How Do We Afford Our Rock’n Roll Lifestyle : The way bands produced and funded projects has changed drastically over the past 15 years. Production costs have gone down thanks to cheaper, user friendly software and recording equipment, distribution can happen online without much overhead. Promoting shows and connecting with fans has gotten way easier thanks to social media – but one major fallout of the digital revolution for musicians is people just aren’t paying for the product anymore.
What does that mean for small local bands trying to make it? Many are turning to Kickstarter to rustle up extra cash to fund projects and ease the burden on their own pockets.
If you browse through Kickstarter music in Sacramento, you’ll find 123 projects in the archive. About half of these didn’t make their goal – but the rest hit or exceeded the amount request for funding the project…
Read the full story on CapRadio Music. 

How Do We Afford Our Rock’n Roll LifestyleThe way bands produced and funded projects has changed drastically over the past 15 years. Production costs have gone down thanks to cheaper, user friendly software and recording equipment, distribution can happen online without much overhead. Promoting shows and connecting with fans has gotten way easier thanks to social media – but one major fallout of the digital revolution for musicians is people just aren’t paying for the product anymore.

What does that mean for small local bands trying to make it? Many are turning to Kickstarter to rustle up extra cash to fund projects and ease the burden on their own pockets.

If you browse through Kickstarter music in Sacramento, you’ll find 123 projects in the archive. About half of these didn’t make their goal – but the rest hit or exceeded the amount request for funding the project…

Read the full story on CapRadio Music

(via First Watch: The Polyphonic Spree, ‘Hold Yourself Up’ - capradio.org)
There are worst fates than the one offered in The Polyphonic Spree’s new video for the song “Hold Yourself Up.” A man dies and wakes to find himself in another realm where beautiful women, beaming with joy, dance and sing, uninhibited, alongside their charismatic leader Tim DeLaughter. By the end of the short story that unfolds, the dead man is either brought back to life, where the world is relatively dull, or he emerges on the other side of the afterlife only to find death isn’t the celebration he thought it was.

Either way, watch and you’ll want to join the band. The video was directed by Justin Wilson. “Hold Yourself Up” appears on the Polyphonic Spree album Yes It’s True.

In related news, Polyphonic Spree is playing at Ace Of Spades on R and 14th in Sacramento on Friday.

On Heather’s website there are some behind-the-scenes snippets explaining how he crafted the video.

Here are some additional behind-the-scenes quandaries Heather answered for us:

CapRadio Music: In the “irony is not coincidence” frame, the married couple in the rain is an Alanis Morrissette reference, right? Was that Al’s direction or your idea?

Jarrett Heather: Al offered “bonus points” if I could make fun of Alanis Morissette in that shot, but the visual joke was my design. It seemed obvious to contrast imagery from her pseudo-ironic lyrics against something genuinely ironic. Choosing a symbol for “irony” that you can visually ingest in a fraction of a second while all this other stuff is happening on screen was a huge challenge. I knew if there was even the slightest ambiguity someone on the internet would be asking, “well, is it ironic… really?” Thankfully the burning firetruck seems to make everyone laugh.

Irony

CapRadio Music: Everyone makes mistakes, what safegaurds were in place to ensure no use of incorrect grammar ended up in the final product?

Jarrett Heather: Al was a fastidious proofreader, and I was grateful for his help. Typos slipped into the art now and then (I’m pretty sure I even spelled his name wrong in a render or two), but we got most of them corrected. The few that remain are now classified as Easter eggs rather than errors.

CapRadio Music: Is “Weird Al” really a grammar nut, or did he have grammar consulting when writing the song.

Jarrett Heather: Al didn’t share with me if he did any outside research for the lyrics. I had to do a bit, having forgotten how to diagram sentences 20 years ago. Actually, I just got an email from a professional copy editor, thanking me for using accurate “mark-up” in the typewriter shot. So it’s nice to know that people notice when you take the time to get those little details right. And a relief to know other copy editors probably won’t be writing to complain how I did it wrong.


Yankovic is releasing a video a day this week, starting Monday. His album, Mandatory Fun, was released on Tuesday. 

Full story: http://bit.ly/1t5GRtJ 

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25 Songs Immortalized in Movies

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1. “Don’t You Forget About Me” by Simple Minds, The Breakfast Club image

It was the perfect ending to a perfect movie, forever cementing the rock ballad and accompanying fist pump as one of the most iconic scenes in movies.

2. “Tiny Dancer” by Elton John, Almost Famous image  If there’s one thing this Cameron Crowe film teaches audiences, it’s that there’s nothing a great Elton John song and all-out group sing-along can’t fix.

3. “Twist and Shout” by The Beatles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off image

If you’re not actually doing The Twist during this scene, you’re watching this movie wrong.

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