Wednesday, 24 September 2008
This is what just went out...
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We've been somewhat busy. Since we last mailed you DiS has been...
1) Beavering away on version five of our site which goes live to coincide with DiS' 8TH BIRTHDAY next Thursday (presents welcome)
2) Talking to the legendary Peter Hook from NEW ORDER and Brummy-slash-LDN poet Mike Skinner from THE STREETS.
3) Stood in fields of lushness for END OF THE ROAD, dropped anchor in the mud at BESTIVAL and hopped around the East End to for LONDON AIRWAVES
4) Shortlisted for two BT Digital Music awards and would love it if you could take a second to VOTE for us http://www.btdma.com/index.php/dma08/voting
5) Had track-by-track run-downs of fantastic debut albums from LATE OF THE PIER and FRIENDLY FIRES
6) Out and about watching SHEARWATER, BE YOUR OWN PET (rip), BON IVER, GLASVEGAS, GOMEZ, GUTTER TWINS, Bright Eyes' CONOR OBERST, ANDREW WK, METALLICA...
7) Reviewing a heap of great new records from MOGWAI, TV ON THE RADIO, VOLCANO!, DAVID HOLMES, LOVVERS, GLASVEGAS, METRONOMY...
8) Listening to mix tapes from TRANS AM, Maximo Park's DUNCAN LLOYD, THE WALKMEN...
...AND COMING UP....
New site... lots of bits from our old friends KAISER CHIEFS... new columns from the likes of EVERETT TRUE and the city of VANCOUVER... new community functionality... mixtapes from M83 and CHAIRLIFT... track-by-track talk from LONG BLONDES... coverage of IN THE CITY (including our stage at Night & Day headlined by THESE NEW PURITANS) and CONCRETE & GLASS (including our stage at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen headlined by FRIGHTENED RABBIT) ...and lots lots more...
Ta Ta For Now,
As of September 1st Drowned in Sound is located at:
1 Junction Mews, Paddington, London, W2 1PN
Sunday, 14 September 2008
DiS is nearly eight. October is our birthday month and we're doing various things to celebrate. Join me/us if you can.
Thursday October 2nd 2008
DiS 8th Birthday Drinks
@ Strongroom Bar, London
Before C&G gets under way DiS will be playing some of our favourite records and having drinks from 5pm-7pm. Everyone welcome, especially those hauling around presents.
Tuesday October 7th 2008
Speaking: In the City
I'm speaking at two panels. One talking about the new breed of future-thinkers in the music business and another, slightly more daunting one, the annual 'Hypothetical...' panel which I'm chairing. It's daunting because Tony Wilson was always the chair for this panel but I'm currently picking my panel to talk about how to break a band (probably using a lot of what David Byrne said as a benchmark) and how to release a major record in the current record business and then how they/we would do it if we had none of the current rules.
DiS Stage: In the City
@ Night & Day, Manchester
CANCELLED! Headline TBC.
Plus Tender Maulings DJs
Tickets: £26 for a three-day wristband (buy)
October 15th - 16th 2008
Speaking @ Your are in control, Reykjavik
Looking forward to this conference as they've put together a great bill of people, including Anthony from the Hype Machine. It's also during Iceland Airwaves festival and I get to go drinking with buddy Jon (who's now drumming for CSS) plus I get to see Crystal Castles again and go in the Blue Lagoon for the second time this year!
And then I might be going to New York for a bit (or more likely put off travelling and spend some time in Canada in December, as I'd like to goto Transmission as it was great last year), then DiS will be returning to Cardiff to host a stage at the Barfly during SWN, and then hopefully we'll end the year with an Xmas party or start next year with one featuring our favourites, fingers crossed.
Before all of that there's the small matter of getting the new site online and muddling my way through things.
New'ish things currently on my stereo/iPod:
- Friendly Fires Friendly Fires track-by-track by the band
- Late of the Pier Fantasy Black Channel track-by-track by the band
- Chairlift MySpace (on the new iTunes ad)
- Tilly & the Wall O (surprised to see them added to Radio1 playlist)
- And Elbow, Annie and Cut Copy
Tuesday, 2 September 2008
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Name: Sean Adams
Company and Role: Drowned in Sound.com – Founder and returning Editor
First journalism/music-related job: Started my first email fanzine/proto-blog in 1998 – “The Last Resort” whilst working in a record store and promoting gigs when not sleeping.
The last music I purchased was: PiL – Metal Box
The music that’s exciting me at the moment is: Friendly Fires, Crystal Castles, Cut Copy, Panic At The Disco, and forthcoming records from Patrick Wolf, Jamie T, and Deftones.
A recent trend which I’ve been enjoying is: gothic pop
A trend I have less time for is: the ghetto-ization of any music which either isn’t new-new-NEW and/or didn’t sell half a million of their debut being viewed as washed up. So many great bands are lost in the canyon between introducing features and cover features. I mean bands like dEUS, Elbow, The Field and The Stills, for starters... One of the most frustrating things about running the label was not just believing in the bands but knowing how much love there was for instance for Metric. Can’t decide what was more painful, hearing how they fell in the middle ground or knowing how few people were willing to stick their neck out without seeing mid-week sales (based on less than 1 percent of the population buying bit of plastic?!), seeing coverage elsewhere or without knowing the marketing spend.
The best thing about doing my job is: getting to enthuse about bands I love to people who’ll listen and seeing the likes of Muse, Kaiser Chiefs, Bat for Lashes, Feist, etc, find fans and then go from nowhere to everywhere.
How have recent changes in the media world affected what I do:
The internet has now become a legitimate form of media, especially when we can now reach half a million people per month. The number of exclusives we can demand has risen proportionately with our reach.
I predict that in five year’s time: people will think of MP3s as ‘quaint’.
Is there anyone else working in the industry who you particularly admire? Trent Reznor, for entrepreneurial and artistic gumption.
One thing you don’t know about me is: I was once the face of an adoption campaign (well more of a silhouette really…)
Best piece of advice I have ever been given…. Anthony H. Wilson to me at In The City, it was something like: “stick to your guns, even though people will hate you for having guns in the first place.”
If I didn’t do this job, I’d… be doing it as a hobby.
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