Tom Petty Makes Me Think Like An Old Dude

I’m about to sound really old so here goes… “They just don’t do it like they used too…” I’m talking about music.  Music in general.  The recording, the band, the sound, the writing, the live show, the professionalism…  Bands these days are trying hard to stand out for 5 minutes.  Many have a gimic or are trying to think about that one thing that can launch them to stardom.  Now I don’t blame the bands.  Currently we have access to hundreds of thousands of bands online.  We also have access to their fans telling us to listen to this one and that one.  Again, not knocking the band or the fans-  I’m guilty.  I try to share good music and artists that may otherwise go undiscovered by my friends. The process of writing great songs,  being in a band, building a following and working your ass off to get noticed has moved to sitting at a computer, recording pieces/ideas (not days in a basement rehearsing) of a song, finding followers on one of the many social media networks, uploading a song to sell THEN start thinking about how do i play a live show and we should probably learn these songs as a band soon…   Yes, I know that is a bit of an exaggeration, but if you’re in a band you probably know what I’m talking about. Wait! What does this have to do with Tom Petty???  I’m getting there I promise.  I’ve been to a ton of shows in this short life of mine (a way of saying I’m still young).  My first show was Crosby,...

Manic Bloom : New Music For You

As many of you know I’ve been playing and fighting this music business game for over 15 years now.  I’ve got a distribution label called Tone Box Records and it’s been fun.  Recently I started Velvet Farm Records as an off-shoot of Tone Box.  However, I teamed up with some pretty smart kids-  kids as in 13+ years younger.  All who are very active in the music business. Our goal was to start an indie label and focus on bands we love.  We’ve taken our time and have recently signed and launched our first band.  Granted these guys were doing good things without us but they’ve decided to let us drive a little.  Manic Bloom.  These guys are great and I’m really enjoying working with them.  The music is good and right up my alley. This is my post to ask for your support.  Today Manic Bloom’s album “In Loving Memory” hit the different digital outlets. Not sure you wanna buy it?  Visit their site @ www.manicbloom.com // Like it and want a free track?  visit manic.velvetfarm.com to get your free download (in exchange for a tweet of course). Get it on either of these sites (or your favorite digital spot): Thanks for checking them out and even supporting indie...

New Bands You Should Hear

Thought I’d share some cool new bands that are taking over my ears.  Enjoy. Billy Boy On Poison – Single is On My Way Audrye Sessions – Single is Turn Me Off. I’ve been on this band for a few months.. dig it a lot. The Sounds – Single is No One Sleeps When I’m Awake, love the girls that rock. The Trews – Single is Paranoid Freak – Great Canadian band, very poppy fun but still...