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Leaks

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When I posted on this site over a year ago, and said that I would start posting about things other then music I followed that post up with three posts about music. Since I am nothing if not predictable, let’s make a post about music.

The first sign that you are starting to get somewhere in writing about music is when people start sending you advanced copies of their albums. Well, tonight I had my advance copy cherry popped by my man Z. Z hooked me up with an early copy of his next compilation, Old Nerdy Bastard. The idea behind ONB is to get a bunch of vocal tracks from various geek artists and have them remixed by a bunch of other geek artists. The comp is a pretty good cross section of some of the key players in Geek Rock, WRock, and Nerdcore (sadly, all the Video Game Inspired Music folks that Z approached had to decline or were unable to get their tracks finished).

I’m not sure how much I am allowed to say at this moment, plus I’d like to give the album a few more spins before writing a full review. I can say right this minute though, that this album is destined for must have territory, and is a shoe in for all kinds of end of year album lists. In fact I will be rating end of the year lists this year by where this album ends up placing on them.

Seriously, Z hit up some very talented cats and they responded by bringing their A games to the table. There are some tracks here that are just jaw dropping good. To be completely honest, I knew we were capable of some amazing crap, but this thing is just silly good.

This is it folks. Break out the calendars and make note. This will be the first sign in the pilgrimage that will unite the geek tribes. It starts here. Keep your eyes peeled over at Hipster, please! for the release. You will tell your children about the day this album dropped.

Written by Matt

May 9th, 2008 at 10:35 pm

Giving It Away

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My mind tends to wonder when I’m driving back and forth to work. Sometimes I think about things I need to do. Sometimes I just have random thoughts about random things. And sometimes I end up thinking about things I’ve done. Tonight’s drive home involved the latter, though it left me wondering about the future.

Tonight’s memory went back to 1996, and the HORDE tour for that year. By 1996, the original HORDE bands had moved on to headlining bigger venues. In their wake though, a scene was beginning to form. Resulting in a plethora of groups slugging it out in the clubs all over the US. At the time, I was a pretty big fan of this scene and the bands around which the scene grew. So, in 1996 I hatched a plan.

Prior to the show I bought a half dozen 9X6 manilla envelopes. In these envelopes I put a flier for The Fantastic Voyage, a zine that was covering this kind of music and who had printed a couple of my reviews; a catalog for the Homegrown Music Network, a distribution company that was created to support these kinds of groups; and I probably also wrote a short letter describing what I was doing and why, and which likely included subscription information for the horde.net and homegrown lists, two email-based communities for fans of this kind of music. The center piece of this care package though was a tape of a live performance by one of the groups I was trying to support.

The idea was that here was a group of people who were quite likely to enjoy this kind of music, since they were at the HORDE festival, but who may not have actually heard of any of these groups. Who, may not even realize that there were groups like this playing small clubs. I wanted to help spread the word to these people and turn them onto what was happening. What better way then to physically put the music in their hands?

So, what does this have to do with the future?

In case you haven’t figured it out by now, promoting geek culture is something that I’m interested in. And so I wonder how many geeks are out there who would really dig something like this, but have never heard of it? As I see it, those are the people that I’m trying to reach. When this memory surfaced, I found myself wondering if something like that would work with the geek culture movement?

The idea would work something like this.

Put together a mix tape of your favorite geeky tracks. You can either focus on a single scene, or create something that goes across all the scenes. Include tracks that you love, but also make sure to make room for tracks that may not scratch your itch anymore, but have a tendency to be big hits with a wide variety of people. The idea here isn’t to show off your flawless taste in music, but to hook people on this movement.

Once you have a tape put together (I’m saying tape here because I’m old and I remember when mix tapes actually involved tapes, CDs would probably be a better medium) make several copies of it. Really as many as you can handle/afford and feel confident that you can give away.

After the tapes/cds are created, put a little packaging together for them. Feel free to show your artistic side, but make sure to get in some key information.

(1) A short description of what the music is. If you focused on a single scene, do a short (sentence or two) description of what that scene is. For instance, “the music on this CD is by Wizard Rock (WRock) bands. WRock is a music scene were people write/play songs about/inspired by the Harry Potter books.” If you’re cutting across scenes, then you may want to write something about geek music in general (may I suggest Z’s amazingly brilliant description of “nerd” music).

(2) A listing of the bands on the mix, the names of the songs, and a way that people can find out more info about the group (myspace links are probably the best option here).

(3) Information on where people can find more information about the scene. Links to popular web sites (WizRocklopedia, WizardRock.org, Hipster, please!, Game Music 4 All, etc.) are probably a good thing to use for this.

(4) If some of the groups on the tape are playing a show in the area soon, it may also be worth while to include that info with the packaging for a couple of the CDs.

Once you’ve got your package together, then comes the hard part, figuring out how to give it away.

Randomly handing them to people on the street may have a fun sort of surrealist quality to it, but may not be terribly effective. I would suggest finding some near by place or event where people like you may be gathering, and focus on that. Bonus points if it is a place that you already have a relationship with. Where the people working there at least recognize your face as a regular.

So, say you’re tape is made up of mostly VGM artists. May be there’s a local game store that might be willing to let you leave a couple of CDs on the counter for people to take? Or, if you’re doing a WRock comp, may be a book store or a library? Comic shops are another option. Make sure to ask permission before dropping things off though and be sure to stress that these are completely free and that you are not being paid to do this, but instead are just a fan. You’ll also want to be ready to explain what this music is about and exactly why you are doing this. If you’re leaving your CDs in a place where children will have access to them, you’ll also probably want to keep the music free of swear words.

One other thing. It isn’t uncommon for stores to have a designated place where free stuff (usually newspapers or fliers) gets placed. If you end up putting your CDs in a place like this, you’ll probably want to mark them in someway that let’s people know that they can take one and what it is. Some people, seeing a CD or a package lying unattended, will automatically think someone left it there and so won’t take it unless they are told that they can.

If you do end up dropping your CDs off at a store or library, go back a week or two later and see what the reaction has been like. Has the store heard from anyone who picked a CD up? Did they like it? Would said store perhaps be interested in either hosting a show or helping you promote one? :)

What ever the reaction, this is good information to have. Either to plan your next move or to pass on to a band in hopes of convincing them to come play your hometown.

Either way, it gets the word out and lets those of us who have yet to join us, know that we are here waiting to welcome them to the party.

Written by Matt

March 14th, 2008 at 7:47 pm

Grammar Club

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So I’ve been kind of drowning in tracks lately. Not a horrible thing in and of itself, but it’s hard to give an album a thorough listen when you know there’s a handful of other albums waiting on your hard drive to be loaded into iTunes. In this situation it is almost a given that some good shit is bound to slip through the cracks.

The Grammar Club‘s EP Bremelanotide almost became one such victim. You’d think I’d pay more attention to a group with so much individual talent. A venerable super group of nerdy proportions, and I almost missed it.

Luckily my man Z, over at Hipster, Please!, was kind enough to post this glowing review which reminded me that I really needed to spend more time with this album. And after spending a little more time with it, it becomes apparent to me that you also need to spend some time with this album. I won’t waste your time going into full review mode, since I’ve got nothing to say that Z didn’t say ten times better (damn English majors. Why’d I have to go and get a useful degree?). Instead I’ll just tell you that the party album of ’07 got dropped right before the ball came down. Go download this and then jam it out on New Years to have the perfect party. You know you wanna.

Written by Matt

December 18th, 2007 at 8:29 pm

Posted in Nerdcore,pop

Stop Standing Still

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So, last month I dropped a couple of hints about a top secret project that I’ve been working on. Well, today’s the day of the grand unveiling.

Ladies and Gentlemen.

Geeks of all fandoms.

I give you…

Stop Standing Still!!!

For those that may be curious, Stop Standing Still is a site that I’ve set up to help promote the idea of geek culture. For now, it does this by providing a listing of geek centric shows that are happening around the world. Overtime, and after I develop an application with a better tool set for users, I’ll expand on this idea to include other things.

Heading over to the site, you’ll probably notice that the listings are a little sparse at the moment. This is just the beginning. I wanted to get a core list of artists into the system so people could get an idea of how things worked. Over the next couple of weeks I’m going to work on expanding the offerings available for the geek music connoisseur.

Speaking of which, if you would like to help, please let me know. There’s a breakdown of the kind of help I’m looking for in the FAQ on the site.

OK, if you’ll excuse me, I’m kind of beat. Between the site and work and other things, I’ve been going non stop for the past 4 or 5 days. At the moment, I need to go to bed. More later.

Written by Matt

October 31st, 2007 at 9:18 pm

A manifesto

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Several weeks ago Z pointed Church and I to an article over at Something Awful, titled The 8 Most Awful Minorities. Specifically, this page which talks about nerdcore.

To quote,

The genre amounts to a bunch of people aping that MC Hawking joke site from like 1998, but that hasn’t stopped Internet losers from falling head over Mass Heals for nerd rappers. Get a microphone in front of a CS major and you can rest assured that an unintentionally racist pantomime of thug tropes will come spilling out of their mouths.

Church’s reaction was a simple and elegant, “Meh. That makes us even.” I got a bit more verbose.

While the original comments were pointed at nerdcore specifically, I see it as an echo of other questions that have been floating around recently as the mainstream and underground try to grapple with the question of how to approach the alien world of geeks. We have existed outside their view for so long that now that our culture is bleeding through into theirs, they don’t know what to do with it. Consider this my attempt at shining a little light on the issue

To whom it may concern,

This is ours. It is by us, for us, and about us. You are more then welcome to indulge in our world if you want, but you must understand that it is our world. There is no use in ridiculing our actions. If you do not understand what we are doing, then you are not one of us, and so this is not for you. Your ridicule only proves just how out of step you are with us. It only serves to show that you don’t get it.

What we do is not a joke, except when it is. It is not parody, except when it is. It makes sense to us and that is all it needs to do. This is not something that we will translate for you. We will not explain it to you. Not out of spite, but because it is something that you can only understand if you are one of us.

If you can not understand why we do what we do, then that is fine. This is not meant for you, it is meant for us. We do not ask you to understand. We do not ask you to come to terms with what we are doing. We simply ask that you leave alone those things that you do not understand. Pretend that we do not exist, that is fine with us. Do not try to explain us though. Do not try to understand where we come from or what motivates us. If you are not one of us, then you will never understand these things.

This is ours. It will always be ours. You will never grok it, unless you become one of us. Do not try to make it yours. Do not try to co-opt it for your own ends. If it inspires you to create your own thing, then fine. The thing that you create though is not the thing we have created. Do not pretend otherwise.

You are welcome to join us. Otherwise, leave us alone.

The Geek Community

I’ve created a page for the manifesto itself which can be found here. That link may be a little easier to send around.

Written by Matt

October 12th, 2007 at 10:13 pm

Crap.

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So I was having a decent day today. Nothing amazing. I had a project at work that I was expecting to take hours, that only took about five minutes. Then there’s the saga that is Church’s new found internet celebrity status (more on that later). It was a decent day.

Then Karl went and fucked it all up.

Ultraklystron is taking a break from music.

The short of it is that while his life as a musician/producer is starting to take off, everything else is starting to fall apart. He’s being smart about it and putting music on hold until he gets his personal life sorted out. He’s going to release Rai‘s album and he may release his own album, Open Source Lyricist, if there’s enough interest. And then he’s going to focus on “the basics,” as he puts it.

I can respect his decision. I can even applaud him for it. I think it probably the right move for him to make. It still bums me out though.

Way back in January (god, has it only been months?) I posted an entry here where I basically said that nerdcore is a celebration of the nerd/geek lifestyle. In my eyes, Ultraklystron was the strongest example of this. Nerdcore is still in an embryonic stage where it is searching for a voice to call its own. Its split between borrowing the cultural vocabulary of other movements (namely hip hop) and relying on cliches and gimmicks to express it self. There isn’t anything wrong with this. Rock Around The Clock or Parent’s Just Don’t Understand are not deep songs. And what were the Ramones, if not a 60s pop throw back. This is the way things start. This is the way it is supposed to be this early in the game. That’s cool.

Something like Romance Language though hinted at more. It didn’t quite realize it, but it strongly hinted at a scene that had its own vocabulary. It hinted at a potential for something deeper to come out of the scene.

The reason that I talk Karl up so much here is because, from what I’ve seen, he was one of the guys that was going to come out with something new each and every time. Each new album would be a step forward, advancing things just a little more. May be not raising the bar, but pushing into new areas. In a scene obsessed with video games, he was the guy that released “Well That’s Moe.” An anime centric track that left everyone who wasn’t an otaku scrambling to figure out what the hell he was talking about. That took serious guts. And those guts were what made Karl someone to keep an eye on.

You may not have liked Karl’s dance based beats. You may not have dug his anime and manga centric lyrics. But, you have to admit that the guy didn’t shy away from the inherent risks in experimenting. And for a scene as young as nerdcore to loose someone who was so willing to experiment and take risks, it is a shame. The scene will be poorer for the time that he’s away. Hopefully, that time will be short.

Written by Matt

August 28th, 2007 at 7:56 pm

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Romance Language

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Ultraklystron (how is it I can spell that and not ‘unfortunately’?) has finally put up a link for fans to order his new album, Romance Language. Sample tracks of the new album are not yet available, but he promises that they’ll be up soon. In the meantime, fans who order the album before tracks are released have been promised,

To anyone bold/fanboyish/fangirlish enough to buy this on the single and the preview medley mp3 alone (IE: before I get the rest of the preview mp3s up,) I’ll autograph the CD with a silly internet meme or two, and I’ll put a nerdy anime sticker or two in with the CD.

I’ll update this post once the tracks go live.

(and yes, I’ve ordered my copy. and yes, I’m down right giddy about it)

EDIT: The day has finally arrived! Ultraklystron has finally posted mp3s and lyrics for his new album Romance Language. Let the downloading begin.

Written by Matt

February 16th, 2007 at 8:28 pm

Posted in Nerdcore,News

A wishlist from a fan

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Artist: Jawbreaker
Song: Tour Song
Album: Bivouac
(lyrics)

Last week Shael Riley started a thread over on Rhymetorrents asking for financial advice from mc chris. The thread eventually dissolved into the typical stupid infighting bullshit that plagues Rhymetorrents, so I didn’t bother reading all of it, but the idea did stick in my head. While I’m not a rapper or producer or DJ, I am a fan. So, as a fan, this is a list of the things that I would like to see to make it easier for me to give people money.

Before I get into things a few notes,

1) The below list is intended as constructive criticism. Please do not take any of the below as any kind of diss. Yes, I’m going to mention people by name based on the dealings I’ve had. This should not be taken as a slap against them. These are just observations. It is a fact that sometimes you don’t know you may not be doing something the best way until someone comes along and points it out. That’s all this is. Me expressing my opinions on what I’ve seen. Take them as you will.

2) This list is intended as a wish list. Some of these things will not be doable for some artists due to limited resources. That’s cool.

3) From the above thread, it is obvious that a lot of artists are solely into nerdcore for the fun of it and don’t care about money at all. In my opinion, that’s probably the best way to approach it. Hopefully though, there will be something that you can take from this list as well.

Bottom line, this is just me expressing my opinions. The intention is not to say this is how it needs to be done. Instead, I hope that this will get artists to may be think about how they do things and how they may be able to do it better. You can have the greatest music in the world. If the network supporting it is shit, then you won’t go to far.

OK, enough hedging my bets, lets get down to business.

1) One of the comments that mc chris made was “you can’t download a t-shirt” I found this kind of interesting. Years ago, while I was still in the jamband scene, I worked merch at a bunch of shows. Including managing the merch table at a half dozen festivals (meaning I ended up selling merch for 10-15 bands per festival). In my experience, I sold may be one t-shirt for every 20-30 CDs that I sold, and that’s being conservative. Now, that was a long time ago and a whole other scene with different opinions on merch, so who knows how worth while that bit of knowledge is now. The point is though, don’t underestimate the importance of printing CDs. Especially if you are doing shows.

If you are doing shows, hopefully there are people in the audience who’ve never heard you before. Yeah you can tell them from the stage that they can go download the CD from some web site. Just because the CD is free to download though, doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t have some available for purchase.

To download the show the person has to go all the way home with out forgetting your name, which can be harder then you think depending on how messed up they are at the show (you have no idea how many people I’ve sold CDs to after they stumbled up to the merch table and told me what they wanted through heavily slurred speech) or how memorable your show really was. Then they have to get on line. Then they have to find the web site (even if they do remember your name, the chances of them remembering a url are pretty bad). Then they have to download the tracks. And if you’re using RAR? They probably don’t have that software on their machine, so they have go find that as well. Now, they’re contending with their download speeds and how much space they have left on their hard drive.

Let’s be blunt here. Unless someone was really impressed by your performance, they probably aren’t going to bother 9 times out of 10.

On the other hand, if you’ve got CDs to sell, and announce from the stage that hey, the album is available for free to download or over at the merch table for $10 (or whatever), a lot more of those casual fans will wonder over to the merch table and throw down the $10 that they didn’t spend on beer before last call. It is an impulse buy for them. The thing is that they now have something to remember you. The Minutemen used to view records as fliers. They were just a way to remind the crowd who you were after you had left their town and to keep their interest until you came back. The album had to be good, since it was all they had until you came back, but it wasn’t an end in and of itself. Its a good philosophy to have if you’re planning on doing shows.

Bottom line here is that just because you’re giving a CD away for free, doesn’t mean people still won’t buy it. Despite what the RIAA has told you, the actual research on the subject (i.e. the studies that the RIAA didn’t pay for) shows that small indie artists actually sell more CDs when they give their music away. For small artists, people don’t just buy CDs for the music, they also buy CDs to show their support of the artist.

2) Make it easy for people to sample your shit. I’m going to pick on Ultraklystron here first, because I’m going to compliment him later. This is Karl’s site, it is the first hit when you search for Ultraklystron in Google. Now look at the site and tell me where to find two pieces of information. First, where does it tell you how to buy his first album? Second, where can you sample the tracks from his first album to see if you want to buy the album? The first is easy to find. There’s a nice paypal link right there at the top. The second, not so easy. It’s about three quarters of the way down on the sidebar.

If you’re going to go through the trouble of putting mp3s of your music on your site (and I’ll love you for it), then go that extra mile and make them brain dead easy to find. This is why most artist web sites have a specific section set aside for mp3s and videos. It makes it really easy for fans to find what they are looking for when they hit your site.

Sub point, let’s call it 2.1, put together a decent web site. I’m sorry but I fracking hate having to deal with the sites for mc chris or MC Lars. Both look pretty but are functionally horrible. Instead of getting into the why’s, Merlin Mann did a nice write up awhile ago on his 43 Folders Blog. The comments there are worth a read as well.

3) Don’t sell what you don’t have to sell. OK, time to pick on Beefy. Why? Because everyone picks on Beefy and I want to get in on it. Seriously, from what I’ve seen, he’s the first one to step in this one, but I’m sure he won’t be the last. Back at the end of December it occurred to me that I was digging his new album, which I’d downloaded off his site, and, being a record geek, I wanted to have a copy of it. So, I purchased a copy through his site. A couple weeks later I watched a vidlog of an interview that Beefy gave to someone. In the interview he talks about how he’d burned a couple copies of his CD and was surprised when they all sold, since he was giving the album away for free. And even more surprised when they kept selling. He also mentioned how he was trying to burn more to fill the orders but was running into time constraints. I saw this interview and wrote off ever getting the CD. I already had the music on the CD and really I just wanted to buy it to show my support so I just forgot about it. A lot of people wouldn’t though.

It is tempting with CDR technology to just burn what you need, when you need it. Sell one CD, burn one CD. Then life gets in the way. Things start happening and the next thing you know you don’t have time, or energy, to burn the CDs that you need to burn to fill your orders and the orders start piling up. The problem is that this annoys fans. Those fans then think twice before ordering from you again. Even worse, they tell other people about their negative experience and suddenly your problem is solved because a lot less people are buying your CDs. Instead, burn a bunch of CDs and then sell them. When that batch sells out, take down the paypal link and put up a note saying that you’ll burn more soon. Then, after you get another batch burned, make a big announcement about how they’re back in print again. It isn’t uncommon for albums by indie artists to go in and out of print. You could even use it to your advantage, telling media folks how your first album sold out in a week. Who needs to tell them that you only burned 20 copies. Do what you can to keep the albums in print as much as possible though. People want to give you money, let them!

4) Send out orders asap. If you’re selling merch through your web site, then you need to ship out your orders as soon as possible. I mentioned before that I would be complimenting Karl, and this is where. When I placed an order for his first CD, I promptly received it in the mail a week or two later. Because of that, I’m practically chomping at the bit to give him my money for Romance Language. There is a certain level of risk for people when they place orders online. Especially when they’re dealing on the indie level. I have no idea if you haven’t sent me the CD because of understandable problems on your end or because you’re just ripping me off. By sending out orders right away, you create a level of trust with the person placing the order. That trust means they’ll be more likely to order from you again in the future.

When people respond to the question of why they bother to still buy music from stores, even though they may be able to get it cheaper online, the most common answer given is that they want to listen to the music now. Not, the three to four weeks it takes for an online order to show up. So, the quicker you can get them the order the better. An example of what I mean here. There’s a record label/distributor out in AZ called Eclipse Records. I once placed an order with Eclipse at around 1AM on Friday night/Saturday morning. I received the order on Monday. That means the order was probably filled before dawn on Saturday morning and dropped off at the post office first thing in the morning (remember, no post office service on Sunday) This is actually pretty common with Eclipse, their orders always arrive with in two to three days of my payment. Because of this, I LOVE ordering from Eclipse. And when I’m in the mood to buy the type of music that they sell, I don’t hesitate to place an order with them. Since I know that I’ll have the music in my hand so quickly. Plus, I love supporting a business that is so involved in making sure that I’m happy with the service. I’m not saying you should fill orders with in hours of receiving them, but try to be prompt. I order a lot of albums from indie labels and Karl’s week or two delivery time was extremely professional.

5) Don’t make me jump through hoops to check you out. I realize that a lot of artists can’t afford to put their songs up on a web site for people to download. If your trying to make money off of this though, it really needs to be something to work towards. Unless your song is just super catchy, it is probably going to take me a little time to get into it and understand the full scope of your brilliance. Let me download the song and listen to it while I’m driving, or at work, or doing what ever. Let me fall in love with your music where I am most likely to fall in love with your music. Also, once I have fallen in love with your music, let me promote the living shit out of your music. Let me link to it on my blog or send emails to my friends telling them they that have to check this track out. If you’re creating music that I love, then I’d love nothing more then to pimp the living shit out of it. Please, let me.

Which brings me to something that I just have to say. Myspace? Fracking sucks! Worst abomination on the web since the invention of the blink tag.

I realize that for many people myspace is the only option to getting their music on the web. And hey, something is better then nothing. That said, using myspace as the primary way to let people hear your music when you have a choice, is not a smart move. The difference here is me being able to tell someone to click a link and sit back and enjoy the music. Versus having to tell someone to click a link, then click this other link, then wait for the track to buffer, then listen to the track until the buffer runs out, then, once the buffer has filled up again, listen to the rest of the track. This doesn’t help me promote you. In most cases, people won’t bother with the second option.

Bottom line here is, please, let me make you bigger then Jesus. I really really want to.

As an aside here, I’ve noticed that a lot of the nerdcore tracks on myspace do not have downloading enabled. Now, since I don’t have a myspace account, I have no idea if there is a reason behind this or not, but considering the prevailing opinion in the nerdcore scene on downloading music (i.e. it is a good thing) I thought this was kind of odd. If you’re tracks aren’t available anywhere else and it doesn’t cost you anything to enable downloading, could you do me a favor and let me download them please? I’d appreciate it.

Jesus this has gotten long! I guess I had more to say then I realized. OK, one last point then I’ll wrap this up.

6) You’re my bitch! Sorry, but that just struck me as funny, not sure why. It is true though. If you are trying to make money off your music, then you are constantly in debt to your fans. They are the ones paying your rent and putting food in your stomach. Its important to treat them right and make sure they realize that you appreciate it.

A little story to illustrate. Back in the early days of what would become the jamband scene most of the big name acts were signed to major labels (Phish, Blues Traveler, Spin Doctors, even Aquarium Rescue Unit). One of the marvels that the labels could never wrap their heads around was that all of these bands allowed their fans to record their shows (which were universally seen as superior to their studio albums) and yet they still posted strong album sales. The labels could never figure out how they did this. Well, the secret was known as taper’s tax. We, the fans, knew that the bands had gone to bat for us over the whole recording shows thing. Labels did not like this practice and constantly tried to stop it. The bands had our back though, and we knew it. And so, the community created the process of taper’s tax. Taper’s tax was a unwritten agreement between the bands and the fans. If you collected shows from a band, then you bought their studio albums. You may never listen to those albums, but you bought them just the same. It was our way of helping to support the bands and to say thank you for them going to bat for us. On the other hand, bands that gave into label demands and limited or cut off recording of their shows, suffered swift retribution, as all but the hardcore moved on to other groups.

The moral is, take care of your fans and they will be more then happy to take care of you. Abandon your fans, and they’ll follow suit.

Alright, that’s it. Thanks for putting up with all of this for those of you who actually did. This turned out to be a lot longer then I expected. Hopefully it was worth your time.

Two quick notes before finally signing off:

One, I mentioned the Minutemen up above. For anyone looking to turn “pro” I’d recommend heading down to your local library and checking out a copy of Our Band Could Be Your Life, then read the section on the Minutemen. There’s some good info in there.

Two, the relevance of the above song. Considering the subject if felt appropriate. If you’re going to go pro, then you’ll probably do some touring. It is important to keep in mind, touring can suck. Plus, its a great song.

Written by Matt

February 13th, 2007 at 6:00 pm

Posted in Nerdcore,Thoughts

More from CES

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Karl posts a link to another video blog entry about the fun that went down at CES.

Honestly, if I could link to only one five minute entry to describe Nerdcore, I think this would be it. A bunch of people are interviewed (Fanatical, BBear, MC Plus+, and I think a few others) and the whole thing definitely seems to come across with a level of respect that’s a little higher then the rest. By which I mean it has less of the ‘oh my god, nerds rapping!’ vibe to it, while still being pretty fun.

Definitely check it out.

Written by Matt

January 31st, 2007 at 8:27 pm

Posted in Nerdcore,News

More from Time

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I know I promised to introduce you all to the world of geeky indiepop, and I will. Unfortunately I’ve gotten sidetracked.

For one, Mr. Lev Grossman has posted another post about Nerdcore (more of a follow up to his previous post). And I felt the need to respond to what he was saying.

I’ve also started reading Dancing In The Streets, by Barbara Ehrenreich, and it’s been pretty damn fascinating so far. You can get an idea of what the book is about by reading this article. Yeah, that’s the way we roll around here.

So, more to come, I promise.

Written by Matt

January 29th, 2007 at 9:24 pm

Posted in Nerdcore,site info