Saturday, May 31st, 2014
Yesterday morning was a big day at 1st Global Realty! The grand opening of their new offices at 901 Macy Drive, 30076 was attended by members of Roswell’s city council, board members of Roswell Inc., and close friends including yours truly. I was genuinely moved by the warm sense of community conveyed during the ribbon cutting ceremony speeches. Next time your lease expires, contact Alberto the Lease Doctor @ 404-567-5617
Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
I am pleased to announce that I’ll be joining The Jagged Stones this Saturday, September 7th on trombone. Some of you have seen me rock with them before, and know this energy-packed show is worth every penny! Come and bring your neighbors!
In addition to being excited about the concert, this will be my first time performing at the Grand Theatre in Cartersville, GA. I always love new venues. Every stage is different. The energy, the space, the lighting, and of course the acoustics are each like little fingerprints or DNA proteins.
If you’ve never been to Cartersville and you live in Atlanta, it’s not that far! A short ride up I-75 turn left and bam you’re there. See you soon!
Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
I’ve received some much-deserved inquiries regarding my blog inactivity over the past year. Lyrics, Discography and Tour pages have gotten periodic updates, but my last blog entry was Dragon*Con 2011. The short story is that I focused my energy on Nick and The Grooves instead. We released Adapter, our debut record, in July. It’s an EP with four killer tracks, available on iTunes, Bandcamp, etc.
The medium-length story, which relates more to this entry’s title, goes like this: hired a graphics guy to redesign/code the site; he designed only the Home page and none of the coding; I looked into hiring other graphics guys to finish the job but they were only interested in starting from scratch with their own look/feel; I did not pursue with the proper energy because of the aforementioned project which has monopolized my time until now!
Plans are to slowly but surely update this website before Dragon*Con 2013. It’d be great if I could get it done by NYE but I’m trying to be realistic. If you’re a graphic designer looking for a gig, email me (try the Contact page).
Thanks for your patience as I work to improve your browsing experience
Thursday, June 2nd, 2011
Some very interesting things happened online today.Twitter launched a photo sharing service. Simfy beat Spotify to Facebook. Facebook’s behavior re: Pages brought some artists to reconsider their methods of fan interaction. Creative Commons is now on YouTube. Overall it was a great day of progress, introspection and optomism.
The Twitter photo sharing thing doesn’t suprise me, honestly. NPR did an exposé on Twitpic’s Terms and Conditions clause recently, which generated a bit of negative buzz. Even Ellen DeGeneres announced she would never TwitPic again. So naturally Twitter has seized an opportunity to play hero. More suprising is Simfy! Talk about the underdog. Nobody predicted this: German music streaming service Simfy launched their Facebook player just a week after news broke that Spotify was working on FB integration. Awesome.
So, is Facebook commandeering mid-level artists’ Pages? Some successful, non-major-label artists such as Zoe Keating noticed their Pages have been reclassified (not replaced) as “Community Pages.” The official status they previously held has now been granted to a new, Wikipedia-fed Page. While it’s not clear whether the Wiki Pages were auto-generated or made by FB staff, this mystery doesn’t stop at reclassification. When I type “Zoe Keating” into the search bar, her Page doesn’t even show up! That’s right. When I do a blanket search for her name, select “show all results” and narrow the search to Pages, it does not appear. Since it’s been a few hours, this is unlikely due to propagation delays. Weird. Unsettling.
Update: Keating’s Page was restored to “Official” status hours later, after hundreds of emails and tweets and comments had been published. Other affected artists are still struggling. Luckily this did not affect any of the Pages owned by NESS Records.
In other / better news, the creative commons license - first discovered by this artist via the European community Tribe Of Noise – has now become so mainstream that YouTube offers it as an alternative to standard copyright. YouTube announced today that it now supports Creative Commons licenses and launched a huge library of 10,000 CC videos (read the official press release here). Awesome, yes. In no way do I wish to diminish the awesomeness. However, this illustrates one HUGE way that major-label artists, major news orgs, etc. will be and have always been separated from us independants. Those 10,000 videos in the library. They are from major networks. Part of the launch, the coverage, the hype. With me? No? Look at iTunes: major artists get iTunes Exclusives and other special extras. Major artists get first crack at major breakthroughs in social media and tech. Dave Matthews had a custom Page and vanity URL before any indie artist, for example. This will forever be a hurdle that indie artists attempt to jump.
I fondly remember the days when being on iTunes was impressive. It was brand new … most people still didn’t have iPods … smartphones were only found in the hands of businessmen. Telling people your music was on iTunes gave you instant street cred and often times, before you could finish uttering the sentence, you’d converted strangers into fans. Now, everyone and their brother has their music on iTunes. Who knows if an opportunity like that will present itself again?
… now, who doesn’t wanna watch Bill Cosby playing piano on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno?!? http://bit.ly/cosbyonleno
Tags: Bill Cosby, Creative Commons, facebook, itunes, Jay Leno, piano, player, Simfy, Spotify, streaming, The Grooves, The Tonight Show, tribe of noise, twitter, video, YouTube, Zoe Keating
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Monday, May 23rd, 2011
Had an awesome time playing Center Stage with The Grooves on Saturday night! Super excited to see the HD video footage by Copperdog Photography, and hear the audio mix by Newt Carter. Soon as editing is done, a DVD of the show will be released. So if you don’t live near Atlanta / weren’t able to attend the show, no worries! We’re bringing the show to your living room.
Sunday, March 27th, 2011
Nick and The Grooves performed second, between Michigan duo The Spektators and Nashville natives Ingrid Salas y su Grupo Black Shadow. Their first performance ever, it was quite the debut. Wildhorse is the largest non-arena venue in Nashville, located downtown across from the Hard Rock. The band received a strong ovation after every song from the hundreds of attendees on the floor and two balconies. Check out the photosby Sara Speert Photography.
Ryan Smith of Shure’s Artist Relations department announced the winner later that evening – us! Each member of the band received a special Shure SM58 microphone with the Give It Voice Tour logo imprinted upon it, and an official Tour shirt. After our win, we celebrated at a local restaurant and headed home. We were thrilled to find dozens of congratulatory emails on the home PC, including some from fans of the other bands. Thanks to all who supported Nick and The Grooves on their Music City outing – the first of many to come!
Thursday, February 10th, 2011
Last night, during SoCalled’s concert at The Buckhead Theatre, Atlanta Jewish Music Festival executive director Russell Gottschalk announced the official lineup for AJMF 5771 (that’s 2011AD to all you goyim).
Nick and The Grooves are thrilled to be on the schedule for AJMF’s “Closing Night Party” at Center Stage on Saturday, May 21st.
If you have never been to Center Stage before, it’s quite possibly the best venue in Atlanta. Imagine the largeness of Variety Playhouse with the intimacy of Eddie’s Attic! We’ll be offering all sorts of cool, promotional ticket packages so keep a lookout – and MARK YOUR CALENDARS! This will be our biggest ATL show of the year. We’re going all-out and want you to share in the experience with us.
Saturday, January 8th, 2011
Just being optomistic What’s going on? Nick and The Grooves are Regional Finalists in the Shure SM58 “Give It Voice Tour” competition! Advancing to round deux, we’ll play The Wildhorse Saloon (66,000 sq.ft. venue) in Nashville. Tuesday, January 25th. 6PM. Free admission. Come support us in battle!
We’re excited to say the least, but it brings a heap of To-Do’s. For example, I need to review and revise our horn arrangements - we have to play our best! That also means scheduling a few extra rehearsals, which is always difficult when you have five bandmates. I’ve got lots of invitations to send to all of our contacts in The Music City. The list goes on and on … but I welcome it with open arms. This is a great way to begin 2011.
It’s been a really fun ride too, watching the votes pour in – not just ours but all the bands! It’s fun being part of something big – something nationwide – and not knowing the outcome. Probably the closest I’ll ever come to knowing what it’s like to run for a political office. Of course, this competition would never have happened without support from Bandcamp and RedGorilla Music Fest. We would also like to thank all the Industry bloggers, like Christopher Catania, who helped promote the competition. If it wasn’t for bloggers like Chris, a lot of great opportunities for Indie artists would go unnoticed.
Tags: Bandcamp, blogger, BOTB, competition, festival, headphone, industry, iPhone, ipod, music, Nashville Tennessee, redgorilla, redgorilla music fest, Shure, sm58, The Grooves, tour, voice, Wildhorse Saloon
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Saturday, January 1st, 2011
We are thrilled to begin the new year – 2011 – with brand new logo designs by our buddy Andrew Reifman.
One good thing about Andrew’s designs is that we’re not the only ones who like ‘em. He’s one lots of awards for graphic and web design, including a “Site Of The Day” ribbon from The CSS Awards! If you need anything done, we highly recommend him. And yes, Andrew is going to give this website a graphic face-lift, but that’s another blog entry!
Now on to the goods:
Sunday, November 28th, 2010
As many of you know, we’ve been trying to find a good band name for a long time. A very long time. I think we may have stumbled upon it. I can not take credit, because it was not my idea, but I’m going with it … as they say at weddings, “If there is anyone who has anything to say against [this] let them speak now or forever hold their peace.” haha! Actually the idea came from a student at UGA by the name of Austin, who approached us before our set last night at Rye Bar (in Athens, GA for the annual UGA vs. GA TECH football game!). Austin asked many questions and propsed “The Groovers” to which I replied, “The Grooves!” Please feel free to add comments (or suggestions) but know that we are all excited about this prospect.
Tags: Athens, Austin, Austin Texas, Football, Georgia Institute of Technology, groovers, grooves, Sports, the groovers, The Grooves, United States, University of Chicago
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Sunday, November 14th, 2010
Two songs from Year Of The Ox art currently charting at Ourstage.com, a popular music community.
“Collusion Collision” broke into the Top 20 on the Jazz chart at #19, and has now climbed up to #18. We are very excited at the prospect of a Top 10 slot by the end of November!
Meanwhile on the Funk chart, “Foolin’ Yourself” remains stagnant at #67. We need your help! Please go to Ourstage.com and give these songs three thumbs up!!! If you don’t already have a profile it is incredibly easy to set up (and free, naturally).
Here’s to charting ~Nick
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