Bucket List Goal Complete: The Butterfly House

 

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I’ve always wanted to go to The Butterfly House on Put-in-Bay. So we finally went last week. We wanted to stay longer but they said, “You don’t have to go home but you can’t stay.” I’m paraphrasing.

 

Since the lost bucket list fiasco a few years ago, I keep track of my bucket list here: Bucketlist. 

There are fewer tears so it’s been helpful to keep it online.

 

P.S. On a side note, it’s Friday so check out the stuff over at BuzzFeed.

Holley’s BuzzFeed stuff

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Slow Kiss

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Do you guys remember Mazzy Star? So imagine if their lead singer was not shy and was into punk rock instead of hazy shoe gazy music – then Mazzy Star would be really similar to Slow Kiss.

Both singers sound similar to me. I’m not sure if they resemble each other physically so they probably wouldn’t be able to trade bands without someone noticing. It would be interesting to see if singers from different bands could trade – like Parent Trap but for bands instead of parents.

Slow Kiss hails from Los Angeles and Santiago, Chile. They released an EP, Ultraviolet, in 2017. In the same year, they also released a single, “Pink Death,” which is not on the EP. I like “Pink Death” and “Fade Away.” If you’re into alternative/punk bands – sort of along the lines of Liz Phair, then you might like Slow Kiss.

 

 

Slow Kiss on Facebook

Slow Kiss on Spotify

Interview with . . . Kaiser Solzie

 

Kaiser Solzie might be a ghost of punk rock.  But he’s got a band and a chance to tell his story. Can he and the band make a difference in the world? Probably. Can they tell an interesting story? Yes, definitely.

If you want to know a little bit of the story, you can read the interview that Kaiser Solzie did with me recently.

 

 

Who named you Kaiser Solzie?

Me and my friend Timmy came up with after me busking in St Pete Fl he invited me to his house to record some song’s and after we were watching The Usual Suspects and kinda made the reference of me being kinda the ghost of punk rock popping up random spots around the country over the years busking the streets

Does anyone know the real you?

Yeah, a lot of folks know me as James Jackson back home.

 

What is the best way that people can help the homeless?

Giving an open and unjudgemental ear while kinda pointing them in the bright direction to resources for help where ever they may need. A lot of folks just wanna be acknowledged and made to feel like they are worth it to others – that many times can be a huge help and start to help them off the streets

Are you scared of anything after being homeless?

Not so much scared I do have some minor PTSD issues from sleeping outside or in not so savory areas at times

What was the catalyst for traveling across the country in 2010?

My gypsy heart and not waiting to stay in one place for too long aka my hometown of Rochester N.Y.

How many guitars have you ever had?

Oh gosh, I’d say roughly 15-20 since I was 16.  I’m 35 now.

Did someone teach you how to play the guitar or were you self-taught?

Nah – I taught myself from learning tablature and watching old concert videos

What are you going to do after Warped Tour?

Record more music and work on some touring plans wanna put more songs out and circle the USA at least one more time before Xmas

What do you want people to know about Kaiser Solzie?

We care about everyone and hope to inspire all folks through our music and our stories and experiences.

 

Kaiser Solzie on bandcamp

Kaiser Solzie on Facebook

116 Days of Summer Guests: Thunder Club

Everyone pay attention! Thunder Club is here to talk about how streaming music has changed the music industry. It’s a blessing and a curse.

Please welcome Thunder Club to the blog!

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Just to give you fair warning before reading this, this is our two cents on where the music industry is right now. Maybe it’s super obvious, or maybe it’s something new to you. Either way, we hope you find it worth your while and if you agree, that’s great, if you don’t, no big deal, we’re all ears to what you might think about our opinions. Also, if we are wrong about something, please feel free to correct us.  Also, you should listen to our band, Thunder Club, whenever you get a chance.

The music industry is a very interesting place to be right now. It’s kind of like the wild west in a way thanks to the internet. Streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, SoundCloud and Pandora (to name a few) have changed everything.

Life now is all about having things instantaneously, right at the touch of a button. We can order just about whatever we want, whenever we want. In music, your favorite artist could surprise you with a full-length LP tomorrow, and you would have never heard, or seen any marketing for it. Part of that is good, and some is bad. The part that’s favorable, at least for the artist, is that releasing music this way takes away the ability for people to leak their music to the masses. One of the unfortunate pieces of this puzzle is the amount in which artists get paid out by these massive streaming services.

According to CNBC, “Spotify pays about $0.006 to $0.0084 per stream to the holder of music rights.” That payout is bonkers when you think about it. Each artist, songwriter, producer, manager, whoever puts in tons of hours honing their craft and making sure each song is up to their standard. After putting it out into the world, they see FRACTIONS OF PENNIES. It’s frustrating and can be a hard pill to swallow when you are working on all of this independently and see little to no return on all of your hard work.

The benefit to all of this is that your audience is absolutely massive! Basically, anyone who has an internet connection is able to consume your music, which includes label execs and other music big whigs. This way you don’t have to spend your money elsewhere on printing physical copies of your music.

All in all, this industry is grueling, it’s tough, it’s expensive, but fun, exhilarating and super rewarding all at the same time. We have an incredible time in our band grinding to make a presence on social media and getting as much attention as possible on streaming service. I think that there needs to be either a new model of payment from streaming services. What is it? I’m not really sure, but these huge companies wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for us. Consider this, if all artists boycotted putting their music on these platforms, what would happen? Would they go under and people would start buying physical records again? Who knows, but it’s definitely something worth thinking about.

THUNDER CLUB IS:

GARRETT CUSACK: LEAD VOCALS

DENNIS CHEN: GUITAR, VOCALS

PETE BURKHARDT: GUITAR, VOCALS

CONOR JOHNSTON: BASS, VOCALS

JOHN BURKHARDT: DRUMS/PERCUSSION

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Thunder Club on bandcamp

Thunder Club on Facebook

Interview with . . . Passafire

 

This interview with Passafire has been in my pocket for awhile. It’s time to share it with you guys before the summer is over.  Bassist Will Kubley of Passafire took some time out of his busy schedule weeks ago to answer a few questions. Without further ado, here is the long-awaited interview with Passafire. ( Probably only waited for by Will and myself….) Anyway, enjoy!

 

 

 

Do you get back home to Georgia very often?

We lived and formed the band there but didn’t grow up in Georgia. It is a second home to us though! Now we’re really only back when we play shows. I miss Savannah sometimes.

Do you have any favorite cities or sites? Is there something that you check out in every town, like breweries, record stores, etc.?

Coffee shops! I always make a point on tour to explore and walk around near the venue and I’m usually guided towards the local coffee spot. Besides my obsession with coffee, they always seem to be interesting indicators of art and culture in any given city.

Where was your first show?

I think my first show was Jacksonville FL at Jackrabbits opening for Authority Zero and OPM in 2006? We’ve done at least 100 shows a year since then so it gets a little hazy. The band was playing locally for a few years before I joined.

Is it difficult to place your music in one genre?

I would say so, yeah. Labeling and genres has always been a tricky thing for us. The touring scene we’re a part of is definitely “reggae rock” and while we frequently use reggae and all it’s influences as a centerpiece, sometimes we don’t at all. The four of us all have very different musical tastes and even that is changing all the time. We’re used to not really fitting in to one genre. We don’t focus on it, we make music that feels right to the four of us.

Was making this album a lot different than making your first album?

Of course! Every album has a different process. I’d like to think each album chronicles our path of becoming better players and songwriters, and also how to use the studio as another tool to shape our sound. Each one gets better than the last in my opinion.

 

Passafire on Spotify

Sleep Deprived Music Review: Hang Tight

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I know . . . I’m technically old enough to be a parent of everyone in Hang Tight. But gosh darn it – I still want to go surfing or watch someone surfing. And skateboarding. And the mosh pit. They might need a parent around or at least someone with band-aids.

So I’ve been listening to their album, Grind, and daydreaming about going to the beach and hanging out with young punks. I grew up in the country so I missed out on the beach and punk rock for quite a few years. This album reminds me that maybe in my heart I belong in California or somewhere with a decent punk rock/beach scene.

My favorite song on this album, “Pretty in True Blue.” I’ll just pretend it’s about me for a few minutes. That’s the magic of music, right?! It can transport you somewhere for a short time.

Hang Tight website

Mean Girl Music Journal: Han Solo Birthday Weekend was Asthmatic

 

 

 

I thought that I could go to Cleveland by myself for my birthday weekend. Technically, I have a driver’s license and a van. (Fooled you State of Ohio – I’m a terrible driver.) There was enough time in the day to do the things that I was traveling to Cleveland to do. I even wore my favorite Princess Leia shirt.

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On the way to Cleveland, I stopped at a beach to do an interview with a band. Note to self: Always do interviews from the beach.

After leaving the beach, nothing went the way I planned at all.

Although, I would like to say that I’m a chick and I can do what I want – there’s that voice that says it’s not always safe. I thought I would walk a few blocks to see the Cleveland subway. They open it up once in awhile for public viewing.

The truth is that the voice was saying “Don’t go down there. Look at that group of guys. ” It’s not that I think they will attack me or rob me. But they could. A single woman walking alone is a target.

So I went to eat instead. The food was the only good thing about this trip. Thank goodness for pulled pork sliders.

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I was supposed to go to a SoFar Sounds show. I applied at least a month ago to get tickets. It’s pretty hush-hush. They are so secretive about where it is and who is playing.

My GPS is a liar and gives me wrong directions on a regular basis. Another downside to being alone. She also tries to get me to drive over bridges. I am terrified of bridges. Well, by the time I escaped one bridge, I was pretty sure that I was having a panic attack or I have asthma. Possibly both. I felt like a wookie was sitting on my chest.  I love wookies but not when they are suffocating me.

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So I drove home instead of going to the show that is happening right now. My Han Solo birthday weekend was kind of creepy and asthmatic.

Sorry SoFar Sounds. I really wanted to come but I had to get that wookie off of my chest.