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Lots of great new music this week beginning with a new fave local group, Johnny Tango and their song “Hills.”  January’s Band of the Month, Dead Eyes Open sing about the impending Zombie holocaust.  Rorschach give a spirited desert/blues sounding jam and the show ends with Vancouver based Beautiful Places and Faces.  Thank you for downloading!

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DJ Notes

01) Johnny Tango – “Hills”
02) Dead Eyes Open – “Newspapers and Empty Streets”
03) Rorschach – “Horns of War”
04) Beautiful Places and Faces – “Audrey”

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Zoinks, I forgot to put a little sauce on the old vocal tracks and I am feeling sick, so they sound a little far away.

Johnny Tango is one of my new fave Vic rockers.  Dave sent me their “Hills” version 2, recorded by Mr. Jason Cook at Adam’s Infinity studio and I think this is a mighty song.  A great chorus, already stuck in my head and I sing all the time. “Where I come from, there are no hills.”  Total sci-fi nerd alien stuff going on here.

Dead Eyes Open are the Zone Band of the Month for the wet and warm month of January.  We’ll get a chance to see them perform their zombie apocalypse inspired rock at Evo on January 28th.  DEO are not the first artistic group to use the moniker “Dead Eyes Open” for a zombie product.  Check out this comic about a man who becomes a living dead but also has the headache of raising a kid and married life.  Oy-Vey!

Dead Eyes Open Comic

Also from the land of comics, Rorschach.  He was kinda of a big deal in The Watchmen.  Or maybe the boys were into Swiss towns?

Rorschach has a sound that reminds me of blues meets desert outlaw rock.

My final selection this week is Vancouver band with roots in Victoria.  When my sister used to work at the Whitespot on Quadra at MacKenzie.  The hostess was a young lovely named Kelly who we used to always try and hook up with our brother Matt.  No dice on the love connection, but Kelly did join a neat dreamy kinda rock band called Beautiful Places and Faces.  Lots of audio space, harmonies, pretty.

That’s all I got for this week.

Booked: Last week of January will be Forestry

Developing: Vince Vaccaro Live from a forest.

Go with yourself.

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Dead Eyes Open

I’ve always had the idea or the dream to start my own radio station.  You know, be the creator, not the labour.  The barriers to fire up your very own flamethrower are significant if your name is not Ted Rogers but I don’t think it is impossible.

I have a couple theories on how I’d do it on a small scale that could/should earn me a living while providing a unique radio experience for whoever is in range to tune in.

Last night I was up late researching some technologies to launch my station and also reading about the riveting world of radio advertising.

While researching how much radio costs, and why it is effective… I somehow spun off topic into the world of Zombie comic publishing.

Turned out to be an inspiring read from a man that created a comic that is a little avant garde by even Zombie comic readers standards.

He posted on a  forum looking for advise on how to market his quirky comic.  His elevator pitch was brutal so it is hard for me to explain what his comic is about (which maybe is step one for the man), but the advise from the community was/is great.

Low-Cost Marketing Ideas for an Off-Beat Graphic Novel

The authors name is Matt Shepherd and his day job is as an advertising copy writer, nice.  By night, he makes comics.

His Zombie comic is Dead Eyes Open and from what I can gather, its a Zombie comic about a man who is a rational father, but also a member of the undead! ahhhhhh!

Matt, being the artist has created a world, found a publisher, published his book, was not happy with its sales, took matters into his own hands and went vigilante marketer.

He now posts his comic for free on the above Dead Eyes Open link for you to read with artists commentary and of course… a link to buy it, if you like Matt’s comic.

What I liked about reading all the ideas on marketing and reading Matt’s story is the possibility.  Matt had a unique idea, was passionate about it, and did it.  He found an audience for his very bizarrely special story.  There is an audience out there for every story.

Go with yourself.

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