Believe it or not, after four years on last.fm this is my first concert review ever (aside from this which doesn't count). And I'm doing it os_teriyaki style which means MASSIVE TL;DR ABOUT EVERYTHING except I'm kicking it to the NEXT LEVEL because I'm also chronicling the EPIC AND RATHER EVENTFUL JOURNEY or at least what I still remember of it as this was over two weeks ago -_- (EDIT now almost a month ago cuz this took to write)
To preface, I'm not really a fan of power metal or progressive music; I haven't bothered to listen to much of either but my current impression of power metal is "sometimes fun but often boring" and my impression of progressive music is "sometimes amazing, often boring, sometimes annoying," and definitely requires a time commitment to appreciate that I'm usually unwilling to give. (Check out my Dream Theater plays... how are they even in my library? I must have fallen asleep with last.fm radio playing at some point) On the other hand I am a lifelong fan of orchestral film music, and so I love "symphonic" metal/rock, and I'll give almost anything with enjoyable female vocals a listen. Female-fronted symphonic metal has been my genre of choice since shortly after I joined Last.fm four years ago and discovered that it was not just something I hoped might be out there, but actually existed; but this festival was my first time seeing any metal band from Europe live.
Part 1: Leaves' Eyes and Kamelot (everyone else who played were just support acts as far as I'm concerned, sry)
Set off September 7, I had to get my dad to drive in the end, as I still can't drive and I couldn't find anyone to ride with.
Stopped on the way at a motel in Tennessee. I checked the bed for bed bugs and was a little disappointed to find none. But then I found one, and then I found two whole families of them! ^_^ I filmed them in HD:
The management moved us a few doors to the right, where I found only one bed bug, and then a few doors more to the right, where I found none, so we stayed there and I MUTILATED THE FLAG OF THE NETHERLANDS
I used a "Painter" gold fabric paint pen. Very happy with the result :D
The next morning I used the hotel's computer (free for 20 minutes) to spend some eMusic credits, and discovered that Kamelot had postponed/canceled their US tour D: but that they were still going to play ProgPower ^_^ THAT WAS INTENSE.
Arrived in Atlanta that day (the 8th) and went to the Georgia Aquarium on the 9th. It was awesome, and generally lit well for photography, at least compared to the Shedd Aquarium. :D Some HD clips I shot:
September 10: I woke up feeling like I needed to throw up, I managed to make it through the day but had a lot of stomach pains and severe tiredness. Probably some kind of 24-hour virus as it was gone the next day, it hampered the experience a bit though.
I wore my black Leaves' Eyes shirt and cargo shorts, got to the venue and (doesn't look like it in this picture but) ALMOST EVERYONE was wearing a black band shirt and cargo shorts @_@
At one point someone driving by yelled "BUNCH OF WHITE PEOPLE" at us XD
After a little while standing in line, Alexander Krull of Leaves' Eyes randomly came out :P
He and the guy he was talking to walked by me and I covertly shot a little video of them >_>
I met Akumuness (whom I'd made the acquaintance of on the Kamelot box shortly before) while standing in line; I didn't know what she looked like but she was standing on the steps, happened to catch my attention and shouted "BLACK TOWAH" at me, to which I replied "O HAI." :D She and Sander of Leaves' Eyes are, to date, the only people I've met first on Last.fm and then in real life.
Once the doors opened I headed straight to the rail, where I took up a post at the extreme left edge; I needed the support to help me stand because of the sickness, aside from the fact that I need something to hold onto any way in order to headbang without falling over.
After some delay from the scheduled starting time, Illusion Suite opened the festival proper (not counting the separate kickoff show headlined by Accept, which I didn't attend). Despite having bought my tickets when Leaves' Eyes were added to the lineup in November 2009, I had put off getting into most of the bands because of uncertainty about whether I'd actually be able to get the time off work to go, and I was further distracted in the final two weeks by my work on this, but I did manage to listen to Illusion Suite a little, enough to sing along... to one line. The singer held his mic out to the audience at one point, but unfortunately no one knew the lyrics, so people just went "WOOOOOO" instead XD
Next up were Blackguard, a band I had first heard of when a girl who had favorited a photo of mine on DeviantArt was hired by them to do some art for a shirt, but who have since somehow got onto Epica's last US tour, the now-canceled tours with Kamelot and Leaves' Eyes, AND Epica's upcoming US tour. I had been surprised to discover that they have a metalcore-ish sound similar to Alestorm's "pirate metal," very fun :) I love In Time, which appears to be an adaptation of Ecclesiastes 3 :P IT HAS AN AWESOME BREAKDOWN.
About halfway through the show, someone threw a bra on stage. The band proceeded to pick it up and take turns hanging it from their guitars:
The singer remarked, "Thanks to whoever threw that bra! It smells like SEX!" My question is, can anyone verify that it was actually a woman who threw it...?
After the show, they threw their water bottles into the crowd and I caught one. Later I drank its contents... woulda brought more water bottles but I wasn't sure if security would allow them :P I ended up refilling them from the taps in the men's restroom.
ANY WAY THEN THEY PUT UP THE LEAVES' EYES BANNER @_@ OMG OMG OMG
I saw Liv in costume and standing in the darkness off to the right, but after a while she had to sit down. The delay from the scheduled starting times had increased a bit with the prep for Blackguard, but with Leaves' Eyes the delay became EPIC; MONUMENTAL; THE STUFF OF LEGEND. IIRC they ended up starting 15 minutes after they were supposed to have finished. ^_^ I don't know what happened, but I do know it wasn't their fault; at any rate I didn't mind, although the delay did lead to my missing Seventh Wonder (more on that later). All we saw in the crowd was that the Njord ship banner on the right wouldn't stay up:
It was erected, and sooner or later fell down, THREE TIMES before the crew simply gave up on it and took both it and the other one off the stage. :P Alex later commented "It's this Spinal Tap thing!" while talking to a fan at the signing table. Leaves' Eyes do apparently keep running into Spinal Tap-like occurrences, including never being able to keep a drummer for long. (If you somehow have never seen This Is Spinal Tap....) They also had a miniature Viking ship lowered onto the stage at one show in homage to Spinal Tap's miniature Stonehenge.... *hurr leaveseyes fanboy rambling durr*
Meanwhile I hung my German and Norwegian flags from my neck; I asked Akumuness how dorky this was and she replied "VERY DORKY" :D
Finally the lights dimmed, they began playing Njord and AWESOME CONFUSION DESCENDED as the crowd went wild (at least I don't think it was just me) and I tried to take pictures and fistpump and headbang at the same time while screaming every word as loud as I possibly could IT WAS AMAZING.
^okay I photoshopped this one cuz it wasn't BLACK BLACK enough v_v
Going in, these would have been my top 5 DREAM songs for them to play:
1. Twilight Sun (Never played live as far as I know) 1. Legend Land 1. The Holy Bond (Never played live as far as I know) 4. The Dream (Never played live as far as I know) 5. Through Our Veins
And my top 5 REASONABLE (?) picks:
1. Legend Land 2. Through Our Veins 3. Northbound 4. Njord 5. Emerald Island
But the actual setlist was pretty much what I feared: the Njord tracklist, minus some tracks, plus the single from the previous album, Elegy. Don't get me wrong, it was an AMAZING show, but must Leaves' Eyes always use such predictable setlists? :-/ Oh well, next time I see them they'll have a new album out (or two... or more.... -_-), and maybe then my favorite track will finally be one of the ones they always play. There is always hope. XD
Here's the tracklist of [album artist=leaves' eyes]Njord:
1. Njord 2. My Destiny 3. Emerald Island 4. Take The Devil In Me 5. Scarborough Fair 6. Through Our Veins 7. Irish Rain 8. Northbound 9. Ragnarok 10. Morgenland 11. The Holy Bond 12. Frøya's Theme
Njord was amazing, see above. Highlight of the entire day? YES. :P
My Destiny was great, it's not one of my favorites but I do love the chorus - "I'm falling into the deep, I'm falling...."
Emerald Island was the other highlight. "Stay with me, stay with me!" (I was definitely wildly gesticulating and singing/shouting along with every song >_>)
Take the Devil in Me has a pretty amazing chorus, especially "Save me for I've been mistaken, save one moment of my life" - it's excellent live.
Ragnarok is a good song but it's not one I would have chosen, it seems to be popular with people who don't like Leaves' Eyes much (including Akumuness and someone else I met there) but IMO it's overlong and lacks a good climax; it builds up well but the buildup leads to nothing. Still, very enjoyable live.
Elegy was one of my early favorites but got overtaken by other songs; still, it was nice to hear ANYTHING from the era I discovered Leaves' Eyes in three years ago. And since the concert it's grown on me a lot all over again; I love the lyrics, all of them.
Finally, Frøya's Theme... yeah, honestly, I would have rather heard two other songs than this epic, but it was cool to see live. Liv and Alex performed the spoken parts to each other and everything - too bad no one knows what they mean. XD I hope Leaves' Eyes attempt another epic in the future, there's definitely potential in their sound for something mind-blowing.
I think Leaves' Eyes did very well, despite being given a slot far too short to satisfy me, and despite somehow tending to always appeal to me the most with songs I'll probably never see them perform. XD
Seventh Wonder were up to play next, but the delay had become so extreme that is was drawing close to the time for Delain's signing, and reluctant as I was to miss Seventh Wonder - they were one of the earliest bands I'd got into in anticipation for the festival - the choice on this was clear :P If I'd realized then that I didn't have to stand in the (LONG!) line all along, but could have simply ducked in and out of the show to check on it and joined it towards the end, I could have caught most of their show, but instead I missed their entire set.
At the Delain table I asked Ewout if he'd get to do some awesome guitar solos on the new album, he said "We'll see..." but now he's been fired so I guess not. ;(
Charlotte Wessels is indeed, as everyone says, amazingly sweet - I said (truthfully) "It's a great honor to meet you, your music means a lot to me!" and she replied, "Awww, thank you!" ^_^
YES I look like a total dork in all my pics with bands BUT if you compare this to SOME PEOPLE'S pics in which they're trying to look all SRS TRVE METAL AWESOME or SRS TRVE GOTH AWESOME (and failing) while for example Tarja is just smiling happily and SUCCEEDING at being awesome next to them THEN I WIN, I WIN I WIN I WIN WIN WIIIIIIIIN
Okay next time I'll make sure I trim my beard first and not face the camera head on like that v_v SIGH
HEY AT LEAST THE LEFT HALF IS A NICE PICTURE OF CHARLOTTE HUH? HUH? HUH?
I don't entirely understand the taking photos with band members thing anyway, I did it cuz YEAH ALL RIGHT COOL but really I think some people are trying to fill a void in themselves that music and musicians were never meant to fill >_>
Finally, after getting Martijn's signature, he said "Thanks for coming," I said "Thank you for your music!" and he nodded and said something I couldn't understand. :D
Then I was going to catch the last couple tracks of the Seventh Wonder show, but some people saw my Leaves' Eyes shirt and invited me to join the Leaves' eyes signing queue they'd just started, so I did. This also meant missing Týr, which I did not regret AT ALL. :P Had some cool conversations about symphonic metal with them while we waited, then Leaves' Eyes came out and I became really nervous -_- Nevertheless I made good on my promise to Poisoned_Heart to leave my camera recording video while I went through the signing line....
VIDEO HIGHLIGHT: Sander: "This is the guy from - who does our Last.fm page!" Alex: "Ahhhhhhhhh! That's great."
VIDEO LOWLIGHT: Liv: "DID YOU ENJOY?" Me: "Ummm actually my dad drove me...."
There aren't enough F's and U's in the would to make a FFFFFUUUUUUU- long enough for this BUT SERIOUSLY TYR WAS SO LOUD IT SOUNDED LIKE SHE WAS SAYING "DID YOU DRIVE?" I KNOW THAT DOESN'T MAKE ANY SENSE BUT I WAS SICK AND TIRED AND NERVOUS OKAY?!?!?!? I SHALL SEE THEM AGAIN! AND I SHALL EXPLAIN THIS TO LIV EVEN THOUGH SHE WON'T REMEMBER IT! AND I SHALL TELL LIV THAT I LOVE THE LONG-DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP THEME IN LIKE 2/3 OF LEAVES' EYES SONGS AND ASK HER IF THAT WAS INSPIRED BY HER OWN LIFE, AND THIS I SWEAR BY THE STAAAAAAARRRRRRS I love Les Misérables.
Then I had my picture taken with Liv and Alex but I STUPIDLY HAD THE CAMERA SET WRONG AND I WASN'T EVEN IN THE PICTURE AND IT LOOKS LIKE THIS
So I walked away defeated BUT THEN I WENT BACK AND TOOK A SEAT AND WAITED FOR THE LINE TO END AND GOT A PICTURE WITH THE ENTIRE BAND
Nocturnal Rites were up next, and I was hoping to get a good spot on the floor for Kamelot, which I did... but I was so tired I couldn't stand, and I sat on a patch of floor relatively free of beer puddles... at least I think that's beer. How long have you guys been standing here any way....?
Nocturnal Rites were the one band I'd never got around to listening to before the show. They were good, as I recall, but I was still extremely tired, so after three songs I left and made my way to a seat, where I proceeded to sleep through the rest of their set, and continued to sleep right up until Kamelot were about to start their set.
(BTW if any Nocturnal Rites fans are reading this, click the photo above, I took a few more (: )
At that point I was quite refreshed, but still didn't feel up to standing for an hour and a half of Kamelot. This must be the true test of whether you're a true Kamelot fan: WILL YOU GET OUT OF YOUR CHAIR FOR KAMELOT WHEN YOU'RE SICK AND TIRED? And I failed. Oh well, I had a great time any way ^_^ I definitely should have got up and moved around to get more interesting photo angles towards the end, but oh well.
My Kamelot pictures are way too numerous (cuz the show was loooong, and featured WOMEN) and boring (cuz of where I sat) so at this point if you want them in bigger then FIND THEM YOURSEEEEEELF
Kamelot I'd known about since 2007 but was reluctant to check out at first because they didn't have a female vocalist; later I got The Black Halo and Ghost Opera and liked them a lot, but only loved a few songs (mainly Memento Mori and EdenEcho). When I bought my PPUSA tickets I listened to their entire discography, and began following the Kamelot shoutbox, but I didn't really get into their older stuff until a few weeks before the show; nevertheless, in that timespan Epica became my favorite of their albums, while their long-awaited and delayed new album, Poetry for the Poisoned, didn't grow on me as much as I would have liked - as with the previous two albums, I only love a few tracks on it, not the album as a whole the way I now love Epica.
Unfortunately he did forget the lyrics on Ghost Opera, but the crowd sang along and kept up the positive vibe; the band got right back on track with The Great Pandemonium (OMG I LOVE THAT GUITAR SOLO) and the rest of the night went off without any hitches as far as I could tell or can remember.
They played one of my early favorites, The Human Stain, and then a song from Epica I'd been hoping they might play - Center of the Universe! When I first heard it (via Artanna's page) last year I thought it sounded primitive and unrefined, and for that matter I'd only listened to that album three times until this August, but now I love it :D And it's a very fun track live.
Kamelot: Hey uhhh... Elize Elize: Yes? =) Kamelot: We really appreciate you singing for us and putting up with our farting contests on the tour bus and everything but uhhh... Elize: Yes? =) Kamelot: *whips out bellydance costume* WOULDYOUDANCEAROUNDONSTAGEINTHISFORUS? Elize: ...Sure! =) Kamelot: EXCELLENT
Delicious irony having two substitute singers performing a song about mistaking someone for someone else because of their voice innit :P CHARLOTTE > SIMONE, THERE I SAID IT well it depends on the song I guess >_>
Really though... CHARLOOOOOOOTTE @_____@
It was a bit odd seeing Thomas Youngblood being all cool with a guitar, I mean yeah I guess I've seen him play in videos, but mainly I know him from promo shots and he always looks so grown-up and serious and un-guitaristy. :P
After thanking Charlotte, Michael announced that new next song would be a new one (I yelled "HUNTER'S SEASON" because 1. I looooove that song and 2. I knew that in Europe this year it was the only other new track they hadn't played yet, and it was unlikely they'd play anything more without Khan); he then added that it was written for Thomas's mother, who passed away (in response to this someone else yelled "YEAH HUNTER'S SEASON," I think my timing was better than his....) Any way it was indeed Hunter's Season, and it was good.
I had said before the show that Hunter's season would make up for no Memento Mori or EdenEcho, but as it turned out they played Edenecho right after Hunter's Season, with Tommy Karevik of Seventh Wonder on lead vocals. I don't really remember what it sounded like. :( It was great though.
but how come I want you like the soil yearns for the rain LIKE EDEN ECHOES IN MY HEAD
Casey did a drum solo. And the crowd saw that it was good.
Elize came out in costume again, this time for a little skit in a white coat, anyone know what that was about?
I don't even remember whether it was for Forever or The Black Halo >_> but any way Forever was awesome, it was one of my first favorites, the version on One cold winter's night, and Michael led us on the singalong at the end just like Khan did then :D Except WE succeeded where the OCWN crowd lost itself. ^_^
Then Jake the backup singer took up vocals on... was it Karma? I WAS SO TIRED I CAN'T REMEMBER :(
YES Setlist.fm confirms it was Karma.
Finally they closed with March of Mephisto, except they kinda didn't make it clear that was the final song so I was a bit surprised that the show was over >_> Oh well :D
A great show, and a great performance by Michael Eriksen. Glenn Harveston (ProgPower USA's creator and promoter) gave a little speech afterwards, suggesting the festival's slogan be changed to "shit you can't see anywhere else in the world," calling this show a great example of professionalism, and asking a favor of everyone present - that when we came online, if we should see anyone who wasn't there criticizing it, Kamelot or Eriksen, on his and the crew's (?) behalf (at this point some people were already cheering), "FUCK OFF." (Wild cheering ensues) ^_^
We sure did leave a lot of trash though. :-/ I picked up a few cups and beer cans and took them to a trash can. Seriously, is it that hard to hold onto a couple of empty drink containers? Crush them and put them in your pockets or something :P
I don't remember Akumuness's account of this at all XD
On the way out I found the Forum Poster, containing pictures of ProgPower attendees from the Ultimate Metal forum.
And there I am (in the middle, the DYU spoof pic) :P
Found this SUPER CUTE MOTH sitting outside the window at the motel. ^_^
My epic signed Delain flag :D
The Leaves' Eyes card - they had a bunch of these sitting out, all of their most embarrassing picture ever, so I went ahead and sent one through the line :D
And my new Leaves' Eyes shirt, signed - twice by Liv, first in black and then in gold XD
Hello all you good and nice people. Welcome to Spring in The Northern Hemisphere. And Autumn for those of you in The Southen half of our globe. And for those of you that celebrate it. Have a very Happy Easter Not too many chocolate eggs OK. And for those of you that know it's April Fools Day today. Look out for the mousetrap in your bed. Now you cannot say we did not warn you, can you haha.
OK so on with the news from the past and coming Month then. First of all in our journey around our groups. We found these messages over the last Month.
If you are an artist or part of a band. These ideas we feel. May be well worth you taking a good look at.
Double Thumb also has a couple of new tracks. That she would love for all of us to listen to. These are here. Lullabies EP
Europe From roligtmedhatt
Just released, full 7 track EP for FREE!! Northern Swedish upbeat summer-y indie pop! Dreamy folky vocal harmonies, soulful intricate violins... for fans of Vampire Weekend + Loney, Dear and the like! http://heartsickgroans.bandcamp.com/ And from SurfaceUnsigned. The Surface Unsigned Festival has expanded to European for 2011. The Surface Unsigned Festival is a live music event that brings unsigned bands and artists to the attention of all aspects of the music industry. We are a festival of new music held throughout Europe in aid of discovering and promoting new talent. In 2011 events will be held in cities throughout the U.K. and Europe. For bands that reach the final stages of the Festival, both Surface Unsigned and our sponsors will award with Industry Showcases, Recording and Production Deals, Professional Photo Shoots, Cash, Endorsements and much more. The prizes in store for 2011 are in excess of 100,000 Euros. OK so here's what some of our European artists would like you to know too.
From SebastianMuxo Hey i´m really apriciate that you listen my songs and comment what do you think about it. I'll take your observations to get better every day and I Think that you can help me to get my music known!!! So I hope that you include me in your groups and activitys I will really apiciate!!!!!!! THANKS FOR THE HELP!!!!!!!!!!! SEBASTÍAN MUXÓ IF YOU WANNA LOOK MY WORK AND HEAR MY MUSIC ENTER HERE: http://www.lastfm.es/music/Sebastian+Muxó
And finally from Sax-Moryson New Radio-Link..Sax & Moryson / PS-12 - 24 hour Radiostation , . ......Hello , thanks to all who hear my music. I´m pleased. My music is now running well all day in a radio station in U.S. Pa .Here the new Link:.... ....... Gina, from Sax & Moryson , G.M.Orchestra , Orchestra de Blonde , Project System 12 , Gina Moryson , and other
News from artists is as follows; From Chiron1
Hi. I've been busy in the studio working on a new song. Here's the result. I hope you like it True Blood
Hi all. New song uploaded. Bit of a different sound for me...there's not an acoustic guitar in sight. Let me know your thoughts :) All I Wanted
From Timbo93 Hey guys, my musical project is called Weekend Revolutionaries. I've so far released two albums (Trouble in Paradise and Boxes and Boomgates), as well as a single (Open - Single). My third album, Coastal Mentality is released worldwide in digital form on June 7, so please support my music and purchase a copy on iTunes/Amazon etc. My second album is also out digitally (iTunes/Amazon/Shockhound/Rhapsody etc) and physically at CD Baby.
From gethinkitchener hiho, been quiet for a while but here's a newie And On It Goes And finally from AtlasMountains
Hi everyone.... we have made available for free download another track off our album 'Sanskrit Owl'... come have a listen, and if you like what you hear, download or just say hi, whatever takes your fancy! Cheers Dave (The Atlas Mountains) Sanskrit Owl
Asia Not much news here we're unhappy to say. But Snye is our artist of the week in there. So please give him a listen,thanks. And tracks come quite regularly from Cordovero So please give him a listen too. He's very good. And is very good at mixing it up regularly.
From blockproject stopping by to say hi. i'm mobdividual. acoustic guitar driven delays, noise and chords, let me know what you think... listening my way down, already know some... facebook bandcamp LastFM
And finally from JunoKnowsTheBiz; I'm not in a band, but I work for a music blog and we interview and do reviews for unsigned bands on a regular basis. I gotta admit, unsigned bands have some of the greatest material I've ever had the pleasure of listening to. So if anyone is interested, feel free to contact me and we can schedule an interview or set up a review with either myself or one of my coworkers. To every unsigned band or solo act, I wish you nothing but the best! ~Juno
Africa Unfortunate again a very small group that needs artists and listeners alike. To come join and help us build. But no new again from there. Please do listen to current Artistes of the week though Badapple
TNI The New Independent News from artists is as follows; FromBillStrange
There is a new Bill Strange tune at you might like, Burning Desire Please feel free to let me know what you think. And the only other message is from Kenelis. Hey, , please listen to my band KENELIS. We're trying so hard to make it big so please have a quick look? X http://www.last.fm/music/Kenelis :) Thanks mel x
OK so that's it then please do have a great Easter all of you. And please listen to all our artists connected to all our groups. Especially our Artistes of the week. And new artists are being added all the time. Please do come check them out. And join our groups too thanks. Take care all of you. With love from Susanne,Daniel & Mike.xxx
OK well I'm asking for votes from all of you again. This time it's for Detox Cute And The Beauty Junkies. Who are connected with us. In 'Unsigned UK' & Unsigned Christmas. And this is involving Christmas in a big way.
There is a poll placed on Myspace for which I will leave you the link here at the end. And this is for a 65,000 membered group on Facebook. To give their backing to an anti-X Factor UK Christmas #1 single.
Now Detox are hoping to win this poll. And gain that backing from them as well as us.
I have discovered that you can vote on this poll as many times as you sign-in to your PC. So please do remember to do that. And please share this with as many people as you possibly can.
We are talking huge numbers of voters & buyers here. As the record for the UK Christmas #1 slot is held by Leona Lewis with sales of 105,000 for that week alone. So now you know the enormity of this little project. Please act upon my message and not just trash it. The song you need to vote for with your X is The Cliffmas Song.
http://rock.warmwebradio.com/#home Catch some great Unsigned artists on tonight's show. From 2100-2300 CET. Or 2000-2200 GMT. Worldwide listeners will need to check their clocks with these timings. The show is hosted by Sussilo.
She plays what well-known radio stations are too selfish too. But she's too modest to say so. I'm not, modesty doesn't do when this great lady. Gives her all to getting great lesser known artists heard. Please bring all your fans/friends with you. The show is really worth listening to. Thanks to all that do from Mike.
Please note; To all loyal listeners of Susanne's WWR programme. For this week only. There will be no show from Susanne tonight, Saturday 28/11/2009.
Instead the great lady herself. Will be on at 1600-1800. CET. 1500-1700. GMT Tomorrow Sunday 29/11/2009. As always listeners elsewhere in the world. Will unfortunately have to check their own local timings.
Hopefully normal service will resume next week. Have a great weekend. And please keep listening.
OK so first of all I'm just checking. To see if you're all alive & well out there.
Are you knackered with just 10 days to go until Christmas?
OK well those of you that have also joined us in Unsigned Christmas. Will know that we now have 17 very fine tracks there to listen to until January [The 5th I hope].
But for those of us here in The UK. This is the one we want to chart. this coming Sunday. Here is my unilaterally copied message to everyone.
OK well everyone seems to be backing something or someone. For a real XFactor alternative UK Christmas #1 this year. So here's my tip Please follow the link. And then click on the top line. That will take you through to ITunes where you can buy this. http://www.cliffmas.co.uk/ OK so it's a pop song. But at least it's real. By real people. Those being Detox Cute And The Beauty Junkies from Brighton. And it's an original composition by the pair of Popsters themselves. And not some rip-off song that has already been flogged to death. By the so-called popular radio stations. Anyway please help if you can. And do please share it on too. It's only 79p. As you'll see through the ITunes link. And every little helps these Unsigned artists stay in music. Thanks to all that do help. And help spread the word. We only have a few days to do this. So please do make your reaction a speedy one. many thanks from Mike.
Also if you still have some pennies or cents left after all that Christmas shopping. We'd love for you to buy this if you could. http://www.kateandafter.com/ In there you will see the brilliant Christmas goodies. that excellent Swedish band Kate and After have to offer. And the brilliant CDS Snow Angel. If you don't have it already. Please do go and buy it from them.
These are the only Christmas singles that members of our Unsigned groups. Have to sell this Christmas. As far as I've been made aware of. Although there are plenty of other songs,EP's & albums around. That most of you will be aware of.
For those of you that aren't But really want to help your favourite Unsigned artist. Please do ask me. And what I don't know. I will find out.
OK well last but not least. And while we're on the subject of favourite Unsigned artistes. There's the no small matter. That there are are some Unsigned awards going on right now. And right across all our Unsigned groups here.
Please do join all our groups and get yourselves involved. We won't be the one's to blame. If YOU leave it too late to vote for YOUR favourite artist. By golly I have told people enough about all this.
Voting is open to artists and listeners alike. But we do ask that artists don't vote for themselves [ha I'm stating the obvious now] And it should all be quite clear now that I got the ball rolling on all of that.
OK well what's left to say? OH yes do please have a great Unsigned Christmas 2009. And a very Happy Unsigned New Year 2010. And for those of you that don't celebrate it. We hope you have a great time anyway.
But we do hope that we can transfer a lot of you to group. The New Independent Once you do get signed to a nice friendly record label. That's what all you great Unsigned artists really deserve. OK well have a great one from DEMS4. Byeeeeeee.xxx
From Unsigned Christmas OK well I hope these rules are the fairest they can be. For our new fun awards for Unsigned performers. That can be found here on last.fm. As I have put in the heading these are amendable for about a month. But I am sure everyone will understand. That this can only be suggested to. And carried out by one of the group's co-leaders. These are Acuvisussiloscramuss and myself vjsupersaint This hopefully will save us from wholesale mayhem and confusion.
Please do not use this thread for amendment suggestions. Please approach one of the afore-mentioned leaders. Failing that please use the shoutboxes within any of our groups. OK so just a few rules then.
1] All Unsigned artists with music on last.fm are eligible for nomination. However they must have at least one full preview. And/or at least one free download track available for listeners. To help us all to decide on what to vote for.
2] Any artist nominated. Must be a member of at least one of our Unsigned groups. This helps everyone in so many ways. But mainly these points. The artist gets a track connected to the group's *playlist*. The listener gets to hear and enjoy that track. And all members are able to communicate with each other through threads or shoutboxes.The leaders can also multi-message all members if neccessary.
*In the Chrisrmas group all tracks are supplied. And even especially made for the group. By the artists themselves. A sure sign that Unsigned artists are the most generous in the world.*
3] Suggestions for nominations can be made by any group member. And approved by one of the group leaders. But please keep this sensible. A limit may have to be applied in an amendment. Of maybe 5 or 10 maximum nominations per member. This all depends on the amount of support this multi-group project gets.
4] Artists may not nominate themselves. Your fans/listeners/friends will do this for you. If they are a member. You can nominate a fellow artist. Again they do have to be a member of one of our groups though.
5] For the sake of group harmonies. Under no circumstances will a nomination for. Or votes by an artist[es] that have made trouble for fellow artists. Or indeed for any listener on LastFm be accepted. Any complaints received. Will have to be investigated by one of the group leaders. In other words, please show one of us the proof of this. I'm really sorry that we have to imply this rule. But it hopefully acts as a good safeguard for all members.
6] For goodness sake. Please have fun with this. And share us with as many of your friends as you possibly can. Nominees will be accepted until December 31st 2009. And the winners announced on some cold night in what is renowned to be the most depressing month of the year. That being January 2010. Please can we have some suggestions for a date in our shoutboxes thanks.
If I have missed some please forgive me. As we have had a lot of new additions to our group's in the last month. So not all of them may be listed here. Please see our group's, Group Connections for even more details. We have 7 of them altogether.
Also if you are, or know of an Unsigned artist. that would like to get involved. Please do let us know.
Artists are also invited to add tracks to our Christmas group. Be it original,a cover version or a track that you have lying around collecting dust. As long as it's by you we don't mind. And we'd all love to hear it.
Thanks for reading. And please lend us your support with this. There will always be Unsigned artists with great Unsigned music around. And for us, "Unsigned is not Unloved."
OK well I'm very almost ready. Are you? The awards are finally finished. Although I will add more if someone can think of a really good one. Or indeed one that I may well have missed.
And artists please let all your listeners know. And listeners please share this with all your friends here. Hopefully this will make this a great and meaningful bit of fun. For a couple of months this winter.
Now no-one has actually given us a proposed date for this. Although I did ask. So I propose either Sunday 17th or 24th january 2010. This will help keep the traditional post-Christmas blues away I hope.
Now as for voting. How about we start on Sunday 8th November 2009. And close on Sunday 10th January 2010. This gives us a full 2 months to listen to and vote for our favourites. With plenty of time to listen to all our Christmas favourites during December too.
So as you can all see. That gives us a week or two just to check that everything is right at the end. And that we are suitably well in anticipation of results night.
Now here is how our votes should look with a little sample here. Using bands as an example.
1. My band-10pts. 2. Your band-7pts. 3. Her band-5pts. 4. His band-3pts. 5. Our band-1pt.
The top five scores of 10-7-5-3 & 1. Will be universal right across all our groups. I was going to create a league table. But with around 400 connected artists. Over what is now 8 groups. That would be just impossible. So if anyone can make this better. Please let us know how.
I did try experimenting with a few ideas to help make this easier. But of course none of it worked. I'll copy this to the 7 participating groups that we have. But please see carefully via our connections as these are all the nominees. And via the awards threads in each group. As this is what we are voting for.
Not all connections are active here on LastFM. But rest-assured awards only go to those that are. This is why we need a week or two at the end of the voting.
Hope everything is crystal clear now. Regional groups and this [world group] have these categories. 1. Cup for favourite artist. 2. Trophy for favourite band. 3. Four awards; Two for vocal solo performers. Female & Male. And the same for Non-Vocal solo performers. In the regional groups. The vocalists and non-vocalists are combined. 4. Best Music Video. 5. Best Songwriter. 6. Best Song. [Up to & including 2009]. This will be yearly from here on in. 7.Best Album. [Same rule applied as in category 6]. World Awards ONLY! 8. Best Christmas Song. 9. Smiling Through The Music Award. And finally!!!!!!!!! 10. The Music Award.
Explanations should all be with each award. So there's no confusion among us. I apologise now. That I can only use English as a language in which to say all this. So thanks from the four of us. To all that take part. Please leave all your votes in the threads marked. Voting for Unsigned Awards 2009. I will bracket all these as to where to place your votes. i.e. [World] for this one. [UK] for UK and so on Etc.
Have great fun with all this. over the next couple of months. And please support any artist you can in our connections. And please don't forget this our Christmas group. With all it's artists and music. OK that's it then. Come Sunday 8th November [this Sunday]. Let the mayhem begin. Many thanks to all of you from all of us.
Bands that get undeserved hate: Pretty much any band that plays heavy pop music and gets lambasted for not being metal, like Lunatica and Delain, to a lesser extent Within Temptation, etc. You can't equate the worth of music with its adherence to the boundaries of a genre.
Singers who get undeserved hate: Just about every female clean vocalist who isn't the ideal classical soprano like Vibeke or Floor. Liv: "Ethereal vocals are weak!" Tarja: "Technically flawed and therefore overrated!" Anette and Charlotte: "Pop/rock/JAZZ?!? vocals in OUR MUSIC? NEVAAAARRRR!"
Least favoritest albums of all time: I don't know, if I hate the music I don't listen to the entire album if I can help it. However, one of my flatmates played Vampire Weekend all the time this past spring. I HATE THAT MUSIC. Well, I kinda like some of it though.
Favoritest discoveries on Last.fm: The vast majority of everything I listen to :-P From past 12 months chart: 1. Leaves' Eyes 1. Nightwish 2. Delain 2. Becoming the Archetype 2. Within Temptation 3. Theatre of Tragedy 3. The Birthday Massacre (Well, I saw that they existed on here and then tryingtofly recommended them, so....)
Least favoritest discoveries on Last.fm: Um... Angtoria :-P
Favoritest female singers: 1. Tarja 1. Liv 2. Charlotte 2. Nell (Theatre of Tragedy) 2. Anette 2. Amulyn (Although I've only heard her on ONE SONG :-P) 2. Silje (The Gathering, Octavia Sperati) 3. Okay fine, I still like Sharon :-P
Get your overall top 10 artists from Last.fm, and find their three tracks you've scrobbled the most. Then note where they come in that artist's tracks chart. The lower the track in the list, the weirder you are... or something to that effect. ^re-worded because that's what I do.
Leaves' Eyes Twilight Sun is #35 The Holy Bond is #21 The Dream is #31
I've never liked the Leaves' Eyes top 15 much. At least now the top two tracks don't have ten times as many plays as anything else, that was ANNOYING. :-P I'm pretty sure they still get played a lot more than the others on Last.fm tag radio, though, just because they've been playable longer than anything else and picked up more attention in that time, leading to blah blah blah blah who really cares how Last.fm radio works any way.