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Want Some Rock Sellout Derby Swag? [Dec. 11th, 2008|10:39 am]
From the Talk Derby To Me Department: I printed some stickers and got some buttons made to help promote the site on a local level. I'm helping our roller derby league (Fox City Foxz) with a variety of things. Booking the bands for their afterparties is my primary responsibility though. Naturally, a theme that tied both passions together was necessary for this one. I think mission was accomplished, don't you? Special thanks to Matt McCoy for the following design:

If you'd like some buttons and stickers but aren't in the local area to get them, drop a self-addressed stamped envelop in the mail and I'll send some to you. Taking into consideration that the logo design, printing of the stickers, and making of the buttons was about $600...I don't think that's too much to ask.

Here's where to send it:

Kip Sellout
807 Saunders Rd. #7
Kaukauna, WI 54130

MP3: Jim Croce - "Roller Derby Queen"
MP3: Old 97's - "Rollerskate Skinny"
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They Call Me...Dr. Love! [Nov. 18th, 2008|11:22 pm]
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Beach Patrol at the Oshkosh Holiday Parade [Nov. 8th, 2008|06:36 pm]

I'm sure a few of you are wondering if I've completely lost my mind reviewing a band I saw at a local parade, but give me a second to explain. A friend of mine runs our local roller derby league (Fox Cityz Foxz) and was cool enough to let Rock Sellout select the band that will join them in the local holiday parades. We'll also be helping with their afterparties, so if you know what's good for you, you'll pay attention when I announce the dates you can see the Foxz in action!

I was a bit worried that the weather was going to be a obstacle when I went to bed last night. Imagine a group of small children strung out on Halloween candy tossing handfuls of Wonka Nerds at my window and you'll get an idea of what Mother Nature had to offer.

It wasn't much better when I woke up. The sleet like precipitous had turned to what resembled...:: gasp ::...snow. It was mixed with rain, so there was no chance it had of accumulating...but imagine strapping on an instrument, plugging in, and playing outside in that shit. I wasn't sure I wanted to see anyone getted electrocuted on my day off. Like the trooper that I often can be, I didn't listen to the logic bellowing in my head while I struggled to my eyes open and put my best foot forward. I put the band up in an Oshkosh hotel so the could sneak in a few hours of rest after the gig they played last night in Milwaukee. The first thing I needed to do was drive down and make sure they arrived for the parade on time. I was pleasantly surprised that everything flowed smoothly from there forward.

Green Bay's Beach Patrol joined the girls in the miserable conditions today. The band was accompanied by "Earth's Greatest Rocker" Reverend Nørb (Boris The Sprinkler, Maximumrocknroll, and current columnist for Razorcake).

They tore through a variety of material over the course of the day from originals to holiday classics like Chuck Berry's "Run Rudolph Run". I'm sure the entire set was seat of their pants delivered, but there was a shivering citizen who knew any better (or cared for that matter). While I ran through the streets of Oshkosh chasing the flatbed from corner to corner...the entire town has huge smiles on their facing dancing along to every song that was played.

I spent the rest of the afternoon drying off with the band in the hotel bar. Good conversation flowed at all times. It's days like today that I'm happy to be alive. The good feelings that follow activities in the community that all ages, shapes & sizes can enjoy suit me best. I know, I know...my heart's falling off my sleeve. Seriously though, didn't this week bring a feeling of hope to your doorstep? Are you not feeling that smoother paved roads are ahead. Oh, be that way then. Heh.

In case you don't remember what Beach Patrol sounds like, here's the first two tracks from their debut full-length It's Only Greener 'Til You Get There. Like what you hear? Do the right thing and click here to buy a copy.

MP3: Beach Patrol - "Starcrossed Girl"
MP3: Beach Patrol - "Tease"

- Kip!

Catch the band before their European tour (more pleasant news delivered today) with the Foxz November 25 at the Appleton, WI Holiday Parade and the afterparty of the Foxz season opener on January 10!
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Alright, Tokyo! Are You Ready? [Nov. 6th, 2008|11:07 pm]
Guess what arrived on my doorstep today from the Sony rep? If you guessed this, you are abso-fucking-lutely correct! How strange is it to have a second helping of your childhood served to you again 30 years later? Seriously? Cheap Trick At Budokan was such an important part of my youth...I gave the original a listen on my way home from my trip to Michigan this weekend and found tears streaming down my face at one point.

Speaking of which...my Grams turned 89 on Sunday. I'd probably be in prison like my biological father if it weren't for that woman laying down a proper foundation. It was such a trip seeing her fold paper airplanes with her great grandkids on Saturday. I'm also pleased to report that my family was on their best behavior and not a single member showed up drunk. That really made the event even more enjoyable. I'm sure the drinks were being poured immediately after we all parted ways, but I'm so happy that alcohol didn't destroy another family gathering.

As for the rest of my life...I've been on good behavior, man. No new tales to tell. How are you?
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Zune Supports Music Discovery At CMJ [Oct. 18th, 2008|01:20 am]

...from the cool collaborations department:

As one of the title sponsors of this year's CMJ Music Marathon, Zune continues its focus on discovery of new artists. In addition to partnering with Xbox Live and Doritos to present showcases at the Bowery Ballroom from artists like Lykke Li, Jay Reatard and A Place to Bury Strangers, Zune is launching CMJ-themed pages on Zune Marketplace and Zune.net to give fans access to mix tapes and CMJ features.

Starting today, Zune Marketplace will feature custom CMJ mix tapes from the Zune DJs and partner music blogs like Rock Insider, Rock Sellout, Culture Bully and The Music Slut. Music fans can download the "CMJ 2008 Collection" to hear music from this year's bands or the "CMJ Rewind" for a taste of past CMJ artists, as well as subscribe to custom Channels programmed by CMJ and KEXP to get new music automatically pushed to their collection each week.

All of this content is currently available for free by downloading the Zune software. To access it, music lovers can sign up for a free 14-day Zune Pass subscription at http://www.zune.net/free, which gives fans unlimited access to millions of tracks available on Zune, including featured full-length albums by CMJ artists.

Zune will also syndicate content from several partner music blogs at www.zune.net/cmj where fans can then be linked to special blog-produced CMJ mix tapes in Zune Marketplace. In addition, Zune will launch its first ever Zune Zine, a magazine about music discovery showcasing twelve up & coming CMJ artists including Janelle Monae and Chester French. The zine will be distributed at over 300 venues in New York, Boston, and Philadelphia in addition to official CMJ venues, newsstands, and exhibition spaces. A PDF version will be available to all music fans at www.zune.net/cmj.

Click here check it all out at the Zune Marketplace.
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Project: Roller Derby [Oct. 10th, 2008|10:18 pm]
[Current Music |tapetheradio - "The Duke"]

Before I start babbling...did I win the HDTV? WOOT!! Purchased a stand for it this evening. Getting an outlet and HD DVR installed Friday. Life is good.

My friend Matt McCoy (the dude who designed the Rock Sellout site) designed a logo for me to use for the 2009 roller derby season. Ceci, note the background change. I'm pleased with how it turned out:

I plan to sell stickers, buttons, and a variety of shirts at the roller derby events next year...all proceeds will go to the roller league for funding the afterparties I'll help them book. Speaking of afterparties, it looks like one of my favorites, Ringo Deathstarr, is willing to come up and play. While nothing is confirmed at this point, May is looking best.

I also started helping promote the league on Myspace this week. It's something I enjoy and could easily take off their hands. I already took care of the simple stuff...made sure all links were working, made sure the calendar was started, spaced text properly, started adding local peeps to the friends list, etc. Feels good to get involved in something locally. I miss the Green Bay soccer league more than you could ever imagine.

Hope all is well with you and yours.
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Attack of the Seafood Alfredo [Oct. 6th, 2008|11:57 pm]
[Current Music |International Jetsetters - "Inside Yourself"]

I went to dinner with friends Friday night and ordered seafood alfredo. I decided that I wasn't going to miserable that evening and ate light...I had them box at least 75% of what was served. The five hours that alfredo sat in my car while I took in the sounds of one of my favorite 80s cover bands was immense. I'm still smelling that shit three days later. To make matters worse, I made the mistake of not rinsing out said box after tossing it in the trash Saturday night and now my kitchen smells like death.

Life is good if that's all I have to bitch about, right?

I won the Sprint incentive. I sold 167% of my goal. It's unfortunate the grand prize is going to be granted by way of a drawing. I'll find out tomorrow what I win.
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My Bloody Valentine @ Aragon Ballroom, Chicago [Sep. 28th, 2008|10:14 pm]
I have a love/hate relationship with show reviews. I often find that when I compile too much information while watching a show it often ruins the experience. The same can be said for snapping photos, I probably miss more visually than I capture. I headed down to the sold out My Bloody Valentine show at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom with no intentions of doing either...yet I find myself sitting behind my monitor wanting to share the experience.

I could ramble on about how amazing I thought the event was but it really wouldn't do the experience justice. While it was complete sensory overload at times, there wasn't a moment that evening that I found myself wishing I was elsewhere. The band tore through a set that featured many of my favorites from Isn't Anything and Loveless plus a handful of songs from their brilliant EP, You Made Me Realise.

While their set list was pleasurable, it's the visual experience that I find myself recollecting about most today though. Imagine living in the Midwest your entire life and never experiencing a natural disaster like an earthquake or a tornado...last night had to pretty close sonically. I've never attended a show where earplugs were being handed out upon entry. It's a damned good thing they were! There were moments that I swear I could feel the hair on my arms moving from their wall of sound. Couple that with a light show that quite possibly could've caused an epileptic seizure to someone on the other side of town and you're still not even close to understanding what a few of the lucky folks that got their hands on tickets enjoyed.

Highlights of the evening were "When You Sleep", which was accompanied by some of the more pleasant video footage of the evening...a lo-res, 8mm-esque looking journey through leaves and branches. The best crowd reaction came when the band launched into Loveless' closer "Soon" (which I've embedded the video above). I was somewhat distracted during the song by a cute blonde who was wearing pigtails and dancing like no one was watching (don't tell her I was).

While I didn't make any attempts to compile a set list from last night's show, I found the following list from a show at Roseland Ballroom in New York City...if anyone remembers the songs being played in a different order, let me know:

I Only Said - When You Sleep - You Never Should - When You Wake - Cigarette In Your Bed - Come In Alone - Only Shallow - Thorn - Nothing Much To Lose - To Here Knows When - Slow - Soon - Feed Me With Your Kiss - You Made Me Realise

If you were in attendance, please take a few seconds and share what you thought about the show. I really hope the band tours the States again. If not, I'll seriously have to think about crossing the pond to see them again.

Download: My Bloody Valentine - "Soon"
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Limited Edition 60 Prints & Podcast [Sep. 26th, 2008|12:39 am]
[Current Music |Voyager One - "Bed of Sound"]

I shared this image with you a while back (the entry is now deleted). I just updated the site with the podcast. Stop by and check it out!

I met artist David Langley a few years ago when I traveled to see Big Star in St. Louis. Since then, we've become friends and collaborated on a few projects for the website. Being a collector at heart, I wanted to see what level of interest a series of limited-edition prints would generate. What you see below is the first print in what I hope will be a series of many.

The proceeds generated from the sale of the first print will be used to create the next and so on. Each new print will be introduced with a similar themed podcast. It's not very complicated, really. I'm hoping that by the time the 70s print is ready to be unveiled, David will be able to join the podcast and share his thoughts about the creation.

Until then, realize that I've seen your walls and they would certainly look much better with this print framed on them! Christmas is right around the corner as well. Unique gift for the music lover on your shopping list? Indeed! Here's how to get one before they're gone:

Size of print: 8" x 10"
Quantity available: 100
Price per print: $20.00 + $4.00 shipping for US orders.

PayPal Payments: artoflangley@gmail.com

Check or money order: David Langley
Payment address: 4268 Juniata St. Louis, MO 63116
E-mail David for international shipping quotes: artoflangley@gmail. com

Click here for podcast.
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All The Negatives Have Been Destroyed [Sep. 24th, 2008|11:59 pm]
[Current Music |Sleeping In The Aviary - "Write On"]

A friend of mine posted these photos in his Myspace this evening and I immediately felt the need to share them. I consider myself a reasonably creative person, but I would've never thought about breaking out the templates and spray can and creating a display of this nature.

While it doesn't appear to be functional, I'm not sure why the minimal amount of paint on the monitor would disrupt use. I feel the urge to accept the responsibility that accompanies home ownership when I see people doing insanely creative things to their spaces like this.

Life has returned to a level of sanity I'm comfortable with lately. I've stopped communicating with quite a few of the people I was hanging with this summer. I'm sure I'll hang with them again, just need to create space at the moment and grow a little. When the negativity of others starts bringing you down you have the choice of exercising your downward mobility or parting ways...I've never been all that fond of allowing people to bend me or shape me, so I've chosen the latter.

One more day in the office and then I'm off to Milwaukee to catch the Brewers play the Cubs. The following day I'll be heading further north to Chicago to catch My Bloody Valentine. Two sold out nights of quality entertainment are just what the doctor ordered. I hope life is treating you and yours kindly!
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