The Weekly Round-Up Featuring Brad Paisley,The Band Perry, SOPA, Snoop Dogg and Much More!

Brad Paisley The Band Perry Milwaukee

This week’s Weekly Music Round-Up features the following:

Live Music Reviews:

Brad Paisley Takes over Milwaukee

The Band Perry Opens for Brad Paisley

Beer Reviews:

Bittersweet Lenny’s R. I.P.A

Fred Golden Special Ale

Music News:

Janes Addiction News

Eve to Adam dish on new single “Reach”

Porcelain Black Naughty Naughty R3hab Remix

Richard Marx Talks to Billboard

Blink 182 Behind the Scenes

Snoop Dogg Smokes A Lot

My Darkest Days’ New Song

Letter to CEO of Universal Music Group Jim Urie

Van Halen’s Infamous Rider


Venue News & Live Schedules:

Heartland Cafe

Belly Up

Abbey Pub

Metro, Smart Bar, Double Door

Can 150 Million Users be Wrong?

Bittorrent LogoBitTorrent announced at CES today that their peer to peer networks have reached over 150 million active users. Their main BitTorrent client has over 20 million users, while their uTorrent client grew to over 132 million users. For those not familiar with BitTorrent, it is a peer to peer file sharing software.  It enables users to share media and documents with other peers through their software clients.

BitTorrent is primarily used to share media content such as HD movies. BitTorrent doesn’t condone the distribution of copyrighted materials such as movies and music, but many users end up seeding and sharing that particular content.  So how can 150 million people be wrong, right?

Also announced today are a couple partnerships that will make sharing media across TVs and computers much easier, well at least for Europe, Asia, and Russia.  BBK is developing BitTorrent Certified devices such as TVs, Blu-ray, and DVD players as well as media adapters. Dune HD is also developing and designing Certified Dune HD media players for Europe and Asia.  AirTies is creating network-attached storage devices, set-top boxes, and home router lines for sale in Europe, Russia, Ukraine, and Turkey. Then there is Antik who is manufacturing IPTV devices that are BitTorrent enabled set-top boxes.

What does this mean for users?  These devices powered by BitTorrent mean sharing and streaming content from computers to TVs just got a whole lot easier.

The downside: Do you see a pattern here? The US is visibly absent from these lists.

Why Google Music is Growing on Me

I had an early invitation to join Google Music around the time it first launched in Beta.  I tried to love it, but there was one huge drawback when it first launched; it took forever to upload my personal music collection to the Google cloud, aka my account.  I was lucky if I could upload a couple hundred songs a night, and I have DSL.  This wasn’t just an isolated problem; it was product wide as all newbies experienced these lagging upload times.   It wasn’t until Google opened to the public that the upload times had improved. Granted they still aren’t as speedy as I would’ve expected coming from Google. Google prides itself on the speed of their search results to the end user, so experiencing slow uploading times is a bit shocking.  The slightly better upload speed was part of the reason I gave Google Music another shot.

I can’t say it was all about the improved upload speed that made me try Google Music out yet again. My Zune player, yes don’t laugh, bit the dust after nearly 4 years of harsh use.  I needed a new player, stat, so I turned to my phone.  I am not a bit fan of using my phone as a music player for several reasons, but Google Music makes the experience of using the device a smoother transition.

The Upside

The strong point of Google Music is their playlists.  I use the “Thumbs Up” playlist I created while listening to my collect.  When I hear a song I want added to the playlist I just hit the thumbs up symbol and it’s automatically added to the list.

The other feature that is uber amazing is Google Music  plays the songs I listen to the most when I am in shuffle mode, while shuffle on other devices and software is exactly that…just shuffle.  I find myself not having to navigate through songs on shuffle mode as much because Google knows what I already love to listen to.  Please note, I live and die by shuffle mode.

Google Music also offers free tracks and albums from top artists to users.  They aren’t the typical “not so awesome” or hit songs from the artists either.  I found myself downloading Monica’s “Angel” for free the other day along with a live album from Pearl Jam.

The Downside

It’s a hardware thing.  I mastered using my Zune player in the car and I didn’t have to look at the device to pick or shuffle songs. It was one click and away I went.  Using my HTC G2 is a bit more difficult. I have to unlock my screen every time to change a song and I find myself looking down and not at the road.  This is bad news…so I rarely use it in my car.

One item to note is Google “charges” for the free downloads, which can catch some people off guard. I signed into my online banking and saw a charge from Google, but days later it disappeared.  It looks to be something Google has to do in order to execute the free download.  Again, for Google who likes to take as few steps as possible to get users to their answers, takes on extra steps to execute a free purchase.

Another hiccup is the glitches. I have an extensive collection and could very soon reach their 20,000 song limit. This is awesome and also has its pitfalls.  Whether I am on a 4G connection or a DSL, the software stalls playing certain songs in the collection when I am shuffling or even just running straight down the playlist.  I want to say it’s because the software is trying to find and connect with the song in the cloud.   Also I noticed that Google likes to rename songs and add album covers that aren’t correct.  I now see Toni Braxton’s Secrets cover on most of the unknown covers. It is humorous to see the cover pop up when a Danzig song is selected to play.

While Google Music is still new and they are still working on improvements, Google Music is still growing on me.  If they add a more user friendly song editing options and clean up some of the glitches I might fall in love.  The one feature, for lack of a better term, that makes my heart all warm and tingly is the most played feature that brings up the songs I select the most during shuffle mode.  I don’t know why all music software isn’t doing this now.  FYI I avoid iTunes at all cost.

Is CES Jumping the Shark?

Lady Gaga Monster Cable Booth CES

I’ve been an avid CES patron since 2007.  Many will say that’s nothing as they’ve told me they witnessed Bill Gates’ first Keynote. The main reason I go it to see the new innovation that may or may not be hitting the consumer market in the future on the showroom floor. Let’s face it just because you have a booth at CES doesn’t mean your product is going to make it.  It amazes me to see what innovators think will be a hit with the larger consumer market.  Those products that get the most attention usually have a huge marketing ploy, and money, to get potential buyers and decision makers to see the booth. Monster Cable is good at drawing attention to their product booth on the showroom floor. Nearly every year Dr. Dre and David Geffen hit the booth to talk about the new products out for Monster. Back in 2009 Lady Gaga made an appearance at the booth and drew an insane crowd of tech geeks and gawkers.  It showed corporations spare no expense when it comes to wrangling in the celebrity endorsement, but this year I feel like someone is jumping the shark.

Justin BieberI’ve seen many celebrities and musicians at CES in the past few years and not just at the booths endorsing products. I saw Sinbad hanging around waiting for someone to pick him up a the curb.  We also ran into Motion City Soundtrack while they were scoping out Gibson’s new guitars. This year the celebrity appearances were announced and none other than Justin Bieber will be at the Tosy Robotics booth.  My heart sank hearing this…did CES just get uncool? Justin Bieber is more of a punch line than an ideal celebrity endorsement at the Consumer Electronic Show. The majority of the CES show patrons are male and NOT in Justin Bieber’s demographic.  When I ran into Motion City Soundtrack Justin Pierre, their frontman, mentioned to me how it was odd being at CES because it’s not their demographic either. They also were shocked that we (Yvette and I) could recognize them.  The band was there to play on the Sony Stage at the Sony Booth along with a couple other artists. Mind you, Motion City is on a Sony Records sister label, so it made sense for them to make an appearance. Having Justin Bieber endorse a product at CES feels like a desperate cry for attention.  Is this the tipping point for CES where celebrity endorsement are more important than the innovative tech itself?

Mashable has a list of 10 Stars Making Appearances at CES this year and Justin is the worst and Jillian Michaels ranks up there at number 2 for me. You can see the full list here:

Losing an Icon

steve jobs

My heart aches to write this…Steve Jobs passed away today at the very young age of 56.  We all knew it was coming, but it still hurts to have the reality be true.  He left a mark on every person in this world whether they know it or not.  His vision…his innovation drove markets to change.  There will never be another like him.

Rest in Peace Steve

What’s Streaming on Your Facebook Feed?

For those who haven’t noticed yet Facebook released their updated news feed, which at first glance, has been hated by many and praised by a select few. With the updated news feed users can see all their friend’s activities.  Users can select to opt-out of receiving the real-time updates of their friends, by going to their friend’s page and clicking on the “Subscribed” button and uncheck the comments option.  It’s a bit of a pain to individually going through all your friends and deselect their likes and comments option, actually so much so I’ve given up and I think that’s what Facebook wants.

With the new real-time updates from friends, I am now inundated with what everyone is listening to on Spotify.  Yes, you can turn that off too by going to your friend’s update and click on the tab at the top right of the update and clicking “hide all Spotify.”   Part of me finds it interesting to see what everyone is listening too. It’s also funny to see what the ‘influencers’ are listening to and then to see other people follow their lead.  Monkey see monkey do! I had an invite to Spotify when they started here in the US but I hadn’t logged in and used it until now.  I just can’t get into streaming music services, especially when I have to pay. I have a pretty extensive music collection where all I need to do is hit shuffle on my music player and I am good to go. –that’s just my personal bias towards the services.

I have a feeling this is just the beginning of social sharing of different music services.  New music services that have popped into my stream this week are from Touch Tunes Digital Jukebox and Radio.

Touch Tunes Digital (

My TouchTunes logoTouch Tunes Digital Jukebox is a nifty idea for those who frequent bars and hit up the jukeboxes.  Touch Tunes Digital lets you create and online account with a playlist of songs you listen to.  When you are at a bar with the Touch Tunes Jukebox you can login and all your songs are right there for you to choose from to play.  This is great if you need to set-up a playlist ahead of time.  Granted you still have to pay to play your playlist of songs, but if you are logged into the Jukebox and play your songs you receive bonus credits for songs.  It’s nice to have a perk like that.  The downside to the online listening aspect of Touch Tunes is it doesn’t let you listen to the entire song, just fragments.  Touch Tunes really need to cut a deal with the labels to enable full streaming.



RdioLogoRDIO is another online streaming service.  There is a free account to try the service out for 7 days, otherwise streaming music starts at $4.99 a month.  The $4.99 a month package is for web streaming only, if you want to stream on your phone or even your Roku device you need to upgrade to the Unlimited $9.99 a month plan.  The RDIO service is very social friendly enabling you to sharing the music you are listening to with your friends on Facebook, if you choose or just share with your friends you connect with on Rdio.

Spotify (

Spotify logoSpotify has a free streaming account that doesn’t expire. It does limit how you can listen to the music on your account.  You can play, organize, share, and have access to artist radio –a Spotify generate playlist, but you are unable to stream the music on a mobile device, have access to higher bit rate music, or listen to music when you are not online.  The biggest perk about Spotify is the desktop software. If anyone out there is like me, you may have a couple different browsers open with multiple tabs and close them as fast as you open them.  This is what I call being efficient, but I also close tabs that I really didn’t mean to close. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve closed my streaming music tabs.

I am just waiting for Google Music to let me share what I am listening too.  Granted Google Music lets users stream their own music collection online. Which means Google doesn’t supply it; therefore the only information that could be shared is the text of what the user is listening to and not the link to the music stream.  This is an area Google music needs to work on.  Also I just wonder when Pandora will jump on the social sharing bandwagon.

We’ve Gone Mobile!

The Dead Hub has now gone mobile! Go HERE to get an app for your phone.

It’s free and it has alerts so that you’ll know whenever The Dead Hub has anything new. What could be better?

For IOS/iPhone users, we are waiting on approval from Apple. Wish us luck!

Google Music (Beta) is Here!

Google officially announced their highly anticipated music service today: It’s called Music Beta, for now.

This is a cloud-based service like the one Amazon currently offers.  This enables music aficionados to upload their music collection to their Google Music account and access it from any of their Android devices, including tablets and smartphones.

The account is initially in Beta, which means Google is currently working on it.  This also means that the account is free until it comes out of Beta!  The account can hold up to 20,000 of your songs. I am assuming that the  20,000 is to start off with, and I am also assuming you’ll have to pay for more storage as you would for Gmail.


The one really cool thing about the service is the software caches your most recently played music, which  lets you listen to you music offline as well as online.

It’ll sync your iTunes and Windows Media playlists, ratings, and songs all in one place.

You can easily create a new playlist based on one song you choose.  Music Beta software finds 25 songs that sound similar to the song you chose to create your playlist.


It’s invitation only.

It’s invitation only to US residents.

To request your Music Beta invite you can go to:

DoubleTwist Vs. Dropbox: Wirelessly Sync Your Music Media to your Smartphone

DoubleTwist is an Android based app that lets users sync their desktop media files to their Android powered Smartphone wirelessly.  At first glance I thought this would be the greatest thing ever. I only have one chord to power and sync my G2 phone.  It’s a pain finding where I plugged the thing in at and then hooking up it up to my computer to load my pictures and music.  DoubleTwist’s solution for wireless transfer solves the problem, but it isn’t new.

I am on the road and at shows writing notes, setlists, and even occasionally taking photos with my phone.  I thought, “There has to be an easier way of transferring files from my computer to my phone!”  So 1 month ago I download Dropbox to my Android device.  Once installed, I created a private folder for myself to drag and drop files to sync.  It’s been the biggest relief for me since I installed Dropbox.

The one big benefit to Dropbox versus DoubleTwist is it’s free.  DoubleTwist does offer a free download for your desktop computer, but to download the Android App on your phone will run you $4.99. Since I am a cheapskate, Dropbox sounds really awesome versus that $4.99 price tag.  You can use the DoubleTwist desktop software to sync your computer’s desktop to your phone, but you have to do it with your USB chord.  That just brings me back to my original problem.  The other handy thing I can do with Dropbox is invite people to my folder to share my files if I so desire.

So until DoubleTwist’s AirSync App does more than just sync, I’ll be sticking with my Dropbox.

DoubleTwist is currently at the Google I/O 2011 in the Sandbox.

More info on DoubleTwist:

To download DoubleTwist’s AirSync App search “DoubleTwist” in the Android Market and go to to download the desktop software.

More info on Dropbox:

Windows Phone 7 Really Rally Road Trip

In honor of the Windows Phone 7 launch, Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive Minka Kelly and Famed TV presenter Rob Dyrdek headed out on a cross-county road trip to stop bad phone behavior.

Cameras captured the Really Rally Roadtrip beginning in Times Square where the first Windows Phone 7 was sold before stopping by Chicago to scold horse-riding texters while rewarding the do-gooders of the Midwest.

They then swung by Manhattan, Kansas where a rally on bad phone behavior was going down near campus, before competing in a no-holds barred air hockey competition to see who would have to bungee jump off the Stratosphere in Las Vegas…

Find out who won and complete the journey with them as they arrive in San Francisco to attend the Maroon 5 Windows Phone 7 launch concert at the Fillmore: Katy Perry had celebrated with the rest of the fans back in New York at the historical Roseland Ballroom earlier that evening.

Samsung’s Tic Toc: The Sensor Driven MP3 Player

Tic Toc
Not available yet to consumers

samsung Tic Toc mp3 player 2

This week we are at the Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas looking for the newest and hopefully next mobile music device that will strike the consumer’s fancy. The crew hit the Samsung booth this afternoon and stumbled upon the most adorable mp3 player yet! Not only is it adorable but it is the most innovative mp3 that has yet to hit the consumer market and it’s called Tic Toc.

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Lady Gaga & Monster Cable Team up at the CES 2010 in Las Vegas

Consumer Electronic Show
Monster Booth
1/7/2009 @ 12:30

Lady GaGa CES 2010 monster 3

The crowd grew exponentially at the Monster Booth around 12 noon today. Lady Gaga wasn’t scheduled until 12:15 but people didn’t mind waiting. Actually people were surrounding the booth for over an hour just to get a glimpse of Lady Gaga. Of course, the event was late and then one after another everybody else stepped onstage to speak. This included the likes of the Chairman from Interscope, CEO of (RED), and Dr. Dre. Dr. Dre wasn’t too bad, but the rowdy tech crowd wanted to see Gaga.

More photos of Lady Gaga and her headphones after the jump…

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Google Discovers there’s Music Out in the Big Bad World

Google..Google…Google…what can’t they do? I am still waiting for an Android App that will make me breakfast, and if anybody can get that done its Google! Until then we will all have to settle with Google’s new Music Search listings. Ok, I really don’t know what they call it, but it’s a new way to search, listen, and purchase music from select artists. By select we mean participating artists.

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If you look at the front page of Google today they tell you to Discover New Music today! See snapshot below. By clicking on the link it directs you to the handy dandy information/how to page.

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June 15, 2009— Musicians currently have the opportunity to win their very own set of UE 4 Pro Custom Monitors via a contest now running at

To enter visit:

The contest, now live, will run for the months of June, July and August 2009. Each winning band will receive (1) pair of UE 4 In Ears per band member, up to 4 band members. Please note a band can only win once.

Winning bands are determined by the number of fans a band has added to their pickRset profile for each month of June, July and August. Each month is a separate contest so counting will start over the 1st of each contest month. Both participation of bands and fans is entirely free and available only at

Be the director for Ximena Sarinana’s next video!


Have you ever fancied yourself a video director? Well here’s your chance to be the director of Ximena Sarinana’s new video for “La Tina.”

Ximena was filmed in front of a green screen performing her song. All you have to do is take the raw “green screen” footage and make your own video! Submit your video to Ximena’s site and have your friends vote for your video! The winning video will be THE official video for Ximena’s next single.

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Studio at the Palms Continues to be at the Forefront of Technology Offering Immediate, Live Content to Patrons

LAS VEGAS – February 3, 2009 – Studio at the Palms announced today a partnership with Aderra Inc., adding the next generation of content delivery to the already state-of-the-art recording studio located inside the Palms Casino Resort. Through Aderra’s “Live in a Flash”TM USB Technology, the Palms can offer immediate live recordings of events including concerts, conferences, live DJ sets and other happenings throughout the resort. The Palms will become the first property in the world to adopt this new technology allowing patrons to leave an event with a USB flash drive loaded with their live experience, giving them a unique and personal product.

“It’s the ultimate souvenir. The technology will change the way the hotel and the artists performing in our venues enhance our customer’s experience,” said Palms Casino Resort Owner George Maloof.

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The Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas

Photo by LJ Rich
It’s that time of year again when I head to Vegas to the see the latest in consumer electronics.  I ultimately go to the latest in mobile gear and music. I skipped the Billboard Music Conference this year because last year was a waste of my time.  I hate to admit that I even spent money to go there. A blogger friend said she went to this year’s for the first half and said it was pretty boring and uneventful so she left.

It’s funny like most conferences I think people go just to go to the parties to either have fun or to network. Ok, occasionally it’s both. This year we were invited to a couple different parties and thank goodness none of them overlapped. Last night was Sony’s Online Party at Studio 54. They had life size chess and checker games as well as a huge race track set up for remote control racing.  Oh yes, there was a poker tournament going on, but I was the first one kicked out so I had the opportunity to explore the “Studio.”  I am really bad at Texas Hold ’em. It was all good fun and good times, especially hanging out with my new BBC friends and Home and Gardens.

Tonight is the Monster Party with Diana Ross. I am very excited to see what kind of show she puts on. We are going to try and get some pictures and definitely a full report on the night’s festivities. Otherwise today is a day of R&R and trying to rid of the sniffles!

People in Planes at Casbah

People in Planes
Casbah – San Diego, CA

Gareth Jones – Vocals
Peter Roberts – Guitar
Kris Blight – Bass
John Maloney – Drums
Ian Russell – Keyboard

People in Planes Casbah - San Diego, CA 9/29/2008

Gareth Jones

People in Planes is out touring in support of their September release of Beyond the Horizon off Wind-Up Records. Beyond the Horizon is their 3rd album with two tracks written, “Better Than Life” and “Lay in the Road” with Natasha Schneider and Alan Johannes. Check out their song “Pretty Planes”, my favorite off the album so far.

The five members of People in Planes are from Wales. People in Planes is the band’s current name, though hardcore fans may also know the band as Tetra Splendour. I am going to go out on a limb and say it’s Welsh. Not sure of a translation there. I am sure someone out there will leave it in the comments. Hint Hint. they also went by Robots in the Sky. I enjoy People in Planes myself.

People in Planes Casbah - San Diego, CA 9/29/2008

They played the Casbah in San Diego last Monday and opened for Filter. They are currently on tour with the Toadies. We arrived at the Casbah on Monday night to the sights and sounds of planes overflying and landing at the very nearby San International Airport. Doors were to be at 830pm. We were there at 8pm or so. We weren’t allowed into the venue until 8:30pm-ish. When we entered we walked through an open air entrance and into a small room with a bar along the wall and 7 or 8 tables throughout the place. The venue was not well lit so we feared for the photos. Yes, it is much harder to shoot and get good shots without the correct lighting. We set up at an empty table and waited for the show to begin. We waited quite awhile too! The show didn’t get started until 9:45pm. The small venue by then had filled up quite a bit and the crowd was definitely ready to rock on! People an Planes boarded the stage and began their set with Last Man. The acoustics were absolutely awesome for this small venue. They rival the Belly Up I think. Throughout the show (and they did rock out) the gents would make some jokes between songs and say Cheers. They were very polite gentlemen from South Wales. Their new CD Beyond the Horizon is now available everywhere. One of the songs they performed from their new album was Better.

The set went as follows:
Last Man
Vampire (my personal favorite)

Be sure to check them out they are a band not to be missed.
Tour dates are after the jump…

People in Planes Casbah - San Diego, CA 9/29/2008Kris Blight

People in Planes Casbah - San Diego, CA 9/29/2008Peter Roberts

Tour Dates:

Oct 7 2008 7:00P
Revolution Music Room w/ Toadies Little Rock, Arkansas
Oct 8 2008 7:00P
George’s Majestic Lounge w/ Toadies Fayetteville, Arkansas
Oct 9 2008 7:00P
New Daisy Theater w/ Toadies Memphis, Tennessee
Oct 10 2008 7:00P
Exit Inn w/ Toadies Nashville, Tennessee
Oct 11 2008 7:00P
Bogarts w/ Toadies Cincinnati, Ohio
Oct 12 2008 7:00P
Headliners Music Hall w/ Toadies Louisville, Kentucky
Oct 14 2008 6:00P
Diesel w/ Toadies Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Oct 17 2008 8:00P
Majestic Theatre w/ Toadies Detroit, Michigan
Oct 18 2008 7:00P
Rave w/ Toadies Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Oct 19 2008 7:00P
Metro (Chicago) w/ Toadies Chicago, Illinois
Oct 21 2008 7:00P
Station 4 w/ Toadies St. Paul, Minnesota
Oct 22 2008 7:00P
Sokol Auditorium w/ Toadies Omaha, Nebraska
Oct 23 2008 7:00P
The Beaumont Club w/ Toadies Kansas City, Missouri
Oct 24 2008 7:00P
Diamond Ballroom w/ Toadies Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Nov 5 2008 8:00P
Trocadero Theatre w/ Toadies Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Nov 6 2008 8:00P
Webster Hall w/ Toadies New York, New York
Nov 7 2008 8:00P
Starland Ballroom w/ Toadies Sayreville, New Jersey
Nov 8 2008 8:00P
Paradise Lounge w/ Toadies Boston, Massachusetts
Nov 9 2008 8:00P
Living Room w/ Toadies Providence, Rhode Island
Nov 11 2008 8:00P
9:30 Club w/ Toadies Washington DC, Washington DC
Nov 13 2008 8:00P
Canal Club w/ Toadies Richmond, Virginia
Nov 14 2008 8:00P
Cat’s Cradle w/ Toadies Carrboro, North Carolina
Nov 15 2008 8:00P
NorVa Theatre w/ Toadies Norfolk, Virginia
Nov 16 2008 8:00P
Headliners (Columbia) w/ Toadies Columbia, South Carolina
Nov 18 2008 8:00P
The Masquerade w/ Toadies Atlanta, Georgia
Nov 19 2008 8:00P
JaxLive w/ Toadies Jacksonville, Florida
Nov 20 2008 8:00P
State Theatre – Tampa w/ Toadies St Petersburg, Florida
Nov 21 2008 8:00P
House of Blues – Lake Buena Vista w/ Toadies Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Nov 22 2008 8:00P
Culture Room w/ Toadies Ft Lauderdale, Florida
Nov 24 2008 8:00P
Beta Bar w/ Toadies Tallahassee, Florida
Nov 25 2008 8:00P
House of Blues – New Orleans w/ Toadies New Orleans, Louisiana

Photos of People in Planes:


All 19 Tracks Available For File Sharing Beginning September 10

Los Angeles, CA (September 10, 2008) – Today, Marillion become the first band anywhere in the world to release their new album, Happiness Is the Road, legally using P2P (Peer to Peer) internet networks for distribution.

Widely recognized as the first band to truly embrace the internet’s potential to interact with fans since circa 1996, Marillion have taken the step of partnering with internet technology company, Music Glue, to harness the legal use of P2P sites and release their 15th studio album, Happiness Is The Road.

With more than 90% of all acquired music in the UK being downloaded or shared via P2P websites according to the IFPI (International Federation of the Phonographic Industry), Music Glue’s technology creates a unique interactive band-to-fan interface mechanism that does not normally exist at the point of download.

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Twitter: It’s a Social Disease

Jessica: “Really need to Twitter this!” (sitting at the Robert Plant Concert)

Sparky: “What the Hell is Twitter?” (sitting next to me at the Robert Plant concert)

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Twitter is what some call “Social Messaging.” It’s a service where you can stalk track your friend’s move, at least the ones they want you to know about. People usually post where they are going, what they are doing, or just things they find interesting on the net. It’s a great little tool for bloggers or people with lots of friends.

The problem is if too many people, or if only 2 of your were to go ahead and sign up, on Twitter the servers go down. The guys at Twitter haven’t learned to grow with all their users yet, so sometimes it’s frustrating to use. Since Jeff Bezos of Amazon has invested in the company maybe they will be able to pay more people to scale it.

The big talk is that not many outside the Tech Sector or Silicon Valley know about Twitter, which I am finding is true. So if you hear that one of your friends Twitter, don’t worry its not a disease yet, just an obsession.

You can find me on Twitter at

Pearl Jam’s Bootleg Program

Pearl Jam

Sounds odd,but yes, Pearl Jam has a bootleg program. My question is, is it really a bootleg when the band records it for the fans? I digress, each show in 2008 will be available for high quality downloads and burn to order cds through the Ten Club, which is Pearl Jam’s Fan Club.

They have also teamed up with Verizon Wireless and releasing 3 mobile bootleg tracks available at

There are 3 different options available for the bootlegs:

Digital Bootleg downloads (

Full concerts available in mp3 ($9.99) and FLAC ($14.99) per show

The shows will be up 2 weeks after the show and each show is DRM free

Made to Order Bootleg CDs (

This is the physical cd of the show that is mailed 3 weeks after the show

The cd is made of recycled materials and costs $16.99 per show

Mobile Bootlegs (

Only 3 tracks will be available from each show that are released by Verizon’s V CAST

After each show fans can receive 1 free mobile track and the other 2 are available for purchase

FYI: Since Pearl Jam’s Bootleg program began over 3.5 million bootlegs have been sold.

Tour Dates:

11-Jun West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre On Sale Now

12-Jun Tampa, FL St. Pete Times Forum On Sale Now

14-Jun Manchester, TN Bonnaroo On Sale Now

16-Jun Columbia, SC Colonial Center On Sale Now

17-Jun Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Amphitheatre On Sale Now

19-Jun Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center On Sale Now

20-Jun Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center On Sale Now

22-Jun Washington, DC Verizon Center On Sale Now

24-Jun New York, NY Madison Square Garden On Sale Now

25-Jun New York, NY Madison Square Garden On Sale Now

27-Jun Hartford, CT Dodge Music Center On Sale Now

28-Jun Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center On Sale Now

30-Jun Mansfield, MA Tweeter Center On Sale Now

Songkick: A Site of Your Favorite Artists on Tour


I had Scott over at send me an email about this site a couple months back. I am finding out how useful it is right now as we track artists on tour or just to find out what tour dates are listed for select artists. The site is called Songkick. They have many many artists listed and those on tour have (on Tour) denoted next to the artist’s name. If you click on an artist that is on tour it recommends other artists like them, besides giving the tour dates for that specified artists.

They are also creating widgets for blogs like The Dead Hub. For instance, their widget will list all the artists that are mentioned in the blog and the tour dates. Plus if you are not a blogger, you can download the “Songkicker” that is a plug-in that tracks the tours on artists in your music library.

Pretty nifty for someone like me who needs to know who’s on tour and where they are playing.

What Happens on Myspace Doesn’t Stay on Myspace

I read a comment on Myspace today and had a really great laugh. This is what happens when people don’t A) Proofread B) Use Spell check C) and make up their own words: Read Carefully! Who can find the mistake?

“I’ve been doing some analization lately, not only on myself but on my friends as well.”

No lie, really pulled it off Myspace. I hope you all have a great night and please don’t over Analize this.

A Week in Palo Alto and I got This!?

I spent the backend of last week in Palo Alto pitching Live Hub. I was sitting in a hotel and realized the differences between Silicon Valley and the rest of the world. I didn’t know if I was going to post these then I told my photographer about the list I created and she said I just had to.

Here it is:

You know You are in Silicon Valley when…

1. The hotel maid steals your business plan and leaves your $2,000 laptop behind.

2. 8 out of 10 cars are Hybrid Priuses and the other 2 are porches with vanity plates “Minez Bigger.”

3. You can shake a stick and hit an entrepreneur.

4. You shake the stick and hit an entrepreneur then realize his lawyer is on speed dial.

5. You wear a suit and you are considered “overdressed.”

I’ll leave you with that.

The Dead Hub Coverage on Guidewire

Some of you know already that we are a start-up company (Live Hub and The Dead Hub) and as part of my job running the company, I am the one who is raising our rounds of financing in order to get the company off the ground and growing.

On Saturday I was privileged to take part in the Women 2.0 and Stanford Women in Business event that embarrassed Women starting companies and innovating. I met with lots of great and intelligent women who are all successful in their own right.

Live Hub entered the competition to win prizes and meetings, but what I wanted from the event was to network with people and bring light to Live Hub and the Dead Hub. A.K.A. The Hubs. I believe I was successful in doing so, because a friend in San Fran emailed me with “Isn’t this your company’s logo?” It scared me because I thought someone stole the logo then realized it was from the event on Saturday and Chris Shipley took a picture of the back of our napkin and posted on her site Guidewire.

Here is the napkin that we submitted for the competition. Of course you can only see on side of it.

Thanks to Women 2.0 and SWIB for throughing the event! It was a great experience and success!

Drinks and Zombies on the House

As some of you already know, I am not a big Facebook fan. It’s for many reasons but one is the great deal of widgets or applications that are on Facebook. I currently have 90+ requests from people to use applications. I am over the zombies and the Christmas tree applications. I feel like I am continually bombarded with quizzes and trivia.

I am more of a Myspace fan myself, I see the use in Myspace at least from a marketing standpoint. Now that they have allowed an open platform for applications I am scared. I have a bulletin from Shania Twain:

From: Shania Twain

Date: Apr 29, 2008 1:22 PM
Subject: Pets and gifts
Body: Hi, Shania Fans!

Hope your spring time is going smoothly!

Respectfully, we have to request that you please stop the “pet” and “human gift” requests (new MySpace applications that you download). They are getting out of control and filling up the inbox by the THOUSANDS.

Shania greatly appreciates your continued love and support!

Take care!

When are the useless applications going to stop? Let me know, or pass it along, when someone has a more practical app like “finding the cheapest gas station near you” widget.

Please don’t get me wrong, I love my friends on the social networks, but Respectfully, I have a request that you please stop sending me “zombie” and “trivia” requests. But please feel free to send me a round of drinks! ;-)

RickRolled Flash Mob in London

I recently received an email from my friend LJ Rich in London. She said that she participated in a flash mob in London. Everyone there got Rick Rolled…watch it and you will know what I am talking about!

Thank you LJ for uploading this to youtube!

This particular flash mob was so large and eventful that it made the London news!

If you don’t know Ms. LJ Rich also writes for Virgin Media as their Technology/gadgets guru. She’s Fabulous!

For all of our readers with our RSS feed you may be receiving this post twice. My apologies.

B&P Trading: Old School Meets New School

I throw this terminology around and some people look at me with the cocked puppy dog head. B&P means “blanks and postage”. Why is this even relevant you many ask? B&P trading is the way live shows have been traded for quite a long time. It has died down a bit with digital trading, but not everybody trades their shows digitally.

There are people who go to shows and record the show in audio and/or video with some of the top portable recording equipment. If you have been to an outdoor Dave Matthews concert you know what I am talking about. These fans are hard-core and have a hobby of trading the shows they record with other tappers or newbies that want a copy.

The bands can even be hard-core about their fans recording the shows. As mentioned above, Dave Matthews actually has “tapper sections” at their outdoor shows. This is an awesome site to see if you haven’t seen it before. In the front middle section of the lawn seating would be a roped off section for tappers and all that can be seen are “boomers,” mics with on the rods with the fuzzy covers, and audio equipment.

Getting started in B&P trading wasn’t easy. I had to find people that had B&P trading posts online for shows that I wanted. Then I had to make sure that the particular B&P post for a trade were current because a lot of them weren’t, but when I found current posts to trade with other fans it was awesome. I could get some really great shows from my favorite bands.

B&P traders never charged for copies of the show. Thus, someone like me would send blank cds and prepaid postage envelopes to these guys for copies. Some artists still embrace the community participation with B&P trading and refuse to allow digital downloads. The Allman Brothers are one band that hold steady to B&P. They do not allow digital trading of their shows.

I started running into problems with B&P when people were getting harder to contact for obtaining shows and I would occasionally run into traders that didn’t want to give up a show because they thought it was special. If it’s special SHARE it!

The digital age has made things a lot easier for file sharing and transfers. Hurray FTP!
One reason why Live Hub was created is to take the performances I have traded over the years with others and bring them to the digital realm for any fan to download 24/7 for free. Plus, artists sit on live recordings in their basement and I think fans should be able to listen to them to relive a live experience they had or just to listen to a new show.

Downloading Music: You’ll Pay for That!! For Some, TWICE!!

I am a big Techcrunch fan. For those who don’t know what Techcrunch is a tech blog run by Michael Arrington. He reviews new start-up companies and well, if he writes about you good or bad, lots of people flock to you site. It’s called getting Crunched.

I digress, Michael wrote a post on the 28th of March that I briefly touched on March 16th. Yes, this article pissed me off so much that I am writing ANOTHER article about it. I was so angered when I read Michael’s article (Not mad at Michael just the subject of the article) that I screamed because Warner Music really is gunning for the $5 a month for each customer to pay their ISP, if their ISP volunteers to opted into the deal with Warner.

Yes, its voluntary for ISP to sign up for the “program” but once the ISP says it will take part in the $5 a month per customer scam…I mean program, everyone who uses that ISP, example, Comcast, would have to pay the $5 per month fee regardless if they download music illegally or if you download music at all.

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Social Networks Vs. Internet Privacy

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Picture this…you created a profile on a social network site a few years back and you are now in the comfort zone with all your “friends” on your list. You send out pictures of your drunken debauchery from Saturday night or post pictures of friends half naked sitting on a toilet seat. (Seen it, believe it. Really wish I didn’t though.) The envelope gets pushed and pushed. You have “friends” on your list that may push things too far. Where do you draw the line with not just obscenity but with dangerous behaviors that harm not just that person but other people too.

I’ve had a bulletin from a “friend” asking for pain killers. When asked about why she would post this on Myspace this person replied, “i have all friends on my friendlist, only people i know. (and bands) nobody ever has understood what its like to deal with the pain i do regularly. and if people have a problem with it, ignore me.”

I’ve also had a “friend” take a picture with their baby laying in the fourth self up on a toy shelf. Should I feel a social responsible for doing something about the endangerment of a child? DCFS maybe? The image I say wasn’t photoshoped it was the real deal because someone thought it would be funny, placing your child 4 feet off the ground on a shelf isn’t funny.

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The Only Kind of FLAC I Like: That of the Musical Kind

What is FLAC? FLAC is not insurance I will tell you that much, no duck here!

FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec) is actually a digital music format. FLAC is an uncompressed or lossless compression format, typically used by Audiophiles.

Formats that are lossless files include:
WMA lossless

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Where’s my Netflix???

I am currently in Las Vegas enjoying the beautiful weather and watching my my car get towed away. The weekend has been crazy and very eventful.


On Saturday night, as the family was sitting for dinner a conversation broke out about Netflix movies and that they haven’t received their new movie yet. Is this sounding familiar to anyone else? The conversation turned to “when did we send out our previous movie”, after no one really could come to an answer the subject was dropped and forgotten.


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Which Doesn’t Belong? Mp2, MP3, MP4, ACC, FLAC, SHN, WMA, WTF

Audio Formats

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Welcome to another addition of Terms You May not Know! Everybody knows about the MP3 (MPEG Layer 3) audio format. If you don’t you and are a fan of music, you have been living under a mountain since 1991! Ok, the consumer market for the mp3 emerged when the mp3 players did, and that wasn’t until later on it 1997.

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Spam Burgers and iTunes: The Next Big Thing!

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iTunes is listening to options for music subscriptions for iTune users. The music labels seem to think music consumers are ready for subscription music services. The labels also just assume because the market will rent movies that expire that they will act the same way with music. That sounds as good as McDonald’s selling spam burgers. Mmmmm sign me up!

By the way, what makes them think music subscriptions work….Yahoo, Rhapsody, Napster.. I see it’s working great for them? (Not so much)