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Releasing the Album: Confidence

The weeks leading up to the physical release of Confidence were hectic. J.D. was a great source of information and advice – he’s done a few of these before – and he also helped by putting together a good bio and press release for the event. I commissioned a flyer to be made by the fantastic Lynette May (in brainstorming, we chose an onryo – a vengeful spirit from Japanese folklore).

After booking the show, we experienced what we were concerned would be a major setback, as Stephen Chopek found himself unavailable for the show (double booking? A guaranteed paying gig? Who knows.) Fortunately, John Bonds stepped up to play the set and the day was saved. It would have to be a drummer with a good blend of precision and force, and John delivers both in spades.

The Friday before the show, September 11th, J.D. and I appeared on ABC24’s Local Memphis Live to promote the album and show. What a fun and surreal experience live television is. Everyone at the station was congenial and we performed three songs: “We Died Laughing”, “For My Favorite” and “The First Episode”. Ah, the joys of writing short tunes. “We Died Laughing” showed up on the Internet as evidence of our appearance along with a very awkwardly funny interview. I stated, clearly, “I have no message” which was probably the most punk rock thing I could have said (without invoking Bill Grundy).

So we got a run-through in the Monday before the show. It was a little late, but it was a solid practice. John definitely spent a little time living with the songs beforehand – he is a very precise and dynamic player – and I would say it’s probably the best this batch of songs have sounded in a practice room. We sounded like we were having fun.

The day of the show arrived very quickly. Unfortunately, I had been dealing with probably the worst headache I’ve ever had for over two weeks (and on a steroid pack to combat it as I type this) and I was a little lacking in enthusiasm. Nonetheless, it had been a good week for promotion and a lot of our friends talked it up. The Memphis Flyer and Commercial Appeal gave it brief mentions as well. With Cooper Young Fest set to drain everyone’s pocketbooks the following day, there was a sense that it might be a light crowd. It was indeed, but we were surrounded by some of our best friends and there was a positive spirit in the air. The staff of the Hi-Tone were hospitable as always, and technical hiccups aside we delivered a high energy set. Headache aside, I felt a sense of achievement and, also, a sense of relief.

Adventures in Radio

It has been a really good week for “We Died Laughing”! Last Wednesday, it was included on Jacques Granger’s program Songs From Under the Floorboards on RadioNope.com. Last night, Catrina played it on the Memphis Made program on Rock103 FM. This Thursday, the gang and I will surely be playing it on the Accendo Artist Hour on Radio Memphis.

Unfortunately, it looks like we were not picked up to join the insanely stellar lineup for this year’s Rock For Love festival here in Memphis. There are a lot of amazing artists this year and it’s a great cause (RFL benefits the Church Health Center). Be sure and support this year, in any way you can!

Hope everybody has a fantastic week, and I’ll give you more details shortly on the Radio Memphis show!

Jack

Breaking Silence

Hello all! Don’t let the silence fool you … things have been happening here!

First off, Confidence is coming along and I’m surveying mastering and duplication options. It may come to doing a short-run “earlybird” edition in order to get the record out to the people who have already committed and taken part in the album’s creation. I’m going to have to test my prospective options out first, so maybe I’ll push another release forward (this one being a collection of home recordings and more synthpop in style). EVERYONE who participates in the crowdfunding will receive this album as well. I’ll make an announcement on the social networking circuit this afternoon, hopefully.

Second on the plate, the band and I have recorded a cover song for WPNR’s Get Off My Lawn in celebration of their 100th episode. They have featured me on several occasions now – both Pneumatic Girls and solo – and it’s an honor to have been asked to contribute something. What is the cover? Mmmm, better not tell you – you’ll just have to listen! Here’s a link for the March 8th show, where he featured “We Died Laughing”.

More later,

Jack

XLVII. “We Died Laughing” release news

Today is the day! Both songs are available NOW at the Be Here Tinnitus official Bandcamp. “We Died Laughing” can be heard on Spotify, and can be purchased at Amazon.com as well.

No link up yet at iTunes, but I’m sure it’s coming. UPDATE: It is available on iTunes.

Musical brother J.D. Reager (and featured drummer on “We Died Laughing”) gave the single some Twitter love this morning as well.

XLVI. Not Laughing (yet)

Tomorrow’s the big day … sort of. Let me explain:

I received a message Friday night from TuneCore, my major digital distributor, saying there was an artwork issue for “Kiss Off, Stranger”. I distributed the songs separately, as releasing two songs would be considered an album in their eyes. As it turns out, the original artwork wouldn’t work for it because it had “We Died Laughing” on it instead. I created new (but similar) artwork for it as a separate release and updated the order.

… and now we wait.

This will not delay of “We Died Laughing” itself – it should still be available on all the big commercial sites tomorrow. It may now take “Kiss Off, Stranger” a couple more days to show up, though, and I’m sorry to have to tell you that.

BUT

The single in its originally-intended form will be available tomorrow at the Be Here Tinnitus Bandcamp.

I’ve received some lovely comments on the new music and I’m very excited to have made this music, with friends, for you to enjoy.

XLII. “We Died Laughing”

I’m excited to report that I will be releasing “We Died Laughing” as a single from the forthcoming still-untitled album. The distribution at this time will be online-only via the Be Here Tinnitus Bandcamp, and possibly mainstream outlets like iTunes and Amazon.

The b-side will be “Kiss Off, Stranger” (formerly known as “Treat Yourself”). GoFundMe participants will receive the single for free immediately upon release.

If you want to be a part of the GoFundMe crowdfunding campaign, I would greatly encourage it! Visit gofund.me/crifhg for more information.