Five things that make the Fab Faux fabulous

Fabulous. Fantastic. Phenomenal. This month marks the thirteenth anniversary of the faux five, which puts them a couple years past what the fab four were able to manage.  What is it that keeps them together, and has kept their fans coming back for well over a decade? The Fab Faux played Lisner Auditorium in Washington, [...]

By | April 18th, 2011|Gig Bag|

Record Store Day! April 16, 2011

  Record Store Day is the third Saturday in April, which means this year the festivities take place on April 16, 2011.  Click on the official seal of for an impassioned plea from Ambassador Ozzy Osborne. Go! Now!! Here's what you need to know: Participating Stores Special Releases Artist Quotes   This is the one [...]

By | April 14th, 2011|Gig Bag|

Atomic Tom: The Moment

Among the influences listed on Atomic Tom's Facebook page are The Cure, The Smiths, and New Order (twice).  The UK Pop/Rock sound of the 80's comes through on many of the cuts from their first full-length record, The Moment. Recorded not in a home studio, but in an apartment studio in Brooklyn, The Moment explores [...]

By | February 19th, 2011|Gig Bag, iThing|

The Musician’s Guide To Audio Mastering

An Interview with Brian Hazard This guest post is by Jon Ostrow (@miccontrol) of MicControl, a music blogging community that bridges the gap between musicians and music bloggers. Whether you record from the comfort of your own home or pay for some studio time, mastering your music is a critical part of the [...]

By | January 5th, 2011|Gig Bag|

OK Go and the New Rock-Star Paradigm

What is success in the new music industry? Damian Kulash, lead singer and guitarist for OK Go, spoke about the music industry at the Future of Music Summit in Washington, DC in October 2010.  Saying that the old model (selling records) was broken, he stressed that the new model "doesn't have to be just one [...]

By | December 19th, 2010|Gig Bag, music industry|

FMC #4: OK Go Goes 3D – Damian Kulash Dishes in DC

After appearing at the Dear New Orleans Benefit Concert Tuesday night, DC native and OK Go front-man Damian Kulash was interviewed by NPR's Neda Ulaby to close out the summit on Wednesday. In an amiable conversation, Damian covered the history of OK Go videos, the embedding controversy, and the split with EMI. An Economic History [...]

By | October 9th, 2010|Gig Bag, music industry|

Why You Hate Your iPod

The Paradox of Choice and Learning to Savor Your Music I’ve had a nagging feeling that the thousands of songs spread among my multiple iThings and iTunes libraries are beginning to taunt me.  Since I’m old enough to have actually worked in a record store, I can remember the excitement when new releases arrived each [...]

By | August 5th, 2010|Gig Bag, iThing, music industry, Tech|