Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Retired at 30.

It's been a while since I've posted! Well, if you've been following this blog, you know that my fortunes as a music publicist decreased dramatically for quite some time. Even with a seeming upswing in August, the waters proved rough. There were fewer viable media outlets to promote to in the Philly market, and the ones remaining were tough-to-impossible to get into. Even people I used to be able to count on in the media had more demands on their time and were less accessible.

Moreover, I was just sick of being a music publicist! I won't go into the reasons publicly, but suffice it to say that if I no longer loved this field and it no longer loved me, I needed to get out when I had a chance. That chance was coming at the end of November, so I announced my retirement that month.

I'm moving into concert booking and promotion. My first show will take place March 20th at a new venue called HeadHouse (122 Lombard St, Philadelphia) and it will be a HYPE! show, meaning I am booking it for my good friend Boy Wonder. Artist lineup and details coming.

I may also return to music blogging, but not with a "One Note Ahead" type of blog. We'll see...

All things considered, I had a good run as a music publicist. And when I hear The Really Cooks (formerly The Josh and Pete Band) on XPN2, played by deejays I hooked them up with, or look at Dani Mari's Facebook page and see the artist bio I wrote, I am very proud of my legacy.

Stay tuned...I am up for new adventures.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Mojoceratops on Volta Radio: 10/18

The Mojoceratops campaign is gradually gaining traction. I've gotten a few important people's attention, at least. :-)

And we've got a radio interview! Tune in to Volta Radio on Tuesday, October 18th, at 7:30 PM (EDT) to hear Mojoceratops and some tracks from their debut album, Dino Dance Party -- which, let me remind you, is available on iTunes.

And by the way, this radio appearance is timed to promote their show on Friday the 21st at Lickety Split, 4th and South Streets in Philadelphia. Come on out and join the dino dance party.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Mojoceratops news! And a farewell of sorts...

Mojoceratops' debut album, Dino Dance Party, is now available on iTunes! You know what that means....we've gotta do some PR for it. And you know what THAT means.....my September slump has officially been broken!

I honestly do consider Dino Dance Party a strong album, and a remarkably accomplished one for a new band, so pick up a copy and get the party started! Also remember http://www.mojoceratops.net for more info on the band. If you have a chance to see them in person, do so!

In other news, even though these guys are no longer my clients, they were for such a long time that I feel compelled to report this. As of today, The Josh and Pete Band are history....they are now The Really Cooks. And that's just the first of many big developments. http://www.thereallycooks.com

I will miss The Josh and Pete Band. But all good things must come to an end, right?

Stay tuned, as always.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

New Dani Mari Bio

While the Mojoceratops project continues to brew (we HAVE been working on it, just behind the scenes so far), things are moving forward with Dani Mari. Here is the new bio I've written for her:


Of course, she's using this for more than just ReverbNation, but this is a good isolated copy of it.

Stay tuned!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

And now, presenting Dani Mari!

Well, I am comin' back up in the world of music PR! After being approached by Mojoceratops and working out a deal with them, I was then approached by Philly-based singer/songwriter Dani Mari. If you know me well enough, you've heard me talk about her plenty already but now that I'm her publicist, you're gonna hear me talk about her a lot more!

I'll share more about her (and my work for her) in due time, but right now, check out her music: http://www.reverbnation.com/danimari

And trust me when I say that being Dani Mari's publicist is gonna be really DIFFERENT. In good ways, I predict.

The Mojoceratops project will officially get underway before long, don't worry.....

Watch this space for more news!

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The way to go/New clients

If you've been reading this blog lately, you know that I've been feeling like music PR has been pushing me out. The trials and tribulations of the past several months, brightened only by occasional rays of hope, really got me rethinking this career path and considering new directions in the music business and in life in general. I kept coming to the conclusion that I am a music publicist, dammit -- that's what I know how to do and what I feel I should be doing at this point. It's definitely not the only thing I should be doing with my life, work-wise or otherwise, but it is a niche I should remain in.

Not coincidentally, once I came to this conclusion, things started to look more promising for me as a music publicist than they had looked in a long time. I am in talks with a few artists I've known for a while, but as always, mum's the word until everything is official. In the meantime, I have a new band on my client roster!

I literally have a NEW band on my client roster. Mojoceratops played their first gig not even four months ago! My campaigning will officially get underway in the coming weeks, which should give you enough time to buy a new pair of dancin' shoes and re-learn the art of getting your groove on. By the way, their bass player BJ Felsted used to play in Bad Apples. Yes, my former clients Bad Apples! Small world, huh?

Check out Mojoceratops: http://www.mojoceratops.net/

And stay tuned for updates.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Bad campaigns are occupational hazards.

You might have been able to sense my frustration following the disastrous Heather Maloney campaign (ahem), but it had been so long since I'd run a disastrous campaign that I forgot one simple fact of PR: no matter how good a publicist is, some campaigns just suck!

Like the Downtown Harvest campaign in which I wrote a very specific press release for a show and began promoting it, only to find that the supporting acts, and thus the nature of the show, kept changing for reasons unknown to me. And amidst all the resulting confusion, I was able to get only one writer interested in covering the show -- but he couldn't make it because the show was set to run too late!

Or what was supposed to be an oh-so-important campaign for The Josh and Pete Band, in which no one could seem to get show info from the venue in time, but I had to start the campaign. After I'd been promoting for a while, the venue listed the show -- without The Josh and Pete Band! A decidedly unfunny comedy of errors ensued between the venue and the band while I had to switch from "urgent" to "dormant" until the mess was settled. By which point, of course, the campaign was dead.

Smaller, but equally unsettling, developments can be expected as well. Like the writer who was expected to cover the Audible Eye show -- but she never showed up. Or the carefully-booked, precisely-promoted Laura Cheadle show onto which someone (most likely from the venue) belatedly tacked on an ill-fitting extra act who was not the least bit welcome.....but it's not like we had any say in the matter!

When things go well in this line of work, it's wonderful. But every field sucks in some ways, right?

Monday, July 18, 2011

Holy Maloney!

Can baby say, "Epic fail"?

With this Heather Maloney campaign, I started off getting surprisingly little interest, finding in the process that tech snafus had ruined the formatting of my press release and may have thus sabotaged my efforts. Bloody but unbowed, I sent out a corrected press release and gained a tad more traction. Still not getting enough interest, I contacted friends of mine outside of the media who had shown an interest in Heather, hoping they'd come to the show and/or help spread the word. I gained a little more traction. One week before the show, I sent out a reminder to my media contacts and got an offer for an interview. Now we were cooking! But when I asked Heather's manager if she was available for the interview, he wrote back not only that she was unavailable, but that....


That's right, Heather's show this Thursday at Roosevelt's is NOT HAPPENING until God knows when.

Leading me, of course, to have to send out retractions and make amends with everyone who had expressed an interest.

Remind me, why do I want to stay in this line of work?

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Heather Maloney press release

This Heather Maloney campaign is one of my more formal ones, so I've decided to write a proper press release:

On her second album, Time and Pocket Change, Massachusetts-based singer/songwriter Heather Maloney continues to explore a broad musical palette while retaining a strong basis in country-tinged folk. Whether whispering, lilting, or soaring, her vocals always deliver honest emotion without needless theatrics. As The Times of Trenton put it, "Her songs are personal. Her passion is contagious. Her lyrics go beyond surface level and penetrate the core of humanity that we all try so hard to embrace, yet at the same time, ignore."

Heather has been gradually establishing a presence in the Philly area, having already played at MilkBoy, Burlap and Bean, PSALM Salon, and Upstairs at World Cafe Live Philadelphia. After performing at the Philly Rising Open Mic, she won both Weekly and Monthly Standout Performer, earning her a spot in the yearly best-of showcase and competition to be held in 2012. Her next Philly show will take place on July 21st as part of the new music series in Room VII at Roosevelt's, located on the corner of 23rd and Walnut Streets. Show details to come.

To listen to Heather's music, please visit: http://heathermaloney.bandcamp.com

And for general information: http://www.heathermaloney.com

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Presenting Heather Maloney! But first...

Yes, I've got a new client! But first, let me say that The Warm Guns campaign was more of a success than I can represent through mere examples of publicity. Cheesy as this may sound, PR is not just a promotion business -- it's a people business. And when all was said and done, not only did I promote The Warm Guns, but I hooked them up with people who were highly impressed by them, really came through for them, and may open up exciting new doors for them in the near future. Sometimes, I just love this line of work!

Now, as for my new client, I am happy to announce that I will be promoting the Massachusetts-based Heather Maloney in Philadelphia. Heather is a singer/songwriter who explores an ever-expanding range of styles while retaining a strong basis in folk and country. If you want to listen to either or both of her two albums:


and for general information:


And wouldn't ya know it, like The Warm Guns, she's playing in Room VII at Roosevelt's! Roosevelt's at 23rd and Walnut Streets in Philadelphia, of course, on July 21st. Show details to come.

And I may have yet another new client to announce soon, but as always, mum's the word until the deal is sealed.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Warm Guns - Volta Reminder and Rebroadcast

Remember that the Volta Radio interview is coming up at 3 PM. Listen at http://www.voltaradio.com, and if you miss it now, it will be rebroadcast on Tuesday, July 5th at Cindy's usual time, 7:30 PM Eastern Time!

Come on out to Roosevelt's at 23rd & Walnut tonight. The Warm Guns are on at 10. Nordic Chinnuts open the show at 9. It all happens in Room VII.

I have an exciting new project on the horizon, which I will announce in the coming days!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Warm Guns - A Public Relations Mystery

I don't know who's responsible for this. I submitted the show info to Philadelphia Weekly, but this is not quite what I submitted. I'm trying to find out who's behind this, but whatever the answer may be, this is nice:


Remember to see The Warm Guns this coming Wednesday, and tune in to Volta Radio before you do! (See my previous blog entry if that last sentence doesn't make sense to you.)

In other news, I may or may not be doing Philly promo for one or two other out-of-town acts in the very near future. Either I've found an exciting new direction or this field really is pushing me out. I should know soon.

Friday, June 10, 2011

The Warm Guns on Volta Radio!

Remember how last May, you heard The Josh and Pete Band, Bad Apples, and The Escape on Volta Radio? And how Cindy did an awesome job of interviewing these bands and spotlighting their music? Well...

The Warm Guns are getting the Volta treatment!

Tune in on Wednesday, June 22nd for a special 3 PM show! http://www.voltaradio.com

And remember to see The Warm Guns in person that night at Roosevelt's, 23rd and Walnut Streets here in Philadelphia. It's part of the new music series in Roosie's Room VII. 8 PM!

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Happiness is The Warm Guns!

The Warm Guns are an indie roots-rock band from Austin, Texas who are currently touring in support of their brand-new debut album, Something In The Night. The band is fronted by singer/songwriter Ricky Stein, who previously recorded and toured under his own name. I am promoting The Warm Guns in Philadelphia to coincide with an intimate show they will be doing in Room VII at Roosevelt's, 23rd and Walnut Streets here in Philly, on June 22nd. Show details to come, but meanwhile, check out The Warm Guns:


and check out Ricky Stein's previous work:


And remember: don't mess with Texas!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's over for now.

Well, folks, the unthinkable has happened: I am on an indefinite hiatus as The Josh and Pete Band's publicist. There's no need to go into the details here and now except to say that it's a simple matter of economics and logistics. In other words, nothing personal -- just business.

But let me be quite frank. If you've been following this blog, you know that I've been on a decline as a music publicist since last July. And if you want to know more about that, look at previous blog entries.

I like this field, but I also realize that it's pushing me out. I need to move on. That doesn't necessarily mean I'm leaving this field entirely; it just means I need to go into something else now.

That said: STAY TUNED! I still have at least one project left as a music publicist! I will be making the formal announcement later this week.

Saturday, April 30, 2011

A new project is coming....

It does not pertain to The Josh and Pete Band. Or anyone I've previously worked with.
It does not pertain to a Philly artist or band.
It does pertain to the Philly market.
It requires me not to mess with Texas.
It will officially get underway in late May. You'll get the details then.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I'm back, they're gone.

My "necessary hiatus" is no longer necessary -- therefore, it's over. PR for The Josh and Pete Band will probably remain in housekeeping mode until June, however. That is to say, I've returned to my post as their publicist and will keep looking out for them in that capacity, but I probably won't be running any new campaigns or writing new press releases until the recording sessions for their first album have commenced. I do have some intriguing potential leads for new clients and projects, but nothing official just yet. Still, it feels good to be out of my hiatus.

But for every new beginning, there is an ending.....right? Well, maybe not, but in case you haven't heard the news --

(brace yourself)

Downtown Harvest broke up.


I know, it sucks. One of my favorite bands, and the first act I ever represented as a publicist, and now it's all just a memory.

On the plus side, at least they broke up while they were still good.

Check below if you came here looking for in-depth info about my PR work. Thanks.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

The list so far - revised.

I posted this back in December, but it now needs to be revised - and besides, it's a good lead post during my necessary hiatus (which I will grow weary of soon enough, but let's hope it doesn't have to last too long). This is a comprehensive rundown, for those interested in or curious about my services, of whom I've represented and where I've gotten them featured. Either you've heard of these artists, bands, and media outlets or you haven't. And for that matter, either they're still active or they aren't. But as always, if you have any questions, you can leave me a comment or click through to my profile to send me an e-mail.

Artists and bands I've represented:

Downtown Harvest - rock, funk, jazz, hip-hop, electronica
Audible Eye (Gregory Morgan) - rock, funk, folk
Laura Cheadle - pop, soul
The Absolute Zeros - rock, soul, blues
The Josh and Pete Band - pop, rock, comedy
Bad Apples - funk, jazz
Reality Stricken/The Escape - rock

Artists and bands I've formally assisted:

The Guggenheim Grotto - folk, pop, rock

Press/webzines/blogs I've gotten these acts featured in:

Underwater Explosions
Wonka Vision
Metro (Philadelphia edition)
Philadelphia Weekly
Philly EDGE
The Broken Bell
Cheap Shot! Philly
Perfect Porridge
The Weekender (Northeast PA)

Other media outlets I've gotten these acts featured in/on:

WXPN (My Morning Download; The Key/Philly Local Philes)
Volta Radio (Volta Unveiled)
Bits and Watts
Philly Fun Guide
Philly Music Network Fans

As you can see, the Philly market is my specialty, but I have promoted beyond Philly at times.

Friday, March 11, 2011


I just looked at this blog and realized I haven't posted in over a month.

There's little to report, really. The Josh and Pete Band have suspended PR for the time being. I haven't picked up any new clients, although I have been in talks with prospective clients. But this lack of activity is all for the best, as I currently have some personal matters to take care of and they are of the utmost importance right now.

So I'm on hiatus as a music publicist. I'll let you know when I'm back up and running.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

The Josh and Pete Band in Origivation!

Sweeeeeeeeeet. The Josh and Pete Band's Origivation debut is here!


Feeling sorry that you missed the performance of "Dances In High Heels" described in the article? Well, here it is!

Oh, and I had NOTHING to do with this, but I would be remiss if I didn't also point out the excellent interview in this issue with our old friends The Absolute Zeros:



Tuesday, February 1, 2011

A Short (But Exciting) Month for The Josh and Pete Band

[The official press release.]

February might be the shortest month of the year, but Josh Band, Pete Band, King Alon, and Dr. Lemonade will be making the most of it!


It was supposed to happen in December. Then it got delayed. Now it's finally happening: The Josh and Pete Band will be featured in Origivation's February issue! And what better company could the guys have asked for? Cake will be on the cover! And The Absolute Zeros, early supporters of The Josh and Pete Band, will also be featured! If print copies disappear as quickly as they are expected to, look for the online edition at http://www.origivation.com. Both are expected to be released this Friday.


Here's where and when you can see The Josh and Pete Band perform this month:

The Philadelphia Folksong Society's Circus of Sound presents the Klezmer stylings of Klingon Klez at The Elkins Estate on the 13th. The Josh and Pete Band will be supporting.

Klingon Klez with The Josh and Pete Band
Sunday, February 13, 2011 - 7:00 PM
The Elkins Estate
1750 Ashbourne Rd, Elkins Park, PA
Free for PFS Members, $10.00 for Non-Members

On the 18th, Millcreek Tavern plays host to The Josh and Pete Band plus Josh Band's supergroup The Best Westerns (also featuring members of Conversations with Enemies and Eat Your Birthday Cake), along with Lion Versus and Baltimore's A Cat Called Cricket.

The Josh and Pete Band, Lion Versus, A Cat Called Cricket, and The Best Westerns
Friday, February 18th, 2011 - 9 PM showtime (The Best Westerns at 9, The Josh and Pete Band at midnight)
Millcreek Tavern
4200 Chester Ave, Philadelphia, PA

The Josh and Pete Band will return to the king of all Philly Open Mic's, Philly Rising, in February. However, they can only make it once this month.

The Josh and Pete Band at Philly Rising
Monday, February 21, 2011 - 7:30 start time (The Josh and Pete Band's set time to be determined)
World Cafe Live Upstairs
3025 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA


Those who have donated to the band's album fund will get their prizes in time for Valentine's Day. Because The Josh and Pete Band love their fans. And money.


Radio continues to deem The Josh and Pete Band's demo EP too good for a mere demo. Having already been embraced by Philly's own Volta Radio and a little station called WXPN (ahem), radio stations in other parts of the country are taking notice. Ohio's ruKus radio has proven once more that The Josh and Pete Band have a home on independent radio, while California's Jelly Bean Radio (whose Captain Jelly Bean has featured "The Captain Song"!) demonstrates that The Josh and Pete Band can provide ample entertainment for the kids. When they're not singing about sex.


Finally, a rumor which must be put to rest. The internet was all ablaze after Pete Band announced that his brother Josh had died in a horrible table tennis accident. Pete even claimed to have released a recording of "Strawberry Fields Forever" in which he seems to say "Cranberry sauce" but actually says "I buried Josh." But never fear: Josh Band is alive and well and living in a house somewhere. Turns out Pete was just joshing.

But in all seriousness, March and April will most likely have big news as well, so please stay tuned! And as always, thank you for reading.