Not half bad, huh? If I’m going to be at work after dark, I can at least enjoy lovely sunsets like this one.
I know I’ve been talking a lot about beer and the music industry here, but I wanted to stop for a moment to talk a bit about my work. Since I got back from my long overdue trip to Denmark, I’ve been inviting bands into the Comcast Center for interviews and sessions in our lounge, CIM City. Last week, I had Mastodon in to talk about their new album, Crack the Skye. This week the Thermals came in to talk about their new record, Now We Can See, and they were nice enough to play a few songs, too! It’s been something of a lifelong dream realized and it wouldn’t have been possible without being surrounded by people who weren’t only willing but excited to work on projects like this. It’s impossibly cool!
It’s also intensely rewarding. I’ve been thrilled to talk to bands I love in a freewheeling interview style that really captures their personalities and brings fans closer to them and their music. I can’t wait to share clips from both shoots with you!
What else have I been up to? I’m getting back to writing more often now that I have a great intern helping me with the day-to-day issues at comcast.net/music. I’d love to get back where I was before our last crop of interns left, when I was writing something every day that could be featured somewhere on the music page. It’s a challenge to produce material that really resonates with an audience that’s grown accustomed to a steady diet of gossip, but when artists like Bruce Springsteen are plagued by Ticketmaster, there’s a great opportunity to speak out about the ways in which the music industry is still punishing fans at the very moment they should be falling over themselves to please them.
Lastly, I recorded my first voice-over yesterday. This, too, is something of a lifelong dream. People have been asking me if I’ve thought about doing radio for years, so when I got a chance to read for a forthcoming web series on Fancast, I leapt at the chance. It’s a really fun concept that gave me a great opportunity to read in my best Moviefone voice, which I don’t do nearly enough these days. I’ll be sure to post that here when it goes live. I’d love to hear what you think.
None of this would be possible if I weren’t surrounded by great people who are willing to take a chance on producing the sort of music content I think appeals to people who love music…like me!
Today is a really exciting day and not just because it’s Friday and the sun is finally shining. I’m bringing Mastodon into the Comcast Center to talk about their new album, Crack the Skye! I know that interviewing a band on tour isn’t that big a deal, but it’s a major step forward for comcast.net/music as I try to work more original music content into my workflow. The idea of having regular interview and performance featurettes is one I hope bands, labels, and fans will appreciate. Of course, the possibility of my face being somewhere in the video on demand music folder is exciting as well.
I know. I used the word “workflow.” If you’re professionally involved in any aspect of the music business, especially in editorial, you already know how difficult it is to do this sort of thing when people are clamoring to find out whether or not Madonna will be allowed to adopt in Malawi. Take my word for it: it’s hard.
Having said that, the Thermals are coming in next week to play a few songs for us before their show at Johnny Brenda’s next Tuesday night. I’m really looking forward to that, too! It’s an exciting time. Now the key is just building momentum. Wish me luck!
I finally downloaded my pictures from my moment with the 2008 Phillies World Championship trophy on the 44th Fl. of the Comcast Center. It’s hard to articulate how thrilled I was to be in its presence. It’s not something I’ll soon forget.
Helen and I are going to three games the first week of April. I can’t wait to see all of our friends in Sec. 143 in Citizens Bank Park for another awesome season of Phillies baseball. It’s going to be strange not yacking at Pat this year, but I’m sure we’ll have plenty to say to Raul Ibanez over the course of the season.