The Swarm

May 19, 2007

Styx bass player is [...]

TDS Editors

This is odd…

Styx bass player Chuck Ponozzo recently penned his autobiography, The Grand Illusion: Love, Lies, and My Life With Styx, in which he documents his life in the band and the big secret he kept from all involved. Surely its a compelling read.

But we noticed that in the Amazon.com customer reviews, the G-word is selectively redacted. Does Amazon censor reviews, and can they really be red-flagging the words “gay” and/or “homosexual?”


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May 17, 2007

Update: $15,000 a ticket

TDS Editors

Update: the Wall Street Journal has more.

Well, isn’t this precious:


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May 16, 2007

Interesting idea: Ebay as a record label

TDS Editors

This email just came in from our friends in Norway:

MENTAL OVERDRIVE LAUNCH “EXCLUSIVE MUSICSERIES

After almost two decades in the game of electronic music, Norwegian producer Per Martinsen aka Mental Overdrive will pursue a slightly different solution for some of his forthcoming releases.

Hot on the heels of the much acclaimed 12inch single “Spooks”/“Original Material”, recently released on fellow nordmann Prins Thomas’ Full Pupp label (the track “Original Material” was also featured on the recent Sunkissed compilation on Smalltown Supersound along with a Mental Overdrive remix of 120 Days) – the brand new Mental Overdrive track “Elephantastic!” will be put up for sale in early June.

But this time we’re not talking about a regular release in the sense of vinyl, cd or digital download – the track will simply be put up for grabs on eBay – plainly auctioned off to the highest bidder – in 1 copy only.


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May 14, 2007

Tasteless!

David Prince

***UPDATE*** Dr. Martens Fires Saatchi
UPDATE 2: The final word(s) on ‘Heavensgate’

This just in from Adcritic.com (subscription req.):

Saatchi & Saatchi/London has a new print/poster campaign in the U.K. that cleverly employs four dead rock stars – Kurt Cobain, Sid Vicious, Joey Ramone and Joe Strummer – as Doc Martens endorsers. “We wanted to communicate that Dr. Martens boots are ‘made to last,’ ” explains writer Andrew Petch, “and we discovered that these idolized musicians wore them. Showing them still wearing their Docs in heaven dramatized the boots’ durability perfectly. And, as images, they feel very iconic.”


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May 05, 2007

Leakin' Park

David Prince

Linkin Park’s album leak prompted a statement from the band to their “Linkin Park Network” message board (reg. req.)

“to all our linkin park fans,

we heard today that the album leaked…so i guess some of you have had a chance to hear what we’ve been so excited about. we’re both excited and disappionted that you’re hearing it right now. here’s why:

it couldn’t be more exciting to give you all new music, especially after all the hard work we put into it. this album was almost a year and a half of experiments, mistakes, inspiration, and careful craftsmanship. we put everything we had into these songs, and want you to hear every second of it. i can’t wait for you to absorb all the levels of meaning in the songs, and the layers of music, eventually forming your own ideas about what the songs mean to you.

at the same time, a leak leaves out some very important parts of this piece of work. we put months of creative energy into the ART of the record, in the booklet, special edition, and big book…almost as long as it took to record hybrid theory. the album has amazing photos, lyrics, and notes about how the songs came together—it’s the visual half of the record. on the other hand, the super-special-edition book is packed with exclusive images, stories of the making of the songs, gorgeous art, the CD and a DVD that tells the story, showing the actual moments of inspiration caught on camera. for me, it’s almost hard to imagine anyone really experiencing this album without that part of it.

even the song sequence alone is very important. it’s WAY different to hear the songs in a random order than to listen to this record from beginning to end. at the very least, if you’ve already downloaded the songs, do us a huge favor and listen to them in the right order…it’ll be way more rewarding

…that’s all we wanted to say. if any of you want to be patient and hold off on downloading the album, and get the proper experience by checking out the actual piece in your hands, we applaud you for your restraint! and to everyone else who can’t wait: we can’t help but understand, because we’re just as excited about this album coming out as you are. either way, thanks for listening, and being a fan of our music.

thanks for supporting the band, see you on tour!

-mike and LP”


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