Category Archives: Promotion

50 Cent and Vitamin Water?!

Somewhere in America they love me – or at least they did one day last August when a writer for Earbits named Scott Feldman was given the assignment of reviewing my current release.

What’s more special in my memory banks,  being dissed by Richard Flohil or celebrated by Scott Feldman? Not hard a query to answer – Scott lemme buy you a drink sometime. But unfortunately my new best friend, Scott – got the message to one song wrong.

Does that mean everyone doesn’t get it? Oh no. Take a listen before reading further. See what you think the song is about.

Lobbyists at Parliament

Ok are you back?….. I can’t hear you. I said are you back? (people yell into their computers) That’s better, thanks everybody.

So Scott thought that song was about the music industry. uh uh. It is about the people who manipulate or facilitate the political situation for whoever is paying. It’s about the horrible bullshit that happens as though normal, in both Canadian and American systems.

With all due respect to Scott (who as I know now is an amazing writer way better than Richard Flohil) let me ask you something.

Is it too hard to follow the joke that Bo Diddley or Little Richard were trying to “win” at acquiring a seat or a presidency or just changing laws so they could profit. It’s about Bo Diddley as a corporation. Are any of you with me or am I just way too cryptic? So sad here on my island, bye now.

There Is A New Performance Artist In Town

Dear Matthew Stein
Read your inspirational email and thought I could make you a promise too.

I promise to continue avoiding Sonic Bids. I lost interest in Sonic Bids years ago for a few reasons – the biggest one is the fact that many Music Festivals now reject packages from artists unless those artists spend money on Sonic Bids as a gate-keeper. Kind of stinks to cement a system where people at the bottom of the ladder have to keep bleeding, ensuring a filtered list of who can be “discovered” based on who can pay.

I would be more excited if you wrote to confess you realized your efforts have led to unnecessary classism and you decided to abandon it. Shit Matt, I might have considered befriending you on Facebook.

Thanks and good luck


On 2013-07-30, at 5:50 AM, Matthew Stein wrote:

Hi Bob,

I’m writing to you specifically to tell you about some new Sonicbids improvements. Our most popular email is The Daily Gig Guide. You can see a sample there. This email highlights shows and opportunities, in a variety of genres and regions across the world.

But, that’s not the important part.

The important part is what we have done to improve it. We now only send you an alert about the gigs you want to receive. We segment these gigs into 16 different genres, and 11 regions across the world.

Our awesome promoter team has doubled the number of open gigs we have. That’s right, compared to last year, we now have two times as many open gigs at any time. We need bands and musicians LIKE YOU to play these shows. There have never been more opportunities available for bands and musicians than right now. We’re doing our best to bring them to you, so you can do what you do best, delight your fans.

Here’s what we need you to do today: Tell us which gigs you want to hear about. It takes less than 1 minute to update your preferences, and we’ll only email you with relevant offers and gigs.

Please update your preferences Today.

Here’s a promise from me: We will continue improving our emails and better tailor then to what you are looking for. This is the first step towards helping your musical career.

Thanks and good luck,

-Matthew Stein

Their Front Yard

Stands out in my mind as killer brilliant moment – that they played this just as they did in that other century, perhaps now more uniquely.

Met Dave walking down Grenadier and him lying in the sun on the front yard playing the The White Album. Maybe that’s a bookend to Our Garage.

Dave’s intro that night, not heard here, slayed me.