There’s admittedly a day for just about everything, and today is National Camera Day. We recently got a great camera and although I also have a good camera in my phone, I’m in love with this new one. It has all kinds of ‘whichits’ and ‘whatits’, shoots great video too, and is proving to be a plus for my work and for shots of my daughters’ band. We got an amazing deal, by the way.
I’ve often called Twitter the cesspool of social media because of the abundance of trolls, bots, and unhinged people. While I believe that’s true, I’ve also told many musicians they should use Twitter to help get the word out about their work. That doesn’t just apply to musicians, but to other artists as well. Whom do you follow to keep up with the arts? I have no idea about your follow list, but I can share some of my own, and I hope you’ll find these pages useful.
Ever paid double digits for a concert and been disappointed? I have. I’ve also said you can often hear better music on the indie scene than you’ll hear on your device of choice. In writing about indies, I’ve come across bands whose level of professionalism and talent makes them worth following. Here are five of my favorites, starting with one unique singer trying to do what many used to believe impossible.
Indie film I Am Going To Kill Someone This Friday will screen for a limited audience in Jacksonville, Florida on August 9th, 2018. The screening is presented by The Jacksonville Film Festival. Based on pre-pubilicity statements, it looks like there will be a big ‘reveal’ in the film, and you won’t see it coming.
Country music chart topper Cody Jinks had to stop performing at a concert in Papillion, Nebraska at the Sum Tur Ampitheater on June 22. Jinks did approximately one hour of music before he explained to the audience he felt dizzy. Jinks tried to finish the set, but couldn’t. Papillion is a suburb of the city of Omaha.
It was a classic yin and yang moment. We were standing in a park along with hundreds of others here in Florida. We’d come to hear music, grab a bite from one of the food trucks, and socialize. My husband walked over to me and asked, “You got any of those wipes you always carry in that thing?”
AMC Theatres has come up with a new subscription offer for movie-goers. The deal offers perks for monthly subscribers, but what’s missing in all the coverage is the opportunity when it comes to indie films and other indie offerings. Subscriptions aren’t new—others have created similar offerings. Something else is missing from coverage of AMC’s announcement, though. And that missing info suggests the industry needs more than a budget-friendly deal for subscribers.
I’m a sucker for lyrics, courtesy of my being a sucker for poetry. That’s one reason, I guess, the latest recording from Gunboat Diplomats, “Original Sin”, is still stuck in my head. GD, as I wrote in an earlier article, aren’t your typical gig group. They focus on recording, although members of the group do gigs on their own. When I tag one of them, it’s always first name ‘Gunboat’ followed by the musician’s real last name. “Original Sin” is part of their forthcoming album Manifest Destiny. You’re probably wondering why their latest lyrics stuck in my head.
A story at Billboard about a recent effort at CMA Fest in Nashville confirmed what we’d already learned. CDs are still a staple for country fans, and probably for indie fans as well. In an effort to up their share of the market, streaming services like Amazon, Spotify, and iHeart Radio took action and had a larger presence at this year’s Country Music Association event. Crunching numbers leads to some interesting insights.
Aaron Lewis is often viewed by lovers of traditional country music as the real thing despite the fact he’s also widely known as lead vocalist for alt-metal band Staind. Lewis appears to be focusing right now on his solo career in country music, and he is literally all over the place, the place being the USA. Lewis also signed a special guitar slated for giveaway, and you can take your shot at winning it.