Daily Archives: November 15, 2010

The New Rockstar Philosophy Book [FREE DOWNLOAD]

FREE download of The New Rockstar Philosophy limited until November 30 on their site. They are looking for editing input before finalizing publication. View the contents of the book here:

Table of Contents

Part 1: Primer
1.  Exclaimer
2.  Autopsy of an Industry
3.  Who Are You
4.  Goals

Part 2: The Band and the Music
5.  Songwriting
6.  Your Band is a Marriage
7.  Image Isn’t a Dirty Word
8.  Defining Your Audience
9.  The Art of Practice
10. Recording
11. Shows
12. Making Friends

Part 3: Online Presence
13. Online Essentials
14. Blogging
15. Twitter
16. MySpace + Facebook
17. YouTube + Online Video
18. Direct Contact: Email + Text

Part 4: Rethinking Music
19. Redefining the Album
20. The 3P: Consistent New Music

Part 5: Taking Care of Business
21. Merch
22. Money
23. Bloggers + Publicity
24. The Mini Tour

Part 6: Taking it Further
25. Showcases + Conferences
26. Publishing + Licensing
27. Art of the Collective
28. Conclusion
29. Acknowledgments

Gravity Live [Video] – Awesome Sound Quality

Gravity is an awesome amalgamation of funk, dub, hip-hop, rock, and psychedelia. Check out them performing live at Cervante’s Masterpiece Ballroom:

View Slideshow Here


Hauschka’s Interesting Take on Sound

Hauschka is the alias of Düsseldorf-based Volker Bertelmann, who signed to FatCat’s 130701 post-classical imprint in 2007. Having studied classical piano for ten years, his work as Hauschka is based upon an exploration of the possibilities of the ‘prepared’ piano. Creatively undermining the preconceived idea of the piano as a pure-toned, perfected instrument waiting for a gifted virtuoso to play on it, Bertelmann instead modifies it by placing an assortment of material (gaffa tape, kitchen foil, felt wedges, bottle tops, ping pong balls, guitar string, etc) within its innards. What results are vivid, unconventional pieces made in a spirit of playful research-enthusiasm.

Here’s an interview with Hauschka talking about some of his technique:

Hauschka’s newest album Foreign Landscapes is available for pre-order on his website, and there’s a lot of cool videos of the making of Foreign Landscapes on his Myspace.

Below is Hauschka performing live in Japan. NPR also has some cool videos of him playing with stuff. All of his performances are different, which is pretty cool.

He’s a very interesting guy..I think experimentation and playing around can be an important aspect of creating great music.

Oren Lavie – Her Morning Elegance [VIDEO]

Stumbled-Upon this awesome stop-motion music video also to find a great musician in Oren Lavie. Thankfully he is an independent artist and look forward to getting in touch with him so we can get you some more of these amazing songs. Check out his site to hear more from this album. Enjoy the video.