Friday, June 29, 2012

I'm a Record Label Executive. And This Is How to Get My Attention...

I'm a Record Label Executive. And This Is How to Get My Attention... (via Digital Music News)

This was recently posted by Jimmy Swan, owner of Dallas-based Executive Music Group.  ERG is distributed by INgrooves Fontana, and its roster includes Jamiroquai, 12 Stones, Alien Ant Farm, and Khleo Thomas.

"As a record exec I'm asked all the time to listen to bands. May I make a suggestion,keep in mind that most labels don't want to know about a band, they want to find a band. So if they don't want you to submit music and info how do they sign bands?? It's really easy to be honest with you. The secret (besides not sucking, not be broke, and have a huge following) is......... Open up for and become friends with the labels other artists!! That's it.... We trust our bands and if they ask us to listen we normally do. Between them and a lawyer we sign the majority of our bands. I'm just being honest here cause I listen to about zero of the hundreds of weekly demos I get from random people. Just saying."

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Trying to get into Nora Ephron ...

... and having trouble.

Is she really this banal to have said this?:
What wouldn’t she miss? For starters – ‘The former Soviet Republics, Twitter, the Kardashians, all housewives, illness everywhere, every drink invented since the Cosmopolitan, especially the drink made with crushed mint leaves (you know the one).’ And the things she will miss: ‘My kids, Nick, spring, fall, waffles, the concept of waffles, twinkle lights, butter, Paris, and pie.*
And of her movies .. "Sleepless in Seattle" and other extreme chick flicks? Meh. I don't think this is going to happen for me.

Her parents were both Hollywood writers.  She lived in Beverly Hills, she went to Wellesley, all of her other three siblings Hollywood writers.  Not a lot of hardship or adversity growing up.  Just beaucoup connections.

I do like that she said that as one grows older, everyone assumes that they're going to be immune to age: "I think it's like a lot of things about getting older — you have absolutely no imagination that this is actually going to happen to you," she told NPR's Neal Conan several years ago. "You think for quite a while you're going to be the only person who doesn't need reading glasses, or the only person who doesn't go through menopause ... and in the end, the only person who isn't going to die. And then you suddenly are faced with whichever of those things it is, and you can't believe how unimaginative you have been about what it actually consists of."

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Friday, June 8, 2012

My Favorite Type of Lawsuit

This is easily my favorite type of plaintiff's lawsuit. The "you either knew or should have known that Martians would land and start eating all the green cheese and should have taken preventative measures" lawsuit. #litigationabuse ... ... >end>