Improve Band Relations: Have a 5-way

Jordan sends us this tidbit from CDM’s major rival, The New York Post. From the ‘New York Minute” gossip section: The band that plays together stays together: Two male members of Hinder, a new act just signed by Universal, ended up in bed this week in their Vancouver hotel suite, along with “their female stylist, her female assistant, and the photographer’s female assistant.” After the 10- legged tangle, the photographer’s assistant apparently didn’t make her flight back to Los Angeles and was fired for missing a job. Hey, to quote Brave New World, “Everyone belongs to everyone else,” right? But …

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Terrible Album Covers, Fugly Bands

To make Friday truly a Day of Shame (hey, you have the holiday weekend to recover, at least if you’re in the US), I bring you: truly offensive, awful, and nausea-inducing album covers. No, not World’s Worst Album Covers (as pointed out in December by Music Thing.) The Museum of Bad Album Covers. (Hear that’s going to be on the Mall in Washington soon.) How bad? Ethel Merman disco album bad. Eel in a condom bad. And yes, Kentucky Fried Chicken’s Colonel Sanders really did appear on album covers. Embarassing, but as Tom observes today, sometimes bands look like douchebags …

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Indie Cellphones: Jivjiv Lets Bands Set Up Ringtone Store

Indie ringtones? `Bout time. (What do you mean, this Jessica Simpson ringtone ain’t cool?) Jivjiv let’s anyone with art or music create their own cellphone wallpaper and ringtone store. A la cafepress, you even set your own prices. The stores are free; you just wait and collect your cut. You’ll need an Internet-enabled phone to get the ringtones. This all leads to indie coolness like featured bands Porches on the Autobahn (nice name), and, erm, something involving puppets. (No idea.) Thanks, Atariboy! Of course, CDM’s own ringtone, built on a Moog Voyager, is free.

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Gear Porn: “Spinal Rape” Makes Gear Music Video Star

Eric Barbour (editor of Vacuum Tube Valley and owner of vacuum-tube music maker metasonix), has sent us a music video that looks like “Home Studio: The Movie.” It’s called “Spinal Rape.” (Nice name — let me try to picture that.) Heavy metal? Home computer audio studio? Why, who would ever think the two would be separate. I’ll let Eric describe it: If you’re looking for “synth porn” videos, you can’t do much better than the Wretch video “Spinal Rape”. Nine Inch Nails hasn’t got a candle on this. Mike, the Wretch himself, told me about it. Nice piece of work, …

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Deva: Female Devo Cover Band

Cover band mania continues: why, now there's even an all-female Devo cover band, called Deva. If you're in New York and need some "dome energizing," check them out Friday night. No audio clips up yet. Just bask in the randomness. Oh, and it turns out the real Devo is still touring.

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