compensate me for my loss. So I promised the last person to finally say “no” to compensation (Ms. Irlweg) that I would write and produce three songs about my experience with United Airlines and make videos for each to be viewed online by anyone in the world. United: Song 1 is the first of those songs. United: Song 2 has been written and video production is underway. United: Song 3 is coming. I promise.

The video: (embedded below)

An account of the fall out below from the Times, Revenge is best served cold – on YouTube:

But Carroll kept his promise. The first song, United Breaks Guitars, has now been played 3,515,357 times on YouTube, become a smash hit on iTunes, and has resulted in Carroll’s rather bemused appearance on every major news network in America. Meanwhile, within four days of the song going online, the gathering thunderclouds of bad PR caused United Airlines’ stock price to suffer a mid-flight stall, and it plunged by 10 per cent, costing shareholders $180 million. Which, incidentally, would have bought Carroll more than 51,000 replacement guitars.

The airline’s belated decision to donate $3,000 to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz as a gesture of goodwill (Carroll said he was beyond the point of accepting money) did nothing to contain the damage.

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New from the Coen Brothers, A Serious Man (Trailer)

Via Houston’s Clear Thinkers, the trailer for the new Coen Brother‘s pic, A Serious Man. I’ve been making my way through some of the lesser knowns of the Coen catalogue lately; good timing as the world is about due for another fix.

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Amazing Grace: The Willie Nelson Story

KUT in Austin did a great job with a new radio documentary, Amazing Grace: The Willie Nelson Story with the full audio available from their website. Most surprising: Nelson’s virtuosity as a songwriter and influence of jazz phrasing even in the early stages of his career. An interesting anecdote, the version of events that lead to Patsy Cline recording Willie Nelson’s Crazy differs from that of Cline’s biographers; Cline reportedly refused to sing the song until she heard Nelson’s original demo; in Cline’s bio, her arranged slowed it down and arranged it into a ballad.

Amazing Grace: The Willie Nelson Story – has already won two National Headliners Awards including this year’s Grand Prize for Radio. Now, the New York Festivals have recognized the show with a Gold World Medal for best U.S. Radio Documentary.

Nearly a year in the making, the program features rare music plus interviews with, among others, Kris Kristofferson, Norah Jones, John Mellencamp, Ray Price, biographer Joe Nick Patoski, Willie’s best friend and closest confidante (his sister, Bobbie), and the man himself.

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