May 2 2009

Houston Press Music Awards Nominations

Jeremy
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hpma nom Houston Press Music Awards Nominations

It’s that time again! The Houston Press Music Awards is right around the corner. In the past we’ve been blown away by every one’s support. We ask for it again! Please vote for WAYSIDE DRIVE for best ROCK and INDIE ROCK. And while you’re there please be so kind as to also vote for SNAKE CHARMERS for best BLUES. To be clear, this vote is what gets us on the ballot. Once we’re on the ballot, we’ll need your vote again to win. Just getting on the ballot is honor enough and I really mean that. It’s resulted in extraordinary exposure for us in the past.

So here it is! Send it to your friends and family! Post it on your blogs, Facebook, and Myspace profiles! Tweet about it on Twitter!

PLEASE VOTE ONLINE RIGHT NOW!
http://polls.houstonpress.com/polls/hou/musicawards09/

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Jan 23 2009

Overwhelmed… in a good way

Jeremy
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Yesterday was quite a day! After hearing for years that social networking is key, and not believing it, I’ve given it a go and proud to say that it is true. Over just the past few months I’ve gotten on Facebook and Twitter, not to mention the Myspace page we already have, and built up an internet fanbase vastly larger than anything we’ve seen before.

I wanted to apologize for anyone that had problems with the site yesterday. A few people said it kept bouncing to Yahoo. Well yesterday we had a record high of 590 hits! In one day! Maybe it’s not the New York Times but those numbers sure make me happy. So I’m guessing that the problem was stemming from overcapacity. A problem of which I have not experienced before!

I must give a HUGE and heartfelt thank you to everyone that helped (and continue to) push the message even further with their social networking abilities. We are grateful and humbled.

What a day! I am in awe. I’m glad that everyone seems to be liking the new songs. Thank you!

-jeremy

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Jan 6 2009

Blown fuse blues

Jeremy
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So we’re getting close. Sooooo close. Sometimes it feels like we’re working on Chinese Democracy. Except Chinese Democracy has already been released! We have 4 new songs and here’s the plan… we’re going to release all 4 at the same time but they will be 4 individual singles. Then after that we will start to release a single single at a time. Or a single jingle. Anyway so we’ll try and have a new song out about once month after that. We’re also releasing all of the stems for each song so hopefully there will be some cool remixes coming out sporadically.

Now we’re also trying to reinvent our stage show which has been both exhilarating and incredibly frustrating. Quite a few months ago we were playing a show and the fuse in Natalie’s amp blew. Still haven’t replaced it, of course. Then about a month ago we were playing another show and our PA blew a fuse. Still haven’t replaced it and, of course, I lost the harness that holds the fuse. Then a few weeks ago we were recording drums and guess what??? I’ll give you 2 guesses! We blew a fuse in the mixer. 3 fuses down. Haven’t replaced a single one of them. And of course Radioshack doesn’t stock them. That would be way too easy!!! I’d order them online but I don’t now squat about fuses and there are all sorts of crazy options when I search for them and my head starts to spin and I get queasy.

I’m trying not to take it personally. I think that I must have lost favor with the gods of electricity and they are systematically reducing my electronic options to nothingness. I shouldn’t say that. There are a lot more things that could go wrong! Knocking on particle board.

On a good note though, for live performances I want to have samples that are triggered from my MIDI controller. I was a bit worried that it wouldn’t work out quite like I was expecting but it worked! I am incredibly pleased. I couldn’t be happier about it. So… as soon as we get the amp and mixer back up and running then perhaps other people can hear it!

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