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Apr. 4, 2008 at 12:52am

Happy Friday Club Newsletter SECTION ONE & TWO

April 2008

Happy Friday Club Newsletter

in this edition:

SECTION ONE: Quotes Featuring: wisdom and truth in small doses
SECTION TWO: Check This Featuring: The Ventures, Yeti Magazine, Recoding tips, Seattle Folklore Society
SECTION THREE: Where We Hang Featuring: Evan Purcell, Kincaid Avenue, Mismatch, Meredith Connie, Andras Jones
SECTION FOUR: Angie's Notes Featuring: Ghosts and Liars, Deborah Page and Beehive
SECTION FIVE: Perspectives Derek Sivers on music promotion, Pop Oracle answers your questions

WHAT IS HAPPY FRIDAY CLUB?
Happy Friday Club is an online group created to assist and promote musicians in the Pacific Northwest. It is group for musicians and supporters of local music in Tacoma, Seattle, Olympia and everywhere in between. Use this group for networking, community building and collaborative problem solving. Happy Friday Club currently has 231 members including musicians, music fans, club bookers, club owners, radio dj's, band managers, booking agents, publicists and more. Get to know the movers and shakers in the music scene by joining the group and participating in conversations and local events. Membership is free! To subscribe to the Happy Friday Club forum sent email to: happyfriday-subscribe@yahoogroups.com.



SECTION ONE: Quotes


Success in life is a matter not so much of talent as of concentration and perseverance.
~ C. W. Wendte

The greatest inspiration is often born of desperation.
~ Comer Cotrell

The firmest friendships have been formed in mutual adversity, as iron is most strongly united by the fiercest flame.
~ Charles Caleb Colton

One day in retrospect the years of struggle will strike you as the most beautiful.
~ Sigmund Freud


SECTION TWO: Check This


A Salute to The Ventures

Tacoma band the Ventures was recently inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame solidifying what we already knew: Tacoma Rocks!

Wikipedia: "The Ventures enjoyed their greatest popularity and success in the US in the 1960s, but they have continued to perform and record up to the present (2008). With over 110 million albums sold worldwide, the group remains the best selling instrumental rock group of all time."

The Ventures live performance in Memphis with Rick Derringer.

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If you like local pop music, you should check out Three Imaginary Girls. Its a website dedicated to keeping track of the best music the Northwest has to offer. Click the banner below to visit them (after you finish reading this newsletter of course).

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A New Issue of
Yeti Has Arrived:

Part mix tape, part magazine, and thick and rich enough to
qualify as a book. The accompanying CD features tracks from Will
Oldham, Deerhoof, and Iron and Wine.
http://www.buyolympia.com/q/Artist=Yeti+Publishing

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Recording tips from isound

Suggestions for chord playing
Date: March 2008
Link: http://www.isound.com/artist_blog/some_suggestions_for_chord_playing

Very often the key to getting your recorded tracks to sit well in the mix or be heard without over powering the other parts lies in the playing and not the tone, effects, gain, etc...

Color your roots.

It isn't always necessary to play full chords. Very often you muddy the mix by doubling the bass part. When working with a bass player try playing chord forms that don't have the root note as the bass or leaving out the root note all together. To do this you will have to change the way that you look at chords. Instead of thinking of
them as finger shapes learn to see them as harmony to the melody and the bass line.

A brief lesson in harmonic structure

In every key there are 3 major, 3 minor and 1 ...

To read the rest of this article here:
http://www.isound.com/artist_blog/some_suggestions_for_chord_playing

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Radiohead Re-Mix

Radiohead, iTunes and Garageband are giving fans the opportunity to remix the band's new single "Nude" at http://www.radioheadremix.com

To make remixing easy, the separate 'stems'* from the song will be available to purchase from iTunes. The 'stems' available are bass, voice, guitar, strings/fx and drums. Fans can mix them in any way they like, either by adding their own beats and instrumentation, or just remixing the original parts.

Fans who purchase all five 'stems' from iTunes during the first week they're available, will be sent an access code to a GarageBand file ready to open in GarageBand or Logic. However, you don't need GarageBand to do a remix, all the stems are available in iTunes Plus and compatible with several music software platforms.

Finished mixes can be uploaded to http://www.radioheadremix.com where the public will listen and vote for their favourite remix (voting ends May 1st). Fans can also create a widget allowing votes from their own website, Facebook or MySpace page to be counted as 'mix votes' back on radioheadremix.com.

Nude is out now in the UK on CD, 7" and download.

*'stems' are the component parts of the song.

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Here's the skinny on Seattle Folklore Society

Everything you you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask
by Kristin Connell specially for Happy Friday Club Newsletter


The first gig I played for Seattle Folklore Society was part of a local songwriters round with Alicia Healy and Katya Chorover. My experience was really great. To promote the show they helped me get an in studio interview with KBCS and I was also featured on KUOW. They promoted the show very professionally. It was well attended and everyone was there to support local music. I’m really looking forward to working with them again. I am scheduled to play another gig with them on April 19th opening for Sara Hickman

It can be difficult to get a gig with SFS because they bring in a lot of out of town people to play shows and they have different individuals producing each show. My first few attempts at getting gigs with them failed and then one day I was contacted by someone who was producing a show and from then on I’ve had a great contact. I met that contact by attending a show a friend of mine was playing with SFS. My biggest advice with any artist looking to break into a venue is follow up, know your venue and go out and see shows there! I believe that is why I was originally contacted. You could also offer yourself as an opener for appropriate shows. As artists it’s hard to wear all hats in the music business in addition to keeping up our personal lives but if we all keep up the hard work at some point it pays off.

The Seattle Folklore Society is a not for profit corporation with approximately 1,200 members, mostly from the Puget Sound area. SFS hosts concerts, song circles and dances. The organization's purpose is to preserve and foster awareness and appreciation of folk and traditional arts in the Seattle area, which really is a broad spectrum. SFS is run by a board of directors that is elected by the membership. Many of the members are active concertgoers, dancers or players of acoustic instruments.

Beyond the weekly concerts that they host, there is a very personal side to the members of SFS. It comes in the form of song circles. There are many members that get together in someone’s living room to song swap or to play familiar songs they all know. There is no prerequisite of knowing the songs or of necessarily singing in key, but just a genuine love of music.

SFS puts out an extensive monthly newsletter promoting their own events that is sent to all members. They also will promote other submitted events or for a small fee you can advertise through their newsletter. They also have an online event system promoted on their website. They actively seek volunteers to help with their events. There’s no telling what you could end up volunteering for, whether it is picking a performer up at the airport, chair hauling, sound, concert production, concert planning, helping send out mailers, distributing posters and flyers, etc. The main thing is that everyone gets together for the same purpose – supporting the arts!

Kirsten Connell performs April 19th at 3 pm with Sara Hickman at Phinney Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave N., Seattle.
For more information about Seattle Folklore Society visit: www.seafolklore.org.

She will also perform April 8 at 9 pm at the Triple Door Musiquarium in Seattle and April 18 at 6 pm at Uptown Glassworks in Renton.


See next posting for SECTION THREE: Where We Hang



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