So, where the charts bum rushed?

•March 23, 2007 • 1 Comment

Turns out, we might not know for a while.

When I opened the iTunes music store, the song was not in the Top 10 (though it did apparently register in some charts around the global iTunes sphere.)

There is some data available at if anybody is interested.

However, during a couple of episodes of the Daily Source Code, Adam Curry did allude to the fact that it did create a buzz in the industry about the word-of-mouth of bloggers and podcasters. Some labels (big ones to boot) have even asked if their artists could be “bum rushed” as well (of course, he said no.)

If anything, the whole BRTC movement did show the power of word-of-mouth marketing between people (especially in the blog/podcast community).  The fact that major labels caught wind and made approaches for their artists also says something about this kind of marketing.

If I hear of anything else, I may post it here. Otherwise, you can visit the site for more info as it develops.


Bum Rush The Charts

•March 15, 2007 • Leave a Comment

On March 22, some people want to strike fear in the heart of the music industry.  They are going to make an indie artist no. 1 on the iTunes music chart.

The initiative, called Bum Rush The Charts, wants people to purchase the song “Mine Again” by Black Lab (a band that was dropped by two major labels and had to fight to get their music back) on the iTunes music store.  The plan is that if enough people purchase the tune, it will make it to no. 1 on the iTunes charts.

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Did you miss me?

•March 6, 2007 • Leave a Comment

I sure did.

Went through some major life changes recently that put the recording on hold (it seems that a lot of things do these days, but what the heck…)

Over the past few days, I have been reading about Internet-only releases.  While the advantages are the savings over producing CD’s, the downside appears to be in the market share.  Digital downloads, though on the rise, still account for a small amount of total record sales.

In any case, for myself, the savings are a good incentive for me.  I don’t want to do a large release, nor do I have the money to produce CD’s.  I may if the money is there, but I won’t let it be an inhibiting factor.

So, while I continue to blog here (now that I have some time again), I will chronicle my experience in doing an Internet-only release.  And, to make this really Internet-only, I will also try to keep the marketing restricted to the Internet.

I always loved a challenge…

The lack of updates are because…

•January 15, 2007 • Leave a Comment

…I’m a bit of an idiot.

After driving my partner-in-crime in Pharma back to Montreal, I brought my recording drive with me to copy some material to learn.

The only problem is that the drive never made it back to Ottawa, due to my forgetting it!

I really don’t like recording to the system drive of my computer, so the recording plans for the Quodliphonik record just took a backseat until I get the drive back on Saturday.

A bit of refocusing…

•January 4, 2007 • 2 Comments

This is the year of the Quodliphonik (ok, maybe not.)

As I mentioned in an earlier post, my goal this year will be to release a Quodliphonik record.  After 26 years and 2 months of existence (along with 18 years of guitar playing), I have not gotten to releasing any of my own music.  This year will be different.

I have discovered a lot of DIY resources on the Web to help me do this will little money (which is a good thing) and a minimal amount of fuss.

So, what is the refocusing for?  Well, I have focused on a goal, so I’m going to refocus this blog and its content.  Rather than the odd rambling on what I read in the news, music-wise, I’ll be using this as a bit of a journal to document the process of making the record.  I’ll also continue to post notes about my other projects (such as the production on BlackBox Confession – which is going really well – the work on the Pharma record and any gigs that come up), but the main focus will be what I am DOING as opposed to what I am READING.

Mad World and other assorted covers…

•December 1, 2006 • Leave a Comment

Great article in the CBC Arts site today about cover versions breathing life into old songs.  Their case study was the use of Gary Jules’ version of Mad World by Tears for Fears in the Gears of War commercials.  After hearing the TFF version of the tune, Jules’ version not only breathes new life into the song, but also a whole new sense of meaning.

You can read the article here:

CBC Radio 3 is doing something right…

•November 22, 2006 • Leave a Comment

Here’s an interesting article I stumbled upon about CBC Radio 3 –

Finally, somebody got it right!

More on this later.  Enjoy the read!