ps: And to the editor who works there: My good sir/madam, we owe you 17 fruit baskets and a TON OF LOVE AND HIGH FIVES for the way you edited our blathering stutteriness into something coherent. THANK YOU! Really. You’re the real MVP. xoxo!
Wow. It’s been a long time since I’ve used this as a blog. But hey! Carpe diem and stuff!
So, I have a confession.
It always made me crazy when artists would coyly say “Oooh, we’re involved in this super-secret project, but we toootally can’t talk about it.”
I always rolled my eyes a little at those updates. “Oh REALLY? You really can’t talk about it? Riiiiight. Way to build false buzz and intrigue just to get some clicks and Likes.”
Welp, guess what? We are now THAT BAND. We are *actually involved* in a super-secret project that, seriously, no lie, no false anything, we’re genuinely not allowed to talk about. There are lawyers and stuff involved (in a good way)! All I can tell you is that it involves my musical heroes The Dead Milkmen, and I’m so excited that I just can’t hide it and I’m about to lose control and I think it’s pretty darn spiffy. 16-year-old me is DYING and running around the house screaming, and 43 year old me is also DYING and running around the house screaming. 🙂 Seriously, I am beyond honored and unspeakably excited about this project, and I cannot wait until I’m allowed to share it with you all.
So, to all those artists I rolled my eyes at, I owe you an apology. I’m sorry that I doubted you. I now get it. There are some things you’re really not allowed to talk about. And yeah, they really are exciting. 🙂
The Millennium Music Conference is happening for the 18th time this year, but this year’s conference is special: It has 200% more Hot Breakfast! than it has ever had in past years.
Full disclosure: We tend to approach music conferences with a bit of skepticism. Questions like: “Why is a giant music conference in Harrisburg PA?” and “Why are we going to Harrisburg in the middle of winter?” and “Let’s face it: Music industry people are not going to be interested in two 40-year-olds with an acoustic guitar and a megaphone. Why are we going to this?” and “The two performance slots they gave us are both at Stupid O’Clock in the Acoustic Loser Lounge. If nobody is going to come see us, why are we doing this?” and “We’re not getting paid for these performances… in fact, we’re paying to play there. If our goal in 2014 was to try to make our living off of being musicians, isn’t paying to play counter-intuitive?” and “All of the correspondence we’ve received from the Millennium people have been misspelled, difficult to decipher, and not exactly confidence-instilling. If they can’t pay for a proofreader, how seriously are they taking this?” and “If you google the conference, the only articles written about it are for local community newspapers. If no big newspapers or music industry or pop culture magazines seem to cover it, it’s clear we’re not going to get any press… so why are we going?” and “In addition to the showcases we’ll be playing (to nobody) in the evenings, we can attend conferences during the day to learn things we kinda already know.”
And to be honest, we don’t have good answers to those questions.
It’s Homey Awards Season ladies and gentlemen, and now is the time when we beg you to nominate us for an award or two. We know it’s gross; we know it’s shameless. But we’ve worked really hard throughout 2013, and we’d love to be recognized for some of it. Can you blame us? Even the most ego-secure people need validation every once in a while.
This time, we’re asking you to vote in the 8th Annual WSTW Homey Awards (the link goes to a Facebook Note that lists the categories and nominees you can choose from, but don’t worry, you don’t need a Facebook account to view it). This is where you get to vote for all your favorite Delaware musicians, bands, songs, albums, and videos from this past year.
And as you most likely know, 2013 was an amazing year for Delaware music.
How do you do it? Simple. Just send an email to Homey (at) wstw.com with your picks between now and February 7nd, 2013. All of the categories, eligible albums, EPs, and songs are listed on that Facebook Note, but you don’t need Facebook to vote – and you can even add your own categories in your email. Because this is the preliminary round, you can pick up to five nominees in any category, but you only get one email entry per person… so make it good!
As hey, as it turns out, your pals Hot Breakfast! are eligible for this round’s voting! We’d love it if you’d consider us for:
Album of the Year: “39 Summers,” Hot Breakfast!
Song of the Year: “We Are Not Cool” and “Defender,” Hot Breakfast!
Band: Hot Breakfast!
Lead Singer: Jill Knapp of Hot Breakfast!
Live Act: Hot Breakfast!
Comedy-Music Artist: Hot Breakfast!
Best Songwriter: Matt Casarino, Hot Breakfast!
Best Rock Song: “We Are Not Cool” and “Defender,” Hot Breakfast!
Best Alternative Song: “Defender,” Hot Breakfast!
Best Collaboration: Hot Breakfast! and Todd Chappelle, “This is Our Hit Song”
Best Pop Song: “This is Our Hit Song,” Hot Breakfast! and Todd Chappelle
Best Video: Hot Breakfast, “An Idiot for Christmas” (Kevin Regan, dir.)
Best Producer: Ritchie Rubini (for Hot Breakfast’s “39 Summers”)
Best Engineer: Ray Gagliardino< (for Hot Breakfast's "39 Summers")/li>
Best Studio: Studio 825 (for Hot Breakfast’s “39 Summers”)
…and any other category where you think we deserve a nod!
If you’re very trusting (or just lazy), scroll down and copy/paste our pre-written nomination note and email it over to email@example.com. See how helpful we are?
But tell you what, friends – even if you DON’T vote for us, we still want you to vote. There are so many wonderful musicians in Delaware – the original music scene here is as active, essential, and vibrant as ever – and this is a great way to show some love to your favorites. We are so indebted to WSTW’s Hometown Heroes for their wonderful focus on, and commitment to, Delaware music, and hosting these awards is a great way to give recognition to the many, many wonderful artists in the area.
So vote, won’t you? Again, in this preliminary round, you can vote for up to five artists/venues in each category. And all of them will love you and find you wildly appealing.
Why? Because VOTING IS SEXY, that’s why.
Your fellow Americans,
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IF YOU’RE LAZY AND/OR TRUSTING, PLEASE COPY/PASTE THIS TEXT INTO AN EMAIL AND SEND IT TO HOMEY@WSTW.COM