Friday, November 14, 2008

"480 Minutes" - featuring new Decemberists

Today "480 Minutes" features quite a bit less new music than usual because certain radio promo companies are failing in their capacity as "filter." Instead of choosing good badns with good records these shady companies are simply promoting anything that people pay them to promote. While this might sound like good business, it is not -- every crap record they send out makes them less of a "trusted source," which hurts the good acts they promote. There was a time when I would get packages from promo company X and think, "Cool!" and look forward to listening to the contents. Now when I get packages from promo company X, they go to the bottom of my pile. For every strong release they send me, they send five things that are either inappropriate for an indie rock station or just plain crap, and for that reason those plummet on my list of priorities. Weeding through all of thatHot Topic faux-punk rock and boring, bland generic Coldplay/ Jack Johnson wastes hours and hours of music directors' time. It's almost criminal.

Over-booked promo companies -- you know who you are. Take a look in the mirror, give a listen to the stuff you are promoting, and remember you have a reputation to maintain. Or perhaps, by this point, a reputation to rehabilitate.

Bands & labels - check out the current roster (and overall amount of stuff) on the plates of the the radio promo companies you are considering using before you decide to throw your business their way.

New music today from The Decemberists (Portland, OR), A Block Of Yellow (London, Canada), Chop Chop (Cambridge, MA), Neil Gaiman (Minneapolis, MN), Red Wire Black Wire (Brooklyn, NY), Religious Knives (Brooklyn, NY), and The Rollo Treadway (Brooklyn, NY).

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Impossible Shapes/ Devon Williams @ The Hemlock 11/15

The Ruby Howl (CD Release)/ Virgil Shaw @ The Cyclone Warehouse 11/15

The (International) Noise Conspiracy/ Night Horse/ Maldroid @ Bottom of the Hill 11/16
Rachael Yamagata/ Meiko/ Thao Nguyen @ The Great American 11/17

Love Is All/ *Vivian Girls/ Nodzzz @ Bottom of the Hill 11/20

O'Death/ Hillstomp/ The Theater Fire @ Bottom of the Hill 11/21

Little Dragon/ Anomie Belle/ *Manuok @ Cafe du Nord 11/23

Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs/ Sassy!/ Delaney Davidson @ Bottom of the Hill 11/28

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The Rumble indie rock dance night featuring guest DJ Golden Gram of Rogue Wave @ Harlot 12/3

Joe Strummer Tribute featuring The Armagideons/ Eric McFadden/ The Hooks/ RubberSideDown/ Dead Ringers/ The Ferocious Few @ Bottom of the Hill 12/7

Wilderness/ San Serac/ Wildbirds & Peacedrums @ Bottom of the Hill 12/11

18th Dye @ Bottom of the Hill 12/12

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